Our History in Kansas City
Studio 39 was created because Gemy Chiarizio believed a stylist could improve someone’s day. With that in mind, a salon could make a big impact in a community. July 5th, 2001 was the salon’s first day of business, but 8 weeks later the 9/11 tragedy occurred. Lifting people’s confidence and spirits became a mission for her and the the salon. Creating a sense of unity while helping people look and feel their best has been our goal since 2001.
Our History of Unity
Salon specialty work is part of our history, but 20 years ago it was rare. Soon Gemy’s beauty approach drew attention and her clientele grew. Hiring salon assistants helped her better serve her large customer base. Soon she was wait listed for months but the assistants were developing into stylists. The belief that success can be taught and shared became a culture key. Eventually the stylists became mentors as well which helped the salon become one of Kansas City’s best in the area.
The phrase “we will never forget” means something here. Since September 11th, 2001 we have offered a special discount for all Military, Officers and First Responders.
Our History in KC’s Neighborhoods
The 2008 recession affected small business. Though many were downsizing, the salon experienced new growth. After finding a gallery space in the West Side/Crossroads, Gemy came off maternity leave early to supervise construction in the first space Studio 39 had off 39th street. Within 2 years another expansion was needed. This time she wanted a space the salon team would not outgrow.
A local salon becomes a local brand.
Before the recession, Downtown KC development was booming but by 2010 it had came to a halt. It made finding the right space difficult. One day Gemy came across a vacant 4,000 square foot warehouse in the historic Broadway Bottling District. October1st, 2012 she began her largest salon construction project, and on January 2nd, 2013 Studio 39 Salon opened it’s doors.
Incorporating the historical neighborhoods the salon called home became part of the brand design. The eclectic vibe of 39th street and the mid century inspired colors of the art deco West-side gallery are part of Studio 39 Downtown. In 2018, Gemy started construction planning of Studio 39 of Lakewood in Lee’s Summit. The second salon open April in 2019 and both locations make the the Studio 39 brand.
Our History of Hope, Love and Charity
CMH has been a fundraising priority for the salon because Gemy was a play volunteer in the oncology wing at Children’s Mercy Hospital for many years. Giving kids a chance to take their mind off their circumstances is important for healing and development. Mainly it allows to simply be kids, which is especially important for kids in treatment isolation.
CMH is an asset to our community, so Stock The Shoppe is a favorite seasonal charity. Created by former Chiefs player (and cancer survivor) Eric Berry, Stock the Shoppe offers a free “toy store” for families in extended treatment. Within the safety of the hospital, families in treatment can have the experience of Christmas shopping together without added stress.
Travis Kelce & Walk the Walk
In 2015 Chiefs player Travis Kelce hosted the first Walk the Walk fashion show through his foundation 87 & Running. We were honored to be invited to participate as the sponsor salon. It is now the largest charity fashion event in Kansas City and proceeds benefit the kids of Operation Breakthrough.
The project matches our goal in creating community unity because it helps children build confidence through opportunities. Travis’s foundation is our year round fundraising focus because this event aids in expanding the education and development programs offered through Operation Breakthrough. If you would like to help us meet our annual fundraising goal you can donate online here.
I grew up in a family business but it was construction and I chose a different path, so I never thought of the salon as a” family business.” In our staff we have sisters, cousins, and best friends who love helping others feel beautiful. Our guests can see and feel the energy of the salon. We truly enjoy being together and often hear comments about how the salon vibe is positive.
I think that’s important for any level of success for an individual and a business. That’s why I don’t just look for future stylists, I look for future partners. So in a way, we are a family business.