Ready for Sping, the team from Pin-Up Curls in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  
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Ready for Sping, the team from Pin-Up Curls in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

The 2024 SALON TODAY 200 Honorees in Philanthropy

Some salons lead with their hearts, searching their communitites for causes where their talent, time and money can bring the most positive change. At the same time, they know the goodwill generated and the connections forged help grow their own businesses. 

Chastity Austin, owner of Alluring Salon in Hutsonville, Illinois, and her back-up singers, a.k.a. the salon's styling team.  
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Chastity Austin, owner of Alluring Salon in Hutsonville, Illinois, and her back-up singers, a.k.a. the salon's styling team. 

ALLURING SALON
Hutsonville, IL
alluringsalonspa.com
Chasity Austin
SQUARE FEET: 3500     
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 5
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Redken, Aveda, Sexy Hair
COLOR: Redken  
SKINCARE: Aveda  
TECH SUPPORT: Meevo, Tippy  
ASSOCIATIONS: Cosmetologists Chicago  
“Unboxed is our Avant Gard red carpet event to raise money for an organization that helps victims of violence and homelessness. Our guests walk away with a memorable night, we raise more than $30,000 for the cause, and we invite beauty school students to help prep models.”     

BC SALON
Morristown, NJ
bcsalonmorristown.com
Cara Camiscioli Billy Sheenan
SQUARE FEET: 2500     
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 8
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Davines, Unite 
COLOR: Davines, Lakme, Redken
TECH SUPPORT: Meevo, Textel  
ASSOCIATIONS: PBA   
“We give monthly complimentary services to the residents of Homeless Solutions. We’ve been astounded by how many of clients volunteered with the organization and how delighted they were when the heard we were partnering with them.”

BELLA SALON & SPA
Hagerstown, MD
bellasalonandspa.net
Tamara Shindle
SQUARE FEET: 2500     
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 30
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Redken, Pureology, Mizani
COLOR: Redken, Pulp Riot 
SKINCARE: Dermalogica, Farmhouse Fresh 
NAIL CARE: OPI, CND, Farmhouse Fresh
TECH SUPPORT: Envision, Demandforce, Integrity, Envision
ASSOCIATIONS: 2 to 10  
“We created an Employee of the Month. At each company meeting, employees pick the person they feel is the most deserving. The winner picks their favorite retail product, then for that month, a portion of the proceeds benefit a charity of their choice.”

The logo from Bombshells Hair Studio in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  
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The logo from Bombshells Hair Studio in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 

BOMBSHELLS HAIR STUDIO
Murfreesboro, TN
borobombshells.com
Michelle Williamson
SQUARE FEET: 3700     
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 20
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Oribe, Keune, Zenagen
COLOR: Keune  
SKINCARE: Universal  
TECH SUPPORT: Mangomint   
“We opened a Wig’s Story, a 501c3 non-profit that provides free wigs and hair services to those experiencing hair loss due to the effects of cancer. With its new home located inside our salon we’ve been able to help triple the number of women as the previous wig bank.”

Malinda O'Dell, owner of Grassroots Salon and Spa in Layton, Utah.  
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Malinda O'Dell, owner of Grassroots Salon and Spa in Layton, Utah. 

GRASSROOTS SALON AND SPA
Layton, UT
Malinda O'Dell
SQUARE FEET: 4000     
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 32
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Aveda  
COLOR: Aveda  
SKINCARE: Aveda, Glymed Skin, Medica
NAIL CARE: Tammy Taylor, Young Nails 
TECH SUPPORT: Phorest   
“Our team’s favorite way to give back is our partnership with Foster Care Utah. Each stylist donates their time providing free haircut to children currently in the foster care system and we hold events each quarter.”

Owner India Bertin (center) and the team from Hi Texture Hair Salon in Lawrenceville, Georgia. 
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Owner India Bertin (center) and the team from Hi Texture Hair Salon in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

HI TEXTURE HAIR SALON
Lawrenceville, GA
hitexturehair.com
India Bertin
SQUARE FEET: 1500     
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 8
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Mizani, Influence, Redken
COLOR: Matrix  
TECH SUPPORT: Vagaro, Vish
“In 2020, we introduced Teen Texture, a free, back-to-school camp tailored for 10-15 year olds. The vibrant, half-day seminar offers educational sessions, hands-on learning and activities geared toward enhancing confidence. We impart hair care techniques to boys and girls, covering everything from cleansing to conditioning and styling.” 

NURTUR SALON + SPA
Columbus, OH
nurtursalon.com
Patrick Thompson
SQUARE FEET: 4000     
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 39
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Aveda  
COLOR: Aveda  
SKINCARE: Aveda, Ultraceuticals 
TECH SUPPORT: Meevo, Beekeeper, Unfocus 
ASSOCIATIONS:   ISBN
“One of our longtime employees was the victim to a house fire, in which she also lost her husband. Our team pulled together to raise money to keep her comfortable with all her favorite while helping her pay her bills.”     

PANACHE AN AVEDA SALON AND SPA
Saint Augustine, FL
getpanache.com
Kristy Weeks
SQUARE FEET: 3400     
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 54
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Aveda  
COLOR: Aveda  
SKINCARE: Aveda, Eminence 
NAIL CARE: OPI, SNS 
TECH SUPPORT: SalonBiz, Vish, Textel 
ASSOCIATIONS: PBA   
“In our Love Your Mother Unplugged Eco Fashion Show guests sit on the runway for optimal viewing of the fashions created by our team out of trash. We only had 85 tickets for sale and one exclusive sponsorship and raised $15,000 for Matanzas Riverkeepers.” 

