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Ep. 8 with Candyce Fiessel from The Style Academy & Shear Escape

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Today’s guest is a powerhouse on the Regina entrepreneurial scene. She started her first business as a young teen and has never looked back! Candyce Fiessel is a business owner, a rock star leader, a visionary and mentor who cares deeply about her team and her community.


Barb McGrath 0:00
Welcome to Night views The Secret Life of entrepreneurs on 91.3 FM CJ tr. We’re live with a local business owner who’s making a difference in y qR. Stay tuned to learn their secrets about what makes them tick. What helped them become successful and their role as a leader in our business community. You’re listening to your host, Barb McGrath, business owner, founder of get found on Google live and marketing expert who helps businesses succeed with ease using their website, social media and online reputation. Our guest today is Candyce Fiessel, business owner, community leader, and fashionista entrepreneur. So that’s a couple of big words. There.

Candyce Fiessel 0:51
Okay. Um, we’re on my

Barb McGrath 0:53
Candyce is going to talk about her incredible journey through entrepreneurialism. And we’re going to tap into just a few of those experiences today. Honestly, we could have a three hour show, and I don’t think we get through her whole story. It’s really such an amazing story. All right. So welcome, Candace. So let’s start, you know, kind of at the beginning, tell us a little bit about yourself, and what businesses you’re involved in right now.

Candyce Fiessel 1:23
So I was born and raised here in China. And just right out of high school, I found that I had that natural calling to know what I wanted to do it with my career. I had started in high school, answering phones at my uncle’s salon, and just jumped right in right out of high school, went to beauty school, learn cosmetology and I worked for mancoll and so on for about two years, and just had this urge to continue growth. And I went through university thinking maybe a teacher, maybe it’s a colleges, what else would it be that I could, you know, continue learning while it was still doing here behind the chair. And that didn’t go for me. So I entered into Dale Carnegie program as a 10 week program, one day a week and it changed my life, I really developed a lot of my self esteem. Okay, a lot about myself. And this is where I kind of formed the business vision, and very cool open my own salon at 21 years old.

Barb McGrath 2:28
Wow. Okay, so you used to work in your uncle’s salon? Can you tell us the name of that salon? because lots of people listening will be from Regina and probably even know it?

Candyce Fiessel 2:37
Yes, of course, United Artists

Barb McGrath 2:39
Was I do remember? Yes.

Candyce Fiessel 2:42
I’m still there with her team. And we’ve done with his son and wife now. Okay, have a salon and they’re opening a second salon. So.

Barb McGrath 2:52
So it’s kind of in the family that it’s kind of in the genes? Would you look at that? Did either your mom or dad have any involvement in the industry?

Candyce Fiessel 2:59
No, my dad was in sales. And my mom really supported us throughout our whole youth being at home with him and in the administration, as well as helped me with Shear Escape.

Barb McGrath 3:12
Okay, so, wow. Okay, so there we’ve got a name. That’s, that’s the first business. That’s the one that you started at. 21 was Shear Escape, right? Yeah, it was the original location on Albert street or on Albert Street. It’s always been there by URLs. Yes. Okay. I know what well, I am a customer. So you and I never met through that. or something?

Candyce Fiessel 3:32
Yeah. Through WESK. We had the women entrepreneurs presentation. Yeah.

Barb McGrath 3:36
Through that presentation. Exactly. Very cool. Okay, so let’s continue. So did Dale Carnegie, and then other businesses have come into the picture? So So tell us a little bit more about that?

Candyce Fiessel 3:48
Well, becoming an entrepreneur at 21. And I think the big thing was 2005 there was no Facebook.

Barb McGrath 3:57
Yeah, isn’t that true?

