A MUM-of-two has realised a dream by launching her first business venture.
Joanne Blair, 41, put herself through a three-year college programme to learn all about beauty therapy.
The Hartlepool resident completed her training last year, and has now opened up her own beauty room called Joanne’s Beauty which she rents within Spirals Hairdressing in Elwick Road.
Joanne, who is married to thermal installation worker Jeffrey Blair, 49, said: “I have always wanted to go into the beauty side, and now I have.”
Joanne formerly worked as a cook in Morrisons, and used to work as an assistant in a restaurant in the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre for nine years, as well as bringing up her children Nina, 20, and Anthony, 18.
Her new business had its official opening earlier this month and will offer services such as waxings, massages, manicures and pedicures.
“This is my first business venture but I already have a good clientele and eventually, I would like to expand, perhaps into non-surgical facelifts,” said Joanne,
“My family have been very supportive.”