Who knew the PDX food cart craze would expand to...a hair salon? Holiday Hair Studio, now located at 2802 SE Ankeny Ave, was founded by Robin Carlisle who recently took a big girl step and moved into a brick-and-mortar location. It quickly went from being a one chair vintage travel trailer to a beautiful four chair salon. The gypsy cart lifestyle translated seamlessly over to the new salon. Robin’s husband crafted the large mirror lined in wood and vintage style trunks were turned into comfy chairs. It’s a cozy nook to take a minute from the hustle and bustle.
E+E: What was the hardest part of the move?Robin Carlisle: The move has been pretty smooth really. I guess the hardest part is that now I am just a really sweet salon in a great location. The hardest part is being regular... It is definitely a more solid business but the unique little hook of having a darling little cart is no longer a part of the whole marketing plan.E+E: How did you maintain the vibe from the vintage cart to the store?RC: Well the original 1930's waterfall vanity came with, it was kind of the focal point of the trailer so I got three others to match. My husband, a woodworker, surrounded all the mirrors in our signature Hollywood bulb lights. I have other bits and pieces of eclectic vintage charm that I have incorporated as well. I feel like it all carried over really well. The new space is a more sophisticated version of the trailer; it is kind of like Holiday is all grown up!E+E: What has happened to the famous trailer?RC: I sold her and she will live on as a salon! I feel really good about this because we put so much time and effort into the making of her. It would be sad if she were put in storage or sitting lonely on a lot somewhere.E+E: What's the best story to date?RC: Oh there really are so many.I do love my "Shanghai Mullet" story. It goes something like this: There was a woman who Googled "Mullet" from Shanghai, China and a picture of me came up. It was the profile picture from my blog, just a random, wonky self portrait taken with my iPhone and not really a full mullet, but perhaps somewhat mullet-y, I guess. Anyway, this lady flew to Portland and came into the shop and handed me this picture of myself and said, "I want your mullet." I said, “absolutely!” and we were off! I sculpted her tresses into a fabulously shaggy do. She told me the story of how she found me and that was that. You can now request this particular hair cut by name, The Shanghai Mullet. I still need to make an official diagram and put it up on the website.E+E: Woah! That's hilarious. And finally, what is your favorite part of Portland?RC: The creativity, ingenuity and the entrepreneurial spirit. I think Portland is full of brave dreamers who are really supported by the community.Holiday Hair Studio2802 SE Ankeny AvePortland, OR 97214503.516.9115Photos taken by: Laura D'art