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NOV 2017

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42 | BEAUTY LAUNCHPAD | NOVEMBER 2017 A t the age of 12, Stacie Bowie knew that she wanted to be a hairdresser. After fi nishing beauty school years later, she studied in London, Paris and South Africa— also working as a color educator for Redken. "I love to learn and consider myself a 'forever student,'" says Bowie. "17 years into my career, with the encouragement of my husband Scott, I made the decision to open a salon. It was time for me to take what I had learned and create a salon that worked as a team and strived to be the best." In 2005, Bowie Salon and Spa opened its doors to the public in Seattle. The "modern Zen minimalist" space was inspired by Bowie's belief in Buddhist philosophy. "The salon is a big space with white walls reminiscent of a photo studio," she remarks. Live & Learn/ Salon of the Month "People comment that we should have artwork on the walls. We kept the walls bare for a couple of reasons: One is to keep the minimalist uncluttered feel, but also because we wanted to maintain our focus on the client rather than the stylist or salon decor." With a staff of 10 stylists and six apprentices, the salon offers haircuts and color services, as well as an array of spa treatments such as facials, makeup and waxing. Bowie chose a commission/employee- based salon model because it afforded her the best chance to hire like-minded people who share her vision and values. She also offers an advanced hairstylist apprentice program that is recognized as one of the best in the nation. In the 12 years since it has been EMPLOYEE PERKS GUEST PERKS 401k; medical insurance; paid sick time; continuing education in and outside of the salon; hands-on classes; complimentary liters of shampoo and conditioner as quarterly rewards Rewards program that offers discounts and free swag by text, email and in-person check-in SNACKS SERVED Specialty teas, still water and sparkling water BEST-SELLING RETAIL PRODUCTS Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil, Shu Uemura Urban Moisture Hydro- Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner Natural BEAUTY STACIE: GARY BURKHARDT; JOHN GRANEN (3) SALON MISSION Serve the client and community. Our motto is "Beautiful hair naturally." THEME Modern Zen minimalist NUMBER OF CHAIRS 15 open, Bowie Salon and Spa's various accolades include being named among the top 100 salons in America by Elle magazine, in addition to being voted Seattle's best salon. Community service is also important at the salon, which is committed to giving back by working with schools and local groups such as Locks of Love and Dress for Success. Above all, Bowie and her staff are dedicated to providing clients with the highest standard of service in an unpretentious environment. "We focus on hospitality," says Bowie. "We are constantly trying to elevate the guest experience. We have a culture of kindness, quality, and we are here to serve our guests. This has helped us not only be successful, but also fulfi lled." The styling area of Bowie Salon and Spa. The large retail area off ers a variety of products, including Kérastase, RevitaLash and Shu Uemura. "The Buddha statue reminds us to stay centered and give our guests a sense of calm." —Stacie Bowie STACIE BOWIE Bowie Salon and Spa in Seattle offers clients quality services in a relaxed environment. —KK

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