Glover, who has owned Applause! Hair Designs since 2014, made the strategic decision in 2020 to bring her salon to Northlake Mall, making history with the state’s first Black woman-owned full-service salon.
“When we reopened, our clients rushed the door,” Glover expressed. “So, it’s the support of not only the hair salon clients because those clients are now coming here because they were so excited about the nail salon opening. So, it feels like we have our own community here in this corner.”
The name “Applause!” is not just a moniker; it reflects Glover’s vision for her clients. She wants them to feel a sense of worth and acknowledgment when they leave her salon. A sentiment echoed by loyal customer Tracey Pickard, who described Glover as an anchor, providing a welcoming space for clients to return to whenever they need.
“It’s not just about us having a Black team or having Black clients,” she emphasized. “I want to be here for Charlotte natives and give back to the Charlotte community as a whole, no matter what that looks like.”
For Katossa Glover, the realization of her entrepreneurial dreams is more than a personal triumph; it is a historic moment for North Carolina, inspiring others and redefining the landscape of the beauty and salon industry.