Salon Today Top 200 – 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2018, 2019 Alpharetta’s Aria Salon Spa Shoppe, owned by Matthew & Mechelle Khodayari, was named one of the 200 fastest-growing salons by Salon Today magazine, a top business publication for the professional beauty industry in 2002-2008, 2018, 2019. The magazine’s Salon Today 200 profiles salons that represent some of the top-producing salons in the country.
Business of Excellence: Given out by the Mayor of Alpharetta – 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
The city uses this award to show the business community its appreciation for the investment and quality of life they bring to the city.
Best of North Atlanta (formally known as Best of North Fulton & South Forsyth) – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
In 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Aria was voted the Best Salon in North Fulton & South Fulton by Forsyth County News readers. This award is now called Best of North Atlanta.
Aveda Fashionista, Southeast Region – 2016, 2017
Aveda describes this competition as: “a photographic event that showcases the creative talent of Aveda Artists from all over the world, including Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Singapore and the Philippines.”
Catwalk for Water, Trash n Fashion Winners – 2015, 2016
The Catwalk for Water is a unique celebration of Aveda’s commitment to recycling and reusing the Earth’s precious resources. Aria Salon Spa Shoppe was awarded the coveted prize in 2015 and 2016 for its beautiful pieces made from recycling everyday items.
Aveda Earth Month Fashion Design Contest Winners – 2015
In 2015, the Aria team was recognized by Aveda for working together to create a runway-ready look using only recycled materials. Their creative design won them FREE tickets to Aveda Congress (a must-see show in the Industry) and a strut on the catwalk!
Northside Woman – May 2011 Aria Salon was asked to give foster mom, Carla Driggs, a makeover for her spread in Northside Woman magazine in its May 2011 issue. Her makeover included a haircut and style by salon owner, Mechelle Khodayari, and a makeup application by Melissa Reich.
Salons Unlimited Magazine – December 2007/January 2008
Aria Salon, Inc. was recognized in this issue of Salons Unlimited Magazine as an “Undiscovered Gem” of the Atlanta area for its forward-thinking perspective on the future of salon ownership. “Our goal is not to simply do hair but make a positive influence on peoples lives.” -Matthew Khodayari
Behindthechair.com – July 2007
Down south in Alpharetta, GA, Aria Salon Spa Shoppe, lights up the neighborhood with cost-effective compact fluorescents. Aria’s nine compacts “use 250 watts but illuminate like 1,000 watts and generate very little heat,” says owner Matthew Khodayari. “Immediately, the employees said the change was like day and night.” In Aria’s color area, compacts beam from a large soffet to bounce light off the walls, compact fluorescents and halogens create a nice combination. Switching his bulbs from halogens to compact fluorescents has not only made Aria more “green,” but has also slashed the utility bills.
Atlanta Magazine – December 2006
In December 2006, Atlanta Magazine featured us with a caption “101 favorite salons & Spas.” Aria Salon Spa Shoppe, located in historic Alpharetta, offers chic cuts and Aveda products to cater to a hip OTP crowd. You can get a complimentary shoulder massage, have your makeup touched up with every appointment, and get a free bang trim in between.