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Meet Sophie Raynak and Elissa McElroy of Haute Mess Beauty Bar in South Broadway

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sophie Raynak and Elissa McElroy.

Sophie and Elissa, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Elissa and I have been friends for almost six years. We both have always loved to support and empower women. After deciding to attend esthetician school together, we realized that parts of the beauty industry were lacking. We felt that women were not being celebrated in their true forms and instead were being told to change in order to be beautiful.

Hence, Haute Mess Beauty Bar was born. We strive to offer a safe place for real women to enhance their natural beauty and accept their inner Haute Mess.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Starting a new business is a difficult journey and of course, we have run up against adversity. However, when you are truly passionate for what you are doing, the bumps in the road seem small by comparison.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Haute Mess Beauty Bar – what should we know?
Haute Mess Beauty Bar is a full-service esthetic salon offering waxing, skin care, lash extensions, airbrush tanning and much more. We specialize in celebrating women for all that they are. We want our clients to embrace their inner selves and celebrate both their “Haute” days and their “Mess” days.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
First and foremost we would like to thank our families and friends.

Our realtor Michelle Colvin was an amazing support and was the reason we got such an incredible space.

Tory Apodaca was a wonderful mentor to us.

The School Of Botanical and Medical Aesthetics was an amazing place to learn and grow as estheticians. Martin Hansen and Emily Davis were very influential teachers.

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