Take a moment to check out the faces behind Urban Waxx.

Our Story

At Urban Waxx we are a group of warm, friendly, happy people who share one common goal: giving you the best wax and the most over the top guest experience imaginable.  That means from the moment your foot steps through our door you feel welcomed, at ease, and totally taken care of by our waxing professionals. We are committed to excellence with every experience, and we cannot wait to make you happy!

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Named Best Waxing Salon in Portland with Willamette Week since 2014

Meet the Team

Shannon Beekman


Shannon is the Founder and visionary behind Urban Waxx. A New Jersey girl at heart, Shannon moved to Portland (by way of Charleston, SC and LA), in January 2007. After 10 years of working in spas and salons all around the country, she opened her dream business: a wax only salon with an over the top customer service philosophy and an unflagging passion for empowerment.  Shannon is also the creator and developer of Serious Serum and Fresh wipes.  Happily married to her partner in crime, Joe, and mama to 4. 

Want to hear more from Shannon? Check out her podcast at Real Talk Real Change.


Scheduling Manager

This bundle of joy has an identical twin! I guess you could call her a fitness lover with a twist of clumsy. She tore her ACL from her longboarding phase she went through and has sprained her pinky toes a total of 11 times! Kayla is a left-handed perfectionist, yes she spent 3 months in Jr. High trying to get her handwriting as perfect as possible! When Kayla isn’t working she is studying psychology, baking apple pies and enjoying all the food that Portland has to offer.

Stefanie Stewart

Human Resources Director

Stefanie is an Oregon native, originally from Bend. She graduated from Portland State University where she studied Human Resource Management. She has a deep rooted love for Harry Potter (House Hufflepuff) and baking. When she’s not at work she loves to read, catch up on her favorite Netflix shows, do some yoga, and eat her way through new cities she explores.

You can reach Stefanie at stefanie@urbanwaxx.com

Urban Waxx Eugene assistant manager Liz Hawks

Liz Hawkins

Eugene Manager

Liz LOVES finding new ma & pa shops to stuff her face at (huge foodie), especially new coffee spots! She is happily married to her high school sweetheart and she plays volleyball every chance she gets. Liz is a pacific islander, and loves practicing her Samoan traditions as often as she can. Liz is very passionate in giving herself to fundraisers and events that seek out help for pancreatic cancer. Her grandmother passed from it a few years ago and it is something that brings immeasurable happiness to help others who are going through the same thing. Chai tea lattes & Disney movie marathons may be the only way to her heart on snow days.

Liz loves traveling and “people watching” to gain inspiration for her beauty & lifestyle blog. The gym & yoga contribute to her happy moods, and a little meditation kicks her stress butt! Halloween is her favorite holiday, and scary movies are her jam 365 days a year! Lastly, Liz is obsessed with her furry friend (Kai) who loves coconut oil, and snuggles all day!

Shannon Brown

Chief Financial Officer

Shannon Brown puts the FUN in our financials. When she is not geeking out on a spreadsheet, this mom of 3 and wife to Scott Brown is living her best life in Utah. Shannon Brown is full of life and love, and her experience managing 6 previous companies has made her an incredible asset and mentor to the UW team. Shannon is obsessed with all celebrations, and no one can out costume or decorate her. She has lived in the Dominican Republic and Hawaii and she is a certified rescue Scuba diver. Shannon also sushi and all sweets: most notably Hawaiian shave ice (she takes her own can of sweetened condensed milk to the local sno-cone shack).

Urban Waxx inventory and supply manager Brandon Willits

Brandon Willits

Inventory & Supply Manager

Brandon is the man responsible for making sure that every Urban Waxx is stocked and ready to go each and every day. He is a graduate from Portland State University with a double major in Marketing and Advertising, and when he is not keeping UW flowing, he owns and operates his own business! Brandon LOVES shoes (borderline obsession) …Jordan’s, Nikes and Yeezys are his jam. He loves to drive…and drive fast, loves to fish, and watch sports. Fun fact: Brandon is married to one of our very own Waxxers, Jennifer Dake! He is passionate about cooking…so I am guessing they spend their evenings dining on some of his creations.

Portland Waxing Salon General Manager

Ashley Carron

General Manager

Born and raised in San Diego, Ashley has lived in the beautiful Pacific Northwest for just over eight years. She received her Master’s Degree in Speech Communications and Anthropology at Oregon State University, where she also taught classes in Public Speaking. Ashley hobbies include traveling, camping, and exploring. She loves her family and claims that with three siblings under the age of ten, there’s never a dull moment. Ashley’s bright energy will keep your nerves down, being sure to send you on your way happy, excited and refreshed with the new and smoother you!

You can reach Ashley at ashley@urbanwaxx.com

Portland Waxing Salon Manager

Kaylynn Whitney

Marketing Specialist

Kaylynn is a California girl who found her home in Portland. She has a love for road trips and movie theater popcorn is the secret to her heart. Kaylynn began as a Guest Experience Manager, but her natural flair for design and her passion for social media made her a natural fit to lead our marketing department. Kaylynn runs all of our Social Media, as well as planning Urban Waxx events.

Have a marketing idea for us? kaylynn@urbanwaxx.com

Sarah Hillenbrand

Retail Sales Manager

Sarah grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota on a farm. Her and her boyfriend packed their bags together and made the move to Oregon. She came to the right place because her favorite hobbies are hiking, camping, and all things outdoors. She currently has over 30 house plants in her home and she has no plan to stop there. Those aren’t her only babies though. She has 2 cats named Winston and Sebastian that she loves dearly. Some of her main interests are shopping, interior design and art. Which lead her to school for Fashion Merchandising. Fun fact about Sarah is that she hated chocolate all her life until about 2 years ago and now she can’t get enough.