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When Blo in Raleigh, North Carolina captured the SALONS OF THE YEAR award in 2011 as well as SALON TODAY’s June cover, Toni&Guy graciously stepped forward and offered the salon a complimentary in-salon education class as a congratulatory gift.

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Grand-Prizer Winner: Blo

OWNER BRYAN NUNES frequently tells his staff that space is Blo’s most valuable team member, and this was his guiding design principle when it came to doubling the Raleigh, North Carolina, salon’s square footage in its latest expansion. “I am a hairdresser deep down, and I firmly believe in creating a space that is conducive to a creative, stimulating, clean and ergonomically responsible work environment, which ultimately will lead to happy designers and lower turnover.”

First Runner Up: Stem Hair and Body Salon

BEFORE ANGELA WATNE and Suzanne Phelps moved their former small salon into its much bigger reincarnation, the duo dug in, did the research, and scouted locations for nearly two years before deciding on just the right space. “We finally found the space we needed in a nice strip mall, which has a movie theatre, several great retailers and easy highway access,” says Suzanne Phelps. “Our next goal was to create a space that felt like home.”

Second Runner Up: The Canyon Salon

FIRST IMPRESSIONS set the tone for the overall experience at The Canyon Salon. Just a few miles away from the modern-day movie town, the salon brings back memories of old Hollywood with its grand entrance area. Above a beautiful, tall, marble desk hang two chandeliers. And, a large mirror reflects the salon’s beckoning boutique.

Third Runner Up: Hawthorn Salon

WHEN JIM and Christie Stracke and Lea Laskowitz first conceptualized Hawthorn Salon, they may not have known exactly what they would create, but they had a firm grip on where they were going. “We wanted the space to be hip enough to attract a young artist, gender neutral enough to attract men and high-end enough to appeal to an upscale consumer,” says Jim Stracke. The owners accomplished their design goal with unusual materials and some twists to the typical salon design. Raw cypress wood, removed from the Florida swamps was used for the retail shelves, the reception desk and the shampoo bar. Embracing the local environment further, the color scheme was chosen to refl ect the Florida sunset. “The look of the raw materials always starts a conversation,” says Stracke. “It gives the salon a modern, distinct look that is not found in our local market.”

Salon of Distinction: 5 Salon & Spa

Fort Lee, New Jersey 5salonspa.com Owner: Larisa Miron Salon style: Urban sleek, modern, contemporary Square footage: 3,800 Styling stations: 12 Treatment rooms: 7 Equipment: Gamma & Bross Furniture: Gamma & Bross Total design ...

Salon of Distinction: 27 Hampton Salon

Southampton, New York 27hamptonsalon.com Owners: Bianka and James Lefferts Salon style: Eco-chic, sleek, warm Square footage: 1,600 Styling stations: 8 Treatment rooms: 1 Equipment: Belvedere, Freestyle Systems, Minardi Color Perfect Lighting ...

Salon of Distinction: Blo Salon

Shelby Township, Michigan theblosalon.com Owners: James Wheatley and Ryan Milo Salon style: Contemporary, sleek and upscale Square footage: 2,900 Styling stations: 19 Treatment rooms: 1 Equipment: Takara Belmont, Minardi Color Perfect Lighting ...

Salon of Distinction: Couture 360

Lake Zurich, Illinois couture360.com Owner: Rose DePaola Salon style: Urban, sleek Square footage: 3,600 Styling stations: 6 cut, 5 color Treatment rooms: 1 Equipment: Olymp 4010 Furniture: Pavillion, Freestyle Systems Total design investment: ...

Salon of Distinction: Elements Salon

Avon Lake, Ohio theelementssalon.com Owners: Mary and Aaron Velez Salon style: Modern, upscale, innovative Square footage: 2,500 Styling stations: 10 Equipment: Keller International, Takara Belmont, Gamma & Bross Furniture: Gamma & ...