Candyce Fiessel 3:59
Oh, our old school marketing was like putting 10 cards at URL. So during lunch hour and doing all the waitresses hair, and that was kind of our marketing. Hmm. So you know, in a short eight months, I probably joined every networking group possible and was constantly out in the community. We did fundraisers events, and it was absolutely amazing journey. And in eight months, I was nominated for a Young Entrepreneur of the Year award through Chamber of Commerce, which was absolutely so so full of gratitude to be right yeah,

Barb McGrath 4:34
That’s a real honor like the Regional Chamber of Commerce or the SAS chamber January Chamber of Commerce. Wow. I had john and Amanda on so it’s crazy. Yeah. Okay, so one question 21 starting a business like financing did you have to go through the bank process at that point and wow, at 21 there is no way I was.

Candyce Fiessel 4:56
I think I you know, we’re no matter blazer and Like, I look the part and put my spreadsheets together showing my projections. And there was a really great online application that walked me through the journey. And I still to this day, recommend people to use that application and, and just go through the journey of what they’re going to do to make it successful.

Barb McGrath 5:20
Absolutely. You know, one of the things that I’ve often heard sort of on the sales side of a business is every no is one step closer to a yes. And so you have to go through that process. You have to go through that journey. Here are a couple of noes along the way. And that gets you to your Yes, eventually. Is that that was kind of your approach to Yeah, okay. Okay. So eight months in a first business, I know you had some life events that happen. I don’t know if you want to go down that path. But tell us what happened next. And Canis is life.

Candyce Fiessel 5:52
Yes, we’ve all you know, I experience a life changing event, it was actually an assault that led to me having a central stroke, wow. I had to learn to walk, talk, eat, see again, and it totally uprooted my whole world. I felt lost. I, you know, had been living this life of passion. And, you know, is the first there and work in the morning and the last one there at night. And it was just filled with inspiration and vision. And all of a sudden I was in a hospital bed, trying to understand whether it ever get to do hair again.

Barb McGrath 6:27
Mm hmm. And I understand that they told you at one point that you couldn’t

Candyce Fiessel 6:30
Yeah, I you know, I, I really wasn’t able to use my my left arm at all, and, you know, still have challenges to this day, but nothing visible to those who aren’t with me day to day, right. Okay. And so I think that I learned a huge life lesson that life is precious. And really early on in entrepreneurship, where I started working smarter, not harder and diversifying my portfolio into rental properties. And you know, going out there doing personal development like Tony Robbins and the hot coals and unleashing that power within, it wasn’t just my story and how I was going to grow as entrepreneur who’s building that team that’s going to execute this vision.

Barb McGrath 7:16
So talk about this Tony Robbins program. You mentioned that to me before we did our interview today. And that’s a program I’m not familiar with. So tell me a little bit about it.

Candyce Fiessel 7:23
Well, there’s a couple of there’s one called unleash the power within was a which was about 412 to 14 hour days, they’re super intensive, very intense person. And you finale and it with walking hot coals

Barb McGrath 7:36
And oh, literally, literally,

Candyce Fiessel 7:38
Yeah, oh, wow. It’s a lot of, you know, going in tackling those, those inner beliefs that are limiting you. And I recently that was in 2011. And then just in 2017, in December, I went to date with destiny. And it really was life changing, it’s about building that blueprint of, of who you are, and maybe who you were, and understanding who you were, and rebirthing it as where you want to be now, ah, knowing that your your values were here, and I actually choose to, and I can choose to re reevaluate and put my new values on paper and own those now.

Barb McGrath 8:18
Exactly. And they I’ve heard many times the importance of knowing your values, but then living your values and having the ability and the confidence to say no, because some something doesn’t fit within your values.

Candyce Fiessel 8:33

Barb McGrath 8:34
Right. Excellent. Okay, so I’m hearing that personal development, professional development is something that’s, that’s huge for you. Why, like, what, what makes you want to do that, what’s driving that?

Candyce Fiessel 8:48
I think that naturally, as a leader, you you’re constantly put in this position to have others look up to you and and learn from you and be inspired from you. And, and they, they want to have that mentorship. And so that is a commitment for continued growth. And if I’m seeking continued growth, I believe that those who are surrounded with me day to day and I choose to be on the team with me, also continue their growth and reach their full potential.

