May 2, 2013

Stylish new addition to South Lake Union: Gary Manuel Studio

There are so many cool things going on in the development of South Lake Union and the addition of a brand new Gary Manuel Studio is definitely one of my favorites! Innovative, eco-friendly and exciting are just three of the words I would use to describe the new space. Blow dryers hang artfully from the ceiling, Aveda products line the walls and a Wi-Fi bar offers guests a place to plug in. Owners Gary Howse and Manuel Benevich were determined to wait until the perfect location opened up for them to consider expanding their salon to other areas of the city and the brand new South Lake Union neighborhood was a natural fit. "We are so excited to bring Gary Manuel's high quality, personalized Aveda services to the people living and working in South Lake Union!" says co-founder Gary Howse.

Located on Westlake avenue across the street from Serious Pie, the Gary Manuel Studio is over 3,400 square feet of pure brilliance designed by Seattle architectural group Graham Baba. Floor to ceiling windows let in natural light, wood-wrapped walls and ceilings bring the outside world in, and a built-in photo booth greets guests upon arrival to offer an opportunity for those must-have "before and after" photos.

Studio Blow-dry services start at $25 and the experience includes a mini shoulder massage, scalp massage and a relaxing hand massage using Aveda products. This is an easy and affordable way to experience the new salon. I went twice in three days because I loved the atmosphere so much! The staff is friendly, the service is a great value and parking was a breeze. Additional services include haircuts starting at $30, single process color starting at $50 and highlights starting at $80.

Gary Manuel Studio has eco-chic, tech savvy guests in mind and they thoughtfully installed a place for guests to charge their phones and iPads at each station. The salon is also equipped with Wi-Fi making it easy to cruise your favorite fashion sites while getting pampered. I highly recommend a visit to this beautiful new salon!

A Grand Opening Celebration will take place on Thursday, May 30th from 6-8pm featuring catering by Tom Douglas, music, photos and a special donation to the Puget Soundkeepers Alliance. Stay tuned for more info!

Gary Manuel Studio 
390 Westlake Avenue North
Seattle, WA 

Photos courtesy of Gary Manuel Salon

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