CUT­TING A NEW PATH

Busi­ness owner made fresh start af­ter job loss

Texarkana Gazette - - METRO / STATE - By Ju­nius Stone

Some­times one finds one’s path by hap­pen­stance. That is what hap­pened to Patty Lynn, owner of Beek­man Place Sa­lon. The sa­lon opened late last year, so 2019 will be the first full year for her busi­ness. She is rel­a­tively new to busi­ness own­er­ship and orig­i­nally got into cos­me­tol­ogy in­tend­ing only to cut and style. But op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented them­selves.

“I never en­ter­tained the idea of busi­ness own­er­ship be­fore,” Lynn said. “I just wanted to work, to do a job. But things hap­pened and a door opened. And now I am liv­ing the dream I didn’t even know I had.”

Lynn had worked in the health care in­dus­try un­til her em­ploy­ment with that com­pany came to an end, forc­ing her to con­sider an­other path.

“All my li­censes in that field were through that busi­ness,” she said. “I could have con­tin­ued work in my pre­vi­ous field, but it would have been start­ing all over from square one. Since I was hav­ing to do that any­way, I was open to other pos­si­bil­i­ties.”

She de­cided to stay in Texarkana for the next step, since she had lived here most of her life and her fam­ily was here.

“It just made sense to go into busi­ness here,” she said.

Af­ter it was clear she would be open­ing a cos­me­tol­ogy busi­ness, she needed to find the right staff.

“I thought my big­gest chal­lenge would be find­ing like-minded stylists,” said Lynn. “I was look­ing for hard-work­ing stylists that con­ducted them­selves like pro­fes­sion­als and had some ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Quicker than she ex­pected, that team came to­gether.

“It was far eas­ier to find my team than I thought it would be,” she said. “I’m blessed with a drama-free crew of pro­fes­sion­ally minded stylists.” She even has room for one more. “For this po­si­tion, since I have an ex­pe­ri­enced team, I would con­sider a new stylist who could ben­e­fit from learn­ing from this team. If they came with the right at­ti­tude, we have a good out­fit to teach them the trade.”

As to what makes Beek­man Place Sa­lon unique, she offers the range of styles, high­lights, perms, col­ors and other of­fer­ings one would ex­pect from a pro­fes­sional sa­lon. But there is more to mak­ing a sa­lon stand out.

“I and my girls spend a lot of time here, so we didn’t want it to come across as a hair sa­lon,” she said. “We wanted the place to be com­fort­able for both us and the cus­tomers. The way we dec­o­rated it, the way it smells and so forth. It is de­signed to re­lax you, to put you at ease.”

Beek­man Place Sa­lon takes ap­point­ments from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tues­day through Fri­day as well as 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur­day. It is lo­cated at 4064 Sum­mer­hill Square and can be reached at 903-244-8559.

“I am liv­ing the dream I didn’t even know I had.”

Lynn, owner of Beek­man Place Sa­lon “—Patty

Staff photo by Hunt Mercier

■ Patty Lynn, owner of Beek­man Place Sa­lon, poses for a por­trait Fri­day at her sta­tion in the sa­lon in Texarkana, Texas. The busi­ness is lo­cated at 4064 Sum­mer­hill Square.

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