ITHACA, N.Y. — Just two days following Serenity Dixon walked the phase at her Ithaca High School graduation, the 2020 graduate logged onto her to start with online lessons at esthetician school. 

Now, Dixon, 18, is two months into running Serenity’s Beautique, exactly where she has turned her passion for eyelash extensions and natural beauty into a scorching pink oasis amongst the greys of downtown Ithaca.

Commencing a business from scratch in her hometown has intended anything from navigating COVID mask mandates to understanding how to paint a ceiling. But to Dixon, jumping from significant school to starting to be a full-time company proprietor feels truly worth it.   

“I was acquiring off [esthetician] school at 6 p.m., coming right here, portray all those people months,” Dixon explained of opening the boutique. “I started off university in January, and I signed the lease in January. Then I finished university in April and opened the store in May perhaps. Even when I was not technically open, I was often operating on some thing. It was a good deal, but I don’t regret any component of it.”

Due to the fact Dixon opened the boutique, she has developed a practically 200-man or woman customer base, ranging from significant university buddies to those who a short while ago moved to Ithaca experimenting with lash extensions for the initially time.