Salons by JC opened its second Connecticut location in the Waypointe development in Norwalk at 515 West Ave. and celebrated the occasion with a grand opening on Monday.
Salons by JC salon offers a concept that makes it possible for salon professionals to run their own business within a new, multi-suite retail location. Its first location in the state opened in March of 2015 in the Danbury Square Shopping Center.
Franchise owner Derek Correia, who has a background in marketing, real estate, construction and launching new products, came across the Salons by JC franchise in 2013 through an old college friend, and saw potential in the tri-state area.
“It’s an opportunity for stylists and salon professionals to own their businesses without the trouble and complexity of opening a full-service salon,” Correia said in a release. “Many of them have built a loyal customer base that would enable them to do their own thing, but they may not have the capital or business expertise to open a full-service, multi-chair salon. In many cases they don’t want to deal with the drama and headaches of hiring and managing staff, or the complexities of payroll, accounting, and long-term leasing.
“The Salons by JC business model allows the stylists to have their own salon that’s right-sized for one or two professionals,” he added. “They operate their business, set their own hours and pricing, and customize and design the space the way they want it, while leaving the headaches out of it. Growth is explosive right now because the freedom, profit, and empowerment are so compelling to the artists in this industry, and the consumer experience is more personal, and more appreciated.”
The franchise owner takes care of facility maintenance, utilities, and other overhead, while also providing a customer concierge so the stylists can solely focus on their clients and their craft.
Each suite is private, facilitating a more personalized experience, while enabling clients to have a full ‘spa day’ visiting the various professionals throughout, Correia said. Salons by JC Norwalk features 6,000 square-feet, with 32 suites. Each suite includes mirrors, shampoo bowls, styling chairs, cabinets, hood dryers and roll carts. Services include hair care, hair removal, hair weaving/braiding/extensions, skin care, nail care, esthetician services and cosmetics, as well as massage.
Jack Griffey and Cecil Miller founded Salons by JC in 1998. There are over 45 locations in the United States with dozens under development throughout the United States.
Norwalk franchise owners Derek and Kelly Correia are developing a total of 10 Salons by JC throughout New York and Connecticut.