How long has your location been around?
GEM has been located on beautiful Carillon Point in Kirkland for over 10 years.
Can you share the story behind the opening?
Eric Berger, owner, had been a stylist for many years and was itching to own his own salon. He bought the salon that had previously existed in that location, renovated it and opened under the name GEM, for his wife, Meg, (her name spelled backwards.) The name not only reflects Eric’s feeling that his wife is a treasure, but reflects the unique characteristics of this boutique salon. It is sophisticated, elegant, yet down to earth with extremely experienced and talented stylists in a to die for location on the water in the greater Seattle area.
Does your location have any rituals, yearly events, etc?
Every year, GEM hosts a Client Appreciation Day that both stylists and clients love. We offer 20% off all product and host champagne and lovely treats for our clients. It is always held in December.
What is your favorite time of year for the shop?
The holidays are always busy and buzzing at the salon. Along with other stylists, Eric gets to grace his clients with his stunning up-dos for holiday parties and Carillon Point is decorated in beautiful holiday cheer. Spring is also a fun time as brides are coming through for their wedding hairstyles and people are happily coming out of the woodwork from the dark winters we can have in the Northwest.
What is your favorite style/colors of Kini Bands?
We love the classic black and nudes. They go with everything. Plum is also a very “in” color these days and makes for a subtle, yet lovely burst of color against any hair type.
What’s the most popular item you retail and why?
Our most popular product line is. As a salon, we sell lots of hair product. Oribe is an upscale, luxurious line in which anyone can find something that works beautifully for his or her hair type.
How does your location interact with your community ie events?
GEM has been involved in several local fashion shows, has participated in Crave (women owned business events) and has hosted events for Helpline, offering free services to low income families on a special day created just for them! ( It’s an upbeat, good feeling to help those who can’t otherwise afford hair services. ) In addition, GEM participates in our local Beat the Bridge event which supports funding for Juvenile Diabetes.
We’re looking forward to continuing to hear from you and work with your team to make Kini Bands a success. Keep ’em coming!