A couple weeks ago I stopped into Dick’s Sporting Goods in Kenwood to get some new workout wear and noticed a “Coming Soon: Ulta” sign. My jaw dropped.
When I lived in Philly, Ultas were all the rage. They’re kind of like Sephora but mass-market with better price points. Hence the jaw drop. Things are about to get verrrry interesting on Cincinnati’s beauty beat.
Sephora and Ulta are becoming the Skyline and Gold Star of the beauty industry. Sephora is currently the leading retailer of perfumes and cosmetics in the U.S. and the second largest in Europe. With about 90 stores in the U.S. (and 400 in Europe), women love Sephora’s posh beauty emporium with a top selection of makeup, haircare and fragrances.
But in walks Ulta, popping up 331 stores nationwide. There’s now a new challenger in the ring. But, Ulta comes to the ring with a secret weapon: Customers can stop in for an increasing selection of high-end beauty brands, as well as (gunslinger pulls out secret shotgun) drug store goodies at bargain prices.
With the economic climate like it is, it appears Ulta is better suited to help their customers weather the storm, and still look beautiful. I’ve talked to many makeup artists who love some of the drug store brands. So, why pay more when you don’t have to? I think many Cincinnati women are going to be asking themselves this very question with Sephora on one side of Montgomery Rd. and Ulta on the other.
This new beauty mecca open its doors on Friday, July 9th. Its new home is at the Sycamore Plaza, 7800 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, OH 45236. To give their new clients a warm welcome, they’ll be offering free beauty products/services all weekend long including free makeovers, hair consultations and Dermalogica face-mapping. The first 100 guests to visit the store will receive a gift certificate with values ranging from $5 to $100.
Here’s the press release about the opening in case you want to know all the corporado details:
ULTA, “The store on everyone’s lips,” is coming to CINCINNATI
CHICAGO, IL (July 2010) – ULTA, “the store on everyone’s lips” and the best resource for everything beauty, is proud to announce an exciting grand opening on July 9th in Cincinnati, OH located at the Sycamore Plaza at 7800 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, OH 45236. In honor of the grand opening weekend, consumers will receive free makeovers, hair consultations and Dermalogica face-mapping, and the first 100 guests to visit the store will receive a gift certificate with a value ranging from $5 to $100.
ULTA delivers the very best in beauty by bringing together an unparalleled selection of brand-name cosmetics, fragrances, skin and hair care products with a full-service, in-store salon. Designed to accommodate the busy lifestyles and growing needs of women, ULTA encourages guests to escape, learn and be entertained while in-store beauty experts offer advice without unnecessary sales pressure.
“Our goal is to help women look and feel their absolute best, while encouraging them to fully enjoy their personal shopping time,” said Lyn Kirby, President and CEO. “ULTA provides every guest with a memorable experience that allows her escape from her busy day-to-day schedule while she experiments and interacts with our extensive selection of brands.”
ULTA offers consumers quick access to not only their favorite essentials, but also to a world of beauty indulgences, so shopping at ULTA is convenient and hassle-free. The brands listed below are just a “taste” of what’s in store:
· Prestige Skincare, like Dermalogica, Murad, Exuviance, and Kinerase
· Prestige Cosmetics, such as Bare Escentuals, Smashbox, Stila and Lorac
· Professional Hair and Nail brands, like Pureology, Redken, Matrix, Frederic Fekkai, Ojon and OPI
· Tried-and-true popular brands, such as L’Oreal, Neutrogena, Olay, Pantene and Revlon
· Fragrances, from Clinique, Estee Lauder, and Lancôme, to Vera Wang and Dolce & Gabbana
· Professional hair tools such as Chi and Hot Tools
· ULTA Brands, including cosmetics, bath and body, spa products, accessories and candles
To further set the stage for a satisfying shopping experience, the store is illuminated with natural light so guests can easily see the true shade of the products they are testing, and the knowledgeable staff is always on-hand to provide the latest beauty information. ULTA offers guests affordable indulgence and is the largest one-stop shop for women who want the product breadth, value and convenience of a beauty superstore combined with the distinctive environment and experience of a specialty retailer.
ULTA, located at the Sycamore Plaza at 7800 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, OH 45236, will be open Monday – Sunday; for store hours, please call 513-793-5100. Salon appointments can be made by calling 513-793-5100 and walk-ins are also welcome.
ULTA is the largest beauty retailer that provides one-stop shopping for prestige, mass and salon products and services in the United States. ULTA offers affordable indulgence to its customers by combining the product breadth, value and convenience of a beauty superstore with the distinctive environment and experience of a specialty retailer. ULTA offers a unique combination of over 21,000 prestige and mass beauty products across the categories of cosmetics, fragrance, hair care, skincare, bath and body products and salon styling tools, as well as a full-service salon in all stores. Headquartered in Bolingbrook, IL, ULTA opened its doors in 1990, currently operates 348 stores across 38 states and also distributes products through its website: www.ulta.com .
The Salon at ULTA: ULTA’s full service salon and skin health services make it the complete beauty destination. The Salon at ULTA offers convenient services at affordable prices with licensed Designers and Skin Therapists. Services range from cuts and dimensional color, to brow design and specialty facials. ULTA proudly uses Redken and CHI professional products and Dermalogica skin care in the Salon and Spa. Professionals are available for complimentary hair and skin care consultations to help each guest receive customized services and product recommendations to suit individual needs.
*********UPDATE: I’m told there’s an Ulta at the Bridgewater Falls Plaza between West Chester and Hamilton, as well as off of S Mason Montgomery and Deerfield road off the Fields Ertle Exit from 71. Not sure about those; I haven’t been. As a NKY girl, I don’t get up there much. But I do know that Kenwood’s store is going to be dangerously convenient for me! It’s right on my way home from my gym!*********