WRITTEN BY ABBY SWABE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY BEN GIBSON & ABBY SWABE
Studio 135 opened its doors February 1st, 2014. It’s unassuming when you first walk up, but just like finding a pearl inside of an oyster, Studio 135 is the hidden gem of Farragut. With a friendly, eclectic atmosphere, you’re welcomed by a blend of fantastic fragrances and elegant decor.
Jessica Moore, owner and head stylist, had been working as a hairdresser for 15 years at another salon before her husband, Kevin Moore, encouraged her to open her own boutique. “I told her she was good enough to open her own salon, and she finally listened to me,” says Kevin, as he gives his wife a playful wink. So far Jessica has greatly enjoyed having her own business, and there is a confident air about her to show for it. In fact, there is such an easy camaraderie between Kevin, Pam McCoy, another stylist, and herself that you just can’t help but laugh and join in. Perhaps this is what gives the boutique its relaxing atmosphere. The music is cheerful, and the stylists are friendly and easy to talk to, putting any uncertainties to rest.
Kevin had his own part in opening the salon by designing and decorating the whole interior, giving it its vintage artisan feel. “I’ve always enjoyed doing this, decorating a room, and I wanted to make my wife happy, so I tried to just keep it elegant and simple.” Jessica won’t let him be so modest. “He
has a real eye for this sort of thing, designing spaces and furniture. He really
is quite talented.”
Indeed the entire space exudes an air of calmness and charm. It’s a very welcoming space that feels large and open with vintage pieces such as lanterns dangling from the ceiling and an antique oversized lamp that resembles an old camera tripod. There are also personal touches, such as fresh white roses in a beautiful vase in the reception area and artwork depicting men’s facial hair trends. It seamlessly blends rustic charm and modern elegance with pieces like a wood and iron coffee table and sleek white chairs with metallic pillows for the reception. A light hardwood accents the clean black salon chairs and mirrors, giving the whole place a clean and high-end look.
This dynamic duo is very excited about their new salon and has bright plans for the future. This includes Kevin creating more vintage-inspired decorative pieces to sell in the salon and hiring more stylists to join Jessica and Pam. “The hardest part of any business is building clientele, but Jessica’s had many clients follow her here, and we are steadily growing. We’re working hard to provide a quality experience for our clients,” says Kevin. Jessica agrees, saying, “I want to make sure that all of my clients are happy and well taken care of; that’s very important to me.”
The location of Jessica’s studio is also something Jessica put a lot of thought into. “There isn’t another hair salon this far into Farragut, so we’re a lot closer for people who don’t want to drive so far to get their hair cut.” Kevin agrees and talks about how close they are to the school just down the road, “during the school year this parking lot is always full of parents waiting to pick their kids up. It’s a very busy place and we are in the perfect spot for them to come in and get a hair cut after school has let out.”
Another thing that makes Studio 135 unique is that they only use Kevin Murphy products. “We love using Kevin Murphy, it’s all made from natural ingredients and it smells amazing,” Jessica explains, “now that I’ve started using it I’m never switching again.” Kevin Murphy is a world renown stylist that has become the expert on getting the “beach hair” look and has had his work on the cover of print publications all over the world. His new hair styling products came from his own need for a higher quality of product for his models prompting him to create his own. He used only the very highest quality natural ingredients and treated the design of these products like a skincare line, only for hair. Now the Kevin Murphy line is a highly sought after product featuring everything from styling products to men’s hair care.
So if your looking for a high quality hair cut from a friendly stylist in a convenient location, look no further that Studio 135!
Studio 135 is located at 135 West End Avenue in Knoxville, tucked away behind Buddy’s BBQ and next to the Fruition Cafe. Book an appointment today by calling
865-671-2342 or visit their website at www.studio135knox.com