WHEN Nikki Leigh Mitchell was refused permission by the council to turn the garage of her family home into a nail and beauty salon, she didn’t let the knockback deter her.
Instead. Nikki, 25, recently moved into an empty upstairs room at KME Hair on Thurnham Street in Lancaster – and business is booming.
Nikki has industry qualifications and previously worked at Julie Claire in her home village of Galgate.
She offers a variety of treatments, ranging from neck, shoulder and back massages to manicures.
The upstairs salon includes rooms for treatments and tanning, with a nail bar in the corner.
Nikki is a BABTAC (British Association Of Beauty Therapy And Cosmetology) endorsed technician, meaning all of her treatments are covered by insurance.
Of her newest employee, KME owner and senior stylist, Kim Entwistle, said: “Nikki is a confident young woman who is committed to giving her clients the best treatments she can.
“She is motivated, very good at her job and her prices are very reasonable”.
Nikki said Kim and her staff had been “very welcoming and constantly supportive”.
She added that she was gaining more and more custom on a regular basis thanks to recommendations from both her employers and current clients.
“Being upstairs means I can’t be downstairs and advertising myself and my services,” she said .
“But Kim and Jamie are always promoting me, recommending me and that’s made a huge difference”.
Nikki plans to stay and grow her business for the forseeable future.
“I like the idea of keeping things small and personal,” she said. “I have satisfied clients, a great employer and I am happy.”
The salon is open from Tuesday to Saturday and appointments are not always necessary.