Marie is an Independent Cosmetologist offering services for women, men and children ranging from hair to nails. Marie LaBreche-Olson has always had an eye for beauty and has been professionally sharing her talents with clients since she became a cosmetologist in 2007. In the beginning of her career, Marie offered her services at a full service salon in the Metro Area. She proudly built her business while focusing on continuing education in cutting, razor cutting, perming, and coloring to ensure that her clients were always receiving the highest quality of services and were offered access to cutting edge techniques and products.
As Marie continued to expand her field of expertise to facial waxing, express facials, natural nail manicures, including gel polish, and express pedicures she moved onto a spa where she could offer a more robust offering of services to her clients. She later earned her Manager's License and is now an independent contractor in a busy suburban salon, Suite Haven, a studio inside of Sola Salon Studios in Blaine, MN. Marie proudly focuses her talents on families and achieving amazing results at a reasonable price. In addition, she also earned her Educator License during this time and substitute teaches at Empire Beauty School ranging from pre salon theory, to advanced techniques, to board and licensure testing.
SOLA SALON STUDIOS TWIN CITIES SPOTLIGHT - MARIE LABRECHE
1. How did you decide to be a hairstylist?
I decided later in life to be a hairstylist. I was a legal secretary while I worked towards my AA degree and I still couldn’t figure out what I wanted to be “when I grew up”. I took some things from an aptitude test I took when I was younger-be a teacher, work with your hands, be an entrepreneur, and realized I could do all of that in this industry.
2. How many years of experience do you have in the industry?
I have been behind the chair since 2007, a cosmetology educator and independent stylist since 2010, and a Sola Salon owner since 2014.
3. What do you like most about your career?
I love the many facets of the job. Working with people, marketing, networking, education, business planning. There is more responsibility owning your own business, but the flexibility as a single mom to be able to arrange my schedule for what my kids need is amazing.
4. What was it like to transition from chair rental to having your own studio at Sola?
It was great to be able to design our own space and decide what retail to provide for my clients. The private setting is fantastic and I can offer so many more services to my clients including waxing, hair and lash extensions, facials, manicures, and pedicures on top of all things hair.
5. What is the biggest change from working in a traditional salon?
A traditional salon gave me the foundation to run my business well, and it is so rewarding to put that education to use and expand on it to build my business.
6. What is the most rewarding aspect of business ownership for you?
I love being able to wear many hats. I am my receptionist, my CFO, my CEO, my marketing director and my own boss. I can choose what education I attend, what services I want to offer, and what atmosphere I would like to attract clients that are like me!
7. What do you like most about Sola?
It’s owning your own salon without the responsibility of paying the bills for electricity, garbage, heat, or having to clean bathrooms! Sola takes care of their stylists with education that is mostly free and at they have at least quarterly parties!
8. What do your clients think about your space?
Privacy in an intimate setting.
9. How has being in business for yourself at Sola helped your career move forward?
I have been able to offer more services, and products that I believe in.
10. How has selling your own retail enhanced the service that you provide your clients?
I have the retail that I believe in and that will enhance their service in the weeks that they are not with me. I am in control of what I carry so I can carry what I believe to be best suited for the services I provide.
11. What is unique about your business, Suite Haven?
We like to party! Every year we do a holiday party and an anniversary party to say thank you to our clients for choosing us! We have refreshments, product and service specials, prizes and gifts for our clients.
I always offer $10 off for a referral, and every month I have a product and service special that you can find on my business facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/mariespleases
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