Following the sun

Downtown Angels Camp is getting yet another new business, one that has made the cut in two other Calaveras County communities.

Salon Soleil, owned by Vicki Love-Camp, recently opened its doors in the area of Angels Camp that has seen many other businesses locating there. Prior to the move, Love-Camp’s business was in Copperopolis Town Square for about eight years, and five in Arnold before that.

After opening Salon Soleil in Arnold, Love-Camp eventually moved to the Saddle Creek neighborhood of Copperopolis.

“I could not resist the charm of the Copper Town Square and decided Salon Soleil would do well there,” Love-Camp said. The business continued to build there, as she worked side by side with her daughter Lauren Love. The mother-daughter duo has worked together for the past 13 years after Love earned her cosmetology license.

Indeed, the two hail from a family of creative stylists.

“My son, Tevor Quisol, is a barber who works in Shannon’s Barber Shop in Sonora. His fiancee, Desiree Ammons is a stylist who owns Under Your Hat in San Francisco. Her sister owns Artisans Salon in Monterey and their mother, Jean Wright, owned Head-to-Toe in Jamestown for 32 years,” Love-Camp said. “We truly are a family of artists.”

Love-Camp has worked in the industry since she was 18, eventually going to school to become a licensed cosmetologist.

Three years ago, Love-Camp moved to Angels Camp, which is part of the decision to move her thriving salon to the same locale.

In addition to the bevy of hair-care services offered at the salon, Love-Camp is working to create more of a spa environment. The mother-daughter duo will be introducing facials and massage therapy. A third stylist, Sabrina Carter, is planning to join the team come spring.

“Change is exciting for us and for our clients,” Love-Camp said. “I have now designed three salons, and I have to say, I’m most proud of this one.” She went on to say that the design is “mid-century modern” with a focus on creating a relaxing environment for their clients.

Those clients come from throughout Calaveras and Tuolumne counties and as far away as Camp Connell and Miwok Village, Love-Camp said.

“I’ve been going to see Vicki for about 13 or 14 years now. I was first sold on her because she was very attentive to my needs,” said Carol Blanchette of Camp Connell. She said there was an ease to communicating with Love-Camp. If Blanchette’s hair wasn’t exactly what she wanted, Love-Camp would endeavor to give her what she wanted. “She’s truly easy to be around. She’s become a good friend.”

Though the trip for Blanchette is now cut down by about 12 miles since the salon moved, it’s still the distance of a marathon – 26.2 miles – to get her hair done. But it’s a trip she’s willing to make.

For Love-Camp, the job is much more of a passion, and she’s grateful that she gets to work at something that feeds her creative side.

“I consider myself blessed to do something so creative,” Love-Camp said.

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