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Laura Garcia Pendergrast (or LGP as her family and friends call her) moved to Seattle over 15 years ago and loves having it as her home. When she is not working as a marketing consultant, she likes getting outdoors to explore (preferably on a bike or a boat).

Gary Manuel Studio: Gary Howse And Manuel Benevich Open Salon In Seattle’s South Lake Union

The newly opened Gary Manuel Studio on Westlake Avenue just created several more reasons to pay a visit South Lake Union. The perfect hairstyle: Gary Manuel co-founders Gary Howse and Manuel Benevich have been internationally recognized for creating an innovative salon. Most recently, Gary Manuel Salon was awarded “Best Seattle Salon 2012” and was a top honoree in Salon Today’s Salon 200 awards. Gary Manuel Salon has been frequently featured in leading magazines such as InStyle, Allure and Vogue. The Gary Manuel Studio in South Lake Union provides an affordable yet luxurious and full service experience with stylists trained by Gary Howse and the Gary Manuel Salon Design Team.

The salon was designed for today’s environmentally conscious, multitasking guests.  Photo Credit:  Gary Manuel

The salon was designed for today’s environmentally conscious, multitasking guests. (Photo Credit: Gary Manuel)

Relax at a beautiful urban oasis:  Acclaimed Seattle architectural group Graham Baba designed the stunning new space to appeal to the area’s urban professionals. The floor to ceiling windows provide a lot of natural light and warmth. And the service and attention to detail creates an environment that you want to spend the whole day at. Says co-founder Manuel Benevich, “We have always been focused on excellence, not only in the services we provide but also in our attention to customer service. Our guests expect nothing less of us; this entire salon was built with their comfort in mind.”

Stay connected to the outside world during your appointment: And if it turns out that you need to stay on top of things during your appointment, you can do that too. The salon is fully equipped with USB with WiFi connectivity so your work colleagues might not even realize you’ve stepped away from the office for your appointment.

Me with Carson, one of the many wonderful stylists at Gary Manuel SLU. (Photo Credit: Gary Manuel USnap Booth)

Look good (and feel good): 
The Gary Manuel Studio in South Lake Union also features a USnaps photo booth for instant photos and makes it easy to share your “before” and “after” style looks with your friends. And what’s even better is that you walk out of the salon not just looking good but feeling good too. Gary Manuel has been a leader in its environmental sustainability practices, Aveda’s Earth Month fundraising achievements, and passionate dedication to fight against water pollution. Also, Gary Manuel has been an avid supporter of Lifelong AIDS Alliance and Food Lifeline.

Gary Manuel Studio South Lake Union is open and available for appointments.  And you can also stop by on Thursday, May 30th for the Grand Opening Celebration at 6 p.m. for what promises to be a fun evening of style and charity.  You will be able to take photos in the Usnap booth, enjoy food from Tom Douglas and cheer on the check presentation to Puget Soundkeeper Alliance as a result of funds raised at Aveda Earth Month this past April.

Matthew Humphrey, Maggie Waters and J’Keren Sears welcoming guests to Gary Manuel Studio South Lake Union (Photo Credit: Laura Garcia Pendergrast)

Gary Manuel 
390 Westlake Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98119
Ph. 206-728-1234

Please call 206-728-1234 to make an appointment.

CHARITY: Gary Manuel Companies is the largest salon supporter of Aveda’s Earth Month initiatives. Since 2007, Gary Manuel has raised a total of $235,000 to support global initiatives for clean water through Global Greengrants Funds and supported the local Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.  And has been recognized with the following awards:  Top Fundraiser, Aveda Earth Month 2010 – 2012, Aveda Flower Award, 2012 (in recognition for their environmental sustainability practices, Earth Month fundraising achievements, and passionate dedication to fight against water pollution.)  Gary Manuel also works with Lifelong AIDS Alliance and Food Lifeline

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