A deal they couldn’t refuseAfter 28 years of running her own salon, Suzie Larson just wanted to work a few mornings a week and then go home.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
After 28 years of running her own salon, Suzie Larson just wanted to work a few mornings a week and then go home.
Then along came Robin McKay and Holly Izzard, so Larson made an offer they couldn’t refuse — a chance to own their own salon.
Now, a year later, Larson comes in three mornings a week to take care of her clients at Izzy McKay Salon — she even has time to work one afternoon a week at Lighthouse — without all the worries of owning her own business.
And McKay and Izzard have made a dream come true: Izzy McKay Salon is a business they call their own.
“Holly and I have been doing hair for about 10 years and worked side by side for 10 years,” McKay said. During those 10 years, they worked for Trends and rented a chair at Blondie’s and Serenity Spa. “Those were great experiences and we learned a lot, but we just want our own little space.”
McKay said their clients know one another and get along, and it’s a great space and a fun place to work.
“It’s a great location with very low overhead,” McKay said.
She said the low overhead allows them to keep their prices reasonable for haircuts, coloring, permanents, up-dos and facial waxing and provides a relaxing atmosphere.
The women have been in business at the salon at 1215½ Belknap St. for a little more than a year. They reopened the salon Aug. 1, 2012, after a weeklong remodel.
Their husbands worked their butts off and opened a week after she closed, Larsen said.
One day after the salon reopened, Izzard gave birth to a child.
She said she loves the freedom owning her own business offers.
“It’s just relaxing and the leisure of coming in when you want and leaving when you want,” Izzard said. “It’s just something that I always wanted to do.
“I’ve always wanted to be my own boss.”
And the location offers the relaxing atmosphere the women were looking for, they said.
In addition to the hair services they provide, McKay and Izzard offer Kenra, Bed Head and Big Sexy hair products for sale.
Now celebrating their first anniversary in business together, the women are offering something special for clients. The woman are holding a product sale, reducing the price by 10 percent for one product or 20 percent for two. Clients can also get a chance to win a $50 product gift card with the drawing planned for Sept. 20, Izzard said.
Larson said she loves the new arrangement because it makes it possible for her to go in, do her work and leave when she is done.
It’s an arrangement that works because clients are served in the morning by Larson, and McKay and Izzard are available in the afternoons and evenings, Izzard said.
“There’s nothing like having your own,” McKay said. “My partner and I get to make all the decisions, and we’re very compatible that way. We have the same vision. It came to fruition very nicely. It doesn’t feel like work to come to work.”
For information, or to make an appointment, call 715-392-1230.