Mosaic Salon Group gathers vibrant community of salon artists in downtown Edmonds

- Housed in the former Washington Federal Bank building at Fifth and Dayton, the Mosaic Salon Group is a community of 23 independent salon and spa related businesses under a single roof. (Photos by Larry Vogel)
– Housed in the former Washington Federal Bank building at Fifth and Dayton, the Mosaic Salon Group is a community of 23 independent salon and spa related businesses under a single roof. (Photos by Larry Vogel)

Third Thursday Arts Walk regulars who braved the January wind and rain were in for a special treat: the open house of the new Mosaic Salon Group!

Housed in the former Washington Federal Bank location at Fifth and Dayton, the group comprises 23 separate businesses including hair salons, a traditional barber shop, skin care, nail services and more.

The interior has been reconfigured into 23 separate studio-salons which business owners lease and are free to customize to reflect their tastes and create their own identity and ambiance. This gives proprietors a sense of privacy and independence without the necessity of owning the building. The closeness creates a sense of community among the owners, and gives clients a one-stop location offering the full range salon services.

Thursday’s open house featured live music, a raffle, a wide variety of treats, and the chance to meet the owners, visit their salons, and feel the sense of community that is taking root in this special corner of downtown Edmonds.

Vanessa Romero, owner of Vanessa’s On Fifth, offers nail care using only natural, non-toxic products.
Thursday night's Mosaic Salon Group open house featured live music by Isaac Castillo and Marina Christopher, and bass and ukulele duo.
Thursday night’s Mosaic Salon Group open house featured live music by Isaac Castillo and Marina Christopher, and bass and ukulele duo.
Lace Lopez operates the HBL Barber Shop, which targets its services to male clients.
Lace Lopez operates the HBL Barber Shop, which targets its services to male clients.
The first occupants of the Mosaic building were long-time Edmonds hair stylists Karen Gurnett and Stephanie Thompson. Owners of the Mane Attraction for 22 years, they moved the business from its former location further up Fifth Avenue to the new Mosaic Group location in October. "It's wonderful being here," said Gurnett. "Our customers have better parking, don't have to negotiate stairs, and I don't have the headaches of building upkeep."
The first occupants of the Mosaic building were long-time Edmonds hair stylists Karen Gurnett and Stephanie Thompson. Owners of the Mane Attraction for 22 years, they moved the business from its former location further up Fifth Avenue to the new Mosaic Group location in October. “It’s wonderful being here,” said Gurnett. “Our customers have better parking, don’t have to negotiate stairs, and I don’t have the headaches of building upkeep.”
Olivia Latham, owner of Seattle Sugaring, specializes in body sugaring, hair removal, and all-round skin care.
Olivia Latham, owner of Seattle Sugaring, specializes in body sugaring, hair removal, and all-round skin care.
Sandy Christopher, formerly with Edmonds’ Salon 512, moved into her space late last year. “It’s wonderful being an independent business owner and also part of this community of professionals,” she said.

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