Fundraiser held for salon hit by burglars



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Posted on June 19, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 19 at 11:46 PM

A West Seattle salon targeted by thieves last month is now getting some help from a few of its neighbors.  A fundraiser for Ola Salon took place Wednesday evening at Salty's on Alki Beach.

The block party and auction was designed to help the business recoup some of the $25,000 lost in a May 16th burglary.

"We just thought, let's get them down here, let's reach out to West Seattle and get everyone down here to contribute and help get them back on their feet," said Nems Scarim, a spokesperson for Salty's.

It's a gesture that nearly brought Ola owner Rachel Karlin to tears.

"Even though we had a horrible thing happen, some really great stuff has come out of it, and to see all these people here to support us just because they love who we are is such an incredible feeling," she said.

Karlin said the past few weeks have been incredibly hard on her entire staff.

"Initially, I think you go into a process of trying to figure out just how to keep the doors open," she said.  "They literally took everything, every piece of retail they could take, jewelry, stuff from local artists, scissors, computers, printers, everything."

The salon has been able to replace the necessary items to keep its stylists working, such as scissors and straighteners, but there is much more work to be done.

Customers say it's been hard to watch them struggle, especially because Ola has always supported and given back to the local community.

"That's what they were doing originally, constantly donating and having charity functions," said Scarim.  "It just makes you wake up and go, oh yeah, we need to take care of them."

About 75 turned out for Wednesday's fundraiser.  Almost $10,000 was raised for Ola Salon in just a matter of hours.