Hi, I’m Mary the salon owner!
Welcome to our web site, first of all I would like to tell you a bit about myself and Beauty Essence.
I was born in 1965 and live in North London with my husband Mark and our twins Emily and Luke (born 2002). I spend my time working at the salon and in my office. If you would like to meet me I am usually in our salon on Thursday’s and Friday’s.
I qualified at the London College of Fashion in the summer of 1986 with a BTEC HND in Beauty Therapy & Business Management. In the autumn I started my career at Cannons Sports Club, EC4 as a Beauty Therapist.
I then took over the business when I was 22, which grew until I was employing 12 Therapists. In 1997 Beauty Essence (Bow Lane, EC4) went on the market. As this was our direct competitor, I decided it would be a good acquisition. Meanwhile, Vardon had taken over Cannons and they bought us out in 1998. Cannons is now owned by Nuffield Health and is part of their fitness and well-being business. I have very happy memories of my years at the club. I met some incredible people and still see some of my clients I met there who are now good friends of mine.
Beauty Essence went from strength to strength. In 2004 we decided we needed more space and a property became available in 7 Well Court, just off Bow Lane, EC4M 9DN – 020 7248 0127. A huge building project ensued and I learnt how to cope with many stresses. We moved in January 2006 to a gorgeous new huge salon. It gave us the much needed space, which meant we could expand our treatment range.
We look forward to meeting you. Do have a look at our Facebook & twitter pages for all the latest new, offers & information. I try to update these pages daily & would love your input.
You can BOOK ONLINE! This is a great way to preserve your privacy in the office & make bookings 24 hours a day. We launched online booking in the summer of 2010 & it’s going brilliantly.
2011 turned out to be our busiest ever. We saw 6,437 clients and did 33,346 treatments. About 20% of our clients used our ONLINE BOOKING facility. In 2012 we added 2 more treatment rooms to the salon, so we now have 8 treatment rooms, 3 manicure desks, 1 pedicure chair & a spray tan room. In 2013 we had all the doors in the salon sound proofed, fitted new memory foam mattresses & had a new sound system installed. In 2013 four of our therapist became mums! We now have 15 children in our Beauty Essence family.
Now a little bit about me, I have mentioned my husband Mark and my twins Emily and Luke. Mark and I got married last year in Southwold, we finally got round to taking a well-earned break and honeymooned in Barbados at the beginning of this month. When I am away from the salon I always like to keep busy! I love to restore old furniture, and after moving into our new home last year I have been busy working through each room painting and renovating any tables, chairs and cupboards I can find. I also love cooking, mainly baking cakes for my family and friends, needless to say the gym has become my best friend! I try to start each day with a session at the gym or a run outside to get myself ready for the day.
You will notice on our therapist’s profiles there is a definite trend of organising and tidying. My favourite book at the moment is Spark Joy by Marie Kondo – my bible on how to live clutter free and organise my life – perfect for someone like me who leads such a busy life and perfect to try to inspire Emily and Luke to be more organised – they are now 16 years old so this proves a definite challenge! I also love to make Jewellery for friends and family, I really like doing anything creative that keeps me busy – pop into the salon if you would like to find out more about us, there is always a home baked cake to try or new products to review and myself and all our lovely therapists love to meet our clients and talk about beauty.
As you can see in the image below, I received my Freedom of the City of London last Thursday 18th April 2019 at Mansion House.
The Lord Mayor hosted the event & our Court of Common Councillors - Cordwainer Ward, Sir Michael Snyder & Alexander Robertson Martin Barr were there to support us.
It's a real honor to be included in the 100 women to commemorate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918