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March 29, 2016

Rising From the Ashes

Suzanne Reed lost the spa she owned overnight when a drunk driver crashed into the building, igniting a fire that burned her business to the ground. Here's the story of how she's rising from the ashes with help from the hair industry.

Rising From the Ashes



Photo courtesy Suzanne Reed


Suzanne Reed woke up early on the morning of March 20 to her phone going haywire.


“OMG!” “What can I do for you?” “Where are you?” “What do you need?” the texts read, as they came pouring in.


Suzanne was puzzled—until she turned on the news and saw the spa she started nine years ago, her entire professional life’s work, was suddenly a charred, black pile of ruin.


“There are no words to describe how devastated I felt,” Suzanne wrote in a Facebook post.



Photo courtesy Narragansett-South Kingstown Patch


A devastating car crash
Suzanne’s business, Spa Mosaic in South Kingston, R.I., was home to 28 stylists before it was reduced to a pile of ashes. Early on the morning of March 20, a 25-year-old man was driving his 2004 Toyota Highlander drunk when he rammed into the building and ignited a three-alarm fire. The driver received minor injuries, but the building that housed Spa Mosaic is a total loss, according to local news.


“We cried all day huddled together, all my girls, and knew this was the end of a business we called home. Where we, a family, spent more time together with each other more than at our own homes!” Suzanne said on Facebook.



Photo courtesy Suzanne Reed


A community rebuilding
But even though the building, and everything in it, is gone, that isn’t stopping Suzanne and her employees.


The salon industry is a tight-knit one, a family that always helps one of their own. So it’s no surprise that big brand names are doing what they can to assist. Farouk Systems/CHI, Fuel, AVEDA, TIGI and ghd are donating styling products, tools and wet line products to help the Spa Mosaic staff get started again. Donations are rolling into a GoFundMe for the spa to help with rebuilding costs. Many more vendors immediately called Suzanne and offered equipment and supplies. And Suzanne is keeping a positive attitude.


“I can do this again, with all this wonderful energy coming at me,” she said on Facebook. “We can do this again! So here we go again!!!”


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