C & C w/ MC
Coffee and Cocktails with MC and Jessica Schwarz

Jessica Schwarz, Illuminate Salon

Like most great places, you've got to seek it out. Promise - it's worth the trip.

Conveniently located next to a coffee shop, this unassuming salon in Crownsville is worth the trip. They have their own mascot, Jessica’s beautiful dog, Dexter, that will greet you upon your arrival! That is just one of many special features that makes this salon so great. The welcoming vibe is felt immediately, AND…they do men’s hair too! Check them out the next time you need to tame your mane.

Name: Jessica Schwarz

Business Name: Illuminate Salon

Email: jessicaeschwarz@gmail.com

Website: illuminatesalonmd.com

Business Address:
1015 Generals Highway
Crownsville MD 21032

Tell Us a Little About Yourself

Application: Jessica Schwarz, Illuminate Salon

How did the idea for your business come about?
I had been a stylist for a good amount of years and decided it was time to work for myself. It was strongly suggested and supported by the cafe next to my now salon, and I’m so glad they pushed me toward this space!

Describe a typical working day for you.
I open the salon at 10:00, and so I get there a bit earlier to set up. I am usually busy all day cutting, coloring, and styling my clients. We chat most of the time I’m working on them, although some enjoy a little quiet time. I have three employees that all work well together to make the salon run smoothly.

What motivates you?
To be honest, I struggle with anxiety and depression, so motivation is hard to come by. What does do it for me is my clients that I’ve grown close to and who I love to make happy with my work on their hair. My employees also motivate me, as they deserve a great place to work and build their success.

How do you define success?
I would say, I define it as finding a job that provides a comfortable living for yourself that also makes you happy. It’s tough to find, but it’s out there!

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
I have many who inspire me, from those I know in person to those I follow online. My best friend was my mentor as a stylist for a long time, he taught me so much, and still does!

What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
Hearing how much our clients in the community love us.

In one word, characterize your life as a small business owner.

Where do you see yourself and your business in 10 years? 20 years?
I see myself still working behind the chair with my clients in 10 and 20 years, but instead of being the main earner in the salon, I will have even more successful employees than myself so that I can concentrate on growing the business better.

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