- October 2, 2021
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The newly opened Sola Salon Studios in Charleston. (Staten Island Advance/Alexandra Salmieri)Alexandra Salmieri
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — It’s a beauty lover’s paradise — where you can be pampered from head to toe all in one place.
Sola Salons — which opened in Port Richmond in 2019 with 29 studios and is filled with a variety of beauty professionals, from hairstylists to estheticians — opened its second Staten Island location earlier this month at 2935 Veterans Rd. West, Charleston, said Tina Marcopoulos, operations manager for the N.J.-based D&M Salon Suites. The company is the franchise owner of the two Staten Island locations, as well as several in New Jersey.
Services offered at the new location include: hair cuts and coloring; facials and skin care, like microblading; Botox and fillers; permanent makeup; laser hair removal, and eyebrow-threading. (Staten Island Advance/Alexandra Salmieri)Alexandra Salmieri
The new 7300-square-foot space in the South Shore Commons shopping center includes 32 studios, of which seven — ranging in size from 100 to more than 200 square feet — are still available for lease, she said.
“There seems to be a really big demand on the South Shore,” she said. “Clients didn’t want to travel, so that’s why some of the business owners moved over to the new location. Also, it gives our stylists from the South Shore a new opportunity.”
During the coronavirus mandates that forced salon businesses to be shuttered for three months, D&M Salon Suites didn’t charge rent to its studio owners. The company is the franchise owner of the two Staten Island locations, as well as several in New Jersey. (Staten Island Advance/Alexandra Salmieri)Alexandra Salmieri
Services offered at the new location include: hair cuts and coloring; facials and skin care, like microblading; Botox and fillers; permanent makeup; laser hair removal, and eyebrow-threading.
It’s like a mall for just beauty businesses.
The wide range of beauty professionals housed at Sola Salons are all independent operators. The parent organization touts itself as providing “move-in-ready studios” that allow beauty professionals to launch their own business.
The wide range of beauty professionals housed at Sola Salons are all independent operators. (Staten Island Advance/Alexandra Salmieri)Alexandra Salmieri
Marcopoulos said the concept is a great opportunity for people, especially women, to own their own business, without a lot of overhead costs.
“There is so much needed in order to open your own place. And at Sola you have a very low start-up cost and very low risk. You can become profitable immediately. And you’re not giving a percentage of your profits to a salon owner. With us, you keep everything you earn, and you have control over your schedule,” she said. “It’s really your own space and environment.”
NO RENT COLLECTED DURING PANDEMIC
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) mandates that forced salon businesses to be shuttered for three months, D&M Salon Suites didn’t charge rent to its studio owners.
“We knew these businesses would not have been able to survive,” said Marcopoulos of letting the rent slide during the height of the pandemic. “For the most part, almost all of our business owners came back; everybody opened, and everybody has begun to thrive again.”
Art & Soul Hair Studio is one of the newly opened salons at Sola Salon Studios in Charleston. (Staten Island Advance/Alexandra Salmieri)Alexandra Salmieri
CREATING A COMMUNITY
While each beauty business is individually owned and operated, Marcopoulos touted the camaraderie between professionals at Sola Salons.
“We found that each of our locations has become a community, because they’re not competing for their clients, they’re not competing with their next door neighbor. So, the element of competition for the most part, is taken away, and it’s very nice to see people work together and share information,” she said.
Marcopoulos noted that plans are in the works to open a third Sola Salons in Eltingville in the future.
The businesses formerly housed in the Post Richmond Sola Salons that have moved to the new South Shore location include:
Other new beauty businesses at the new location include:
And more businesses will be opening soon, said Marcopoulos.
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