By Louise Bolger
sun staff writer
Its not really unusual for Florida transplants to
pursue new careers after happily landing in the Sunshine
State. Usually, people look for a job or business where
they have some experience, but not always, as Carol Conte
owner of Head Quarters Salon in Holmes Beach can attest
Carol Conte moved permanently to Anna Maria two years ago
after owning property on the island and vacationing here
since the early 1990s. After living her whole life in the
Boston area, it was a change she was anxious to make. Since
her profession for 22 years was working for Polaroid in
their marketing division, she approached this phase of her
life like another marketing project.
While making friends and spending time in some of Anna Marias
coffee shops, she started getting a feel for where the perfect
fit would be for her new life and career. It didnt
take her long to find that the well established Head Quarters
Salon was available for sale, and she decided to use her
marketing and business experience to purchase and operate
That was two years ago, and Carol Conte couldnt be
happier at how her business has grown and prospered. The
salon has three stylists and one nail/esthetician specialist,
all with years of experience who are virtually the same
staff as when Conte purchased the business.
Head Quarters is a full service salon offering an extensive
range of hair cuts, styling, perms, color and highlights.
It is a unisex salon where all family members, including
children, can feel comfortable. In addition, all styles
of pedicures and manicures are available as well as facials
and waxing. For a limited time from Nov. 15 through Dec.
15, Head Quarters is having an anniversary special with
$15 manicures and $25 pedicures. Conte also invite everyone
to join the staff in celebrating their two-year anniversary
at an open house on Nov. 17 between 5 and 7 p.m. Beer, wine
and munches will be served.
Conte has taken a page out of her former corporate life
and encourages a team approach to running the business.
In fact she keeps her marketing skills sharp by continuing
as a marketing consultant to trade shows when she isnt
busy at the shop.
Stepping to a different drummer is what Carol Conte is all
about these days, but at least her steps dont involve
snow and freezing temperatures something she is definitely
happy about. Conte found paradise on Anna Maria and at Head
Quarters Salon in Holmes Beach, give them a try, it may
turn out to be your paradise too.
Head Quarters Salon
5376 Gulf Drive
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon
Closed Sunday & Monday
Anniversary open house, Nov. 17, 5 to 7 p.m.
Anniversary specials, Nov. 15 through Dec. 15
Manicures, $15; pedicures, $25