Originally published in the Newburyport Daily News on Dec. 20th
By Michelle Pelletier Marshall Correspondent
ROWLEY - Locals looking for a salon have a new option in Pretty Please, a mother-daughter business set to open soon at 319 Newburyport Turnpike The two ladies, life-long Rowley residents, intend to bring "a relaxed but professional" choice to the area.
Debbie DeAngelis, 51, mom of Stephanie DeAngelis, 20, has worked for over 20 years in the field, from working in Boston renting a chair at some of the most exclusive salons to managing a national chain of salons to most recently working at a salon in Salisbury.
For Debbie, who also has another daughter, Danielle, 24, it wasn't always the plan to go into business with her daughter. "Stephanie, who is very artistic, was on the college career track, but she kept coming back to her desire to do hair," said Debbie. "She just really loves being around people, and kept saying, 'I want to do hair."
So Stephanie enrolled in Paul Mitchell The School in Portsmouth, N.H., which she aced, receiving numerous awards and winning styling contests. She attended the school with the help of Rowley's own Solace for Stephanie Scholarship, named as such for a stylist in town who passed away from cancer.
For Stephanie's part, she always thought about working alongside her mother. "My mom is so talented and knowledgeable about this industry that learning from her and working with her will be a great experience," she said.
She said she looks forward to learning more about running a business and positively managing the experience. "The most exciting thing about this new endeavor is the fact that I get to call this salon my new permanent home, It'll be hard work, owning a new salon and getting it up and running, but it will be worth it in the end, and I can call myself a business owner at the age of 20," she added.
Both women are ready to dive in, and expect Pretty Please to be open within a month. "We will be different in that our prices will be inclusive of cut and blow dry instead of an additional cost as some salons do, and we will offer family-based services with something for everyone," said Debbie. The salon also will offer eyelash and hair extensions, as well as body (but not facial) waxing.
Pretty Please is now waiting for its occupancy permit and state board approval, but Debbie expects no glitches. "The town has been great to work with and are excited to have a new business in town," she said.