Thank you Bishops on Broad for partnering with Richmond Housewives in the City and sponsoring this post.
Bishops Cut/Color is a hair salon that was first established in 2001 in Portland, OR to offer quality but affordable hair salon services. The company is minority and woman owned and consistently gives back to the communities they are in. Recently, Tonya decided to bring this great organization to Richmond, Virginia! The following is a bit about the lady behind the business along with some tips for starting your own business:
What inspired you to open Bishops?
It all started a few years ago when my husband and I were considering how to diversify our income and investments. As we thought about what our financial adviser recommended, we really wanted to think differently about an investment that provided more than just income or diversification, but also something that we could call our own that could provide security for the future of our two young daughters. We decided that we would explore franchise opportunities to leverage the infrastructure that was already in place and after reviewing several concepts and having evening conference calls with different franchises, we weren't connecting with the opportunities we saw in front of us. Then Bishops was presented to us. We could relate to the service, but even more, we connected with the ethos of Bishops. It is not your typical hair salon or low-price hair shop. The vibe and what it represents socially is all about being human and appreciating and celebrating difference in a nonjudgmental way. We felt inspired by that and were drawn to the idea of doing our part to bring that to Richmond in our own way.
What has been the hardest part about opening your own business? The best part?
The hardest part of opening our own business was learning how to hire the right leader to cultivate the work experience and the client experience we desire in an industry in which we are new. The best part has been meeting an incredibly talented group of people with whom we get the privilege of knowing and supporting while we bring this new hair experience to Richmond. There is also something special about knowing that any extra effort we put in toward this business is for us, our family, and for the talented hair artists who have trusted us enough to partner with us in their career.
What’s your best piece of advice for those looking to start their own business?
Stick with it. There will be times it will seem easy and times it will seem hard, but just know it is for you and your future. Your tenacity will pay off in the end and at the end of the day, you feel incredibly rewarded. Trust your instincts. Seek out a strong mentor. Stay on top of things as you go. Don't procrastinate. Take action now. Market before you start. Network. Invest wisely. And enjoy it! Don't forget the reason you started this.
What keeps you going when things get hard?
Knowing that there are people depending on me - my family, our employees, their families...
Bishops offers a full menu of cuts, color, shave and facial hair grooming that will empower local residents to feel more confident in their individuality. A-la-carte pricing for haircuts, trims, hair styling, coloring, blending, shaves, shampoo services, blowouts, conditioning, facial waxing and more, plus an unpretentious staff, being open 7 days a week with convenient hours, and affordability ensures that Bishops makes self-care and hair care accessible. With a counter-cultural heritage, a contemporary aesthetic, and openness to all-ages and all-genders/gender identities, Bishops is serious about hair and irreverent about most other things. For more information, visit www.bishops.cowww.bishops.co or our IG @bishops.onbroad.
Guest Poster: Courtney Laing
Since having my twins six years ago, I have been in a long, enduring relationship with clutter. Every week I promise myself that things will be different- everything will go to its own place and the chaos will stop. We all know how that turns out. One of the areas, in particular, that gets crazy in my house is the pantry. My kids literally just toss their snacks in there like they are playing Skee-Ball. Thankfully I recently worked with Athena at Happier Space, a local organizing business, to get my pantry situation under control. See the before and after below!
I was so happy to be able to chat with Athena to get some tips for all the clutter bugs out there like myself and to find out how you can benefit from her services.
As a professional organizer, what services do you provide?
A: My services are varied and customized to fit the need of each client with the end goal of making any space happier. If you are a homeowner preparing your home for a sale, a busy parent or professional who wants a more orderly home, a teacher needing help to set up a classroom, or a family getting re-situated after a home renovation or move. I can help with any of these phases, while working with the client’s budget and personal style to make their space calm, functional, and organized!
That’s great! Clutter seems to affect everyone, what is your #1 tip to help cut down on it?
A: My #1 tip to help cut down on clutter is to think about what you buy and bring into your home!
Of course, we all need to go shopping and buy things to run our home and to live our lives. An important caution is to be a mindful consumer, so you purchase only what is essential and perhaps save to invest in purchasing better quality items that tend to last and wear longer. Mindless purchases that enter your home need to get stored or displayed somewhere. We all have a limited amount of closet, dresser, or counter top space where owning too much can overtake and cause clutter. Therefore, the less you bring into your home, is the less you must manage.
What inspired you to get into the business of organizing?
A: I have always had the dream of running and owning my own business. I carefully evaluated my life and thought about what I enjoyed doing most. I have truly enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom and running our home. Earning my Industrial Engineering degree and working as an engineer, taught me how to improve processes, devise efficient systems, and improve product flow. I also substitute teach and can apply my classroom teaching skills to a client, as learning how to maintain an organized space is an important element for lasting results. All the above-mentioned skills and experiences work very well together and led me to this business idea/ career path in organizing.
To learn more about Happier Space, head to their website. All of our readers will get a half hour free on-site service with a three hours booked session using the code: HAPPIER HOUSEWIVES.
Thank you Busy Bee Parties for sponsoring this post.
My daughter, Hayden, is a December baby. This was her 4th birthday and she had yet to have a “real” party. Sure, we would gather the friends and family and sing her happy birthday with a cake but due to the craziness of the season, she hadn’t gotten to experience her own party. This year, now that she had the ability to ask for and knows how parties work, I vowed to give her a memorable one to make up for the last 4 years. (mom guilt, right?)
The thing is, I’m BUSY. We’re all busy, I know. But this year, it was busier than normal. I was getting home from a work trip to NYC the day before the party, my parents were flying into town the same day and I just didn’t have the time to even Amazon shop to try and put something presentable together.
Enter: Busy Bee Parties. This business is a LIFE SAVER and I don’t know how it’s not more of a thing than it is. It’s literally a party in a box (well, mine came in a bag, but you get the idea). You get to pick your theme (ours was Frozen) and you get all of your Pinterest worthy decorations to use the day of. We had a hand made sign, banners, pom poms, balloons, table runners, etc – the whole 9 yards. She even included a handy kit for hanging everything so I didn’t have to worry about forgetting something (like how I forgot the forks for the cake). I got so many compliments on how it turned out too! Best of all, it’s super reasonable. Their packages start at $39 and you don’t have to feel bad about wasting things.
There’s no doubt I will be using them again.
PS Shout out to Montessori Kids Universe in Short Pump for allowing us to use their space for the party!
Welcome! I’m Dannah.
I’m a full-time working mom of two young kids and a fur mom to a Boxer and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I’m a multi-passionate entrepreneur with my main focus being on creating community for the women of RVA. I can’t wait to meet you at an upcoming event!