Sola Salon Studios Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary!
July 12, 2019 // Franchising.com // DENVER, CO - Sola Salon Studios is in a festive mood as it celebrates the company’s 15th Anniversary this July!
Since its inception in 2004, Sola has become the largest, fastest-growing salon studio business in the United States with over 450 locations and the business home to over 14,000 independent beauty professionals.
Founded by Stratton Smith and Matt Briger, Sola Salon Studios has stayed true to its mission: to inspire and support beauty professionals to experience the freedom of salon ownership.
By providing high-end, move-in ready salon studios, alongside educational resources and support tools, Sola Salon Studios empowers beauty professionals to live their dreams and elevate their careers.
Sola Salon Studios has experienced explosive growth since its inception by developing programs and tools that puts the independent beauty professional first – from cutting-edge technology, to live Sola Sessions events, to a full range of marketing and business support.
It doesn’t stop there. Sola Salon Studios has expanded beyond the United States with its recent international locations opening in Canada and Brazil!
On July 12, 2004, the first Sola location opened in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. On that day, Sola co-founders Smith and Briger brought a bottle of champagne to Sola to celebrate. When they walked in, they were surprised to see Kim Bennett, the first stylist to sign a lease in the US, already cutting hair in her studio. They said, "What are you already doing here" Kim replied with "Making money, honey!"
“Being a Sola owner has given me so many opportunities that I could never have imagined. First, it has been a privilege and an honor to be the first Sola owner! The proof is in the pudding…I have had a successful business that thrives, grows and evolves every year! Throughout the years, Sola has evolved right alongside me and my business, creating tools to better support my success. Sola Pro, Sola Sessions and SolaGenius have become a part of my business I could never live without. It’s a true partnership with Sola!” commented Kim Bennett owner of Kim Bennett Studios and Sola’s Culture Ambassador.
Before 2004 was over, ten additional Sola pros joined and are still part of the Sola community today, The amazling trailblazers include Kim Bennett, Amy Greenhouse, Vicki Campos, Elly Kinnaird, Victoria Jacobsen, Jaylane Long, Nicole Mayoros, James Mortlock, Tammy Turczyn and Brenda Ferguson.
Jennie Wolff, Sola’s VP of Marketing and Education, shared “It’s truly amazing to see the evolution of the Sola brand since 2004 and more importantly, the growth of our community. Only four years ago we were celebrating the 5,000th Sola professional. Today, our community is made up of over 14,000 rock star salon owners and we could not be more proud. We look forward to empowering thousands of future independent salon owners in the years to come.”
For more information about Sola Salon Studios, please visit www.solasalonstudios.com.
About Sola Salon Studios
In 2004, Sola Salon Studios was established with the opening of our first location in Denver, CO. Now with more than 450 locations open in the US and Canada, we are proud to offer salon professionals the freedom and benefits of salon ownership without the upfront costs and risks associated with opening a traditional salon. Our innovative salon model empowers hairdressers, estheticians, nail techs, massage therapists and other like-minded professionals to take control of their lives and their careers. We provide beauty professionals with high-end, fully-equipped salon studios alongside the support and tools they need to launch their salon business in no time.
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