Paul Mitchell salon school planned in Petaluma

Entrepreneur investing nearly $3 million; staff of 50 and up to 250 students

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PETALUMA -- A Novato serial high-tech entrepreneur is expanding a complementary foray into high-style by opening a Paul Mitchell salon trade school in Petaluma.

Bryan Johnk, who runs Novato-based skin and teeth treatment equipment maker Aesthetic Solutions and a Paul Mitchell the School franchise in Sacramento, purchased a 31,000-square-foot office building at 1415 N. McDowell Blvd. for $1.65 million and plans to spend about $1 million converting up to 17,000 square feet of it into Paul Mitchell the School of Sonoma County.

There are more than 100,000 salons in the Paul Mitchell network in 81 countries and nearly 100 corporate and franchise schools nationwide.

The plan for Petaluma is to have about 50 full- and part-time staff and "learning leaders" ready for up to 150 day and 100 night students by year-end. Costa Mesa-based Paul Mitchell the School is designing the interior. Construction bidding is set to open in early June.

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