A former Echo Park warehouse once used by a window and door maker is now home to a 10,000-square-foot beauty school, salon and event space. Earlier this month, Form Academy and Refuge Salon & Spa moved from their Silver Lake location on Sunset Boulevard into the former home of O.K. Manufacturing & Supply, which closed its doors last June after operating a factory and later showroom off Glendale Boulevard for more 25 years. The Refuge salon associated with the school is the one of the half dozen or so beauty salons that have recently opened in Echo Park.
“There are a lot of salons because there are a lot of stylists here,” said Miriam Jones, who serves as president of the cosmetology school. “We have actually trained most of them. Our salon has been around since 2006 and what separates us is that we are also an educational institution that holds a special license by the state.”
Form Academy had been in its Silver Lake building, a former church, for only about a year when it outgrew the facility, Jones said. , who serves as president of the cosmetology school. The cavernous space featuring large wooden ceiling trusses and an arched roof will serve multiple uses, including as the site for short-term shows, including the upcoming part of the Culture Collide Festival in October. The interior is still being worked on but Jones has big plans:
This space is 10,000 sq ft and will be converted to an event space, cosmetology school,and salon. We have 104 students right now and 15 stylists on the books. We were just featured in In Style Magazine and have over 5,000 salon clients. We are aiming to become an Andy Warhol styled art space that combines all things progressive, cultural and creative.