— From the pages of FLL Issue #39 • Photo by Bianca Cordova
The best kind of business partner is also a friend.
As FLL interviewed Jill Sherman and Bonnie Fissella of Jill and Bonnie’s Electrolysis, it was wonderfully obvious that the two ladies not only work well together, but also consider one another a true friend. Of course, this may have a little something to do with having worked together for 26 years.
Jill has been in the business of electrolysis just slightly longer than Bonnie. During a class outing, Bonnie and her fellow classmates visited Jill’s practice to see first-hand what an Electrologist does during a typical day, and to have the opportunity to ask questions about starting your own business.
When Jill realized she was too busy to handle the influx of customers who were steadily coming in, she knew she would need someone to join her as the business expanded. She called the class instructor to get contact information for Bonnie.
“She was just like me. That’s why I remembered her,” Jill says. The ladies laugh as they joke that Bonnie didn’t even get a chance to ask any questions because her classmates were doing most of the talking. But, Jill remembered her. And she wanted to work alongside her.
Jill and Bonnie offer separate locations (one off of Harrisburg Pike near the Health Campus, and the other on Crown Avenue near the Lancaster Shopping Center), each with their own individual realms of expertise. Both Jill and Bonnie specialize in electrolysis and micro-needling, while Bonnie specializes in permanent makeup, tattoo removal, laser hair removal, and IPL services.
Without a doubt, this team of women is the only one of their kind in the Lancaster area, and especially the only ones who have been in the field for as long as they have. Working within the electrolysis business presents its own set of rewards, and Jill and Bonnie consider the biggest challenge the ones they set for themselves. “We are always setting personal parameters to be the best of the best,” Bonnie explains. The only real pressure comes from wanting to make each client feel beautiful and happy in their own skin. Local dermatologists and plastic surgeons often refer their patients to Jill and Bonnie, and they also receive a lot of word-of-mouth appreciation from their longtime customers.
Having someone get up-close and personal with your skin can feel daunting at first, but Jill and Bonnie are personable, warm, friendly, and a lot of fun to be around. Their goal is to make you look and feel your best, and they are passionate about their work in doing so. “We work together. We pick up where the other one leaves off,” Jill says with a smile.
1689 Crown Avenue, Lancaster, 17601
Electrolysis and Laser/IPL Services: 2301 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, 17601
Electrolysis and Cosmetic Tattooing: 926 Stonebridge Drive, Lancaster, 17601