Intuit Gives Some Green to Eco-Friendly Salon and Spa

The affluent community of Flossmoor, Ill. — a village 30 miles south of downtown Chicago — has an abundance of high-end beauty salons and spas. But one in particular stands out when it comes to embracing green business practices.

Jonathan Kane Salon & Spa is not only one of the trendiest places to get pampered in Chicagoland, but also one of the most environmentally conscious competitors in its category.

“We had gone through a sustainability study here at the salon and then we did a zero waste audit where we audited all of our waste,” reveals Larry Kane, who owns and operates the salon with his wife, Kathy Kane. “We’re working to become a zero waste salon.”

So far, the effort is yielding stellar results. Since starting the company, Kane says, the salon has reduced its garbage to the dumpster by 75%.

“We’re concentrating on the environment and really trying to reduce our carbon footprint,” Kane asserts. “That’s always been important to the mission.”

So is projecting the right image to its upscale clientele. “My middle name is Jonathan,” he explains. “Larry is not easy to market: Larry drinks beer. Jonathan drinks wine.”

Opened in February 2010, Jonathan Kane Salon & Spa caters to customers who appreciate its high-quality services and its commitment to all things cutting-edge and eco-friendly in the beauty business.

“I’ve been a hairdresser since 1979,” Kane says. “I was behind the chair for about 10 years and then got into management of salons. Eventually, I found myself with a company that got sold to Procter & Gamble. We were out in Connecticut. I decided to move back to Chicago with my wife and family.

“When we landed here,” he recalls, “I said, ‘You know what, let’s not ever have to move again. Let’s try to find something and call it our own.’ And so I started looking around to buy an existing salon. I befriended the owner of the building that I eventually bought. He had a price about seven years ago that was out of the question. In 2009, he approached me and said, ‘I think I have a price that you and the bank are going to like.’ So, we started moving forward, and in 2010 we bought the building, the furniture, fixtures, and equipment. And we inherited seven staff members.”

Three years later, business is booming. “We have tripled the staff and doubled the revenue,” Kane boasts.

But, as with any thriving enterprise, it’s essential to consider the future. Kane says he constantly strives to improve his offerings. To that end, he submitted a heartfelt wish to Intuit’s Small Business Growing Strong campaign.

“We have a wonderful team of co-workers that have embraced our efforts to be the best salon and spa in the area,” Kane wrote, explaining that his wish was for “new eco-friendly styling chairs and stations” and “more comfortable shampoo bowls.”

He added: “Secondly, I would build on our efforts to be a zero-waste salon and spend the remaining money to do what it takes to get closer to that goal. We live in an outstanding and diverse community that has supported and grown with us for three years. This would be a great way to pay them back for that support.”

In the end, the environmentally savvy hairdresser’s wish made the cut. “This is so exciting,” Kane says. “I can’t wait to tell the staff. If I wasn’t in my office, I would probably be up in the salon screaming. This is amazing. Thank you!

“Being in an image-based business, staying current with color palettes, furniture, and equipment always makes people realize that you’re evolving and not just staying put,” he says. “We will have furniture that’s as eco-friendly as possible, but it will also show our clientele that we’re staying on top of the way things look.”

Intuit’s Small Business Growing Strong campaign is announcing one winner a day through May 24, 2013. Check out the list of current winners and find out whether we’ve granted your wish.

About Michael Essany

Michael Essany is a former E! Entertainment Television host and nationally published author who was recognized by A&E Biography in 2005 as "One of America's Most Remarkable People." Michael currently serves as Vice President of Indiana Grain Company, LLC.
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26 comments
 Location Sant Pol de Mar
Location Sant Pol de Mar

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Otto Jeffrey
Otto Jeffrey

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Harriett Harrington Stinson
Harriett Harrington Stinson

I just think its awesome that a company GIVES money away to businesses for special purposes whether starting out or established. No sour grapes here. I wish I could've won, but, oh well. Maybe next time. It was fun "tuning in" each day to see what kind of business won. THANKS INTUIT!!!!!

Dave Spaulding
Dave Spaulding

I am a small startup as well and these contests never have startups win anything. While I do use Intuit products as part of my business they definitely don't help the cause of the small business guy for sure. Which is a shame :(

Tom O'Reilly
Tom O'Reilly

From what I can see not one company with under 100 votes made it either!!! I am an ultra small business I guess, very limited market and clientele. There was one business the elevator company I believe with well over 30 or 40 k in votes. I saw someone defend them because they were trying to raise money to put lifts in a school or something, sorry this was supposed to be for business's that need a lift to the next level not a fundraiser. I will try again next round but not very hopeful at all, this was my 2nd attempt. Guess some business' are meant to stay in the pond with the little fish...

Carolyn Munn-Middleton
Carolyn Munn-Middleton

I have to agree they all seemed like settled businesses and like someone already said only one out of 15 in canada doesnt seem fair is there a different one for Canada?????

Karen Flansburg
Karen Flansburg

It wasn't only that Leslie - if you read thru the winners, if you were saving the environment, produced a healthy food source or helping the disabled (no slam meant there, just pointing out who did win) then we didn't have a chance. I have used in Intuit's products in the past and love them, but doubt that I will enter in the future. I followed the rules when I entered and none of the above was mentioned as a prerequisite. Yes, congrats to all the winners!

Pam Schamberger
Pam Schamberger

disappointed that Pit Road Liquor didn't make the cut:( congrat's to all the winners!!

Leslie Foster
Leslie Foster

Not a single business that was just starting out got their wish granted! Only established businesses did, maybe they should have specified that in the rules before this entire farce got started! Either way congrats to the winners, but this person just starting out will not be using any of Intuits products.....!

Jacque Zirtzman
Jacque Zirtzman

Congratulations! Lifting Others Visions Effectively! L.O.V.E.

Wade L Brooks
Wade L Brooks

If wishes were fishes we all would live in the sea. :)

Judith Tennant
Judith Tennant

Congratulations to everyone. what a great opportunity for free publicity for your company. Thanks Intuit!