25 May Jillian Davis & J Essence Beautique
15 minutes with entrepreneur Jillian Davis, owner of J Essence Beautique and Dayton native!
Ambition Magazine: Who are the visionaries of J Essence Beautique?
Jillian Davis: Jillian Davis – Owner & Master Stylist!
AM: How many people do you have working in your salon?
AM: When was J. Essence founded?
JD: August 2011
AM: What was the opening date?
JD: October 2011
AM: What inspired you to start your own business and specifically a hair salon?
JD: While working as a home health aide and constantly being on someone else’s schedule and feeling like I didn’t have my own life. Once I started doing hair I always knew that I wanted to own my own salon. I am not really a fan of going to the salon, so I wanted to create and environment for clients to come and be comfortable.
AM: What were some of the struggles during start-up?
JD: Not being able to get loans and grants to provide the financial backing for start-up. Not having financial help. Having to do things out of own pockets and having to pay for personal household, new shop and the shop and the shop that I was currently working in.
AM: What was easy?
JD: Decorating and transition into the new shop because it was mine and it was comfortable.
AM: What are you goals for the future and expansion?
JD: Would like to own my own building and not lease, in addition to expanding outside of Ohio with one or two more salons.
AM: What was fun?
JD: Interacting with clients and them trusting me and talk to me. Being able to change the salon whenever I feel like it. Being able to throw parties whenever I want to and not have to consult with anyone else.
AM: Advice for other aspiring entrepreneurs?
JD: Put your heart and soul into whatever business you are trying to start. If there is no passion behind it than the process can really drag on.
If you are in the Dayton area and want to contact Jillian feel free to hit her up at: