Kayla and Bobby Thompson, Owners of Thompson and Co. Salon Parlor
Tell us your story. When did you two decide to become stylists? I (Kayla) am from a small town in Eastern Iowa called Cascade. I went to cosmetology school at the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis before moving back to Iowa. I always had a passion for hair from the minute my mom let me get my hair colored for the first time. I will never forget the experience and I said to myself that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life! Originally from Chicago suburbs Bobby came to Iowa City after High School and graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in health promotion in 2006. After agreeing to get into the salon industry with his friend he started at La James International College in 2008. We met at La James International College in 2009 as I (Kayla) had to attend a few months to get my license in Iowa.
We have both been working the past 6 years in a salon. Kayla working at an Aveda salon in Iowa City. Bobby working at Blaze in Coralville, Cedar Rapids, and William Wesley Grand Salon in Davenport. We both have a wealth of education and experiences over the last 6 years and really feel blessed on our beginning careers. Bobby has traveled the country a lot working and teaching with many different salons and stylists. Teaching is something that he really loves to do and we will continue to get more involved in.
What services do you offer? Thompson & Co. is a full service hair salon. We also have an esthetics room, which we are looking to fill a position for at the moment. What is unique about our location is that we have a space for both men and women to feel comfortable. We have a beautiful space for cuts and colors in the front half of the salon and then in the back half we have a barbershop feel to cater to our male clientele where they can watch TV, talk, and relax with their stylists and fellow patrons. We do also offer makeup services and we use Jane Iredale Cosmetics. Our products that we have are Davines, which is a line out of Parma, Italy. They are plant based eco friendly products that are designed to perform and we really feel that they do just that! Our color line is also made in Italy as well, it is called Artego and we love this line and all that it has to offer.
You recently opened a new salon together; tell us about it. We opened Thompson & Co. Salon Parlor on April 21st, 2015. We always talked about opening our own salon, but never really took any initiative on it until this past fall, when everything just kind of fell into place. We just had our son, Logan, in September of 2014 and we also have a daughter, Lola, who will be 3 this September and we felt like it was time to set some roots down and call Iowa City home, where we can raise our family. The space and location is something that we just couldn’t pass up and we just felt like it was now or never.
What is your favorite thing about being a stylist? Photo shoots, clients? What we both love about our job is that we can meet so many people in one day and really connect to our community though them. You meet people from all over and get to know them and that is what we really strive for is to connect with our guests and make them feel comfortable and at home with us. In the first 4 months we have been open we have been so blessed to work with a ton of amazing and talented people. We love to be involved in community events and community artists whether it is fashion shows, photo shoots, fundraisers, blogs we just can’t get enough of it all! We currently have an amazing staff of 5 but are definitely looking to expand and grow our team!
Where do you see the salon going? Any other locations, or cities? We are really excited about the future of Thompson & Co. and can’t wait to see where it takes us. At the moment we don’t have any plans of expanding, but its something that we would keep and open mind to in the future.
For your full service salon needs visit thompsoncosalon.com and book an appointment.
We have had the privilege to work with this team on multiple occasions. To see a few more images of their talent…
Also, as mentioned in the Q&A, community is a big deal. Check out all the amazing hair-do’s supplied for the Almost Famous Fashion Show.