Staci Linklater clearly remembers the day she decided to become a hairstylist. She had just graduated from high school and was at home watching TV. A cosmetology school commercial came on, and something instantly clicked: That’s what I am going to do.
A career as a hairstylist, she felt, was the perfect match for both her outgoing personality and her desire to be an entrepreneur.
Fast-forward several thousand haircuts and shampoos, and today Linklater is the owner of uber-hip Globe Salon and one of the movers-and-shakers of the downtown scene. And while she is well known for her people and social skills (her annual Christmas party is one of the most coveted invites in town), her business savvy is not to be underestimated.
Linklater and her husband, James Reza—the founder of Scope Magazine, which later became Las Vegas Weekly—have always wanted to make a mark on their hometown. Linklater describes herself as a “born, raised and never lived anywhere else but here” Las Vegan. In 1999, after Reza sold his publication, the couple decided it was his wife’s turn to shine. She had worked at several local salons and at the time was renting her own station, which lacked the camaraderie she had come to love about the stylist lifestyle.
“Ultimately we wanted to be downtown,” she says, “but we realized we were too ahead of our time to bring an upscale salon to the area, so we went more central.” The salon’s original location was at Decatur and Charleston, next to Las Vegas’ first Starbucks. In 2008, Linklater took a chance and finally realized her dream of moving downtown and into a retail space on the ground floor of Soho Lofts.
“I had this vision of us of being a downtown energy source, and now I’m finally seeing this come to fruition,” she says. “I get goose bumps when I think about it.” The decision has paid off. In 2010, Globe was recognized by Elle magazine as one of the top 100 salons in the nation for its dedicated staff, its loyal clientele and its chic design.
Linklater and Reza always have something brewing. Whether it’s a great party or a new business (she’s keeping her ideas under wraps until the economy improves), they have become known for their energetic and inspiring presence.
“Ultimately the goal is to have two additional boutique salons,” she says. “Obviously we will need to maintain the same urban feel that we love about Globe. And we need to make sure that wherever we go next, in addition to our downtown location, that we are able to provide the same level of service that we do in its current spot.”