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2Eleven Beauty Bar opened its doors to the public in 2021.

Located in the Dewitt Mall, former Transitional Living Program (TLP) participant Simone and her sister Shawana offer clients a wide spectrum of personalized products and services.

In 2011, upon graduating from Monroe Community College in Rochester, Simone moved back to Ithaca, her hometown. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Simone had nowhere to live upon her return. She reached out to the Learning Web and we were able to help! Simone was one of our first TLP participants. Fast forward to the present, Simone is a single mom, co-parenting her 3-year old son Brix. She is a business owner with her sister, Shawana, recently opening 2Eleven Beauty Bar. In addition to launching her first business, Simone also graduated from the Continental School of Beauty in Syracuse, NY, all while juggling parenting and a full-time job. Simone recalls her time with the Learning Web fondly, “You guys helped me budget! I needed that. I saved money so that when I left [the TLP] I was able to stand on my own two feet. I attended the meetings. It was good for me to have the support at that time in my life. My mom had just moved to Florida and I was working as a CNA so having the support helped me in my transition to adulthood.”