Our Neighbourhood Feature aims to highlight successful business owners in Yaletown. This is your chance to meet the people behind the business and get to know their story.
This weeks featured member is Jon Paul Holt, owner Avantgarde Hair Salon.
Name: Jon Paul Holt
Company: Avantgarde Hair Salon
Year started: 1984
Why did you start your business in Yaletown?
My first Avantgarde Salon was opened in 1984 uptown on Georgia Street, but in 1991 I felt that Yaletown was a place for the future and opened our second salon here on Mainland Street. I always knew that Yaletown would grow into the huge success that it has become. We purchased property here and grew our business into what it has become today. We are proud to have been one of the earliest companies to foresee our future in Yaletown, which has become the foremost and progressive part of Vancouver.
What is your favourite part of your job?
My staff. My clients. Having fun everyday. As a salon we strive to get better and to improve our service reputation. My role is to train my young staff to have the same values that have brought our company recognition as one of the top salons here in Vancouver and in Canada. Longevity of quality and service is what makes a successful company. We have striven to be one of those companies for over 35 years now.
Complete the following sentence:
“What really makes us unique is…”
Recognizing that we are actually in the ‘service business’ and focused on giving a world class experience to each and every one of our clients. We travel the world for competitions and hair shows to maintain the newest innovations in hair and styling so that our clients will receive the latest in looks and techniques from around the world.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about opening their own business?
First of all…I’d say “Are you mad?!” But then make sure you have a vision of what you wish to acheive. Stay true to your goals. Above all, “ask for help” from any other professional that has already enjoyed success. Their knowledge is invaluable, so listen to them!