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Franchise Business Review Names Top Franchises of 2021

January 8, 2021

Sola Salon Studios was ranked one of Franchise Business Review's Top 200 Franchises of 2021. The comprehensive list is ranked based on franchise owner satisfaction. 

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Fast & Serious: Franchise Times Ranks the Smartest-Growing Brands

January 5, 2021

Sola Salon Studios is ranked as one of Franchise Times' Top 40 Fast & Serious brands. The list identifies fast-growing brands with staying power, using a proprietary 10-point formula that includes percentage sales growth, percentage unit growth, dollar sales growth and numerical unit growth over the past three years. 

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Sola Salon Studios Accelerates U.S. Expansion Amid Year of Record Growth

December 2, 2020

Sola Salon Studios continues to be the leading brand in the salon studios franchise segment. Read more about our aggressive franchise development plan, which includes 44 new Sola locations over the next several years. 

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Sola Salon Studios signs 17 franchise development agreements

November 23, 2020

Sola Salon Studios, the world’s largest and fastest growing salon studios franchise, announced the signing of 17 new development agreements with eight franchise groups that will expand the brand’s presence in 14 key U.S. states, including Illinois, Arizona, Texas, New York, California, and Florida. Find out more here!

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Q&A with Lori Merrall, Director of Franchise Development for Sola Salon Studios

November 6, 2020

Franchise Chatter spoke with Sola Director of Franchise Development, Lori Merrall about the benefits of owning a Sola. Read more here. 

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Sola Owner Says Model Is Resilient; Golden Chick ‘Zee Targets Underserved Markets

October 29, 2020

Former Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Dan Bowers beleives Sola to be the perfect franchise investment. Here's why!   

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100 Influential Women In Franchising 2020: Fitness, Health & Beauty

October 13, 2020

Sola CEO, Christina Russell was recently selected as one of the top 100 Influential Women in Franchising by Business Woman, a magazine launched just last year by the team behind What Franchise and Global Franchise. Business Woman Magazine celebrates the powerhouse women of franchising. Very well deserved, Christina! 

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Sola Salon Studios Signs Eight Franchise Agreements To Open 22 New Locations Across The U.S.

August 4, 2020

Sola Salon Studios, the world’s largest and fastest growing salon studios franchise, announced today the signing of multi-unit development agreements with eight franchise groups that will bring 22 new locations to key markets throughout the U.S. over the next several years, including Florida, New York, California, Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska. This surge in franchise development is fueled by Sola’s recent growth, where it opened 16 new locations in North America in June and July, and reflects the brand’s simple, yet compelling franchise opportunity.

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Salon Concept Continues Expansion

August 3, 2020

Sola Salon Studios, which offers beauty professions move-in-ready studios in a shared setting, is expanding its footprint across the US via franchising.

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Suite Life Reimagined: Lessons Learned

July 18, 2020

During quarantine, many stylists took the opportunity to prepare safety, sanitation and new business plans to put in place for when their state gave them the greenlight to reopen. And when that day finally came, and they were allowed to get back to work, putting those plans into practice were met with a need to refine and rework some of them. Here, Jennie Wolff (@jenniethewolff), Chief Marketing Officer of Sola Salon Studios (@solasalons) and Vicki Lynn Kelley (@ovationsbyvl), hair and makeup artist and owner of Ovations by Vicki Lynn at My Salon Suites Austin, TX, share lessons learned after reopening their suites.

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Why Restaurant Franchisees Should Consider Diversifying with Non-Food Concepts

July 6, 2020

Whether you’re a single-concept franchisee diversifying for the first time or a franchise industry veteran looking to add another brand to your multi-concept portfolio, diversification is not only a smart investment strategy, it’s a recommended one.

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Hair Salons Positioned For a Major Boost In Business After Reopening

June 5, 2020

Sola Salon CEO Christina Russell joins Yahoo Finance’s On The Move panel to discuss reopening more than 200 Sola Salon locations and help break down the future of the salon industry.

