|Kathleen Hesse – IN THE NEWS!
by: Shannon Wells
Check out this great feature article printed in the Journal Times Online, Saturday, Oct.7, 2006! YBN Member Kathleen Hesse, of Cutting Edge Salon was recently featured in the Journal Times!
We are proud of her accomplishments and of her continued ability to work on her business and her life to make her dreams come true!
Dreams can come true: Hair stylists determination, support make her salon expansion possible
By Phyllis Sides
Printed in the Journal Times, Oct. 7, 2006
“MOUNT PLEASANT - It looks like the house next door - the tan brick house at 7408 Washington Ave. And while it looks like its neighbor, it's different because it's Kathleen Hesse's dream.
Hesse, owner of the Cutting Edge, a beauty salon in Pioneer Village on Washington Avenue, dreamed of expanding her business for a long time. Renovations to turn the house into Hesse's dream started in June and will be finished in time for the grand opening Oct. 25.
That's why the tan brick house at 7408 Washington Ave. is more dream than house for Hesse.
"It's always been a big head dream of mine to expand," Hesse said, "we're busting at the seams at Pioneer Village. Now, I'll be able to recruit more stylists because there's room to expand here. We'll also have a color bar and offer spa services."
Hesse said her dream began after having three children in 19 months - a son in 1988 and twin daughters in 1990, She made it through their early years and as they approached school-age, Hesse knew she would have more time to focus on her career.
"I started to dream," Hesse said, "about how I would like to set up my own business, It took me about two years of looking to find just the right opportunity, but as soon as I did, I jumped in with both feet. After having a lease for three years, I started to dream about having my own building that I could have just as I wanted and also have an investment in my future."
Hesse said her determination came from ideals her parents instilled in her and from what she calls her dream making quotations. "I put those quotes together," Hesse said, "because they inspire me and I believe in them."
The quotations come from people like Helen Keller and Martin Luther King Jr. - people who overcame great obstacles in their lives.
Her husband, Steve, also is responsible for her success, Hesse said, "I have to acknowledge my husband, who has had faith and confidence in me to mortgage our house and whatever else it takes to help me succeed. He has been a huge support at home and with our children when I'm working late."
Since she's reached her dream, Hesse said, she's willing to help others reach theirs. "I like to recruit people right out of beauty school" Hesse said, "because they're ready to learn, And if they tell me they want to open their own shop one day I tell them I'll help them."
Hesse said women starting out in their careers or considering a mid-life career change need to find other women to mentor them by offering encouragement and guidance and pointing out their strengths. She also advises that they join professional organizations for coaching, consulting and support.
Hesse's children aren't exempt from her dreams or her advice. "My kids can't believe my dreams but they dream big dreams, too. The advice I give to my children is that if they work hard and focus they can attain all their dreams. After watching me first-hand they know it is possible."
Her son Stephen, 17, has a passion for snow skiing. He is starting college next year and dreams of living in the mountains - teaching skiing and working in the resort industry.
Hesse's twin daughters, Brittni and Brooke, are 16. Brittni was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes when she was 8-years-old, Hesse said "she has turned that experience into a positive one by focusing her dream on working with children in the health field as a physician's assistant. My other daughter wants to follow in my footsteps to do hair and also own her own business one day."