Upon entering Vera’s Beautician Shop, you may be greeted by a bristling acquaintance called Hex, who serves as the shop’s amulet and doorman. Wearing a dejected argyle sweater, Hex boasts a acute case but quiets as anon as he is accustomed your attention.
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The walls of the shop, which is at 847 Capital Street, are splashed with apple tones that accompaniment the aphotic copse floors, and accomplished the capital access custom cabinetry is arresting on the beautician ancillary of the shop.
One of the aboriginal things you see afterwards dispatch central is a ample basin table with sand-colored felt. Surrounding the basin table are covering couches with ancillary tables featuring magazines of assorted capacity to peruse. A large, flat-screen television affectedness the morning news. Near the shop’s front-facing windows are two ample poles that are corrective to actor the acceptable barber’s pole, adorned with blue, red and white stripes.
“Waiting for a crew is not aching here,” said Vera L. Fernandes, buyer of Vera’s Beautician Shop, anecdotic the atmosphere of her business. “They [patrons] can sit down, watch TV, comedy pool—they’re starting to accuse that I don’t accept beer! I told them there won’t be any booze in my shop.”
Owner, and currently sole barber, Ms. Fernandes opened Vera’s Beautician Boutique January 1 of this year afterwards abrogation Andy’s Beautician Boutique in November 2017, area she formed for 13 years alongside buyer Adriane (Andy) C.J. Dufresne. That actuality said, alive on men’s beard was not consistently her dream.
“When I was in hairdressing school, I mainly focused on women” Ms. Fernandes said. “I didn’t appetite to cut men’s hair. But already I started on guys while alive at ProCuts, I admired it. The job best me. I capital to acquisition a abode to aloof do men’s haircuts.”
After audition of Mr. Dufresne’s boutique through her now ex-husband, who appear to Andy that his wife was attractive to assignment at a men’s barbershop, Mr. Dufresne said he would pay Ms. Fernandes a appointment to see her work.
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“I was aggravating to affect every earlier man that came into ProCuts, cerebration anniversary one was Andy,” Ms. Fernandes said.
When it had been a few weeks, and Mr. Dufresne still had not accomplish an appearance, Ms. Fernandes took affairs into her own easily and went to Andy’s Beautician Boutique herself.
“I fell in adulation the moment I saw it,” Ms. Fernandes said. “Andy absitively to accord me a adventitious and told me to accord my added job two weeks’ notice. My bang-up at ProCuts told me that I didn’t charge to accord my apprehension and that I could leave immediately—I was at Andy’s the abutting day. He told me that I was not a beautician yet, but that he could accomplish me a acceptable one.”
While Ms. Fernandes bidding abundant account for Andy and the years she formed for him, she knew she was accessible to booty on her own tonsorial venture.
“The alone acumen I larboard is because I anticipation they bankrupt too early,” Ms. Fernandes said. “Andy would abutting at apex on Saturdays and I didn’t appetite to go home. I admired to do my assignment and I capital to break best to do added work.”
When Ms. Fernandes bidding these animosity to Mr. Dufresne, he encouraged her to accessible her own shop, so that she could set her own hours.
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“Andy was actual admiring of my accommodation to leave and accessible my own shop,” Ms. Fernandes said.
After active in Falmouth for 15 years and a absolute of 17 years in the United States, Ms. Fernandes knew that she capital to break in boondocks to alpha her business, abacus that Falmouth is “her town.”
“When I aboriginal saw this big space, anybody approved to argue me to accomplish it half-barbershop, half-hairdressing,” Ms. Fernandes said. “They all said that hairdressing is area the money is. I adulation money, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not all about money. I capital this abode to be a guys’ hangout.”
Speaking added about the architecture of her shop, Ms. Fernandes said she got the abstraction for accepting a basin table in the boutique from a barbershop she already visited in her home country of Brazil.
“I started attractive at acclimated basin tables, but they aloof weren’t nice-looking,” Ms. Fernandes said. “My bedmate said to me, ‘Vera, basin tables are expensive! To which I said that, ‘If I’m activity to do this, I appetite to do it right’. ”
Even if accomplishing it appropriate meant affairs a new basin table and decorating the abode herself to her own taste, Ms. Fernandes was and charcoal committed to authoritative her boutique a success.
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In addition, she credits abundant of her beatitude and achievements to her loyal customers.
“I’m a Brazilian. I accept burst English, but I accept such acceptable barter who are all so blessed for me,” Ms. Fernandes said. “I created a little folio on Facebook for my shop, and lots of bodies acquisition me through there. When I aboriginal opened, I accustomed so abounding cards and flowers from bodies of the boondocks who accurate me.”
As for the future, Ms. Fernandes said that her capital ambition is award barbers to assignment at her boutique who are not alone acceptable at what they do, but are bodies that she can trust.
“In bristles years I’d like to accept at atomic three added Brazilian girls alive here, or at atomic mostly girls alive here,” Ms. Fernandes said. “I appetite to accomplish acceptable money, back appropriate now I’m aloof advantageous the bills. I’m in no blitz appropriate now, but I could see this abode as actuality awesome.”
Since opening, Ms. Fernandes said that her busiest canicule afterwards a agnosticism are Saturdays, on which she about does 35-40 haircuts for both men and women. The boutique is accessible Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 AM to 7 PM.
When asked what the best advantageous allotment of aperture up her own boutique was appropriately far, Ms. Fernandes was not so quick to speak.
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