Morningside Merchants – Hairstyles by Lisa

Morningside Merchants

In this new series, MACC interviews one of our business sponsors to find out what Morningside looks like through the eyes of an entrepreneur. This month we talked to Lisa, who recently celebrated Hairstyles by Lisa’s 30th anniversary in Morningside.

Name: Lisa
Business: Hairstyles by Lisa
Established: January 4, 1984

Why did you choose to open a business in Morningside? How did you get started?

I chose to open a business in Morningside because I was born and raised here. When my business was established, I was 19 and too young to get a loan, so my father co-signed for me.

What do you enjoy most about running your business? What makes your business special?

I have been very blessed to have survived for this many years here. I credit my success to all my clients who have stuck with me through thick and thin. I would not have survived without them. Also, it has taken a lot of hard work. It has not been easy. I have enjoyed running a business, but the best part has been the close relationships I have developed with my clients. That’s what makes my business so special.

What has been your biggest challenge with running a business in Morningside?

The biggest challenges I face are trying to keep a small business going, between the economy and challenging times. It’s harder now than ever before because of the rising costs of overhead and the larger businesses taking over the smaller ones. I hope to stick around a while because I love what I do, and I love the neighborhood.