Barb McGrath 9:17
Absolutely. Yep. So I remember hearing you talk back in the spring, the first time that we met, and I heard your story, so you still have sure escape. You’re also a owner in the style Academy. Yeah. Right. And there was there was a really fun story that sort of came to being an owner there. Do you want to quickly touch on that?

Candyce Fiessel 9:40
To becoming an owner? Yeah. Well, I mean, there were so many things that led up to it. And in 2012, we, myself, Chris Pritchard, who’s my cousin, and my uncle, Dan Prichard son. Got and I got to put the picture together. We We’re talking around table and got introduced to Chelsea Peterson and answered it’s a sketch and fashion week and this is right around the time where I was exploring trying to open a beauty school and it just there was a franchise there was all these other options. I was working with a consultant trying to explore which version was going to be the best version of achieving this goal in this vision of raising our industry standards right and we kept hitting and now know what’s banks know what the franchise know what it just kept hitting, you know? And so Fashion Week burst and I was able to really grow as a person like I was referred as like, earning a degree.

Ah, I learned that honorary degree right, Janice. I learned from so many amazing people that founding member team was just so precious. And so from there the the second year of fashion, you guys seen the previous owner Rashard Beatty college, debt Forsberg, and she was ready to retire and, and ready to let down and I take on her legacy, and take it to that next level. And she believed in us and our vision. And so she sold the beauty schools, I’m sure to be the college, we were at North broad and yeah, and that was 2013. k, when we purchased it 2015 we rebranded relocated, Mm hmm. And in those two years, I also had two healthy babies.

Barb McGrath 11:27
Let’s just do everything at once, right?

Candyce Fiessel 11:29
And we re at this Shear Escape was 10 years old by then. So we actually renovated the whole space into a beautiful new modern space. So that was a Yeah, between 2013 and 15.

Barb McGrath 11:42
Those were a couple of crazy years. Yeah. See Italy? Can you actually look back and remember very much of it? Or is it kind of a blur,

Candyce Fiessel 11:48
It’s pretty blurry. But, but filled with joy, and oh, absolute love illuminated and, you know, thinking back to being in a hospital bed for I didn’t know if I could continue in this industry. And all those challenges rose, I can’t imagine if I didn’t fight through and believe that I could continue in this industry. Because this industry has brought me so much fulfillment and joy and the people I get to be surrounded by. Our goal is to make others feel beautiful, right? So we get to do that’s our gift that we get to share that you get to share every day.

Barb McGrath 12:23
Exactly, yeah.

Candyce Fiessel 12:24
And to now mold other youth to come into an industry where you love what you do every day. And it can heal people. So right. It’s a wonderful, wonderful tour. So let’s talk a little bit about the industry. So the beauty industry, I think takes a beating probably more often than it deserves. It’s a it’s a tough industry out there. So you spend almost all day every day focused on the industry in one way, shape, or form, what’s happening in the industry in terms of trends and the future. And I mean, I can’t get a haircut online, I absolutely have to rely on someone local. And in fact, that’s probably few, one of very few businesses that you can’t Yeah, you can’t go online. So talk to me a little bit about the future of your industry and how things like that are impacting you. Well, you know, I see our industry as a you see it, real estate, every block, there’s a salon, like there were kids helping that fill those those spaces out there, right. But you know, there’s some trends going on, where there’s a lot of people that have that vision of going out on their own, going out on their own. And there’s less collaboration happening where I believe the future of successful entrepreneurship in the creative industries, is collaboration. And we’re gonna see less and less salons opening and more mergia vision opening, okay, just like the health centers, or, you know, instead of having like 400 photographers and different centers where you’re working singularly, you’re gonna start to see a photographer, a fashion designer, a hairstylist and makeup artist all in one building.

Barb McGrath 14:05
That’s right.

