MANSFIELD – As a former entertainer, Jasmyn Webb appreciates a good manicure or pedicure.
“I know what it’s like to get your nails and toes done and pay $130,” she said.
She doesn’t want her patrons to have to “foot” that kind of bill at her new downtown business, The Beauty Bar, 12 S. Park St.
Webb and business partner Kiesha Boone opened the full-service salon last week.
“My goal is to give everybody a great experience at a lower cost,” Webb said.
In addition to manicures and pedicures, Webb does waxing, styling, wigs, makeup and spray-tanning. She also has a line of retail products, including sugar scrubs for exfoliation.
Boone, who was not available to comment for this story, is an aesthetician. She specializes in facials, chemical peels and related treatment. Boone also has her own line of clothing at the Beauty Bar.
“Kiesha graduated last year, and we became good friends,” Webb said. “Neither of us has owned a business. I took my savings and my retirement money.”
Starting a business is a risk at any time, even more so during a pandemic.
“It’s definitely Russian roulette,” Webb said. “We can’t hold back our dreams.”
Webb, who says she loves to help people, originally wanted a traveling business. Inspired by her 97-year-old grandmother, she wanted a salon to cater to elderly people at home or nursing facilities or to stay-at-home moms who were too busy to go to a salon.
She took the long road to her new career, earning certification from the Apex Academy in Ontario, after retiring from the entertainment industry in May 2019.
“I was 44 in a class of all 18- and 19-year-olds,” Webb said. “I almost gave up.”
She reminded herself of what she already has overcome.
“I’m a success story,” Webb said. “I’m a trans woman that fought the odds.”
The Beauty Bar also features a part-time massage therapist. Webb and Boone hope to bring in hairstylists next.
They took over the building that previously housed the Sweat Cub, next to Reindeer Grill.
“We looked at another one on Lexington Avenue. The other place had carpet,” Webb said.
She added the downtown location gives off the feeling of a New York loft with its high ceilings.
Webb and Boone went to work, covering the windows with paper as they toiled to get the space ready for opening.
“Everybody’s stopping by to see what’s going on downtown,” Webb said.
She said business has been booming. Webb often reports to the shop at 8 a.m. and doesn’t leave until 9:30 p.m.
“We’re booking a week in advance,” she said. “We do take walk-ins if we’re not too busy.”
Webb said she takes appointments by phone and text and will come in “any time” for her customers. Her cellphone number is 419-496-6128. Boone’s number is 419-566-9199. The number for the Beauty Bar is 567-560-3076.
Webb said the business is observing COVID-19 restrictions by sanitizing regularly and not having more than 10 people in the Beauty Bar at any one time.
She said there will always be a demand for beauty.
“I think if an atomic bomb went off tomorrow, women would still want to go out and get their hair done,” Webb said. “Everybody wants to look good.”
This article originally appeared on Mansfield News Journal: The Beauty Bar offers salon experience at cheaper prices