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Empowering You: Chicago

Salons by JC in collaboration with SalonCentric and Redken brought their Empowering You event to the Chicago area.  This is the second event from the program developed by Salons by JC to incorporate educational programs specific to our salon suite owners.  Each event is geared at enhancing the experience of our salon suite owners.  Giving them the ability to grow their business and market their brand.

Redken Co-Sponsors

The day-long event took place at the Courtyard Marriott River North and featured Redken Artists, Blake Reed Evans, Shawn Stearns, and Erin Crank.  

Blake Reed Evans
Shawn Stearns
Erin Crank

SalonCentric VP of Store Development, Charlesie Russell said, “We were thrilled to co-sponsor along with Redken an engaging day of learning for our amazing friends at Salons by JC in Chicago.”  This being our second event with SalonCentric, we needed to make sure that we kept things fresh and different from the Orlando Hair Show in June.

Three distinct sessions were conducted; styling technique, social media and retailing presented. “We look forward to collaborating on more events in the future, this is a great partnership”, stated Russell.

My Kind of Town, Chicago is

The event had over 40 in attendance and had attendees from our Chicago, Bolingbrook, Highland Park, Woodbury, Minnetonka, and Valrico locations.  

Salons by JC Bolingbrook salon suite owners travel in a party bus

“This was an awesome event for our salon owners!”, stated Salons by JC Highland Park owner, John O’Connor.  “Great sessions on social media, merchandising and retail, and some great skills training. We love empowering our salon suite owners with fantastic educational opportunities.

Salons by JC Chicago salon suite owners

Salons by JC Bolingbrook owner,  Tom Salaba said, “Our Salon Owners already have the drive and courage to be independent small business owners. The Empowering You workshop enhanced their business skills in social media, retail sales and good business practices in an energetic atmosphere. Those ins attendance left with a few new ideas that could be implemented immediately.”

Where will we be next?

As we begin planning the 2019 year along with our partners, we look to the future with anticipation of more events in more areas.  These events allow us to provide our salon suite owners with the tools to succeed.  It’s a small “thank you” for choosing to expand your business with Salons by JC.  We care about your vision and want to make sure your our business is your success.

About Salons by JC: In 1997, Jack Griffey and Cecil Miller began their journey to transform the beauty industry one salon suite at a time. Like most young entrepreneurs, they started out with a big idea but had to learn how to start and run a business from scratch. After much perseverance and hard work, one year later, they opened Salons by JC in Dallas, TX in 1998, welcoming beauty and wellness specialists who were ready to break free from the traditional salon model. The company has since moved its headquarters from Dallas to San Antonio, where it continues to grow through franchising. Today, Salons by JC has over 90 locations in 26 states and Canada.  For more information, visit salonsbyjc.com or salonsbyjc.com/franchise

 

 

 

 

Blog written by:
Marlene Romo Flores
Salons by JC Marketing

 

 

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“Freshen Up” with Mario Askew

Being a barber is all about providing more than a place for clients to get a trim; it’s also about community. Meet Mario Askew, Salons by JC- South Park’s professional athlete and celebrity client barber. Since August 2014, Mario has been dedicated to delivering the best customer service to every client that sits in his seat.

Mario Asker, Owner Freshen Up

Freshen Up: A Lifestyle and Attitude

Before becoming a barber, Mario worked as an electrical engineer, where he found that his job was far too dangerous. After a lot of thought, Mario knew he needed to pursue something different. He wanted to click the “refresh” button on his career. This led him to what would eventually become the brand name he lives by now, “Freshen Up.”  

“‘Freshen Up’ is about a lifestyle and attitude,” Mario shares. “It doesn’t have so much to do with appearance, it’s about freshening up anything you feel like you need to be better at in life. For example, when I talk to kids about their grades that need improvement, I remind them to freshen up and study a little harder. I inspire my clients to be better men, to be happier, to be healthier, and to continue to grow.”

A New Chapter at Salons by JC 

Mario started his new chapter as a barber with Salons by JC-South Park back in January of 2017 and was one of the first few tenants at this location. Both he and his clientele love everything about the environment he works in.

