We had the good fortune of connecting with Marsia Nogueira and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marsia, what role has risk played in your life or career?
From the very first start of my business, I have always had the same mode of thinking when it comes to taking risks -“Let’s just see what happens.” Taking risks, betting on myself, and taking the plunge have gotten me this far in my career and my personal life. There is always an element of risk when starting your own business, but without taking a risk there is no reward. I quit my full-time job, with health insurance, paid time off, and a 401K to put all of my energy into building up a business I truly believed in. A business that has continued to grow over the past 7 years. I could have easiest worked my full-time job and kept this business as a weekend side-hustle while having more financial security but when you can see the potential and have that faith in yourself, you need that risk factor!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
As anyone who starts their own business knows, any form of success does not happen overnight. We are currently one of the top salons in the area, where clients come from as far as LA to come to get their hair done. Our upper-level spa just had two employees win a local award for “best esthetician” and “best massage therapist” And we are booking close to 100 weddings per year for our on-location hair and makeup team. Before having our two-floor building with over 15 employees- it was just me. Taking bridal trial clients in my spare bedroom with terrible light, while my cat would sit on the clients’ lap. I was working full time at Sephora, taking a few hair clients on the side and hustling on the weekends for my dream of having a separate hair and makeup location. I truly didn’t imagine having the large team I have now, and I believe any success we have is because of them. I built a team of hardworking, passionate, like-minded women who also wanted more than working a dead-end salon job. Who wanted education, to grow as an individual owner behind the chair, and who was always up for the next challenge. 80% of the employees who have left this space have gone off to open their own salon or spa and this is something I am incredibly proud of.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Places I would take them to eat- Theodores’ Blues, Booze & BBQ in Springfield MA, Blue Water Sushi in Ludlow, MA, Casa Pizzeria in Ludlow, MA. Places to visit- Northampton, MA has a beautiful downtown area with my local shops, coffee bars, and restaurants. We would stop at the Tunnel Bar for a drink, Patisserie Lenox for a dessert and espresso, and Bueno y Sano for a burrito!
Hiking at the Quabbin Reservoir if we are looking for some fresh air and exercise.
West Hartford, Ct is the best place for a day trip. Endless streets of shops, restaurants, art exhibits, places to make your own pottery, definitely would stop there for a day!
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?
I want to send my shout-out to Liz Salvador. She is the owner of The Yoga Shop here in town. In the very early stages of growing the business, Liz was the first to book a larger party with us, she was constantly advertising our very small business to her friends and colleagues, and she would collaborate with us on events throughout the year. Her support was appreciated more than she knows and I don’t know if we would have grown as quickly without her help in those early years!
Other: We also have a clothing boutique inside our salon that is available online: https://thebeautystudio.boutique/ Instagram: thebeautystudio.boutique My Instagram: artistrybymarsia Website: https://www.marsianogueira.com/
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