Candyce Fiessel 14:06
You know, I think my big vision would be to see a destination experience for Regina. Yeah, had this facilitated merger. And we all come together and build this amazing experience for people that want to travel across Canada, come and experience the talent that we have here in our province.

Barb McGrath 14:24
So you talked a little bit about that in the notes that you sent me in advance. So So talk to me a little bit more about that. Tell me about your vision, what do you see?

Candyce Fiessel 14:33
I see a life style building, you know, something where we can come in and drop our kids off, go to the license cafe. You know? You never know what time of the day that could be. I you know, go work for the personal life coach and make sure we’re you know, feeling fulfilled in all the areas of our lives. Get get a workout and do your heart. Cold spa just really feel if you work in that building, you can maximize everything from that building. Yeah, and you can use the app as a membership because everything’s going that directions right you know, your membership is managed through the app and you’re good to go. So I mean, I got to put this out there that’s one thing economic development. There’s a wonderful woman Jasmine that that’s really growing so many people here supporting entrepreneurs. Yes, absolutely huge for with audacity, where I sat on the board and she said, you know, we got to get loud with her ideas are gonna get louder their vision, we can’t keep all these things inside. Because the worst thing we could do is have two blocks away from each other, the same vision, the same thing come out together, and then we’re both struggling versing working together.

Barb McGrath 15:49
Yeah, yeah, exactly. That whole collective concept is really something that’s gaining some momentum lately. Absolutely. Yep. So I just need to do a quick station ID here and then we’ll be back. And we’re gonna do our series of fast questions with Candice when we come back. So I just want to share with the listeners that Regina community radio is hosting a chase the ACE every Sunday night from the revival music room, but ours is chase the bass. It’s a classic, tasty Ace lottery with a twist of being able to win both cash jackpot and sweet bass guitar. So every, every Sunday ticket sales begin at 7pm and cost $5 per ticket with the dropping at 9:15pm. If your ticket is drawn you immediately when a portion of a pot and get a chance to pick a card from the deck. If you pick the ace of spades, the event is over and you win the entire jackpot and the bass guitar. If you choose any other card, that card is removed from the deck and the pot continues to grow. Come try your luck at chase the ACE every Sunday night at the revival music room on dewdney. And stick around after for live entertainment. The current jackpot is $500. If you’re looking for more details, check out cJ Okay, so before I start to ask Candace, some of the fast questions. Today’s a pretty momentous day in Canada 17th of October, cannabis is now legal in Canada. Does that have any impact on your industry?

Candyce Fiessel 17:21
Well, definitely, at the school level, you know, we’re dealing with young youth that are already, you know, going through huge life changes first time living on their own there. So I do believe that this may be a challenge in the school. And it could impact you know, the education. Yeah, receiving and the boundaries we have to create. I mean, it already exists in our, our, you know, administration when they first get enrolled with us, but, you know, we’re gonna have eyes wide open.

Barb McGrath 17:51
Yeah. Well, you know, I was reading an article online this morning about how employers are approaching this. And of course, employers have not been well prepared. And I don’t mean that from the employer perspective, but in fact, the research and and the information needed to make decisions and impact policy aren’t there. So as an employer, you’re left kind of with a couple of cards missing from the deck. So you know, lots of employers are saying hundred percent absences, the only option? And of course, the difference between cannabis and alcohol is cannabis stays in your system, I believe, for 30 days. Now, I’m certainly no expert. But, but that really starts to change the landscape. And I would, I would expect that you will see an impact at the school level, simply because now we can indulge where we’ve never been able to legally before. Yeah.

Candyce Fiessel 18:41
And it’ll make a huge difference. Smell it on people more so than cigarette smoke. So I think it’s a key indicator. Yes, it’s gonna be a little easier than harder. But

Barb McGrath 18:53
Exactly. The conversation. All right. Well, let’s head into our fast questions. So for anyone listening, I always like to ask our guests on the show a couple of really quick speed questions, just get some fun answers from them. And because I’m fortunate enough to know a little bit about Candyce, I know she has young kids. So I kept that in mind when I came up with some questions for you today. And we’re gonna start with an easy one. What’s your favorite animated character?

