Owner: Shannon Morris
Why Bellingham? "I grew up in Alaska and went to college and massage school in Oregon. I came up and visited Bellingham during that time. I have always been drawn to this area. I like smaller communities. Friends from the cities tell me I need to live where there are more people to have a profitable business, but I think smaller communities are better at caring and supporting one another. There is opportunity for growth and for my trades in Bellingham because of its creative, artsy side and advanced education possibilities, especially with cosmetology. AND I am an avid hiker and camper, and an extremely novice mountain bike rider who still loves to ride."
Favorite shop downtown? "Now that is a hard one. But if I had to choose just one, I would say it is a triple tie between Pure Bliss, Terra Organica, and the Farmer's Market. I could go on and on..."
The wait for the next Commercial Street Night Market is almost over. This Friday, from 6-10pm on Commercial Street, you'll be able to enjoy a plethora of dining and retail businesses that you'll only be able to see vend at our Night Market. One of those unique businesses is Forget Me Not Salon and Spa. This is the first event they have ever done, and owner Shannon Morris can't wait to be part of it. "I have heard how fun and lively the Night Market is from folks who have come into Forget Me Not and I am just excited to see it and be a part of it."
Moving here from Colorado, Shannon opened Forget Me Not in October 2014. A massage therapist for over fourteen years, Shannon wanted to expand the scope of her business to be all aspects of cosmetology, and not just massage therapy. "At first I was going to be a nail tech, but I found a passion for all cosmetology had to offer and all I could offer with a cosmetology license," said Shannon. Forget Me Not offers services for nails, hair, and waxing, along with massages.
Shannon's inspiration for being self-employed and owning her own business comes from her parents. After being let go from two corporate jobs, her dad decided to start his own business, with her mom focusing on the billing and filing aspect of the business. "Some people equate self-employment or having your own business with instability and risk. I see it as the opposite and more reliable," said Shannon. Another inspiration for Shannon? Simply loving what she does and helping people. "My inspiration comes from my clients who walk through the door and take time to relax, heal, and rejuvenate as they live their lives."
Be sure to visit Forget Me Not's booth at Night Market, and make your next hair/nail/self-care appointment at their location at 112 Ohio Street.