The Hair Lounge, chic and comfortable, already looks and feels like a world class salon. Having opened on the busy corner of Main and Market Streets on November 15, 2010, owner/stylist Angie Pilkington feels welcome as a new member of the Southside community, and she is excited to play her part in the storied revitalization of Main St.
Angie has assembled a group of inspired and passionate stylists, and if she has her way, The Hair Lounge will be the best salon in Chattanooga. How does The Hair Lounge distinguish itself from the average salon? Having been there before, Angie objects to the salons that treat haircuts like something that can be manufactured on an assembly line. Her desire to transcend the factory feeling of typical salons inspires The Hair Lounge’s distinct blend of style, comfort, and unmatched service. Also, Angie offers unparalleled educational opportunities to her stylists, which foster a dependable, capable staff of stylists that keep clients coming back.
Angie jokes that her favorite aspect of running a small business is being in control of the thermostat, but seriously, she enjoys getting to set the pace and manage the work environment at The Hair Lounge. She says her biggest challenge to opening The Hair Lounge was staying on time. She had a short real estate debacle that delayed the opening for 6 months, but now she considers this a blessing in disguise as their current building is in a perfect location. Angie also admits that as a small business owner, there is an endless list of To Do’s. Angie has advice to other aspiring entrepreneurs: be hopeful but realistic with yourself, and don’t be afraid to reach out to people in the community. In fact, by reaching out to the Main St. community, She found that green|spaces provided invaluable connections and real estate advice in the establishment of the salon’s current location.
Angie herself has been a representative at the prestigious Intercoiffure Mondial, the international organization of high quality hair dressing where once a year in NYC, stylists meet, mingle, network, compete, inspire, and mentor. Within five years, Angie is confident that The Hair Lounge can earn an invitation into this elite organization that represents the top 2% of salons in the world, certainly proving The Hair Lounge to be a standout salon within the country and city.