Amy Gwilliam and Aimee Cousins met through a mutual friend and soon became the closest of friends themselves; they were both training in the same line of work and it was clear they were of the same mind-set, both in attitude and professionalism, with visions of owning their own salon.
So, just a few years later, it came as no surprise to their family and friends when this determined duo had their dreams turned to reality and Cloud 9 first opened its door on 6th October 2007 at 64 Broad Street, in the picturesque market town of Chipping Sodbury.
A compact but fashionable salon, housing just one nail bar in the reception area and one treatment room to the rear, word soon spread that Amy and Aimee had opened and their client list began to grow rapidly.
After leaving school, Amy trained at Filton College for two years, attaining her NVQ Level 2 & Level 3 and was offered her first job at a salon in Fishponds. Less than 12 months later she moved to Sheer Bliss in Longwell Green where she remained for nearly 2 years. Aimee also qualified at Filton to NVQ Level 2 and her training continued to include nail extensions; she was also working at Nails & Beauty in Yate during her time at college. Her first full time role was at a salon in Shirehampton but after 2 years was offered a position back with Nails and Beauty.
With the experience they had gained working at other salons, they both knew that if they were to branch out on their own, their friendship and commitment to offering the best service would be paramount to their success.
That success was obvious and it was not long before they had outgrown the small salon in Broad Street and couldn’t believe their luck when a unit in The Beaufort Mews, just a little further down the road, became available three years later – Cloud 9 had a new home with two nail bars, two therapy rooms and a custom built spray tanning room. They were now in a position to offer opportunities to others and employed two new members of staff to manage Cloud 9’s ever-growing list of clientele.
Although content at The Mews, Amy and Aimee could not pass up the opportunity to expand further and on April 1st 2013, having transformed their new premises into a stunning and tranquil oasis on the High Street, Cloud Nine Beauty Salon Ltd and its formidable team of eight therapists and a receptionist now offer an array of treatments from four nail bars, four therapy rooms, a bespoke pedicure room and tanning wet room.
Please feel free to pop in anytime to have a look around and meet the team!