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Salon Today

May 2019

    Photo by Cory Klein

Ultimate Before and After

When we judge the Salons of the Year design competition, we primarily focus on the breathtaking after images each applicant enters. But sometimes it’s a before image snuck into the mix that truly makes us gasp.

That happened this year with Emma Justine Hair Lounge and Spa in Middletown, Kentucky—one of our Salons of Distinction, which is featured on page 44. Owned by Amie Migirova, the salon is housed in a renovated storefront in the historic town of 7,500. When looking for a location for the salon, Migirova ambitiously chose a building built in 1880, whose last tenant was an antiques store seven years ago.

Although the building was abandoned and deteriorating, Migirova loved that it was located in the heart of downtown and it’s height allowed it to tower above the other boutiques and shops on Main Street. In addition to renovation though, the building needed modifications to make it function as a salon. Migirova wanted a storefront with large windows and oversized doors. Getting her plans approved required several appearances before the town’s historic commission and then working through several denials before a final agreement was reached.

When the contractors removed the old uneven wooden flooring, they discovered the foundation was crumbling and needed to be reinforced. The building had to be lifted and stabilized and then reinforced with concrete walls. Before the new concrete floor was poured, Migirova decided to add hints of gray flecks and diamond sparkles to create a unique flooring.

To add the large storefront windows, contractors had to reinforce the support frame. The concrete foundation reinforcement for the windows was going to take up a lot of space—to utilize the space wisely, they encased the new foundation with bench seating and custom cushions to match the salon. USB outlets were installed into the bench seating to allow clients to charge their phones while waiting.

When I look at the before pictures of the space, I have to give credit to Migirova for her vision. She had the courage and perseverance to see a renovation project on this scale through to the end. Middletown’s mayor and historic commission celebrated her as well. After 27 months of construction, they organized a ribbon cutting at the salon, publicly thanking Migirova for undertaking this project, sticking to the vision and giving the neighborhood a face-lift and an economic boost.

Stacey Soble, Editor in Chief, SALON TODAY

In This Issue

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2019 Salons of the Year: Nouveau Depart Nail Studio

Stacey Soble | May 24, 2019

Clients can forget the hustle and bustle of the city as soon as they step through the doors of Nouveau Depart Nail Studio. With reclaimed wood and copper accents throughout, the studio has a natural and relaxed tone that earned it a Salons of Distinction honor in the 2019 Salons of the Year.

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2019 Salons of the Year: Mirror Mirror Salon

Stacey Soble | May 24, 2019

Mirror Mirror Salon doubles productivity with functional double-sided stations that add to the cool and charming atmosphere of the salon. The light and bright vibe gives Mirror Mirror Salon a Salons of Distinction honor in the 2019 Salons of the Year.

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2019 Salons of the Year: Marchelle Salone

Stacey Soble | May 24, 2019

This sophisticated salon is home to some unique features including crystal sconces and orchids adorning each station. From the gray leather styling chairs to the oversized metallic wood mirrors, this glamorous salon has earned a Salons of Distinction honor in the 2019 Salons of the Year.

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2019 Salons of the Year: JYL Craven Hair Design

Stacey Soble | May 24, 2019

When clients enter the shampoo room at Jyl Craven Hair Design, they are transported to a place of tranquility. Designed to be opulent and inviting, Jyl Craven Hair Design has earned a Salons of Distinction honor in the 2019 Salons of the Year.

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2019 Salons of the Year: Hair and Body Works

Stacey Soble | May 24, 2019

This salon was once a bank, but only a few hints would clue you in. Part of the bank teller counter makes up the front desk and helps pull together the rustic and repurposed look of this space, earning it a Salons of Distinction honor in the 2019 Salons of the Year.

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2019 Salons of the Year: Butter Beauty Parlour

Stacey Soble | May 24, 2019

Butter Beauty Parlour was designed with business in mind. Each pedicure throne has USB ports and outlets for charging, meaning some clients can get the job done while being pampered. The relaxed atmosphere earned this salon a Salons of Distinction Honor in the 2019 Salons of the Year.

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2019 Salons of the Year: Buffalo Co. Salon & Barber

Stacey Soble | May 24, 2019

Owners Travis and Jessica Mitchell keep both men and women in mind with their creative space. The upscale, rustic design and the mix of rugged and smooth keep the salon in perfect balance, earning it a Salons of Distinction honor in the 2019 Salons of the Year.

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2019 Salons of the Year: Boss Hair Group

Stacey Soble | May 23, 2019

Boss Hair Group Owner John Blue and designers at BlocHaus Interiors & Architecture were so inspired by David Bowie, his signature lightning bolt graphic is on two restroom ceilings inside the salon, a 2019 Salon of the Year.