Pawprint Chats is a series where we chat with our friends, clients, and peers in our local Colorado community. It’s a chance to check in and see how everyone’s doing, in business and in life.
Today we’re talking to Paul Schmidlkofer of Alchemy Salon.
YellowDog: Hello! Give us the “elevator pitch” version of what your business does.
Paul Schmidlkofer: At Alchemy Salon, we enhance beauty because you are already beautiful. By using your skin tone, your body proportions, and lifestyle, we are able to find the perfect look for you.
YD: What has been your biggest win in the past year?
PS: Our biggest win has been helping people feel good about themselves. The way we view ourselves is important to our own happiness. I feel special to be a part of people’s perception of themselves.
YD: This year has been a learning experience for everyone. Anything you’ve learned about your business in 2020?
PS: I have learned that if salons are closed again, then cities will burn. Hair salons seem to be essential businesses.
YD: What has been one of your proudest moments as a local business owner?
PS: I am very proud to be a part of the local community. Servicing the community has made me aware of how to best serve its needs. I may be partial, but the Englewood community has great hair.
YD: If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about your business, what would it be?
PS: “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value” -Albert Einstein. I would wave that wand so I could serve more people and help new stylists appreciate their value to people.
YD: Describe your brand in three words.
PS: The three pillars of Alchemy Salon are: Positivity, Integrity, and Enhancing Beauty.
YD: Love it! Now for some friendly rapid-fire questions:
Are you a dog person or a cat person?
I am a dog person. Our receptionist is my dog Aspaisa.
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Early bird or night owl?
I am an early bird. The early bird gets the worm, so I always skip breakfast.
Favorite local beer?
Best party trick?
Knowing when to leave a party.
What show are you currently binging?
I am more into movies. I have seen The Fundamentals of Caring five times.
Any book you’re currently reading?
Why Walk When You Can Fly, by Iesha Judd.
What do you miss the most about pre-pandemic life?
I miss my clear skin. I have terrible mask-acne.
YD: Thanks, Paul. It has been great to watch your business grow so long and silky. You know I’ll be back when my locks need some love.
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