Name: Pleasure Island Salon

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Address: 1200-A Armory Drive

Phone number: (757) 569-0303

Operating Hours: Monday through Saturday

E-mail address:

Nature of Business: “Full service” salon (hair/nails/tanning/massage)

Principle owner/manager and title: Patty Rhodes

Year Founded: 2007

Number of employees: Seven of us here (myself, Pat Sawyer, Shelly Branche, Heather Holland, Liz Mullins, Lisa Chavis and Tonya Cutchins)

How’s business: “Wonderful.” People are finally starting to realize that we are here and find out about all of the great services that we offer. “Word of mouth” is amazing.

One thing you wish everyone knew about your business: That we are a “full service” salon and offer everything from a basic hair cut for “everyone” in your family to an elegant up-do, to tanning, waxing, massaging and nail-care needs. We are the “one-stop shop” for all of your “pampering” needs.

Something you offer that a customer won’t find elsewhere: “Customer service” second to none, along with a team of experienced and talented ladies that do phenomenal work

Advice to young entrepreneurs: If you don’t like your life — fix it! There are opportunities everywhere — you just have to be persistent, aggressive and creative.

Your role model (in business or in life generally): “My “high-school sweetheart” husband of 18 years, Billy Rhodes. I have seen him go from retail sales to dump-trucking without skipping a beat (or having a CDL) and build it to a very successful business. He is wonderful.

The key to a successful business is: Having a loving, supportive circle of family and friends. Thank you “all” (you know who you are) for lending a hand (or two) during the construction of the shop. It turned out beautiful. A special thanks to William and Margaret Rhodes who are “always” there for us.