As one of the fastest-growing franchises in the country, Salons by JC – Corpus Christi not only provides a home to salon owners, but helps them grow both personally and professionally.
By: Mary Lietz
One of the newest trends sweeping the nation in the beauty and wellness industry is the concept of suite rental. Rather than renting a chair or a bed in someone else’s salon, or having to rent and maintain an entire building, professionals now have the option of renting a private, furnished suite in what’s called a salon gallery.
While this concept has become quite common in more densely populated areas, it was absent from the Corpus Christi area until just about a year ago. That’s when owners John and Nancy Covill opened Salons by JC – Corpus Christi in the Shops at La Palmera, officially becoming the first option for suite rental in the local Coastal Bend area.
Originally brought to life as a single salon gallery in Dallas in 1997 by co-founders Jack Griffey and Cecil Miller, the company is now headquartered in San Antonio. Salons by JC has become one of the fastest-growing franchises on the country, skyrocketing from No. 497 in 2016 to No. 54 in 2017 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s prestigious “Franchise 500” list.
By choosing Salons by JC as their franchise, the Covills are able to fulfill their goal of offering more to salon owners in terms of return on their own investment. Simply put, they want to make people’s lives easier and to help them grow, both personally and professionally.
“We hope to empower these individuals to reach their full potential by simplifying what it means to be a salon owner,” John says. “We offer 24/7 secure access, a central location in the heart of Corpus Christi’s shopping district, fully furnished, customizable suites, free Wi-Fi for tenants and their guests, clean restrooms and employee lounge with washer and dryer onsite, a proprietary app with online booking and credit card processing and a quiet, upscale environment that guests love.”
It turns out, people are pretty happy with what the Covills are offering. Many tenants are approaching their one-year anniversaries, with no plans to move any time soon. Several have expanded and have either moved into a larger suite or, as in the case of TimBo Mack of So Addictive Studios, added a second suite to offer more services. Mack is one of the over 20 professionals – including hairstylists, makeup artists, estheticians, body waxers and nail artists – who now call the location home.
As an artistic educator and professional stylist for eco-friendly product line Pravana, Mack knows what it’s like to work for someone else and to feel like his potential was capped. “I’m all about the Zen and what flows, so when I reached the limit of my potential at my previous location, I was wondering what I should do next,” Mack says. “One thing led to another, I ended up touring Salons by JC on a whim one day, and now I’m right where I’m supposed to be.” Recently, he expanded his concept to the suite across the hall and opened So Addictive Nail Studio with his mother and business partner, Letricia Cook.
Another success story is that of Sherry Neff, owner of BoD Lashes & Esthetics, who moved in at the beginning of the summer and has since built such a following that she’s moved to a larger suite and added more services. She’s also become a published author, having been recently asked to write a chapter for the book, “Behind Her Brand.” Neff offers professional single eyelash extensions, is a board-certified esthetician and is certified in microblading, also known as eyebrow embroidery or semi-permanent eyebrows.
Tana Rivera of Tana’s Beauty Studio likes that the location provides easy access for her clients, and feels that the suite size and atmosphere are perfect. “I like making people feel beautiful and good about themselves, and this is the best place to make that happen,” Rivera says. “Taking on the challenge of going solo was the best decision ever. The timing was right, and after years of study, learning from mentors and following world-wide trends, I made the leap – and I’ve never been happier.”
And one of the location’s newest tenants – hair guru, esthetician and energy worker Angela Delgado – chose Salons by JC because of the ideal location and the opportunity to excel with her own business, which to her means no longer having to share her clientele. “The opportunity to have my suite exactly as I want is amazing, and I just feel tremendously blessed,” Delgado says. “I’m happiest when I work for myself – not only can I provide excellent service to my clients, but I also have a happy family because I set my own schedule.”
These are just a few of the many industry professionals who chose Salons by JC as home for their business. By simply wanting to make people happy by simplifying their lives, the Covills are also providing the people of Corpus Christi with something they haven’t been able to find anywhere else: a one-stop shop for all their beauty and wellness needs. Whether it’s a haircut, makeup, waxing, facial, mani/pedi or energy work, Salons by JC has you covered in the Coastal Bend.
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