After relocating from Massachusetts where he ran a salon and was a member of the Massachusetts Fashion Hair Committee, Anthony opened his first salon in Norfolk in 1980 to be closer to family. Owner Anthony Taflambas shares his experience.
Our main goal is to provide services our clients need in a friendly and professional environment. We are a full service L’Oreal Professional salon and offer color, perms, waxing, foiling and all of our staff have been trained in the art of balayage a newer soft highlighting technique.
How many locations do you have?
I currently operate just the one location in the heart of Ghent’s business district. I did operate two salons during my peak years but eventually sold to my partner to manage the salon closest to my home.
What made you decide to start your own business?
The need for independence and a way to exercise my own creativity without constraints.
What was your biggest challenge when starting the business?
Not having had any formal business education.
What do you wish you knew then that you know now?
I wish I’d had better knowledge of the business end before starting up. I’ve learned everything by trial and error and through those who have worked with me throughout the years.
Ongoing education and maintaining the highest level of service. I hold regular training courses for my staff. One of my stylists is also a L’Oreal educator.
What has been your greatest success as a retailer?
Good relationships with clients and community and a good reputation.
What is the best part about owning your own business?
Interactions with my staff and clients and the ability to keep the salon current and up to date.
What advice would you give to others who are interested in starting their own retail business?
Know your business inside and out. Be capable of managing all aspects of it yourself before entrusting others to do it for you.
Owner: Anthony Taflambas
2200 Colonial Avenue, Ste.11 Norfolk, VA 23517
P (757) 623-4001 F (757) 622-6950
(Ghent Marketplace Shoppes 22nd Street & Colonial Ave)