Thank you Bishops on Broad for partnering with Richmond Housewives in the City and sponsoring this post.

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Bishops Cut/Color is a hair salon that was first established in 2001 in Portland, OR to offer quality but affordable hair salon services. The company is minority and woman owned and consistently gives back to the communities they are in. Recently, Tonya decided to bring this great organization to Richmond, Virginia! The following is a bit about the lady behind the business along with some tips for starting your own business:

What inspired you to open Bishops?

It all started a few years ago when my husband and I were considering how to diversify our income and investments.  As we thought about what our financial adviser recommended, we really wanted to think differently about an investment that provided more than just income or diversification, but also something that we could call our own that could provide security for the future of our two young daughters.  We decided that we would explore franchise opportunities to leverage the infrastructure that was already in place and after reviewing several concepts and having evening conference calls with different franchises, we weren’t connecting with the opportunities we saw in front of us.  Then Bishops was presented to us.  We could relate to the service, but even more, we connected with the ethos of Bishops.  It is not your typical hair salon or low-price hair shop. The vibe and what it represents socially is all about being human and appreciating and celebrating difference in a nonjudgmental way.  We felt inspired by that and were drawn to the idea of doing our part to bring that to Richmond in our own way.

What has been the hardest part about opening your own business?  The best part?

The hardest part of opening our own business was learning how to hire the right leader to cultivate the work experience and the client experience we desire in an industry in which we are new.  The best part has been meeting an incredibly talented group of people with whom we get the privilege of knowing and supporting while we bring this new hair experience to Richmond.  There is also something special about knowing that any extra effort we put in toward this business is for us, our family, and for the talented hair artists who have trusted us enough to partner with us in their career.

What’s your best piece of advice for those looking to start their own business?

Stick with it.  There will be times it will seem easy and times it will seem hard, but just know it is for you and your future.  Your tenacity will pay off in the end and at the end of the day, you feel incredibly rewarded.  Trust your instincts.  Seek out a strong mentor.  Stay on top of things as you go.  Don’t procrastinate.  Take action now.  Market before you start.  Network.  Invest wisely.  And enjoy it!  Don’t forget the reason you started this.

What keeps you going when things get hard?

Knowing that there are people depending on me – my family, our employees, their families…
Bishops offers a full menu of cuts, color, shave and facial hair grooming that will empower local residents to feel more confident in their individuality. A-la-carte pricing for haircuts, trims, hair styling, coloring, blending, shaves, shampoo services, blowouts, conditioning, facial waxing and more, plus an unpretentious staff, being open 7 days a week with convenient hours, and affordability ensures that Bishops makes self-care and hair care accessible. With a counter-cultural heritage, a contemporary aesthetic, and openness to all-ages and all-genders/gender identities, Bishops is serious about hair and irreverent about most other things. For more information, visit www.bishops.cowww.bishops.co or our IG @bishops.onbroad.