About 5 years ago, I began my quest to open a salon catering just to men. At the time, I was laid off from a position selling granite. The market in 2010 was not so great after the bubble burst in 2008. In addition, I had finished a year at Virginia Marti for Interior design, then opted not to go into further school debt, since there weren't very many jobs out there in. I consulted with my husband and family for ideas. What was I going to do to reinvent myself in a down market. I needed to do something that used all my design skills. Haircutting was my other alternative. When I got licensed after graduating college, instead of getting a masters degree, I got a cosmetology license as a fall back. I never thought I would years later, own a men's salon. If you had asked me 20 years what I would be doing, I would have said graphic design and or interior design. Lucky for me, my husband is supportive of my creativity. I did some soul searching, consulted relatives and friends to get ideas. I looked in Boston and NYC to find a design concept. The idea of creating and designing a vibe and interior space that would be mine was thrilling. To offer men an alternative haircut experience from from a chain or barber seemed ideal.
Fast forward 5 years later, I closed my shop and am now renting a chair. I have no regrets. It was a great experience. I learned a lot as a entrepreneur and about myself. It was and is so much more than just cutting hair. It is all the behind the scene things like networking, marketing, troubleshooting anything technical, making sure things in the shop were kept organized & clean. I was constantly pushed out of my comfort zone thinking and problem solving. Although the doors to the space I created are closed, I am still enjoying the business I built and Thankfully many of my clients have followed me.
What I learned about owning my own business? "Employees are the hardest to manage." When their personal life drastically changes it can have a devastating effect on the business. Now that I have had a taste of owning and managing employees, I am far happier being solo. There is a something to be said about not being a boss. It is Freeing!
I applaud anyone who wants to strike out on their own in opening any small business. It takes guts to do it. It is a lot of work. One has to be being willing to take risks, to accept things as they occur and find solutions that fit your business model quickly and efficiently. Having said that, I think adapting to change and seeing what is in the future is one of the hardest things to visualize. When the opportunity to change my location presented itself, I grabbed it. Timing is everything.
I love being closer to home in Rocky River and working only by appointment. This arrangement provides me the best of both worlds.
My new location inside the Eternal Salon & Loft at 19063 Lake Ave is in Old Detroit. The vibe is casual. Each person rents & runs their own business behind the chair. The place is spacious and friendly. Imagine 9 different businesses under one roof.
In this new spot, I can now add women back into my schedule for haircuts. Up until I opened my salon, I cut primarily women.
If you are new to the area, we are surrounded upscale boutiques, great food and shopping. If you are hungry, there are plenty of places to eat nearby. There is CYC, Salmon Dave's, Flipside, Tartine's, Heinen's and Burntwood all in walking distance.
The Men's Cuts logo is in the window to the right side of entrance. The door is black and there is colorful, creative hand written chalk all over the door. In keeping things simple, I have booking online 24/7. For those who prefer to call just leave you name and number and I will call you when I am between clients.