We had the good fortune of connecting with Marissa Penney and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marissa, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I always knew I wanted to be the owner of my own business, but did I know if and when that would happen? Not really. I was behind the chair 4 years before taking the leap to open Mane Haus and it has been scary but so rewarding. Growth can be scary, and boy was I scared, still am if I’m being honest as I’m still learning and growing. In December 2019, my husband had a heart attack, it shook our world but thankfully, he was ok. Shortly after, the pandemic began, so between my husband’s health and Covid-19, we were forced to to reevaluate what would be best for our family. At that moment, we knew I needed to move forward with the idea of Mane Haus.
The salon I was working at had only reopened for a bit and all the questions of opening a business during a pandemic began settling in before I even started looking for salon suites. I was not about to let the fear win, I had learned SO much personally and professionally, and I was going to move forward no matter what obstacles I would face! When the time came to actually open Mane Haus, my husband’s health got worse and was no longer able to work, so the pressure was on and failure was NOT an option.
Today, when I get asked how business is going, I always say “thriving and surviving”. The past 2 years has shown me anything can change in an instant, whether it is good or bad but most times you need a bit or a lot of both to create goals and succeed.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The beauty industry is full of badass boss babes, many who are similar and many who are nothing like me. That’s great because that IS the beauty of this industry. My vibe, my personality, my art and my creative home (salon) is me and that alone sets me apart! This is my first year in business and I’m taking in all aspects of it, both the positive and negative. I’ve had moments where I remind myself to not get so overwhelmed with what is on my plate, so that I can grow. I know there’s a rainbow when the rain stops and I’m chasing that pot of gold! It could be financial, social media or otherwise. I’m open to all of it, the passion I have for the beauty industry is endless! I’m excited for what’s to come with Mane Haus, I believe my creative home will evolve into the bad b*tch she is!
My journey has not been easy and that’s ok because it’s most definitely made me the woman I am now. I had many obstacles and setbacks since beauty school, I was working full time Monday-Friday and going to school part time until 10pm while still doing my best to have a home life with my family. Hard doesn’t begin to cover it and I honestly don’t know how the hell I really pushed through, but I changed my mindset during that time to not allow those unexpected roadblocks to keep me from achieving my goals.
This industry is constantly changing so learning and adapting is huge in order to be successful! I was discouraged in high school about enrolling into beauty school and was told I would be financially miserable. I took those words to heart and decided to work at a job for almost 10 years that was just that, a job. My family encouraged and motived the hell out of me to strive for more than just “a job” that I was clearly unhappy at. I loved doing hair then and I love it even more now, I love making people feel good about themselves both inside and out, and I love having a passion for something that makes me happy and motivated, not just “a job”.
I’m many things but badass latina, wife and mom and boss babe are my fave and the reason I’m chasing my dreams!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
So this is super super tough because I’m a huge homebody.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Definitely my husband and my kids! I do it for them all day every day!! I would have never enrolled into beauty school had my husband not pushed me to stop talking about it and just do it. My kids were little and I was working full time so beauty school was unrealistic at the time. My husband truly encouraged me EVERY step of the way. Also my clients, I literally would not have been able to open Mane Haus without them!