Beauty Connection

Beauty Connection owner Karen Marshall gets a manicure from Dianne Ybarra. Marshall’s business has lasted 25 years in Lompoc.

Name: Karen Marshall

Business: Beauty Connection

Location: 1512 North H St., Lompoc

Phone: 737-9977

Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday,

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

What products and services do you offer?

I offer hair care including haircut, shampoo, set and style, perm, hair color, highlights. We offer nail care including spa pedicure, manicure, and spa manicure. We also offer facials, nail care, spa body treatments and massage, electrolysis, and permanent makeup.

Who are your customers?

Customers are mostly local, whole families — men, women, children — primarily from Lompoc.

How many people do you employ?

I employ 20 people.

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How long have you been in business?

The Beauty Connection has been in business for 25 years.

How did you get into this business?

I grew up in Lindsay, Calif., in the Central Valley. I was going to be a schoolteacher. I took college prep and stuff. Then I won this contest. It was for Olive Queen, Lindsay Ripe Olives. The first prize was a full scholarship to beauty college. That more or less set my path. I've been in business for myself since I was 23. I started very much on a shoestring. I never did get a small business loan. When I started my business in Lompoc 25 years ago, I took out a home equity loan.

What do you like most about owning your own business?

It's the challenge. I'm a type A. And I love people. I like to be around people.

What do you find most challenging about owning this business?

Most challenging is surviving in business in Lompoc for 25 years.

What do you do in your spare time?

I like to travel. We have been to Hawaii, Alaska. We plan a trip coast-to-coast. I enjoy seeing my kids.

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