In just under a year, MOOD a Salon (Appleton, WI) has solidified its reputation as a trend-setting, edgy hair salon; offering services that tailor a style for every mood. This National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) certified LGBT Business Enterprise is the operated by stylists Eric Johnson and his husband, Dana. With 50+ years of combined experience, the stylists at MOOD a Salon exude creativity and passion for their work.
Co-Owner, Eric Johnson tells us a little more about his company and experience as an LGBT owned business:
Why did you decide to join the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber?
We are two husbands who own and operate the salon. We believe in inclusivity, seeking our clients in our community who can be their true selves, and our promise to support our LGBTQ+ community and culture.
What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever been given?
Be bold, be brave, be adaptable. Have fun with every moment, even the challenging ones.
What do you wish you would have known when you first got started as an entrepreneur?
We learned quickly that our best laid plans needed adaptation. Our business plan was ‘solid,’ but we still found the need to choose what was best based on our clients’ needs. We also realized we needed more capital than we anticipated and were fortunate enough to seek out additional financial resources and hold a reserve.
What do you enjoy most about being a member of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber?
Representing our LGBTQ+ community and being an inclusive partner to help foster support, engage in community building and connectedness, and help build collaboration.
How would you like people to remember you and your company?
At MOOD we are not only about the service but finding a style for every mood. We want you to enter our space in one frame of mind, and leave with another. This includes feeling inspired, confident, heard, healed, supportive, and loved.