The Pepper Tree Hair Studio is proudly First Nations owned and operated business based in downtown Prince George that has been operating for over 40 years. Owner and Gitxsan hereditary chief Shannon Wright ensures that the business incorporates her values of sustainability and environmental protection and this focus has earned them the recognition of being the first Green Circle Certified salon in Prince George.
“I’ve really followed in my mom’s footsteps, she trained me from the ground up” explained Wright. “I started work with her as an early teenager; therefore, it was a natural progression. Out of all the training I’ve done, she’s given me that boost to succeed. I love what I do and I love working alongside her, she has a way to sharpen your skills and bring out the best in myself and others.”
In addition to offering clients cutting edge hair styles thanks to more than sixty years combined experience, the mother-daughter team also focuses on providing a serene environment for clients. With soft music and the calming scent of Sweetgrass, the studio is a pleasure for all senses.
“As a business, we strive to be a place where people can come, relax and leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated inside and out” said Wright. “Our environment has a significant impact on our well-being and we want to do all we can to take care of people – our clients, artisans, ourselves and those we share this land with. We’re grateful to the Lheidli T’enneh for graciously allowing us to live and operate our business on their land. In gratitude for their kindness, we extend a ten per cent discount to all Lheidli T’enneh members who visit our studio. For the greater good we recycle hair – which is used in ‘hair boom’ to safely soak up oil spills – and we recycle foils, hair colour and product containers to prevent and mitigate harm to our environment.”
Shannon Wright is one of many women entrepreneurs that have their business listed on Love Northern BC. November 19 is Women’s Entrepreneurship Day and Northern Development is celebrating the hard work and creative vision that Wright and other female business owners display to make Northern B.C. a better place to live, work and play.