Statesboro’s initial Black-owned beauty provide shop hosts grand opening event

STATESBORO, Ga. (WSAV) — The to start with Black-owned elegance provide retail outlet to open up its doorways in Statesboro held a grand opening party on Saturday.

Business enterprise proprietor LaShayla Lanier runs Tru Hair Palace, although sister Yachi Lee operates Keona’s Kloset, a apparel boutique located upstairs.

Lanier, who also works as a rural provider with the United States Postal Services, says the plan for opening up a splendor shop of her very own came to her final June. 

“I truly considered of the plan right away,” Lanier informed NOW. “God just spoke to me and reported, ‘it’s time for a adjust,’ so I was like, ‘this is what I’m destined for, I want to do a hair shop, a Black-owned magnificence source retail outlet entire of necessities.’”

In just the 1st hour and a 50 percent of the shop’s ribbon reducing, dozens of energized customers experienced already filtered in.

Statesboro Mayor Jonathan McCollar also stopped by the retail store, located at 3 Simmons Purchasing Centre off North Principal Road, to congratulate the women of all ages on their important milestone.

Retail store workers necessary patrons to put on masks and sanitize their hands right before buying.

Lanier states it felt overpowering to start out her path as an entrepreneur.

“Since I began this journey, the group that has been behind me and the support has just created me sense like, ‘I personal this, this is what we’re intended to be performing,’” she reported.

Tru Hair Palace sells just about anything natural beauty-similar, from human hair extensions and wigs to nail polish, mink lashes and makeup.

In the meantime, Keona’s Kloset provides the group a variety of fashionable garments apparel.

“If you want to search like an Instagram design, that is wherever you need to have to be,” Lee explained.

The sisters say they also aid nearby Black business owners by carrying and providing some of their items.

A Nielsen report confirmed that Black people invest above $1 billion every year on beauty and cosmetics.

Despite this, it has not been as common for Black enterprise house owners to operate elegance offer merchants.

It’s a significant portion of why Lanier decided to open her doorways. 

“I felt like that’s a thing that belongs to us as Black gals, you know, a splendor offer store,” Lanier mentioned. 

“We have mostly Korean gals [owning beauty supply stores], but we know what we like,” she mentioned. “A Black female is familiar with what she wishes in her hair, we know what we want our deal with to look like, so I explained, that’s some thing that belongs to us.”

Alivia Lloyd helped Lanier with her company’s branding by way of her advertising and marketing and graphic style company, King’s Land Internet marketing.

Statesboro Mayor Jonathan McCollar stopped by Tru Hair Palace’s grand opening occasion. (Picture courtesy of Tru Hair Palace)

Lloyd, who claims she grew to become the very first Black marketing and advertising firm operator in Statesboro above 9 years back, states a enterprise like Lanier’s is needed in the metropolis.

“I believe this is a little something which is heading to inspire far more people out of the Black local community to open up businesses,” Lloyd informed NOW. “I assume now we’re actually heading to make a footprint in the long term economically, in the local community and in the city.”

Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce President Skip Alford shared in a telephone interview with NOW that he was proud of Lanier’s workforce and what they’ve achieved in the local community.

Lanier’s mother shares the exact same sentiments.

“She’s like her father, she’s bold,” Verna Lanier claimed. “I’m so happy that she’s the first, and I hope she will not be the final.”