Saah anticipates opening of luxury salon suites

Suzanne Saah, owner of Saah Salon Suites, anticipates the opening of her new location as she welcomes 13 new vendors to her luxury suites.

While she awaits a certificate of occupancy from town of Farragut, Saah said she hopes to open the suites, 201 S. Campbell Station Road, the former Aubrey’s Restaurant in Farragut, in a couple of weeks.

The suites, which can accommodate 27 businesses, still has 13 spaces remaining with a goal of attracting well-seasoned, educated people wanting to make Farragut their home, Saah said.

“I’m so excited [about opening],” she said. “I’m so happy. I really feel this is my vision, being able to help people open their own businesses. It’s my passion. I love the beauty industry, and we have a great group of people already. I’m just here to manage the property.

“As a small business owner, I want to empower other business owners by providing them with the tools to succeed,” Saah added.

“Salon ownership provides more independence and Saah Salon Suites provides a first-in-class location, which was a perfect fit,” Claire Farrington, owner of LeClaire Salon, said. She added she chose Saah Salon Suites because there was no other opportunity in the area that came close to providing the experience Saah Salon Suites provides.

She said LeClaire Salon is a full-service hair salon. Her hours will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays.

Holly Armes, owner of Elizabeth Bailey Hair Studio, said operating her business out of Saah Salon Suites offers her freedom and independence.

“I have the ability to control my own atmosphere and job,” Armes said. She added the location also is convenient for her customers.

Tammy Phillips, owner of Hair Maintenance Salon, said she met Saah about five years ago at Saah’s other suites.

“I really liked her and her concept,” Phillips said. “This location is convenient for about 85 percent of my clients.”

Phillips’ salon provides hair color, highlighting, haircuts for men, women and children and prom and wedding hairstyles.

She said she hopes to be moved in by early April and plans to be open from 9:30 am. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., ,Wednesdays; from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Fridays; and from

9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays. She will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.

“When I meet Suzanne, I just knew Saah Salon Suites were for me,” Holley Chitwood, owner of Southern Grace Salon, said. “She is professional and she seemed to just really enjoy what she does.

“It just felt right from the moment I started talking to her about the Farragut location,” Chitwood added. “I wanted to open my own salon but didn't want the overhead of a large salon. Being able to open a Salon Suite gives me the flexibility of a salon owner and allows me to focus on my business.”

She chose to open a business at the Farragut location because “everyone knows where the Aubrey's in Farragut was located. Also, being visible from Kingston Pike and located in a growing area is a big plus.”

Chitwood’s salon also is a full-service salon, she said. She will offer haircuts, hair color, highlights, Bayalage and other hair treatments and waxing. She hopes to move in two to three weeks.

Chitwood plans to be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays, but will be closed Tuesdays when she works on Saturdays. Hours also include from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays; from noon to 7 p.m., Thursdays; from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays.

Ingrid Griffin, owner of Blue Dress Boutique, said she decided to go into Saah Salons “because of the quality of the building, prime location, amazing owners and clientele that would be coming into the other suites would be perfect for my jewelry boutique product.

“We have interchangeable jewelry pieces,” she added. The “charms” can pop in and out of a bracelet or necklace so customers can switch out their jewelry pieces.

Dede Wallis, owner of Dede Suite Salon, said a friend referred Saah Salon Suites.

“After meeting with Suzanne and walking through their George Williams Suite at another location, I knew it was a good fit,” she said. “This [Farragut site]

is a convenient location for

my clients, and the growing Farragut area offers all aspects of customers.”

Wallis will provide custom cuts and color, hair smoothing treatments and facial waxing at her salon. She said her hours will accommodate her clients.

Farrah Byrd, owner of Salon Euphoria, said she chose to open a salon in Saah Salon Suites because she wanted a smaller salon.

“After owning my salon for eight years, I was ready to downsize,” she said. “After 20 years doing hair, this was the best decision for me. The location was perfect for my clients and me.”

Salon Euphoria will provide most hair services, including keratin treatments. She plans to be working from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays.

“We truly believe in the vision Suzanne has created. There is absolutely no other place like this in Knoxville,” Lauren Brown, co-owner of RevitalizeMD, said. She and Dr. Deb Durst will be working together.

“We are truly blessed for this opportunity,” Brown said. “Farragut is one of the most beautiful areas to live and work. We look forward to watching it grow.”

RevitalizeMD will offer Dysport, Botox, Injectables, Nova Threads, hydrafacials, xtreme lash extensions, dermaplaning, chemical peels and wellness, such as hormone replacement therapy, IV infusions and nutrition.

They hope to open later in April. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and Saturdays by appointment only.

When asked why Temple Ann Duncan decided to open her business, Bloom, in Saah Salon Suites, she answered, “Location, location, location.

“Many of my clients are from the Farragut area, as well as Lenoir City, Vonore, Maryville and Athens,” she said. Duncan will be providing advanced hair cutting and coloring services. She plans to be open from Tuesday through Friday.