The irony about Laila Shouhayib of Milano Salon & Spa becoming a Platform Sponsor for the upcoming charity event is that we’ve only actually met face-to-face once or twice. And it was in a group setting. Laila was a mentor for the Woman to Woman Program in Frederick and I am one of their frequent presenters. We became Facebook friends immediately after and I am looking forward to the day when we become Face-to-Face friends.
Here’s what I know about her already: She has a big heart for giving back. The fact that she found time to be a Mentor while managing a busy Salon speaks volumes to that. And without ever attending any of my previous garden charity events, she sent me a very generous contribution to be a top-level sponsor and included such heart-felt encouragement. “I believe in what you’re doing and want to support you in any way I can.” Her faith and confidence in me inspires me to do more.
I know that she is an old soul…..that she loves Art…..Good Art….and her family….that she cares very deeply about a lot of things….that she goes above and beyond to make a client happy.
I was to have a photo shoot last week at 7 AM. (sigh) I was not having luck finding a hair & make-up person to meet me at 5:30 am to help me look presentable for photos. I emailed Laila, even though I had never personally been to her salon. Within the hour she had made arrangements not only for one of her staff to make the magic happen but also offered a “dress rehearsal” so I would feel confident with the results and her employee would be able to get the job done for me in the allotted time. The photo shoot got rescheduled but I’m looking forward to being able to enjoy the Milano experience.
Laila opened the Salon and Spa in October, 2008 in the Villages of Urbana. It’s exclusively an Aveda salon. That means that everything they use is from their product line, which is made from 99% plant extract. Aveda’s business philosophy is “Act Responsibly.” Sounds like their companies have similar souls and it sounds like Milano Salon and Spa is perfect for our “Soles” of Love in the Garden.
Her Facebook post said it best one day:
“With grace in your heart and a flower in your hair.”
Thank you Laila!