The Parlor presents phenomenal beauty services
LaPorte County is home to several impressive small businesses. One of those that deserves to be highlighted is The Parlor. Located in Michigan City, Indiana on 7654 E US HWY 20 in Michigan City, Indiana, The Parlor offers a welcoming and inviting atmosphere to meet one’s beauty needs.
At age 23, owner Lauren Silcox founded The Parlor with slight reservations but heaps of encouragement from her father. She was at a crossroads in her life and faced two difficult choices: go back to school and finish her degree or open her own business. She decided to take the risky route and go with the latter.
“I remember my dad always urging me to open my own salon. He would talk about it quite a bit, and I thought I was too young to take on such a venture. After leaving the salon that I had worked at previously, I felt like I had two options: go back to school and finish my degree or take a leap of faith and see if I could be successful running my own business. At 23, I did just that, and I’ve never regretted it, and I have never looked back,” Silcox said.
The Parlor offers a wide range of services that are available for anyone: women, men, and even children. Facial waxing, chemical services for color and hair treatments, are some of the services offered. She also provides in salon or onsite wedding services. Just recently, Silcox opened a new Lash Lounge in the business plaza next to the salon. Services offered at the Lash Lounge include eyelash lift and tints as well as extensions.
Everyone employed at The Parlor strives to create a welcoming environment where everyone enjoys the time spent there. They want guests to know that the salon should be a comforting, relaxing place where they can enjoy themselves before leaving feeling beautiful or handsome.
Silcox has vast goals for the future of The Parlor. She and the other employees hope to expand their services with skincare and eyebrow techniques. They want to keep up to date with current trends and styles and make it clear to clients that they are important to them.
Although the coronavirus has brought challenges to The Parlor, they are persevering through. In the beginning of the pandemic, the salon was closed for eight weeks.
“In this industry, there isn’t a way to make that money back from being closed. Once the day is over that money is lost much like restaurants among other lines of business,” Silcox said.
Despite these hardships, Silcox and the workers at the salon are remaining positive and looking to the future. They have found that members of the community have been more inclined to support small businesses during COVID, especially after having gone without professional haircuts and beauty services for so long.
“All in all, it was a growing year, and we were more than willing to roll with the changes. We are all happy to be back, and sometimes it’s so good to be thrown off routine so we have the chance to regroup and make positive changes,” Silcox said.
The Parlor is open Tuesday through Saturday. The hours for Tuesday-Thursday are 8-8, 8-6 on Friday, and 8-3 on Saturday. The beauticians and hairdressers are flexible and accommodating to others’ schedules.