Erin Raber, owner of Pin-Up Curls in Fort Wayne, Indiana, featured in her fundraising life-size poster with  Dancing with the Stars ' Maksim Chmerkovskiy. 
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Erin Raber, owner of Pin-Up Curls in Fort Wayne, Indiana, featured in her fundraising life-size poster with Dancing with the Stars' Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

PIN-UP CURLS
Fort Wayne, IN
pin-upcurls.com
Erin Raber
SQUARE FEET: 4600     
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 30
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Eufora, Ref 
COLOR: Eufora  
SKINCARE: Eminence  
NAIL CARE: CND, OPI, Gelish
TECH SUPPORT: Phorest, Mya, Vish 
“Our owner Erin was asked to dance in our local Dancing with the Fort Wayne Stars, a big fundraising event for the community. We raised $120,000 to support the event and to make it more fun had a life-size poster of Erin with one of the real dancers from the TV show.”

SALON INSPIRE
Kansas City, MO
saloninspirekc.com
Mandy Pulse
SQUARE FEET: 2900 
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 21
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Redken, L’Oréal 
COLOR: Redken  
NAIL CARE: OPI, CND 
TECH SUPPORT: Envision, SalonScale  
“Owner Mandy Pulse initiated Global Stylist Scholarship that helps individuals in developing countries who aspire to pursue a career is cosmetology. Secondly, the program helps U.S. stylists join teams that travel to developing countries to share their knowledge and skills.”

The team from Eric Fisher Salon in Wichita, Kansas.  
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The team from Eric Fisher Salon in Wichita, Kansas. 

The 2024 SALON TODAY 200 Honorees in Retail and Merchandising

Strong retail sales lead to profitability, but it requires the pull of the entire team. Owners and managers creatively plan promotions and design displays, service providers educate clients and personalize recommendations, and the guest services team helps close the sale.

Eric and Mary Fisher, owners of the Eric Fisher Salon in Wichita, Kansas, walk the red carpet.  
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Eric and Mary Fisher, owners of the Eric Fisher Salon in Wichita, Kansas, walk the red carpet. 

ERIC FISHER SALON
Wichita, KS
ericfishersalon.com
Eric Fisher; Mary Fisher
SQUARE FEET: 4000, 1500, 1500, 1500  
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 70
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Kerastase, Kevin.Murphy, Eleven Australia
COLOR: L'Oreal, Goldwell, Pulp Riot
SKINCARE: Image Skincare, Skinceuticals, Hydrafacial
TECH SUPPORT: Phorest, Tippy, Survey Monkey 
ASSOCIATIONS: PBA, 2 to 10  
“Through Phorest, we collect clients’ birthday months, and at the beginning of the month we send them an email with a coupon for 20% off retail that they can use as many times as they want during their birthday month.”

Owner Inez Gray (front left) and her team from Habitude Salons and Spas in Seattle, Washington. 
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Owner Inez Gray (front left) and her team from Habitude Salons and Spas in Seattle, Washington.

HABITUDE SALONS AND SPA
Seattle, WA
habitude.com
Inez Gray
SQUARE FEET: 10000, 1200    
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 45
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Aveda, Davines, Bumble and Bumble
COLOR: Aveda  
SKINCARE: Aveda, Comfort Zone 
NAIL CARE: OPI, CND, Spa Ritual
TECH SUPPORT: SalonBiz, FetchRev, Vish 
ASSOCIATIONS:  ICA, 2 to 10  
“Our inventory team is staffed with a buyer who buys for the four major seasons; a merchandiser who changes out displays and end caps, and an inventory lead who does all of the buying, receiving, analytics, budgets and data entry.”

Amy Carter, owner of Solaris Aveda in Evansville, Indiana.  
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Amy Carter, owner of Solaris Aveda in Evansville, Indiana. 

SOLARIS AVEDA
Evansville, IN
solarisaveda.com
Amy Carter
SQUARE FEET: 2300     
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 17
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Aveda  
COLOR: Aveda  
SKINCARE: Aveda  
TECH SUPPORT: SalonBiz, Vish, Reach 
“We have an education fund and if team members sell more than $300 a week in product or .50 PPC, then they receive 10% product commission in their education fund. They love this perk.”

The management team from Sorelli Hair Studio and Spa in Melbourne, Florida.  
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The management team from Sorelli Hair Studio and Spa in Melbourne, Florida. 

SORELLI HAIR STUDIO AND SPA
Melbourne, FL
sorellihairstudio.com
Rose Cally & Grace Ruano
SQUARE FEET: 4400     
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 35
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Goldwell, Moroccanoil, Davines
COLOR: Goldwell  
SKINCARE: Image Skincare, Skinscript 
NAIL CARE: Young Nails, OPI, CND
TECH SUPPORT: Meevo, Tippy, Textel, Emma
“We started talking about retail at the beginning of the service, rather than at the end. When you start during the consultation, the client feels as though the concern if for their hair, not trying to close a sale.”

Z STUDIO... THE ART OF HAIR
Tulsa, OK
zstudiotulsa.com
Beau Barbee and Drew Anderssen
SQUARE FEET: 2800, 1500    
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 22
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Kevin.Murphy, KMS, Goldwell
COLOR: Goldwell  
TECH SUPPORT: Meevo, Tippy  
ASSOCIATIONS: Cosmetologists Chicago, ICA   
“Every month, we have a promotion for guests that ties into a competition for the team. They guest may receive 15% off a certain line, and the stylist who sells the most will win a $100 gift card, a weekend off or a spa service.”   
 

 

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