We had the good fortune of connecting with Allison Stock and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Allison, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
When I was little, I always did something creative; dance classes, drama, cake decorating classes, gift wrapping classes. Even in high school most of my classes were more on the artistic side; orchestra (I’ve played the violin since 4th grade), I was in the auditioned choir, creative writing etc. After I graduated I went to college like everyone says you have to. It was in my computer class of my sophomore year that I realized I just really hated what I was doing, and man I need my hair done…I was ready for my spring highlights. As I sat in the salon I just watched everyone talk and interact with each other. It looked SO fun! I could talk to people all day I thought to myself. And you can ask my dad, he knew I would do well because I can’t stop talking. That was spring of 2001 and here I am still in this amazingly creative industry, loving every minute of it!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have held almost every position in the Beauty Industry. I have been a student, apprentice, beginning stylist, master stylist, booth renter, educator and now a Director of Talent & Education. To really make it in this profession you really need to be a self starter and a HARD worker. You may work 10+ hours a day, 5 days a week for YEARS, it’s really hard on your body, and it can be a killer if you have had an emotionally draining day. But we do it because there is nothing better than to see a smile on your guests face when you have nailed their new color…which makes it worth everything.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I have literally known my bff Aimee since we were 1 years old. So I don’t even have to wonder what we should do when she comes to visit. Day 1, relax and grab dinner at Grammies Goodies. The best Italian food you would ever have and the desserts?! We have to take those to go. Day 2 go to the zoo and of course grab some food. Day 3 we would drive up into the mountains or down to the springs to hike. Then we’ll go to dinner at the Cast Iron Tavern in Golden. Day 4 get up for a breakfast burrito at Bonfire Burritos in Golden. They only serve breakfast until 10:30 unless it’s Sunday where it’s breakfast all day. Day 5 Walk down the newly paved path in Clear Creek and then grab a burger at Bob’s Atomic Burger in Golden, across from the Coors plant and a great mountain view. For dinner we’ll head downtown to Tupelo Honey. We can take the train in from Golden and walk 1 block. After that we’ll go wherever it looks fun! Day 6 brunch at Sassafras in Golden. If it’s nice you can sit outside which overlooks Clear Creek. My fav is their duck fat gravy and biscuits!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
All of my coworkers at Zandi K Salons, and my co-educators at Aveda Fredric’s Institute Indianapolis.

Website: linktr.ee/zandiksalons

Instagram: @allison.at.zandik

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