When guests walk into Z Place Salon & Spa, owner Vonda Smith hopes they feel a sense of ultimate relaxation.
“They can just take a deep breath and know that we’ll take care of them,” she said.
Smith is a veteran of the salon industry, having opened her first in 1978. She and her husband, Greg, opened Z Place in 1987 in the Marineland Village in Kennewick. The salon moved to its Southridge location five years ago.
The spacious facility is warm and inviting and offers guests a full range of services, including haircuts, coloring, styling, treatments, waxing and makeup application.
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And there’s no need to leave town and head to a resort for a spa treatment. Z Place offers massages, body treatments, facials and manicures and pedicures.
Z Place is an Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa, something that is generally found only in metropolitan areas, Smith said.
“It’s actually quite an honor for us to have that status in this area,” she said.
The salon and spa offers Aveda Signature Services and products, which are plant-based and sustainably made.
“I’ve been with Aveda for years, and I’m still amazed at what they’re doing for the world and the whole environment,” she said.
All staff must go through specialized training to ensure Aveda standards are met.
“Education is fundamental to the growth of our business, and having Lifestyle Salon and Spa status means we can provide cutting-edge, world-class education to our team,” Smith said.
Z Place takes pride in being more than just a place that cuts hair.
“We really care about your health and your wellness,” Smith said. “You can’t take care of your work or your family or anything else if you’re not taking care of yourself. We want to take care of you so you can take care of others.”