Beauty Professionals Open Salons at MY SALON Suite in Abington – Delco Times

  • Billionaire Babe Co. owners Kalyn Hines, left, and Shaquetta Jackson, right. (Photo courtesy of Joshua Woodroffe, pixelMIGHT)

  • Gee’ology Beauty owner Georginia Weston at MY SALON Suite in Abington. (Photo courtesy of Joshua Woodroffe, pixelMIGHT)

  • This photo shows Jackie Stepps, owner of Glamed by Jackie, at the MY SALON Suite red carpet event on February 28 in Abington. (Photo courtesy of Joshua Woodroffe, pixelMIGHT)

  • This photo shows the MY SALON suite in the Abington Mall. (Photo courtesy of Joshua Woodroffe, pixelMIGHT)

  • Andrew and Jenn Navarro, owners of the MY SALON suite in Abington. (Photo courtesy of Joshua Woodroffe, pixelMIGHT)

ABINGTON — When Shaquetta Jackson turned 29 in August, she decided it was time to go into business.

Four months later, she and Kalyn Hines, a colleague at a Northeast Philadelphia hair salon, opened Billionaire Babe Co., which specializes in microlink extensions, in Next MY LIVING ROOM in the Abington Mall.

“I knew I wanted to own my own business,” said Jackson, a graduate of Milton Hershey School and Empire Beauty School at Wyncote. The ability to control her schedule — “I needed a special schedule because my son has autism” — and financial freedom were among the reasons, she said.

“We worked on commission in the other living room; here, the sky is the limit,” Jackson said. “It’s the best decision I’ve ever made.”

“We caught that when they were building it,” Hines said. “It’s a new concept. People are friendly, very attentive. It can be as big as you can ever imagine. We hope to franchise the business one day.

Financial freedom, controlling one’s schedule and building a brand were reasons cited by some of the 31 business owners renting space at MY SALON Suite, a franchise owned by Jenn and Andrew Navarro, during a red carpet event on February 28 where the members cut the ribbon. and received a ceremonial key to their suite.

The Navarros, of Villanova, owners of MY SALON Suites at Suburban Square in Ardmore and Lawrence Park in Broomall, have a 15-year lease for the 6,300 square feet of space at 1417 Old York Road and lease the spaces to salon professionals , said Jenn Navarro.

MY SALON Suite is a co-working style space where salon professionals provide beauty services to their clients in private, fully equipped and personalized suites, according to a press release. There are over 200 MY SALON Suite franchise locations in the United States and Canada, including seven MY SALON Suites in Bucks (2), Chester (2), Delaware (1), and Montgomery (2) counties.

At the Abington location, members provide hair, nail, and skin care services, as well as teeth whitening and other personal services.

“This is an opportunity to try salon ownership,” said Jenn Navarro, who previously worked in sales and sales management. “For young people, it’s a work-life balance. For the older ones, they don’t want to have the burden of keeping an independent living room.

“All of them are from a different place,” she said. “Some just want the place and some are looking for a support system.”

The Navarros turned the empty space into suites, with finishing touches provided by those who rent the living rooms, she said. They also offer business coaching and training on growth, flexibility and change in the cosmetology field, she said.

“I saw this and loved it,” said Jackie Stepps, a makeup artist who has worked with Jackson and Hines before and has her Glamed by Jackie salon next door. “I had a lot of new clients thanks to walk-in visits.

“I specialize in weddings and special occasions, but I also do eyelash and eyebrow tinting,” she said. “I get a lot of people saying it’s for a photo shoot or just for their birthday.”

“It’s all inclusive, upscale building, has parking; it’s everything you need to grow your business,” said Georginia Weston, owner of Gee’ology Beauty, which offers “total hair care” including extensions, cut and color, and hair care. for people suffering from hair loss such as alopecia. “It was perfect.”

A licensed hairstylist and teacher, Weston – who has her own haircare line – previously spent six years as a master colorist at Ulta and partnered at a Willow Grove salon for 15 years.

A resident of Abington, Weston is working on a two-year program to earn a certificate in trichology, the study and treatment of hair loss.

Going out on my own was “less stress for me and to focus on my brand, Na’ology Beauty,” she said. “It took me 15 years to develop the formulation with chemists. Here I could launch the product line because it’s only me.

“We got a lot of calls from the northeast pocket of Philadelphia,” Jenn Navarro said, referring to Abington’s pick. “It’s a big commercial area. COVID slowed us down, but now the space is full.

“Essentially we are a landlord. We take care of the maintenance of the space, clean the halls and the bathrooms. Seventy percent of businesses are hair salons,” she said. “The other 30% is everything from facials and waxing, to massage and teeth whitening, to hydration and nail salons.

“It’s supposed to be a one-stop beauty resort.”

The Navarros are planning to open lounges at Plymouth Meeting and the Roosevelt Mall in Philadelphia, she said.

“It’s illegal to rent a chair in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, so how about renting a suite,” Jenn said. “I saw an opportunity that was not taken. It’s an opportunity to do it in a way that they [salon owners] want to do it.”


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