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 (EAST PEORIA, IL – August 21, 2018) – Cullinan Properties, Ltd. is pleased to announce further growth at East Peoria’s Levee District. The addition of Sola Salon Studios will add to the exciting mix of retail, restaurants and services at the development; while the demolition of an existing building located along Center Street opposite Costco will make way for additional growth at The Levee District, which has limited outlots remaining.

Sola Salon Studios will be located at 480 W. Washington St., near Carter’s and McDonalds. The 6,260 SF studio space will provide area consumers with more choices for experienced hairstylists, cosmetologists, nail technicians and other professional salon services. Sola Salon is a franchise that provides beauty professionals with high-end, fully-equipped salon studios alongside the support and tools they need to launch their salon business. Founded in 2004, Sola Salon Studios is the largest, fastest-growing salon studio business in the country.

Owners Tom Beyrer, and Nick and Chelsea Schmalenberg recently opened a studio in Champaign and are excited to bring Sola to the Peoria area with studios opening at The Levee District and The Shoppes at Grand Prairie. The Levee District salon will accommodate 32 private studios. The studios are private spaces with ample storage, oversized sliding/locking doors, floor-to-ceiling walls for privacy, individually controlled ventilation, Wi-Fi, and full-spectrum lighting.

“Sola isn’t a traditional salon,” says Beyrer. “We work to help people get into business for themselves. Sola provides a support system, including education to help stylists get and stay in business.”

“Many stylists’ career goals involve owning their own salon,” says Chelsea Schmalenberg. “Sola provides stylists with the opportunity to change their lives by giving them more freedom and more control.”

Sola at The Levee District is expected to open later this year.  For more information about Sola Salon’s Peoria area locations, contact Chelsea Schmalenberg at 513-444-8965 or

 Adjacent to The Levee District, the 134 Center Street building will be demolished in the coming weeks to make way for new development. Formerly home to LaConte Auto Repairs, Cullinan Properties acquired the 7,458 SF building and land in the early 2000s anticipating the need for expansion of the Levee District  “The Levee District area has really transformed since being home to where Caterpillar’s oldest factories once stood,” states Christopher M. West, Cullinan Properties CEO. “Not only has The Levee District been successful, it has also contributed to additional spin off development in the area.  Clearing the land is the best option to make way for exciting complementary uses,” West states.

 About Sola Salon Studios

Sola Salon Studios was established in 2004 with the opening of the first-of-its-kind salon concept in Denver, Colorado. With over 400 locations today nationwide, Sola Salon Studios provides more than 10,000 salon professionals with premium, fully-equipped salon spaces to own and operate their individual boutique salons. Sola offers the freedom and benefits of salon ownership without the risks of owning a traditional salon. The innovative salon concept empowers experienced hairdressers, skincare professionals, nail stylists, massage therapists and other like-minded artists to quickly and easily elevate their career. For more information, visit Follow us on Facebook/solasalons and Twitter@solasalons.

 About The Levee District

Owned and managed by Cullinan Properties, Ltd., The Levee District, encompasses over 86 acres that includes 650,000 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space, as well as office, hotel and civic components. Co-anchors include Target, Costco, Gordmans, Ross Dress For Less and Ulta. Businesses adjacent to the property include: Holiday Inn & Suites with a full service Johnny’s Italian Steak House, Hometown Bank, Aldi and the Fondulac District Library. For more information, visit

About Cullinan Properties

Cullinan Properties, LTD. is a leading provider of real estate services specializing in commercial and mixed-use developments and acquisitions.  With offices in Peoria, IL, Chicago, IL and St. Louis, MO, Cullinan Properties is a multi-disciplined real estate firm that develops, manages and owns mixed-use, retail, multi-family, office, governmental and medical properties throughout the United States, including Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Georgia and Texas. For additional information about Cullinan Properties, Ltd., visit




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