A friends recommendation for Salon 302 prompted Gig Harbor resident, Penni McGrew, left, to make a special trip to the Key Peninsula. Here, she gets a manicure from nail technician, Nicole Brown. Photo by Tonya Bryson, KP News

Owner Karen Horan offers up affordable luxury at her new salon in Lake Kathryn.

Horan is a lifelong resident of the area having grown up in Port Orchard, and has been a licensed cosmetologist for 27 years.

After completing college, she worked for a while at Great Clips in the Kitsap Mall.

In 2005 she moved her vocation to Peninsula Hair Design located in Lake Kathryn, which was owned by Andre Berger.

In the fall of 2012 Berger decided to close her salon so she would have more family time. Horan decided she wanted her own salon. She contacted Don Zimmerman, who owns the space formerly occupied by Coast to Coast Hardware, and a lease was agreed upon, and after three months of remodeling.

Salon 302 had its grand opening on March 30.

The artisans who perform services at Salon 302 offer up a variety of special skills and unique backgrounds.

According to Horan, all the crew from Peninsula Hair Designs moved with her, and were able to keep their faithful clientele.

Each one is self-employed and rents their space.

The hair stylists are Andi Kramer, Mirella Geyer, Billie Hanson, Trista Smith, Desiree Martinez and Lyudgarda Hamlin.

Hamlin was born in Russia, where she was forced to be an engineer, a vocation she hated. She married an American and immigrated. In the U.S. she said she could choose her profession, and she chose hair styling.

Hair services include cut, shampoo, scalp treatment, color and specialty perms. Discounts are available to seniors over age 65.

There are two nail techs, Nicole Brown and Kissi Hamilton.

They offer manicures, pedicures, polish and artificial nails and nail art.

Shadi Nolan is the resident esthetician who provides specialty facials, face and body waxing, eyelash extension and makeup applications.

Massage techniques are performed by Heidi Wardlow which include relaxation, therapeutic, Swedish, deep tissue, sports and pregnancy massage therapy.

Tanning beds are also available.

Services are available for men, women and children.

Clients of Salon 302 really seem to enjoy the service.

Becky Macomba stated, she’s been following Andi Kramer for over 13 years.

Dorcey Dillon, longtime customer said, “They’re just great and the salon is beautiful.”

“We want to create an experience that people will want to talk about. Offering specials and sharing our work on Facebook is a great way to keep me booked all day,” said Brown.

Salon 302 is located in Lake Kathryn at 14216A 92nd Avenue NW.

Scheduling and information is available by phone at (253) 857-3994 or at salon302hs.com.

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