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This article was published 2/5/2015 (2235 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The beauty industry is one that always seems to be booming and when you think about it, one sure thing in life is that hair never stops growing!
As well, people love to look and feel their absolute best and they often tend to this desire by treating themselves to a variety of beauty treatments — whether that’s a cut and style, a manicure or pedicure, getting rid of unwanted hair or indulging in a facial.
Like with many other professions, hairstylists, nail technicians and skin technicians must all be trained. Fortunately for us, we have a number of places right within the city of Brandon that do just that and H&CO Academy is one of them.
Formerly known as the Advanced School of Hairstyling, H&CO Academy has been part of the Brandon business community for more than 25 years. A name change isn’t the only news for this business, however. Business partners Heather Day and Sherry Hedley recently became the new owners and have made a number of other changes.
"We changed the name because it was the first step of a new beginning," Day said. "It’s all new and all very exciting. We’ve done a complete renovation, have a new curriculum and have a great new team."
The school is a private vocational academy accredited by the Manitoba government. This year, it will train approximately 25 hairstylists and 20 nail technicians. However, the new owners have also expanded their offerings and for the first time ever an esthetics program will be offered in western Manitoba.
"This fall we’re opening the H&CO Skin Academy in the Straight Up Salon and have spots to train 20 estheticians this year. We’re also opening an H&CO beauty outlet in the spring of 2016, as well as two new satellite academies," Day said.
Day is also the owner of Straight Up Salon, which is located at 135 17th St. North, above Lady of the Lake (which happens to be owned by her sister, Bridget Shaw). She said she has been working on the project for more than five years and is glad that Hedley teamed up with her.
"Every day I am grateful for Sherry’s energy and wisdom. I really appreciate having someone to share my vision with," Day said.
H&CO Academy will also be opening evenings and on Saturdays for their clients’ convenience and to accommodate the new part-time programs.
For more information, visit hcoacademy.com.
Today is a great day if you’ve been thinking about buying a quad.
From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., C&C Rentals is giving you a chance to take some of their new quads and side-by-side models for a ride. Head down to 1540 14th St. East and you’ll be able to test drive the 2015 Polaris RZR 1000 XP, the ACE Single Seater 570, the Trail 900 RZR or the 1000 Sportsman.
I chatted with office manager Karissa Degg earlier this week and she said this is a great opportunity for people who are thinking of buying a quad or side-by-side for the first time or for those who don’t own a Polaris, but are thinking they might be interested in one.
The event also includes a free barbecue, prizes and great sale prices on clearance clothing and accessories. The only catch is that you much present a valid driver’s licence if you want to any of these great all-terrain vehicles for a spin!