Celebrating 25 Years with Gila Rut: Kerri Melucci
Oct 03, 2017

Kerri has been a guest of Gila Rut Salons since its inception in 1992, when she became Keri’s client. The two bonded over talks about kids, marriage and their similar names, and 25 years later, Kerri remains a fixture at Gila Rut.

How did you get started coming to Gila Rut? (a friend, family, etc)
I first met co-owner Keri Davis when she was working at another salon in San Diego where I used to get manicures. Her clients left the salon looking better than anyone else’s, so I got Keri’s name. Right about the same time, Keri and her mother opened Gila Rut, so I followed them. I remember Keri asking me what I thought about getting a neck and head massage with each cut. She wanted to know if I thought that would be “weird.” Um, no! Of course, everyone at Gila Rut still does massages 25 years later! It was a terrific idea then and still is now.

What was your profession when you started coming to Gila Rut? And now?
Attorney then, attorney now. (Someday I hope to become the idle rich.)

What’s your favorite hobby?
Boating. I used to have a sailboat (still do with my law partner), but now my husband Mike and I also own a Sportfisher motorboat. I love being on the water. (I keep telling Keri the invite is open?)

How has Gila Rut impacted your life or style?
What I love about Gila Rut is that it seems to be directed at clients like me. When I go to the salon, stylists understand that I am a professional woman, and my hair needs to look appropriate for my job. But that doesn’t mean I need to have some boring, dated look. Even though the people who work for Gila Rut are mostly a lot younger than me, and have a totally different style, they understand my needs—they get that I need to look professional and hot (as much as possible at this point in my life) at the same time. I appreciate that. It’s not as easy to find as you might think.

What is your favorite part about coming to Gila Rut?
The staff is so friendly and welcoming. Before Keri “retired” from cutting hair, my favorite part was our chats. They were almost like therapy. She would talk sense into me, and I also got a great cut.

How would you sum up Gila Rut celebrating 25 years in business?
I can’t believe it has been that long. You all clearly knew your business and had an eye for driving people to the salon, and then keeping them there with super people and performance.