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!
Now a little bit about me, I have mentioned my husband Mark and my twins Emily and Luke. Mark and I got married in 2015 in Southwold, and honeymooned in Barbados. 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 in 2015 I have been busy working through each room painting and renovating any tables, chairs and cupboards I can find. I also love cooking, 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 yoga on zoom and exercise whenever it's possible.
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. I also love to make jewellery for friends and family. I just like doing anything creative that keeps me busy – pop into the salon if you would like to find out more about us.
As you can see in the image below, I received my Freedom of the City of London on the 18th April 2019 at Mansion House.
The Lord Mayor hosted the event & our Court of Common Councillors - Cordwainer Ward, Sir Michael Snyder and 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