Here is a chance to empower people. That’s why Karen Trisko and Bob Montgomery went with Phenix Salon Suites. “I just love the fact that we get to transform people’s lives,” Trisko said.
Their North Naples and Ft. Myers franchises opened in January, 2015.
“We don’t come from the beauty industry, but we do come from owning businesses in the service industry,” said Trisko, a management consultant. Husband Montgomery was a mortgage banker. And they both trade the financial markets.
They looked at probably 15 different business models, discarding most of those because they just weren’t very interesting. They discovered salon suites through a franchise broker, then visited several, including some traditional open-floor salon models and suite models.
“The last one we saw was Phenix, and we just fell in love with Phenix and Jason and Gina,” Trisko recalled. “They really care about the salon professional. That was very important to me and Bob.”
What they loved about the salon suite model is that “it really empowers people to take control of their lives, particularly financial control,” she said.
The suites provide stylists and other salon professionals with an affordable way to be independent business owners. They get to decorate their own suites, keep more of what they earn, set their own hours and focus on their clients without the withering drama of an open-floor salon or all the high overhead and distraction of owning a full-scale salon.
“It’s hard for people to build up much wealth for themselves or their families if they are working for someone else,” Trisko said. ”Owning an independent salon at Phenix Salon Suites changes that for salon professionals.”
“We view it like we are business partners with these salon professionals,” she said. “Our success is intertwined.”
There were several options in the salon suite concept but Trisko and Montgomery chose Phenix, because “we’re more interested in having a relationship” with the salon professionals. “To us, it’s more than a real estate business, it’s a customer service business” she said.
The couple had lived in a country club community of Larkspur, CO, south of Denver, for seven years. So, why Florida? It stays warm pretty much year round. And they have a sister in Ft. Myers. Phenix and family in the Sunshine State … what more could you want?