Sola Salons plans to open shop in 5,200 square feet of space at Rosewood Crossing on Nov. 1, owner Wylie Pearce told The State on Monday.
Sola opened the first of its 225 U.S. salons in Denver, Colo., in 2004. Different from a traditional salon, Sola offers stylists 100-200 square feet of high-end, move-in-ready salon space, which the stylists own and operate. In addition to hair stylists, the salons draw massage therapists and nail techs who want to launch their own businesses but not shell out the upfront costs of starting a business.
“At Rosewood Crossing, we will have 26 different studios and we will feature a brand new Sola design that is really sleek and sharp,” Pearce said. “The concept just allows for a more personal one-on-one with you and your stylist where they can close their door, play their own music, set their own rates and create their own atmosphere.”
Pearce also owns and operates Sola’s Bower Parkway location off Harbison Boulevard, which opened in 2013. In June, Forbes magazine ranked Sola the No. 1 best franchise to buy of those with entry costs of $500,000 and above.
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In Trenholm Plaza, Southern Proper Heritage Shop by Craig Reagin opened Aug. 29. The store is operated by Jeremy Reagin Addy in conjunction with his Lexington store, Craig Reagin Clothiers, which opened on Main Street in 2011.
Southern Proper Heritage Shop features the Atlanta-based Southern Proper line of young, preppy menswear, as well as the Craig Reagin private label clothes line — high-end button-down shirts, shorts and pants for men.
Within the next few weeks, however, the shop will also begin to have greater appeal for its women shoppers.
“It’s primarily a young men’s clothing shop but Southern Proper is launching a women’s collection this fall so we will start carrying some of those pieces later this month and into the fall,” Addy said.
And in Lexington, Columbia-based music lesson studio Freeway Music opened a new location in Lexington’s Old Mill center at 711 E. Main St. on Saturday. Freeway offers private lessons in guitar, piano, drums, voice, bass, brass, woodwinds and banjo. The studios also offer rock band classes and preschool music classes. The company opened in 2011 and serves close to 1,000 students in its four other Columbia area locations.
Freeway is the second music school to move into new digs in Lexington this year. Columbia Arts Academy’s Lexington School of Music moved into an existing space next to Lexington Presbyterian Church at 226 Barr Road this spring.