Author: Kyle Francis, BSU student
Are you in need of a local haircut? Do you like having the feeling of being comfortable and safe with your time inside a salon? Copper Rose Studio has all that and even more to make your experience an unforgettable one. I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with business owner and lead stylist Elaine Dalton, a local creator who shared with me her biggest challenges and inspirations while turning her dream job into reality. Elaine was born, raised, and currently resides in Dedham, she started working with her passion for hair almost seven years ago which taught her the flexibility of her skills. Not only has she built her clientele through previous salons but has also done a variety of home appointments and weddings as well! In July of this year, faced in the midst of a pandemic, Elaine decided to open the doors to Copper Rose Studio located in Canton, MA offering her clients coloring and hair styling services.
As the owner and sole stylist, she has found herself in the unique situation she worked so hard for. Not only does she have control of how well the shop is run, she also makes sure each haircut is everything desired as her customer consultations are specific and clear. Her desire to be her own boss is everything she wanted and now she gets to accomplish that! Crafting her dream shop in a pandemic created unique challenges that she learned to solve, with the delays in shipping faced country wide, stocking her shop with products became more and more difficult. Not only was stocking her shop with products challenging but also finding cleansing items as the pandemic drove many to be scarce in inventory. When I asked what got her through such unique challenges she responded, “constant positive feedback and support from family, friends, and clients pushed me through each and every roadblock”. I believe Elaine has everything needed to run her business by combining her optimism and welcoming personality, I was eager to learn of her aspirations as the future approaches.
Elaine is very excited with how things are turning out for Copper Rose; I was interested in any changes she’d make giving the chance to go back to day one. She was quick to announce that she wished she made the jump sooner! Giving her more time to prepare herself and the shop was on the top of her mind as opening day quickly approached. Not only has she helped myself and other South Shore resident to look their best, she also is advocate for the safety of animals. All of the products found in her shop are organic and never tested upon animals! The uniqueness of her shop doesn’t stop there as it only allows one client at a time which is perfect while social distancing is in effect. Her studio offers excellent parking and encourages hands free payment for each client to continue being safe and comfortable!
I was curious to see how social media played a role in her business’s success. Elaine uses both Instagram and Facebook to promote her services and she couldn’t be happier with how simple and accessible both platforms work for her. She is able to link her booking page in the bio which allows customers to locate her and pick which time works best for them. She has taken business seminars which further strengthened her social media presence and she is always finding new ways to draw an audience!
Upon reaching the end of my time with Elaine, I wanted to know her vision for the future even if was only six months to a year in advance. Her main priority going ahead is getting to know more clients and sooner rather than later receiving her master colorist certification. Her passion is always going to be supporting her clients and getting them the best results imaginable. Elaine is always excited to meet her clients and craft the style of your dreams. You deserve to be relaxed and cared for, let Elaine cater your style today!