Meet Ravy Mehroke & Amy Minhas, Owners of Bombay Brow Bar
Written By Ashley Basran
Playing dress up and styling one another’s hair is something that almost every little girl can relate to and it’s something that Ravy Mehroke and her sister, Amy Minhas found themselves doing quite frequently. “We always played together and pretended to own a beauty salon. We knew that when we grew up we would own some type of beauty business,” says Ravy. Fast track to the year 2010 where the sister duo turned their dream into a reality. Yaletown, Vancouver welcomed the first location of Bombay Brow Bar (BBB).
The idea of a brow bar ironically came to mind when Ravy and Amy were waiting for an eyebrow appointment of their own. They witnessed a number of girls waiting patiently to have their brows perfectly shaped. Some left extremely happy while others were just not satisfied. Ravy turned to her sister, Amy and said, “Wouldn’t it be great to go to a place that just focused on eyebrows by people who were passionate and truly cared?” Soon after the sisters had their light bulb moment, a business plan was created. Ravy and Amy worked with amazing mentors like Judy Brooks, Co-Founder of Blo Blow Dry Bar, to help develop their new vision. “Having a mentor is extremely important in business or anything else. It’s so valuable to have someone take you under their wing in an industry that you may not be an expert in,” explains Ravy. The sisters crafted their business plan in a year’s time and designed BBB to make others feel confident, well taken care of and most importantly, loved.
Bombay Brow Bar believes in spreading love to its fantastic customers and all Vancouverites. You may have seen some of the Brow Bar’s drops of love around the city. Ravy and Amy leave a hand written note, a long stem rose and a gift card for a stranger every Friday in Vancouver. With this generously kind act, BBB hopes to brighten up a stranger’s day and remind them that they are loved (what a fabulous movement). The lucky strangers will enjoy an eyebrow session for themselves. During the consultation, the beautician will listen for a preference (tweeze, thread or wax) and give feedback and recommendations. Once the eyebrows have been shaped, the client will then enjoy a peaceful massage with soothing rose gel (I almost fell asleep during my session). Once the massage is complete, the beautician will then apply brow makeup and you will be ready to go back to work, all within 20 minutes!
As the brow bar continues to empower women through beauty with its three locations (in Yaletown, Kitsilano and the Shangri-La Hotel) it also plans to introduce new products and services (from the face up). The BBB Team is excited to help enhance their beautiful clients features with future beauty additions. “We want to grow our beauty brand and want to be recognized as an iconic beauty brand. We have the opportunity to change what people think about beauty,” explains Ravy of the future plans for BBB. Ravy and Amy also want to grow through Canada and the United States. After developing what was once an idea into a functioning business (with multiple locations) Ravy has some valuable advice to offer for those who are pursing to open a business of their own. “Take the time to develop your business plan because this will make you more successful. It’s so important to be able to love what you do and be passionate about it. I’m also a big believer in taking calculated risks,” explains Ravy.
With three locations in Vancouver and plans to expand, there is no doubt in my mind that the Brow Bar’s will be beautifying women for years to come. Thank you to Ravy for providing me with new insight on developing a business from the ground up. It was a pleasure to learn about BBB’s story and we’re extremely excited to have Ravy and Amy as speakers for our NextGen event!