by KELLY GUSICH | photos by Spark Photography

Imagine entering a world where you are treated as royalty. You are greeted at the door by Cupcake, a rescue dog otherwise known as “The Mayor of Rancho,” and by everyone there. You are led to the shampoo bowl and there you are draped in “The Minky”—a faux mink blanket designed for relaxation and snuggling. You leave with hair you love and are ready to show off. This world? Studio Felando, owned and operated by Suzanne Felando Mattson, our 92127 Community Volunteer.

It is important to Suzanne that her clients feel like kings and queens regardless of their income level, which she demonstrates by taking her day off every six weeks to give the royal salon treatment to local moms with special needs children. “This is probably one of my favorite things to do,” Suzanne explained. “I have been so blessed by this amazing group of women who are strong, fierce, and beautiful inside and out.” She continued, “When I began this journey, I have never looked at this as charity, but as an opportunity to use my talent and gifts where I know I can.”

Suzanne’s heavy involvement in charity work began in her childhood, where her mother taught her five children “There but for the grace of God” and the importance of gratitude and paying it forward. She recently donated a ‘Christmas Wreath’ benefitting the Rancho Santa Fe Library adorned with over $700 worth of hair items. She also likes to show her utmost appreciation for our military by anonymously purchasing the dinners for servicemen and women she sees when she’s out to eat. All she asks of the waiter is that the paid check is accompanied with a hearty “Thank you for your service to our country!”

A native San Diegan, Suzanne loves her Santaluz community “…where nature is preserved and the calmness of the mountain views, sunsets, and the sound of the midnight owls are my happy place.” She feels very fortunate with her family situation—her husband of 11 years Jeff, nine-year-old daughter Audrey, stepchildren Andrew and Melissa, and rescue pets Veruca, Violet (cats) and the aforementioned Cupcake, who are so loved Suzanne “is not sure who rescued who.”

Of all the wonderful people with whom she interacts in this 92127 community, “I am a better person for knowing them,” Suzanne shared. The community is better off knowing someone like Suzanne Felando Mattson!

Profile Information

Name: Suzanne Felando Mattson
Community:  Santaluz
Occupation: Owner, Master Stylist, Master Colorist – Studio Felando
Family: Husband Jeff, Daughter Audrey
Hobbies: Disneyland, Relaxing at Rancho Mirage, Being with my family