Helping people look beatiful is a great job at Southern Comfort Salon & Spa |

Helping people look beatiful is a great job at Southern Comfort Salon & Spa

Candie and Brett Vander Mark


Name of business: Southern Comfort Salon & Spa

Description: full service beauty salon

Owners: Candie and Brett Vander Mark

Address: 315 Eighth St., Glenwood Springs

Phone: 970-945-5056



Date business opened: |Aug. 18, 2014

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How did your business start?

The salon has been in the building for several years, although it has gone through different owners and names; therefore it was already established, we just want to build and expand from there.

What do you sell?

We are a full service beauty salon. We cut, color, perm, style hair — as far as your hair goes, you name it we can do it. We also do makeup, updo’s, weddings, cosmetology, waxing, pedicures and manicures. We also sell several hair products, and accessories.

Why do you like what you do?

We love working with people and keeping things local. Our location is amazing so we see people all day. People come in our shop to look good, so it is a very upbeat, happy place to be. What a great job helping people feel and look beautiful.

What strategy do you use to hire good people?

In a small town reputation is huge. We hire fully certified stylists that are personable and have a good reputation and references. They need to be committed and loyal. It is critical in our business that we have excellent customer service and a great attitude so those are also a key features we look for.

What is your strategy for growth in the next year?

We will be increasing our services and products as well as increase our staff. Our goal is to pamper you as you walk in the door. We were voted people’s choice best salon for 2014 and would like to keep that going. We want to be very involved in the local community in whatever way we can as well.

What is the best thing about running a business here?

I am third generation in the valley, my grandpa was a sheriff in Aspen for 16 years (1950-1966). My mom and dad have owned a construction company for over 30 years. So we are not going anywhere. We love to work where we live and our kids go to school. We love it here and are happy to be able to be part of this community.

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