salon decor/design


Building Owner Put the Kibosh on My Curtains
  • August 26, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Things have been running well, and I haven't had too many issues thus far. My appointment book has been full and booked at least a week in advance. So I've been happy with things...until a few

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Before and After Salon Renovation (with Photos!)
  • July 24, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Three weeks open, and things are pretty normal. My clients can't believe the place looks like it does, especially since the last place was pretty colorless. I'm happy and relieved now that I'm out of the

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I'm Using All 22 Paint Colors -- and Opening on Monday!
  • June 25, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

So why is it the end of the month, and I didn't even realize that?! Seriously, I knew what date it was, but deadlines and bills have just whizzed by me all month. I've never been

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Not Good at Saying No
  • June 11, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Where to start...where to start...well, let's start with: Why start over? When I graduated from nail school I was immediately hired at a busy full-service salon, and I started working hard to build a clientele. I

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Keywords: clients   salon decor/design   staff training  
Meet Crystal
  • June 10, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

This time last year I was a busy nail tech in a small town, completely content in what I was doing, trying to advance myself and set myself apart with the competition in my area. Had

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Meet Jessica
  • June 10, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

My name is Jessica Bowie, and I am beyond excited to share the journey of opening a new salon. Wow, has it been a whirlwind! From parting ways with previous salon owners to hand-delivering the establishment

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Keywords: clients   Maine   salon decor/design  
Blood, Sweat, & Tears -- and I Mean That Literally
  • June 5, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Ugh, where do I start!!!!!!!!! (I needed every one of those exclamation marks.) So, there has been so much going on, and I've been busy at work too (at the salon where I currently do nails),

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Lease Signed, Now I've Got 22 Paint Colors to Choose Between
  • May 14, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

On May 3, I signed my lease at 1882 Southern Avenue, and my target opening date is July 1. The landlord is giving me almost three full free months. It was originally supposed to be just

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My Nail School is Open!
  • May 1, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

As I sat with my students in a classroom, practicing a set of OPI Absolute acrylic enhancements, it hit me that my dream has finally come true.Long ago (about two decades ago), when my mother told

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The Ultimate Before/After Adventure
  • April 30, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Allow me to apologize first for dropping off the planet. Back in January I put an application in for a space and was approved, but three weeks later after no communication from the guy, he had

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Keywords: clients   salon decor/design   salon services  
4 Tips for Opening a Nail Salon
  • April 10, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Reflecting back over the last year, it amazes us how much we have accomplished with a tiny budget. Not once have we regretted opening Polish Salon, and the future is starting to look good because we

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Spring Decor at Polished; School Opening Delayed Due to Weather
  • March 29, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Spring started with snow and cold weather, which made it impossible for me to get into the mood, but I can fake it 'til I make it, right? So I refreshed our waiting area, bringing in

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Our Foot Rests are in Place!
  • March 14, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

We had another banner day last Saturday when all three of us were busy, and we did more services then any other day so far. It’s pretty cool when a new client asks how long we've

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Are We Successful Yet?
  • March 11, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

I know we have only been open for 11 months, but every day I ask myself: Did we make the right decision? Are we really successful? The answer is: Definitely.Our goal was to be busy and

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Crowd-Funding For Better Location Starting Soon
  • January 22, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

I have some semi-exciting news: The space on Broad is all but nailed down! The next step is putting in the business plan, tax info, and deposit. If everything goes well I will be in by

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Keywords: retailing   salon decor/design  
Details on the Pedi Platform
  • January 14, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Many have inquired about our pedi platform, so I thought I would share more information with all of you! Dimensions of the platform are:10’ wide5’ deep2' tall18” front with 6” space for 5” indent for the

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Keywords: salon decor/design   salon services  
2013 Will Be a Great Year
  • January 3, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Happy New Year to all! It’s always hard to reflect back on the past year, knowing how time has flown by! It’s been almost nine months since Polish Salon opened its door for business, and it

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Year-End Inventory
  • December 18, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Only two more weeks, and we will welcome 2013. I can't believe it. Time flies by when you're so busy. I wish I could stop time, so I could finish everything I want to do. But

