After more than 16 years in the beauty industry, I’m thrilled to have opened the Lofts on 5th, a boutique beauty studio. I’ve always loved working with other independent beauty professionals, and now I’m able to offer the opportunity for them to open their own lofts – empowering them with the freedom and independence of salon ownership without the risk. I’m a native of New York City, and came to Ohio in 2007. I studied painting at the Columbus College of Art & Design and attended the Ohio State University(Go Bucks!).
Before entering the beauty industry, I was a model and fell in love with makeup. My story in beauty began back in 2002 when I got my first makeup artist job at Mac Cosmetics in Brooklyn, New York. I eventually obtained my esthetician license to learn more about skincare. I studied and do continuing education at Daria Chuprys Permanent Cosmetics Academy in Beverly Hills.
I started my own beauty business K Manley Studio 2012 in a loft I rented, and I always knew I wanted to provide a space for other beauty professionals too.
In 2018, I took the leap! My husband Roy and I renovated the space for the Lofts on 5th together over the course of several months. It wasn’t always easy, but we were in it together. Seeing my dream of creating a boutique salon come to life was a thrill, and I’m so happy we were able to share that experience.
Having the opportunity to create a space where other independent beauty specialists operate with the same freedom I love is a gift I’m blessed with every day.
I look forward to meeting you at the Lofts on 5th!