Meet Krystal, a Creative Artist in our Blueberry Hill location. She has salon hours Tuesday thru Saturday, with evenings during the week. Her beautiful work can be found here so make sure to follow her for beautiful hair inspo & last minute available appointments!
"My love of hair came to me at a young age. I was 15 when I started cosmetology school and since I found this love, it is all I've ever wanted to do. However, my passion for hair isn't strictly limited to women. I decided to explore the barbering world as well to expand my knowledge. I'm a dual-licensed cosmetologist barber and I've put all of my heart into hair. I've continuously strived to become the best version of myself to better serve everyone who sits in my chair.".
Education & Certifications:
Premier Barber Institute, Norristown PA
Middle Bucks Institute of Technology, Jamison PA
Vidal Sassoon ABC Course, Miami FL
Bumble Fierce Conversations, New York NY
Elizabeth Benke turns to big cities and two decades of behind-the-chair experience to make her second salon location in historic Doylestown, Pennsylvania, a piece of industrial perfection.
Elizabeth Benke & Associates Salon in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, has a stellar reputation for its highly skilled stylists—and rigorous training program—thanks to owner Elizabeth Benke's 20-year-plus passion for continuing education. Her second location, a short three miles away from the original, offers the same talent and services the EB clientele has come to expect, but in a distinctly industrial setting. We spoke with Benke to learn more about how she's bringing a modern, big city-vibe to this traditionally historic Pennsylvania borough. Click here to read our candid interview with one of the industry's leading retail & education comapnies, Luxury Brand Partners.
How would you describe the overall style? I wanted the new space to have a more industrial look, but without being cold. The built-in stations, shampoo bar and desk area are dark to counter the starkness of the greys and open ceiling. The lighting was chosen to be a point of interest, and the seating in reception was created to make that area feel a little more luxurious.
How is the new space different from your original location? Our original location is in a 200-year-old house, which has a homey feel. For the second salon, I wanted to give my clients a choice in atmosphere by creating an entirely different feeling. The goal was to create a space where clients feel as if they are in New York City or Philadelphia without actually having to travel.
Did anything in particular inspire the look? I went to visit one of my best friends at her new home on a lake in Austin, Texas, and I loved everything about it. What struck me was the way the industrial elements were softened by the use of different woods, splashes of color and texture of fabrics. That is what we tried to create here, and I can't thank my designer, Sary Em, enough for guiding me in how to turn it into a reality.
What makes the space unique? Doylestown is a historic town where everything is old, and therefore everything tends to be very similar. You are either in an old home that has been converted into retail space or you are in a strip mall. The plaza we are in is a great blend of new and old. It consists of an old manor house and barn, which have been updated, and a new building, which is where we are located. We had nothing but a concrete box to work with, so we did not have some of the obstacles that older buildings have, which allowed us to create a more modern space, while still being surrounded by the historical feel that makes our area special.
Were any of the pieces specially made? A friend and I designed the round EB logo 17 years ago, and it hasn't changed. The solid copper piece on the front desk and the copper logo behind it were created to stay true to that original design.
The styling stations were designed and specially made to deal with my own clutter problem. Each side panel slides out to house products and hide those unsightly Barbicide jars! So even as we work, nothing is cluttering the overall look—everything is accessible but hidden at the same time.
The lights and wall décor are striking. Can you tell us more about them? I loved the interesting shape and the industrial feel of our Patrick Townsend chandelier paired with the mid-century furniture. My designer made the "bubble wall" for us because we wanted a statement that would fill a dead space. It has become the focal point—the thing everyone asks about. It's also where we take the majority of our photos, so it is becoming part of our brand on social media.
What other details go into creating the right mood? We play a blend of soft pop, funk, and some classic rock through Pandora. We serve lots of different beverages: coffee, tea, spring water, iced tea, wine and beer. And, we try to keep our reading material to fashion-oriented magazines. However, the first thing clients ask for are the celebrity gossip magazines, so we keep some of those around as well.
