Happy New Year
Making the decision to take the time off in November was a difficult one but one I felt was necessary for the growth of my then team of 4 ending with just 2, Josena and myself.
The first 2 weeks of November was full of education from financial literacy Kaz of Kazakiyah’s Studio & Rockland Trust to branding with Nicole Broushet of The Vegan Nest. We had lunch with 2 fabulous women, Kim Salmon & Margo Foreman. We met with 4 women business owners in a great panel, including Worcester’s own Michelle Memnon, Denise Obeng and Nadine James, on how they got to the where they are from start to finish. They spoke about their ups & downs, what they learned along the way and gave advice to 2 young professionals on how to succeed. Tim Fisk, my coach from Summit Salon Consulting, popped in from Springfield to speak about how to run your salon company to be profitable. One of my favorites was a friend from ATL, Mocherie Murray, an educator with many companies. She spoke about what’s next and how to determine what you need to be successful. If I had to name my favorite, it was McClean Coaching and Consulting. This was the leadership training. It was informative, interactive and really helped us to learn to work together and see where we need to improve as individuals.
I am hoping to have this experience every year. Expanding to other salons and turning it into a retreat away (someday).
Unfortunately, Josena will be leaving to attend Worcester State University full time. Her last day is February 3, 2024.
She has been an important part my team since the reopening in June 2020. We have all watched her grow professionally and personally. I know she will excel and take with her a great deal of information and support from everyone. Several guests have offered to help her in any way they can to ensure she gets through this next journey.
I am saddened to see her leave but so proud of her for making this difficult decision for her future. I will miss her spirit and dancing.
Many have asked if I have someone else lined up. I am interviewing an assistant on Friday. I am always looking for an addition to the team, but it is not an easy position to fill. They must be licensed by the state of MA and if they do not have experience, I must train them. This takes time away from my guests and makes my day longer. Most of all they must fit into the culture we have all created. I am always in contact with the schools and industry leaders in the area.
If you have an appointment that has not be rescheduled. Feel free to call the salon during business hours, rescheduling on our site or your confirmation emails.
During this transition I appreciate your support, patience and prayers.
From Josena "Just want to say thank you to everyone for giving me the opportunity to perfect my craft and skills"
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