Beauty shop owner to open school on Main Street for aspiring Eloy beauticians
Congratulations to Latoya Jennings and BCD Barber and Beauy salon!
Texas native Latoya Jennings is hoping to be part of the resurgence of Eloy by bringing her BCD Barber and Beauty Salon to town.
Currently BCD is located behind the Eloy Post Office on 606 North B Street, but Jennings plans on moving the business to Main Street in the coming months. BCD has been open for roughly two months.
"We have big plans for this business," Jennings said. "In addition to moving to Main Street, we plan on opening a school for aspiring beauticians."
Jennings and her two salon managers, Dee Dee Mathis and April Minier, talked at length about their dreams for growing their business in Eloy and making an impact on the community.
"Eloy was so booming and thriving years ago, and you can see the potential of things now," Jennings said enthusiastically. "The people are so friendly and welcoming."
BCD has a business plan and a clear vision for their salon and school. The trio has been talking with the Eloy Business Center and Director Maralan Hutchins about exactly the best way to proceed with their salon and school.
Jennings, 34, came to Eloy from the small town of Tulia, Tex., located on the panhandle. The West Texas native has 15 years of experience in cosmetology and hair design. She came to Arizona a few years back to get her cosmetology license at the International Academy in Phoenix. Shortly thereafter, Jennings became certified to instruct aspiring students and share her wealth of knowledge with like-minded individuals. Jennings was teaching at Turning Point Beauty College in Phoenix when she met her future salon managers.
"Latoya was so good at instructing and was so easy to work with, so we knew that we could work together," Minier explained.
Currently, BCD is a full-service salon, doing haircuts, pedicures and manicures. The girls are ecstatic about how well business is going. Since they’ve opened, BCD has seen their customer base increase 30 percent and it’s still rising. They hope that once everyone sees them and knows they are in town that business will continue to increase.
BCD is planning to be very visible in the community; on March 5, they will have a booth at Vista Grande High School for the Prom-Fusion Fashion Hair Show. The fundraiser event will be raising money for the junior and senior classes.
"We want to be in the community and run a great business, but also be able to give back and look for aspiring hair designers, too," Jennings explained. The planned beauty school and future location on Main Street are in the near future, but Jennings has been working on her plan for over 10 years.
"I always knew I wanted to start my own business, while doing something that I loved," Jennings said. "This is something I have been planning since I lived in West Texas."
Jennings hopes that more people will follow BCD and open up a business in Eloy.
BCD Barber and Beauty Salon is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. On Saturday, they are open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and closed on Sunday. They take appointments and walk-ins.
For more information, contact BCD Barber and Beauty Salon at (520) 208-3999.