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Launchpad

Sola Salon Studios Announces International Expansion to Canada

January 26, 2017

Sola will immediately bring resources like its Sola Pro mobile app to Canada. Sola Pro is a mobile education and industry portal that gives Sola pros access to discounts on equipment and retail products. Sola is also committed to providing exclusive local education opportunities to Sola beauty professionals on an ongoing basis.


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Sola Salon Studios Announces International Expansion to Canada

January 24, 2017

Sola has been putting the salon professional first since 2004. During that time, a diverse community of more than 7,000 independent beauty professionals at more than 300 locations across the United States have taken control of their lives and careers at Sola for themselves, but not by themselves. “Sola Salon Studios has always been committed to supporting every beauty professional to pursue their business dreams and goals in a high-end, fully-equipped salon environment,” said Ben Jones, Sola’s Chief Executive Officer. “Over the last few years we’ve received many inquiries from Canadian hairdressers interested in Sola’s concept, and we feel the time could not be better to expand Sola’s mission to Canada.”


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Modern salon

Sola Salon Studios Announces International Expansion to Canada

January 20, 2017

Sola Salon Studios, one of the largest and fastest-growing salon studio franchise in the United States, today announced expansion plans to bring the franchise to Canada in response to increasing demand for independent salon ownership from Canadian beauty professionals. Sola’s first franchise locations will open in the Greater Toronto Area in early 2017, with further expansion planned across the country.


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Modern salon

Modern Events: The Sola Sessions Inspire, Energize and Connect

October 6, 2016

With a focus on brand building, marketing and social media in the morning, and artistic learning in the afternoon, the Sola Sessions featured top educators from various aspects of the professional beauty industry. The event featured education delivered by Sola Salon Studios, Passion Squared, Ideas That Evoke,  Wella,  Aquage, theFactory and Redken. Additionally, Hattori Hanzo Shears, Dermalogica, CND and KLASS Beauty hosted “Side Sessions” education throughout the day on a secondary stage.


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Beauty Beyond the Salon

September 23, 2016

Sola Salon Studios provides freedom to explore your passions beyond the salon. Sure, one of a stylist’s favorite spots is in the salon, but plenty beauty pros have interests beyond the chair. Many stylists and hairdressers pursue additional passions that enrich themselves, and their communities.


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Launchpad

Sola Sessions Expands Education for Beauty Pros in Southern California

August 30, 2016

Sola Salon Studios is going big for its third Sola Sessions event of 2016, increasing the number of attendees and expanding education opportunities into the nail, makeup and skincare fields. The event, which is exclusive to Sola entrepreneurs, will be held on September 12, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, California. Sola sold out its first two Sola Sessions in Denver and Minneapolis, respectively, and due to increased demand from Sola entrepreneurs, expanded the event to accommodate more members of the Sola network.


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Modern salon

The Sola Sessions Sept. 12: Education and Networking for Hair, Nails, Makeup and Skincare Pros

August 29, 2016

 Sola Salon Studios, one of the largest and fastest-growing salon studio franchise in the United States, is going big for its third Sola Sessions event of 2016, increasing the number of attendees and expanding education opportunities into the nail, makeup and skincare fields. The event, which is exclusive to Sola entrepreneurs, will be held on September 12, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, CA.


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Launchpad

Breaking Out – Why These Stylists Opted for the Studio Life

August 29, 2016

Beauty Launchpad loves stylist success stories. Like, absolutely adores them. So we polled a group of the most dynamic, passionate and talented beauty professionals around to find out when and why they decided once and for all to go solo. Rather than breaking points, these are “breakout points” – the reasons and moments these go get ‘em stylists, hairdressers and beauty pros decided it was their time to shine by opening their very own salon studios.


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Modern salon

Achieve Your Dreams: Go for the Gold

August 25, 2016

So there’s a little hype right now. World-class athletes competing in an international arena at the top of their games... Know anything about it? #Olympics. #Winning. They’ve trained. They’ve competed. And now they’re going for the gold. And we’re watching with hashtags at the ready. For us, as stylists, there may not be a podium, or a torch, but we train and we strive to be at the top of our games too. #CareerGoals.


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Btc

6 Things To Consider Before Becoming Your Own Boss

July 5, 2016

It’s no secret—the industry is changing. Social media has upped the creative aspect and allowed you to build your own clientele, and with that comes new goals and new dreams. Maybe you’re dreaming of bigger things outside of your current salon station—having your own space where you can create, control and decide for yourself how you want to run your business and your time.