Mario “freshening up” Alfonso Anorga, President of Johnny B. Hair Care

 

“I love the freedom and 24-hour access. My clients love the exclusiveness of me having my own suite, as opposed to being in a barbershop atmosphere where when you sit down everyone can hear your conversation. My professional clients love the private atmosphere because it allows them to share things with me that they don’t want everyone else to hear.”

 

As one old barbershop saying goes “a barbershop is not a hair salon. You don’t go in trying to impress anyone. It’s a place just to talk, to hang out with the fellows, talk about sports, and kick back.” This is the philosophy Mario runs his business by—and it’s one his clients truly appreciate.

“Barbers do more than just cut hair,” Mario says. “We are everything from psychologists to comedians for our clients. We are a relief to the male community, so they appreciate the one-on-one experience of a private suite.”

Family Man, Entrepreneur, Professional

Setting aside time to enjoy family is also extremely important for Mario and he loves that Salons by JC allows for him to be a barber and still allow time for him to be a family man as well.  “Some companies have turned barber shops into a corporate atmosphere and don’t allow for schedule flexibility. Both my clients and my time are very valuable, so I’m very thankful that being in Salons by JC allows me to make my own schedule, an entrepreneur, an industry professional, and be a family man as well.”

Salons by JC loves and appreciates the heart and effort you put into your craft, Mario! We wish you the best as your talents and passion continue to grow with us!

Follow Mario Askew on Facebook and Instagram.

 

About Salons by JC: In 1997, Jack Griffey and Cecil Miller began their journey to transform the beauty industry one salon suite at a time. Like most young entrepreneurs, they started with a big idea but had to learn how to start and run a business from scratch. After much perseverance and hard work, one year later, they opened Salons by JC in Dallas, TX in 1998, welcoming beauty and wellness specialists who were ready to break free from the traditional salon model. The company has since moved its headquarters from Dallas to San Antonio, where it continues to grow through franchising. Today, Salons by JC has over 90 locations in 26 states and Canada. For more information, visit salonsbyjc.com or salonsbyjc.com/franchise.

 

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Sammis & Ochoa

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Salons by JC To Host Second Annual Owners Conference

Salons by JC is looking forward to hosting its 20th Anniversary Celebration and Owners Conference with an exclusive two-day event in Dallas, Texas. We are excited to see franchise owners from across the nation as we gather to celebrate the last 20 years in the beauty and wellness industry.   “Our conference is a great opportunity for our franchisees and the franchise support team to come together to learn from each other, and celebrate what has been a great 2018 at Salons by JC,” remarks Salons by JC Vice President of Operations, Drew Johnston.

Featured Speakers and Panel Discussion

This year’s conference will feature several speakers, one of them being Kim Becker, founder of Hello Gorgeous! of Hope. “I am so excited for the opportunity to attend the 20th-anniversary celebration for Salons by JC. I am looking forwarding to sharing the story of our partnership with Salons by JC and how doing good in the community can be good for the bottom line of your salon,” says Kim.  Since the February, Salons by JC has successfully hosted 3 Hello Gorgeous Days at their San Antonio and New Braunfels locations.  

Kim Becker, founder of Hello Gorgeous! of HOPE Inc.

 

Our 2017 Panel Discussion proved to be a big hit, and we’re ecstatic to feature a select group of dynamic franchise owners to be a part of this year’s panel. More details on the panel speakers will be available in the coming weeks.  This is one discussion you don’t want to miss!

20 Year Celebration and Awards

To properly celebrate 20 years of Salons by JC, we will be hosting a 20th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, October 21st at d.e.c. on Dragon from 7 PM – 10 PM. This event is open to all franchisees, their guests, and beauty professionals in the Dallas area.

The Owners Conference will begin Monday, October 22nd at 8:30 AM at the Addison Conference Center, kicking off the event will be the “Salons by JC Social” hosted by Marlene Romo Flores.

Social Media has evolved tremendously in the last 10 years and its main focus has been to afford the small business owner, who didn’t have a big marketing budget, the ability to be able to compete against the bigger name brands. I look forward to speaking to the owners at the conference and sharing my insights and learning from them as well,” Marlene says.

