Renaissance Salon and Spa a dream come true

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SNOQUALMIE - FaTina Korma's always dreamed of owning a salon. She imagined it every day while growing up in California where she came from a family of beauticians. It was the feeling that came from making people feel and look beautiful that attracted her to the business.

Now she and her husband David drive past their own salon in Snoqualmie, Renaissance Salon and Spa at the Ridge.

"I am enjoying this," she said. "It is something I always wanted to do."

Renaissance started like many businesses in Snoqualmie; with a trip to the Falls. After moving to Washington, FaTina took some time off from being a beautician to raise her children. The family lived in Kirkland and would often visit Snoqualmie on their way to Snoqualmie Falls. They liked the town and noticed there was no salon in the new Snoqualmie Ridge neighborhood being built. Always wanting to start their own salon, the Kormas packed up their talents, their two sons and moved their home and business idea to the new neighborhood. Finding a space at the new retail building at the intersection of Center Boulevard and Kinsey Street gave FaTina a blank canvas on which to design everything about the salon.

"I love decorating everything," she said.

The Kormas opened shop last July and business has been solid at the full-service salon. Renaissance offers all the services for hair and makeup, but also has nail, facial and body treatments by staff certified by the Euro Institute. A whole range of products are offered, with an emphasis on hypo-allergenic and all-natural products.

With a small, knowledgeable staff, the Kormas hope to offer a new level of customer service. Everyone has experience and a smile. David also pointed out that they have a small waiting area. This is not an accident. Rather than keeping people waiting for their appointments, Renaissance wants to keep people on their busy schedules.

"We want to offer unconditional service," David said.

While the Kormas can offer a lot in their little space, they want to do more and are looking ahead to an even larger area. FaTina would like to see the spa and salon experiences expanded and separated even more. Since each one has a different feeling, she wants the business to offer separate environments for each.

"The spa is more relaxing and the salon is more social," she said.

Renaissance can only grow. David said that when they first moved to Snoqualmie, his youngest son was the only child at the bus stop for Snoqualmie Elementary School. Now there are scores of children. With the second phase of Snoqualmie Ridge around the corner, along with the possibility of a grocery store across the street, the Kormas are hoping they can add a growing Snoqualmie population to a client list that already includes people from all over the Valley and the Eastside.

What the Kormas get from the Valley they want to give back. Renaissance has already been involved in donating gift baskets and treatments for fund raisers, and David said he never wants to turn down an opportunity to help a charity. With two children in the school district, the Kormas said they want to be involved in the community that has helped them realize a dream in such a short time.

"The community has been very supportive," David said. "You have to give back."

* Renaissance Salon and Spa at the Ridge is located at 7721 Center Boulevard Southeast. Contact them by calling (425) 396-7036.

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