William Collier: Synopsis of a Memoir, pt. 26 - A Quantum Leap

February 11, 2016

The response to my return and the excitement of sharing the highlights of the trip with clients and friends set a tone of contagious enthusiasm. My business was increasing in popularity each week, which was reflected in our monthly bottom line. Being out of my initial training for a couple years with experience illuminating my vision...a path was occurring. The depth was shallow, the width was narrow, and I owned it. There was a harmonic vibe that would become my partner like a subliminal algorithmic introduction to infinite possibilities. My new acquaintance introduced a synchronized vibration of ambition and patience. Sustainability would become a navigational blue-moonchallenge.

An absence of boredom through an instinctual awareness of its ability to create a vacuum gave me an opportunity to view its presence as constructive and necessary; giving respectful omnipotence of universal participation a place to occur. (The Gap.)

I was living in a funky little house behind Daily’s Drive-in, just off Eastlake with a sliver of a view of Lake Union, and a few of my favorite haunts nearby: The original Red Robin restaurant and bar on Portage Bay, The Warehouse Tavern on Eastlake, and the Blue Moon Tavern on 45th in the U–District. Each of these venues was owned by Gerry Kingen, a well-known Seattle restaurateur. The Blue Moon opened in 1934 after the repeal of prohibition in December of 1933. It was the first tavern to open in the U–District, with its counter culture appeal, it remains a lively music venue watering hole attracting university students as it is within walking distance of the University of Washington.

Salon 1500 continued to attract a young hip crowd, and soon held a small voice in the general conversation on Capitol Hill. There were a couple of salons nearby most notable was Mr. Emil’s, just off Broadway about four blocks up East Olive Way. Much of its claim to fame would be credited to a young ambitious hair stylist who had gained a reputation with a commanding emphasis on hair cutting technique. Gene Juarez, whom I referred to earlier in blog 6 as a high achiever (no pun intended) was then and is to this day Seattle’s most successful hair designer. His accomplishments span all aspects of the industry from multiple salon ownership to training centers and full service spas.

On a spring day out of nowhere, Gene Juarez enters Salon 1500, I had not met him however his presence was preceded by his already established credentials as a superb hair stylist. Hence, the title of this blog… “A Quantum Leap”. Salon 1500 is honored to welcome Gene Juarez. And what a leap… The universe lines up again.

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