COMPANY NAME: Spice Divas Beauty Bar
OWNER: Krishelle Harrison, MBA
ADDRESS: 2209 Lapalco Blvd
Harvey, LA 70058
WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR BUSINESS?
The inspiration behind Spice Divas Beauty Bar came from the passion I had and continue to have of loving to style hair at the age of 13. At 13 years of age I worked in a salon as a shampoo assistant for 4 stylist. At a young age the beauty industry allowed me to make revenue to be able to help my mom financially. I feel in love with the salon culture: it was a healing place for women.
Therefore 12 years ago, my x-husband owned a barber shop named Spice 1 Barbershop. The shop was one of the most successful barbershops in Louisiana employing 21 barbers, 8 stylist, 4 tattoo artist, 3 mobile detailers, hairstore owner, clothing owner etc. It was a bank he turned into a Barber shop and he was not a barber.
This inspired me to open a salon and call it Spice Divas. At the time I was employed in the Healthcare Industry and in school obtaining a BA in Business Administration.
My plan was to own the salon without working in it as a stylist. But the passion for beauty would not allow that. In 2006 Spice Divas was opened by stepping out on faith and leasing a building without the equipment and funds to purchase it. Although I did not have equipment money I still researched equipment and payed the lease on the salon for 1 month. I received a school refund check $100 less than the cost of the all the salon equipment. We were ready for the birth of Spice Divas.
We have been empowering the community ever since from December 2006 with events such as Ladies Night, Trunk R Treat, Toy Drives, Prayer Breakfast, Senior Volunteering, Feeding the Homeless and volunteering for any girl empowerment event to glam up girls inside and out.
Obstacles that they’ve overcome and how:
Throughout the 12 years of owning Spice Divas it has been very lucrative at times and slow at times. In the Beauty industry you must have a love for the industry: while keep creating other means to generate revenue in this industry.
There have been times I have received eviction notices because I had to pay the rental lease at the end of the month. It use to defeat me mentally and knock the ambition out of me.
What I realized is that I can not rely on stylist renting booths to cover the salon operational expenses. I had to become more creative and pull in other means of revenue: therefore if the 5 salon booths are not rented I still can manage expenses.
I brought in two silent partners last year. Derrick Green a salon product distributor for Bronner Brothers and Straight Request. Also Reanell Smallwood, 12 year jewerly designer of La La Rea Rea handcrafted jewelry. This decision brings professional salon retail and jewelry retail to the salon: which increases revenue.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO UPCOMING ENTREPRENEURS?
To all entrepreneurs believe in your dream and vision. There have been many times family and friends told me to close the salon. I did not and it is 12 years later. No one will never understand your vision better than you. Why? Because they can notsee your vision: only you can.
WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS?
The plans for Spice Divas Beauty Bar is to open another location in Texas 2 years from now. Also to purchase a building to no longer have a lease to pay: instead a mortgage in 3 years. Spice Divas will continue to brand the famous lip logo on a hair care product line 1 years from now.
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