Christy Crites and I met in our chapter of of BNI (Business Networking International), The Referral Rockstars. She is a tiny but mighty, energetic, smart businesswoman with a talent for marketing that I admire… and if we are being totally honest… have copied from time to time. Christy is the owner of Java Salon on Maize Road in west Wichita. She has been making the world more beautiful, one head at a time, for eighteen years, and has run Java for six. Christy has a drive for business and customer service, but she would probably tell you that the secret to her success is the love of what fills her life outside of business: faith and family.
Patrick and I had a blast shooting a family session with her family of four this summer. Christy has a regular practice of going on “adventures” with her two sons in order to spend quality time with them. Sometimes at ten o’clock at night they’ll make a Starbucks run. They hit movies, doughnut shops, Target- and turn these outings into fun events. I heard stories about these outings as she cut my hair and covered my gray. And I knew that some of this should be documented in a family photo session.
We went to Riverside Park, Starbucks and Keeper of the Plains Plaza one beautiful evening. The coffee shop was not as tricky as you’d think- they know her there- from all those adventures. 🙂 And from a number of Sugar Free Caramel Lattes with Soy.
Christy has been with her cute husband, Wally, for sixteen years total, and their 15th wedding anniversary is coming up this month. Sense an adventure on the horizon? I’m guessing it may feature their shared love of wine instead of coffee. But you never know with this girl. Smart girls like her keep you guessing.
As a regular client of Java Salon, I am treated like a queen. I am gently reminded of my upcoming appointment by phone and email. When I arrive I can choose the caffeinated (or decaffeinated) specialty drink that strikes my fancy, and it is served in an actual mug. I can utilize wi-fi to work while there. The service is excellent and the staff are trained and knowledgable. And someone calls a day or two after my appointment to see if I have concerns or questions. When did you get this level of service at a salon? You will at Java. Along with any Redken haircare product you can think of- and thorough instructions on how to use it.
As a small business owner myself, I respect Christy. She, as they say, has got it going on. She markets, networks, styles hair, counsels and mentors her staff, makes coffee while remaining calm. Amazing, since she drinks so much coffee. lol But she also has a deep, rich faith and remains close to her siblings and parents as well as running her own home and family. Rookies- don’t try this at home. At least not all at once. This takes years of trial and error and practice- this ability to gracefully manage so many plates in the air. Or mugs in the air. Kudos to Christy for pulling it off.
If you are looking for a new home for your hair, give Java Salon a try. Call with questions or to make an appointment today.
Java Salon, 737 N Maize Rd, Wichita, KS 67212 (316) 260-1944 www.JavaSalonWichita.com
At Marking the Moment Photography, we place emphasis on fun during our relaxed shoots. We always allow an unlimited time to get the right pictures of your family. A relaxed family and a fun session translates into portraits you’ll treasure! Call Norma at (316) 648-7498 and reserve your spot today!
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