MERIDEN — Catherine Stowik, proprietor of Catherine & Co., opened a salon in Meriden when she was 27 years outdated with three staff. At the moment she has two areas and over 15 staff.
What began as only a hair salon grew right into a salon and spa providing facial waxes, manicures and pedicures, massages and facials amongst different issues.
“Each six months to a yr we had a brand new addition,” Stowik mentioned. “We stored rising and rising. We do every thing.”
On Friday, Stowik, her stylists and Mayor Kevin Scarpati gathered for a ribbon slicing to have a good time the anniversary. With this achievement approaching, Stowik just lately branched out.
Virtually two months in the past, Stowik opened a second location in Westbrook, Catherine & Firm II — A Shoreline Salon. Compared to the unique location, this salon solely does full service hair companies and facial waxing.
After her household moved to Westbrook six years in the past, Stowik started assembly those who needed her to do their hair however with the hour commute, Stowik began doing hair in her kitchen for her prospects’ comfort.
As soon as the pandemic hit and the salon was closed for 3 months, Stowik observed an empty house within the plaza close to her dwelling and knew it was time to increase.
“One thing that I’ve discovered is that there is no such thing as a such factor as the right time,” Stowik mentioned. “There’s no such factor as the right sum of money. You simply must belief your intestine.”
Despite the fact that some folks thought the hairdresser was loopy to open a brand new salon in the course of the pandemic, Stowik mentioned that the salon is doing nice.
“I’m very excited I did it, just a little bit scary, nevertheless it’s superior,” Stowik mentioned. “I’m getting to satisfy a complete new completely different clientele right here on the shoreline. It’s completely completely different.”
Catherine & Firm II, 1921 Boston Publish Rd., Westbrook, is open Tuesday-Saturday.
Catherine and Co., 710 E. Predominant St. Meriden, opened once more in June. Stowik mentioned the salon has by no means been so busy, with extra new prospects after opening once more than ever earlier than.
“I really feel very blessed as a result of all our purchasers got here again and all my employees got here again,” Stowik mentioned. “I’m blessed that we are able to handle all these folks and achieve this safely.”
Having employees and purchasers which can be like household is how Catherine Stowik mentioned she has been capable of keep in enterprise so lengthy. Most of her employees has been with Catherine & Co. for nearly 20 years.
Rosanne Ford, president of the Midstate Chamber of Commerce, mentioned she was wanting ahead to celebrating the anniversary of Catherine & Co.
“It definitely is a silver lining throughout these powerful pandemic instances that we’re in, that we’re capable of assist new companies however extra importantly this milestone for Catherine and her enterprise,” Ford mentioned. “Twenty-five years is an incredible feat for any enterprise.”
Stowik mentioned she is fortunate to be one of many few those who get up and are excited to get to work and really love what they do.
“My enterprise is my child. It was my first youngster,” she mentioned. “I spent 80 hours every week there earlier than I had my youngsters. I used to be there just about 24/7 to construct it to what it’s immediately.”