EAST PEORIA — A new salon will open in the Levee District later this year, Cullinan Properties announced Tuesday.

Sola Salon Studios is slated to open at 480 W. Washington St., near the existing Carter's and McDonald's on the property. Vacancies on that side of the development came after a pizza restaurant, Crust, shuttered.

Sola is described as offering "more choices for experienced hairstylists, cosmetologists, nail technicians and other professional salon services." It's a fast-growing franchise founded in 2004 that offers fully equipped salon studios for beauty professionals. The East Peoria location will incorporate 6,260 square feet of space and feature 32 private studios.

“Sola isn’t a traditional salon,” co-owner Tom Beyrer said in a statement. “We work to help people get into business for themselves. Sola provides a support system, including education to help stylists get and stay in business.”

Beyrer and co-owners Nick and Chelsea Schmalenberg opened a facility in Champaign and will be opening ones both in the Levee District and in Peoria at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie, according to the release.