Editor’s Note: We spoke with Marie Bronson who owns three local businesses: Shear Sailing Salon & Tanning, Swirls N Curls Ice Cream and Sunnybrook Realty, LLC. Visit ShearSailing.com (941-475-1855 or 697-3959 at Fiddlers Green), SwirlsCurlsIceCream.com (941-460-3805), and SunnybrookRealty.com (941-474-8000). All three of her businesses have earned multiple awards over many years.
Marie, it’s challenging enough to own one business. How do you manage three?
Multi-tasking is one of my strengths and we also hire reliable people that care about helping customers. It’s also important to enjoy what you do each day.
What’s the main services at Shear Sailing Salon & Tanning?
We offer many spa services including customized facials by Tanya. Air brush tanning is a popular way to get a bronze tan without worrying about sun damage. We specialize in all types of hair, razor cuts and barbering. Our trained staff has over 25 years of experience with waxing. We have expertise with hair extensions to enhance hair thickness or length. We are certified in many of our salon services. We especially excel in bridal hair styling and intricate up dos. We also offer bridal packages for everyone’s budget. We’ve helped hundreds of brides and we have the right equipment (lighting) and quality products. Our certified makeup artists have worked on high profile television and fashion shows. Visit our website to learn more about all of our services.
What’s the latest news with Swirls N Curls Ice Cream?
We now offer delivery through three major companies including Bite Squad. We recently purchased a nostalgic 1960 Classic Ford truck that will be converted into an Ice cream food truck to support area events. We still offer new ice cream flavors monthly. Visit our website to learn more about our treats for humans and pets.
What would you like to share about Sunnybrook Realty?
Sunnybrook is managed by my son Tim and he’s a licensed contractor and realtor. We offer custom home building, sales, rentals, and property management to leverage our knowledge living here since 1986. Our Fiddlers Green Plaza services the surrounding condos on Placida Road that are in high demand. Visit our website to learn more about Sunnybrook Realty.
What basic advice would you give to a woman starting her own business?
Don’t be afraid to take the first step doing what you love to do. Do your research and offer high quality products or services. It’s also important to support other small businesses in our community.
Do you and Howard have any travel plans for the summer?
We visited our hometown in Pennsylvania last summer where we enjoyed the ethnic food we grew up on. We also visited some favorite places in Maine where we ate the best lobster rolls ever along with homemade blueberry ice cream. This summer, we’re renting an RV and taking our grandson to Maine as a high school graduation present. It’s all about making memories!