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Welcome to the first-ever Small Business Feature! In this series, I am going to be featuring small businesses and products of services that they sell! If you’re a small business and would like to be featured in the next one, you can contact me above using the contact form or email me at [email protected] !
For this small business featured, I talked to Sarah about her salon business effected by COVID that led her to sell colorful face masks! If you’re in need of some cute masks and like to support small business owners, learn more about her below!
*This blog post is sponsored by Poza Salon who was kind enough to gift me beautiful face masks to test out and review!*
1. Tell me a little bit about you and your business
Well, my wife and I own an operate Poza Salon in Charlotte NC. We opened our salon in 2006 and have run a successful team-based business.
2. What made you decide to start selling colorful face masks?
Everything changed on March 17th, when we were forced to close our doors due to COVID. We spent 10 weeks fighting for unemployment benefits for our employees, applying for a PPP, and a small business loan, all while having no idea what the future would hold for our business.
Prior to reopening, we knew face masks would be required for ourselves and our clients. We tried many different types but struggled with maskne (break-outs directly from bacteria getting trapped around the chin area), material that was not breathable, would slide down past our nose, and needed to be pulled up constantly.
Also, most masks had a medical look which intimidated our already frightened clientele. I knew that if I could produce bright, bold colored, fashionable face masks, it would quickly change the vibe.
After a ton of research, I found a manufacturer happy to produce exactly what I had in mind. They sent me samples a few weeks later, and the feedback from our staff was a resounding YES!
We brought them into the salon in August and they have flown off the shelves with some people buying 2 or 3 boxes at a time! People absolutely how comfortable and breathable they are. We’ve even had a few doctors who purchased our masks because they too wear KN95’s if N95’s are scarce, and ours are such good quality.
Like most KN95’s ours are technically ”disposable.” That said, at the salon, our stylist can wear a single KN95 for a solid week before replacing it.
3. Where can people buy these colorful face masks from?
We currently have 7 fun colors but have 3 new fall/winter colors coming soon!
First of all, I’m shocked at how quickly it shipped to my house. When Sara told me she shipped them, I expected them to show up a week later. So I was shocked that the masks were in my mailbox two days later! I live in Michigan, so I was shocked at how fast they came from North Carolina!
Which was great, because, I was so excited to get these masks to try out for myself. My husband and I needed masks, but couldn’t find anywhere to buy them.
And, when we did find masks, they fit my face but my husband struggled to find any that fit over his face and beard.
As an alternative, I crocheted him a mask. But it was itchy, not very safe or effective to wear, and always has to be pulled up.
His sister even attempted to make him a mask, but we ran into the same problem of it being too small.
So, when I got these masks in the mail, it was nice to see him excited! Not only over the amazing colors of the mask (the grey one is his favorite) but that it also fits his face!
As a bonus, my dad struggled with the same issue of finding masks that fit too. So even he was excited to try them out when I told him!
Personally, for me, I love the way they fit, and I love that they come in such pretty colors! I’m really excited to see what other Fall colors they come out with!
You also get this case to hold all of the masks in as well which I wasn’t expecting!
Where Can you Find these Masks at?
If you’d like to get these colorful face masks for yourself you can check them out either on their site here or on their Etsy here. Do your part to support small businesses! It’s super important in these tough times!
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