Curb Appeal Salon and Spa Celebrates 15 Years This February

No two words are more welcoming to hear than Happy Anniversary; especially, if you’re a locally-owned independent (indie) business. One of Shop Local Omaha’s Local Independent Business Alliance’s (OL!BA) very own, Curb Appeal Salon and Spa, celebrates a very special date this year. February 1st, 2014, marks the 15th Anniversary for when Curb Appeal Salon and Spa officially opened its doors at 518 S. 10th St. in Omaha.

Owner Troy Davis contributes his indie businesses success and longevity to embracing openness to change with the times and being fluid in a changing market.

Something that has changed a lot over the 15-years is hair trends. Davis shares with us two that will go down in the hairstyle hall of fame, if there was one that is. “I don’t know if it’s the strangest trend (as far as look), but the ‘Jennifer Aniston’ or ‘friends’ haircut made me want to drive off a bridge,” Davis said. “I think just because soooooo many people asked for it and wanted it. It was the last mega-trend. The closest thing since was Victory Beckam’s bob. But that didn’t even come close to Jennifer’s!”

ImageJust like their urban edgy mantra states, Curb Appeal Salon and Spa, does not always follow all fad spa treatments but strives to deliver their customers unlimited individual appeal. However, the business does fall prey to fads on occasion, one Davis explains: “We have never really followed spa trends…so there’s nothing in that department that we have offered that I regret. However, in the salon, I am really embarrassed by the feather trend. I sold the last of all of our feathers, along with all of the equipment, to my dog’s groomer. Who started implementing it her practice on dogs!”

He offers some heartfelt advice to budding entrepreneurs and other indie small business owners. He said, “My only advice is diligence and hard work! Opening and running your own business is one of the hardest things you can do in life. But, the most rewarding! If someone wants a crash course in confidence…open a business.”

Curb Appeal Salon and Spa will officially celebrate its anniversary on Feb. 1st by giving back to the customers who’ve supported the indie business these past years. They will offer facials, massages, manicures and spa services at a very reduced price. But Curb Appeal Salon and Spa didn’t stop there and will conduct a raffle giving away some $1,500 in products and services.

If in the market for a spa treatment Davis highly recommends: microdermabrasion and any YonKa facial. “They are the BEST! With the BEST results!” he said.

Davis also shares his view on why other Omahans should shop local. “Shopping local helps to support the local economy. Spending your money at a locally-owned business puts money in the hands of the people who live and shop in your community,” he said. “To me it’s a simple karmic law…what you put out comes back to you. You want to be successful in life and business? Spend you money on the people around you.”

For more information on Curb Appeal Salon and Spa, visit http://www.curbappealsalonandspa.com.

~By Becky Bohan Brown, Shop Local Omaha | OL!BA communications coordinator and founder/blogger of population-we, LLC.

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OL!BA’s Annual Shift Your Shopping Pledge Drive Under Way

ImageIt’s gift-giving time once again! As a gift-giver, nothing says you’ve nailed it more than witnessing a smile appear on your gift recipient’s face, when your present is unwrapped Christmas day. But what puts a smile on this buyer’s lips is knowing the gift was bought from a locally-owned business.

It’s hard to beat a gift that comes from your hometown; since, your purchase helps support a local, independent businesses as well as your own local economy. In a 1991 study, Patricia Frishkoff, a professor at Oregon State University, analyzed charitable giving by firm size. The Business Contributions to Community Service study found companies with fewer than 100 employees gave an average of $789 per employee in cash and in-kind donations, compared to $334 per employee at firms with more than 500 employees.

Join Shop Local Omaha | Omaha Local Independent Business Alliance (OL!BA) and more than 150 business networks and 40,000 locally owned businesses for the third annual grassroots holiday Buy Local campaign, Shift Your Shopping. Again this year, the Shift Your Shopping campaign is led in partnership with our national affiliate, the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA). OL!BA brings the campaign home to the Omaha metropolitan area.

“We’re excited for another year of Shift Your Shopping – the annual ‘Buy Local’ holiday campaign aimed at strengthening locally-owned and independent businesses in our community,” said Ellen Scott, founding Shop Local Omaha | OL!BA board member and The Bookworm participating merchant.

So, we are in agreement that local gifts are the best!

Given that fact, Shop Local Omaha | OL!BA encourages our family, friends and customers to participate in Shift Your Shopping Pledge Drive which has been extended through Christmas. Need some local gift-giving ideas? Read our previous blog posts below for some hometown gift ideas.

So, with your holiday wish list in hand–go shopping for the perfect holiday present and pledge to participate in Shift Your Shopping to a local independent business this year. Stop by our blog on one of those dates and leave a comment below. Tell us your favorite shop local gift to give. Those readers who participate will be entered into a drawing for gift cards from Shop Local Omaha | OL!BA merchants. Your name and email address must accompany your entry.

Still need some more holiday gift-giving ideas, check out our entire Shop Local Omaha | OL!BA directory listing at http://shoplocalomaha.com/Directory. Most importantly, remember this holiday you can’t go wrong with a gift from a local indie business!

(Editor’s note: A full Shift Your Shopping OL!BA poster is available at this link for participating store owners to download.)

~By Becky Bohan Brown
Shop Local Omaha | OL!BA communications coordinator and founder/blogger of population-we, LLC.