When a high-profile corner location which formerly housed a men’s clothing store became available in downtown Birmingham, Michigan, the three owners of 6 Salon knew they wanted it for their new home. “It’s the best location in the city, in fact it’s arguably the best location in Michigan,” says Tomy Lulgjuraj, who owns 6 with Johnny and George Nikollaj. “The space is filled with street-facing windows, which not only brings in lots of natural daylight, but provides the salon a high amount of visibility.”
The owners seized the opportunity, and moved the salon over a few streets from Maple, where their second location had operated for nearly 11 years. In the process, the salon more than doubled its space, going from 1,850 square feet to 4,500. “Initially, we were concerned the bigger space would not feel as alive and bustling,” Lulgjuraj says. “However the space is organized in a resourceful way that creates a clear cutting area for clients, with support areas expanding out from there. This helps us accommodate all of the services we provide, while still creating a successful daily business flow.”
To define the space, yet maintain transparency so clients could see what was happening around them, the salon’s designer suggested hanging metal mesh drapes behind the uniquly suspended styling stations. “Originally we were envisioning a silver or stainless steel drape. But then we asked the owner of the building if we could take down a copper-colored awning on the exterior and he told us no, because it had been a staple in the community for more than 60 years,” Lulgjuraj says. “So we decided to play off of it and went with copper mesh drapes, which ended up coordinating with the wood floors beautifully.”
With three male owners and a male designer, Lulgjuraj admits the resulting design has a masculine feel that is equally alluring to women. “Our target market is female and male guests, aged 18 to 60, and there are elements that appeal to both sexes, including the ceiling-suspended, stainless steel styling stations; the oak hardwood floors; slate flooring and wall surfaces; high-tech dimpled plywood and copper accents—all of which are visible from the street.”
The salon’s retail area was designed to enhance profitability. The shelves are two-faced, so retail can be seen from either side of the shelf. Guests see the retail from the street, when walking in or out of the salon and while getting their hair done.