Today we’d like to introduce you to Eileen Kantor.
Eileen, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
When I was a little girl I wanted to grow up to be an artist. When I graduated from high school I went to interior design school in Chicago. The things I loved the most were my drawing and color classes. Once I realized that interior design wasn’t for me I moved on thinking I would be a preschool teacher. When that didn’t resonate with me either my mother and I had a heart to heart. She had been a hairstylist for 25 years at this point. She said to me, “When in doubt you go for the legacy.” She went on to say if hairstyling wasn’t for me it would be a great way to pay for the rest of college. I went on to graduate from Hair Dynamics in Fort Collins in 2003 and since then I have dedicated an immense amount of time to continuing education in my field: I have studied under the greats at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in both San Francisco and Santa Monica; I’ve worked at Aveda for over ten years; for the last three years, I have been working with Wella color and have finally found the color line that works best for me. In November of 2017, I achieved a career-long dream of opening my own hair salon, Kantor & Company. We cater to a fabulous clientele from all walks of life, with a focus on inclusivity of individuals of all ages and gender identities. ‘Continuing Education’ is the number one priority for us. At this point in my career I have taken enough classes in hair styling, I could be considered a Doctor of hair! In the salon you will find me “doing rounds” with my auxiliaries (assistants). Any opportunity to teach is seized in the moment. It is my belief there is no better way to learn than to see it all go down in real life. I may no longer be painting or drawing, but I’ve always been an artist. Turns out I was just looking for the right canvasses — ones that move, grow and change with each season — the people I’ve had the privilege of forming lasting relationships with. I absolutely cherish my clients.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
In the beginning, nothing went exactly as ‘planned,’ but I’ve certainly made the most of the twists and turns and learned heaps along the way. Originally I had intended to open a hair school with a business partner. When that partner dipped I was left to reimagine my original vision, knowing I didn’t want to go the road entirely alone. That’s when I decided with my husband, Adam Kantor, that ‘Business Partners’ felt like a fitting addition to the list of ways in which we support one another, and he came on board. When we were turned down multiple times in the process of looking for a space for the school our commercial real estate agent offered that he felt it would be easier to look for a salon space and put the school project on hold. It wound up being the best advice. After changing our focus back to hair styling we landed a space. Since November of 2017, we have been thrilled with our spot on East Arapahoe Avenue in beautiful Boulder and the business has been steadily growing since then. I am happy to report that I am starting to navigate my school project again, and inn the meantime I dedicate an immense amount of time to training my staff to be the best stylists they can be.
Please tell us about your business.
Kantor & Company is best known for commercial work. We specialize in cutting, coloring, highlighting, balayage and styling. I myself am known for being a precision hair cutter and love a color that grows out well. I am proud to take care of people from all walks of life. We meet people where they are. Kantor & Company prides itself on being a welcoming space — no stuffy airs of pretentiousness, none of that ‘get-in-get-out’ attitude. It always makes me smile when clients that work remotely or just have some free time will come to hang for a while before or after their hair appointments. Some of my younger clients call the salon ‘my house’, and it truly does feel like a home away from home. Our consultations set us apart from others. We take the time to hear about a person’s lifestyle and budget before beginning a service. We explain our process to our clients. We share clients amongst our staff so that it is easier for people to get on the schedule. We work together as a team. No divas here!
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have started the salon sooner and would have worked with my husband, Adam from the jump. When my children were little (they are now seven and nine) the idea of starting a business on my own was scary for me. I felt that I needed to share ownership in order to be a mom. Turns out my husband was truly the ideal business partner for me. We work so well together, and although I’ve learned a lot working for others, I know that I’m happiest in my career when I’m working for and representing myself and my brand. This upcoming year will be my 17th year behind the chair, and I’m ecstatic to finally be behind my own chair!
- price is dependent on stylist’s level of experience
- we offer 20% off cuts for new clients or (see bullet point below)
- new clients enjoy free cut with any chemical service over $160
- Cuts $25-$95,
- Color $40-$120
- Highlights $60-$200
- Balayage $175-$250
- smoothing (cezanne keratin treatment) $250-$350
- pre-booking discounts available
- Address: 5290 Arapahoe Avenue
Suite E Boulder Co 80303
- Website: www.kantorandcompany.com
- Phone: 720-979-1341
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @kantorandcompany
- Facebook: Kantorandcompany
- Twitter: Kantorandcompany
- Other: linked in, kantorandcompany
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