Christopher Hopkins, in response to the disillusion of life as a professional singer, dancer and actor, attends Horst International Academy for Beauty. To cover expenses he continues working at nights performing while attending school
With nothing but the clothes on his back he moves to Southern California and works for Panache’ Appearance Studios in Torrance, California. The salon is nationally recognized as one of the top salons in the country for their full image makeovers.
Six weeks later he arrives to work to find the studio has closed.
Broke but determined he makes his way to Northern California, moves in with relatives, and finds work waiting tables in San Jose.
Christopher is cast with the San Jose Civic Light Opera’s production Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies,” where he also does the leading lady’s wig each night and finds a job in upscale salon in San Francisco.
This salon, too, faces hard times and is not able to pay Christopher what he needs to survive and moves back in with his parents who now live in Goshen, Indiana. He finds work at a Regis Hairstylists in Elkhart, Indiana and works to pay down his debt.
Christopher moves back to Minneapolis working at Regis Hairstylists in the Southdale Mall in Edina, Minnesota.
Christopher is promoted to manage a Regis Hairstylists at St. Anthony Main, a dying salon in a dying mall to turn it around. New rules are implemented, dress code is changed, many quit or are fired and a new team is hired.
Working at $4.25 an hour with no overtime against commission he turns the salon around and the salons begins to show a profit with the team working tirelessly to build clientele.
Robert Lindquist, a 22 year old college student notices Christopher through the window of the salon, makes an appointment with “the tall guy with the beard.” Christopher cuts his hair. They fall in love. It is the last haircut that Robert would ever pay for.
Christopher and Robert move into their first apartment in Downtown Minneapolis
Regis Hairstylists is bought out by Essanelle Corporation and the St. Anthony Main salon is closed.They staff is relocated to the newly opened Saks Fifth Avenue Beauty Salon in Downtown Minneapolis. Since Regis is bought out by Esanelle, Christopher is demoted to assistant manager at the new salon.
It is an unhappy and unprofitable working environment so Christopher decides to go it alone. Robert works full time while attending school full time.
Christopher gets word that a small salon space in the KSTP Hubbard Building is looking for a salon to do the on air talent’s hair and makeup in exchange for rent.
Christopher negotiates a lease with KSTP and creates a start up business in a very small office space. When the manager at Saks gets word he is fired. He cuts and colors his clients hair in the kitchen of their apartment while the salon is under construction.
Complete with three styling stations, one makeup station, one manicuring station, a shampoo bowl, and dispensary in less than 600 square feet, Christopher rents the stations to his team from St. Anthony Main and the manicurist from Saks.
Christopher appears regularly on the highly popular daytime talk show “Good Company” doing beauty segments and makeovers. With the collaboration of the team, his appearances bring notoriety to his company and helps the the team rapidly build their clientele.
The salon is awarded Modern Salon of the Year, in the national industry trade magazine Modern Salon.
For extra money, Christopher is selected as a bass with The Dale Warland Singers, a world renown choral institution.
Christopher and Robert purchase their first condo in April/
Robert graduates from the University of Minnesota and begins working at the front desk of the salon.
They are “married” on October 9th, 1992.
Christopher begins creating his dream of a legitimate Image Development Center in Downtown Minneapolis with the goal to open by the time he turns 30.
He hires and train new employees. The renters plan to join the new venture giving him the confidence he can can open a new with a positive cash flow.
After several months of negotiating locations in Downtown Minneapolis, Christopher and Robert find a space on the 6th floor of the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Minneapolis.
His team begins working together to create Christopher Hopkins Image Center.
On January 24th Christopher signs the lease to Christopher Hopkins Image Center. It is his 30th birthday. It will be created from two racquetball courts on the 6th floor of the Hyatt Regency. Construction begins and Christopher begins hiring new talent.
In April Christopher and Robert purchase a condo on the 24th floor of the Towers Condominiums overlooking the Mississippi River and Downtown Minneapolis.
