ABOUT US

Atelier first opened its doors in 1997 as an Aveda concept salon in Los Altos.

Five years later, the Aveda corporation chose Atelier founder Karie Bennett to open the flagship Bay Area Aveda Lifestyle Salon at Santana Row in San Jose.  Aveda Lifestyle is a title only awarded to salons that exhibit the highest passion for service and commitment to consistently implementing Aveda’s philosophy of connecting beauty, wellness and care for the environment. Aveda Lifestyle Salons offer Aveda Signature Experiences as well as the full range of Aveda retail products.  Since then, Atelier Salon has been widely recognized as one of the fastest-growing, top-rated salons in both the Bay Area community and the nation.  With a front row view of beautiful Santana Row, Atelier Salon offers hair, makeup, and brow services in a warm, welcoming environment.

In June of 2007, Atelier Studio was opened, becoming the second Aveda lifestyle salon at Santana Row. After another five years of amazing growth, in January of 2012, Atelier expanded to its current 9 chair space–with an open, urban feeling, focusing exclusively on hair services, including Aveda botanical hair color. This hip, eco-chic salon is a friendly oasis from the busy world outside. Located just steps away from the original Atelier Salon location, this annex gives guests more options as far as artists and appointment times.
Fast forward to 2016, and this growing team needed more room to spread out.  Atelier acquired an existing Aveda salon in the San Jose Willow Glen neighborhood. Formerly Alchemy Salon, the newest member of the Atelier family is Atelier Salon & Barber Shop, and faces Lincoln Ave., the main street of this charming downtown village. Presently, Atelier Willow Glen is on the ground floor, but come spring, the second floor will offer an expanded hair salon, as well as the Bay Area’s first Aveda-centric Barber Shop.  Atelier Willow Glen is located at 1047 Lincoln Ave., San Jose.  408-293-3494 is the phone number.
Whichever of our Atelier locations you choose, our point of difference is in our customer service…from the friendly guest experience team whose mission it is to make an Atelier visit stress-free and joyful, to our talented hair and makeup artists who are constantly adding to their education…we all consider your visit to be a privilege to earn at every visit.

Atelier has received numerous industry distinctions, such as being one of the Top 200 fastest-growing salons in North America by Salon Today magazine for 8 years, receiving the Global Salon Business Award for Client Philosophy and Marketing, and the coveted Salon Master of Business Award from the North American Hairstyling Association.  While awards are lovely, we consider them more of a compass than a badge, using them as a new standard that we want to surpass.  The true reward is the smile on the faces of our beautiful guests, and the compliments they get when they feel their best.

At Atelier, we feel passionate about our industry and our craft. We believe that learning never ends, and that teamwork is more fun than working alone. We offer our guests a team environment, where they have the ultimate freedom of choice. We encourage our guests to move about the salon, try a new artist each time, or mix and match services: one artist for cut, another for color. We’re always happy to see you, whichever chair you’re sitting in. Our extended business hours are designed to accomodate your schedule, for the ultimate in customer service. Atelier’s team of talented artists and guest experience coordinators have been awarded both technical and customer service recognition for their 5-star service, comprehensive education and training programs as well as their styling/coloring talents. Atelier artist work has been featured in Vogue, Elle, InStyle, Gentry, Scene, Gastronomique en Vogue, and South Bay Accent Magazines, as well as many Bay Area fashion show events.

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Atelier literally means "artist's workshop", which explains our approach of combining superior education with creative vision to bring out your authentic beauty, while enhancing your best features to suit your lifestyle. At Atelier, you are our greatest work of art.