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This Might Be My Salon's Future Space
  • December 17, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I visited an available space, 2535 Broad Ave. (the former Broad Ave. Ballroom), recently. On the outside, this space looks fairly decent. The inside, on the other hand, is quite interesting. I mentioned earlier that the

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Sense of Accomplishment
  • December 13, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

It's been eight months since Polish Salon opened its doors. It is hard to believe how much we have accomplished in those months, having started out with nothing but nail supplies and makeshift desks. Our goal

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It's (Not) Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
  • December 6, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

As we are getting ready for the busiest season of the year, I kept hearing clients complaints about other businesses and their early Christmas décor and music, so I thought, well, maybe we should wait until

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Adventures in Space Hunting
  • December 3, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Who knew that finding a space would take so long?! Every week there is another disappointment, and every week it gets harder to go on. There is one thing that keeps me going: my clientele. If

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Broad Avenue Arts District?
  • November 16, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Things are looking up! I have a space that I looked at down the street from the first space I was interested in. It's currently a tattoo shop so it has all the plumbing I need

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A $19 Pedicure, AKA Shopping the Competition
  • November 13, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I know our salon is unique, considering all of the salons out there that cut corners in order to keep prices artificially low and how those salons have ruined the consumers' opinions of nail salons. Veronica,

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The Hunt Continues for a Space
  • November 5, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

My broker and I have been back on the look out. He sent a mass e-mail around the city to alert everyone with available space that I am still looking for a place. We got a

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Keywords: clients   salon decor/design  
The Never-ending To-Do List
  • November 5, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

We have been in business now for over six months and finishing all of the little details takes time. As I look around the salon I see a ton of things that still need to be

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Keywords: marketing/promotions   salon decor/design  
Hurricane Sandy Devastation at Bmore Polished
  • November 2, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

We have lost just about everything to Hurricane Sandy, except for the reception chair and two mirrors. The following have been lost and are now afloat in the downstairs storage area.3 nail tables2 armchairs used for

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Keywords: salon decor/design  
Saying No to the New Lease
  • October 22, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

So my first official blog post has so much drama already, I don’t plan on ever disappointing the fab readers of NAILS Magazine. So in the past couple of weeks I’ve been within just days of

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Keywords: salon decor/design  
Meet Tina: Relocating Five Doors Down
  • October 10, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Hello nail addicts, I’m Tina Caton, the proud owner of Polished Nail Lounge in Richmond, Va. I’ve been a nail tech for 18 years and working in the industry for a little over 20. I'm part

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Keywords: salon decor/design  
Meet Lauren: From 250-sq.-ft. to 1,100-sq.-ft.
  • October 5, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

My name is Lauren Scales, and I am the current owner of Graffiti Nail Bar in Memphis, Tenn. I am opening a larger location in midtown Memphis during the first part of 2013, so I will

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Bye, Bye Blogger
  • September 26, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Can you believe it’s been a year since my first Blueprint post? I can’t. What will I do with all my quasi-funny ramblings about the nail polish biz? {Insert big smile here.}  I started this post,

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Keywords: clients   Makeda   marketing/promotions   salon decor/design  
Pedicure Platform Completed
  • September 25, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Measurements: 5' (60") deep by 10' (120") wide by 2' (24") tall.We put three steps in the center and the whole platform is reinforced really well for strength. We covered it with plywood then white laminate

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Keywords: salon decor/design   salon services  
Q & A: Can you recommend a no-plumb pedi chair?
  • September 14, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I own a salon/spa. We are trying to find a nice pedi chair that we don't have to have any plumbing for, and that is sanitary. Any ideas? It would really help. Thanks!Acacia Salon and SpaOf

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Keywords: Q&A   salon decor/design  
Q & A: Can I open without traditional pedi spas?
  • September 14, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I'm looking to open a nail bar in my home country, Nigeria, and I'm doing a lot of research at the moment. While it's fun (the creative side), I'm having a few challenges already. I really

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Keywords: Q&A   salon decor/design   salon services   staff training  
The Plumber is Dead!
  • September 14, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

We killed the plumber -- actually we killed the idea of having our pedicure platform plumbed. The desire to put sinks into the platform, have sprayers and running water, and not to have to carry the

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Flooring Fixed -- Finally
  • August 3, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

