Femme Friday: Lauren Gish
Have you ever met someone that just embodies cool to you? That's Lauren Gish. She is effortlessly funny, bursting with brilliance and truly beautiful from the inside out. Of course she lives in Nashville, in the hippest part of town and runs a dreamy salon in the neighborhood. She goes about life with love and an innate fierceness that is contagious. Clearly Lauren is a #sbaw worth celebrating!
Within the walls of her salon, Fruition, there is a culture of simplicity + peace. Down to every detail the experience at Fruition is just that; an experience worth having. From the initial greeting you receive, to taking in the clean, bright decor that's speckled with flowing plants and (my favorite part) the subtle but indulgent scent of what every salon should smell like is each a little piece of the wonderful culture this salon has created. They carry ethical and high quality lines of products and this resonates throughout your experience. While you wait take a seat at the community table to sip on a coffee or tea, do some work or just relax with company. So if you live or travel to Nashville, here is where you plan your next salon visit.
1. Can you give a little intro to who you are + a little about Fruition?
I am a 30 year old Married Mom of 2 who landed in Nashville, TN after being born and raised in Chicago. Fruition is a salon thats celebrating its 14th year in Nashville this year. It has a longer history in the city than I do!
2. Have you always wanted to own your own business?
The short answer is YES. I have always had my hands in something and knew one day it would lead to me owning my own business. Even as a kid I would play "shop owner"
3. How do you find balance between running a business and being a wife/mom at home?
This is a loaded question. As my kids (6 & 4 ) have grown what balance has looked like changes with each stage. I was part time and then full time.
When my son was a baby I remember being in tears talking with a mentor of mine. I said "how do I clean my house? Shop? Spend quality time?!"
And she said "you hire help. No one does it alone"
So I did some math and found the room. Asked the sitter to help with laundry and dishes, had someone start deep cleaning 2 times a month. So my time with my kids wasn't me doing laundry and feeling guilty.
4. Who inspires you as a woman, a hairstylist, a mom ?
As a woman- Brene Brown is one of many women that I always follow, read on, listen to. Her research on relationships and vulnerability has impacted me HUGE! Sheryl Sandberg because ... Lean In, duh. And Shauna Niequist's books and talks.
As a hairstylist- Davines. I have worked with this line for 9 years and the way they treat hair like art and use the company to help sustain farms, to the excellence of service have continued to inspire me.
As a mother - I have a few women in my life that are 20+ years ahead of me that I can bounce things off of, that tell me to calm down, that have way more wisdom than I do that help keep me together.
5. Can you give some advice to those who are wanting to take a leap into their dream career but haven't yet for one reason or another?
Write it down! Write down what you think inhibits you. Write down all of your excuses.
Then ask yourself this--- are these things worth NOT ever doing this? When this season of my life is over will I regret letting these things stop me?
You are stronger than you think and you are!
6. How do you create such a positive and beautiful ambience for your guests to come to and your stylists to work in?
Aww thank you! That's such a kind compliment. I want people to feel like they're a guest in my home. This is something that my business partner, Heather, and I have discussed in great detail. From the gluten free cookies, to beverage choices, paint colors, oils diffusing, and cleanliness all play apart in making people feel comfortable and relaxed.
7. It seems you often have classes + educators come into the salon to teach. How does this impact the salon?
I have an education background and struggled to find good continuing education in TN. It's not required by the state here to be a licensed stylist. We've had to go out and find it. For us and our stylists it helps us keep our brains engaged, to offer an on trend choice for our guests and remind us that we aren't "just a hairstylist" We are professionals that deserve to get the highest level of education available to further our careers.
8. What dreams or goals do you have for the future of Fruition?
I would love for us to expand while keeping the quality of experience at every space we are in. Becoming a haven for stylists as well as clients.
Address: 2700 B. Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212