New owners give SLO Beauty College a makeover

kleslie@thetribunenews.comApril 30, 2014 

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the previous owner of San Luis Obispo Beauty College who sold the business to Omar Aviles. Aviles bought the business from Sandra Taeckens.

With the arrival of its new owners, the 42-year-old San Luis Obispo Beauty College is getting a facelift.

Omar Aviles and his wife, Susan Aviles, who also own the Institute of Beauty Culture in Santa Maria, recently bought the beauty college from former owner Sandra Taeckens for an undisclosed sum.

Taeckens approached Omar Aviles about purchasing the college, on South Street in San Luis Obispo, because Taeckens wished to retire, Aviles said.

“I figured if I have one, why not have two?” he said. “Two are just as difficult — and easy — to run as one.”

Aviles, a 45-year veteran of the beauty industry, has owned and sold four salons in the San Luis Obispo area in his 37 years on the Central Coast. Before that he worked in the Marine Corps.

His other beauty college, the Institute of Beauty Culture, was formerly located in Pismo Beach, but he moved the business to Santa Maria in 2012 to further a partnership with Allan Hancock College, he said.

Ownership officially transferred to Aviles on March 1, and since then, the college has undergone some transformations, he said.

Beside updates to the interior, Aviles is in the process of hiring new staff to include cosmetology, barbering, manicuring and aesthetics instructors. “It’s a new school, new instructors, new everything,” he said. “I like to hire my own people.”

Until he finds the staff, he and his daughter Annette Zuniga are teaching all three of the college’s certified programs, which include about 22 students, Aviles said. (Aviles’ Santa Maria college has about 45 enrolled students.)

Aviles declined to disclose how much he paid for SLO Beauty College, as well as annual revenue for the Institute of Beauty Culture, though he did say revenue at the Santa Maria school has consistently increased year-over-year for the past few years.

Aviles said though he enjoys the work, he plans to retire in September and pass the business on to his daughter.

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