We had the good fortune of connecting with Jim Bagley and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jim, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I wanted to create a space that was happy, fun, and allowed growth for others. I took a lot of the ideas and concepts that I did love from previous employers and used them in my salon company. The things that I did not care for were not used. I am a casual guy and I wanted a casual space, but we are a luxury salon.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m most excited about taking a craft (hair stylist) and turning it into a business and a family for my team. When I got into this, I never imagined myself being a business owner, I just wanted to have fun and hang out with cool people. It’s amazing someone can make a great living off of doing hair and even become a business owner. Looking back, it feels easy because I truly enjoy my work. Sure, there are parts of business ownership and people leadership that are difficult/challenging, but I try and stay focused on the client/guest and my team and it’s all worth it.

I’ve only worked for 4 salons in my 24 years (which is rare in this industry) so I knew when opening my own business, I wanted to create an environment that was fun, felt like a family and provided opportunity for clear growth where my teammates would stay for a long time. We offer health benefits, a retirement plan with a company match, learning and growth opportunities.

Linear Salon is an approachable, luxury salon. Our guests receive high-end, luxury services and experience in a casual, “come as you are” type of environment.

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.
Chris Shepherd is my favorite local chef so I recommend any of his establishments; my most favorite is UB Preserv. Next stop is G Spot Art Gallery on 11th in the Heights. I love art and have been friends with Wayne Gilbert, owner of G Spot, for many years. I love the cocktails and the vibes at Anvil and Eight Row Flint. Bike riding down MKT trail in the heights with a stop at Da Gama Canteen. Reserve Supply Co on Washington Ave is where I buy most of my denim and cool guy t’s.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to David Wagner, author of ‘Life as a Daymaker’. I consider myself a ‘Daymaker’ and it’s become my team’s mantra as well. Our goal is to each day, make someone’s day. We never know what people are going through and what a huge impact kindness, listening and caring can make. My title on my business card is, “Daymaker”.

Website: www.linearsalon.com

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Yelp: Linear Salon

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