We had the good fortune of connecting with Marina Vogel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marina, what do you attribute your success to?
Definitely self confidence, and knowing what I’m doing and happiness & positivity in my life
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’m doing hair since I was only 15years old. I started right after high school and did a apprenticeship in a small salon in my hometown in germany. I was always the lazy kid in school and had not much more choices after high school. My dad don’t wanted me to do hair, he wanted me to get a office job or a secretary. But my mom believed in me. I have to mention that reputation and salary in germany as a stylist is not as much. However I made it work, I loved my job from day one. After my 3 year apprenticeship I worked for the same salon for another 2 years to gain more experience. Than I was craving for more, so I decided to get my masters in hair when I was only 21 years old. BTW in germany you need a masters degree in order to start your own business. Its a 4 month full time program. I opened my own salon in my hometown. I hired two more stylists and an apprentice that I trained for over 3 years. After 8 years having my salon I got a little bored of my hometown and the people and I was craving again more. Since I worked really hard, I enjoyed once a year a 3 week vacation to the US ( I did this for 5 years). I fell in love with south florida and since I had a german friend in ft lauderdale. I decided to move here. 2 Years later I made it, after selling my business in germany and getting ready for my big move. My two dogs and I made it to the States, all the way over the big pond. First I had a hard time settling down and meeting people. But I kept on going. Lot’s of disappointment and tears. But I wanted more and I dont wanted to give up yet. I opened my first salon and I failed big times. I sold the salon and started bartending to make enought money to pay my bills. After 6 month of bartending I wanted to try it again and go back to do my passion. I rented a salon suite worked there part time to build my clientele and after another year I was stable enough and I quit my bartending job. After another year in my salon suite I opened my second salon in the US. It was a small 500sqft space. I hired another stylist. I’m finally starting, having a team again and being a leader. I missed working with other stylists. Another year went by, we got more and more busy and my salon quickly was getting to small. We moved to a 1000sqft space that I completely remodeled and MaVo Hairlounge No3 was born. I hired another stylist and a apprentice, and now another 2 years later we are growing so big that we need another bigger space. Here we go again… Next year in Spring MaVo Hairlounge No 4 will be opening their doors. Even bigger, better and more luxurious. What sets us apart from others is the european interior design and the vibe in the Salon. We are a super chill laidback team, who is drama free. We listen to spice girls, TLC & britney spears in the salon and always have some dance moves ready. It was not easy to get where I’m at now. I’ll be doing hair since 20 years and it was a bumpy road but it was totally worth it. Sometimes people don’t see the struggle in owning a business. I work 5 days behind the chair and i’m off 2 days. But really off I’m only one day because the other day off, I have to do bookkeeping, orders and all the stuff for that I don’t have time during my work week. What helped me a lot to be where I’m at is my mom and my close friend in germany. They always belived in me, even when I was down. I’m a very positive and happy person and in my freetime I enjoy my dogs and the great outdoors in Florida. I think that what balances my busy daily routine a lot. I learned my lessons. I don’t trust anyone right away. Especiall in South Florida with coming here and opening my first salon, I’ve learned my lessons. I am very careful with people here but i’m sure i’m always still learning. Mavolous… We style – You’ll smile!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Haha I just did that when my best friend from germany visited in the beginning of the year. First of all, I showed him the Beach. Than we went for happy hour either to the beach or to las olas. One of my favorite places is Rhythm & Vine, a chill outdoor backyard in flaglervillage. Than we drove down one day for a trip (2 days) to Islamorada. It’s always fun. Renting a waverunner or a boat is an awesome and unforgettable. After that, hanging out in a tiki bar for a drink or two and watching the sunset. Wynwood is always worth a visit. Strolling around thru cool galleries and seeing the wynwood walls is a must when in south florida. Traditional when you are in florida, you have to go to the everglades. I took my friend to homestead on the way home from the keys. we went to a alligator farm and did a airboat tour. Always worth a daytrip is to the westcoast of florida. Sanibel & Captiva Island has the most beautiful beaches in Florida. If we have enought time we make it to one of the Springs in Central Florida. It’s a bit of a drive but you will see how much nature florida has to offer. People always think of florida, that its South Beach and Disney. It’s not true. I barely hang out in South Beach, neither I like the adventure parks in Orlando. But I’m sure it’s fun for a lot of people. I’m always scared when I have friend or my mom visiting, that I’m running out of ideas to entertain. But I’m here since 7 years and still exploring and always finding new things to do
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Definitely my Mom and my close friends. I’m also reading a lot of business building books and listening to podcasts