Alex The Great

Alex The Great

Alexandra Donovan the Great

It didn’t take more than five seconds to come up with the subject for my first blog entry. Without this person, my professional and personal life would be far less than what it is now. My business partner, and more so my life partner, Alexandra Donovan, is credited for my beautiful seven year old twins, Dante and Valentina, our well oiled machine of a household, and our adolescent, but thriving business, Derek the Salon.

From her traditional Italian upbringing to her 12 years behind the chair doing hair, she has come up with her version of core values and work ethic like any I’ve yet to see matched. I remember the day, four years ago, when she told me it was time for me to step out on my own and create my own team. Her exact words were,

“You’re peaking. You won’t get much hotter in the industry. Do it now or do it after the next hot stylist comes to town.”

Let Greatness Be

Honestly, I was just thrilled she thought I was hot. Lol. So, the design of the space began. The design, the layout, and the all-around general feel is her doing, because a wise person told me,

“Let her do her thing, she knows you better than you know you.”

With very little pushback by me, I let her do her thing. If you’ve never stepped into a salon or whether you get your hair done or not, you need to see the rather flawless design that Alexandra created. In the past few weeks, we’ve unofficially announced the opening of our second Derek the Salon in Lakewood Ranch.

It’s Good To Know Her

Once again the force known as Alexandra Donovan is on fire with a multitude of ideas that no one has yet seen. If you ever get a chance to see Alex in action, whether it be five days a week at the gym, running a household, taking the twins back-and-forth to school, or helping to manage one and soon to be two hair salons, you’re in for a sweet treat. Moreover, you’re missing out if you haven’t met Alexandra the Great.