Articles from ‘Steampunk’

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

Celebrate US!

Has it REALLY been 5 years since Lancer and D’Arcy took over ownership of Emerson Salon? WOW!

Time sure flies when you’re having fun with hair! This unique location inside an old 1920’s auto row building on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA continues to host experienced small business hair pros who serve quality hair services to their happy hair clients. Our location is centrally located and serves a cozy yet quirky steampunk vibe with old bureau stations and fun purple accents. All of the service providers inside this location are empowered to run their business as they see fit- schedule, online booking, pricing and more!

Join us in celebrating OUR story:

 In 2008, Alex Garcia and Matt Buchan established Emerson Salon at 909 E. Pike St. in Seattle, WA. They made a huge impact as they pushed the concept that social media, an expert blog and stylist profiles as imperative to showcase a hair salon in this modern age. From 2008-2012 Lancer and D’Arcy worked as commission based employees and established clientele in the location as employees.

    In 2012, the business model was switched by previous owners to renting chairs to independent contractors. Within a small period of time, D’Arcy and Lancer guided colleagues through the process of becoming self employed cosmetologists. Additionally, they wanted to learn the right way to run a small business and attended a business development course through Washington Ventures non-profit organization. They continued advanced training through Peer Loan Group, marketing and financial management courses as well in their pursuit of legal and ethical business practices.  2012 until present, D’Arcy and Lancer have maintained self-employment as independently run booth rent cosmetologists who are highly regarded by the community and clients alike.

    In 2014, co-owners Lancer Forney MacMahon and D’Arcy Harrison took over the Emerson Salon location. With legal counsel assistance, they negotiated a new commercial lease with 4-N Associates as well as an extensive transfer agreement with previous owners of the DBA name, goodwill  and assets. B.Please LLC applied for, presented and was granted a “Business Builder” federally backed loan through Washington Ventures and the Small Business Administration. A  B.Please LLC partnership utilizes “Doing Business As” of Emerson Salon.

2014 and beyond: Emerson Salon co-owners (Lancer Forney MacMahon and D’Arcy Harrison) have a combined experience of over 35 years in the cosmetology industry. They are also female and/or LGBTQ and work daily to provide a safe space for everyone in the historically LGTBQ+ friendly Capitol Hill Area.  They also work onsite as cosmetologists themselves and ensure the business is presented professionally on a daily basis via a maintained salon space and online presence (website, connections social media, stylist booking, & blog .)

In Winter 2019, Emerson Salon’s D’Arcy Harrison assisted in killing 6-7 bills in the WA State Legislature aimed at eliminating booth rental and dramatically curtailing small business. Through her advocacy, testimony, marketing efforts and bill analysis she aided support of 1000’s of cosmetologists in WA State to continue to do business with hours & schedule flexibility while paying all licenses and appropriate taxes.

——– and that leads us to now ……September 2019 where Emerson Salon is now a FINALIST for an Association of Washington Business Excellence Award. The ceremony will be held at Benaroya Hall Nov 20. WISH US LUCK! We would love to share the fancy glass award with our community who has supported our success and longevity!! Thank You for all YOUR LOVE!

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Emerson’s New Look

WOW! Take a look at the changes to Emerson Salon in this walking tour video!

D’Arcy and Lancer have been feverishly working to revamp the downsized space and the response from clients and stylists is overwhelmingly positive. People love the purple, the octopi images and all the fresh stenciling decorations to the stairs and bathroom. Clients have been saying that the salon looks professional, elegant and cozy!

bathroom

stairs

The vibe in the salon is very important to how everyone interacts in the space. D’Arcy and Lancer had some basic ideas and then opened up the decor discussion to friends, clients and stylists. Those basic ideas were to amp up the “Steampunk” theme and decor and to use shades of purple to accent the space. Did you know purple is the most complex hue for the eye to process? Its a great color to catch people’s eye walking on Pike St. in front of the salon.

 The result  of opening the discussion on decor is what you see here! A collaboration that started with Pinterest-ing many, many ideas and slowly narrowing down the ideas most people responded to. The mission was to make an interesting and funky space to create a comfortable atmosphere to confidently receive quality hair services.

Stop by today or book an appointment with one of our independent hair designers by contacting them directly from their profile on this website!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Ladies Of Mischief

At Emerson Salon, if you walk in to our front area you might notice some cool decorations of clock gears as well as nice, dark colored bureaus for stylist stations. This is part of our “steampunk,” theme. What is steampunk you ask?

“Steampunk is characterized by a setting in which steam power predominates as the energy source for industrial technologies, inspired by the 19th century………. Steampunk perhaps most recognizably features anachronistic technologies or retro futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in this era’s perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, ….” (excerpted from Wikipedia)

In the same guise, a very talented group of knitters and crocheters named, “The Ladies of Mischief,” have created a steampunk yarn pattern and photography book that not only shows their abilities but also creativity. They also included snippets about their ladies’ imagined biographies and writings.


D’Arcy (of D’Arcy Hair Design at Emerson Salon) assisted this talented crew with the highly stylized hair required for such an endeavor! This book has been 2 years in the making and we are so proud to share it with you! To peruse or buy go to: http://www.cooperativepress.com/shop/needles-and-artifice/

For more info on D’Arcy’s portfolio work, go to www.darcyhairdesign.com