I am thrilled to announce that I am OPENING A SALON with my dear friend Melissa Shaffett! Refinery Style Bar will be located in the lovely Proctor District in North Tacoma and be serving the community by the end of this year!
It has been quite the journey. From the very beginning of my cosmetology career I saw salon ownership in my future. I’m glad I’ve spent the last decade preparing and saving for this. I’m thankful for everyone who encouraged me along the way.
I started doing hair fresh out of high school. I received advanced training in Seattle and was a designer at the Tacoma GJ for 7 years. During that time I was also retail educator. I will forever be grateful for the experience I gained and everything I learned there. For the past 3 years I have been a freelance stylist at Baroque Salon and owner of Lockes on Location Styling. I have learned how to successfully manage my own business and am excited to empower other stylist to do the same.
It never ceases to amaze me how when God places desire in your heart He provides everything for it if you pursue it. I met my dear friend Melissa years ago at church. She also has always wanted to to own a salon. The first few years of our friendship we never talked about going into business together. Once we both started freelancing we had a change of heart. We knew we were meant to do this together. About a year ago, a local salon became available, so we looked into it. It was turnkey, ready to go, but we did not have peace about it. It was hard to walk away from an opportunity that on paper was perfect. A few months went by and we were not actively looking but a space was a available Downtown. We would have had to start from scratch. Due to some space and parking limitations, we knew it wasn’t for us. We heard rumor that a space in the Proctor District (where I have always wanted to be) was becoming available, but it was denied. It lit the fire for us to get serious. We decide to get a commercial real estate agent involved, and so glad we did. We came across a space in Old Town early this year.
We spent 6 months in countless meetings and grueling negotiations. There were many sleepless nights, but everything we learned along the way prepared us for what God had for us. Just when we were at our breaking point and had almost lost hope, the space in the Proctor District suddenly became available. We said to heck with the other space and jumped on it! It has been too good to be true. Everything is working out better than I could have ever imagined. We’ve been totally at peace. That’s how God works!
I started freelancing when I was pregnant with my first child and now opening a salon, due to have my second any day now. I couldn’t do it without Christ who strengthens me, the support from my wonderful husband and family, and my amazing friend and creative partner Melissa. I am so grateful for my clients who have been on and will continue on this journey with me. I so thankful for the stylists who want to join us. I’m excited to have a space to empower stylist and serve people. Blessed to be a blessing!
More info about Refinery Style Bar coming soon! For information about station leasing opportunities, please contact me at email@example.com or 253-230-9467.