Buddies leave jobs to become Bosses

FOR Mika Caram, Phoebe Fernandez and Chad Paolo Varquez, opening a business in their 30s means building something for the future.

These three buddies ventured into a salon business, with Caram and Fernandez in charge of the marketing and operations. Varquez, on the other hand, is the finance guy.

Fernandez said they opened a salon because aside from its profitability, it’s the kind of business that brings them together, at least for her and Caram.

Caram and Varquez used to work as sales executives. Fernandez, on the other hand, is a local TV talent. The three met in an event where Fernandez was an event host.

“We used to have businesses of our own while working hard in the corporate (world). I, for one, ventured into online selling among other businesses, but I realized it is a different thing to have a physical business,” said Fernandez.

The three pooled their savings and with a little help from the bank, opened Colors and Peach Studio Salon at the second floor of GPH Central corner F. Cabahug and President Roxas Sts. in Kasambagan, Cebu City.

Unlike other beauty salons, Fernandez said they wanted to create a community that draws inspiration from each other.“When going to a salon, we get to meet a lot of people who can become our future business partner or a new friend. We saw this to be a venue where people can draw inspiration from each other and create a community that brings out the best in each other,” said Fernandez, adding that people usually spend at least an hour in a salon, and with that short span of time, they get to interact with other clients.

“We want to help people transform themselves, not just physically,” said Caram, who is also a travel blogger.

Amid the presence of beauty salons within their area, Fernandez said they are confident their brand will earn the public’s following. She shared that they did a lot of research as to which beauty and hair care products to offer to Cebuanos.

“We carefully planned the business for two years and we are proud to say that we offer excellent services and products to the consumers. My experience and that of Mika being a blogger and Chad on the sales side, is an assurance that we only render the best for our customers,” said Fernandez.

Colors and Peach offers packages using imported products from Japan. They also offer express services for on-the-go clients.

“There may be a lot of us in this industry, but at the end of the day, you always come back to the salon that gives you the more relaxed, comfortable feeling and excellent service,” added Caram.

In the future, Varquez said they plan to grow the Colors and Peach brand in Cebu and eventually offer their own Peach hair care brand for retail.

“We want to become a chain someday, but we are taking this one step at a time. For now, we dedicate all our time and ideas to make this business successful,” said Fernandez, adding that it’s never too late for those stuck in the corporate world to start a business.
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