We had the good fortune of connecting with Tonya Chaney and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tonya, what’s the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make?
The most difficult decision I had to make thus far in my cosmetology career is closing my salon. It was a decision I didnt take lightly but one that i wouldnt change. In 2011, i had a decision to make, either resign my lease, purchase the space,find another location, or close the doors to my 3800 square foot salon. I thought long and hard about all of my options and decided to close my salon and move into a salon suite. I had to let 7 stylists go and sell a salon full of equipment.
My emotions were all over the place but I needed to do what was best for my spiritual, mental, and physical health. And it is a decision that I am proud that I did.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I pride my success on my professionalism, work ethic, love for my craft, and phenomal customer service. Being a business owner or just a stylist, its important to deliver a great experience. Being respectful and conscious of your clients needs and desires is a must in any service industry.
When you come to Mykal Grant Salon, you feel important and valued. And you leave with great hair.
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?
We would get up and take the 7:00am fitness class at Bodies by Perserverance
8:30 breakfast at Mimosa
10:30 hair appointment at Mykal Grant Salon
12:30 Eyelash extensions at Suite Creations with Mikayla Garth
3:30 late lunch at CJ’s Sticky Fingers food truck
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout is to my family! My husband, my children, and my brother. I have successfully owned and operated a salon for 11 years. It was definitely a bucket list accomplishment. In my last 2 years of salon ownership, my passion and drive were waining. Every reason that I had in the beginning of opening my business wasnt enough to keep it going. I was missing precious time with my family and I was always tired. I had to prioritize my life.
My brother, Courtney Samuel, (owner and master trainer of Bodies by Perserverance ) is my sounding board and my voice of reason.
photos by Kymora Jaxson Photography.