Following a 16-year stint working at the River Pointe Plaza’s Fantastic Sam’s in Canton, the 51-year-old cosmetologist from Dawsonville decided to start her own salon. After applying some finishing touches throughout the past month, Mane Kreations opened Tuesday.
“I’ve been tinkering with it for a while now,” Davis said. “The opportunity presented itself, and I said ‘It’s time to do it.’”
A 20-year veteran in the cosmetology field, Davis feels the jump from worker to owner will be a small one.
“I’m going to have all of the headaches of owning (the shop),” Davis said. “Other than that, it’s going to be the same. I’m still part of the crew.”
Including Davis, Mane Kreations has nine stylists with a combined 135 years of experience in the cosmetology field.
“They work great together,” Davis said. “The atmosphere here is even-keeled, more mellow.”
Davis, who has experienced the ups and downs of the industry throughout the past two decades, knows the value of a hard-working staff.
“As far as the girls with me, it’s important to make sure they get paid for what they’ve done and making them feel good about themselves so that they can feel good for their customers,” she said.
Mane Kreations, at 4043 Marietta Hwy Suite 140 in the Kroger Shopping Center in Holly Springs, saw close to a dozen customers on its first day open to the public. Davis is planning to have a grand opening event as of today in order to showcase the store to more people in the area.
“I enjoy working with people,” Davis said. “I like to beautify the world and make people feel beautiful within themselves.”
Davis believes the family-friendly feel of the shop and low prices — adult haircuts are $14 — in addition to the experience of the staff will lift the business to success.
“I think being in it so long, I kind of know the dos and don’ts,” Davis said. “I don’t always do the dos and don’ts, but I do know the success of the business has to do with customer relations, making them feel good, making them feel wanted.”
But Davis does not take all the credit for the store. When a customer asked who owned the store, Wednesday, Davis, looking at all of her employees, was quick to respond.
“It’s ours,” she said.
For more information about the store, hours and prices, call (770) 479-0778.