V.I.A.’s Home Grown features only the most awesome companies in Vancouver. From tiny, single-person operations to the big players, we profile our favourite businesses and interview their owners and operators.
Coup is perhaps the best business to ever open it’s doors in Shanghai Alley in Chinatown (and presently the only business open on this historic street!). Their salon is cozied into a heritage building which was once a barber shop and the current buildout was constructed with recovered wood and recycled furniture, and cozy is a word that truly represents them. The tight-knit team of Rosie Zollinger, Missy Clarkson, Spencer Jensen and Michael Barry Anderson go out of their way to make you feel comfortable in their space while getting your hair done and they definitely offer a different experience than any other salon in town. Some might say they offer a more positive experience, and I am personally one of those “some”!
I caught up with Coup’s owner, Rosie Zollinger, for a few questions…
If Coup is known for one thing amongst it’s customers, what would it be?
We are definitely most known for our comfortable atmosphere. We do great hair without all the attitude!
What’s your personal favourite hairstyle of all time?
My all time favorite hairstyle is the bob. It was such a radical trend in the early 1920s that it revolutionized the way women’s hair was cut, and changed our industry forever. Because it is so flattering for all face shapes it has stayed popular ever since.
Aside from Coup, what’s your favourite Vancouver business and why?
I’m a big fan of The Regional Assembly of Text on Main Street. It’s such a unique shop and I love stopping in there to check out all the amazing zines and cards.
What keeps you here? Like what’s the best thing about Vancouver?
I think most of all it’s the people that keep me here. Vancouver has so many people who are initiating amazing things, and I think it’s just a matter of time before they catch on. If we continue to support and inspire each other Vancouver will become even more awesome!