We had the good fortune of connecting with Keri Cramer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Keri, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Work Life balance and a business owner is always hard. My husband is my biggest supporter/cheerleader. Thankful with him we can tackle business decisions together. He is my on call handy man! Those are for those emergency moments. But for the day to day, I’ve developed my schedule to work with our family life. Finally! It took us probably 12 years to learn what is best for both family and the business. I think my biggest hurdle now is putting the phone down when I am home.
What should our readers know about your business?
I own a salon, Lashes and Lox. This concept is something I am proud of because it puts more money back in the pockets of my staff. We aren’t a typical commission salon. My girls keep most of what they charge. We also pride ourselves on a comfortable environment. There is nothing worse than walking into a salon and feeling like you don’t belong. Salons can be caddy and full of drama. We want to work in a drama free environment and support each other.
There are so many lessons to learn owning a business. And I still have many more to learn!
My best motto has been to start small. I don’t do business debt. If I can’t pay cash for it, we don’t do it. Small risk to start. Small payoff. Which isn’t always the norm or well received. I know big risk can equal big reward, but I was never willing to sacrifice my families well being for the business.
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?
Colorado Springs has so many fun places! We would probably hike through Garden of the Gods followed by dinner downtown somewhere on Tejon. If there’s time, we would drive out to Mt Princeton. The hot springs is always well received. Not with out stopping at Dutch Bros first though!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have many I could list in this section. Obviously I already listed my husband. But as a woman, I turn to my peers for answers. I have two close girlfriends I consult with regularity. Becky Kuefler and Michelle Wojciechowski. Becky is my ride or die. She always has great neutral advise about the business.
Michelle, well I can honestly say I don’t believe I would be where I’m at today without her in my corner. Always helping me with whatever hair brained idea I have cooked up. Starting a networking group, wine nights, amongst many other events and social nights.
Im so thankful for both of these strong women in my life.