Expanded Shawn Paul Salon finds new home in Rockefeller Building
The Shawn Paul Salon has found a new home in the Mayfield Lee Business District’s Heights Rockefeller Building and is ready to grow. The salon, currently located in the Cedar Lee Business District is not only expanding its space, but also adding services, and using its new space to foster creativity, social engagement, and connectivity opportunities.
The salon first opened its doors in the fall of 2011. Since its inaugural haircut, the salon has grown rapidly, and has been voted Best Cleveland Heights Salon and has received several Best Stylist awards.
The salon’s team of master stylists has been crucial to its success. “I am the luckiest guy alive," said owner Shawn Paul Gustafson. "I get to work with the craziest humans ever (my team), laugh all day long, and know that at the end of the day we all had fun. We are not for everyone, and that’s okay. We can get a bit too loud, openly share our political thoughts, and are obsessed with NPR. That being said, a lot of people seem to like our brand of crazy.”
The original three-chair salon on Lee Road operated within a tiny space just under 500 square feet. With its latest expansion into a new 3,000 square-foot space, in the former Barlé’s Soup and Sandwich, the salon will feature six styling chairs, lounges and an outdoor garden, a full nail spa, and two body treatment rooms.
The salon currently offers a full range of cut and coloring services for the entire family. Starting in July, however, the salon will offer several unique spa and nail services as well, including manicures and pedicures, massage and waxing.
Gustafson is working with several local, small-batch body-care producers to use their products in the service offerings. “Cleveland is rich in beautifully crafted goods, and we should all get to experience our region’s luxuries,” he said.
In addition to the new location and expansion of services, the salon will revamp the space with vibrant colors, unique furniture, and guest lounge areas intended to create conversation. “Our salon was built to serve the community that sustains us, and with the new space we will be awarded many new opportunities to give back,” said Gustafson.
Gustafson moved to Cleveland Heights in 2008 and has been an active and engaged resident and community stylist since. Supporting local causes, events, and programs, he and the salon have always been dedicated to civic engagement, public service, and supporting meaningful causes through their work and business. “Caring for the community around us is not optional, it’s essential,” he said.
The salon’s last day of business on Lee Road is set for July 15, and the new location is expected to open shortly thereafter. To receive up-to-date information about the reopening, “like” Shawn Paul Salon on Facebook, or go to www.shawnpaulsalon.com.
Shawn Paul Salon is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 216-862-6029 for an appointment. The salon’s new address is 2483 Lee Blvd., in Cleveland Heights.
Sruti Basu is the director of community building programs at FutureHeights.