- September 2, 2021
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When she got her cosmetology license in 2015, Megan Winters set out to have a salon of her own and become her own boss.
She accomplished that plan this summer when she opened Thee Beauty Lounge in Oneida.
“I gave myself the goal to open my own place in 10 years,” Winters said. “I did it in six.”
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A 2015 graduate of the Canastota Central School, Winters received her cosmetology license that same year from Madison-Oneida BOCES in Verona. She also graduated from the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage the following year.
Last year, Winters found an Oneida salon owner who was looking to retire and was selling her equipment. Then Winters found the space also was available, so she now had both beauty salon equipment and a beauty salon location.
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Thee Beauty Lounge hosted a ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration Aug. 17, joined by members of the Greater Oneida Chamber of Commerce. Winters actually had a soft opening back in January but after that she “wanted to redo everything,” she recalled.
As of the August opening day, she already had one employee with a couple more coming soon, Winters said. They offer hair cutting, coloring and styling; massage therapy; nails; facials; waxing; eyelash extensions; and makeup and hair styling for special events.
Like the business name implies, she hopes her customers will come in, lounge and enjoy a bit of a break from the outside world for a little while.
“I want to make this a nice. relaxing atmosphere of a salon/spa,” she said. “I’m really excited about doing this – it was a little scary to jump into it, but I have no regrets now.”
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Thee Beauty Lounge is located at 112 N. Main St. in Oneida and open Tuesday through Saturday by appointment only. For more information, call 315-280-0045 or find Thee Beauty Lounge LLC on Facebook.
Winters admitted it is great to have her own salon and be her own boss and have all of the creative freedom that goes with that. But she said she really enjoys spending time with her clientele, chatting with them and getting to know them. And maybe even sending them off feeling a bit better than when they came in.
“I really like making people feel good about themselves,” Winters said.
Mike Jaquays is the community news reporter for the Mid-York Weekly. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.