Meet Berwyn’s Entrepreneurs: Lucy Sandoval of Brows by Lucy
Welcome to Meet Berwyn’s Entrepreneurs! Berwyn has become a hot spot for urban professionals, entrepreneurs and creatively minded individuals. From musicians to crafters, small business owners to dedicated team members, Berwyn is home to a remarkable group of movers and shakers who keep our community vibrant. This segment gives us a chance to get to know what makes our local leaders tick! Enjoy!
Hometown: Berwyn, IL
Current Residence: Bolingbrook, IL
All About Lucy: Hi, I’m Lucy! I was born in Chicago, but raised in Mexico until the age of three. My family came back to Chicago and then moved to Berwyn back in 1993, where we continued to live until 2014. I currently live in Bolingbrook, where I raise my three kids with my husband of 13 years. I’m one of five siblings, all of whom still live in Berwyn. One of my biggest hobbies is pursuing a continuous education in the Permanent Makeup industry—learning different techniques and expanding my knowledge to better service my clients.
The Business Side: I started working in the eyebrow beauty industry in 2004 at the North Riverside Park Mall for Salon Rupa and continued working there for eight years. Eventually, Salon Rupa closed down and I was able to continue in the industry working for Zunis Threading. After being pregnant with my second baby and taking maternity leave, I was ready to come back to work, but Zunis wanted to lower my pay. That decision changed my life forever; I decided to work for my own business and started renting a chair at a beauty salon offering my eyebrow services. I was able to buy my own salon business and open a place of my own in Cicero. In 2016, I decided to move my services to Berwyn and after several years of hard work and dedication, Brows by Lucy Boutique in Berwyn was finally complete!
Describe yourself using 3 words.
Ever since I’ve been on my own, I’ve learned to be very independent. I’m also incredibly passionate at what I do. I just love being able to make people feel better about themselves. The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve become committed to accomplishing my goals, not just in business but also in life.
What inspires you?
My motivation and inspiration are my kids. I have three beautiful kids and one coming in April. The biggest lessons our kids learn in life are the ones they learn from their mom and dad—from the day they are born until the day they decide to be on their own. I want to show them that life can be complicated with its ups and downs but not impossible, and that with dedication and commitment you can achieve your biggest dreams. My kids inspire me to be a better mom, wife, friend and a better individual because I want them to be the best they can be when they grow up. That will only happen if they see it from me and my husband, as we try to be the best role models we can.
Tell us something people might not know about you.
Aside from owning my own business, I also work in a state board certified school teaching Microblading courses in Spanish. After my hard work and dedication in the brow industry, I was given the opportunity to be able to offer my knowledge of cosmetic tattooing. This has become very rewarding to me as it has given me the opportunity to help and teach something that I have loved to do since I can remember.
What do you consider mankind’s greatest invention?
To me, one of mankind’s greatest inventions is electricity because everything in our lifestyle revolves around it. From light to entertainment, transportation, communication and so on, we wouldn’t be have the lifestyles we have now.
What is your favorite Karaoke song and why?
One of my favorite karaoke songs is “Amor Eterno”. It’s a mariachi song by a Spaniard singer, Rocio Dúrcal. The song is about her losing a loved one and it always reminds me of my grandparents that have meant a lot to me, but are no longer here.
What gets you through a rough day?
One of the only things that get me through a rough day is my kids. Coming home to their hugs and kisses mean the world to me. Just a simple smile or an “I love you” from them…it’s enough to forget any complications or problems that arose throughout the day.