We had the good fortune of connecting with Tara Coté and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tara, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I was in the process of trying to move to a salon in Gilbert, closer to home. I was having a horrible time finding a salon that prided themselves on cleanliness, had a convenient location, was a full service salon, and had a friendly team. That’s when I started looking for my own location. I knew I had the background that would allow me to create what I was looking for.

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.
We pride ourselves on being incredibly knowledgeable about the services we offer. You’ll find previous salon owners, educators, and product developers all working alongside each other, helping each other and educating our clients. We have an amazing team that I’m so proud of.

Running a business is never easy. Finding amazing teammates is even harder. I’ve had to be patient. Some come and go quickly, but the core group stays strong. The right people will find us and get what we are trying to accomplish…which is to be the best full service salon and spa in Gilbert.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I personally love our Gilbert downtown area. So many great bars and restaurants! I’d also take them to Old Town Scottsdale to meander through the shoppes and galleries. We have great museums too! We would probably kayak down the Salt River, hike Flat Iron, walk the Riparian Area, drive the Apache Trail to Roosevelt stopping along the way at Tortilla Flats. Some of my favorite restaurants are Tucked Away Cafe, Copper and Logs, and of course the breweries such as Beer Research Institute, Wilderness, Four Silos, and OHSO. Breakfast is always fav at Snooze, Liberty Market, Joe’s Farm Grill and coffee at Bergies.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband, Erik. Without his support and knowledge, there’s no way I could have done what I have. He’s truly my rock.

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