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Vive Salon for a new, better you

Elizabeth Jacobson, Alyssa Thorson and Ranelle Block of Vive Salon. Submitted photo

Alyssa Thorson and Elizabeth Jacobson are on a mission to make “women feel happy, empowered and beautiful.” It appears they are well on their way with the opening Monday, Nov. 18, of their new and innovative hair styling and spa center – Vive Salon at 534 N. Main St., Horace.

Vive means “lively” or “alive” the perfect reflection of the pairs’ energy and enthusiasm. “We wanted something catchy, but short, sweet and elegant,” asserted Thorson. “We started with ‘vivacious’ but that was too long so we ended up with ‘Vive’ which we feel is ideal for the concept and atmosphere we want to promote.”

An extension of their Vive logo promises “a new and better you” that will be achieved through the diversity of their service offerings that include: precision haircuts, customized colors, So Cap hair extensions, special occasion updos, scalp massage and hair treatments, facial waxing, massage, facials, sunbed tanning and spray tanning by Mystic Tan.

Rounding out the Vive Salon styling team is Ranelle Block, who along with Thorson are So

Cap USA hair extension specialists.

Another aspect of the salon is a dedicated spa area will be used exclusively for additional services offered by staff at Skin Appeal, a medical aesthetics and wellness business in Fargo, partnering with Vive Salon. Amy Byars, registered nurse and certified medical esthetic professional, and Sarah Ouse, aesthetic registered nurse, will be on site by appointment performing Botox injections, dermal fillers, chemical peels, and Derma Pen treatments. Ouse said the staff at Skin Appeal is “excited about being able to bring these aspects to Vive salon.”

Thorson is a 2009 graduate of West Fargo High School; an Aug. 2010 graduate of Aveda Institute in Minneapolis; and a stylist at Oliveri’s since that time.

Jacobson and Block are also Aveda Institute graduates and formerly worked at

Oliveri’s, with ten and eight years of experience respectively. Jacobson is also a medical aesthetician currently affiliated with Skin Appeal specializing in Derma Pen, hydra facials, and derma peels.

Vive Salon is located in a unique strip mall, right off of County Road 17 as you enter Horace. The mall is owned and being developed by Shari and AJ Enno of AJ Construction, longtime Horace residents and business owners, who have crafted a totally concrete, energy-efficient structure that is highly attractive and sure to withstand the test of time.

The strikingly beautiful interior décor of Vive is also marked by Shari’s amazing creative talents as they pertain to working with the concrete medium, using subtle colors and markings to create specific visual, design effects.

Thorson said they decided upon the Horace location because all of the growth seems to be moving south of West Fargo. “West Fargo is already saturated with beauty shops,” Thorson stated, “so we felt a need to serve patrons in the Horace, Kindred and Oxbow areas.”

Both Thorson and Jacobson say they are relishing the opportunity.

“Owning a salon has always been my dream,” Thorson said. “My grandma was a hair stylist and owned a salon in Mayville. Ever since I was little and hung out in the shop, I just knew that was what I wanted to do.”

Thorson was also inspired at a very young age by neighbor Jodi Ellingson, active in the beauty salon business as a co-owner of Hair Success.

Jacobson said she was ready for a change in her lifestyle. “At this point in my career, I really just wanted to be on my own and opening this shop at Horace is a good place to be with the whole area growing so fast.”

The two say they complement each other and will make a great ‘Vive’ team looking forward daily to all the fun demands and challenges. “We balance each other out,” said Jacobson.

Thorson agreed. “We really try to be amazing at what we each do and thrive on making people feel beautiful. “

Toward that end, salon appointments are already lining up fast and furious. Clients can expect to always feel pampered the minute they enter the salon, with 45 minutes to an hour allocated for cuts, complete with shampoo and a head massage; and 2 to 2 ½ hours for color. “We want to make it feel like once you come in here, you will never want to leave,” Thorson stated.

A grand opening to acquaint the salon to the general public will be planned for some time in the near future.

Vive Salon hours are: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and closed on Sunday.

Inquiries or appointments can be made by calling 701-532-1112. More information is available on their website at: