GETTING TO KNOW EILEEN RODRIGUEZ; OWNER OF COUTURE SALON AND SPA

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WEBSITE: http://www.CoutureSalonSpa.com

FACEBOOK PAGE: fb.me/CoutureSalonSpaWhittier

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Bio:  I knew at the age of 5 that I was going to do hair and make-up. I was always intrigued by the fashion and beauty industries. When I was in a sophomore at California High School in Whittier, I was accepted into the Business Academy, and there, my dream of owning a salon was born. While in high school I became an entrepreneur as a self-taught Hair and Make-Up Artist working on classmates for Winter Formals and Proms. I was deemed the “Make-up” girl.

In 2008, I graduated with my Associates Degree from Cerritos College and passed the California State Board and received my Cosmetology License. 4 years later at the age of 26, Couture Salon and Spa was born.

I had experienced severe allergic reactions on my hands from using aggressive hair color and discovered that I had been suffering from Psoriasis of the scalp –  which left my scalp irritated and inflamed with painful blisters!! I knew that there had to be something safer for myself and for my clients. Thus, the vision behind a natural concept salon was born and I partnered with companies that delivered natural solutions.

Today we stand as one of the top rated salons in Whittier and we are the only full service salon that offers natural solutions for beauty needs. We have served cancer survivors, expecting moms, clients with sensitivities and more, with some of the safest practices, using only high pure quality grade ingredients with the promise to deliver amazing results.

We will continue to deliver natural solutions for our guests giving them peace of mind when choosing a salon that fits their needs.

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What is your favorite thing about your career?

The thing I love most about my career is that I have the ability to help someone feel better about themselves just by changing up their hair or by simply being their to listen to them. My favorite thing about my company is that we are giving people a choice with natural alternatives for their beauty needs.

What motivated you to start your company?

What motivated me to start my company is I had a vision to create change in my industry. I wanted to bring professionalism back to our industry by building a team of passionate and driven individuals dedicated to using natural alternatives in beauty care. I saw the need for a natural solutions salon in Whittier and I’m proud to be one of the only Salons that offers what we do.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment was partnering with My Refuge House, a non-profit dedicated to restoring the lives of young survivors of human sex trafficking and abuse. We have been a proud partner for 4 years and since then I have hosted 2 Women’s conferences, Enriching Your Life’s Soil 2015 & 2016, and 3 other fundraisers where we donated all proceeds to My Refuge House. This year I got to travel to the Philippines with MRH, where I had the opportunity to meet the survivors and educate them on self-care and provided each with a fresh new haircut.

What is the best feature or item from your company?

The best feature about Couture Salon & Spa is all the services we offer, we use only the highest pure quality grade products with organically certified ingredients. We are known for using ammonia-free hair color that is yogurt based, with anti-inflammatory ingredients, making the color process more gentle and much less aggressive on the scalp and the hair.

How would your friends describe you?

My friends would describe me as a funny, go-getter with a big heart who loves her family and the people she serves.

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are spending quality time with my family, Traveling, working out and being creative.

List two pet peeves

2 of my biggest pet peeves are dishonesty and selfishness.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In 5 years, I see myself running an advanced training academy for Hairstylists and Estheticians who have just graduated from Cosmetology/Esthetics School. Couture Salon will be the foundation where they can learn how to build a thriving business in the Beauty industry.

If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?

If I can go back in time to change one thing, it would be hiring my Business Coach as soon as I made the decision to open my business.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

God, Oprah, Marie Forleo and Dave Ramsey all of who are mentors and who have shaped me into the Woman I am today.

 

 

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GETTING TO KNOW RUDY & MARIA HERNANDEZ; OWNERS OF RMH DANCE

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FACEBOOK PAGE: @rmhdance/DancerRudy
INSTAGRAM: dncrudy & rmhdance
TWITTER: @9dancerRudy
YOUTUBE: DncrRudy
LINKEDIN: RUDY HERNANDEZ
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FACILITIES: (Parnell Park, Whittier Community Center, Palm Park)

