This month, Sola Salon Studios is celebrating 15 years of successful business. Stratton Smith and Matt Briger opened the first Sola location in Highlands Ranch, CO in 2004 with a mission to inspire and support beauty professionals in experiencing the freedom of salon ownership.
Years later, Sola is celebrating explosive expansion within the United States as well as internationally, in Canada and Brazil. “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," Jennie Wolff, Sola's VP of marketing and education, says. "We look forward to empowering thousands of future independent salon owners in the years to come.”
The business is also proud to be providing high-end, move-in ready salon studios with educational resources and support tools. Over 10 Sola pros joined in the first year alone and are still part of the community today. Kim Bennett was the first to join and is now the owner of Kim Bennett Studios and Sola’s Culture Ambassador. “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.” she says.