Ludgershall beauty salon owner prepares to expand business

Hair By Laura, located at 13a High Street, will soon also be taking over the shop next door, 13b. 

Business owner Laura Tokona is preparing for the expansion, which will take place on April 1.

The growth of her business means that the 32-year-old is also looking to expand the team at the salon. 

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The business initially offered various hair and nail treatments, alongside some beauty treatments, but there will soon also be sun beds and as more people join the business, Laura hopes to offer a wider range of treatments. 

Laura, who is originally from Wales, set up her business from her Ludgershall home, when she moved to the area because her husband, who is in the military, was relocated.

She a hairdresser for 14 years, previously working in Wales, Germany and Australia.

Laura: “I started my business last year at my home, but as things got busier and busier it seemed like a natural progression to move into my own space, and now I am preparing to make my space even larger!

“So far it’s been really good and busy, especially our late night opening times on Wednesdays and Thursdays till 8pm to help work around people working.

“I’m now on the look for people to join our team on a self-employed basis.”

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There are eight vacancies available and Laura is currently on the search for nail artists, beauticians, lash technicians, an aesthetician, massage therapists, SPMU artists and tattooists. 

She explained that there are both weekly and daily rates available where employees can rent out space within the salon. 

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Meet The Salon Owner: Self Love Salon in St Helens

The business opened on Baldwin Street in St Helens five years ago with Claire Jones in charge and it’s gone from strength to strength, offering different therapies and treatments to their clients.

Here 4o-year-old Claire tells us why she wanted to open her own business, what the inspiration was behind Self Love Salon and what plans she has for the future.

If you would like to appear in our Meet The Salon Feature, email [email protected]

All the colours of the rainbow

All the colours of the rainbow

What’s the name of the salon/business?

Self Love Salon

What’s the address?

23a Baldwin Street, St Helens

Are you the owner/manager?

I’m the owner of the salon.

How many employees do you have?

I have one employee and three others who are self-employed.

When did you open the salon?

I opened five years ago in May.

Self Love Salon opened on Baldwin Street in St Helens five years ago

Self Love Salon opened on Baldwin Street in St Helens five years ago

Are you local to the area? Did you grow up here?


Tell me a bit about your salon/business

We are a holistic hair salon and we believe in promoting inner beauty just as much as outer beauty. The salon was born from my own struggles with mental health and learning to love and appreciate myself more by using holistic elements such as aromatherapy, reiki and crystals. These elements are incorporated into the salon as a way of introducing clients to different therapies. We pride ourselves in being a sustainable salon.


The traditional barbershop treating men like gentlemen

Goregous, glossy waves

Goregous, glossy waves

What do you do? What services do you provide?

We provide all hair services such as cutting and colouring as well as bridal appointments. We also offer beauty treatments as well as massages, reflexology and reiki. We can provide specialist skin treatments such as dermaplaning.

Why did

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Thousands of dollars worth of shoes stolen from small business only weeks before grand opening

A new local business in Houston is recovering after multiple thieves stole most of their product, only weeks before a scheduled grand opening.

“We’ve been building this brand pretty much our whole lives,” said Khamron Micheals, co-owner of Shewz Houston. “We thought we were getting somewhere. This is kind of just a huge step back for no reason.”

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Surveillance video shows multiple thieves early Tuesday morning dragging several large boxes of shoes from a backroom of the store to a car outside. The thieves were stealing from the new business, located near Weistheimer and South Voss Road, for about four minutes.

“I want to let these guys know they’re hurting more than just the business,” said Lamarkus Simpson, CEO of Shewz Houston. “They’re hurting personal lives. This is how we feed our families.”

Simpson and Michaels estimate the thieves stole roughly 150 pairs of shoes worth roughly $40,000.

“I feel extremely disrespected that someone doesn’t respect the hard work and the grind that we have put into building this company from the bottom up,” said Michaels.

The business owners are holding a charity fundraiser event Sunday at Shews Houston, starting at noon. They’re hoping people will come out and support their new business.

“My daughter, she’s 6-years-old,” said Simpson. “She’s able to understand that they got her daddy’s shoes. She was brought to tears from this.”


So far, no arrests have been made. If you recognize the suspects, you’re urged to contact police.

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First Impressions Davenham: Meet salon owner Abbey

Abbey, who is now 22, bought First Impressions Hair Salon in Davenham almost two years after working there as an apprentice stylist and gaining her level two and three qualifications.

Here, in our latest Meet The Salon Owner, Abbey tells us why she wanted to have her own salon despite only being in the business for four years and what plans she has for the future.

If you’d like to appear in our Meet The Salon Owner feature, email [email protected]

First Impressions Hair Salon is on London Road in Davenham

First Impressions Hair Salon is on London Road in Davenham

What’s the name of the salon/business?

First Impressions Hair Salon

What’s the address?

443a London Road, Davenham, CW9 8HP

Are you the owner/manager?

I’m the owner.

How many employees do you have?

I have two employees working with me.

When did you open the salon?

I opened the salon in May 2021.

One of Abbeys transformations

One of Abbey’s transformations

Are you local to the area? Did you grow up here?

Yes, I grew up in Winsford.

Tell me a bit about your salon/business. What do you do? What services do you provide?

We are a WELLA salon and provide all aspects of haircare from colours, cuts and restyles as well as conditioning treatments and haircuts for men.

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What’s your hair and beauty background?

My journey into owning a salon started when I left high school. I went straight into a hairdressing apprenticeship as I wanted to study in a real salon environment rather than a college one, which I felt it was more like school.

