We had the good fortune of connecting with Ally Robertson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ally, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
The most important lesson that I have learned this far in my professional life is such an easy topic for me to discuss. Clear agreements are by far the biggest asset any person could have in any business for any field. Whether you’re typing out the roles of one of the positions within the company, asking tasks to be completed, or working with a vendor this can make your professional and personal life go from hard too easy. There are no grey areas. It’s important to make sure you’re clear on what exactly is wanted happen with each situation. I would say this has taught me that with every single question I ask, business service that I complete, or system I change that I’m 100% clear on what my outcome should be and why. If you’re not clear from the beginning it doesn’t give you a leg to stand on when the going gets tough. Every event, due date, thought and question goes into my planner. Every agreement I make gets recorded where all parties can see it and refer to it. Clear agreements take the headache away.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The Studio Hair Salon & Day Spa is literally one in a million. We love helping artists and therapists that love our industry as much as we do! Our goal is to help people in our industry live their very best lives and perform at the very top. We are a second generation company, my mom started this business in 1980 and we are still busting at the seams in growth. Our team is achieving major milestones of success. We celebrate when someone purchases a new home, has their biggest paychecks ever, grows their w2 in any type of way! All seasons in life are ones to be celebrated! Obviously we are not successful without our loyal guests. Our clients deserve the very best. We strive in making every experience exceptional. Our company offers services from head to toe. Spend the whole day with us if you’d like or stop in for maintenance. Our biggest lesson would be to never stop learning. There is always something new to bring to the table and to help solve problems. The moment you think you’re the best in the room, you stop learning. We never stop learning!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If someone came to the Shenandoah Valley I would start by taking them to Heritage Bakery in downtown Harrisonburg. We would take off to the Skyline Drive, hopefully they’re visiting during the fall because the beauty is never ending as the trees change color. That night we would hop straight in the car and head to Smith Mountain Lake to view the beauty from the water. The lake can do some serious therapy for the soul and what better way to do it than by boat? Dinner on the lake would be the best night cap at The Landing. A place of fine dining that offers a variety of cuisine. The views from this establishment of the mountains and water are breathtaking. What better way to wrap up the day weekend with the best iced coffee from The Coffee Shoppe at the Bridgewater Marina. We would spend the day doing water sports and enjoying the simple things in life with the best crowd of people.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would say my shoutout goes to High Performance Salon Academy! We are a group of individuals that meet on a daily basis to elevate the way the world views our industry. We protect what we love, we grow each other, and we work very hard to grow our teams. Without HPSA I wouldn’t be where I am and I wouldn’t have the courage and discipline to keep growing.
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