Poppy & Monroe has transformed their garden courtyard into a backyard oasis for nature and beauty enthusiasts alike. Guests will be able to experience their full menu of eco-conscious nail services in their new outdoor space beginning Tuesday, September 8.
The Germantown salon and spa has a reputation for going above and beyond for their clients. Poppy & Monroe's new expansion is just one of the ways they are working tirelessly to create a safe and healthy environment for Nashvillians. They are the first salon in town to create outdoor offerings and implement plexiglass dividers, which add a level of protection between clients and staff. Each of the four garden stations (2 manicure, 2 pedicure), have been set 6 feet apart to maintain social distancing protocols. In addition to providing services, the garden may also be used as a waiting area prior to appointments, a quiet retreat for staff to reboot during their work day, or for visitors to recharge when they are in the neighborhood. There will also be an opportunity to rent the intimate space for group services or private events.
"We are lucky enough to have several things that differentiate our location from a typical salon, and one of those items is our garden,” says Poppy & Monroe founder, Karen Kops. With a focus on full-body wellness, it makes sense to incorporate this special space into our offerings. The pandemic gave me the push to make that dream a reality, I only wish I did it sooner!”
Founded by Kops in 2015, the services Poppy & Monroe offers speak to her own desires for cleaner, less toxic methods for nails, hair removal, skincare, lashes and makeup. Kops personally vets every product utilized or sold at the salon for ingredient content, pureness, responsible sourcing, and efficacy. She has curated the outdoor space with the same level of attention and thoughtfulness, choosing water-conservative plants native to Tennessee that will attract butterflies, bees, and other local pollinators. Even the cobblestones are original to the restored Germantown residence that Poppy & Monroe calls home, having been preserved from the 1870’s.
Finding an alternative to the typical salon setup holds a personal significance to Kops, who is raising an immunocompromised child in the midst of the pandemic. While she and her family intentionally dined at restaurants with patio features, she noticed many other Nashvillians were doing the same in an effort to mitigate the risk of exposure.
“Our number one priority is making everyone who walks through our lilac door feels comfortable,” says Kops. “We understand the anxieties people are facing regarding COVID, and we wanted to create a space where they could unwind without sacrificing safety or comfort. Our garden is the perfect place to social distance in wide open spaces, soak up a little vitamin D, breathe some fresh air and receive some well deserved pampering.”
Currently fellow beauty businesses in California are only allowed to operate on an outdoor model, a future Kops recognizes this as a possibility for Tennessee businesses. Always ahead of the curve in Nashville, Kops’ first-of-its-kind addition will also offset the blow of a reduced capacity requirement, which has hindered the business since their re-opening in March.
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Poppy & Monroe specializes in offering less toxic beauty products and natural and organic services. Located in a restored 1870s row house on the corner of Sixth Avenue North and Monroe Street, their services menu includes manicures, pedicures, facials, sugaring hair removal, waxing, makeup application, brows & lashes. For more information on Poppy & Monroe, services, or to book an appointment, please visit www.poppyandmonroe.com.
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