Is Renting a Salon Suite Right for You?

If you’re considering renting a salon suite, there are several questions you should answer to figure out whether this is the option for you.

  1. Is your creativity restricted by your current work environment?
  2. Are your hours unreasonable or inconvenient?
  3. Do you wish you had more control over how you work?
  4. Do you think you should be taking home more income than your employer is currently paying you?
  5. Do you want greater control on the type of clients you work with?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it may be time to move on and transform your career by renting a salon suite.

Wait, What About Buying Your Own Salon?

That’s a great question and one we were hoping you’d bring up. While buying/leasing your own salon may seem like a dream come true, there are some serious drawbacks that you should consider.

  1. Buying a salon is pricey. Not only will you need to buy/lease the space that you’ll be operating out of, but you’ll also need to buy all of the equipment, products, and furnishings, not to mention hiring employees to staff your salon business. Once you buy/lease the space and hire the staff, you still have to pay for things like the salon sign, business cards, marketing collateral, and utilities. All of it adds up quickly.
  2. You have to worry about maintenance. As a salon business owner, you’d need to make sure the building is being maintained properly. If something happens to the plumbing, you would be in charge of contacting the appropriate contractors to fix the issue.
  3. It takes a lot of time. Running your own salon is very time-consuming. You’d need to spend time training and managing your staff, coordinating with contractors, marketing and advertising your business, among other things. At the end of the day, you’d be running the business more than practicing as a stylist.

The Benefits of Renting a Salon Suite

As noted above, there are several disadvantages to owning a salon business. Of course, full disclaimer, we are a bit partial to the salon suite model, but this is for good reason!

When you lease a salon suite, you become your own boss without all the hassles that come with owning a salon location. You no longer have an employer looking over your shoulder and stifling your creativity. With salon suite leasing, you can run the salon your way. As our current salon tenants will tell you, you’ll gain “a lot more freedom and flexibility” as a tenant at Salons by JC.

There are many benefits to leasing a suite, some of which include:

  • More freedom.
  • Setting your own schedule.
  • Managing your own business, your way.
  • Keeping all of your earnings.
  • Choosing your own product line.
  • Making more money.
  • Setting your own rules.
  • Customizing and personalize your salon.

Salons by JC Suite Amenities

In addition to the general benefits that come with leasing a salon suite, Salons by JC also offers suite amenities, including:

  • Fully customizable suites for rent
  • Complimentary concierge service
  • Secure 24/7 access
  • No schedule restrictions
  • Free WiFi
  • Free online booking
  • Free credit card processing setup
  • Marketing assistance
  • Washer and dryer onsite
  • Business service center
  • Shampoo sink/cabinet
  • Styling chair
  • Shampoo chair
  • Mirror
  • Styling station

We also provide a concierge team that takes care of all salon logistics, including:

  • Ensuring the Salons by JC experience for you and your clients
  • Managing all aspects of front-desk guest assistance
  • Keeping the lobby and common areas clean and beautiful
  • Escorting guests and walk-ins throughout the building
  • Updating tenants with pertinent news from Salons by JC
  • Conducting facility maintenance checks
  • Anticipating and addressing tenant needs and salon disruptions
  • Coordinating work orders with the maintenance and IT departments
  • Planning salon mixers and networking events

If you’re still unconvinced, check out our Profit Calculator to see whether or not leasing a salon suite is a good option for you.

Specialist Spotlight

Salons by JC Superstar – Hannah Claxton

Salons by JC Superstar – Hannah Claxton has always known that she wanted to be involved in making people feel and look better.  Hannah opened her own esthetician business at the Salons by JC located in the Riverdale Village Shopping Center in Coon Rapids. When you talk to Hannah it becomes real clear that her business is her passion….one that started right after high school when she trained to be an esthetician.  In addition to her rigorous academic training she has tutored under authentic European professionals who specialize in thorough skin treatments in a relaxing enironment. Skin care is her passion with the overall goal of meeting the skin needs of every client she works with. She quickly progressed learning her craft at a high-end salon before moving to Minneapolis from the Denver area. Since her arrival here nearly two years ago she has created a fanatic following of dedicated clients and continues to learn new and better ways to serve her guests.

As her career blossomed she decided that the ability to schedule her clients, more than anything, drove her to become her own boss. When she took the step to move her business inside a Salons by JC she was somewhat nervous about whether or not her clients would move. That really hasn’t been an issue and what she learned was that referrals from the other independent stylists at Salons by JC helped her with the transition.

Another key for her was the ability and freedom to choose what product she wanted to sell.  Her favorite is Dermologica because its Paraben-Free and is a product line that is  free of common irritants (including lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, artificial colors and fragrances) that could cause breakouts. Using and recommending the number one skin line in the world is a comfort to her and to her clients. You can easily book directly with Hannah or just call her at 303.358.1365.

Franchise News

Salons by JC opens at Lithia Crossing in Valrico – The Tampa Tribune

Situated in the Lithia Crossing shopping center at the southwest corner of Lithia Pinecrest Road and Bloomingdale Avenue, the Salons by JC has opened, offering mini-suites leased to independent beauty and wellness professionals.

