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Meet Abby Kieffer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Abby Kieffer. 

Hi Abby, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My lash career started about 7 years ago when I was hired at a brand-new lash studio in South Tampa. I barely knew how to hold my tweezers, let alone lash all 150 lashes per eye! With tons of practice and lots of patience, I fell in love with the skill and so did all my clients. I exclusively worked at the one lash studio, until I met my boyfriend in 2018. While dating him, I met a lot of women who lived in north Tampa and fawned over the fact I did lashes but were not excited for the drive south. Luckily, one of my former lash coworkers had recently opened a lash studio in north Tampa and welcomed me with open arms to join her team. For about a year, I worked 5 days a week in south Tampa, 2 days a week in north and after-hours would take my close friends at my house. It got to a point in my lash career that I couldn’t physically work any more hours but I knew I deserved more. August 2019, I decided to go out on my own and open my own lash studio. Despite being a one-woman show and a global pandemic, I have never been busier, my books have never been more full and I have never been more proud of myself. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Nothing good comes easy! And opening my own business was no different. My buildings original opening date was supposed to be June of 2019, but with construction delays, add 2 months. I also had to resign to my employer at the time, and that was an extremely uncomfortable conversation. I still struggle with maintaining a healthy work-life balance and sometimes it’s hard to say “no” to squeezing in last-minute clients. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I exclusively specialize in lashes. I offer lash extension and lash lift services. When I was opening my business, I remember my dad telling me I should consider adding facials to my menu of services just in case lashing does fill my day. And now I am booked months out and not currently accepting new clients! I am most proud of doing this all on my own. I am by no means a businesswoman, but somehow, I have faked it along the way and it somehow has worked out for me. I think my ability to connect to my clients and treat them like a friend sets me apart. I value and respect each of my relationships with my clients. 

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
To have and contribute to a savings account, because you never know when there will be a global pandemic and you will be unable to work for 2 months! Also, to try and enjoy where you are in life, despite the circumstances. I look back on my 8 weeks and I wish I could have told myself to relax and enjoy the “pause”. Even now, when I am feeling overwhelmed, I try to stay present and grateful. I also learned that woman love to feel and look their best. Almost immediately after I opened my online booking, I was fully booked with eager clients wanting their lashes back! 

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