How do your continuing education programs set you apart? I believe if you stop learning and moving forward, you become stagnant and eventually die. Education is definitely what sets us apart—from our in-house training program for assistants to our continuing education for stylists, which is not just tuition, but travel expenses and in some cases payroll reimbursement for time missed in the salon. I never want financial constraints to get in the way of someone mastering his or her craft, so we have developed a program to empower everyone to continue their education and grow with us. Whenever I am speaking with other salon owners they are always interested in how to provide that for their staff.
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Our most popular holiday special is BACK! For every $100 gift certificate purchased, receive a $10 bonus to give away or keep for yourself! Gift certificates can be purchased at either location, through our new APP, or by choosing one of the links provided below! For all online purchases, the bonus will be added directly to your salon account at the time of purchase. Gift certificates are non-refundable, not redeemable for cash, and may not be redeemed towards gratuity. Promotion runs from 11/24/2107-12/31/2017. Gift certificates are valid for 2 years from purchase date. To purchase online, simply choose which location you or the recipient will receive services.
Doylestown Boro: https://saloncloudsplus.com/wsnewgiftcard/giftcard_form/1868537471/
Elizabeth Benke Salon has parntered with SalonClouds to create an app to help better serve you! The app includes features like appointment requests, an all new referral & rewards program, photo gallery, confirmations & more! The app is free to download by following the links below! Check back for more features soon!
Please join us in congratulating our accomplished staff on introducing new systems to better serve our guests. With the expansion of our salon and salon family over the years, we've decided to make Summit Salon business part of our culture to help us implement and achieve the ultimate experience for our clients as well as staff. Thank you for allowing us to share this experience with you and being part of the EB Family. Stay tuned for more exciting updates such as staff promotions, new talent, and a L'Oreal Professional giveaway you don't want miss! Due to these promotions, please note some prices have been adjusted to better suit the time necessary to service you!
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Looking for tips on how to perfect your blowout at home? Learn to style your hair like a pro! Join us Monday, May 1st from 6:00 - 8:00 in our Blueberry Hill location! Bring your own blowdryer & brushes for a customized styling system from our educators; Gina Reed, Nancy Roehl, Jen Marciante & Steph Tatarsky! Also receive $40 worth of Serie Expert by L'Oreal Professional blowout products complimentiary with your $40 prepaid/non-refundable fee. Call us at 215-343-3003 to reserve your space today!
Elizabeth Benke Salon is proud to announce the level 2 promotion of Tracy Christiansen! Tracy has been a stylist here at EB for over 7 years and is dedicated to perfecting her skill through on-going education such as Vidal Sassoon & Oribe. To see more of her work & acomplishments, check out http://ebsalons.com/html/stylists_details.php?STYLIST-3 . CONGRATULATIONS! We can't wait to see what else 2017 brings you!
Did you know Elizabeth Benke Salon is in the running for Bucks Happening's Best in Hair Color? Show us the love by clicking & sharing this link and choosing Elizabeth Benke Salon as your favorite color studio! http://bucks.happeningmag.com/happeninglist/2017-beauty-hair-color/
Be our Valentine! We've extended our hours on Saturday, February 11th to help style you for your special night out! // With special event pricing of $40 blowouts and $65 styles, space is filling up quickly! // In order to reserve space with Brittany, Jen, Nancy or Gina, call 215.489.7090 or 215.343.3003 and one of our amazing receptionist's can assist you // Special @oribe gift for all our Valentine's (while supplies last) // This is a prepaid, nonrefundable event // #valentines2017 #vdayblowout #ebevent #ebsalons #blowoutsfordays
We're hiring! Elizabeth Benke Salon in Doylestown is looking to add to its' team of receptionist's, shampoo support and assistant's! Must be fun, flexible, professional, and have nighttime and Saturday availability with own transportation. Know someone in cosmetology school? What better way to break into beauty industry than at EB Salon?! Forward inquiries to email@example.com
To see photos of this event, visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/ebsaloncolorstudio/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154061403678603
Join us on Friday, November 4th and help us celebrate our 1 year anniversary in The Shoppes at Blueberry Hill and 18 years in The Boro! Open house from 10am-8pm in both locations! Complimentary L'Oreal ProFiber treatments, 20% off retail products, cupcakes & champagne!