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Pink Gorilla pops up in Chesterfield to service beauty needs

By Emma Hobday | 23 November 2021 | News, Products & Treatments

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A bold, bright beauty salon has opened in Chesterfield, featuring a giant pink gorilla.

The eye-catching ‘Pink Gorilla’ premises is founded by Kerry Manders and Leanne Hemmens, who each have over a decade of experience in the beauty industry. They joined forces in 2018 owing to their unique and innovative ideas.

“We started looking for premises at the beginning of 2020, then unfortunately lockdown happened, so we had to postpone it for several months. We decided during the third lockdown that we just needed to go for it and make it happen, so that’s exactly what we did, and Pink Gorilla was born! We found our premises and wanted to focus on something positive after such a challenging year during the pandemic.”

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The duo was determined to create a unique salon that was not like other hair and nail salons in the area (Chesterfield, Derbyshire.) “We both love the outdoors and nature, so we wanted to bring this aesthetic to the salon, but it quickly turned into a jungle theme as we wanted jungle themed animals in the salon too! Gary the gorilla became the salon’s icon, and we also wanted Gary to be pink, which resulted in the salon name,” the pair smile.

Leanne and Kerry worked tirelessly over four weeks to prepare the salon for its opening. “It was a derelict space with a lot of work to be done. We would work from 8am until midnight every day to get it finished, as we wanted to open in time to not let our clients down. We did all the work ourselves with the help of family, and that’s something we are super proud of!”

And the businesswomen have high ambitions for the future, as they very much want to expand the Pink Gorilla brand. “We are manifesting big things for Pink Gorilla, including a training academy, a range of products and more!”

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