We had the good fortune of connecting with Callie Kay Read and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Callie Kay, what principle do you value most?
To me, being an honest business woman that my clients can trust, rely on, and feel comfortable with is what I value the most. I pride myself on being genuine at all times. I will always shoot straight when it comes to communication with my clients, and take ownership in things that I may still need to grow on. I find that it’s greatly appreciated and have gained a clientele that I genuinely enjoy being around because of it.
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?
I started my beauty career working at a beauty counter as a Makeup Artist a little over ten years ago. I fell in love with the art of it and meeting and connecting with new people. I still have clients from my very first beauty counter job ten years ago, and I think it’s so cool that we’ve grown together and appreciate them so much. There’s definitely something about two people’s faces being only inches apart that will bond two people for a little bit, I swear! I knew that I loved the beauty industry, and wanted to help women learn about products and simple ways to make themselves feel good every day. I also knew that I wanted to be able to make a full time career out of it. I went to Esthetics school, got certified in a handful of other services including brows, lashes, and several skin services to be able to offer more than just makeup expertise to my clients. At the end of 2020, my Business Partner, Tonia Jones and I opened our own Beauty Studio, B2 Beauty Co. It was absolutely not easy, but it was so fun creating and building our own vision from scratch. When starting our own business, there were so many little things that pop up and it can at times feel never ending. I’m grateful to have a supportive and hard working business partner and family that helped navigate some of the unknown. Each day we worked on completing a new task, learned something new and are still continuing to do so since we are still newly opened. It definitely was so worth it, I’m grateful every day for where I am now. I want our clients to feel welcomed and comfortable in our space. I want to empower them to feel worthy on days they may feel less than, and offer helpful suggestions to help them take back some confidence they may have lost. I am an imperfect, busy, real woman and a Mom, who understands it can be hard to love yourself everyday when you have to take care of so many other people or things! I also understand it’s hard to feel good about yourself after the year we all had, and that sometimes it feels pointless even trying because we don’t see anyone, or leave our houses as much as we used to. Makeup, brows, lashes, and taking care of our skin is so much more than showing up to look good for other people to see. I believe it creates a little spark inside that can light a huge confidence flame and a person can feel like they can take on the heaviest of tasks just because whatever they came to us for made them feel good. B2 Beauty Co. is a space that our clients can come to, feel comfortable to voice their insecurities and trust us to help them, or just listen! We are very proud of it! We just started and we have so much to look forward to!
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?
Part of the reason why I love being a traveling makeup artist so much is because I am able to visit and see so many beautiful parts of this state. When people visit the first time, I usually take them to visit Red Rocks and to do an easy but fun and pretty hike in Morrison. Then we stop at the Morrison Inn to have a giant Margarita on their huge rooftop. If I’m staying near the area, I always have to stop in at Peakview Brewery in Greenwood Village to have the best Seltzer anyone will ever taste. I love to visit the Lake in Evergreen, walk around and end the day at Little Bear for some food and drinks. In the summer it’s a fun spot to rent paddleboards. If I have a coffee lover, I love Bookbar on Tennyson street, if you stay long enough you can start your day with coffee and end with a glass of wine. If they’re here for a while, I’ll always take them up to Summit County to see and spend time in the small business shops in Breckenridge, hopefully eat at Eric’s if it’s not too busy and see my favorite bars in Keystone.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My dream was always to own my own business, be able to balance being a Single Mom and be present for my son, as well as feel fulfilled in a career that I actually enjoy. Taking this risk in leaving a consistent paycheck was extremely hard and I was terrified of where it would leave me financially. I doubted myself very much and very often, but knew that if I made some sacrifices, that it was possible. I’m so glad I trusted myself and took the risk, it’s absolutely worth the feeling of content that I feel daily. There are four women that are local to Denver in the Beauty industry that inspired me so much. Because I was able to watch their journey, I am where I am today! I witnessed these women work their tails off to get to where they are, each brilliant at something different while still all being a part of the same industry. Lauren Clouse of Lauren Denver Beauty, Nicole Toledo of Nicole Toledo Makeup Artistry, Victoria Piper of Lash The City and Shawnte Smith of Beauty Lounge. I felt like I could accomplish my goals because I watched women like those four do it before me!
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