Working with her mother, Joanne Powers, as co-owner of Shear Art Salon & Spa, Heather Bagby doesn’t need to send flowers across the country for Mother’s Day. Bagby said she is reminded each day of how her mom has had a positive impact on her life on a personal and professional level.
While there are plenty of father/son businesses, it’s not as typical for mothers to partner with their daughters in the business world.
“I think I am extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to enjoy my mother’s unconditional love and benefit from her business acumen,” said Bagby.
The duo operates one salon in Carrollwood and another in South Tampa.
“She always told me that I could do anything if I was willing to earn it. I was blessed as a child with many wonderful things, but I am truly grateful that she taught me to respect and appreciate work.”
With Mother’s Day around the corner, Bagby reflected on the success they built together. Shear Art Salon & Spa was recently named one of the top 200 salons nationwide by “Salon Today” magazine.
The two have been working together for 11 years, although Powers established the first salon in Carrollwood in 1986. They opened Shear Art Salon South in South Tampa last fall.
“My mother taught me to be simultaneously gracious and tough,” Bagby said. “I learned that you can lead people by providing them the opportunities to do their best work, and to measure the value of that experience by allowing them to earn it for themselves. Those gracious conversations require a great deal of patience and strength. It’s a powerful combination — people actually listen. In our world, everyone gets their say, but not everyone gets their way. It works for us.”
The mother and daughter live in Carrollwood Village. They employ more than 50 stylists, nail and skin-care technicians, hair replacement/extension specialists and massage therapists.
In addition to being proud of their success as business owners, Powers said she is also a proud parent.
“As a parent, your ultimate dream is to see your children become successful,” she said. “What I didn’t know, as my business partner, we would develop another chapter of our relationship through collaborating ideas and decision-making. My daughter teaches everyone around her the importance of articulation, education and presence. When she walks into a meeting, she raises the bar of professionalism. By example, she has taught me to control the meeting with style but maintain the grace. It doesn’t get better than this for a parent.”
Powers said their biggest challenge is separating work from family life. She believes their relationship has grown due to mutual respect and shared goals.
“We stay very conscious and have a rule to be 100 percent present in each environment,” she said. “If we are having family night, we want to be 100 percent present and enjoy those moments. In the work environment, we are 100 percent present and stay focused on work issues and celebrations. We aren’t always perfect at staying 100 percent present, but we give that thought process a lot of credence.”
For more information on Shear Art Salon South, 4002 S. MacDill Ave., and Shear Art North, 13124 N. Dale Mabry Highway, call (813) 968-4836.