January 1st, LBA member Nicky Nocera became the owner of the salon on Main Street in Old Town Lilburn. She has wasted no time is giving the old place a hip new look. Check more images on our Instagram page.
How did you become a cosmetologist?
I have always been into creative things. I always wanted to do something artistic and since high school wanted to do hair. My hairstylist growing up was always coming up with new ideas and taught me how to style hair. I started college as a marketing major. In the early 2000s that’s what all the parents were pushing for, like, what’s this trade school you speak of? Get a real job! I tried that for a couple of years then decided to go with my passion. About a year after I started doing hair I fell in love with the product line Surface and with the process of education. I became an educator with the brand and started doing classes – cutting and styling classes. I have also spent a lot of time coaching others on how to have a successful salon. When it came to light that I had an opportunity here to build a salon I already had the knowledge how to do that. I love that we can make our clients look good and feel good – we call ourselves “day makers” for a reason.
How did you wind up in Old Town Lilburn?
I had been working in midtown for 7 or 8 years and driving in. I lived in Lilburn and started getting more and more settled into the community. As I met people and they found out what I did they were interested – until they found out I worked in midtown. I was also spending a lot of time calling on salons with the Surface product. One day I called on this salon and when I came in they told me about all of the exciting things that were happening in Old Towne Lilburn. Lilburn is a hidden gem and it just made sense to work here. I started part-time and my business built faster than it ever has anywhere else. About 6 months after I started working here I found out the building was for sale. My husband and I talked about it and we were afraid that whoever bought it might not want to keep a salon here. I never really saw myself owning a salon but the universe aligned and here I am.
What has the Lilburn Business Association done for you and what do you see it doing for you?
The main thing is the connections I’ve made. I’ve gotten clients through LBA and just as importantly, Tim with Print Magic has done my signs and printing and Sandra Waldrop spent two hours with me teaching me how to build my web site. It has really been a resource for me and I’m looking forward to getting more involved as COVID restrictions ease and we can go back to meeting in person and getting to know each other.
--------- Donna Hill