QNSalon (pronounced Queens Salon) is a cultural salon that aims to gather women from all professional and ethnic backgrounds at quarterly events throughout the year – all in an effort to increase networking abilities, discuss new ideas, share experiences and build a sense of community.
The model was dreamed up by Jackson Heights resident, Sarah Burningham when she noticed that there weren't too many events in the borough that were aimed at connecting women contributing to the borough in various ways.
“I felt like there weren't key meeting opportunities and groups to give a voice to women in Queens,” she said. “In the past three and a half years I've lived here, I've met a lot of inspirational women and we really need something like this for them.”
She, along with fellow Queens resident, Chrissy Festa, who is also passionate about the borough, will host the launch event of QNSalon on Tuesday, April 10 in Long Island City.
“We want to see what women in Queens want, who will show up, and what they will take from it,” Burningham said. “We want it to be a mingling and want attendees to get to know each other.”
The event is slated to feature Queens blogger and writer, Alia Akkam as a guest speaker. She will discuss what defines the borough, and will also talk about its vibrant food scene.
Each event will have a theme associated with it, centered on something exciting and inspiring happening in the borough. A guest speaker will join for a short talk focused on that evening's theme, after which guests could spend the time mingling, having fun, or discovering things about a new business, idea, even neighborhood.
Burningham says that future QNSalon events will be held at various locations throughout Queens, enabling more women to become familiar with each other.
“In all it's meant to be invigorating,”said Burningham, who runs her own publicity company called Little Bird Publicity.
Burningham originally hails from Salt Lake City, Ohio and is also the author of two young adult books, “How to Raise your Parents” and “Boyology.”
When the moved to Jackson Heights with her husband she fell in love with the vibrancy of the neighborhood.
“There is a pride about Queens among people who live here and we want to spread that amongst ourselves and share it with a wider audience as well,” she said.
She is excited to hear the feedback from those who attend on April 10.
“We want to give it a chance, allow it to grow and develop,” she said. “And maybe this can even breed communities and groups outside of the events.”
The first QNSalon event will be held on Tuesday April 10 at LIC Bar, located at 45-58 Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City. The event will last from 7-9 p.m. For more information and to RSVP visit: qns-salon.com.