Raleigh-based beauty company eyes corporate-based expansion in 2018

Raleigh, NC, November 9, 2017– Emily Cutts and Allison Conley, co-founders of Parlor Blow Dry Bar, announced today that Parlor has partnered with MDO Holdings, a Raleigh-based investment and management firm to make a growth-focused investment.

“We are thrilled to have formed a partnership with MDO Holdings that is aligned with our goals and core values. Together we will be able to corner the market of the blow dry bar and beauty bar industry, while simultaneously empowering women well beyond the Triangle,” said Parlor co-founder, Emily Cutts.

Parlor opened their first location in Raleigh’s Cameron Village in 2014 and began franchising in 2015. The investment allows Parlor to focus on adding new corporate-based stores in 2018. Several southeastern cities have already been identified as strong possibilities for the new locations. This deal also brings the North Raleigh franchise under corporate ownership.

Additionally, this partnership also allows Parlor to further develop the beauty side of their business through the continued development and expansion of their customized makeup line that was introduced in 2017.

Allison Conley, Parlor co-founder said: “Just because you choose to get your hair and makeup done, doesn’t make you superficial. When you look good, you feel good, and you spread good. We are breaking down the wall between beauty and superficiality. That is why we exist.”

The deal was formalized over the last few months between Cutts, Conley and MDO Holdings CEO, Michael D. Olander Jr.

Olander stated: “It’s very exciting to partner with Alison and Emily, two entrepreneurs in our community who are building a brand that empowers women while providing a first-class experience. Like several other companies in our portfolio, this partnership allows us to help local entrepreneurs take their business and creative ideas to the next level.”

About Parlor BlowDry Bar

Parlor Blow Dry Bar was founded in 2014 and currently has three locations in the Triangle area of North Carolina: Cameron Village and Lafayette Village in Raleigh and Waverly Place in Cary. Parlor was founded with the mission of empowering women by cultivating confidence through quality services and unparalleled experiences.
Parlor’s motto, “Get In, Get Gorgeous, Get Going,” embraces the speedy, easy, and convenient nature of its signature services. Blow Dry Bars have quickly become one of the hottest, most affordable luxuries in the beauty industry. With no cuts or coloring, the concept of only washing, drying, and styling provides an efficient and attainable way to keep hair healthy and on-trend.

About MDO Holdings

MDO Holdings is an investment and management firm based in Raleigh, NC. With seven operating companies, nearly 30 portfolio investments and more than 450,000 square feet in commercial real estate, MDO Holdings is varied in its investments but always focused on building people and companies that engage authentically with their community while stimulating creative thought.

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If you would like more information about Parlor Blow Dry Bar, please contact Emily Cutts at (910) 233-7115 or email at

For more information about MDO Holdings, please contact Doug Warf at (919) 532.0702 or email at