At 21 years old, Lauren Flaim is an enthusiastic former teen mom and current business owner of the newly opened Salon Amore in Suffolk, VA. With the success of her salon opening only four months ago, Lauren has become an inspiration to teen moms everywhere.
As a 15 year old teen mother, Lauren overcame many emotional, physical and economic challenges to ensure financial independence for herself and her daughter. “Getting through high school was hard as a pregnant student and teenage mother. But regardless of what I was told by my peers, I always knew my passion in life, and I wasn’t going to stop until I got what I wanted. The best part of living in America is that anyone can accomplish their dream as long as they’re willing to work hard enough,” says Flaim.
Salon Amore, named for Lauren’s love of hair, officially opened its’ doors for clientele on December 11th, 2009. Due to reputation, the salon has seen steady growth in business since opening the location with only 300 clients in December of 2009. Lauren’s salon is home to 5 stylists (including herself), who were previously unemployed due to the economy or laid-off. The staff, which includes sister Amber as assistant manager, now serve more than 800 individual clientele with new referral based appointments booked every week, demonstrating that despite a challenging economy, Salon Amore is fast becoming a local industry favorite.
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