The conference will also crown a new Concierge of the Year.  Our 2017 Concierge of the Year, Jo-Lynn Greenman is now a our Salon Business Coach and has hit the ground running by visiting different locations across our spectrum of franchises.  “It’s been a wonderful experience to visit locations across the nation to provide support for our concierges and franchisees while gaining new insight into how we can continue to make our brand the best in this industry. I look forward to connecting, learning, and celebrating with everyone attending the conference this year.” Jo-Lynn shares.

In addition, honors will also be bestowed upon the Franchisee of the Year and the location with the Highest Occupancy throughout the year.

Looking Ahead and Empowering You

2018 has been a tremendous year for Salons by JC, and Vice President of Operations Drew Johnston looks forward to what’s to come. “The fundamental principles inherited from our founders and the hard work and spirit of our franchisees will undoubtedly lead us into greater heights over the next twenty years.”

Our distinct Empowering You program is just one of the highlights of what’s to come for the future of Salons by JC.

President Steve Griffey explains, “We have a great program that will highlight the commitment to develop our Concierges to be a business builder resource for our suite owners, set a vision for things to come, and give voice to those that have been leaders in in our network from marketing, operations, and community involvement to mentoring others in their area.”

Important Dates and Locations

Registration for the conference ends Friday, October 5th. Please send RSVPs and names of all attendees to Crystal Vorheier at the Salons by JC Corporate Office. The cost to attend is $100 per person, which includes lunch on Monday, October 22nd.

We have located a selection of hotels for overnight accommodations close to the Addison Conference Center:

Springhill Suites972-744-1010

Radisson Hotel972-490-1212

Hyatt House 972-661-3113

Hawhtorn Suites972-386-4800

“The Owners Conference is a great time to connect with the most talented franchisee group in the country,” remarks President Steve Griffey. We’d love to see all our franchisees from across the nation at our annual Owners Conference.

For questions and RSVPs, please contact Crystal Vorheier at 210-314-3126.

 

 

About Salons by JC: In 1997, Jack Griffey and Cecil Miller began their journey to transform the beauty industry one salon suite at a time. Like most young entrepreneurs, they started out with a big idea but had to learn how to start and run a business from scratch. After much perseverance and hard work, one year later, they opened Salons by JC in Dallas, TX in 1998, welcoming beauty and wellness specialists who were ready to break free from the traditional salon model. The company has since moved its headquarters from Dallas to San Antonio, where it continues to grow through franchising. Today, Salons by JC has over 90 locations in 26 states and Canada.  For more information, visit salonsbyjc.com or salonsbyjc.com/franchise

 

Blog written by:
Analissa Cantu Severn
Salons by JC Marketing Account Specialist
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Empowering The Masses

Salons by JC is getting ready to host two huge events next week in collaboration with SalonCentric.  

On Monday, September 24th, the team blows into the Windy City to host its second Empowering You Workshop of the year.  Redken is the featured presenter at the workshop which will focus on providing attendees with the skills they need to create dramatic business growth.    

Empowering You Chicago

The workshop will feature Redken Artist, Blake Reed Evans.   Blake is a facilitator at the Redken Exchange and specializes in Blonding and Social Media.  He will be showing the attendees how to create 3 styling looks while learning how to sew elastics.

Blake Reed Evans

 

Shawn Stearns will also be a presenter. He has been with Redken for over 25 years and will be training on how to increase your revenue through services and retail.  Also presenting is Erin Crank, who has been with Redken for 8 years. Erin oversees SalonCentric Stores Sales and Education. She will be sharing some easy, quick tips for merchandising and retailing.

Shawn Stearns
Erin Crank


Salons by JC, Salon Business Coach, Jo-Lynn Greenman
will be in attendance at this event along with several franchise owners from the area. “
I am excited to be partnering with Salon Centric and Redken to kick off our first Empowering You training event in Chicago for our suite owners!”, stated an ecstatic Greenman.  “I look forward to hearing how their businesses grow after implementing all of the tips and tricks they learn from the sessions.”

