We haven’t featured a salon in our Guides before, but when we found out that Mina and Kristin of the Lounge Hair Studio in downtown Denville were celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, we wanted to get to know them a bit better. Their beautiful salon is located right on Broadway, above the Urban Muse Gift Shop & Spa. Let’s find out more of their story.
What is the most rewarding part of owning a salon?
Kristin: The best part hands down is the human experience. After 30 plus years in the hair industry it has been extremely rewarding to attain the relationships we have with our clients. Many of them have become good friends and we consider them family. Of course it’s so rewarding to help our clients look and feel their best for life events and every day looks.
Mina: The most rewarding part is seeing how our business has evolved over these 20 years, creating long lasting relationships with our clients, and also watching our stylists grow and evolve. Knowing that we can change lives is a feeling like no other.
How did you choose Denville for your business?
Mina: We ALWAYS knew we wanted to be in Denville and one night the stars aligned. We were going to sign a lease for a location in another town and while I was at work, Kristin called and said we lost the location. I said to her “it wasn’t meant to be.” When I went back to my client and explained what happened she said, “My mom just opened up a business in Denville and I think there is space available in her building.” That night I went to see the location. When I stepped inside the space I knew instantly I was standing in our salon. It is crazy how the universe works, and I would like to say Denville picked us!
What advice would you give someone starting out?
Kristin: Choose something you’re very passionate about. Be a visionary and follow your heart!
Mina: Set your intention that you WILL succeed, and make sure you know about every aspect of your business. Be the boss “YOU” would want to work for!
What’s next for Lounge Hair Studio?
Kristin: What’s next? That’s a great question…in the past we’ve done some really great charity events and raised money for some special causes. We are expanding our bridal and special events business both on and off location. We’re getting more involved in photo shoots and portrait sessions. We’re looking into hosting some events in our beautiful space that help empower women and bring the community together. As veterans in the industry we will continue to mentor our younger staff members!
What’s your favorite bite in town?
Mina: There are so many great places to eat in Denville and so many more popping up it’s hard to pick one! For me Sergio’s/Pasta Shop for Italian, Sogo for sushi, and Chico’s for Mexican.
Kristin: Only 1?! That’s really tough. So many great new eateries have come to town in the recent years. I’m loving all the choices. Sergio’s is always on the top of my list and a staple to the downtown.