Our History in Kansas City
Our history started before Studio 39 was created because Gemy knew a stylist can positively impact an individual. So she believed a salon could do the same for a community. The studio opened in the eclectic 39th street neighborhood on July 5th 2001, she was 24. Just 8 weeks later 9/11 occurred so lifting people’s spirits by serving the community became her goal for the salon. She wanted a salon environment that made people together feel good, while bringing them together. Unity through beauty became the salons unofficial mission statement.
Our History of Unity
Salon specialty work is part of our history, but it was rare then. Soon her approach to beauty drew attention and her clientele grew. Hiring salon assistants helped serve her large customer base, but a few years she was wait listed for months. The salon assistants developed into stylists. The belief success can be taught and shared became a key part of our salon culture. Those stylists became mentors as well, and S39 became a Kansas City top salon. Since 2001 Studio 39 has offered a Military and First Response discount.
Our History in Kansas City Neighborhoods
The 2008 recession affected our economy and many small businesses downsized or closed. Our salon soon grew, so after finding a gallery space in the West Side/Crossroads, she came off maternity leave early to supervise construction. The two years there were short, but marked an era of growth for Studio 39. An expansion was needed and this time she wanted a space they couldn’t outgrow.
From a local salon to a local brand.
Before the recession Downtown KC development was booming. By 2010 it had came to a halt which made finding a space difficult. Our history proves good things happen when you least expect it. That’s how she stumbled upon a vacant 4,000 square foot warehouse in the historic Broadway Bottling District. She went to the wrong building one day, but that was how she found the large beam and truss sunlit space for Downtown. It was too big, but it was peaceful. She believes in the phrase build it and they will come so she took a chance and within a few months her largest salon construction build began.
On January 2nd, 2013 Studio 39 re-opened for the 3rd time in 11 years. Now the downtown location has been in this location for 8 years but has always been in buildings that are part of KC history. Designing the salon was easy because she wanted it to reflect the eclectic vibe of 39th street, and the colors of the Art Deco West-side gallery. Studio 39 Downtown is now a flagship to Studio 39 of Lakewood of Lee’s Summit. By honoring the history of the salons in Kansas City, she built the Studio 39 brand.
Our History of Passion Projects
Gemy used to volunteer at Children’s Mercy and by comforting kids in cancer treatment isolation, she saw the therapeutic benefit of creative play. “Beauty parlor” was a favorite game with the little girls, so she brought rollers and brushes to set up a mini salon in the playroom. Former Chiefs player and cancer survivor Eric Berry’s Stock The Shoppe is a toy drive we participated in for 4 years. It provides a free toy store to families in treatment during Christmas so they can give gifts without leaving the hospital.
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.
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