MEET LAUREN & SHERRY
When Lauren Jackson opened Renata Salons with her mother on her 21st birthday, she was not sold on her mother’s choice of location. Grapevine’s Dorris House, the three-story house off Main Street dating back more than 120 years, was far from the style she had seen at other salons.
Over 14 years later, she said she is incredibly thankful the house became Renata’s home.
Jackson said she had been doing hair since she was 17, working as a styling teacher and hairstylist for editorial works in Los Angeles and New York before settling back down in Grapevine. Her background fed into the way she runs her salon, which has a significant devotion to staying on top of recent trends.
The salon is constantly feeding its stylists with education, Jackson said, holding classes at least once every two months. Recently, Jackson invited the top educator at hair color line Wella to teach a class at Renata, and last year she paid for six of her stylists to attend classes in New York.
“[Education is] inspiring your stylists, and any time your stylists are inspired, they’re doing new things to their clients,” Jackson said.
IN THE MEDIA
History of the Dorris House
1896 Dorris House -- Dr. Thomas Benton Dorris, one of Grapevine's early physicians, arrived in 1885 and built this Queen Anne style Victorian home at 224 East College Street for his wife, Ann Eliza, and daughter, Ione. The house features a square tower, fish scale shingles, and turned and scroll-sawn brackets. Dr. Dorris served as surgeon for the railroad and taught a nursing class during WWI. The house is symbolic of the new prosperity enjoyed by Grapevine after the arrival of the railroad in 1888. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.