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Stylists, Barbers Look to Reduce Risks When Opening

June 4, 2020

Sola Multi-Unit Franchisee, Austin Campbell, spoke with the San Diego Business Journal about the precautions he is taking in his 15 Sola's to keep his stylists and their customers safe after re-opening.

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Sola Salon Studios Reopens Following Recommendations From The CDC and Local Health Departments

June 3, 2020

“Like our franchisees, Sola pros are small, independent business owners, so we thought it was important to reopen our buildings and allow them to start earning an income again as soon as possible, which has a direct impact on our franchisees’ revenue,” said Christina Russell, CEO of Sola Salon Studios. “Our salon studios model is comprised of 20-40 boutique salon studios per location with floor-to-ceiling walls and sliding glass doors, made for one-on-one experiences. Because of this unique layout, beauty professionals have more control of their space and sanitation practices at Sola.” Read more on how we are re-opening #SolaStrong.

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How Hair and Nail Salons Are Reopening During the Coronavirus Pandemic

May 26, 2020

“Beginning on April 27, Sola Salon Studios, which provides hair, nail, wax and massage services, began reopening locations in Georgia as restrictions were lifted. Since then, more than 273 of its 505 salons have opened following each state’s local reopening guidelines.”  As the safety of our Sola professionals and their guests have remained our number one priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are honored to have been featured in People for our efforts. Check it out!

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Sola Salon Studios to the Rescue

May 19, 2020

"At Sola, our focus on community is what helps to build a unique culture of independents who are supporting each other, whether locally, or virtually all across the country and in Canada, too. Throughout the last two months, we have seen our community band together more than ever so that we can all get to the other side of this #SolaStrong."

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Massage, Salon Franchises Discuss Reopening Plans

May 15, 2020

For stylists and their clients, hugging one another “is very much a part of the culture,” says Sola Salon Studios CEO Christina Russell. “We had to put guidance out that you can’t hug anymore.” That’s just one of many nuances that come with the personal nature of the salon industry and that Sola, whose franchisees rent space to hair stylists, massage therapists, nail techs, skincare professionals and makeup artists at 500 locations, addressed in its back-to-work plan.

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Salons With Alternative Business Models Could Be New Norm In a Post-Pandemic World

May 9, 2020

Salon companies with suite-based business models are seeing an uptick in demand.

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Sola Salon Studios Signs Multi-Unit Franchise Agreement with Seasoned Foodservice Operator, Mitch Cohen

April 30, 2020

Sola Salon Studios, the worlds largest and fastest growing salon studios franchise, announced the signing of a multi-unit franchise agreement with distinguished foodservice operator and franchising industry veteran, Mitch Cohen.

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How Sola Salon Studios Leader Is Navigating COVID-19

April 27, 2020

We are navigating the COVID-19 crisis and looking ahead at how we can best support our stylists and franchisees in the future. "We have been and remain very optimistic that we’ll find ourselves on steady ground again sooner rather than later. While we continue to fight for our franchisees and their businesses, as well as work to keep the stylist community engaged, inspired and connected, we can’t help but feel fortunate to be in the business we’re in." - Sola CEO, Christina Russell

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Restaurant Vet Makes Switch to Salon Suites in Multi-Unit Deal

April 22, 2020

Mitch Cohen’s lengthy career as a franchisee includes operating top-performing Baskin-Robbins stores, successfully adding Dunkin’ units and later getting into Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs. He now has five Jersey Mike’s shops throughout Long Island, New York, but his newest brand is seemingly a total departure from the restaurant industry. “Seemingly” because, as Cohen explained, his experience from 35-plus years running restaurants will translate to a unique take on customer service as he steps outside foodservice to develop locations of Sola Salon Studios which stood out to him becuase of its focus on the stylists.

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How Franchise Marketing Is Adapting to COVID-19 at Sola Salon Studios

April 13, 2020

The COVID-19 world is changing and you have to change your marketing efforts along with it. Sola Franchise Director shares how Sola is marketing during this unprecentented time and why it's working.

