We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Bauer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor for my business and the success of my salon has been good people. A good team, is everything. We are a very open and honest place for each other. We’re constantly asking questions, seeking advice from one another, to get better and give the client the best we have. Never stop learning, never be too good or stubborn to try something different. I feel like this has set Beck + Brix apart from other places. At the end of the day we’re a family, and I think clients feel that energy.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Where I am today, is from hustle. I think stating a company for me was both hard and easy. Once we opened I started to think of ways to increase revenue. I loved the idea of a one stop shop. I created a gift shop in my hair salon. It was a way for women to get more done in one place. Need a bridal, birthday or wedding gift? We have something for you and while you’re processing we will wrap it up too. Its worked out well, May 1st is 3 years. I would like to think that this business was always going to happen. It did probably happen faster then I expected, that was a big thanks to my friend Sommer Penny, who fed me knowledge and clients early on. On a side note, she bought her salon in Colorado, and I’ve been able to reciprocate some of the lessons I have learned. You have to have balls to own a business. Am I allowed to say that? There are so many decisions, and sometimes you just have to close your eyes and hope it works out. I remember 4 weeks before my salon was going to open, my CPA friend Hillary Franklin was like, what payroll company are you using? What structure have you set up? Are you an LLC, S-Corp? I was like, ummm… So you could say I winged it, and it worked. Bianca Ecklund Design held my hand through the build out, and I think we would have had a completely different vibe without her. What I want people to remember about Beck + Brix is how they felt there. I think it’s important especially right now to want to be where you are.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend was coming to town, I would take her to all my favorite South Bay spots. And there are so many good ones! The wine shop across the street Uncorked we would grab a bottle (or two), and probably some beers from Hermosa Brew Co for the beach. Haha. The beach is a must! Grab snacks at The Green store and sit on 22nd sand. Have lunch at the Hook and Plow, they would have my glass of wine waiting for me. Do some shopping, Gum Tree, Details, Spyder, Beach and Beverly in Hermosa Beach. We would probably then head to Manhattan Beach and finish our shopping at my favorite store The Beehive. Maybe a cocktail and app at Fishing with Dynamite. The food and shops in downtown Hermosa and Manhattan have everything for me. I am very happy to SHOP LOCAL. 🙂
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I could list so many people here! But I think ultimately, me eventually owning a salon started a long time ago. I was working at a local restaurant The Kettle and got pulled into doing a ticket service business. Ron Blanchard basically pushed me into my first salon Bob Roy after I messed up my own hair. There I met dozens of people that I could name for individually shaping me. When I worked at Wrights in Manhattan Beach I learned “If you’re not willing to do it yourself, don’t ask someone else to do it.” I hope that my girls see that, no one is too important to sweep a floor, or mop, or answer the phone. We have to be a team that supports each other. I also have to say that having a supportive husband, who is literally the best dad ever, makes everything just that much easier.