Legendary US brand Phenix Salon Suites today opens its first UK venue in Manchester city center, creating a new home for hair and beauty in the north.
The first of its kind in the UK, Phenix Salon Suites are a flexible workspace for hairdressers and beauty professionals, offering boutique studios where creatives can run their own business in their own intimate salon spaces at the new Number One Deansgate location.
Already a great success in the USA, with over 300 locations and partners, including LL Cool J, over 50% of the 29 studios in Manchester are rented and the tenants include hairdressers, massage therapists, nail technicians, skin care professionals and make-up artists.
The guests of the new room enter the luxurious lobby directly next to the Deansgate and are transported to a hair and beauty paradise as they climb the stairs. On the spa-like corridor, tenants include Andrew Trott-Barn from byATB…, Joseph Snee from Joseph Patrick Hair, Ashley Longmore from Moloko Hair, pedicure Yulia Hamilton, hair extension specialist Savana and many more.
Each unit has been fully personalized by their new tenants, with each small business owner having the option to decorate or brand it however they want to create their very own space. The new tenants in Manchester have already made the most of it, and the new venue already has a barbershop that revolves around a football stadium, with a man-made grass floor, red leather stadium seats and a giant football mural. Famed hairdresser Andrew Trott-Barn also personalized his corner lot with two windows with bespoke scissor-pattern wallpaper, plush velvet seats, and decor inspired by his iconic mirror ball. You can also see colorful Bearded Brutes artwork by British photographer Mark Leeming, in which Andrew can be seen as Billy Balenciaga.
Hairdressers and barbers are provided with a conditioner, styling chair, and hair trolley, while nail artists or beauty therapists are offered sinks and storage trolleys. Each tenant also has access to a break room / kitchen room as well as an in-house laundry room with FREE use of commercial equipment for quick washing and drying.
The leases run from month to month, without long-term contracts, in order to allow the tenants to work flexibly. Hairdressing and beauty professionals renting a space in Phenix’s first UK location can focus on growing their client base, network, skills and income in a professional setting.
John Gillespie, Operations Director for the UK and Europe said, “We know how hard it is to build a salon from scratch and even more so when it comes to finding something affordable in the middle of an incredible city like Manchester. We wanted to make it accessible and accessible for everyone to start their own business, so we launched the very first Phenix here at Number One Deansgate, perhaps one of the best places in town!
We chose Manchester as our first location here in the UK as it is already a leader in the hair and beauty industry. There are so many creative people and entrepreneurs, we knew straight away that this was the right home for us. ”