VIENNA - The JC Penney's Salon reached its goal of $1 million in sales within a year this past Friday.
On Dec. 26, the salon made $1 million in sales for the first time in the history of the salon, store manager Tami Lee said.
The salon has been in place since the store opened in 1972.
''I am so proud of our salon and particularly Julie Hinton, our salon manager,'' Lee said. ''She is an inspiration to me and to her entire team.
''She always keeps a positive attitude and is there to support her team. They are a wonderful group of associates and I could not be happier to work with them.''
Hinton has been with JC Penney for almost three years and is an inspiration to all her stylists and customers.
''She is always motivating her associates with her positive attitude and listening ear,'' Lee said. ''She is always there for her associates, night and day.''
Hinton said making $1 million in sales for a single year has been a goal for the salon for years.
''We actually did it in 11 months,'' she said of their fiscal year which began in February and ends in January. ''I would like to extend my gratitude to our great clients. Our accomplishment would not have been possible without them. A special 'thank you' goes to my staff who has made this goal their number-one priority.''
The customer who put the salon over the top Friday was Peggy Hockenberry of Point Pleasant.
Hockenberry received a gift basket, valued at $170, as well as a $50 gift card for the store.
Over the last year, the salon hired five new stylists, Pat Westbrook, Sinan Genc, Kathy Nelson, Kelly Barnhart and Shirley Mills. The salon also gained a new receptionist, Tammy Martin, who has worked for JC Penney for 24 years.
The salon has seven stylists qualifying for the company's "All-Star Award" for having sales of more than $50,000. They are Kim Piggott (who is the number-eight stylist in the entire company), James Bryant, Julie McKnight, Julie Gilbert, Bobbi Shawver, Lynette Gainer and Roberta Reeder. The salon has Tina Smith qualifying for an All-Star as a receptionist.
''The entire team consists of 21 stylists, three receptionists and one nail technician,'' Lee said. ''The salon always has a festive and happy atmosphere, which keeps our clients coming back - even in this tough economy.''