“It took a lot of sleepless nights, tears and hard work, and it came true.”
BEAUMONT, Texas — Years of hard work and dedication by one woman led to the official opening of a new black-owned business in Beaumont.
California native Tasha Brown was overwhelmed with emotion at the grand opening of Diamonds and Pearls Family Hair Salon, LLC. The boutique opened in west Beaumont.
“It took me a little while to get here, but I’m here now, and I’m just ecstatic,” Brown said. “I am here. I am here to stay and grow.”
Brown has been a hairstylist for over 20 years. Being a single mother, Brown said she was unable to open her own salon after getting her license.
The salon owner worked for a finance company while simultaneously working as a part-time hairstylist. When her children graduated from high school, Brown decided to start hairdressing full time.
“I started working with Regis,” Brown said. “I worked for SmartStyle for 10 years. The first six years, I was just a master stylist. The last four, I was a manager in Lake Charles, Louisiana.”
Brown moved to Beaumont when the global pandemic hit. For two years, Brown worked at Deluxe Hair and styled some of her clients’ hair at her home.
When some of his friends told him about a space that had just opened up, Brown jumped at the chance.
“I’m in a great neighborhood,” Brown said. “I have great friends and family supporting me, and I have wonderful clients, and I hope to earn more now that I’m in the Beaumont area.”
Those years of hard work and dedication paid off on Sunday when Brown saw her dreams come true at the grand opening of her new salon.
“It wasn’t easy,” Brown said. “There were times when I just wanted to give up and say, ‘Forget it. I do not want to do it. I will simply continue as a master stylist. But it has been a dream of mine and here it is. So I’m happy. I am very happy.”
Brown said she is grateful to her family and friends for supporting her during the pandemic. She is also grateful to her loyal customers, who have welcomed her warmly to Beaumont.
“When you have amazing family, friends, and clients that are 100% supportive and pushing you, I mean, you can’t do anything but be successful,” Brown said. “So here I am.”
Kellaye Brown, who is a former client and current employee of Tasha Brown, thinks it couldn’t have happened to a better person.
“She’s been working on this for a really long time,” Kellaye Brown said. “It took a lot of sleepless nights, tears and hard work, and it came true.”
The salon owner hopes her new business will become a family affair. Tasha Brown said she was looking forward to the future.