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Launchpad

5 Ways to Succeed at Owning Your Own Salon

June 23, 2016

The thought of owning your own salon may sound scary, right? Venturing out on your own for the first time can definitely be nerve-wracking, but it doesn’t have to be! Becoming your own boss comes with many benefits- having the luxury of setting your own hours, controlling what products you sell and keeping all of your profits. Beauty Launchpad sat down with five stylists who are KILLING IT at Sola Salon Studios who made the leap to find out exactly how to make the successful transition to salon owner.


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Nails magazine

On the Road: Jewels A Nail Box

June 7, 2016

Located in Chicago, this brand new nail space is the crown jewel in the Sola Suites building on the corner of Lincoln and Roscoe. Nail techs Ellegra Davis and Nicole Rios specialize in nail art that is truly outside of the box. 


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Modern salon

Meet the Faces of Sola - Success Stories in Transitioning to a Salon Suite

June 7, 2016

Whether you've been working in a traditional salon environment for a year, five years, 10 years or more, the thought of transitioning to your own salon suite can either be very intimidating or very liberating.

Whichever way you're feeling - these Sola Salon Studio owners say you'll be happier making the switch! Here, we dive into the past and present situations of these "Faces of Sola" and share with you a few of their success stories.


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Sola Salon Studios Successfully Expands Sola Sessions Education Initiative

May 12, 2016

Sola Salon Studios attracted more than 200 Sola salon professionals from across the Midwest to its second Sola Sessions event in Minneapolis, which featured talks and demonstrations from well-known salon industry leaders.


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Launchpad

Meet the Faces of Sola Salon Studios

April 25, 2016

Have you ever fantasized about owning a salon and being your own boss? Twelve years ago, Kim Bennett Horvath made that dream a reality when she became the first stylist to sign a lease at Sola Salon Studios in Denver, Colorado. The moment would be one of the most life changing decisions of Kim's career. Even though no one had done this before, "I just knew right then it was all going to be okay because there was not one thing that felt wrong. It all was just right," she explains. For Kim, the experience has been a journey that is like opening a gift that never stops giving and growing.


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Sola Sessions Provides Industry- Leading Education

April 13, 2016

Sola Salon Studios, the largest, fastest-growing salon studio franchise in the United States, today announced its second Sola Sessions event, a piece of the organization’s broader initiative to provide Sola Salon professionals with industry-leading experiential educational resources. The event is exclusive to Sola Salon professionals and will be held on April 25, 2016 at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.


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Estetica

Sola Perks: What you get when you go Sola!

April 11, 2016

If you have yet to hear of Sola Salon Studios, get ready to familiarize yourself with the largest, fastest-growing studio franchise in the United States.

Founded in 2004, Sola provides high-quality, individually owned salons to experienced hairdressers, estheticians, nail technicians, massage therapists, and other like-minded salon professionals who come together under one roof to take their careers to the next level.


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Sola Salon Studios Makes History With Inaugural Sola Sessions Event

April 8, 2016

Sola Salon Studios’ inaugural Sola Sessions event on February 8, 2016, marked the first of Sola’s exclusive events focused on providing education, networking opportunities and inspiration for Sola entrepreneurs from across the United States. The one-day event attracted 250 Sola hairdressers, estheticians and nail technicians from more than a dozen states who attended the event to learn from leading salon professional experts and educators.


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Sola Salon Studios Introduces the 2016 Faces of Sola

April 2, 2016

Here at BTC, we’re all about celebrating talent, independence and the stylists who have the desire to take their craft to the next level. Which means we’re totally psyched about celebrating the salon professionals below, all of whom are part of Sola Salon Studios 2016 Faces of Sola. These ten stylists, barbers, estheticians and nail technicians were chosen as examples of the opportunity and potential that Sola, the largest, fastest-growing salon studio franchise in the U.S., can deliver to salon industry professionals.


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Btc

Sola Salon Studios Announces Inaugural Sola Sessions Event

January 14, 2016

Sola Salon Studios, the largest, salon studio franchise in the United States, has announced its inaugural Sola Session, an event that couples company culture and stylist education to provide a mutually beneficial experience for salon industry leaders and Sola owners. The event is exclusive to Sola professionals and will be held on February 8, 2016 at the Curtis Hotel in Denver, Colorado.


