Tennessee Highlighter: Meet Rodney Mitchell | Salon Owner & Restaurant Aficionado

by | May 17, 2024 | Blog | 0 comments

We had the good fortune of connecting with Rodney Mitchell and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rodney, how do you think about risk?
Obviously, going into business for yourself is a huge risk, especially when you are using your own money to do it. And I know it’s a cliché, but if you don’t take the risk, you don’t get the reward. And it’s important to remember that not every reward is about money. I have opened 5 salons myself. My career hasn’t always been easy though. I have lost and made money several times in the process.
But taking risks has allowed me to work with amazing hairdressers and incredibly successful clients and
has helped me make a name for myself in the big city of Nashville. Not bad for a small town boy from
Alabama.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business is my pride and joy. I built my salon from the ground up, and trust me, there is nothing easy about starting your own business. It is a 24/7 job. In addition to my salon, I have also just helped
open one of the most exclusive private clubs in Nashville. It’s a fast paced life, but I have no plans on
slowing down anytime soon. It’s not for the faint of heart. It takes a great deal of determination and grit
to keep up with it, but it is the most rewarding feeling in the world. Through the years, the most
important thing I have learned about business is to persevere. Don’t dwell on you failures. Everyone fails
before they succeed.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Nashville is truly an amazing place to explore! I’ve lived here for years and still haven’t gotten around to see everything this city has to offer. A few of my favorite places to eat and grab a drink include Sinatra Bar and Lounge if you’re looking for a high-class experience; Skulls Rainbow Room if you’re looking for a truly legendary Nashville experience with great food and entertainment; and Nudie’s Honky Tonk if you want that true lower Broadway feel. My favorite chill spot is D’Andrews bakery which is the best lace to grab a coffee and pastry and catch up on some work or meet up with friends.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I could honestly fill this magazine with names and stories about all of the people who have helped me on this journey: my family, my friends and most importantly my clients who have become my friends
and my family. I have formed unbreakable bonds with all of them and friendships that have withstood
the test of time. My clients have seen me at my lowest lows and my highest highs. They have been there
for major events in my life and still continue to trust me, love me and show me compassion. Without
them I would not have a business and for that I am truly grateful.

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