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What’s This? Portfolio a Salon Announces New Partnership


BOALSBURG, Pa, 3/13/18 - Portfolio a Salon, the exclusive Team Aveda Concept Salon in the State College area, announced today the addition of new partners to their business. John & Will Russell, two of the owners of EMG Brands, have joined forces with their uncles Gordon Puncheon and Dan Russell to continue growing their vision to create something unlike any other salon in the area.

Since it opened in 1994, guests have continued to recognize the time, thought, energy and true commitment to service that is part of an experience at Portfolio. In 2000, Portfolio a Salon became a Team Aveda Concept Salon, giving guests an even more exclusive beauty and wellness experience as well as products recognized in the industry for their outstanding qualities and environmental friendliness. With Portfolio’s almost 25 years of service to the community, they have supported numerous local charities such as the Arc of Centre County, Boalsburg Fire Company, Palmer Museum of Art, Meals on Wheels, and many more. They have also been voted the Gold Winner of State College Magazine’s “Best of State College” awards in 2015 for Hairstylists. EMG Brands plans to evolve the location while retaining the welcoming, tranquil and rejuvenating salon environment that both the stylists and the guests enjoy.

“The expertise and commitment to great service that Portfolio employs has been one of its greatest strengths, and even as the salon grows, we will ensure that that will not change,” said John Russell, CEO of EMG Brands. “It’s a salon evolution, not a salon revolution. I remember working at the salon after high school - the customer experience they provided was unforgettable. Dan and Gordie have worked tirelessly to develop this salon into the vision they had today, and they will always be a part of operations in the salon. It was a natural next step for the brand, and we’re excited to support them in this endeavor.”

The salon will soon be adding features to allow for online booking, as well as adding amenities to the building. In addition, Amanda Flick will be promoted to Lead Stylist. This position supports the growth of all of the stylists and helps to ensure that the salon maintains the same quality of great service. Amanda will continue to work with guests as well as working side by side with Dan and Gordie to improve experiences in the salon.

For more information about Portfolio a Salon please visit PortfolioASalon.com.

About Aveda:

Aveda was founded in 1978 with the goal to create high-performing, botanically based products that are good for the stylist, guest, and the environment. Aveda carries many different types of products including hair, skin, body care, makeup and aroma. Headquartered in Blaine, Minnesota, Aveda strives to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty, but around the world.

Join Us at Our Holiday Open House, Sun. Dec. 3!


Our Holiday Open House is just a few days away! We hope you'll help us celebrate this wonderful time of year by joining us at our annual Holiday Open House event, Sunday, December 3, 2017, noon - 4:00 p.m. Shop our Aveda product line at 15-20% off while enjoying an assortment of refreshments. Make it merrier by bringing a friend along with you. Our Holiday Open House event gives us the opportunity to give a little back to you - it's our way of thanking you for your loyalty and patronage.

More giving and gratitude: Aveda Pure Privilege members will enjoy double points on Open House product purchases. Not familiar with Pure Privilege? Now would be an excellent time to learn about this amazing Aveda program. Sign up in advance with us at the salon or online, and you'll be good to go for our Open House and any future purchases. Note: Aveda has extended its double points time frame from November 24 through December 4.

As always, we thank you for being such wonderful guests and customers. Take care, and we look forward to celebrating with you at our Open House!

Come work with Us - We're Hiring!


It has been a long time since we last shared a blog post. We truly apologize for tabling this effort for so long. But - we're back and ready to revive our blog - and what better way to do so than with a new opportunity. We're hiring a hair stylist, so if you or someone you know is interested in working with us, please let us know! All the details are included below, and we encourage you to share the information - and thank you for doing so!

Position Description:

The Portfolio A Salon team is very excited to share that we’re looking for a talented and experienced professional to join our creative and energetic team. We have a position open for a hair stylist to service our growing and preexisting guest list. Our hairstylists are not departmentalized, and are required to perform color, cut, and treatment services for guests. We believe in continued education and training through AVEDA’s education opportunities, and we are very supportive of further educating the candidate who best fits our needs and expectations.

If you’re an experienced industry professional who has a passion for what you do, want to work in a great atmosphere with wonderful guests, and are interested in growing professionally, then we want to hear from you. Please respond with your resume attached to AaFlick@aol.com. Qualifications, compensation, and hours are outlined below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Qualifications: Must be a licensed cosmetologist and must be PA licensed; AVEDA institute/salon experience highly desired but not required. Experience with makeup application is a plus, but not required. We expect someone who is reliable, consistent with a regular schedule, and is willing to go the extra mile to do what it takes to maintain and build her/his guest list.

Compensation: 50% commission on services; commission on AVEDA product/retail sales.

Hours: Full-time, may include Saturdays

Location Information
Portfolio A Salon
112 N. Church Street
Boalsburg, PA 16827

Springtime: A New Season for Portfolio


Things are constantly changing in our industry - from hair style and makeup trends, to color, to techniques. As we begin to transition from the winter to the spring season, Portfolio is transitioning, too. Again, we find it very fitting that the start of a new season marks a period of change and transition for us at the salon. Here's a quick snap shot of some recent changes:

At the end of February, we bid farewell to stylist Nikki Singer, who is moving on to pursue being a stay-at-home mother, which we think is just awesome. While we're sad to see her go, we're pleased that she'll get to be with her little ones full-time.

Stylist Dawne Womer was presented with a new career opportunity to become a salon manager at another salon. Her last day with us was on March 7. We are so happy for her and supportive of her career goals, but we will miss her talents, her smile, and sense of humor.

Last but certainly not (never!) least, Diane Dillon, our beloved and wonderful front-end receptionist, retired at the beginning of March. To say that we will miss her and that we're sad to see her go is an understatement. Luckily, she'll still be in the area for a while - so we're looking forward to seeing her visit us at the salon. We can't thank her enough for the years she spent taking great care of our guests and of us.

As you can imagine, we're in a period of great transition, but we can assure you that we will continue to work as a team to provide you with the very best services. Jordan, our in-house skin care expert, is stepping up to the plate to handle front-end duties in between her skin care service appointments. Likewise, everyone on our team is pitching in to keep things flowing while we work to fill-in our staffing gaps.

Just as a new season is about to get underway, so too is it a new season for Portfolio. Sure, we're nervous, but we're also ready to embrace what's ahead. As always, we look forward to having you, our guests, right there with us as we make this exciting transition.

Spring Flower and Snow Image is licensed under Creative Commons Public Domain.

Happy Elfing!


Well look who visited us recently at Portfolio! This little Elf on a Shelf has been busy keeping track of naughty and nice lists, flying back and forth to the North Pole each night to tell Santa all about his adventures in Pennsylvania. He's making his family very happy this holiday season - they love having him around - and because of this, they "Elfed" him with a gift certificate for an Aveda facial with Jordan! He took time out of his hectic schedule to relax a bit and enjoy the gift of great skin care. He loved his gift so much that he gave us an idea for how we can help you get to Elfing, too...and in the spirit of Elfing, we'll Elf you back for getting into the gift-giving mood. Here's all you need to do:

*Visit us at the salon now through December 23 to purchase a gift certificate for any facial service. Trust us, your loved ones will love you for it.
*Mention "Elf on a Shelf" when purchasing your gift certificate and you'll receive 10% off your next skin care purchase (valid through January 31).

Now get to Elfing - you only have a few more days to do so! As always, we look forward to seeing you at the salon.