Why Essex? Purple Sage Salon

Interview with Kim Scofield (Owner) and Sam Dawson (General Manager)

Kim Scofield has been in the beauty industry for close to forty years.  As the years went on, she found that continually being on her feet was taking a toll on her body.  However, she still wanted to be involved in an industry that she was passionate about.  After a visit to the salt cave in Montgomery, Vermont, Kim realized that bringing a salt cave to her salon was a great way to stay active in cosmetology while preserving her health. 

Around 20,000 pounds Himalayan mineral salt and 7,400 square feet later, Kim was in business at her new location in the Essex Experience (formerly the Essex Outlets).  Kim told me that the salt cave can help with a variety of wellness-related concerns, and online reviewers speak positively about both the salt cave and salon: “Such a wonderful experience! The salon is beautiful, the GM could not have been more friendly and accommodating, and the salt cave was incredible. Such an asset to wellness, I recommend this for everyone. It’s a great way to detoxify and relieve stress from body and mind. I will definitely be back - quite a bit!”

In addition to the Salt Cave, Purple Sage also offers traditional salon/spa services, such as hair care, facials, waxing, and manicures.  Kim and Sam highlighted the boutique in front of the salon and told me that they work to bring unique products in stock.  These include: crystals, hand-made hats, mineral makeup, and of course hair products.  

Purple Sage Salon is located at 21 Essex Way, next to the movie theater.  The salon normally offers at least one event a week in the salt cave, visit them on Facebook to learn more: https://www.facebook.com/PurpleSageVT/.  Kim and Sam have generously offered Why Essex? readers 10% off a 45-minute session in the salt cave.  Just mention this article to get your discount, and enjoy! 

Why Essex?  “The space that we needed was here, and after growing my business in Essex for many years staying in the community made sense.” –Kim Scofield

Why Essex? is a weekly(ish) column highlighting the people and places that make Essex an interesting and special place. Have an idea for the column? E-mail Darby Mayville at darby@essexjunction.org.

Photo Credits: Purple Sage Salon & The Essex Reporter