There’s pardon. There’s their kids. Oh, no. Yours, your favorite animated character?

Candyce Fiessel 19:26
Um, Peppa Pig.

Barb McGrath 19:29
Oh, okay. And why? Because I have to ask that you join their family

Candyce Fiessel 19:32
Journeys are just always so fun. Yeah. Makes me want to go recruit them.

Barb McGrath 19:38
That’s awesome. I your family sports or culture,

Candyce Fiessel 19:43
Culture, culture.

Barb McGrath 19:44
What kind of culture Do you guys get into?

Candyce Fiessel 19:46
I’d say I’m just, you know, getting out exploring and experiencing what is offered locally. And, you know, being exposed to the arts. I think that’s just like, it’s heartfelt. It’s A lot of heart blood, sweat and tears goes into the arts. Exactly. For sure. That’s where I’d love to expose my children more. They’re two and a half and four. So it’s a little young yet

Barb McGrath 20:09
Yet, but still, there’s lots to pick from. Right? There’s music classes, art classes. Yes. There’s lots and lots to pick from. Okay, time balance, how do you balance it all?

Candyce Fiessel 20:21
You know what fulfillment is kind of more of a language now versus you know, so what, but I’m a planner,

Barb McGrath 20:28
Your planner, live by your day planner live by your calendar? Yeah. Do you imagine you creating my own that hopefully will launch this year? Your own day planner, as a life planner, life planner. Okay. Wow, will that ever be cool? Yeah. Tell us a little bit about that process. Like how are you creating your own life planner?

Candyce Fiessel 20:47
No, I just was really inspired by Tony Robbins seminar, the date with destiny. And when he started to chunk your life’s into compartments, and you start to see these empty boxes, he realized he’d become aware, self aware, the categories you haven’t spent time growing. And I think that awareness is something that can serve us all. There’s a lot of sensitivity with mental health right now. And being a young mother trying to balance all the things I’m not alone, there’s so many of us out there, I think just will help reloop remove the loneliness, of thinking, you know, let’s write it down and you feel more complete, you feel more awake.

Barb McGrath 21:24
You know, when I’ve certainly heard a number of times, any kind of journaling activity, any type of time of type of gratitude activity, those can be incredibly powerful. When, when mentally you’re struggling in any way, shape, or form lately, yeah, definitely. Okay, well, let’s, let’s talk a little bit more about Canvas. So, as a business owner and a business owner at 21, there has to have been something that happened in the last number of years that you know, maybe at that time you you couldn’t smile about it or laugh about it. But when you look back now, you’re really able to appreciate the humor of the situation. Maybe it was something like the walls got painted the wrong color. When you redid the salon or, you know, is there something that comes to mind right away that you think okay, in hindsight Yeah, it was kind of funny but Oh, at that time it wasn’t you

Candyce Fiessel 22:19
I’ve always had a lot of gratitude for the first contractor that I ever had.

Barb McGrath 22:24

Candyce Fiessel 22:26
Mel feasel also contracting amazing man he I still see him at the French press grabbing coffee. And he you know was so patient with me I I drew the columns and the curved walls and I mean, he’s just like, you know, how much of her fall is and I painted probably every wall different colors and dark dark colors to so layers upon layers of paint and, and he was just so patient accepting of my creativity when it went this glass blocks and this, you know, I sketched the logo versus you know, having a sign and have it scanned in for my sign. And it was so complex yet he was so supportive and Lawrence drywaller just was so patient with those curved walls.

Barb McGrath 23:11
And if you did have curved walls in the beginning,

Candyce Fiessel 23:14
Oh, wow, great innovation, Kirkwall pillars, glass blocks. A, it was a hard project for sure. And no drawn, you know, and he basically took this hand drawing and turned it into reality turned it into reality. And, you know, I built confidence from that experience, because he respected that I didn’t want to just hand off the ideas. I wanted to really create them. Right.

