Moriah Luzius and Sarah Becker put a lot of money, trust, hope and community help into building Bari Salon.
The friends of more than seven years plan to open their new salon sometime this spring, and will be the salon’s only stylists, with the option of renting out six of the salon’s eight chairs to other stylists later down the road. Bari Salon is unique in that the majority of its work was locally sourced. The Asheville transplants said they found their salon’s great workers and materials through existing friendships and word of mouth. They couldn’t name everyone involved in building their salon fast enough. Names spilled out one after another as the stylists praised local artists Amber and Darlene Hatchett for designing Bari’s gorgeous desks and mirrors, Acera Group for creating a custom line of Bari products, Rick Brown at Hot Stuff for creating their logo and many others for helping to make Bari Salon a reality.
On how they funded their project Moriah said, “We did a lot of bartering, and we built a network of friends. Building our salon was a way to promote ourselves and pay the local movement forward.” The new owners built Bari with intentions of focusing on people and community, and they said sourcing locally has helped them create a welcoming, laid-back and fashionable salon. The salon will act as a bridge to downtown and the river arts district at 278 Haywood Rd. in East West Asheville. Bari’s owners said they plan to bring the corner alive with their fun new salon. Anyone interested in visiting Bari for a cut, color or feather extensions should call the stylists on their cell phones: Sarah Becker at (828) 273-8469 and Moriah Luzius at (828) 371-4531. – interview by Kelsey Hermann