When it comes to your lashes, you want to make sure you're working with a team of true professionals who have mastered the art which is why we're thrilled to be sharing the ladies of LashBee in Philadelphia with you.
This beauty salon located at 1126 Walnut St., 2nd Fl. in Center City offers lash extensions, lash lifts, face and body waxing and even makeup services. LashBee has been the recipient of several awards, including the Best of Philly for lash extensions and brow services, Philly Happenings for lash extensions and recognized for their entrepreneurial efforts through the Penn Innovation Center, I Corp and the Mayor's office. As if that wasn't enough, their clients leave shining reviews!
To top it off, these pros have developed their own line of products and retail them to other salons throughout the country as well as lash extension trainings and most recently, are launching their training programs on the national level. LashBee is committed to investing in and developing technology and products that make their services more consistent, safe, and speedy in comparison to other providers of eyelash extension supplies.
Anjali Bhatia came up with the LashBee concept after visiting South Korea and seeing the prevalence of eyelash extensions. She tried the extensions herself, and fell absolutely in LOVE with the look. Anjali then shared the idea of starting a similar concept in the United States with Erin Soletski, who also shared an interest in the beauty industry. These two boss ladies met at a retreat for high potential entrepreneurial candidates at Wharton's MBA program and saw the potential of creating a lash extension salon with high quality products. In 2015, they launched LashBee after training in extensions and have since expanded their empire with an incredible team. For them, their motivation comes from seeing client's reactions to the lashes and hearing from stylists who love using their LashBee products!
Describe yourself in three words
"Energetic, passionate, warm".
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
"In two years, we have gone from LashBee just being the two of us to having a team of 15. It has been an incredible for us to grow our LashBee family".
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
"We are so proud of the professional products we have developed over the last two years. We are currently looking to expand the presence of our LashBeePro training and products down the East Coast and also to the West Coast".
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
"From conducting trainings for LashBee, we have seen a huge need for better educational tools for ongoing support. We would love to launch a tech platform that better enables trainers to give ongoing feedback! Accordingly, we would love to learn stronger coding skills".
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
"We strongly believe in the power of working remote when needed. It allows you to spend time with your family while also being able to get things done"!
What websites do you visit every day?
"Primary news sites: New York Times, BBC, CNN, etc".
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
"The LashBee team absolutely loves to eat! We highly recommend trying the Salted Caramel Budino at Barbuzzo, the Spicy Noodles at Dan Dan and the Cheese Curds at Bud & Marilyn's".
What is your goal for retirement?
"Hopefully we never retire! We want to be entrepreneurs for life".
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
"Brainstorm ideas, research, and keep narrowing till you find the one that has great potential. Take some time to test out concepts before you decide on an idea to launch. One quick way is to buy some ads on Facebook or Goggle and see what the response is"!
Anjali & Erin's last thought: "Lash extensions will change your life! Try them once to see what we mean. Also, if you are thinking of opening a salon or adding lashes to your existing salon, please don't hesitate to reach out! We love working with other female entrepreneurs".