Happy long weekend, Cowes!
Today, we shine light on Teka Neufville of Teka Neufville, a beauty who offers one-on-one nail and lash services.
Give us your elevator pitch — tell us a bit about yourself. We want to know what you’re all about.
My name is Teka Neufville. I am a small business owner Teka Neufville Atelier. I offer private one on one nail and lash services.
#LocalLove is all about showing love to bad-ass bosses like yourself. Can you share with us what you do for work and how you make an impact?
I am an Artisan. Artisans practice a craft that reaches expressive levels of an artist. I am an artisan of nails, and lashes. I would hope that the impact I make on the women who come to see me is a positive one. I believe that we are all beautiful in our own unique, and imperfect way. When we enhance features like our nails, and lashes, it gives us a euphoric feeling that only us women can relate to. It’s like we can conquer anything. If you don’t feel that way after your service with me, I have not done my job.
How did you get into this line of work?
At a very young age I had a fascination with beauty. I would watch my mother apply her make up flawlessly, get dressed, and leave the house looking like a goddess. She taught my sister and I to always look presentable when out in public, sometimes sending us back into the house to fix something she didn’t think was right. Grooming was her thing. Not quite sure when the obsession of nails started. I remember purchasing Sally Hansen Nail Kits at Shoppers Drug Mart to do my nails. My girlfriends took notice and I started doing their nails. Wearing strip Lashes came not too long after. I guess the rest is history
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given (career or otherwise)?
I’ve received so much advice throughout the years. The one that resonates, and that I think of most often is to think about the decisions that you make, as they will have a significant impact both short term and long term. Another great piece of advice which I live by, is to not be afraid to assume some risks. Without risk I would not be where I am today.
How about the worst?
To be honest, I don’t recall receiving bad advice. However there have been a few individuals who have tried to lead me in a different direction, those who did not have an entrepreneurial spirit, and did not share my vision. They wanted me to remain an employee instead of pursuing my aspirations.
If you could paint your ideal life, what would that look like in 5-10 years from now?
Not sure how to answer this.. ok… Wherever I am, what ever I am doing, I want to be content and happy.
What are your favourite resources that you’ve come across over the years (e.g., email extensions, design apps etc.)
I would classify my resources as the 3 R’s. Repeat business, Referral’s, and Reputation.
Who are 3 of your favourite Canadian entrepreneurs that our readers should absolutely be in the know about?
Olga Onulov – Rebel + Beauty
Nikki Chu – Nikki Chu Home & Nudies Shop
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