Sophie Élise was established in October 2013, by salon owner Sophie Haynes at the age of 21. Sophie began training in beauty therapy in 2008, where she completed her NVQ2 + NVQ3 in Beauty Therapy. Then came a career that took her through a whirlwind of experience.
The Owner - Sophie
Beginning as a Beauty Therapist part time, before quickly taking a full time position at an independent salon, was where Sophie started her journey in the beauty industry. By 2011, Sophie entered the world of work at sea, working for Steiner Transocean - onboard the Pacific Jewel Cruise Liner as a bridal makeup artist and detoxification specialist. After completing her contract in January 2012, Sophie pursued her career, focusing on the makeup aspects of beauty therapy by becoming a makeup ambassador for Bare Escentuals, working for Bare Minerals around the East Midlands area. In 2013, Sophie then began work at The Beverley Robinson School of Nails and Beauty in Melton Mowbray, as an educator, specialising in makeup, brows and waxing. Alongside this, Sophie also worked part time as a mobile therapist performing a variety of treatments to the public, in Melton Mowbray and surrounding villages. Then, in February 2013, 19a Leicester Street allowed itself for a transformation, and here's where our new story begins.
2013 - Sophie Elise opened its doors on October 21st 2013, and has gone from strength to strength ever since. With a wide range of treatments, special guests, events where you'll find the perfect place to relax, de-stress, pamper and unwind.
2014 - Sophie Elise expanded it's in salon beauty shop, offering new brands such as; Hi Brows and offering a larger selection brands such as; OPI. The salon also gained an award coming 4th place in the Leicester Mercury's - LEICESTERSHIRES SALON OF THE YEAR. The salon also then went onto winning a Highly Commended award for BEST SHOP FRONT and Sophie gained a Highly commended award for YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR in the MELTON BUSINESS AWARDS 2014.
2015 - Sophie Elise gained 2 further Highly Commended awards in the MELTON BUSINESS AWARDS 2015 for CUSTOMER CARE and BEST NEW BUSINESS. This was also the year the Salon became and ELEMIS Salon, offering a wide selection of Elemis Facials, Elemis Body Massage and creating a space for Elemis retail.
2016 - Sophie Elise - opened its second door to the New Day Spa on April 23rd - conveniently located above the existing salon over two separate floors. The Day Spa offers clients an escape from busy lifestyles and is an alternative option allowing 'Spa Go Getters' a more private setting if your wanting to avoid the hustle and bustle you might find in a larger Spa. 2016 was also the year the Salon gained its 6th Finalist Award for GREEN ACHIEVEMENT (An Eco-Friendly award) at the MELTON BUSINESS AWARDS 2016.
2017 - The team at Sophie Elise of highly qualified Beauty Therapists secured finalist status at The English Hair & Beauty Awards for CUSTOMER CARE, along with Sophie herself, receiving a finalist title for MASSEUSE OF THE YEAR.
In March 2017 a new award winning brand became a permanent resident in the salon in form of DELILAH COSMETICS. The makeup range offers clients the chance to enjoy the premium makeup range which can also be found in Harrods, Harvey Nics, Space NK & Fortnum & Masons to name a few! Special guest international makeup artists also join the team for special events throughout the year.
+ it hasn't stopped there! Later on that year The British Hair & Beauty Awards took place, crowning Sophie Elise SALON OF THE YEAR 2017 (East Midlands), as well as becoming finalists for RETAIL SALON OF THE YEAR!
2018 - Sophie Elise and team took to the British Hair & Beauty Awards yet again for CUSTOMER CARE & DAY SPA OF THE YEAR! Taking the Gold for 'Customer Care' + Bronze for 'Day Spa of the Year' was a thrilling moment for the whole team.
The team also got the chance to partake in a new award to the business. The Muddy Stiletto's Award honoured Sophie Elise with finalist status of BEST DAY SPA in the Leicestershire & Rutland area!
2019 - Sophie Elise continues to stand proud of all its achievements over the last 5 years. Needless to say things are always on the move, so keep an eye out for the ever changing business that is Sophie Elise.
2020 - Well twenty twenty wasn't the year any of us expected. However after a lengthy close due to the coronavirus, the team are back in full swing.