Name of business: Bee Beautiful Salon and Day Spa
Type of business: Beauty, cosmetic and personal care
Location: 130 N. Thor St., Turlock
Hours: By appointment
Contact information: 209-9960720
Specialty: A variety of unique services
History of business:
“Surreal” is the first word that comes to new downtown business owner Rebecca Carnes’ mind when she looks around at her completed salon.
A hairstylist for the last 15 years, Carnes jumped around from several different downtown locations in the last eight years before deciding it was time to open a salon of her own. Her dream came true this past week when Bee Beautiful Salon and Day Spa opened its doors to the public, giving the doting aunt a chance to share her “Aunt Bee” persona with the community.
“Fifteen years down the road I was ready for it, so I just took the plunge,” Carnes said. “I encourage anybody who has a dream to chase it because nothing is too big.”
Thanks to its full team of stylists, nail technicians, estheticians and masseuses, Bee Beautiful offers a wide range of services like hair color and cuts, unique massages like cupping, manicures, lash extensions and more. When designing her new salon, Carnes said she wanted to create a space where both her employees and their clients felt comfortable.
“Even though I wake up in the morning and think, ‘oh my gosh, this is mine,’ when I created I wanted the feel of ‘it’s not mine, it’s the girls’ that rent from me and their clients’,’ Carnes said. “I wanted a place where people can come in, feel comfortable, feel beautiful and feel like they’re being pampered.”
Self-care is an important part in women’s lives, she added, and a salon can almost feel like therapy to many.
“It’s the little things that make you feel beautiful, and those little things can help you have a better day because as women we pick ourselves apart,” she said. “A lot of my clients sit in the chair and you can see them take a weight off…it’s nice because they know it’s a safe place.
“When you have a safe place and can chat like you’re chatting with an everyday girlfriend, then I feel like that plays huge into the part of self-care.”
Carnes is ecstatic to be a new business owner in a downtown that is thriving, she said, and now that her salon is open, she wakes up excited to go to work.
“I love the downtown feel,” she said. “I wake up in the morning and I’m like, ‘I get to go to work today!’”