We had the good fortune of connecting with Shawna Chevon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shawna, how does your business help the community?
Oh boy, do we have plans!!
We want to be an environment that focuses on feeling as good as you look. We will be a trusted place to help our clients through the good and the not so good times.
As stylists for decades we have understood that our duty to our clients does not stop at hair care. It is rooted in trust. Our clients pour into us everyday.
We will take the initial outpour of receiving clients’ moments and open an opportunity for various types of therapy that they will have the choice of joining through avenues we will create.
We have paired with several counseling agencies who have agreed to offer discounted services and group therapy sessions on certain days. We will be scheduling yoga and meditation sessions, sound therapy, and reiki healing throughout the year in order to provide moments to “release”. This last year and a half had stretched clients to unimaginable lengths and we just want to take advantage of the opportunities given to help them through it in whatever ways they will allow.
We are thankful for the trust that clients have in us and pray that our actions are always reflective of our intentions.
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.
I am a Master Cosmetologist. I could say that I just style hair but part of what sets me apart from a lot of stylists is that my clients are also like family. We have built bonds. I’ve saw them through child births, marriages, divorces, illnesses, deaths, and attended various events in support. I believe they appreciate me just like I appreciate them.
Being a cosmetologist, I can say, hasn’t been hard. I have had the fortune of doing something I actually love, as a career. The difficult part for me is the personal/professional balance. I definitely have not mastered this. It’s my gift and curse.
But I wouldn’t trade this career nor the bonds I’ve formed for anything.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, I’ve recently picked up a amplified interest in skating, so that would definitely be on my list of things to do. Almost everyone knows that Atlanta is the Mecca for the skate world so that a no brainer. Skatetowne, Cascade, and Sparkles are a few of my faves near me. If we’re lucky we’ll get to see Kyle (@push1515) gracefully skating or Saundae (@saundaerowe744) Dj’ing or both!
There a Hair Museum in town that I have yet to visit (go figure), so I would definitely make that a to-do.
I’m a brunch kinda girl so we could hit up Rum Punch Brunch for good reggae vibes and food!
Weekly eats, breakfast: Flying biscuit and Waffle House. Lunch: Busy Bees, Thai Heaven, Mama’s Cuban, Taco Pete. Dinner: Rathbun’s, Starrfood Lounge, Slush, Pasha, and Bar Margot.
For good late night vibes, anywhere Mix Master David (@mixmasterdavid) is djing.
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?
Wow, this journey was started through an awful ordeal so I leaned on my village in more ways than one. However there was and has been two individuals that have stood out in this building of our Salon.
First name is Danielle Denice (@iamdanielledenice). We were working at a salon for almost 5 years together when due to non payment (unrelated to Covid), the salon closed. We were left jobless and not real sure of the next move. We discussed getting a suite together but after this ordeal I struck out on faith and decided to open my own salon. Being that Covid is still a concern, the both of us needed to be in a familiar place, around familiar people in order to ensure our safety and mental wellness. She has supported me in prayer (most importantly) and works as an independent contractor/amazing stylist in Societé Salon.
Second individual is Calista Rice. Her family had been my pod family during the pandemic, so she has helped me with my children during tough and happy times and she lent a huge hand in a lot of the physical labor I took on to make the salon space what it is (next time we will pay people lol).
These women are a huge part of Societé’s creation and success. I am blessed and grateful!
Instagram: @thesocietesalon, @shawnachevonhair, @iamdanielledenice
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