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Sola Salon Studios Are Changing the Paradigm of Salon Ownership

November 19, 2015

There’s a term to describe the times we’re living in: the Gig Economy. The old paradigm of nine to five no longer applies. People are working from home, working on flextime, working as independent contractors. The shift is also being fueled by technology; Uber couldn’t exist in a world without smartphones. The Gig Economy has come to the salon business in the form of salon suites, an update to the  former “booth rental” model. Suites are pre-equipped rentals that offer a turnkey solution to starting a salon business. Sola Salon Studios, a national suite franchise, leases high-end, fully-equipped suites that include all the major equipment needed for a fully-functional salon, ready for personalization via décor and signage.


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Role Models: Kim Bennett Horvath

November 18, 2015

Kim Bennett Horvath: Kim Bennett Studios. One of the innovators of the booth rental model is Sola Salon Studios, which has over 200 suite rental salons in 36 states. In 2004, founders Stratten Smith (a former salon owner in St. Louis) and Matt Briger (an entrepreneur) created the first Sola Salon Suite in Denver. The concept was so successful that they built a few more locations before widely franchising. Kim Bennett Horvath, a Sola Studio owner and Senior National Educator for Paul Mitchell, shares her story about how partnering with the Sola brand has helped her business to thrive. 


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Modern salon

10 Tips to Selling Retail Like Hotcakes

September 10, 2015

One of the greatest benefits for owning your own boutique salon is the opportunity to increase your revenue through retail sales. At Sola Salon Studios, the possibilities are endless—from handpicking the professional brands of your choice to deciding how to market your products to clients. The intimate atmosphere provides a comfortable place to discuss your clients’ needs, allowing a level of ease for making product recommendations throughout each area of the salon.


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Btc

Be In Business For Yourself, Not By Yourself

July 17, 2015

When you’re ready to forge your own path in the salon world, there are endless choices and decisions to be made. Should you start small? Do you hire a staff? Do you buy,  or should you lease? What should your hours be? Do you have the ability to manage your own book? It's overwhelming, for sure, but finding the right partner able to offer a helping hand can make all the difference. Sola Salon Studios takes the guesswork out of salon ownership, giving stylists the freedom and opportunity to make their own way without the worry of doing it all alone.


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Denverpost

Salon suite concept transforming Denver's beauty industry

July 15, 2015

Kim Cline, a licensed hair stylist for more than 10 years, always wanted to run a salon without having a boss or employees to worry about. A new trend transforming the beauty industry is letting her do just that. Cline rents a salon suite from Denver-based Sola Salon Studios. Salon suites are individual salons that share a building, similar to a co-working space, where the stylists each run their own business without the costs and risk associated with a traditional salon.


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Btc

8 Steps to Achieving Salon Success

July 14, 2015

If you’ve ever dreamed about owning your own salon, but weren't sure where to start., here's a foolproof guide to getting started. First, consider the idea of owning a space at a salon studio like Sola. That way the responsibility of building management and upkeep falls on the facilities manager, and not on you, leaving you with more time to design your space to look and feel like you. Follow these 8 simple steps to turn your dream of salon ownership into a reality.  


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Btc

8 Reasons to Move to a Salon Studio

July 14, 2015

Sola Salon Studios has grown to 5,000 salon professionals in more than 230 locations nationwide in the last 11 years, and it’s no surprise why—salon professionals have the opportunity to call their own shots and live the life they have always wanted. Freedom, flexibility and pride are what each of these talented Sola stylists have gained since making the switch. Here, a few of the 5,000 salon professionals provide 8 top reasons for becoming a business owner at Sola and how their lives have changed.  


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Btc

Sola Salon Suites Named Top Franchise by Forbes

July 10, 2015

Sola Salon Studios is having quite the year—they recently achieved an impressive 5,000 stylists in more than 230 locations, and now they have been named Top Franchise To Buy from Forbes Magazine.


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Modern salon

Forbes Names Sola Salon Studios Top Franchise To Buy

July 9, 2015

 Sola Salon Studios was recently named a top franchise to buy by Forbes Magazine. The accolade and success of the company is all credited to the more than 5,000 salon professionals at 230 locations nationwide and growing.


