Back in January, I was home 9 months pregnant with my feet up on the couch perusing through my emails.. junk junk junk, delete delete delete, for whatever reason I stopped on this one. It came from Modern Salon Magazine, a publication of theirs, Salon Today Magazine, was hosting a competition. A chance to win a Total Salon makeover. Hmm, “wouldn’t it be amazing if we won”, I thought to myself, as I read the prize package of over $30,000 worth of education, products, and salon furnishing (furnished by Keratin Complex, Takara Belmont, and STX Salon Software). To enter I had to write an essay demonstrating a willingness to learn and grow, and the desire to take our business to the next level.
Fast forward to August 2014, the phone rings and it’s Stacey Soble, editor-in-chief of Salon Today Magazine, “we have chosen your salon as our winner.” WE WONNNNNNNNN!!!! what?!?! I still can not believe it! The prize package includes $10,000 worth of products and education from Keratin Complex, $10,000 worth of salon furnishing from Takara Belmont along with interior design services, an iMac desktop, iPad Mini, along with new software and educational support from STX.
The phone calls and emails started rolling in almost immediately. Connecting and speaking with people I would have never had the chance to meet or talk to otherwise. It has all been thrilling. The opportunities and doors this is opening up for us is truly a gift. We are so blessed to have been chosen as the recipients of this award and are going to utilize everything offered to the fullest of our capabilities.
My mom, Caryann Concilio, owner of Bamboo Salon, opened the doors in September 2003, with little experience but a ton of heart. She turned an old broken down store into a beautiful glimmering Salon. She had a vision and brought it to life. After 11 years, there is wear and tear on the business inside and out. We have a wonderfully successful business and have learned a lot over the years to say the least. As for the years ahead, we face it with a new vision, for a new and improved Bamboo Salon.
This is a turning point in our journey and will define and shape us for years to come. We have an amazing team of hard-working, passionate, and talented Stylists behind us and coupled with the support from the sponsors of the contest I know we are going to grow and go very very far.
Amanda Intoccia, along with her mother Caryann Concilio, are the owners and managers of Bamboo Salon in Staten Island, New York. In September, they won our first SALON TODAY Total Makeover competition by edging out all the other competitors and gaining the most votes from judges representing SALON TODAY, Keratin Complex, STX and Takara Belmont. Continue following the salon's transformation as Amanda and Caryann meet with consultants from Keratin Complex, STX and Takara Belmont and receive not only the prizes, but business coaching that will help them reach their goals.