The First Black-Owned Beauty Supply in Harrisburg
L&L Beauty Supply was founded in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania by a family who saw a void in the hair and beauty supply service to black and brown communities and wanted to be a part of the much needed change. Through their beauty supply store they’re aiming to inspire, encourage, and support local businesses and entrepreneurs and provide barbers and beauticians with what they need.
”We [Armstrong’s] started a contracting company, while mom had a jewelry line” said Lynnae, “I was fed up with the nursing life and needed to figure out what to do next.” So she started to do research about about the beauty industry in Harrisburg after noticing a void for many black beauticians and service providers. “I came to my husband and said “let’s start a beauty supply”. Already having experience running a successful business, he would be more than excited to jump headfirst into this new venture.
"We went on to ask mom if she would like to partner with us."
Lynnae quit her job August 17th, and the trio got to work instantly, signing the lease and getting started on the building by September 1st.The trio would go onto endure sleepless nights, long days and pour sweat-equity into their budding vision. Traveling to cities like Atlanta and Chicago to educate themselves on the business, they visited black-owned beauty supply stores, warehouses and vendors all across the U.S. during this time -- all while working on their building. “We did the work ourselves, and have been in business since November 23rd”.
In the short time they’ve been running, L&L has already begun partnering with local and native entrepreneurs and businesses to change the landscape of the beauty industry in Harrisburg and Beyond. Through their business they want to inject the beauty supply industry - and the city - with inspiration and belief that we can do. Grow with us as we go onward.
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