Glam on the Go!

But that’s not all folks!  The SalonCentric Airstream will be making its way from Florida to Towson, Maryland to visit our Salons by JC Loch Raven location on Wednesday, September 26th.  The Towson location is owned by Mark and Cindy Estep.  The Airstream will be there from 11am to 1pm with free samples, giveaways and demos from local beauty gurus.

“We are very excited to be working with SalonCentric as they bring their Airstream “Glam on the Go” Party to our Towson location”, stated Mark Estep. “This partnership provides us with an excellent opportunity to expose the Salons by JC brand to our local professional community, and provides our Suite Owners with education, discounted products, and a very visible location promotional event”.   

The Esteps will also be offering an open house and tours of their location in celebration of being the first to kick off the Airstream visiting one of our locations. “All “Glam Party” attendees will receive a discount on beauty services redeemable at any of our Salon Suites will receive a special discount that can be used in addition to our current advertised promotions.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the “Glam on the Go” Party at Salons by JC in Towson”, says Estep.  

Salons by JC is dedicated to bringing each of its salon suite owners the best in education and events that will enhance their professional career.  Through the generosity of SalonCentric we are able to help you increase your business, increase your clientele and allow you to build a lasting legacy.   This is what makes us the #1 ranked salon suite franchise in the industry.

 

About Salons by JC: In 1997, Jack Griffey and Cecil Miller began their journey to transform the beauty industry one salon suite at a time. Like most young entrepreneurs, they started out with a big idea but had to learn how to start and run a business from scratch. After much perseverance and hard work, one year later, they opened Salons by JC in Dallas, TX in 1998, welcoming beauty and wellness specialists who were ready to break free from the traditional salon model. The company has since moved its headquarters from Dallas to San Antonio, where it continues to grow through franchising. Today, Salons by JC has over 87 locations in 24 states and Canada.  For more information, visit salonsbyjc.com or salonsbyjc.com/franchise

 

Blog written by:
Marlene Romo Flores
Salons by JC Marketing
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My Suite Story: Connie and April

You can’t always wait for the perfect time to seize your moment. Sometimes you must dare to jump — but you don’t always have to go at it alone! Such was the case with hairstylists, Connie Vetell and April Turner, who together, took a leap of faith by furthering their careers as entrepreneurs at Salons by JC High Point in North Carolina.

The Dynamic Duo

Connie and April had worked closely together as hairstylists for nearly 14 years, yet had never stepped foot into Salons by JC. In fact, both ladies were extremely familiar with the area, as they had previously operated out of the same exact building working at a salon that occupied the space before Salons by JC.

“30 years ago, I became a hairstylist after my second child was born,” Connie shares. “I began my career at a chain salon, then worked 20 years with a place that offered booth rentals. This led me to my transition to the location I’m currently in now, and I’ve been around this location for the past 15 years.”

Suite Owner, Connie Vettel

April has always had a passion for helping people and making them feel their best. While she’s been a stylist for 18 years, she originally wanted to pursue a career in the healthcare industry. “After giving it some thought, I decided it was too difficult to see people being really sick, so being a hairstylist was the next best thing for me. It still makes people feel better about themselves, and they walk out feeling confident.”

Suite Owner, April Turner

Same Location, Different Chapter

Connie and April were the first to lease their individual spaces at the brand new Salons by JC- High Point. However, after years of working together, the thought of not having each other to chat with came as a bit of a bummer.

Salons by JC High Point, NC

After giving it some thought, an idea came to them. With the amount of customization Salons by JC allowed to make the space unique, the gals decided to have a doorway connecting each other’s suites, so they could still talk. While their transition to becoming independent salon suite owners was a bit scary, their experience has turned out to be easy, as they overcame their fears together.

Connie and April’s adjoining salon suites

“The complex is upscale and absolutely beautiful,” shares Connie. “We love the convenience of having plenty of restaurants, clothing stores, and a beauty supply store nearby.” April adds, “We stayed in this area because we loved the location. We love the setup, decor, and everything about what Salons by JC turned this location into!”

