What made you decide to start your own business?
I became an empty nest and my best friend opened a blow dry bar in Idaho that was very successful. Even though I had dreamed of doing the same and put plans in to open one in a new community being built. When the owner of the salon I worked at during my 20-30’s fell ill I offered to buy it. It was such a whirl wind transaction! I took over and had to completely re-brand and rebuild. And when I say rebuild I mean EVERYTHING! The salon, the team, the clientele and the brand itself. I renamed it and the rest is as they say history.
What are some things you have learned so far since opening your salon?
I have learned so much since I built this salon May of 2015. I have to put over 30 people’s needs before my own sometimes and listen to what they are saying to have continued success. I need to always remember what it was they were feeling when they came to me. This feeling of responsibility is enormous but so worth it when I see the smiles and hear the laughter in our salon. We are a happy family.
What are your favorite business aspects in the salon?
My favorite part of owning 74 is the people I work with! They are all so eclectic and amazing! Our bonds are great and we all truly enjoy being together! I have a “job” that allows me to give back daily.
Tips on balancing your life as a business woman, mom, and wife?
Tips? What tips? I was hoping you had some for me! I still have not mastered that balance yet… I am typically working until 10 pm with one eye on my phone screen and another on a TV show my husband and I are watching! Any time off I crack open a beer and plant myself in the kitchen for a good 3 hours cooking!