Constructing the Valley: Salon marks the first anniversary of bringing a bit magnificence to Tarentum’s revitalization efforts

A long time of working as a hairdresser for nationwide chain salons, Traci Zinn discovered a useful lesson: If she ever had the prospect to open her personal retailer, it would not be like all of the locations she’d labored at.

That chance got here final yr when Zinn, 55, determined to make use of cash she obtained from an auto accident settlement to fund Hailey’s Hair Creations & Spa at 318 E. Fifth Ave. to open in Tarentum.

The salon, a collaboration between Zinn and her daughter, Nachole Campbell, 31, is called after Zinn’s granddaughter.

Zinn was injured in September 2017 when a automobile crashed by means of the windshield of the Price Cutters salon in Verona, the place she labored. The cash to open the salon got here from an insurance coverage scheme she obtained for the accidents she sustained.

“I used to be at some extent the place I used to be simply uninterested in working for corporations,” Zinn mentioned. “So I made a decision it was time to do that alone so I might have extra management over how issues run.”

Zinn studied cosmetology on the Forbes Highway Profession and Know-how Heart in Monroeville whereas nonetheless in highschool.

“My daughter actually grew up in a salon and he or she actually needed to be a hairdresser, however she was held again by a college counselor who informed her she was too sensible to go to a vocational faculty,” Zinn mentioned.

Campbell attended Empire Magnificence Faculty in West Mifflin after highschool.

Zinn mentioned the company construction of chain salons can typically make it tough for stylists and purchasers to really feel snug collectively.

“The chain’s salons do issues like e book appointments on-line, which will be useful,” Zinn mentioned. “However reserving on-line would not give the stylist an opportunity to discuss with the consumer earlier than they arrive in.

“In our salon, the session course of begins if you make the appointment.”

Zinn mentioned the back-and-forth communication in the course of the session will help stylists get to know purchasers higher, who can present useful info throughout these conversations.

The selection of Tarentum for the situation of the brand new retailer was no accident.

“We did a number of analysis to learn how many salons in numerous cities we checked out and located that a lot of them already had too many shops for the inhabitants,” she mentioned. “That’s not the case at Tarentum. I had the sensation that if individuals gave us an opportunity right here, we’d do nicely.”

The information that revitalization efforts had been underway in Tarentum was additionally seen as a optimistic signal that the time was proper for Zinn to make the leap into entrepreneurship.

Though the storefront they rented had beforehand been a hair salon, “all that was left had been the washbasins for shampoo,” Zinn mentioned. “We spent about six weeks placing our retailer collectively.”

The corporate has grown slowly and steadily in its first yr, however Zinn mentioned she believes there’s potential for vital progress.

“Individuals normally discover out about us by means of phrase of mouth from our clients,” Zinn mentioned. “And we have additionally established ourselves on the Tarentum Night time Market so we will be in the neighborhood assembly individuals. I like animals, so we hope to have some fundraisers sooner or later to assist native shelter Frankie’s Associates.”

Nichole Magoc, 40, from Tarentum mentioned she heard concerning the salon from her sister and determined to present it a attempt.

“That is my first time right here,” she mentioned lately after being trimmed. “Traci did an important job. I’ll undoubtedly come again.”

Working along with her daughter, Zinn mentioned, was a good move as a result of they every have totally different expertise that complement one another.

“My daughter is a superb colorist,” Zinn mentioned. “So she takes care of all the things a buyer needs that’s extra sophisticated or extra sophisticated. And there are specific types that I’ll sort out as a result of I’ve expertise or experience with them.”

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Evaluation employees author. You may contact Tony at 724-772-6368, or through Twitter

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