A hair, beauty and tanning salon got an unexpected birthday surprise when it won Salon of the Year.
Elegance By TLC had just celebrated its first year in business when proprietor Tina Corcoran heard the salon was the Times and Citizen’s 2014 competition winner.
She said: “Last Wednesday, we celebrated our first year anniversary, and on the Thursday, I got the call.
“I couldn’t believe it! We were a very happy salon.”
Tina decided to open the salon in Brickhill Drive, Bedford, after having some “bad hairdressing experiences” as a client. When the shop came up for rent, she negotiated hard to secure it.
“I can’t tell you how well it’s taken off,” she said. “I want people to feel comfortable from the moment they come in as this is their pamper time. Everybody who walks in gets my personal attention and I want them to feel like they’ve gone to see friends.
“That’s part of our success.”
Tina’s interest in hair-dressing started when she was 12 years old as her mother was a hairdresser.
She said: “I grew up in that environment. I love the chat and the fact my clients leave looking fabulous. We also offer beauty treatments, and have a stand-up tanning booth, which is really popular, especially with brides and people who are going on holiday.”
The Salon of the Year competition was open to all hairdressers across the Bedford area, and was decided by public vote.
Tina said she when she mentioned the competition to her clients, she was amazed by how many had already voted.
She said: “I was really shocked to have won, as we were just one salon up against some really big names.
“I really have to thank my customers for voting for us and making us Salon of the Year.”
Tina also wanted to thank the girls who work for her. She said: “Firstly, there’s Christine for her endless hard work. She’s an incredible person and her talent is amazing.
“Thanks also to Natalie, Julie, and Lauren, and Marcella for her constant hard work and dedication.”
Tina also thanked her behind-the-scenes supporters: her 15 and 18-year-old sons, her “rock” (they know who they are!), and her brother, who built the website.
Call the salon on 01234 270080 or for more information visit www.elegancebytlc.co.uk