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No Friends Like Nail Friends

Nail friends,  who are techs that we meet through the course of our work lives, truly understand each other.  Meet my nail friends.

The group gathers at Carol’s Mishewaka salon to review Chelly’s French technique.
<p>The group gathers at Carol’s Mishewaka salon to review Chelly’s French technique.</p>

Playing Host

We always try to be aware of price when planning the trips so they don’t end up costing us a fortune and we can plan them closer together. The e-mails and the calls always get closer as a visit nears. Gina picked Chelly up and the two of them chose to fly to Cleveland. Carol was close enough to drive and we all converged the last weekend in October in Cleveland. Carol had expressed an interest in microdermabasion as her skin care business was growing so we decided to do a microdermabrasion demo on Gina and walked Carol through the process. We continued the day shopping and finished up at The Melting Pot for dinner. Once again our weekend was too short but we made sure to put our next trip on our calendars. We committed to the new America’s Beauty Show in Chicago in March 2008.

I decided to drive to Carol’s in Indiana the Friday evening before the show. We met up with Chelly and Gina at the show on Saturday and sure enough immediately split up into different directions. While the trip was fun, it confirmed our decision to continue our hometown nail friend visits to get real quality time together. Carol’s hometown was the last but not least.

Mishewaka is centrally located so we all drove. Carol had just expanded, doubling her space. After our many group discussions she realized the tremendous opportunity when the bar in front of her space was not able to resign its lease. Knowing she already had a waiting list of booth renters, we supported her decision to take on more space. Many of Carol’s renters have worked so long together they operate more like a team. So with leases signed she built a beautiful, seamless addition that looks as if it was always there.

Chelly has a special French technique that we all admire so this trip’s class was Chelly’s fabulous French on Carol. The next day we headed up to New Buffalo, Mich., a charming resort town. We stopped in to tour a darling little spa that just opened and chatted with the owner for a while. That evening we discussed the next nail friends’ weekend. Since we have completed all the hometown visits we have tossed around the idea of a cruise in January. Whatever we choose we’ll eventually turn to talking about our nail businesses and continue to learn from and inspire each other. We all feel truly blessed and enriched by this amazing friendship. So what are you waiting for? Grab yourself some nail friends and start building your own memories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keywords:   business building     networking     tradeshows  



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