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Beauty menu includes fitness at Downtown’s Bliss Studio

By: Gloria Young Journal Staff Writer
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After nearly 30 years as a hairdresser in Auburn, Carrie Lawson decided she wanted a salon of her own. So, in July she opened Bliss Studio … A Beauty Lounge. “We found a downtown loft that we converted into an urban lounge setting,” she said. “That’s helped us create an atmosphere of relaxing and pampering.” The result is more studio than salon, she said. And the menu of services is unique. In addition to hair and skin care, there’s a personal trainer. Lawson provides hair color and cutting expertise. Skincare specialist Pam Ross offers permanent makeup, acne care, microdermabrasion and acid peels. Angela Martin teaches group and one-to-one fitness classes, including strength training. Martin also leads boot camps, which is where Lawson met her. The building has 1,100 square feet of space with a balcony overlooking Lincoln Way. “We did lots of remodeling,” Lawson said. “We put in new floors, painted and decorated. The walls are aqua so it tends to have a calm relaxing vibe to it.” The layout gives everyone plenty of elbowroom. “It just seemed like more of a studio that has different spaces that allow it to be private,” she said. For example, French doors lead into a separate fitness area. Lawson specializes in hair color and organic products. “I have always tried to stay on top of education so I can offer the latest methods,” she said. “Most importantly, it is accentuating what (clients) already have. One thing is trying not to make the hair look like everybody else, but something that is unique for them.” Rocklin resident Leslie Gandy has had her hair done by Lawson for the past 13 years. “She’s really intuitive,” Gandy said. “I can say ‘just make it look cute and up-to-date,’ and she can.” Gandy said that her hair was in bad shape when she first visited Lawson. “I was coloring my own hair at the time and it had changed from having kids, and I just didn’t know what to do with it,” she said. “She knows coloring and cutting hair like nobody else. I’ve had lots of people ask me who does my hair.” Lawson is working with another Downtown salon owner, Cheri Williams of Polished, to host a beauty walk on Lincoln Way. “There’s an art walk and a wine walk,” Lawson said. “We want Auburn to know we’re here and we want to be community-minded. So we came up with the idea.” Lawson and Williams plan to host an open house in their shops from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 3. The event will feature local wines and food provided by Royal Thai restaurant. “We’re going to be offering complimentary applications of Jane Iredale makeup with our skincare specialist,” Lawson said. “Angela will be there to chat with people about personal training. We want to bring people Downtown and have them hang out on the balcony and sip wine and taste food and enjoy the view.” There will be a raffle of a beauty basket worth $600 in salon services including haircare products and services, pedicures, skin care and personal training. Funds raised from the raffle will be donated to fellow Downtown business owner Dan Moores of Auburn Running Company, who is undergoing chemotherapy, Lawson said. Lawson said they chose the date to coincide with the Arts Building artist showcase also being held that evening. “We’re trying out the concept,” she said. “If it works, we would do it every couple of months.” She’d also like to expand the event to include other salons. Skin care sessions at Bliss Studio run from $50 to $85. A group fitness session is $10 per person and $45 for a one-to-one appointment. The Journal’s Gloria Young can be reached at glo riay@goldcountrymedia. com or comment at Auburnjournal.com