Sequoia Mall gains hair-raising attraction

Sola Salon is shown behind new signage for the Sequoia Mall at intersection of Caldwell Avenue and Fairway Street.(Kenny Goodman)

Sola Salon Studios’ expansion into the Visalia community raises opportunities for cosmetology professionals to take root and shine, helps to revitalize Sequoia Mall

VISALIA – As the Sequoia Mall continues to obtain new business names through its revitalization, Sola Salon Studios (Sola) has announced it is one of the latest additions to the lot with its newest location coming to Visalia.

“We are absolutely thrilled to introduce our seventh Sola location and the empowerment of salon ownership to the Visalia community,” Sola co-owner Shawna Bortolussi said via press release.

Residents can find the newest addition of Sola Salons at 3501 S. Mooney Blvd Ste 130, nestled at the intersection of Mooney and Caldwell within the newly revitalized Sequoia Mall. While construction is just kicking off, the business has its sights set on an exciting opening in the first quarter of 2024, according to a press release from Sola.

“We’re delighted to bring Sola’s boutique salon studio concept to Visalia,” co-owner Shay Stevenson said via press release. “Visalia has been on our development radar for several years, and we’re genuinely excited to construct another Sola location in partnership with the Paynter Realty group, right in the heart of the revamped Sequoia Mall.”

The new Sola Salon will enjoy a prime spot, sandwiched between the upcoming Sprouts, Nordstrom Rack, Barnes and Noble and a host of other retail businesses that are set to open at the location soon.

“This revitalization project is poised to be a game-changer for Visalia’s residents, and we couldn’t be happier about the timing of this endeavor. There are tremendous opportunities here for salon professionals with an entrepreneurial spirit to establish their businesses at Sola Salons Visalia,” Stevenson said.

According to the press release, each suite at Sola Salon Studios Visalia will be designed with independent beauty professionals in mind. The space will feature 35 individual studios, all tailor-made for hairstylists, estheticians, makeup artists, eyelash and eyebrow experts, nail technicians, massage therapists and a wide array of professionals within the cosmetology industry.

Each studio is planned to come in various sizes, from singles to larges and doubles, offering different price points and a variety of amenities to cater to consumer needs. Additionally, the suites provided through Sola are fully-equipped, complete with shampoo bowls, cabinets and shelving fixtures.

“At Sola, one of our guiding principles has always been ‘Be in business for yourself, not by yourself’,” Bortolussi said. “As an ownership group, we’re committed to providing you with the autonomy and freedom of salon ownership, coupled with unparalleled support from the Sola brand and a network of fellow Sola professionals.”

Since its 2004 inception, Sola has rapidly expanded to over 685 locations nationwide, establishing itself as “the world’s largest and fastest-growing community of independent beauty professionals in the country,” said the press release. Today, over 20,000 salon professionals successfully operate their businesses within Sola Salons, according to the release, who are all enjoying the freedom and advantages of salon ownership without the risks and overhead associated with opening a traditional salon.

Sola is also renowned for offering cutting-edge technology and top-notch education to bolster its professionals, according to the release. The management group has successfully launched six other locations in the Fresno/Clovis markets, eagerly anticipating the opening of this exciting new shopping center.

“With Sola, you have a dedicated team of local and national support, all focused on equipping you with the tools and support to thrive in your business. We’re eagerly anticipating the opportunity to be part of your professional journey as you step into salon ownership, and we can’t wait to meet you,” Bortolussi said.

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