DBP: Why Downtown Brooklyn?
JB: I chose to come to Downtown Brooklyn for a number reasons. First, I have a personal connection with this neighborhood; I used to attend George Westinghouse High School. But also, once the landlord at 495 Flatbush saw how successful NY Beauty Suites was turning out, he offered me another location in Downtown Brooklyn. I was admittedly anxious about it at first. I mean, a small business like this in Downtown Brooklyn? Would I survive? Thankfully, because of the help we received from Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, those fears have been put to rest. We’re so grateful for all the support — getting the word about us out there on social media, attending our ribbon-cutting event, having us on the Make It in Brooklyn: Business Resilience Series webinar… you guys are amazing.
DBP: How can an independent beauty entrepreneur apply for a co-working space here at NY Beauty Suites?
JB: It’s simple: go to our website and apply and request a tour. From there, one of our team members will reach out. We have a range of services, from hair and makeup artists to waxing and styling. Or just email us at email@example.com.
DBP: Why is it so important for beauty professionals, especially women beauty professionals of color, to have access to flexible co-working spaces?
JB: It is extremely important because Black women are the ones who have made this into the billion-dollar industry it is today, so they deserve better access to professional settings, a prime location, and the resources needed to compete in the market. It’s our time now to help each other thrive in this industry that we built.