When they became the owners of Tranquility Salon Company in January 2007, sisters Katie Schickel and Meg’n Barba could never have imagined how far they and their salon would evolve.
In the past decade, they have built an incredible brand and a long list of loyal satisfied clients by focusing on improving their clients’ state of well-being through beauty and hair therapy. However, in that time Schickel and Barba have also become leaders in the community through their support of local businesses and the arts.
Their vision of Tranquility Salon Company goes beyond just providing outstanding hair and beauty services for men, women and wedding parties, they also want their salon to be an agent of positive change for not only the Walden Parkway business corridor but for the entire community.
Of course, the growth of Tranquility Salon has already enhanced Walden Parkway. The owners relocated the salon two years ago from its first location on Walden Parkway to a bigger space across the street at 9908 S. Walden Pkwy. However, it was their efforts to shine new light on all the amazing things to do and see in Beverly/Morgan Park that has really created a positive vibe in the community and beyond.
The success of Tranquility Salon, the owners said, is due to their dedication to reinventing and reinvesting in the community. By being leaders in the business community and not just members, Schickel and Barba have added luster to an already amazing neighborhood.
For example, Tranquility Salon has been an active supporter of the Beverly Art Alliance to create a strong presence and appreciation for art and music in the community.
The salon is one of the sites for the 2017 Beverly Art Walk on Oct. 7. It recently hosted the “Slow Roll Beverly” after-party put on by the Alliance where Tranquility hosted a pop-up art gallery and gave a preview of some of the local artists who will be in the 2017 Beverly Art Walk. It was quite the treat for local art lovers.
Support of the arts is also shown through the Tranquility Concert Series, which began in April of 2016 with an unforgettable performance from Nashville folk duo, Carolina Story.
The small intimate concert series has evolved into “The Beverly Music Initiative: the backyard project,” which has featured local favorites, Caution and h.a.R.d., as well as brought back Carolina Story.
Through the handwork and dedication of Tranquility staff—and lots of imagination—the music initiative has turned into a self-funded, self-sustaining project that benefits local musicians and the community.
“We believe it’s the music that brings us together. We are on a mission to shine a light on all the great musicians right here in our neighborhood and beyond, while delivering great live performances right to your doorstep,” the owners said. “We have an intention to bring people together and collectively share our love for music!”
Their desire to provide a creative space for a broad spectrum of wonderful things, such as music, art, literature and more, led the owners to recently take over the former location of The Blossom Boys floral shop, 9911 Walden Pkwy., and make it an extension of Tranquility Salon Co. They want that storefront to evolve into an open-ended creative space. Stay tuned for details!
“Our dream of making Walden Parkway a key figure of the arts and music scene in Beverly is coming to fruition. We want people to feel that Tranquility Salon Company is a place they can flock to as a creative outlet for our neighborhood.”
Creativity truly guides the staff at Tranquility Salon. The mellow vibes and the raw, spacious and naturally lit space of the salon embellishes a serene experience for clients while allowing them to unwind and rejuvenate while the salon tends to its art.
“Hairstyling is such an art form,” the owners said, “but some people forget that we are artists—and our clients are our canvas.”
As artists—and entrepreneurs—Schickel and Barba have taken a different approach to doing business. In promoting what’s going on outside their salon, they’re also shining a light on what is going on inside the salon.
“We want people to know the community for more than just a great place to be on St. Patrick’s Day, but also as an incredible historic district filled with incredible restaurants, coffeehouses, breweries, salons, boutiques, event venues and music venues, filled with incredible artists and musicians. This community should be known for the great music and art district that it is and will continue to evolve into.
“We believe in inspiration over competition for a stronger community and a better way to do business,” the owners said. “May we all rise together!”
For an appointment, schedule online or call Tranquility Salon Co. at (773) 298-8901.
For information on upcoming events, visit the website at tranquilitysaloncompany.com.