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Denver Business Journal

July 9, 2015

Denver company tops Forbes' national best-franchise list

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Estetica

How to Be Your Own Boss: Take the Leap with Sola Salon Studios

July 9, 2015

At ESTETICA, we want to inform other professionals on how they can become independent and the benefits of that decision. Celebrity hairstylist, Redken stylist and independent entrepreneur, Autumn Morris gives us some insight about how the life of a normal stylist, turns into that of a celebrity stylist, and ultimately results a system like Sola Salon Studios!


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Forbes Names Sola Salon Studios Top Franchise To Buy

July 7, 2015

Sola Salon Studios was recently named a top franchise to buy by Forbes Magazine. The accolade and success of the company is all credited to the more than 5,000 salon professionals at 230 locations nationwide and growing.


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Modern salon

Moving from a Salon Chair to a Suite

July 3, 2015

Sola Salon Studio owner Holly Santelli may have named her Park Ridge, Illinois, suite “Serendipity Beauty Parlour,” but finding her best solo-artist life didn’t happen by chance. After a hiatus to have children, the 24-year industry veteran got back in the professional swing at an employee salon, then moved to a business that let her build on commission before eventually renting a chair.


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Launchpad

Suite or Salon? Stylist Brandie Kekoa Shares her Salon Suite Experience

July 1, 2015

Salon Suites are changing the way beauty professionals conduct businesses, offering stylists the opportunity to be their own bosses and control their own schedules. Leaving a traditional salon is a big decision and there are many crucial questions to ask to help determine if transitioning to a salon suite is the right move for you. We spoke to haircare line founder and Sola Salon Studios stylist Brandie Kekoa to get her insight on the Salon Suite experience.


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Salon’s business model: Empower professionals to work for themselves

June 28, 2015

Describe your business.

We put salon professionals into business for themselves by providing elegantly furnished, stand-alone salon suites.

Who are your customers?

Our customers range from traditional stylists, estheticians, manicurists and massage therapists to niche service providers and smaller beauty retailers.


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Forbes - Sola Named Number 1 Franchise To Buy

June 17, 2015

The Best Franchises To Buy 2015 – Sola Salon Studios Named Number 1 With Initial Investment > $500K


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Forbes

Meet The Hair Salon Franchise That Turns Stylists Into Entrepreneurs

June 17, 2015

One of the top performers on Forbes’ best franchises list, Sola Salons brings a different approach to the hairdressing business. In fact, on its balance sheet it hardly looks like a hair salon at all.

That’s because Sola Salons has a coworking-style business model. Its franchisees lease large retail spaces, then subdivide them into individual salon shops. The chain isn’t selling hair styling—it’s selling stylists. Sola recruits top performing stylists at neighborhood shops who already have a significant following. Those stylists can set up at Sola, paying rent for the opportunity to operate their own one-person business.


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Modern salon

Choosing the Studio Life: 4 Reasons Stylists Choose Sola Salon Studios

June 15, 2015

Sola Salon Studios has changed the lives of thousands of salon professionals in the last 11 years. This summer, Sola is celebrating its community of more than 5,000 hairstylists and beauty professionals who are part of their family. Salon professionals come to Sola Salon Studios from every walk of life. Some are industry veterans, others have recently finished school, but they’re all looking for the same thing: To take the leap to independence by starting their own business.


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Nails magazine

Sola Salon Studios Celebrates a Milestone

June 8, 2015

Sola Salon Studios, which has 230 locations nationwide, is celebrating a company milestone in June — more than 5,000 salon professionals owning their own businesses at Sola locations across the country, 435 of whom are nail techs.


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Sola Salon Studios Celebrates 5,000

June 4, 2015

Sola Salon Studios is celebrating a very special milestone—5,000 salon professionals finding the freedom that comes with owning your own business. "Being able to give the American dream to thousands of stylists' has been the most rewarding business endeavor we've ever done," says Stratton Smith, Co-Founder of Sola Salon Studios. "It's all about experiencing the freedom to live the live you love."


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Delivering the American Dream: Sola Salon Studios reaches amazing milestone

June 3, 2015

The concept of a salon studio is one that seems to be making more of an impact in the beauty industry. Sola Salon Studios are a prime example of this rising popularity, as more and more stylists rent the space to work from a provider like Sola.


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Using Social Media to Grow Your Business

March 18, 2015

When you own a commission salon, attracting new clients is usually pretty simple—if your salon is located along a busy street, that is. But when you work in a salon studio, such as Sola Salon Studios (the largest salon studio concept in the country, home to nearly 5,000 providing salon professionals!) you have to focus on specific marketing tactics to successfully gain and sustain your client base.


