Nolas began as a chance brainstorm of Denise Riley and Kelly Rapp, two savvy
business women whose differences seemed to fit together like yin and yang - It's
the collision of two go-getters. In August 2002, they opened nolas (which is
salon spelled backwards). Denise who worked as a nail technician and owned
her own salon in the Detroit area before moving to Akron, says, "I treat
our salon's reception area like it's my living room, I want our clients to
feel as welcome here as if they were a guest in my home". The salon decor,
which features warm colors, comfortable chairs, candles and seasonal floral
arrangements, was also designed to reflect that warm welcoming feeling. And
while atmosphere is important, keeping up with trends and styles is top priority.
Kelly Rapp is a third generation hair stylist, she is known for her great cuts
and expertise in hair coloring and highlights. Kelly, and the team of passionate,
and out-going professionals, simply put, love what they do. Our fundamental values,
talent and enviable reputation, fuels the growth of nolas.