How important is your hair stylist to you? In our case, she's VERY important! Shared by Melissa and Cassie, Amy Franco, is not only an an amazing stylist and colorist, a cool AF chick, but a bad ass business owner and mama! After working in many salons, Amy is co-owner of the popular and hard-to-get-in-for-an-appointment salon, 6th Borough Salon on Church Square Park.
As a salon owner, your busiest hours are nights and weekends. That means more time away from your family, right? How do you balance the work/mom life with such a busy schedule?
It’s definitely difficult. I try and spend as much time in the mornings, days off, and the occasional nights I get home early, with my family. It took some getting used to in the beginning, but now we have a system. Also, support! I can not stress support enough! Without my mom, my husband, and my business partner, I would not be able to have a balance. So, thank you to all who make it possible!
We know that we are around the same age, so we have seen many of the same hair styles come and go. The Rachel, anyone? What is the worst hairstyle you ever had?
Ooo man, I feel like I’m sporting one now! Ha! Just Kidding!
Honestly, I’ve had sooo many bad hairstyles that it’s hard to pinpoint just one! I’d say it would be a toss-up between my pixie turned mushroom or the grow out of it which equaled a mullet.
We aren’t sure why stylists are so therapeutic, but we're sure that people really tell you some crazy stuff during their appointments. What is the weirdest story someone ever told you? (If it was from either of us, please disregard this question.)
Doctor-Patient Confidentiality! Ha! I plead the 5th.
You are a born and raised Hobokenite. A rare breed, really! What do you wish people knew about growing up in Hoboken?
Being third generation Hoboken, as well as many of my friends, we have a certain pride about ourselves. We honestly LOVE this town and try to hold its reputation up high. I love the new and old Hoboken, but old Hoboken was VERY different. I guess what I miss most is the small town feel. It wasn’t as populated as it is now, so everyone knew everyone and looked out for each other and one another's children. We hung out on street corners and walked everywhere. Our parents were not our chauffeurs, so that meant public transportation or praying someone turned 17 fast. There were fish markets, butcher shops, fruit stands, video game shops (Mr.Biggs), and candy stores. I do miss it from time to time, but I’m also glad the city has grown into such a well-rounded and safe community. It was definitely a rough neighborhood back in my parents' days!
When you do finally get a night out with your hubs, where are your favorite local date night spots?
Dino and Harry’s is always a favorite...the porterhouse for 2! Grand vin is SUPER convenient for us being right across the street from our apartment and their drink menu and atmosphere are top notch.
What is the best business advice anyone ever gave you? How about the worst?
The best business advice would be to just do it! You're never going to be 100% ready for anything. You just have to go for it. Also, treat your employees how you would want to be treated. I always try to keep myself grounded and fair.
As far as bad advice goes, I either didn’t receive any or tuned it out! All positive vibes here!
What is your funniest mom-fail moment?
Wow, that is a LONG list, ha! I feel like at least once a day Casey will do or say something that makes me cringe and look around in the hopes that no one heard or saw. I’m extremely forgetful with dates and projects, so I basically wake up that morning in a panic because I just read on the calendar that Casey has a project due that day. The project was to teach them to count to 100, therefore we had to collect 100 items and make a project, after numerous attempts and fails while fighting the clock, we showed up with 100 pennies glued to construction paper, half of which fell off on our way to school. You should have seen the other children’s projects... can’t win 'em all!
What is your favorite thing about raising a family in Hoboken?
I love how Hoboken has so many community activities, art in the park, movies under the stars, yoga in the park, concerts, etc. I also love how many sports programs there are. The city really does a great job of providing families with so many options to get out and enjoy the town. I also feel like I had such an amazing childhood growing up here and I want the same experience for my child.
How does motherhood inspire you in business.
I guess just pushing myself to always be better for my son and family. The worst feeling for me would be feeling like I didn’t do enough as a parent, so that pushes me each day to work hard, set a good example, and Instill a good work ethic for my son.
A day in the life of Amy....go!
7:00 AM- Wake up call from the boss (Casey). We hang out, have breakfast, and get ready for school drop off at 8:30 AM.
Then, I have some down time to do errands, get some work done, (social media, emails) tidy up, and get ready for work.
1:00 PM to 9:00 PM- Salon time working on clients and hoping I have time to shove a slice of pizza down my throat at some point. (Stylists do not get lunch breaks)
Get in some time after 9:00 PM, put Casey to bed if he’s still awake, if not ,tidy up .. again... get Casey’s stuff ready for the next day of school, pour myself a glass of wine, watch REALLY BAD reality TV , sleep, and repeat.
Wow, I sound super lame on paper!
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