Savannah’s Starland District will soon have 29 new business owners, all working out of the newly renovated Station 24 building at 2400 Bull St.
Sola Salon Studios is the home to 29 individual, boutique salons with floor-to-ceiling walls and glass doors that fully close. The salon concept allows stylists to run their own business in a private space, while providing safety, on-site laundry, parking, utilities, Wi-Fi and more.
On Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., the public is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony to meet local franchisee Heather Safrit, explore the new studios and learn what Sola Salon Studios is all about.
“We are thrilled to offer Sola’s boutique salon concept in the downtown Savannah Starland District,” said Heather Safrit, owner of Sola Salon Studios in Chatham County. “There are incredible possibilities for salon professionals with an entrepreneurial spirit to expand their businesses here, while ensuring the utmost safety standards for their clients. We’re excited to welcome so many skilled professionals into our salon to serve the downtown and midtown Savannah community.”
Amberly Colina is the owner of Palm + Sage Salon, and Katie Oakes is the owner of Hair by Katie Oakes Salon Studio. Both stylists have been with Sola Salon Studios for about four years and have salons at the new studio.
Colina said the best way to describe Sola Salon Studios is as “an apartment complex for beauty professionals.”
“You don’t just rent your chair, you rent your whole room,” Oakes said. “You’re in complete control of your space. I love the customization that it gives you.”
Anyone who’s had a balayage or a highlight can agree that beauty services are forms of art, so it makes total sense that the new studios are in the heart of the Starland District.
“I feel like the Starland District is the perfect match because it is the art district,” Colina said. “It’s a community based on creative people, so I feel like [the new studio] is going to shine even brighter than any of the other Solas.”
Colina and Oakes said they’re excited to support their new neighbors, too.
Photo courtesy of Sola Salon Studios
Sola Salon Studios awaits future visitors of the 2400 Bull St. location.
“I love Starland Yard and all of the local restaurants like Starland Cafe, The Vault, Nom Nom Poke,” Oakes said. “I love all of the local businesses in the area.”
“It’s wonderful to bring my clients into this Savannah community,” Colina added.
Colina will be at Thursday’s ribbon cutting with other Sola Salon Studios stylists. Oakes said she will be working during the event, but said she’s actually excited for guests to get a peek into her work day.
“It’s kind of a nice thing for people who have never experienced Sola before,” Oakes said. “They’ll get to see me in action, the space we utilize and what we offer.”
You can check out some of Oake’s and Colina’s work on social media at @hairbykatieoakes
. For information on local Sola Salon Studios, contact Savannah Area Manager LaDonna Dryer at 912-303-7221.