UWG alumni services and employs UWG students | Georgian times
Nikkita Gordon, owner of East Albany Hair Salon, officially opened her shop two months ago with the goal of employing UWG students.
East Albany Salon is a newly opened natural hair, braids and barber shop that caters primarily to men. The lounge is located at 907 South Park St., Suite H.
“It’s a barbershop for men,” Gordon said. “But we also provide services to women. “
Originally from Albany, Georgia, Gordon moved to Carrollton to pursue a career in business management and accounting. And finally, she specialized in marketing, which earned her a triple major.
After graduating from UWG, Gordon said she doesn’t necessarily have to find work, as she has already been providing a student service with hairstyles at UWG for the past six years.
“In grade two, I had a lot of male friends who had natural hair and / or locs, who couldn’t afford to style their hair consistently, so I became their stylist,” Gordon said. “The styles they were asking for were simple for me.
“And at one point, I ended up having over 300 students as clients. So this living room is the first brick and mortar location I’ve had since graduating from college, ”Gordon said.
Gordon told The Times-Georgian on Friday that she plans to employ UWG students to expose them to more opportunities.
“So far I have hired a stylist by the name of Cristiana,” Gordon said. “She is a biology student at UWG.
“But, you know, I really want a professional fit with this salon being one of the newer ones, so I’m going to reach out to the stylists who hairstyle locally as well as Georgia Tech students to give these students an opportunity to work in a salon. professional.
Prior to opening East Albany Salon, Gordon started his first business, Cute & Cocky, which is a case manufacturing company.
Gordon said her case business was born because of an incident she experienced during her sophomore year at UWG.
“I actually worked as a waitress at the Waffle House on Maple Street,” Gordon said. “And one night, as I was leaving the restaurant on my way home, I noticed this guy from the restaurant was starting to follow me.
“So I went with my intuition and picked up my pace. And I said if he starts to speed up, I’ll know he’s trying to follow me.
And as she had suspected, the guy was actually following her.
“I stopped and I’m like ‘hey, what’s going on’,” Gordon said. “And he was like, I’m just trying to get you home.” And I was just like, ‘I don’t need you to drive me home.’ “
Gordon said that while she was talking with the guy a few of her coworkers came to see her, and that’s what kept her from being assaulted.
“My colleagues ended up seeing him following me, so they called out my name,” Gordon said. “There were also law enforcement officers there, who came to see what the situation was like, that is, he was trying to harass me.
“The officers eventually took me home and said they were going to try to find the guy. And come find out, he was a registered sex offender in the area.
Gordon told The Times-Georgian that after the incident, she started researching the case industry to learn more about women’s cases, commercial cases, etc., given that current cases were impractical for her lifestyle, she said.
“I wanted to be unique,” Gordon said. “I actually made a case that hadn’t been made, so I got a patent for it.”
The only challenges Gordon said she’s faced so far have been the community she serves.
“It’s a natural hair salon for predominantly black hair,” Gordon said. “So not feeling out of place in the demographic has been difficult, especially when trying to network. “
Gordon said that over the next five to ten years she would eventually like to sell her patent and brands.
“I plan to license my patent to law enforcement, distribution companies or just be bought out by a bigger company that sells these products, so they can promote my brand,” said Gordon.
And when it comes to the salon, Gordon said she would like to franchise the business.
“I would love to have a location in Florida,” Gordon said. “My sister lives in Jacksonville and does her hair too, so I put her in charge of that place.
“I also plan to have locations in Birmingham, Alabama and Texas. So maybe only four locations for this business.