For longtime hairdresser Alison Dominguez, entrepreneurial ambition grew from a simple question: “If I can work for myself, why not do it?”
Late last year, an Intersect Fund loan helped her locate and renovate a space on Sayreville’s Main Street that would soon house her business: Salon 107. The salon will host its grand opening this weekend, on Feb. 2nd and 3rd.
The Edison resident has worked in cosmetology for more than a decade, most recently managing a branch of a well-known hair salon chain.
Dominguez’s desire to own a business helped guide her over the bumpy path toward opening her salon:
First, the floor had to go. The building once housed a dance studio, and the multiple levels of padding underfoot — designed to soften falls and preserve dancers’ knees — had accumulated mold.
After fixing the floor, Dominguez had to spend a week renovating bathroom so it hewed to accessibility standards.
If the first two obstacles were foreseeable, the third blindsided even the area’s most seasoned entrepreneurs: Superstorm Sandy. The storm knocked power out of Dominguez’s soon-to-open store for a week, and it created problems that plumbers — in especially high demand at the time — had to fix.
While Dominguez’s storm-related challenges paled in comparison to those other business owners faced, they still delayed her grand opening for two weeks, potentially costing her thousands of dollars in sales.
To make up for lost time, Dominguez is working hard to spread the word about her new business. She’s also offering special prices for customers who check her out soon: until Saturday, Feb. 9th, haircuts are only $8 for children and seniors and $10 for everyone else.
In the near future, Dominguez said, the salon will cater to prom-going students and bridal parties. It is located at 107 Main Street in Sayreville, N.J.