We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Harper and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
2020 has been the year of forced work life balance for me. Before my studio had a mandatory closure, I was definitely a workaholic. I’d stay late and come in early 80% of the time. There was no balance. When I started my career, I was so focused on building a clientele; which meant that I had to always be available/flexible when it came to my schedule. That’s what I did for 4 years. Covid-19 and the shut down forced me to figure out what made ME happy, content, relaxed outside of my work. I had never had so much time to myself (probably since early 20’s). I was able to focus on myself and my family. Now that I am back at work, I’ve made it a point to keep that balance in check. I make sure to leave time for ME and to leave time to enjoy my family. I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned about work life balance is that it keeps you centered!
What should our readers know about your business?
I opened up my own salon studio in 2019 in 7 weeks, it was such a whirlwind experience, but I suppose that is what goes into becoming a business owner. There is something powerful, but completely terrifying about being your own boss. To making decisions that are best for you and your clientele; all the way to choosing the music you listen to (which if you ask any of my clients, my go to are R&B tunes on the daily). I recently moved locations, something that I was really nervous to do. It’s always scary to make business moves when you don’t have anything or anyone to fall back on. However, it was the best decision I’ve made thus far. You never realize how much something is holding you back until you release yourself from it and move on. This year has been full of so much negativity that it is hard to see past that. Harper is a no fuss hair salon. I pride myself in creating a space for women to come in to that is free of judgement and drama; A place where they feel safe and leave feeling beautiful and a little less heavy mentally. That is what I am most proud of. Harper just isn’t a hair studio. My goal is to create a space that feels like you’re coming over to a girlfriends house to catch up and feel good.
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?
Is this pre-pandemic?! I’d definitely take them to the Rhino district. I love going down to Central Market to get some pastries and chocolates. There are so many cute shops to walk into while enjoying all of the beautiful art on the buildings. There are also some great breweries in that neighborhood. My go to dinner places when I have friends or family in town is Tommy’s Thai, on Colfax & Cook; or Coperta, on Logan & 20th. Everything on both their menus are delicious and every time you go in, they really treat you like family. When I opened up Harper’s new location, we went to Coperta to celebrate!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This is such a loaded question! There are a handful of individuals who have mentored me along my hair journey (You know who you are). Big Big shoutout to my wife, Alycia, I definitely would not have explored cosmetology school without the huge push from her. She has always been my number 1 supporter thru school, apprenticeship, and the opening of Harper. She is 1000% my rock. She deserves so much credit! My clients also deserve a huge shoutout. I continue to express my gratitude to their support and loyalty. Especially during Covid-19, my clients have made this wild rollercoaster a little less crazy. I love them all!