Both ladies have supported each other tremendously in their careers and share many of the same values and see eye to eye on so much. “We bounce ideas off of each other really well and have taken the time to get know each other’s clients, making it feel like our own little family,” April says.

Both of them have a list of reasons why they love working at Salons by JC. “The difference here is I get to set up, decorate and do exactly what I want to in my own suite. I love that I can cater everything from music to hair products to each client. Not only do they appreciate that, they love their privacy as well,” April shares.

Connie enjoys the fact that she was able to set up her suite to make you feel right at home the second you walk in the door. “It looks as if you’re walking into this beautiful elegant bedroom.”

Pursue Your Passion

Not only do these ladies pursue their passion as hairstylists, they have also grown to love the relationships they’ve developed with their clients along the way.

“My favorite part about my job is that I love people and work with them all day! In this industry, you really get to know people after a period of time, and it’s so wonderful that my clients can come in, sit in my chair, and share their hearts with me. I have clients that pray with me and clients that would prefer to sit in silence and just relax,” Connie says. “No one is between me, them, and the blow dryer!”

April’s Suite

April shares, “I love being able to make people feel better about themselves. The best part about being a stylist is the relationships I’ve built. I’ve got clients that have been with me since I first started that have turned into family for me.”

Connie’s Suite

What’s Next?

As for Connie, her biggest accomplishment in the industry is being able to create and grow her business all on her own. “I did it! No one will ever be able to take that away from me!” She hopes to move into a bigger suite of her own one day as her business continues to expand. “I’m so proud of the fact that I’ve been able to do well in this industry for as long as I have,” April says. “I hope to continue to build and perfect my craft.”

We love and appreciate Connie and April’s team effort and work ethic here at Salons by JC- High Point, and wish you both the best in your careers!

 

About Salons by JC: In 1997, Jack Griffey and Cecil Miller began their journey to transform the beauty industry one salon suite at a time. Like most young entrepreneurs, they started out with a big idea but had to learn how to start and run a business from scratch. After much perseverance and hard work, one year later, they opened Salons by JC in Dallas, TX in 1998, welcoming beauty and wellness specialists who were ready to break free from the traditional salon model. The company has since moved its headquarters from Dallas to San Antonio, where it continues to grow through franchising. Today, Salons by JC has over 90 locations in 26 states and Canada.  For more information, visit salonsbyjc.com or salonsbyjc.com/franchise

Blog written by:
Sammis & Ochoa 
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The Essence of Glamour and Sophistication: Miguel Lopez

Within the hustle and bustle of one of the biggest and most competitive cities in the world, you’ll find an oasis of glamour and sophistication – Salons by JC Manhattan. This magical place is located in Manhattan’s Chelsea district and is the brainchild of New York native and hair stylist to the stars, Miguel Lopez.  This seasoned industry veteran has been sharing his craft with the world from his salon suite inside Salons by JC- Manhattan since the location first opened nearly two years ago. With elements of sleekness, shine and keen attention to detail, it comes as no surprise that Miguel has evolved into one of New York’s most sought-after stylists for those seeking a true VIP experience.

Building your brand

For as long as Miguel can remember, he knew that he wanted to work in the beauty industry. While still a student in high school, he decided to gain an early start in this industry by simultaneously attending beauty school. Once Miguel completed his certification, he quickly earned a position at a salon where he polished his craft, established his own identity, and learned the ins and outs of operating a salon from a business perspective.

Shortly after, Miguel decided to try his out his hand at being an entrepreneur and open his own space.

“I wanted to have my own business because I wanted to have more control over the entire client experience,” says Miguel. In his space, Miguel’s attention to detail is reflected throughout, from the products used to the choice of staff performing services.

His work with high-end color and styling, human hair extensions (one of the first salons in NYC to use Hairdreams ) and Japanese straightening have earned him prestige in various publications throughout his 20 years in the beauty industry.

For Miguel, the goal has always been to provide the best experience for every client from the moment they walk-in to well after they have gone home.

