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11sUCCess11integratedspacededicatedtox1cthesweetlife.x1dButDolceVitadidnotappearfullyformedovernight.BeforeshemarriedAnnworkedasanindependentcontractordesigningandsellingadvertising.Shewasnaturallycreativeandwhileshelikedtheworksheconfessesthatshewasnx19texactlypassionateaboutit.x1cAfterIgotmarriedandhadkidsIbecameafull-timemotheruntilabouttenyearsago.x1dBythattimeherchildrenwereinschoolalldayandAnnbegantoexploretheoptionsbeforeher.x1cIthoughtx18Ihavetodosomethingwithmylife.x19Soat36Idecidedtogotobeautyschool.AlotofpeoplethoughtIwascrazy.ButIknewthiswassomethingIcoulddosomethingIcouldlookforwardtodoing.Apaycheckwouldjustbeabonus.x1dAnnsaysherobsessionwithmake-upandclothesstartedwhenshewasalittlegirl.x1cIneverplayedwithbabydollsbutIcouldsurestyleaBarbie.ImadeclothesformyBarbiefromsocksandIdidherhair.Mygrandmotherletmestyleherhair.LifetookmeinadifferentdirectionafterhighschoolbutthesalonbusinesswasalreadyinmybloodwhenIdecidedtopursueitseriously.x1dWithherfoursistersasguineapigsAnnstudiedhernewtradeandgraduatedfromHairProfessionalsbeautyschool.ShesetupshopinthebasementofherhomeintheHeritageRidgesubdivisionandwithinacoupleofyearsshehadbuiltupaclienteleofover500customers.x1cItwasreallykindofridiculousstillworkingoutofthehousewiththatmanyclientsx1dAnnadmits.x1cSomeofmyneighborslikedthefactthattheycouldpopoverandgettheirhairdonebutsomeofthemwerenx19twildaboutthestreamoftraf8caroundtheneighborhood.x1dAnn8nallyrealizeditwastimetomakeamove.Apartfromtheimpracticalityofrunningthethrivingbusinessoutofherhomeshealsomissedthecamaraderieshehadexperiencedinbeautyschoolthejoyofbeingaroundotherartistsandlearningfromthem.x1cItalkedtomyhusbandandbeggedandpleadedtoopenarealbusiness.ActuallyIalreadyhadarealbusinessbutIneededmorespace.x1dTimAnnx19shusbandagreedandthecoupleopenedupDolceVitain1800squarefeetofspaceinthestripcenteronOaklandAvenue.AnnsaysTimaCPAisthegreatestAnnAllenhascomealongwaysincethedayswhensheranherbusinessoutofthebasementofherhome.