 
BIO:  
  • Have been teaching dance in Whittier since 2000.
  • Have been dancing for 27 years.
  • Professional Competitor for 12 years with great success.
  • United States American Rhythm Rising Star Champion, United States American Smooth Rising Star Finalist
  • Competitor with students Pro/Am for 20 years with numerous top teacher awards at various competitions across the United States.
  • Working with The Whittier City School District and Boys & Girls Club of Whittier providing dance to over 400 children a year for the past 17 years.
What is your favorite thing about your career/company?
Getting to work with so many people and watching them accomplish the most basic of
skills to be able to dance.  A very small percentage of people know how to dance (20%) and dancing together is  even smaller (8-10%) Every person we work with is unique in their skills, abilities, attitude and fears. Behind public speaking, dancing is one of the biggest fears of most people!!
What motivated you to start your company?
As a High School Athlete I was fortunate to receive numerous scholarships to play
Baseball and Football at small colleges. I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship
to UCLA for Baseball. Unfortunately I was involved in an auto accident which caused
me to break both of my legs. I was hospitalized for 6 months and part of my recovery
 was dance classes. (Prior to that I had never taking formal classes) I fell in love with
dance! It became my studies in College and I haven’t stopped. It took me 3 months of
Physical Therapy 4-5 days a week 1-2 hrs a day to learn how to walk again.  I believe ANYONE can learn how to dance. If I was able to learn to walk again you can
learn to dance. You need the right mentality and great coaching.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Have had lots of personal and professional accomplishments but I believe my greatest
& proudest accomplishment has not yet occurred.  I continue to receive coaching on my own dancing to keep my skills and knowledge to the latest trends and styles.  I push my students to the maximum of their own abilities so that they can achieve their
goals.
How would your friends describe you?
Motivated, funny and hard working
What are your hobbies?
Cooking, Craft Beer & Sports.
List two pet peeves.
Tardiness & Laziness
If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?
I wouldn’t change a thing.
If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
The current Pope, Fred Astaire, Muhammad Ali, Lucille Ball

 

GETTING TO KNOW BRENDA RODRIGUEZ: OWNER OF THE SKIN ROOM

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WEBSITE: www.theskinroom.org

FACEBOOK PAGE: The Skin Room

INSTAGRAM:  theskinroom104

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GETTING TO KNOW…..BRENDA RODRIGUEZ: OWNER OF THE SKIN ROOM

BIO:  Hi, my name is Brenda Rodriguez and I have been an esthetician since October 2005. Since then I have attended many additional skin care product knowledge courses and esthetics educational training in the science of the skin and it’s required care to keep it healthy and happy.

 We believe the esthetics industry offers an ongoing learning experience & keeping up with available knowledge is key to being the best esthetician possible. Our passion for skin care makes our job an enjoyable experience each day we work. We believe that investing in our skin is an investment that lasts a lifetime.

From Facials, Chemical peels, Microdermabrasion, to Waxing services, We take pride in each treatment we perform. The connection with our customers that establish trust and personal attention for their needs and requests are fulfilling to us. The Skin Room is purely a wonderful place to be an Esthetician and indulge in a career that we simply adore.

What is your favorite thing about your career/company?

My favorite thing about my career is being able to work on different clients skin care needs and concern. I love being able to educate clients on how to take care of their skin correctly and give them a boost of confidence.  I love being able to pamper a client and at the same time help them look and feel their best! 

What motivated you to start your company (a little history)

Honestly I never thought or imagined that I would be a business owner.  I went through a transition in my life that brought me to Whittier. Shortly after establishing my self in Whittier – I thought every door around me was closing. I thought my career as an esthetician had hit rock bottom.  but my passion for the industry is what kept me going.  I wanted the freedom  of making my own schedule and I wanted to create my own workspace where I can take care of clients my way. I was determined to have a place with meaning and purpose, a place that would bring skin care and wellness together.  

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I’d have to say my proudest accomplishment is motivating my friend Nicole to branch off on her own and open her own business. 

What is the best feature or item from your Company?

The Skin Room is known for having the best “happy hour” in town. We do an amazing Microdermabrasion Facial which includes extractions, customized facial mask and facial massage.  We offer this at an incredible price!  Clients are able to come in and relax and enjoy a Happy Hour facial with a glass of wine!

How would your friends describe you?

Loyal, smart, enthusiastic, problem solver 

What are your hobbies?

Hiking and being out doors. I love just getting out side and doing things, especially with my son! I feel no stress when I’m hiking, and I love exploring the out doors through the eyes of my 8 year old! He’s full of wonder and full of adventure. 

List two pet peeves. 

1: hairy ears ( we can wax that for you) 

2: entitlement, we all have to work for what we have! 

Where do you see yourself in five years? 

In 5 years I hope to have a second location for The Skin Room. 

If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?

I’ve always lived my life with the idea and belief that EVERYTHING happens for a reason.  I’d honestly have to say that I wouldn’t change anything.  Even when I look back and wonder if I made the right choices in my life – I truly look at the outcome of what it’s brought me.  I wouldn’t be where I am today with out all of those choices!  At the end of the day I’m very thankful and blessed to have a beautiful and healthy son full of wonder and light and I have a small business where I get to use my trade that I’m passionate about to help people feel and look their best!