King Street salon Canvas stretches it's business into expansion

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Since Canvas opened in November of 2008, owners Marie Lorentz and Turner Watson have watched their business blossom into one of Charleston's leading salons, with a reputation for hair color and style expertise.  

The Post & Courier recently featured Canvas in an article praising the female entrprenuerial spirit in Charleston.  With other recent nods in Martha Stewart Weddings and Self Magazine, there is no doubt that Canvas' is a beautiful force to be reckoned with.

The modern salon with a spacious and warm design is easily described as an urban beauty oasis for men and women alike in the midst of the bustling Upper King Street District.

Now in Spring of 2011, Lorentz and Watson are now being regarded as two of the leading female entreprenuers in the area, as the enjoy their new expansion of Canvas into an upstairs spa loft.

With the original six stylist chairs downstairs full and calls coming in from stylists wishing to join the team, when Lorentz and Watson were given the opportunity to grow, they knew they couldn't pass it up.  "We talked about how we wanted to expand, and the opportunity came and we had to take it.  We had stylists that wanted to work, and we wanted to offer them jobs" explains Watson.

With the addition of four more hair stylists come four chairs pleasantly overlooking King Street, as well as a gorgeous two-seater pedicure station, as well as a manicure area towards the back of the building.

"We're most excited about adding new players to our team with some serious talent" shares Lorentz, "and also the fact that we're offering nail services now too.  Ladies usually like to come and get their hair and nails done at the same time."

The space itself features cool and simple curves and comfort while graciously accenting the historic integrity of the original red brick structure.  They also playfully drew in the traditional Charleston characteristic of the single-home's side staircase, and created a clean and generous path to their upstairs haven, complete with a goregous globular chandelier.


Lorentz and Watson also shared their excitement as the expansion is also developing new services for the salon to offer.  As bridal services and styling are one of Canvas' many offerings, the new addition can be easily be transformed into a "Bridal Suite."  Giving the Bride and her party complete privacy to dress and prepare for her big event, with other perks such as a delivered lunch, it's a perfect setting for a Bride to calmly prepare herself for her Charleston debut.

In full disclosure, it should be known that this writer has been a happy and faithful patron of this salon and Watson for several years now, but it should hopefully stand as a testament to the impeccable customer service, skill, and experience that Watson, Lorentz, and the rest of the team have to offer.

Located at 436 King St, the new space is now open, and all stylists and services are available for booking by simply calling (843)-727-1166.  You can also check out their website here, and a full listing of their services here, and be sure to interact with them on Facebook and Twitter.


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Canvas is probably the best

Canvas is probably the best example of a thriving business, led by female entrepreneurs. It's not easy to start a business from scratch, but it's not impossible. The market offers many possibilities these days and with some help from the skilled trades staffing, our entrepreneurial initiative can be transformed into a successful business. Having a great team to work, with is definitely the key to success.