When two natural born entrepreneurs team up to make small business out of their craft, the results can be surprising. Such is the story of Ashlynn Wright and Shaylyn Doyle. The proud owners of the wildly successful Lemon Beauty Bar are just into their fourth month of business, and to say business is booming would be an understatement. Their facility, located on Cameron Street (next to Thanks a Latte!) is the image of comfort, or as they describe it “vintage glam”. Warm and welcoming colours set the tone as you enter the door. You will find little touches and attention to detail not often seen from such young business minds- right down to the Italian sodas.
While Lemon Beauty Bar certainly feels like a high-end spa, patrons will be happy to know their services are comfortably priced in the middle-range and all are welcomed. Their most sought services are the ever popular Lash Extensions and of course, manicures and pedicures. They also offer a variety of other services including their Signature Organic Lemon Facials and a full line-up of waxing and sugaring services and make-up application. Both owners are Estheticians and highly skilled at what they do. The unexpected high-speed take-off of their business has necessitated the addition of a third Esthetician in order to keep up with the demand for their services. Knowing when to expand is an important step for business owners and these two have a keen understanding.
The journey into small business has been a fortunate one for Ashlynn Wright and Shaylyn Doyle. Having previously worked together, they knew they shared a common vision and strong partnership dynamic. They knew exactly what they would like to do, and not do, in their own practice. They were fortunate to find a supportive team in the Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation. With plenty of questions and vision, they needed a starting point and a plan. Neither one can say enough about how positive that experience was for them. “It was amazing. We can ask them anything and they know exactly what to do. I wouldn’t even know where to start in terms of our gratitude” offers Shaylyn. Some of the unexpected wisdom they gained? “Learning how to do payroll, basic accounting – all of the business basics we knew nothing about”. It’s clear that both women are a quick study. Their measurable success in such a short period of time is almost unheard of. Their youthful spirit and fresh insight seems to shield them from the fears that plague other entrepreneurs. When questioned about the best part of being an entrepreneur, Ashlynn doesn’t hesitate “Being happy at work. We love coming to work. Our clients know we’re happy to be here and serve them”. The only regret they can name? “We wish we were more educated about business in general”, but they have surely been schooled on the job. The lack of previous knowledge has not slowed them down. Their newly acquired business savvy oozes from the logo on the wall. Ashlynn doesn’t hesitate when asked what advice she would give to other aspiring entrepreneurs “If it’s something you love – go for it! Take the risk. If you fail, try again”. Shaylyn echoes the sentiment “Just do it! No ‘what if’s’!”
As small business owners, both women know the value of giving back. In the month of October they will launch a special project to raise money for the Sarnia District Humane Society. For every $5 donation to the charity, clients will receive a 15% off coupon. For a donation of $10 or more, they can expect to receive a coupon for 25% off of services.
To learn more about Lemon Beauty Bar you can find them on Facebook and Instagram. You can also visit them in person at 146 Cameron Street or reach them by phone at (226) 776-1581.