Make Me Over: upscale style in a boutique-beauty spa

Stephanie McMichael and Natasha Washington have spent their entire careers helping to make people beautiful.

Stephanie moved to Zachary from Chicago, and has operated a beauty salon and boutique for 23 years. Tasha has been licensed for 18 years and she also owned a successful salon in Baker.

“We were close friends for many years and we always wanted to work together,” said Stephanie. “The opportunity came up for us here because the salon and boutique were not working. We merged our businesses together and we’ve been an awesome team together.”

Partners Natasha Washington, left, and Stephanie McMichael.

After operating for almost a year as Cater 2 U in the Zachary Commerce Center at the corner of Hwy. 64 and Hwy 964, the two friends decided to change the name to reflect their new business philosophy.

The result of their efforts is Make Me Over, an upscale salon and clothing boutique.

The salon offers a full line of services for hair, along with spa-type pampering including body wraps, foot detox, facials, waxing and more.

“We also have body-wrap parties and Swedish and relaxation massages,” said Natasha.”

In addition, they offer a full-line of hair care and beauty products, including popular brands like Joico and Naked and they’ll soon be offering Keune.

It’s a great opportunity with Zachary growing like it is and all the businesses located around here,” said Stephanie. “We said ‘let’s go for it.’ Things have been working to our expectations and to our advantage.”

The two ladies each have an entrepreneurial drive and plan to explore other business options together in the future.

“We plan to have more than one location and to be visible and support various causes,” said Stephanie. “I love it here, I feel rooted here.”

Added Natasha, “I want to empower other women and encourage others and make them feel good about themselves.”

The boutique is in the front part of the shop and has a wide offering of clothes for young girls, ladies and misses. From casual dresses, to more formal church-style clothes and everything in between with plenty of choices for all different sizes, including plus sizes, too. Plus, there’s a nice selection of shoes and various accessories. The boutique also carries Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry and if something isn’t in stock, it can be ordered through one of many catalogues on hand. During the month of July, Stephanie is running a special on sale items: buy one at full price, get the second at half price.

In the future, the two ladies plan to offer “pamper me” parties, wedding parties and “long day-at-the-office” and fashion parties.

The boutique is open Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The salon is open the same hours Monday through Wednesday and opens at 7 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 8 p.m.

The two ladies have had plenty of support in their business venture. Stephanie credits her brother, Eric McMichael and nephew, Darius, and Natasha is appreciative of her husband, Shaun.

“They were very supportive and helpful getting us opened,” said Natasha. “We’re just very thankful for everything.”