The mother and daughter team of Ashley and Karen Conner who own and operate this very classy beauty studio are not the only reason that CANVAS is a family owned business. Karen’s husband, Rob, had a major role in the build-out of their location at Plaza Melanie #107 on Boulevard Fremont, and Ashley’s husband, Manny Sanchez, Jr. assisted throughout with the concept, décor and much more. Together they created a tasteful, elegant compliment to our little slice of paradise by the sea.

Like most of us, the Conner family have been coming to Puerto Peñasco for decades to relax in the peaceful atmosphere among the friendly natives, until they could make themselves residents as well. When the time came, Karen retired from 30 years as a nurse (just imagine the importance of her thorough understanding of the need to sterilize every instrument, sanitize every surface, every fabric after every use.).

Young Ashley Conner moved here in August of 2005 deciding very soon afterward to pursue her love of cosmetology and studied under Gloria Cabrera for one full year then worked for her for another year before marrying Manny and joining him in running the Tequila Factory for the next two years.

Ashley was drawn back into hair styling by her friend Kit Anderson who was expanding her business. During that time Karen had decided to pursue one of her strong desires to become certified in makeup arts and aesthetics. Ashley and Karen began planning CANVAS last year and celebrated their grand opening on Saturday May 17th at the new CANVAS Studio, which showed the elegant décor of the new locale. These photos, by Manny Sanchez, of the opening reception give you an idea of the immaculately appointed amenities of CANVAS Beauty Studio.

Karen’s art includes professional makeup for both men and women for that exquisite occasion, wedding, formal, family portrait…all those times when you really need it. You can also enjoy a facial or a peel, even a micro derma-abrasion treatment. The Studio carries four brands of High Definition makeup powders selected by Karen. You’ll find quality products in all brands like E.L.F.; bh cosmetics; coastal scents; M.A.C. plus dozens of colors in eye shadow, blush, and lipstick. Ashley has selected ten lines of quality hair products for the salon.

Ashley’s specialty with hair is coloring. She does a variety of treatments, blowouts, cuts, arrangements and up do’s in most any style. She cuts and styles for men as well.

You can enjoy manicures and pedicures at CANVAS Beauty Studio as well, and they take special care in preparation before, during and after each treatment—remember there’s a 30 year nurse on the floor who knows where the germs hide. Every instrument and surface is sterilized after every use.

In fact, maintaining a sterile environment for their clients is one of the core values shared by Karen and Ashley, as well as their families. The second core value is to provide a caliber of service that exceeds their clients expectations in professionalism and quality of products and services. They believe service starts at the door with a goal to relax, even sooth their clients. To help with that they offer a choice of drinks—oh yes—they have a Keurig machine for the widest choices of coffees and teas, plus a host of other beverages. Their commitment is to give you a memorable experience overall at CANVAS Beauty Studio.

Please call CANVAS for appointments or more information at (638) 383-1161.


This article is brought to you by the Sonoran Resorts Sales Group,, Jim Ringquist, Director of Sales and Marketing.