Success Story

a row of people standing in front of an airstream trailer

The Hairstream Beauty Bar

Starting the business was a two-year labor of love. I am so glad I came to the SBDC to help me in making this business a reality. Realizing this dream gives me the ability to not only help my clients feel good about themselves but also to sprinkle that goodness around the community.

After 20 years styling hair in salons and studios, Jacksonville Beach resident Angela Eiben decided it was time to take her talents on the road. To make this a reality, she came to the Florida SBDC at UNF where she met with business consultant, Lucy Diala. Lucy helped Angela examine her idea and provided start-up help, marketing solutions and business processes to make the business a reality. In early November of 2017, Angela and husband Chad opened the Hairstream Beauty Bar.

The Hairstream Beauty Bar is a hair styling studio inside a vintage themed Airstream trailer. The interior holds a small lounge, a shampoo sink and two hair styling studios. Angela’s business model is both innovative and responsive to local needs. People can order on-location hair and beauty services, as the Hairstream Beauty Bar can meet them anywhere. This business model has already proven its potential for success; while only in business for a few weeks, Angela has already provided services for an engagement party, a Sweet 16 party, two weddings and a bridal show.

However, Eiben doesn’t want to use Hairstream for just private parties and events. Her overarching goal is for the mobile business to become a staple at large local events and festivals. She wants to partner with local artists and either share the Airstream space during events, or rent out the Airstream as event space. She is also intends to partner with local nonprofits and donate her time to style hair for domestic abuse survivors or caretakers of cancer patients. Already she is in talks to partner with Gabriel House, a Jacksonville nonprofit offering affordable housing for adult organ transplant and cancer patients and their caretakers.

The Hairstream Beauty Bar Angela Eiben