Family firsts: OA Salons

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July 2, 2020

A new family business is set to arrive in the area in August. OA Salons will be run by its namesake, Olga Allen, who moved to the United States from Russia and has been in cosmetology for over a decade. 

She has been operating Olga Allen Salon, a salon suite, since 2017 when she left one of Charlotte’s top salons to try her hand out as an independent stylist. This suite closed to allow Olga to open OA Salons, according to her husband Graham Allen, which will include 8 styling stations with professionals who specialize in all types of cuts, color and style. 

This will be the Allens’ first family business together, but Graham Allen is no stranger to working with family. He’s currently the vice president of development for Sunbelt Land Management, his family’s regional business. 

“I have grown up in and around family businesses,” he says. “All I know is family business.” 

Olga Allen arrived in the United States at 25 with the goal of owning her own business. She and her husband wanted to wait to open their own salon until their youngest of three children turned 4. That magic milestone happened in May, and the Allens wasted no time with planning. 

OA Salons will open in SouthPark, but the couple has plans to expand quickly. They’ve already purchased a second location in Johns Creek, Georgia. The goal is to continue growing each year moving forward, and to make each additional salon as quality-driven and fun as the Charlotte location. 

5126 Park Rd #2A 

Charlotte, NC 28209


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