Posted September 7, 2017|
Ann Ratner opened her first Bubbles Salons location on K. Street in Washington, DC in 1978. Nearly 40 years later, Bubbles and Salon Cielo boast 41 salons in Maryland, DC, Virginia and Florida. In that time, Ann has played an undeniable role in the lives of her employees. Here are some of their stories.
Remember That Time When…?
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.
In the next “With a Name Like Bubbles Salons You Gotta Be Tough | Culture Club,” Ann talks about her annual Hair Wars competition and Bubbles very own haircare line, Cibu.