I managed to secure an apprenticeship with the team at First Impressions with the then owner Lindsay and her sister Sara and I never looked back.

I loved being on the shop floor

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Famous family boutique shoe shop returns to Cheltenham’s Promenade

Just over 18 months since it closed its shop
on Cheltenham’s Promenade after 46 years of trading, up-market boutique Keith Scarrott
Shoes is back.

The family business, run for the last 18 years by the founder’s daughter, Sophie Scarrott, grew its online
business by 400 per cent through the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to the closure of its Cheltenham shoe shop to become a digital-only business.

But with Cheltenham Festival fast-approaching and many fashionable racegoers turning their sights to what to wear to the famous event, Keith Scarrott Shoes has announced a return to its old home at 8 The Promenade for a three-week pop-up shop.

‘I have to admit, this was dad’s idea. He still has most of
the great ideas,’ joked Scarrott, whose business is known for its own design, Italian-made shoes and boots – and has now expanded into trainers to
cater for its blossoming online following, too. 

‘We always promised we would continue to do pop-up shops. I
think since we left The Prom we have done five of those now; three in John
Lewis in Cheltenham, which were great.

‘They have not been able to accommodate
us this time, but we luckily still have a really good relationship with our
former landlord, the premises happened to be empty, and the agent, KBW, has been brilliant in making it happen for

She added: ‘Operating online is a very different business,
but we still have our loyal customers and we know people still like to meet and chat to
us and to see what we have in stock, to hold those items in their hands and try them on before they buy
as well.

‘We have always traditionally had lots of ladies from Ireland
come over for the racing and come in to see us, so

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Starting A Small Business? Here are the 4 Types Americans Say They Visit Most

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When it comes to starting your own business, the options are endless. Americans love supporting local stores, but the nature of supply and demand can be risky. The Small Business Administration (SBA) released a report in 2019 that revealed that approximately 20% of small businesses fail in the first year, and another half fail by year five. Within 10 years, only a third of those startups will survive.

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One way to boost the survivability of your own business is to know which shops and services people frequent the most. GOBankingRates asked 1,000 Americans which small businesses they frequent the most. Starting with the least, these are the four most popular businesses.

4. Bookstores

As much as one might love Barnes & Noble Bookstores, there are a large number of locally owned bookstores throughout the country. These independent stores focus on supplying the needs of their individual communities. Some have even become famous due to their environment and the breadth of their book selection. Parnassus in Nashville and Second Story Books in Washington D.C. are both wonderful examples of bookstores that have both longevity and success with their customers.

3. Pet Shops

The third most frequented small businesses are pet shops. Regardless of whether the store focuses on selling pet supplies or the pets themselves, Americans tend to shop at their local pet stores — both in person and online. Large companies like Petco and PetSmart seem to dominate the market, but there is a lot of success to be had in opening a pet shop, especially if your community

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GOBankingRates Celebrates Small Businesses Across the US

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For the second year in a row, GOBankingRates is recognizing noteworthy businesses across the country through our Small Business Spotlight series. We asked our readers to nominate their favorite restaurants, coffee shops, fitness studios, salons, boutiques and more, and now, we’re shining a light on those deserving businesses and the people behind them.

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This year’s most-nominated business is small-business-spotlight/?utm_campaign=1177006&” data-ylk=”slk:The Bakester’s Pastries” class=”link “The Bakester’s Pastries, located in Willcox, Arizona. The bakery-slash-deli offers a variety of homemade food and pastries, from cinnamon rolls to biscuits and gravy.

“It’s actually a childhood dream of mine to have my own restaurant,” owner Leigha Burris told GOBankingRates.

Upon hearing that hers was the most-nominated business of the year, Burris said, “it made me tear up a little bit! Our community is amazing.”

Another noteworthy business,” data-ylk=”slk:A Separate Reality Records” class=”link “A Separate Reality Records, a record store in Cleveland started by music industry vet and cancer survivor Augustus Payne, was nominated for the second year in a row.

“This is not only a business for me but a true labor of love,” Payne said.

Check out more of the amazing businesses nominated this year:

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Locally Owned Shoe Store Cuts Ribbon in Boardman – Business Journal Daily

BOARDMAN, Ohio — A shoe retailer can be found in nearly every shopping center in Boardman, but one local business is stepping up to give customers a more personalized option.

Status 330 owner Dominick Brown says that a local shoe store stands out from the shoe company giants because it directly benefits the community.

“An independent shoe store stands out from its competitors because it’s local. We want to be able to bring more local business to our community versus franchise business because we want to support local, and grow local,” Brown says.

The store, at 4302 Market St., sells mainly sneakers and a few apparel items. Brown says Yeezys and the Jordan and Air Max sneakers from Nike are some of the most popular styles and brands right now. He says that what he doesn’t have in store can easily be ordered – part of his promise to offer better, more personalized customer service than chain stores.

What is not in stock can be ordered, the owner says.

“We try to be as personal as possible to our customers. We want to focus on our customers and satisfy their needs. And we want them to walk out of here being happy about their purchase,” Brown says.

Brown conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday afternoon. His store opened for business on June 19, which he considers fitting given the Juneteenth holiday and being a Black-owned business.

Status 330 is his first venture into the business world, but he says it’s going well so far.

“More and more people are finding out about it, and we just want people to continue supporting local businesses regardless of what it is — it helps stabilize our community,” he says.

Customers Whitney Mace and Nicole Pancake say they like being able to

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