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Meet Lizzy Stoltz of Mona Lizzy’s

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lizzy Stoltz.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Mona Lizzy’s started as sort of a mobile thing. In 2006, I was working in a preschool, in a salon and attending college. I liked teaching and doing hair, to me they are both artistic, But I didn’t like the idea of being in a school full time or behind a chair full time and driving from one site to another. I was losing a lot of work time by commuting to different sites for different jobs. I did however like that my day was broken up by diverse activities relating to art.

Back in 2009, is when I really started making the Mona Lizzy’s vision come to light. I was an independent contractor-art teacher-type person working in four different schools, I was renting different studios for different types of workshops, for adults vs kids, and capacity. I was also working in a salon renting a chair. The thought came to me that it would be much easier if I didn’t travel to different studios and schools and a salon. It would be great if I could do all these creative things in one space. So up until 2015, I was running around all over San Diego teaching workshops and styling do’s, that’s when my break came and I was told there was a space becoming available on Adams Avenue.

My former partner and I built out and transformed the current space that Mona Lizzy’s now resides at, to be multi-purpose and eco-friendly Salon and Art Studio. Here I teach art workshops, like our monthly Craft & Cocktail Nights (adults only), private art and sewing lessons to students of all ages, and work behind the chair four days a week with five other spectacular stylists. And that is the short version, phew!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I have to say it has been fairly smooth. When things got scary or more like uncharted territory, it was more like a lesson to learn that was going to make doing business easier and better prepared in the future. Struggles, in the beginning, we’re just building out the place and finding the right people to work with me that was willing and wanting to contribute to the similar vision I had for the space. There are little things that come up from time to time, but for the most part, I feel like Mona Lizzy’s is on the right track and progressing slowly but surely.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Mona Lizzy’s – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Well, I guess the fact that Mona Lizzy’s is so diverse is what sets us apart. We are basically a salon, an art studio and a retail space for local artists, which we are always looking for. We host pop up markets for local artists to show and sell their work. We host art workshops, adult only art class, rent out for events, participate in all of Adams Avenues quarterly events and have free art projects to the community during the events. We host hair classes for the community, and for stylists.

I’m not sure if I have specific specialty other than doing fun artsy stuff. I do lots of haircuts and colors Tuesday through Friday. Which, I feel most people love! because we use environmentally conscience brands like Aveda and Eufora. We offer complimentary aromatherapeutic scalp massages before a cut (not to mention, we recycle the hair scrapes to donate to a company that builds hair mats to clean up oil spills in the ocean!) and when you get your hair colored and you have that waiting time for your color to process… and there is usually an art project or some fun project going on in the shop that makes the time fly… great for the kiddos!

I build quarterly art installations in the shop and usually ask help from guests or the community to help contribute to the installation. This keeps things ever changing and a work in progress which I think is loved and appreciated by our regulars and neighbors.

Last April, I created an epic underwater, coral reef scene that was both inside and outside the shop made from all recycled plastic water bottles and other random items found in the recycle bin. So besides creating art in the shop and doing hair, I also teach workshops. From macrame to glass etching to sewing. All of this I feel really sets Mona Lizzy’s apart. And it makes me proud that I have this cool place that people love to come to and the people I work with are wonderful and also contribute to the vibe at Mona Lizzy’s.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
What I look forward to for Mona Lizzy’s is to expand! I’d love to expand the space we are in now… adding a few more chairs, massage room and definitely more space for retail of local art, and a bigger space in the front of the shop for more art classes. I have a vision for it and ready to go if the opportunity should arise.

Pricing:

  • Hair service range from $25-200
  • Craft & Cocktail Night $50
  • Private art/sewing lessons $25+
  • Hair classes for the community $25+

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Image Credit:
Gary Payne, Danny Dreher

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