Constructing the Valley: Salon celebrates 1 yr anniversary by including a bit magnificence to Tarentum’s revitalization efforts

Many years of working as a hairdresser for nationwide chain salons taught Traci Zinn a worthwhile lesson: If she ever had the possibility to open her personal retailer, it might not be like several of the locations she had labored.

That chance got here final yr when Zinn, 55, determined to make use of cash she obtained from a automotive accident to open Hailey’s Hair Creations & Spa at 318 E. Fifth Ave. and Tarentum.

The salon, which is a collaboration between Zinn and her daughter, Nachole Campbell, 31, is called after Zinn’s granddaughter.

Zinn was injured in September 2017 when a automobile crashed by way of the windshield of the Value Cutters salon in Verona the place she labored. Cash to open the salon got here from an insurance coverage deal she obtained for the damages she sustained.

“I used to be at some extent the place I used to be simply uninterested in working for firms,” Zinn stated. “So I made a decision it was time for me to do that alone so I might have extra management over how issues have been finished.”

Zinn studied cosmetology on the Forbes Street Profession and Know-how Middle in Monroeville whereas nonetheless in highschool.

“My daughter actually grew up in a salon and she or he actually wished to be a hairdresser, however she was deterred from doing so by a college counselor who instructed her she was too good to go to a vocational college,” Zinn stated.

Campbell attended Empire Magnificence College in West Mifflin after highschool.

Zinn stated that the company construction of chain salons can generally make it tough for stylists and prospects to really feel comfy collectively.

“The chain salons do issues like e-book appointments on-line, which could be handy,” Zinn stated. “However reserving on-line doesn’t give the stylist an opportunity to seek the advice of with the shopper earlier than coming into.

“At our salon, the session course of begins whenever you e-book a gathering.”

Zinn stated that the communication forwards and backwards throughout the session may help be certain that stylists get to know the purchasers, who can present worthwhile info throughout these conversations.

Selecting Tarentum for the situation of the brand new retailer was not a coincidence.

“We did a variety of analysis to seek out out the variety of salons in a number of cities we checked out and located that a lot of them already had too many shops for the inhabitants,” she stated. That’s not the case with Tarentum. I felt that if individuals gave us an opportunity right here, we’d do properly.

The phrase that revitalization efforts have been underway in Tarentum was additionally seen as a optimistic signal that the time was proper for Zinn to take the step into entrepreneurship.

Though the store window that they had beforehand rented was a hair salon, “all that was left was the shampoo basin,” Zinn stated. “We labored for about six weeks constructing our retailer.”

The enterprise has grown slowly and steadily throughout the first yr, however Zinn stated she believes there’s potential for important development.

“Individuals largely discover out about us by way of phrase of mouth from our prospects,” stated Zinn. “And we have additionally lined up on the Tarentum Night time Market so we could be out in the neighborhood to fulfill individuals. I really like animals, so we hope to do some fundraising sooner or later to assist the native Frankie’s Associates hostel.”

Nichole Magoc, 40, from Tarentum, stated she realized in regards to the salon from her sister and determined to provide it a strive.

“That is the primary time I am right here,” she stated not too long ago after receiving a trim. “Traci did a incredible job. I’ll undoubtedly be again.”

Working with their daughter, Zinn stated, was a smart move as a result of they’ve totally different abilities that complement one another.

“My daughter is a superb dyer,” Zinn stated. “So she’s going to deal with something {that a} buyer needs that’s extra concerned or difficult. And there are particular types that I’ll deal with as a result of I’ve the expertise or experience to take action.”

Tony LaRussa is a employees author at Tribune-Evaluate. You’ll be able to contact Tony at 724-772-6368, tlarussa@triblive.com or through Twitter .

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