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Local salon raises money to help staff, treat heathcare workers to a day of beauty

Posted at 3:53 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 19:14:05-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — One of the last places Stephanie McQuillian thought she’d find herself this week was at her favorite salon, Salon Eunoia. She is among the first health care workers to receive a $300 total salon experience, once the pandemic is over.

“I was extremely happy, this has been very stressful for me, being a nurse, being in graduate school, working full-time, it’s very hard having kids, doing home schooling,” said McQuillian.

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“We do have nurses that are clients, we are grateful for them. We know the sacrifices that they are making, we’ve heard it first hand,” said Salon Eunoia owner Victoria Michael.

Salon Eunoia is asking the public to go onto their website and nominate a health care worker. For every $100 gift card bought, they will donate $50 of salon services to those on the front lines during this pandemic.

“A chance for them to just relax and sit in a chair and feel beautiful and appreciated,” said Michael.

“There’s a lot of nurses who maybe never have gone to a nice salon like this and they definitely deserve it for the hard work they’ve done,” said McQuillian.

The promotion is also a key way for Salon Eunoia to make enough money while they are closed to continue to pay their staff.

Missi White has been doing tutorials online, but that doesn’t pay the bills.

“It's coming to a point where after 19 years of doing hair, do I have to consider going elsewhere to make money, that’s a terrifying thought,” said White.

So far, the salon has raised enough money through the promotion to award five nurses with total salon experiences, while at the same time keep their staff paid for at least another two weeks.

“It was a way not only for our clients to support us ,but give them a way to support those that are on the front line,” said Michael.

For more information on how to nominate and donate, click here.