As Rock Paper Salon and Store gets settled in at our new location at 510 Main St, I can't help but reflect on where we started and how far we've come. Join me for a little retrospective, will you?
First location: A beautiful cozy space with gorgeous light. The perfect location to quietly introduce my ideas to Medina, one awesome client at a time. However, it was just too far off the beaten path to share my vision with a larger audience once I was ready to branch out. I loved the space, but I quickly outgrew it. And quite frankly I wanted more foot traffic and a better view (do you remember the parking lot dumpster?! Enough said.).
Second location: We made our way to Main St! Yes, it was on the far edge of the action, but it was a great big space to play and experiment with the salon/store concept. We had alot of fun. We figured out what we loved as well as what wasn't meant for us long-term. But like a poorly executed asymmetrical bob, this space always felt a little disconnected...and not in a good way. There were so many incredible things happening in the store in the back that remained unseen as a result of the layout. And with just one small storefront there wasn't enough light to warm the chill in the air.
Current location: When 510 Main St became available we quickly realized that it offered all the things we loved about our first two locations, with the added bonus of being on a busier stretch of Main St. The new location offers gorgeous natural light with just enough space to show off our carefully curated assortment of products and apparel without feeling overwhelming. The layout is cohesive and provides the perfect canvas for the experience I hope to create for my Rock Paper Salon and Store Clients...
In the new Rock Paper Salon and Store my love of hair and fashion fit together in our best space yet. The store is infused with unique pieces of clothing that can't be found outside of Rochester or Buffalo. The looks are repurposed yet current, on trend without feeling trendy. There is nowhere else in Medina that offers the eclectic clothing styling going on here and I'm constantly adding to the assortment so the offerings will always feel fresh. If you see something for sale in the store it is because we personally believe in it, use it, and love it. If you're looking for a gift for yourself or a friend look no further than Rock Paper (we even gift wrap!).
As I grow and evolve as an artist in this industry, I continue to be inspired by worldwide trends while staying true to my roots and trusting my own instincts. I believe in and love Redken ammonia free color as well as Pureology and Davines organic hair products for everyday care and styling. However this year I'm also incorporating some psychedelic pastels from bleach London for clients looking to explore edgier looks. It's a very exciting time in hair and fashion and I can't wait to connect with even more awesome people in Medina and beyond!
I look back fondly on the past 4 years and I feel great pride about how far we've come. I can't help but feel that we're right where we're supposed to be. I look forward to seeing you at the new Rock Paper Salon and Store!