The Parlour ‘73 salon in Battle Ground was named a finalist in the Best of Clark County contest for 2022.
While the business didn’t win the top honors, owner Andrea Young said the salon’s expert beauticians made the recognition possible. Young started the business during the pandemic.
“After COVID, I kind of branched out on my own and it was alarming to a lot of people, like ‘why would you open a salon during a pandemic?’” Young said. “I was in another salon but really wanted to be on my own, so I had to be more creative and kind of do my own thing.”
She originally opened a salon in Vancouver, but many of her clients were from Battle Ground so she decided to move the business there instead. Prior to working at salons, Young was in the dental field.
“I left the dental field after being in it for 25 years, and at 40-something, went back to school for a complete career change, so kind of went back to my first love,” Young said. “The dental industry is just not what it used to be. A lot of practices are going more corporate, more franchised, and I like the smaller feel.”
Young also wanted to be her own boss in part so she could spend more time with her son.
She believes the recognition in the Best of Clark County is a testament to the quality of employees the salon has and the positive feedback they have received from their customers.
“We have very talented stylists here,” Young said. “They’re all talented. They all do something different.”
Maribel Mulkey is a stylist at Parlour ‘73 who specializes in lash extensions and microblading.
“I just always enjoyed the beauty industry,” Mulkey said. “I actually went to school for something else, but I ended up liking doing hair, so that’s what I stuck with.”
Mulkey said she originally went to school for nursing, but was more drawn to cosmetology school.
As for Kelsey Morrison, she focuses on permanent makeup at the salon.
“Basically, I got pregnant with (my son) and I was in banking prior to this, (which was) definitely a 9 to 5 job I didn’t want to do anymore,” Morrison said.
Morrison has received permanent makeup and she wanted to offer the service to others in the community.
Bryanna Syvertsen got into her field because of her love of art and her need to provide for her child.
“I was a teen mom and I needed something to do, and I had always drawn and painted in high school. I’ve always done artsy stuff,” Syvertsen said. “My stepmom told me one day, ‘why don’t you go to beauty school?’ I was like, ‘OK, sure, why not?’ It worked out and I fell in love with it. I couldn’t imagine not doing it now.”
As for Karlie Rose, she had a dream to go to beauty school from a young age.
“I’ve always been a really creative person and I had the opportunity to go to beauty school,” Rose said, adding she loved it enough to make a career out of it.
Young highlighted Alisha Costello and Karina Talaro, who were two other stylists on the original team at Parlour ‘73 when they received the recognition. They have since moved on to their own hairdressing space.
Parlour ‘73 is located at 819 SE 14th Loop, Suite 115 in Battle Ground.
They can be reached at 360-798-0364.
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