For the consumer, that means a one-stop shop for services from proprietors leasing individual suites for their respective services, including hair styling, coloring and extensions; manicures and pedicures; massage therapy; facials and body waxing; and weight loss and nutrition.

“We provide a way for stylists and beauty professionals to start and run their own businesses without large overhead expenses,” said owner Denise Cooke of Apollo Beach about her newly opened Valrico business.

“It’s a salon-suite concept,” she added. “Our location has 6,500 square feet, and we have divided that space into individual salons that stylists can lease, fully outfitted with what they need to practice.”


Furnishings include a tilting skin bowl, tilting chair, rolling cart, mirrored station and a chair for customers. Of the 36 spaces, Cooke added, some are singles, some are doubles, with sizes ranging from 95 to 137 square feet.

“We lease to anyone in beauty and wellness,” Cooke said. “They can fully customize their suites. They can paint them, decorate them and really turn them into their space and their own business. All they need to do is bring their tools.”

A grand opening is set for 3 to 6 p.m. Monday at the shopping center anchored by Stein Mart and featuring as well the Fresh Market, Little Greek, Panera, Starbucks, Chili’s and more.

The event is set to feature a Valrico-FishHawk Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting “and everyone who’s leasing and moved in at the time will be showcasing their products and services,” Cooke said. “Each stylist will have specials of their own. We’ll have raffles, gift baskets, live music, food and everyone is welcome.”

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Specialist Spotlight

Salons by JC Superstar – Shaylan Pittard

I am a small business owner and I say that with humility and pride. Ten years ago I was working in an uninspiring corporate job and could only dream of owning my own business. I still have vivid memories of my day’s cosmetology school. Working a full time job, being a full time mom and going to school part time, my goal of obtaining my cosmetology license seemed far way. But I never took the opportunity for granted, I soaked up the knowledge and experience like a sponge.

Today, I apply everything I’ve learned on my journey and it helps me to be a better entrepreneur. Along the way, I inspired my mom and she acquired the cosmetology license too.

In September of 2013, we became business partners and opened The Weave Luxe Bar follow them on Facebook. There’s nothing more gratifying than operating a family owned business. In June 2014, I launched “the Lavish Hair Collection”, our own high-end 100% human hair line. It’s currently sold in the salon and will be available on-line very shortly. Book an appointment.

The most valuable and powerful advice that I can give is to put God first and never give up on your dreams. Please support small businesses, we are your neighbor and friend.


Specialist Spotlight

Salons by JC Superstar – Monique

Monique always knew she wanted to work in the beauty industry and has loved every moment of her career!  She’s worked as a hairstylist for over 25 years of which nearly 10 she owned a salon and the last 2 she’s been an independent salon suite leaser.  She specializes in color, but her passion is formal styling and weddings.  You can check out her work at: : Click for Monique’s Facebook Page
After an injury forced her to walk away from salon ownership,  she turned to leasing a suite as her next business endeavor.   When Salons by JC Pearland opened, she easily made the switch because of the professional and refreshing atmosphere. At Salons by JC she is able to set her schedule to suit her personal needs.  She also brings with her a wealth of knowledge about salon ownership and her door is always open to any of her co-leasers – she loves to see others succeed in their own businesses.
Classy salon for classy people
Specialist Spotlight

Salons by JC Superstar – Eve Jones

Eva Thurman Jones – Cutting Image Leadership Team Member & Lady Barber Platform Artist. In a field that barely had any women in it years ago when I started, actually 30 years ago. I’m a survivor 🙂 When I graduated from Cain’s Barber College I never thought that I would be in the field this long. It was unheard of to have a woman cutting a man’s head. After great success and hundreds of loyal clients I decided to return to school to get my teaching license. It was a plan of mine with a good friend to open a Barber College but because the friend wasn’t dedicated to the plan the school has yet to be. After managing and owning several Barbershops of my own I decided that to have the freedom to travel and teach in the field of barbering I needed to close my shop.

With the Barber industry being so popular now as far as hair competitions, products and equipment it’s very easy for serious barbers in the industry now to have their own product lines and tools. I have always had a strong love for my straight razor which is why many years ago my clients named me the “Str8RazorQueen”. When I’m not traveling and educating I’m in the process of developing my product line and my own brand of straight razor. Being blessed to have clients that have been with me for over 20+ years and still building new clients is very humbling. One of the greatest decisions of my life was to leave the setup of a regular barbershop and move back out on my own to Salons by JC Bolingbrook. In the private, stress free, beautiful environment they allow you to create for your clients, gives me all the time I need to manage and own my own business again with a strong peace of mind to pursue my dreams. I definitely haven’t given up building a barber college!

The incredible styles created by barbers now gives us the opportunity to economically have great success. Styles such as texturizers, sponge treatments, hair coloring, creative designs, portrait designs, hair enhancement and facial services lets us now charge for services 30 years ago really didn’t exist. Staying educated and understanding that to be of importance to my field along with staying at the top of the list I must continue doing things that those around me don’t offer or do.


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