Patrice McKinneyFranchisor, Owner, and CEO, Encore Salon Suites

Patrice McKinney, founder, and CEO of Encore Salon Suites is no stranger to the beauty industry and uses her business know-how to grow her brand through franchising.

Growing up with a twin sisterand mother who both worked in a salon, McKinneyvividly remembers the salon’s energy and stylists’creative freedom. Since then, she has used her yearsof experience to create a concept that clients andfranchisees are flocking to.After getting her master barber and stylist license in2013 and opening her first salon in 2014, McKinneyquickly recognized the lucrative salon suitesbusiness is a great fit.

Encore Salon Suites breaksdown spaces in the salon and leases them to experienced salon professionals to personalize their ownspace and be business owners. The brand’s newestlocation is 4,900 sf and has 26 suites thathouse a variety of beauty professionals,including hairstylists, barbers, teethwhitening professionals, estheticians,masseuses, and nail technicians.

This design results in a high-quality,multi-service salon that brings salonprofessionals and clients together.“We have a shared area withshampoo bowls and dryers, andthat creates a family environment,” explained McKinney,who turned down a professional basketball career andquit her well-paying corporate job to be an entrepreneurand hasn’t looked back since.