A blend of old-world sophistication and modern cool, Studio So Lara is a destination where guests literally hang out.
On weekend afternoons, it’s not uncommon to find hairstylists at Studio So Lara whipping up a cappuccino for a guest who has come by just to hang out. “We’re not pretentious,” says Lara Leckie, owner of the Kitchener, Ont., salon. “We really want guests to feel warm and welcomed. You know when you walk into a high-end boutique and by just being there, you feel pretty? I want to do the same thing with my salon, where guests feel special in our space.” Designed to marry a modern chrome theme with a touch of ornate decor in everything from the knobs to mirrors—“the details matter,” says Leckie—every facet of the boutique salon is well thought out.
Leckie, who has travelled to Europe with Goldwell, always makes a point of visiting salons abroad. Inspired by her travels, she imported adjustable sinks with electronic footrests and furniture that gives her salon a truly classy atmosphere. The salon also provides iPads—four at the colour bar, to help guests pass the time while waiting for their colour, and four floating on the floor to help book appointments and share cool hair videos.