Jessyca Creasy-Hurter’s “Aha!” moment came disguised as a bad haircut on a rambunctious little boy.
She was sitting in her boutique, The Funky Monkey, when a distraught customer complained that her son (who had just gotten a terrible haircut) “looked like a ninja” and had been blackballed from just about every salon in town. Jessyca took her own girls to Nashville on a regular basis for hair cuts and fun spa days. “Why don’t I create a space right here in North Alabama to offer our community the same experiences my children and I already enjoy? It was then the idea of Spoiled Rockin’ Kidz was born!”
Most people thought she was insane when she talked about her new venture, but Jessyca’s imagination filled a void Huntsville was missing and added services to her existing business. After two years of working with the Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Business Center of North Alabama, and various business coaches and industry experts she finally opened her doors in Jones Valley.
Spoiled Rockin’ Kidz just celebrated it’s third official anniversary, and Jessyca took some time with us to reflect back on her successes and challenges.
Who does SRK serve exactly?
We serve children and families of all ethnicities, ages, and personalities. Our carefully created services and party packages are diverse enough to fit any budget and celebrate any unique occasion and all imaginations. Our doors are always open to children with special needs and unique circumstances, but we even have a special day every month dedicated solely to these amazing families.
What’s new at the salon lately?
Spoiled Rockin’ has recently revamped and introduced all new party packages, and we will also host a Spring Break Glam Kamp. Be looking out for some BIG BIG changes coming in the next few months. Also I’ve been chosen to represent Alabama on the World’s Styling Team for the largest kids styling party on the planet… at the Nickelodeon ‘s Kids Choice Awards in Santa Monica, CA on March 31st! We are sure to come back with some pretty awesome stuff for our little rockers.
What is the most challenging thing for you about owning a business?
Finding the perfect employee mix has been by far the most challenging thing for me as a business owner. I only want the best for my guests so my standards are extremely high when it comes to Team SRK.
What is your favorite thing about owning your own business?
Having creative control and always learning is my favorite thing. My days are never dull and our guests are the best ever. I love problem solving and enjoy always cooking up something new. One of my favorite quotes is “You were born an original, don’t die a copy!”
What entrepreneurial advice can you offer to other small business owners?
I am a huge advocate of the WBCNA (Woman’s Business Center of North Alabama, but it isn’t just for women there are tons of men involved there too) and their many training and networking workshops. They have an amazing program there called Fastrac New Venture. It’s a 10 week workshop that walks you through YOUR business (or dream business). It is eye-opening to potential business owners, brand new business owners, and even veterans in the business world. I graduated from the program 4 years ago, but am currently going through the program again in efforts to make my business even better. It is one night a week for 10 weeks straight and they only offer one course a quarter. You can find info at www.wbcna.org.
RCM fans can try out Spoiled Rockin’ Kidz for themselves – Jessyca’s giving away to one lucky reader a Happy Haircut at SRK and bottle of kid’s shampoo. Find out what all the fuss is about and enter to win!
Stephenie has worked with and around books and authors for over 12 years, both at retail booksellers and public libraries. She is a rare Huntsville native, mother of two high-energy boys, wife of one, and eerily addicted to community volunteering. When she's not being the Managing Editor for RCM she likes to stalk her favorite authors online, cook with way too much butter, and also manages to conduct freelance marketing and PR work.