Kelly and James Branch are creating their own dream business – Billa's Salon Suites – to help others in Rochester do the same.
Billa's Salon Suites, with 12 hair stylist studios for rent is under construction at 2360 S. Broadway. One of the studios is set up for two stylists, so Billa’s can accommodate up to 13 renters.
They are hoping to have the suites ready for tenants by mid-March.
Kelly Branch said the idea for the project came from her husband’s goal of opening his own hair studio. He has 10 years of experience as a stylist in Rochester, and Billa is his longtime nickname.
“The stylist rents from us, but the stylist is welcome to decorate and make each studio their own,” said Branch. “It really is your salon, but within a community of other stylists. Be your own boss. Make your own hours. Make your own money.”
There are similar salon studio operations in Rochester, but they rarely have openings. The Branches see that as a market opportunity.
“We got so much support from family, friends and business connections, we thought, ‘Why not take a chance?,’”she said.
Starting from plans literally written on a napkin in April, it took a while to line up a location. Rochester Realtor Mike Haley of Braasch Commercial Real Estate helped them lock down the 2,300-square-foot space in the Broadway Commons area.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Branch.”We’re really, really excited about this.”