Chandali Gullick is bucking the idea that two wrongs don’t make a right.
She’s taking two negatives and trying to turn them into a positive with her new Hair Store, a beauty supply business she’s opening near Harry and Hillside next month.
Johnson worked for years in sales and customer service.
“I was really passionate about what I did.”
Then she was laid off. That’s the first “wrong.”
But Johnson says, “I just saw an opportunity … and I took it.”
She had been toying with opening a beauty supply store, in part because of disappointing customer service she’d seen elsewhere – the second negative.
“It was just kind of boggling to me,” Johnson says.
She says she’s been surprised to see customer service issues at other minority-owned businesses, especially when it comes to products for black hair, “which is a huge deal for the community.”
Johnson says she wants her store to cater to the black community in particular.
“Something that was meant for my culture, my background.”
Hair Store will serve the general public, too, with beauty supply products such as wigs and extensions.
Johnson says her own hair is a big part of her life.
“I’m known for all of my elaborate hairstyles.”
Johnson says the East and West Coasts are more known for their eccentric looks, but she pairs hairstyles with outfits and even her emotions.
The store, which will be at 3016 E. Harry, will have a June 9 grand opening and then be open for regular business on June 12.
Hair Store will have a dedicated area to showcase local stylists and other local businesses.
Customers will be Johnson’s biggest focus, she says.
“You’re not just a dollar sign when you walk into my establishment.”
Though she’s starting small with 1,300 square feet, Johnson is dreaming big.
“My ultimate goal … would be to franchise,” she says. “I would love to be able to inspire other people enough to want to own one themselves.”