What: Congratulations to Influence Salon on celebrating their 10-year anniversary. Salon owner Wendy Bélanger held an open house with cupcakes and champagne, and guests were treated to Pureology samples and great music. Looking back on the past ten years, Bélanger, a Contessa winner for Alberta Hairstylist of the year and Pureology’s International Artistic Director, recalls, “I opened with one staff member, and one assistant, paying rent with GST money, but it was done with passion and hard work.” Today, she employs 15 staff members, four of which have been there since the beginning.
When and Where: May 1 in Calgary
Soundbite: “Just because you’re a good cook dones’t mean you can own a restaurant,” says Bélanger. “I need the support of my team, my manager, and I can trust that my staff will do a good job so if I travel, I’m not worrying that my salon will run amuck. The team is made up of amazing women; I don’t need to pretend that I can do it all on my own.”
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