We had the good fortune of connecting with Bee Bethea and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Bee, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
This is a great question, and I like to answer this question because when I started my business I was in a low place. I think traditionally, we’d like to be in a stable and steady place where we feel like we can take the risk and if it doesn’t work, we can handle the fall. But personally, I had already fallen, to a low place. My spirits were low, mentally I was broken, physically I was in the worst shape of my life, I wasn’t eating, nutritionally deficient. It was bad. I was a new mom, battling through post-partum, a separation and break up, verbal and physical abuse. I had become numb, but it was because of this “numbness” that I decided to start my business because if I couldn’t feel pain, I couldn’t feel fear. I had no fear. Those questions you ask yourself that most likely prevent you from taking that risk, I no longer asked myself and I decided to jump! I had nothing to lose and in the process of creating the brand, I found myself again.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Here at West Coast Lash we provide eyelash extension services and education. Our clients experience a clean, calm, relaxing environment with soothing music, aromatherapy and a recliner designed with their comfort in mind. Our students receive a comprehensive and hands-on training that is thorough and complete with a starter-kit that will help them jump-start their careers as lash artists and much more. I am proud of where I started and how far the brand has come. I am always thinking of ways to enhance the client experience and truly care about the services that are provided. I am a person who focuses on good energy and positivity and I’d like to think my clients get to absorb that during our interactions.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well this is fun! I am a lover of new experiences, foods and anything that exercises our brains, bodies and spirit. I’d start our trip with a good hike at Yosemite or a Bridge to Nowhere. I’ve never actually been and would like to try to hike at either place. I’d then find a nice healthy brunch for us, I’m really craving Tocaya or Gracias Madre or maybe similar restaurants. I am lover of vibes so finding a nice vibe with music and mimosas would be on the list! Next, finding a roller skating rink would be on my fun list of things to do. It’s been a long time and I’m not sure my friends believe I use to actually skate, so I would need the chance to prove my skills haha. I’d also like to experience a Sound bath with my girls so I’d look for one happening during this trip. Exploring a farmers market, searching for fresh local products and crystals would be awesome as well.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
By the grace of God, I have had a community surrounding me that have contributed to my growth and success, primarily my forever supportive family (mom, dad, brothers and sisters) who’ve celebrated every one of my victories big and small. My best friends Raquel, Brittany, Taylor, Tonice, Giselle, my soul sister Gabrielle and so many others who had to listen to my stories, my sobs and sorrows and find ways to heal me and pour into me. Jonica, a beautiful and caring soul who made me feel beautiful and worthy again. My son, who gave me reason everyday to get up and just do it and his father, Tuo who both loved and hurt me because without that pain, I’d probably still be comfortably working in that office.

Website: West Coast Lash, LLC has invited you to book your next appointment on their booking site. https://squareup.com/appointments/book/5SS1T9WFWY503
Instagram: I’m on Instagram as westcoast_lash. Install the app to follow my photos and videos. https://www.instagram.com/invites/contact/?i=1kkgxszx4lcyq&utm_content=3s3eu4m
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