She Said, She Said

Cathy Kimpton and Michelle Yianakopolos

Salon: Merlin’s Ultimate Images (Sweet Chic Hands & Feet), Manchester, N.H.

Relationship: owner/hairstylist and booth renter/nail tech

Years Worked Together: 1

Years Known Each Other: 1

“I love going to work! That says a lot about a place,” says Michelle, who spent 22 years working in the corporate world before becoming a nail tech. “It’s nice when you wake up in the morning with no stress about the day ahead. Cathy (who took ownership of Merlin’s in January 2009) is a blast to work with. I miss her when she’s out on Mondays and Fridays! She is super supportive of everyone and knows the right balance of being it all.”


Michelle guesses what Cathy would say: (Cathy's answers are in parenthesis.)
Cathy guesses what Michelle would say: (Michelle's answers are in parenthesis.)
Favorite service to perform? Hair color. (Color.)
Minx. (Minx manicure.)
Least favorite service? Updos. (Updos.)
Acrylic nails. (Acrylic nails.)
Is she a morning person? No, although she does have to get up for her young son. (Oh, yes.)
No. (No, if I have to schedule my first appointment before 10 a.m. I'm grumpy.)
Does she take a lunch break? Once in a while. (If I can.)
If she can. (Once in a while.)
How does she relax? Read. (At home with my family.)
With family. (Read.)
Greatest professional accomplishment? Purchasing/owning Merlin's Ultimate Images. (Buying this salon and making it work.)
Going out on her own. (Leaving my job in a spa as an employee and renting successfully in this economy.)
Biggest extravagance? Changing to a new color line this year, and/or various money spent on upgrades at Merlin's. (My rug and granite coffee station for the waiting area.)
"Wanna go outside?" ("Oh my God! No way!")
What does she scrimp on the most? Bathroom supplies. (Paper towels.)
Nothing. (Truthfully, I don't scrimp on my supplies, nothing but the best for my clients!)
Best part of job? Working with clientele. (The money.)
The friends. (Working with clientele.)
What's her number-one priority? Her son, her marriage, Merlin's. (My family.) Her family. (My marriage, my kids, my family.)
What is she wearing on her fingers right now? Wedding ring. (Nothing.)
Minx. (No rings... Minx on ring fingers, sparkly black polish on pinkies.)
What best describes the atmosphere in the salon?
"Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper. ("Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper.) "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper. ("Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper.)

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