Women owned businesses
Maryola’s Hair Studio
517 Pawling Avenue, Troy
Owner: Maryola Nealon
Describe your business: We are a unisex hair and nail salon located in an inviting and cozy space in Troy. The friendly atmosphere is a place to come and relax while enjoying refreshments. We offer many services and we use top products such as Redken, Wella, Chi, Biomega & Moroccan Oil.
How long have you been in business? I’ve been self-employed for 12 years. It was a dream of mine to have a salon, so I recently took over the salon in May 2012.
What do you think is the most important characteristic for being a successful woman entrepreneur? A positive outlook and a healthy attitude.
What is the most important piece of advice you were given before starting your business? To be true to yourself and always put your patrons first.
What do you want people to know about your business? We strive to accommodate everyone to the best of our ability at all times. I work very hard to be able to offer very affordable services.
What is the last movie you saw? “Tranawennie.”
What is your guilty pleasure? Shopping, vacationing and chocolate.
Hours: Closed Mondays; Tuesday 9am-6pm; Wednesday 9am-6pm; Thursday 9am-8pm; Friday 9am-6pm; Saturday 8am-4pm.
Oliva! Gourmet Olive Oils & Vinegars
22 Clifton Country Road, Suite 140, Clifton Park
371.EVOO (3866); www.olivaevoo.com
Owner: Kathleen Connolly
Describe your business: Oliva! Gourmet Olive Oil & Vinegars offers a unique shopping experience where you can enjoy sampling some of the finest, freshest, extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars available anywhere. We import in bulk directly to our store, where the oils and vinegars are stored in stainless steel Italian Fustis to preserve their just-pressed freshness, and then bottled daily on the premises.
How long have you been in business? Three months.
What do you think is the most important characteristic for being a successful woman entrepreneur? It is very important, whether male or female, to be able to delegate to your team. Although this is a very broad generalization, many women tend to be the “doers” and don’t delegate. In the early stages of this business, I found myself overwhelmed with the day-to-day tasks that I would just do, instead of turning over to others who were just as capable. For the business to succeed and grow it was important to train the staff and delegate.
What is the most important piece of advice you were given before starting your business? Find employees who added skills that I did not have, as opposed to hiring those like you, which tends to be human nature. For example, I have never worked in a retail store, so prior to opening, I spent a lot of time networking with the store owners around me and I looked for people who were more familiar with a retail environment.
What do you want people to know about your business? Our goal is to provide a fun and relaxing environment to shop in. Since customers often find it overwhelming to walk into a store filled with about 50 oils and vinegars to choose from, our team is there to help simplify the choices, whether they are buying a gift or looking for something new to spice up their meals.
What is the last movie you saw? “Rise of the Guardians” with my 11-year-old.
Hours: Open daily.