American Salon June 2015 : Page 44

Back to the Future A lifetime of experience and a little luck of the Irish come together in the award-winning design of Zolton’s Salon and Spa in Scottsdale, AZ. For Robert and Margaret Quinn , accepting the 2014 North American Hairstyling Award for Salon Design of the Year was a culmination of their yearlong labor of love, and one that honored the journey they began over 30 years ago. Having been lucky enough to draw winning numbers in the visa lottery that enabled the Irish expats to start their life in Boston, they eventually made their way out West, settling in Scottsdale, AZ. The husband and wife hairstylist and nail tech duo first opened the doors of Zolton’s in 2002. Though they’ve made minor interior changes over the years, they decided just last year to completely overhaul the salon. “I knew what I wanted having been in the industry for a long time. We put a lot into thinking this through and we didn’t use any designers,” says Robert Quinn. Inspired by the Sassoon-era style of his training days in London and his recent trips back during which he found salon 44 American Salon June 2015 FLOOR PLAN interiors trending toward a much lighter and brighter design, Quinn had a strong vision for the look of Zolton’s. Working with Dan Arnett and Keith Burns of URI Construction helped bring it to life. “They were brilliant when it came to lighting and different finishes and textures and mirrors,” he says. The contemporary space is replete with white counters and workstations accented with modern silver finishings, mirrored walls and neon concept lighting. The mirrored ceiling is quadranted by juxtaposed steel and lights for that extra dose of wow factor. The 5,500-square-foot salon is outfitted with 50 styling chairs, two nail stations, two pedicure stations and two treatment rooms. The Quinns’ next-generation approach also extends into their practice; they continue to distinguish themselves by moving toward the use of natural haircolor and vegan gel polish in their extensive nail menu. ✂ —Maureen Sheen FROM TOP: The visually striking workspace; the waiting area, complete with a product wall and an eye-catching lattice-cut ceiling. PHOTOGRAPHY: BRAD REED