Barb McGrath 23:40
Mel, you said the first name was right. You know, and that’s, that’s phenomenal. Because at 21. Most people I think, and maybe most women, if I dare go down that path would have a really hard time getting the respect from someone. So given the last name, there was some sort of relationship though. No, okay. This is coincidence, because this is your married name. Yeah.

Okay. So no, they’re not related. Oh, isn’t that something’s funny. So, yeah, I have to give that individual a ton of credit for, you know, it really built me up. Exactly though. In hindsight, I don’t have regrets.

Candyce Fiessel 24:19
I’m very grateful. I fell in the lap of the right person.

Barb McGrath 24:22
No kidding. Wow. Yeah, that’s very good. Very good. Um, lessons learned? What what are your takeaways from all of the different things that you’ve done and and what would you share with a budding entrepreneur?

Candyce Fiessel 24:38
I think when I started removing myself from the business day night is when I really grew, and that, you know, I didn’t see that prior to my trauma happening and, and I just never wanted that trauma to define who I was. Yeah, so I started embarking, nurturing the other version of Candice and I became a stronger leader because of that. I quit Saturday. The busiest day. Now I came a big sister through the YWCA. She was 14 and now she’s 24 two bricks in my salon do that.

Barb McGrath 25:09
I didn’t know that.

Candyce Fiessel 25:11
Yeah, she’s a dumb like a soul sister. And she’s even started mentoring now. Oh, good for her that full circle. Yeah, we did events like, Girl space. And at one point I remember just feeling so inspired. I was sitting on the floor by salon, there’s, like 60 people give or take youth all around. And we had partnered with the y and we were doing inner and outer bV. Ah, you know, we kind of teach them how to paint nails, and then the other girl space, they would teach their, you know, self esteem building lessons easier to kind of break the ice of having those tough conversations came. And at the end of that we did a fundraiser called a day in the life of a teenager and raised 80 $500 for the West kind of rehab. Where was he? And those young people got exposed to what it’s like to raise money to give back to the community when they were doing the fundraising. They were the they were the runway show pageant people and very cool is a great way to bring competence out on the Okay, after eight weeks classes. Now I’m walking the runway and raising money for our community. So Wow.

Barb McGrath 26:25
Yeah, Candyce, I have to thank you. We’re actually at a time and in fact, we’ve gone a few seconds over so somebody might be knocking on the door here right away. What an amazing journey you have had just incredible. Thank you for coming and sharing that with us today. I’m honored to have you as a guest and I am very grateful for you being here. So thank you. I will be back on October 31. Halloween, to talk with Dr. Gina grandi from the University of Regina Faculty of Business and she’s going to talk to us a little bit about the partnership. The faculty is now creating with an organization called powerhouse media and powerhouse media is all about helping women entrepreneurs. See I’m past my time my lips don’t work anymore. She’s all about helping women entrepreneurs take it to the next level. If you’d like to be a guest, you can email me at or reach out directly on Facebook or Instagram. Just a reminder, you can submit your questions in advance of the live show on our Facebook page. I’m your host Barb McGrath, local business owner and Google evangelist. Of course, my title changes every week. Thank you for the opportunity to be here today. Sherry will be back with you next week at 12 o’clock. Remember, you work hard for your success. Don’t keep it a secret.


Barb McGrath’s been cracking the online code for nearly 20 years. She helps local businesses get to the top of Google with digital marketing training, web design, SEO, online reputation and advertising. Most importantly, she’s earned the trust of Google.Barb runs the only Google-approved agency designed to show you how to turn the online “stuff” into in-store buyers.If you depend on in-person customers, you need Barb’s step-by-step, online marketing plan to generate a steady stream of onsite buyers and make it rain money. She is the host of the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs, a local radio show and iTunes and Google Podcast.