Towles named Small Business Person of the Year
When David Towles decided to begin his business in Hammond’s Ferry, he was deterred by other business owners, but proved to be successful enough to gain national and local attention.
The North Augusta Chamber of Commerce held its Business and Community Expo to give professionals and community members an opportunity to network and to spotlight its Small Business Person of the Year, David Towles, owner of Edge Salon and Edge Formals.
Last year’s recipient, Janet Baumgardner, of Comfort Keepers, introduced the award.
“Small business is about hopes and dreams,” she said. “It’s about making dreams come true. The dreams of men and women who lay awake at night and consider how we can improve our lives and the lives of others.” This can be seen through the success that was achieved with just an empty piece of land and a dream.
Towles opened Edge Salon and, three years later, added a formal shop Edge Formal. His wife, Valerie, said starting the business was a risk.
“He (David) had a lot of vision,” Valerie said. “It was scary going in as a grassy empty lot. It was like ‘Field of Dreams’ – ‘if you build it, they will come,’ and people continue to come from all around.”
David said opening the business has been a great experience, and he has enjoyed watching the growth in Hammond’s Ferry.
David and his family have been reaping the benefits of their hard work, with a 400 percent increase in revenue from their business, catering to clients up to 100 miles away and being featured on “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding” on TLC.
“If you offer a good service at a fair price, people will come,” David said.
The Towles family has a connection with the community and has appreciated its help.
“We’re just very excited to be a part of the community and help to make people beautiful,” Valerie said. “There are so many opportunities for families and people of all generations here in the community. We love Hammond’s Ferry. We just recently moved into the community. It’s a really neat place to be.”
Elizabeth, David and Valerie’s daughter, said her father has been working countless hours for his salon and formal shop, and she is glad to see the work that is being put in is recognized by the people of North Augusta.
“It feels like a long time coming. We’ve worked really, really hard, especially with the new expansion in our business,” Elizabeth said. “It feels really good to be appreciated in the community. He definitely deserves it.”
David said he feels honored by the award, but knows his business would not be what it is without the support of his family and his staff.
“It wouldn’t be possible without my staff,” David said. “A successful business has to have the team working together. I’m so honored to get this award.”
Heather Wright is a reporter for the North Augusta Star.