Hello all! This post will be featuring Jessica Walker. She is the owner of the J. Walker Salon Group and if you haven’t already, give that name a click and learn about her salon locations and where to find them!
Before becoming the owner of J. Walker Salons, Jessica graduated highschool from Bernards High School in Bernardsville, New Jersey. From there she went to cosmetology school at CAPRI Institute and at the age of 19 Jessica opened her first salon. I know we are only a few sentences into the article but I do want to highlight what an achievement it is to be able to start a successful business at such a young age. I feel it is important to highlight because so many kids are told, “go to school first”, “get a job first”, but Jessica started at 19 and the salon has been open for over 20 years! Let that be an example to never hold back and always go after what makes you happy.
Over the past 2 decades J. Walker has grown into 3 different areas with 4 separate establishments (for more details on that check out the J. Walker Salon Group Article). She hopes that in the next ten years she will have 100 different locations, as well as hair products of her own! So make sure to be on the lookout for J. Walker products in the upcoming years!
When asked about her greatest achievement she attributed it to her 5 kids (doesn’t she look amazing!) as well as being able to keep the business alive and continue to grow it. She also spoke about how both are such great accomplishments because it takes a great deal of balance to be able to do both successfully. I think she deserves a round of applause for her dedication and determination, am I right?
Throughout our conversation we also spoke about some of the struggles she has had to overcome throughout her life. The first thing she mentioned was learning how to navigate relationships. At first I was taken aback because I have never received an answer like that, but I had also never thought about how much relationships can impact your journey. Throughout our lives we meet and make relationships with so many people and each one of those relationships have some kind impact on us; negative or positive. From talking with Jessica and doing my own self reflection, I think it is so important to be cautious about who you allow into your space, as well as how you handle those bonds. No matter the outcome, if you want a relationship to benefit you, you must treat it with care and learn that no one person is this same. I could honestly go on for hours about the importance of learning the ins and outs of relationships, but we should get back Jessica!
Another difficulty she is currently facing now is how this pandemic has affected her business. We spoke how when we come out on the other side of this shutdown, she will definitely be a different person business wise. Jessica was closed for the better portion of 3 months, closing her doors in March and just reopening them towards the end of June. She mentioned how we are trekking through uncharted territory and many people will change once this situation is handled and I couldn’t agree more. Anytime a person encounters something new, once they overcome it they will have learned something about themselves, a friend, or society. I’m sure these times have been rough for many, but try to keep in mind that one day you will look back on this time and reflect about a key lesson you learned.
She gives a big shout out to her parents for always supporting throughout life, as well as in her endeavors with her business. She also gives her thanks to Chris, Stacey, and her sister Julie for all their help and support too!
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