Salon Salon – a Downtown Meeting Place

December 18, 2014

Jessica Baylon features jewelry and accessories by local artists. Handmade jewelry by Sophie Gelb is currently available.

Jessica Baylon features jewelry and accessories by local artists. Handmade jewelry by Sophie Gelb is currently available.

by Cristina Manos

It’s all about timing for Jessica Baylon, who waited twenty years for the right time to open her own business Downtown. This is the ninth salon she’s opened, but it’s the first one that she’s owned outright. Her salon opened in Downtown on Friday 12/12, and the concept is true to the name – Salon Salon.

The word salon is French and indicates a “gathering under the roof of an inspiring host.” Baylon wants to provide a space for people to come together and share ideas about society, politics, news, music, art and fashion. Baylon will offer salons at her salon.

For Baylon, the inspiration for re-purposing a salon came from Donald Judd, an American artist known for being a minimalist who used practical materials like plywood and metal to create aesthetic pieces that defied commercialism and represented individuality.

Local architects, Kathy Hancox and Mike Kothke accompany Jessica Baylon on opening day at Salon Salon. Photograph by Cristina Manos

Local architects, Kathy Hancox and Mike Kothke accompany Jessica Baylon on opening day at Salon Salon.

Salon Salon features high-top bar tables  with access to outlets for computers and electronic devices. Baylon wants to connect the community while bringing more services to Downtown.

Baylon sees the importance of helping the community and feels that the Downtown vibe is perfect for a gathering place. “These are some of the most beautiful interesting, ‘get it’ people in our world. They’re more soulful and more aware of what’s important in this crazy world. For me being part of the Downtown community is huge,” Baylon says.

Salon Salon will offer workshops, shows, and  seminars as well as featuring retail items made by local artists. Baylon is connecting Downtown business owners by featuring their products for sale in her salon. Jewelry by Sofie Gelb, co-owner of a Downtown boutique called Mast, is already on display at Salon Salon.

Workshops will start after the beginning of the year and Baylon has lined up professionals who will offer classes on anything from Thai Chi to photography to women’s health.

Salon Salon offers plenty of space in a uniquely designed eco-friendly atmosphere. On opening day, gifts of flowers and contributions helped make Salon Salon feel like home. Photograph by Cristina Manos

Salon Salon offers plenty of space in a uniquely designed eco-friendly atmosphere. On opening day, gifts of flowers and contributions helped make Salon Salon feel like home.

Salon Salon is also an educational hub for up-and-coming hair dressers to gain affordable access to world renowned hair dressers and make-up artists who will offer classes, seminars and shows. Instead of having to go to big cities like New York and Vegas, where travel and education is very costly, at Salon Salon the professionals will be brought to Downtown and the cost of classes is shared by students.

Salon Salon will offer brands of products and cosmetics from around the world that are not offered by anyone else in Tucson. The products and accessories are unique and niche, and Baylon will offer some of “the usual suspects” as well.

Salon Salon is a place where you can do some work, share ideas, get your hair and nails done, buy niche products and accessories, take classes and if you get hungry while enjoying the atmosphere, Maynard’s will deliver lunch.

Baylon is combining services that are both practical and unique, and more importantly, her salon gives a space for community connection in a Downtown that is as special and  as it gets. Salon Salon fits right in.

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