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How To Make Your Mark on Your Salon Suite Decor

February 4, 2015

It’s a dream come true. You’ve signed the lease on your very own salon suite—and you’re ready to create a beautiful, inviting and private space for all of your clients. Or you’ve had a suite for a while and it’s time for a refresh. Your suite must reflect your style, your personality, your taste. It must be functional and comfortable. It must be on-trend, because after all, you’re in the style business. So… where to start? Here are guidelines from design pros to get you started on the road to designing a suite that’s totally sweet!


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8 Steps to Opening a Salon Studio

January 22, 2015

You’ve been dreaming about owning your own salon, about the flexibility and autonomy of being your own boss. But, how do you know if you’re really ready?


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Is 2015 the Year To Be Your Own Boss?

January 1, 2015

It’s that time of year again, when we focus on making (and keeping!) various New Year’s resolutions that support our personal goals and business endeavors. If past resolutions have fallen flat, perhaps it’s time to shift your focus. Sola Salon Studios Director of Education, Kim Bennett Horvath, looked to the Sola community—now comprised of 4,000+ salon professionals—when setting her 2015 goals, and discovered there are no limits when you’re met with Sola-style freedom. Here, Kim shares the five resolutions she has added to her list—which might, in turn, inspire you.


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Sola Salon Studios Holds Summit

December 9, 2014

Sola Salon Studios offer salon professionals the benefits of salon ownership in a salon model in which beauty professionals come together under one roof. On October 12-14 2014, in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, 175 Sola Salon Studios franchisees and managers joined vendor partners that included insurance providers, construction companies, the Sola cabinet design company and real estate professionals, to talk about their successes in growing the salon studio business.


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The Ins and Outs of Owning a Boutique Salon

October 15, 2014

So you want to go out on your own, but can’t afford to open your own salon. No problem, a salon studio, like Sola Salon Studios, might be the place for you. YOU get to be the boss and make all the decisions, including setting your own schedule, picking what products to carry and decorating the space to fit your personal style. Sounds pretty good, right? But how do you successfully make it in a salon suite? We reached out to six successful Sola Salon Studios owners to find out just how they made the transition from a commissioned salon environment to a studio, and what they did to make their businesses thrive.


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7 Tips for Retaining Clients In a Salon Studio

August 15, 2014

You may think that a salon's success comes from its image, but it all comes down to client retention. As a boutique salon owner, your repeat clients are essential for building a booming business! Attracting new customers takes a significant amount of time and money. Instead of putting all of your energy into increasing your client base, focus on satisfying and retaining your current customers so that they never have a reason to go anywhere else.


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July 2014 marks the 10-year anniversary for Sola Salon Studios

July 28, 2014

Sola will celebrate the opening of its 200th location this summer, providing nearly 4,000 salon professionals with fully- equipped salon spaces in which they own and operate their individual boutique salons.


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4 Tips for Increasing Retail in Your Salon Studio

June 15, 2014

One of the best attractions for owning your own boutique salon is the opportunity to increase your revenue through retail sales. At a salon studio, the possibilities are endless—from handpicking the professional brands of your choice to deciding how to market your products to clients.


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The News-Herald

May 5, 2014

Sola Salon Studios is among new trend of owner-operated businesses in the beauty industry.


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Sola Salon Studios Makes Owning Your Own Boutique Salon Easy

January 30, 2014

It’s a new year and that means new resolutions. Perhaps you have always dreamed of opening your own salon, but aren't sure exactly where to start. No worries, there are lots of ways to experience the freedom and benefits of salon ownership—one of which is to open a salon studio. If you think you have outgrown your current situation and are ready to be your own boss, take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to celebrate the successes of your own.


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Las Vegas Review Journal

November 18, 2009

The hairstylists at Sola Salons love coming to work. You would, too, if your employer told you how awesome you were the moment you arrived. The newest location, on The District's east side, greets visitors with a sign on the door that reads "The best stylists deserve their own salon." A nice pat on the back for the stylists...


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Daily Camera

August 3, 2005

It started with a couple of serendipitous postcards addressed to two local hair stylists in pursuit of a dream: owning their own salon. Color specialist Tami Turczyn and hair stylist Jackie Rylander were working in a busy downtown Boulder salon when the December 2004 mail brought an offer by Sola Salon Studios LLC...


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