By CARLOS GALLEGO
AAP staff writer
MINNEAPOLIS (June 3, 2013) — Tram’s Hair Styling is nestled within Nicollet Avenue, famously known as Eat Street for its abundance of diverse cuisine including; Greek, Vietnamese, Malaysian, African, Mexican and Middle Eastern, just to name a few. It’s place where a McDonald’s, the lone mainstream fast-food diner looks like an anomaly.
Tram’s has been a popular fixture on Minneapolis’ Nicollet Avenue since 2000. Many do not realize that aside from the abundant dining pleasures, there are a bounty of diverse shops and businesses including music stores, bakeries, jewelry stores, ethnic markets, hair salons as well as social service agencies and law offices frequented by the many residents who arrived to Minnesota either recently or several generations ago.
If you are not paying attention you might miss Tram’s Hair Styling. Aside from being a popular hair salon for women, men, children and families, it is also a popular place where friends stop by and chat. Tram’s shop is not only popular among a large Vietnamese clientele but is quite a popular place for all cultures.
“Tram hairstyling salon provides services for customers from a variety community including other Southeast Asians, Americans, Africans, and Mexicans. This salon is not only just a place a person can get her/his hair done, but also a place where people can get pampered, socialize, and meet good people.” noted Tram.
Tram first learned about the world of hair design at a very early age. In Vietnam, she lived with her aunt who owned a hair salon. There she learned all about being good cosmetologist. Her aunt was quite impressed at how quickly Tram understood the world of hair design and allowed her to begin cutting hair at the young age of 12.
Tram has lived in Minnesota with husband and children for 17 years. Upon arriving in Minnesota, she began cutting hair at Great Clips then, after several years she decided to fulfill her dream and open a shop of her own. While with her aunt she quickly learned that the success of a salon was not only about the ability to cut hair, but also about the ability to interact with different customers, and how to manage all the very aspects of a business in order for it to be both popular and successful. She has applies this knowledge in how she selects the stylists to work for her.
Aside from verifying they are licensed through the Minnesota Board of Barber Examiners and the Minnesota Board of Cosmologists Examiners, she makes sure they are a good fit for her successful store. She gives them an opportunity to work a few days at her shop. She then evaluates their skill level as well as their interaction with the clients. If she finds their skills are strong and they interact well with customers Tram hires them.
What Trams obviously enjoys most about her businesses is seeing how satisfied her customers are with their services. They are not interested in opening additional stores rather they want to focus on their store and ensure the customers continue to be satisfied thus attracting new customers as well. The community knows of the high quality service they provide as one day, they had famous Vietnamese Pop Singer, Vu Khanh once came to the shop to have his hair done. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOfFkPRXUWE)
Tram also has quite a talented staff. She carefully matches her stylists to their talents. Prior to having a stylist work in other areas aside from haircuts such as coloring which requires knowing how to properly mix chemicals, she observed and ensures they are properly skilled. This ensures customers are satisfied with the service they receive.
Tram’s is a full-service shop aside from cuts, styles, perms and coloring, they also do updos and styling for proms, weddings parties etc., in addition to preparing the hair they also will even do your make-up if you like.
Oanh one of the stylists, took a couple of minutes to answer a couple of questions in between her appointments During this busy afternoon, She noted what she most enjoys working at Tram’s its healthy environment, how everyone get along and enjoys the work. When she is not working Oanh enjoys singing and spending time with her children. Oahn graduated from the well-regarded Scot Lewis Beauty school.
In closing, Tram mentioned what she wants people to know about her store is of its reasonable prices, high customer satisfactions and excellent quality. She encourages the readers to stop by and get an appointment with her and her talented staff: Oanh, Trang and Vy.
Contact the salon at 612-871-2491. They are located at 2620 Nicollet Ave Minneapolis, MN 55408.