NEW SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT: TSPA Maplewood, MN

A ten-minute drive east of Minnesota’s capital of Saint Paul will put you in the city of Maplewood, MN. Home to 3M’s corporate headquarters, the suburb is also home to the newest TSPA location. Please welcome Cortney Gorres and Julie Mitchell of TSPA, Maplewood to the franchise family!

Cortney Gorres received a cosmetology license from Century College in 2007. From there she went right into the workforce; gaining experience at a salon in Minnesota. In 2008, Julie Mitchell recruited Cortney to come work for her salon, Hair Company & Spa in New Richmond, Wisconsin.

During her nine-year career with Hair Company & Spa, Cortney Gorres motivated and pushed herself, growing into a salon manager’s position. As a “level 4” elite stylist, her responsibilities include managing the salon and coaching her team to stay focused on their numbers. Ms. Gorres is also dedicated to marketing herself and the salon to build clientele, meet their needs and keep them coming back. Cortney’s persistent dedication to her clients through great customer service and continued advanced education is the number one driver of her ongoing success.

As an educator for the associates program, Cortney has trained extensively to teach newly hired associates at Hair Company & Spa how to grow into successful, full-time stylists. She is also very involved with her local community. She is an ambassador of the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce, contributing her time to monthly meetings, standing-in at ground breaking ceremonies, ribbon cutting events, and hosting and helping at other local events.

Julie Mitchell graduated from Professional Hair Design Academy, Eau Claire, WI in 2002 with a degree in Cosmetology.  She started working at Hair Company & Spa in 2002 and purchased the salon in February 2005. While working full-time as a stylist and running the company, in 2007 Julie attended St. Croix Center of the Healing Arts, Hudson WI, taking courses in integrative and deep tissue massage as well as a massage business class, and bringing her new knowledge to expand Hair Company & Spa’s business.  Julie has used her love of continuing education, her drive and people skills to make her salon a success.  In addition, she has created a very positive and loyal culture between her service providers and guests in the salon.

Hair Company & Spa became a Redken Elite Salon in 2014, one of only 300 salons in the country with this status.  The same year, Julie and her husband built their own building for the salon. Hair Company has earned a spotlight on The Summit Hall of Fame titled, “Success is on the other side of your comfort zone -hiring practices and pricing strategies for profitability.”  In addition, in 2015 The New Richmond Chamber of commerce named Hair Company & Spa as the Medium Business of the Year.

Julie Mitchell truly believes in volunteering, hard work, motivation, and that individuals never stop learning. She has instilled her belief system in her team at Hair Company & Spa. Many of her team members have traveled across the United States and Canada to attend education classes given by industry leaders. Julie also brings educators and trainers to her salon throughout the year.

The duo plans to use their extensive knowledge and industry contacts, as well as their ethical approach to business, to help build their team to deliver the best education to the students at TSPA Maplewood. The SPEC team is so excited to watch them grow! Congratulations, Cortney and Julie!