Unlike more traditional how-we-met stories, the chance meeting of Natalie Gordon and Rachel Shrader eventually led them to many, many weddings. That’s because the two met while working on the beauty team for a three-day Indian wedding in 2009, and they knew they had an artistic connection; shortly thereafter, they founded Avenue 42 Style Studio. Each woman brings extensive experience to their business: Natalie has completed more than 130 hours of professional training and is an adjunct professor at the Virginia Cinema Makeup School, whereas Rachel has worked as a stylist for 10 years. Their mission began as a bride-centric one, and business boomed by 300% in their first year together. When they realized they couldn’t handle demand on their own, they brought stylists Sarah Bell and Gracia Triplett on board. In 2012, the opening of a permanent Avenue 42 Style Studio downtown solidified their presence in Richmond as not just wedding stylists but everyday stylists.
Today, the four-woman team at Avenue 42 Style Studio specializes in beauty services that cater to both the glam-seeking bride and the man, woman, child, or chow chow in search of a simple haircut. They hand-select hair color from lines by Schwarzkopf and Aveda, brushing color over roots to touch them up or creating ombre highlights. The styling team can also craft updos for formal occasions, as well as extend manes with Hairlocs, which adhere to the head without glue, heat, or forcing strands that just met to hug. As for aesthetics, their expertise now extends into organic airbrush tanning, airbrush makeup, and airbrush tattoo cover-up. Their on-location bridal services continue to flourish and have been featured in Southern Weddings magazine, among other publications.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We have been providing custom blended spray tans for over 5 years and offers formulas not available in any other salon.
Our spray tans made it debut at Super Bowl 50 on the Carolina Panthers TopCat Cheerleaders.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Island Glow's mission is to provide a safe alternative to tanning which will be affordable to all of our customers.
Our goal is to reduce the risk of skin cancer and aging for all age groups and gender.
What do you love most about your job?
Providing a safe alternative to harmful sun exposure and offering a boost of confidence on our customers faces as they experience a professional, custom spray tan designed to contour their curves and leave them feeling sun kissed.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
How beautiful the color, how easy it is to achieve desired results, and the professionalism of the staff.
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From haircuts to coloring processes, Richmond's Tony's Hair offers a wide variety of hair care services.
Remove unwanted hair with Tony's Hair's painless hair removal services.
From hair cuts and color and highlights to custom cuts and colors, the stylists at this salon are here to assist with all of your hair wants and needs.
This salon's stylists always welcoming any and all walk-in appointments.
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Whether you're coming in for just the usual cut or a special styling, Tony's Hair will meet your needs with nothing short of excellence.
At The Tanning Club in Richmond, you can select your tanning level and leave with a bronze glow.
This salon will have you feeling like it's summer all year round with its tanning salon boasting such services like tanning beds, spray tan, and airbrush tan.
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