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. 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.
In June of 2007, Atelier Studio was opened, becoming the second Aveda lifestyle salon at Santana Row. 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.
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.