We had the good fortune of connecting with Leah Jordan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leah, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I began Studio 303 Salon to create an inviting space for guests and to pursue my passion in education in the hair and beauty industry. Working with new artists, helping them to refine their skills and live up to their full potential is one of the most rewarding things for me our salon.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The education world of the beauty industry ignited a passion in me very early in my career. I had the opportunity to work for a professional hair color company as an educator at very young age. I was introduced to the science of hair color and the magic of collaboration. Being able to share the techniques and financial organization that my mentors have shared with me over the years is absolutely the most fulfilling part of what I do in the salon. The thing that I’m most proud of is absolutely my team of artists. The passion and drive that I see in them inspires me daily. Adam, Gabrielle, MaryJo, Heidi, Alexis and Sammie are truly the magic within our little salon. These artists have been so dedicated to the salon from day one. Last March we were faced with the challenge of a 90 clause due to the Pandemic. My team had so much faith in me every single day. Sometimes they believed in me more than I believed in myself. The faith and trust they had in me throughout that uncertain time was truly what got us back into the salon. We are closer than ever now. We are stronger, smarter and most importantly, we are more grateful than ever before to be able to practice our craft together. I have learned that our faith in each other, great communication, gratitude and hard work can get us through any obstacle. Our salon is so special because we are a family, a family that loves to nurture and empower people in our community through our craft. We are so grateful that our community has faith in us and supports us just as much as the artists do for me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I could show someone around the Denver area I would definitely take them to snowboard up in summit county, take a day hike at redrocks or even catch a concert there. Linger, Ophelia’s, and Angelos are some of my favorite restaurants in the city so a stop at one of those is a must. I love whitewater rafting so a trip to Salida would definitely be up there with must do’s. The Denver art scene is awesome so going to an art opening at a local gallery is always fun!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My sister Cara has always been the one person who always has faith in me and loves to see my success. She is my biggest supporter and always celebrates even the smallest accomplishments for me. My brother in law George has been there every step of the way as my trusted design consultant. My brother Shawn has been part of what I like to call my “red team”. He looks ahead and cautions me for possible business hazards. He always helps to guide me in a better direction. The Denver Score team within the Small Business Association, especially Jim Skagen and John Mackenzie have spent countless hours, counseling me in financial organization and business strategies. These people have really been major players in my success. I’m so grateful to have such incredible mentors cheering me on!
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