Nicole Letendre has been a hair stylist for over 19 years. And since 2001, she’s been the owner of Serenity Salon, Inc. at the Lifestyles Plaza on Route 6 in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.
Serenity Salon is a full-service salon providing colors, cuts, perms, styles, waxing, make up, spray tanning, manicures and pedicures, and facials. They are an exclusive Paul Mitchell products salon. Serenity Salon services women, men and children, while offering kids’ services at reduced prices.
We’ve represented Nicole since she bought the salon in 2001. This year, she decided to incorporate her business and I had the pleasure of sitting down with her to talk about Serenity Salon.
What prompted you to buy the business? I was just going to buy it for the furniture so that I could set up a hair salon in my parents’ house. Then I just decided to jump in and buy the whole business and stay in its location here in Fairhaven. My goal had always been to own my own business and I did what I set out to do.
What’s the best thing about being in business for yourself? I can structure my hours around the most important thing which is my family. Originally, that family was just my one son, Kyle. But, it’s larger now that I met my fiance, Rick, and he and his two children are living with us. Fortunately, I still have the flexibility to make them number one in my life.
What has been the biggest challenge as a business owner? Finding good help with the personalities that blend well with each other. In a small business, that’s so important.
You’ve done some recent renovations and experienced some growth. Tell us a little bit about that. Well, we renovated the entire salon by updating its décor, making it a more modern and warm place. We also expanded from a 4 station to a 6 station salon. In addition to our regular full service salon we added eye-lash extensions, gel nails and Keratin treatments. We’re also looking to add full service massage therapy.
How has Phillips & Garcia helped you over these years? Well, Andrew was there for me when I first bought the salon and represented me through the entire purchase process. Since that time he’s pointed me in the right direction professionally as a trusted business advisor. I’ve never trusted an attorney until Andrew. Not only has he provided me with business advice through these years, he also protected my family’s future with his Family Legal Planning. I felt very stressed about it, then when it was done I felt better. Now, after 9 years, I’m finally incorporating and Andrew’s helping guide me through that.
Visit Serenity Salon, Inc. at the Lifestyles Plaza (Route 6) in Fairhaven, MA. While walk-ins are welcome, call ahead to schedule your appointment at (508) 961-0018 or visit them on their Facebook page.