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Sola CEO Manages Fear With a Focus on Reopening

April 10, 2020

Sola CEO Chrstina Russell focuses on the future as she speaks about how she is leading the brand and franchisees through a turbulent time and her vision for brighter times ahead.

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2020 Fastest-Growing Franchises Ranking

March 23, 2020

Sola is proud to be included in's 2020 List of Fastest Growing Franchises. We truly value our Sola franchisees that help us reach these milestones. 

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Multi-Unit Foodservice Operator Signs On With Sola Salon Studios

March 19, 2020

Mitch Cohen is a franchise industry veteran with more than three decades of franchise industry experience with foodservice concepts such as Baskin-Robbins, Dunkin', and Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs. Now he's diversifying his portfolio from food brands for the first time by signing a six-unit agreement with Sola Salon Studios.

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Sola Salon Studios Delivers Proven Path to Franchise Success

November 14, 2019

For many people, owning a franchise business is the ultimate dream. Finding that right franchise fit starts with doing your homework.  Sola Salon Studios makes it easy to do your due diligence with a franchise guide that illustrates the brand’s powerful use of real estate to empower the independence and entrepreneurship of beauty and wellness professionals. 

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The Power Of Sola! Sola Salon Studios Brings Together Franchisees At The Yearly Sola Summit In Cabo San Lucas

November 12, 2019

The annual Sola Salon Studios Summit took place in gorgeous Cabo San Lucas, Mexico this past October. This year, the Summit brought together over 300 attendees - from Sola franchisees, vendor partners, guest speakers and the Sola home office team - for three amazing days of inspiration, education and networking all centered around this year’s theme, “The Power of Sola.”

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Sola Salon Studios Announces Franchise Industry Veteran, Christina Russell, As New Chief Executive Officer

June 20, 2019

Sola Salon Studios is delighted to announce that Christina Russell has been named new CEO effective June 5, 2019. Ms. Russell brings an extensive senior leadership background in franchising with leading companies such as Curves, Camp Bow Wow, and Pure Barre where she was recently CEO. In addition to her corporate roles, she began her career in the franchise industry as a multi-unit owner, which provides her a unique, rich perspective and background that she brings to this role.

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Sola Salon Studios Named “Dealmakers Of The Year” In 2019 By Franchise Times

June 20, 2019

Sola Salon Studios was recently recognized by Franchise Times Magazine as a winner of their “Dealmakers of the Year” award, a prestigious recognition honoring the boldest players that drove mergers and acquisitions in the franchising world. The winners were announced at their recent Franchise Times Dealmakers Awards in Las Vegas.

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New CEO Feels at Home in Sola Salon Studios Post

June 17, 2019

Christina Russell, newly named CEO of Sola Salon Studios, finds common threads between her latest appointment and her former CEO jobs at Pure Barre and Camp Bow Wow before that. “In every brand I’ve been a part of there’s been some founder/CEO transition that I walked into,” she said. “It’s tough when the founder leaves to keep that beating heart beating as strong as it was.”

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Austin Campbell Breaks Down Why He Owns 13 Sola Franchises

June 12, 2019

Austin Campbell has been involved with Sola Salon Studios since its inception in 2004. He now owns 13 locations in the San Diego, Calif., area and has no intentions of slowing down. “When we first opened Sola, I thought you were lying if you said we could have 10. Now 25 is very obviously in our sights,” Campbell says. Sola was founded to create a supportive community for beauty professionals to achieve their dreams, which is one of the things Campbell was initially drawn to. Campbell says empowering entrepreneurs is the most rewarding aspect of his job: “You get a text or a call from somebody saying, ‘Hey, this has honestly changed my life.’ That’s just a shot of adrenaline and keeps me going and that’s why I absolutely love it.”

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Sola Salon Studios Announces Expansion To South America With The Opening Of Its First Location In Brazil

February 6, 2019

Sola Salon Studios, the leader in the salon studio category for beauty professionals, is excited to announce the opening of their first South America location in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as part of their international expansion.

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