In the wake of her crumbling marriage, Ann Ratner took a leap of faith and opened Bubbles – a trend forward, full service salon with an affordable price tag. Ann’s instincts were on point and Bubbles Salons flourished throughout the 1980s. Confident and at the top of her game, Ann invested close to a million dollars into a flagship salon. Five months later the stock market crashed. In the aftermath Ann learned what it really meant to be an entrepreneur.
Washington Post clipping, 1987
Bubbles “Mr. Tough Guy” Promo, 1986
Ann Ratner with big dreams and bigger hair, 1987
With a Name Like Bubbles Salons You Gotta Be Tough
How a regular girl from Manchester forged a hair care dynasty
A native of Manchester, UK, Ann Ratner arrived in Washington DC in 1967 and quickly made her mark in the hair salon world. By 1972 she and ex-husband Dennis Ratner co-founded the value salon chain Hair Cuttery. After their marriage ended, under tremendous emotional pressure and with two small children, Ann took a leap of faith and opened the type of salon she always imagined – Bubbles Salons.
This is the story of her incredible journey as an immigrant, hair stylist, divorced single mom and serial entrepreneur who followed her instincts and never confronted a challenge she didn’t like.