BUILT IN THE 1920s, the old lighting store in Indianapolis, Indiana, now houses Emmetts The Studio, owned by Emmett Cooper and Naieem Abdool. Throughout the two-levels, Asian-inspired furnishings meet modern decor—Tibetan drum tables, brass dragon chandelier, French chairs covered in brindle cowhide, pine wood floors, full-length ceiling mirrors, energy-efficient LED track lighting and eco-friendly painted walls. Walk down the stairs to the lower level of the studio for a look at the open color bar with private make-up rooms and treatment areas. A private, Zen-inspired patio allows for group events and private parties, or for clients to relax outside between services. Here, owners Emmett Cooper and Naieem Abdool take SALON TODAY on a tour.
The studio is located in the new hip part of the city, named So-Bro. UV windows were installed and the salon logo was designed with light-reflecting letters. An outside, solar-powered spotlight illuminates the sign and storefront.
EMMETTS THE STUDIO
Owners: Naieem Abdool and Emmett Cooper
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Salon established: April 2009
Square footage: 730 sq ft. upper level, 730 sq ft. lower level
Number of styling stations: 6
Number of spa treatment rooms: 1
Design investment: $50,000
Top lines: hair color, Redken; hair care, Emmett Cooper Haircare
Equipment manufacturer: Rollerball multi-function UV light hair color processors, Italian Kubika styling chairs, shampoo bowls from Japan—all from Design X.
Pine hard wood floors run throughout the studio. An antique, red, Asian-inspired display case houses the studio’s retail products.
Twelve-foot vaulted ceilings along with a vintage brass dragon chandelier welcome guests as they enter the studio. Wide, low, leather chairs and an antique Asian rug from a house in the Hollywood Hills provide a warm, yet spacious atmosphere.
Outside on the Zen-inspired patio, clients can network and relax between services. This private patio sanctuary is the perfect setting for group events and private parties.
The stairs lead down to the lower level of the studio that features a color bar with a treatment and private make-up room. Buddhist decor is featured over the shampoo area to create a soothing atmosphere. Custom-built cabinets with Formica and sliding-glass doors house handrolled towels. LED track lighting is installed throughout the studio along with floor-to-ceiling custom mirrors for each station.
Owners Naieem Abdool and Emmett Cooper.