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For Robert and Margaret Quinn, accepting the 2014 North American Hairstyling Award for Salon Design of the Year was a culmination of their yearlong labor of love, and one that honored the journey they began over 30 years ago. Having been lucky enough to draw winning numbers in the visa lottery that enabled the Irish expats to start their life in Boston, they eventually made their way out West, settling in Scottsdale, AZ.
The husband and wife hairstylist and nail tech duo first opened the doors of Zolton’s in 2002. Though they’ve made minor interior changes over the years, they decided just last year to completely overhaul the salon. “I knew what I wanted having been in the industry for a long time. We put a lot into thinking this through and we didn’t use any designers,” says Robert Quinn. Inspired by the Sassoon-era style of his training days in London and his recent trips back during which he found salon interiors trending toward a much lighter and brighter design, Quinn had a strong vision for the look of Zolton’s. Working with Dan Arnett and Keith Burns of URI Construction helped bring it to life. “They were brilliant when it came to lighting and different finishes and textures and mirrors,” he says. The contemporary space is replete with white counters and workstations accented with modern silver finishings, mirrored walls and neon concept lighting. The mirrored ceiling is quadranted by juxtaposed steel and lights for that extra dose of wow factor.
The 5,500-square-foot salon is outfitted with 50 styling chairs, two nail stations, two pedicure stations and two treatment rooms. The Quinns’ next-generation approach also extends into their practice; they continue to distinguish themselves by moving toward the use of natural haircolor and vegan gel polish in their extensive nail menu. ✂ —Maureen Sheen
A lifetime of experience and a little luck of the Irish come together in the award-winning design of Zolton’s Salon and Spa in Scottsdale, AZ.
Back to the Future
FLOOR PLAN
PHOTOGRAPHY: BRAD REED
FROM TOP: The visually striking workspace; the waiting area, complete with a product wall and an eye-catching lattice-cut ceiling.
Good news spreads like wildfire: When Albie Mulcahy called it a day after 10 years in New York City with John Sahag and moved to St. Petersburg, FL, it wasn’t long before he found himself waking up to a house full of women all clamoring for haircuts. “I had never seen anything like it,” recalls Mulcahy. “So I decided to open a small little studio, and all the work I was doing was Sahag-inspired dry-cutting. Nobody in Florida was doing anything like that. It was Madison Avenue hairdressing in simple St. Pete.”
His small little studio grew organically into VLVT Salon located in downtown St. Petersburg. Opened in 2008, the 1,300-square-foot salon has 10 stations, nine stylists—who, of course, are trained in the Sahag dry-cutting method for which Mulcahy has become known—and one in-house makeup artist. “After I opened my salon, I realized that over half of my clients were New Yorkers,” he says. “The word just got out because I could speak their language.”
The salon interior gives off a New York vibe as well. “I bought old chairs and had them reupholstered in shiny blue sparkly stuff, like from the ’60s,” says Mulcahy. “It’s also a little bit of Ikea and all the walls are adorned with local artists’ work. It’s kind of like a salon/art gallery that you would find in the East Village of New York.”
And in further keeping the New York spirit alive, Mulcahy and his partner Dwight Miller run VLVT Academies, the salon’s educational program that includes independent nonproduct-related and signature dry-cutting classes, a legacy that Mulcahy can pass on to a new generation of hairdressers perpetuating an elevated level of the craft as well as the Sahag memory.
✂ —Maureen Sheen
VLVT Salon
In every small town across America, there’s at least one salon that raises
the bar for everyone else. For St. Petersburg, FL, it’s VLVT Salon.
BIG FISH, SMALL POND
In Stock: John Sahag, Kevin.Murphy
FROM LEFT: Albie Mulcahy in front of VLVT Salon; local artwork showcased in the waiting area; the Ikea meets ’60s-inspired reception area
Milwaukee, WI
Positioned in an affluent community, these three salons host the fast-paced, business-driven clients of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. ✂ —Kelsey Murray
our town
Erik Of Norway
Salon & Spa ➤
For over 40 years, Erik of Norway Salon & Spa has been an essential business in the bustling Milwaukee community. Two years ago Jason and Shani Wiggins took over the 6,500-square-foot salon and spa, complete with 42 chairs, four nail stations, three pedicure stations and five treatment rooms. The Wiggins employ 30 stylists, many of whom have been with the salon for at least 10 years. “We have almost zero turnover,” says Dawn LeMay, director of salon operations. “We try to hire people who we think will be a part of our team forever.” LeMay credits the education programs for keeping staff motivated. “We have nationally recognized educators from Aveda and Goldwell visit to teach the staff, as well as a nine-month program that every employee is required to go through,” LeMay says.
In Stock: Aveda, Goldwell, Kérastase
Impressions Day Spa
Situated alongside the Milwaukee River is Impressions Day Spa, a world-class spa that caters to the urban Mequon area. Within the loft-like 4,800-square-foot space, clients can receive skincare, nail and exceptional color and color correction services. “We were green before green was cool,” says Kitty Tierney, who has owned the spa for 29 years. “Much of our decor is reused or renewed. The mirrors are made from recycled copper from the old Philadelphia Civic Center.” The 46-person staff caters to an eclectic group, ranging from “a senator, to a newscaster to a business owner,” Tierney says. “I know being all things for all people doesn’t always work out, but it’s worked for us.”
In Stock: Aveda, Pureology, Redken
Roots Salon ➤
Business owners Naomi Prusinksi and Shannon Lopez have owned Roots Salon, a Redken Elite salon with locations in Brookfield and Greendale, for seven years. The duo employs 55, including lead stylist Nicole Champeau, who describes the interior as “earthy, neutral and calm.” The acid-stained concrete floor gives way to three treatment rooms, four pedicure tubs, three nail tables and 16 styling stations. “The typical client is looking for something trendy, something new,” says Champeau. “They are a bit ahead of the game in terms of Wisconsin, so they are looking for new techniques and trends.”
In Stock: Glo Minerals, Glo Therapeutics, Hempz, OPI, Pureology, Redken

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