AnnElyse simply began as just a dream. Two friends who daydreamed that maybe someday they could open a place to call their own. The summer of 2015 that dream started to become a reality. We took a huge leap of faith by setting out to find the perfect location for our salon. Both originally coming from Bethany, we knew we wanted to stay close to home. Meeting with different building owners & brokers came with a startling realization. These men in this industry didn't think much of two women in their 20s. Making our dream seem all but a dream. That was until we landed right where we felt most at home. There was a new shopping center being built on the corner of Council & 39th Expressway, in the heart of the city we love. The location couldn't have been more perfect. Being close to the turnpike was an ideal location because it gave easy access to our growing clientele from all over central Oklahoma & remain in a small town with a loving community was most important. We had unending support from the team our builder had in place to run his center. The broker, the contractor, our family & the community made the decision easy. This would be our home.
Naming our salon was one of the hardest decisions in this journey. We made a list and began practicing answering the phone by saying each name out loud. It was almost as difficult as naming a child. We called in backup, our husbands, to help us narrow it down. We read each name out loud to them. We had lots of laughs but when we read AnnElyse aloud, there were no man giggles and when the two didn't have anything ridiculous to say we knew it was the one. AnnElyse Salon & Spa. Our middle names brought together to make an elegant blent that worked perfectly for our salon image.
After a couple months of construction, sleepless nights and countless pep talks it was time to move our team in. These women stood beside us and made it all possible. We owed them more than we could give. They trusted us with their careers & livelihood. Every single person hired at AnnElyse has been nothing but a Godsend. These women make up not only the best ream of hairstylists in Oklahoma, but they are our best friends. Coming to work each day, knowing that your friend will be there to make it that much better.. thats the real dream.
Our first year has flown by. We have filled our salon with the best. We've grown in the community, as well as created a safe haven of support unlike anything else we've ever been a part of. We have learned so much about owning a business and learned even more about ourselves through this journey. We have grown to be best friends. In one year we had to learn how to stand up for ourselves, be our team's advocate and be what we dreamt of becoming, a successful pair of women who built a kickass salon.