Chicago, Illinois

Owner: Laura Boton
Salon style: Rustic, contemporary, innovative
Square footage: 3,300
Styling stations: 12
Equipment: Takara Belmont
Furniture: Lagamorph Designs
Total design investment: $900,000
Retail line: Bumble and bumble
Color lines: Aveda, Wella
Design: Wells & Fox Architectural Interiors
Architect: Forge Builders

Judges comments:

“Nice pop of color behind the front desk and great tin ceiling.”—Nunes

“An artistic mixture of contemporary design and the use of sustainability sourced lumber is found in the crafty and functional styling stations.”—Jercha

“The use of raw, architectural textures, and playful colors mix with urban-inspired fixture and furniture to create a hip, deconstructed haven…like your friend’s secret hip hangout.”—Putnam

“We celebrated our grand opening with a huge event which invited all the local press and magazines, which was a great success and earned us reviews in Refinery29, Allure, Time Out and more. We also held a blogger breakfast, hosting all the young fashion bloggers.”