Great Hair Doesn’t Happen by Chance, it Happens by Appointment

What makes Miguel’s salon suite an ideal place for his high profile clients? According to Miguel, Salons by JC  provides the perfect combination of VIP aesthetic and the privacy of his own space. While Miguel and his team have worked with various celebrity clients, from news reporters to Broadway stars, they maintain a comfortable discrete workspace.

“It’s the intimacy that makes it better,” Miguel shares. “None of these clients want to be stared at by twenty other people during their session. Every one of my clients should feel like they’re the only person holding my attention while we’re together because they are always my main focus.”

With a demographic of high end to upper-middle-class women who are often on a tight schedule and still managing to get work done while receiving services, it is important to respect their time and manage it efficiently.  And always making sure that no part of the experience is anything less than VIP.

Beauty Comes from the Within… the Salon

Miguel first visited the Salons by JC when the location was still an empty construction zone. Even in those early stages, he could see the potential for the space and how it would make a good home base for his business.

Even now, Miguel’s love for the Salons by JC community is evident. He fondly refers to other suite members and the Manhattan core team as “attentive” and “helpful” and the space as “peaceful” and “beautiful.”

Miguel plans to have his business move forward and grow with Salons by JC. “I love it here,” Miguel shares. “We plan on being here just as long as Salons by JC is here. We look forward to growing and expanding our clients so we can continue to spread the beauty and positivity.”

Miguel says that he plans on learning additional techniques and improving every day, just like the space he inhabits “The Salons by JC team always knows what their suite owners need and how to help them reach their fullest potential.”

We wish Miguel and his company the best of luck and can’t wait to watch them grow and spread the beauty throughout The Big Apple!

 

 

About Salons by JC: In 1997, Jack Griffey and Cecil Miller began their journey to transform the beauty industry one salon suite at a time. Like most young entrepreneurs, they started out with a big idea but had to learn how to start and run a business from scratch. After much perseverance and hard work, one year later, they opened Salons by JC in Dallas, TX in 1998, welcoming beauty and wellness specialists who were ready to break free from the traditional salon model. The company has since moved its headquarters from Dallas to San Antonio, where it continues to grow through franchising. Today, Salons by JC has over 90 locations in 26 states and Canada.  For more information, visit salonsbyjc.com or salonsbyjc.com/franchise

Blog written by:
Sammis & Ochoa 
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Why Small Businesses Matter in Danbury: Salons by JC

Published on Friday, 24 August 2018 14:27  Danbury’s HamletHub
Written by Kerry Anne Ducey

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You’re IT Salons by JC!

Three questions with Derek Correia, owner of Salons by JC.

Why did you start your business? 

My wife and I were looking for opportunities close to home, where we could have an impact on our community and support our economy. Salons by JC does this in numerous ways. First off, all we offer an incredible entrepreneurial opportunity to local salon professionals, who can own their own business in one of our studios, and enjoy the freedom and income of entrepreneurship. Secondly, we offer a first class establishment with services from top professionals including stylists, colorists, barbers, nail technicians, estheticians and others.

How many people do you employ?

We have three employees that serve as concierges and property managers, ensuring our guests have a great experience. Importantly, we have over 30 salon professionals who run their own individual businesses within our facility.

Finish this sentence as it relates to your business: I wish I could…

I wish we could get everyone in our community to come in and see the spectacular space we’ve created, and how unique the salon suite experience is. Each of our professionals has their own, unique space and vibe inside their suites, and each one of them is exceptionally talented.

Salons by JC is located at 15 Backus Ave in Danbury Square. Visit them online here

About Salons by JC: In 1997, Jack Griffey and Cecil Miller began their journey to transform the beauty industry one salon suite at a time. Like most young entrepreneurs, they started out with a big idea but had to learn how to start and run a business from scratch. After much perseverance and hard work, one year later, they opened Salons by JC in Dallas, TX in 1998, welcoming beauty and wellness specialists who were ready to break free from the traditional salon model. The company has since moved its headquarters from Dallas to San Antonio, where it continues to grow through franchising. Today, Salons by JC has over 87 locations in 24 states and Canada. For more information, visit salonsbyjc.com or salonsbyjc.com/franchise