As the salon and spa is being built, the three rental stylists and manicurist change their mind and choosing to remain independent.
Two weeks before the salon opens, the head of the skin care cuts a deal to become the resident makeup artist/hairstylist at KSTP.
In April the salon opens it’s doors. Christopher and Robert work 14 hour days as the entire team works valiantly to help build their clientele. Money become tight.
Christopher is called to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show showing “Fashion Felons,” how to dress. Along with great media exposure locally, this helps the company grow with the hiring of new massage therapists, facialists, manicurists, hairstylists and estheticians.
Though the salon is busy, the structure of the lease eats up any profits. To help with expenses, Christopher works as National Guest Platform Artist for JOICO traveling the country training beauty professionals.
Though by outside appearances the company appears to be profitable, it is not.
Christopher is given an opportunity to perform as a soloist for the Minnesota Orchestra and begins to focus on building his music career as well. He gives more making authority to Robert and the salon manager.
The salon manager joins Christopher and Robert to celebrate Christmas at his parents home in Ohio along with her mother. Everything appears to be going well and they look forward to a stellar 1997.
Christopher is selected to sing as soloist for the Minnesota Orchestra for their Christmas and New Year’s Eve concerts.
In March the salon manager steals the company’s clients files conspires leads and a staff walk out.
Financially and personally devastated, Christopher and Robert begin again, hiring a new salon manager and new staff.
Unexpected financial challenges along with a poorly negotiated lease exacerbated by a historic low rate of unemployment business suffers, but continues forward, while falling backward.
Christopher begins recording his first CD and helps bay bills as a Platform Guest Artist.
In a much needed twist of fate, Christopher is again asked to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show creating “Age Defying Makeovers,” with Joan Rivers to help promote her book “Don’t Count The Candles Just Keep The Fire Lit.”
The phones ring off the hook and the books quickly fill with new clients from near and far who come for their own “Oprah Makeover.” It is still not enough to cover expenses, however.
Christopher and Robert put the salon up for sale. It is eventually sold to three business men interested in using Christopher’s recognition to develop a salon an spa empire.
Christopher and Robert retain a 10 percent ownership in the company with obligation to continue managing the company for three years.
The company name is changed to reVamp! salonspa and Christopher’s partners begin looking for a second location.
From a 6000 square foot two story space that had been gutted after a fire, the partners design, create and build what would become known as reVamp! salonspa by Christopher Hopkins.
Facing financial challenge, the downtown location is closed to focus on the Uptown salonspa. The company comes back strongly as Christopher and Roberts business partners continue to build other companies as Christopher and Robert focus on reVamp!
Christopher creates “The Makeover Guy” a brand dedicated to spreading information and inspiration helping women look and feel their best. He begins to write a book.
Christopher’s book “Staging Your Comeback” hits the shelves and soon becomes a best seller.
The great recession hits.
Blasted with the financial difficulties of a major economic downturn the book and it’s publicity help keep the company afloat. While many competing businesses close reVamp! survives.
Christopher creates a workbook and audio book to accompany Staging Your Comeback.
Christopher is courted by several production companies to create a reality show.
By October, frustrated with with the never ending and ultimately unfulfilling process, Christopher creates a daily video blog showcasing the realities of pitching a reality show. Called “Whadja Do Today,” It begins to capture a loyal audience and fan base.
Robert manages reVamp! operations and Christopher trains new hires.
Christopher writes a second book, called “The Power of Pretty,” but the book industry has changed due to the economy and the closing of major book stores. When he loses all the writing due to a computer crash. It’s not a good time.
Christopher develops an internet series eventually trademarked “The Power of Pretty.”
2017 In an unexpected plot twist Christopher and Robert are given an opportunity they could not refuse. MAKEOVERGUY Minneapolis is formed and relocates to the Historic Mississippi River front in Minneapolis.