As you know we are hating the new floor we had installed in the salon. Now that the tiles seem to be sticking and not leaking pancake batter-like blobs, I have been concentrating on cleaning, sealing,

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Pedicure Platform Construction Starts
  • July 16, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Pedicure platform construction is under way! We finally got Russ to begin building our pedicure platform and what a project.I had done the plans based on several friends who had built their own. It’s 24” tall,

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Flooring Saga Continues
  • July 16, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

We still hate our floor! We finally figured out why the tiles and glue underneath are oozing. The water from the sprinklers was up way too high and settling at the edge of the building and then

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The Reviews Roll In
  • June 28, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

We’ve been reviewed and well-received by several blogs.We’ve gotten nods of approval from a couple TV stations. Here’s a link to our last segment on 190 North: http://190north.com/video?id=8713592&pidAnd then, there was Yelp. One bad review on

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Keywords: clients   Makeda   public relations   salon decor/design   salon services  
Q & A: Salon Start-Up Help
  • June 20, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

My husband and I are trying to look for a good location to open a nail salon. But we don't know how to start if we get a location. Do we have to contact with state

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Keywords: Q&A   salon decor/design  
Flooring Problems
  • June 14, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Did we mention that we hate our new floor? Not that we don’t appreciate the new floor and ceiling the landlord put in for us, but we hate it. We nixed the carpet idea, but we're rethinking

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Back from Premiere to a Salon Full of Clients
  • June 14, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I attended the Premiere Show in Orlando and had some travel commitments for the rest of the week, so I was out of the salon for an entire week. (The photo is of me on the

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Keywords: clients   networking   salon decor/design  
Salon Name Confusion
  • May 29, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Due to the need for discretion during the early planning stages, Vicki requested that we wait on posting her first few weeks of blog posts until now. Vicki wrote this one on May 5. Don't worry;

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Getting Sick Is Slowing Us Down
  • May 29, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Due to the need for discretion during the early planning stages, Vicki requested that we wait on posting her first few weeks of blog posts until now. Vicki wrote this one on April 22. Don't worry;

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Keywords: public relations   salon decor/design  
First Clients!
  • May 29, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Due to the need for discretion during the early planning stages, Vicki requested that we wait on posting her first few weeks of blog posts until now. Vicki wrote this one on April 22. Don't worry;

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Floors Finished and More Progress
  • May 10, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Due to the need for discretion during the early planning stages, Vicki requested that we wait on posting her first few weeks of blog posts until now. Vicki wrote this one on April 8. Don't worry;

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Less Than $5,000 Spent and Well On Our Way
  • May 10, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Due to the need for discretion during the early planning stages, Vicki requested that we wait on posting her first few weeks of blog posts until now. Vicki wrote this one on April 4. Don't worry;

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$40 a Gallon for Paint Adds Up Quickly
  • May 10, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Due to the need for discretion during the early planning stages, Vicki requested that we wait on posting her first few weeks of blog posts until now. Vicki wrote this one on March 24. Don't worry;

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Tickled Pink Grows, Minus Some of the Pink
  • May 2, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

We have another "Where Are They Now" post for you. Blogger Melodie Hand has signed a lease to move Tickled Pink to a bigger location (conveniently across the street), plus will be adding many services beyond

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Furnishings Scavenger Hunt
  • April 19, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Due to the need for discretion during the early planning stages, Vicki requested that we wait on posting her first few weeks of blog posts until now. Vicki wrote this one on March 2. Don't worry;

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Neighbor from The Twilight Zone
  • April 19, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I'm not going to go into great detail, but, prior to my taking over the space, there was a woman doing hair braiding who was trying to open a cell phone and variety shop. To make

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Manicure Table Hunt
  • April 19, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Due to the need for discretion during the early planning stages, Vicki requested that we wait on posting her first few weeks of blog posts until now. Vicki wrote this one on February 20. Don't worry;

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First Photos of My Space
  • April 19, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I have been so busy I have been neglecting my NAILS Magazine family. But nonetheless I have over a month's worth of info to share. So first things first: I'm uber excited about the location and

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Found a Space!
  • April 17, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Due to the need for discretion during the early planning stages, Vicki requested that we wait on posting her first few weeks of blog posts until now. Vicki wrote this one on February 13. Don't worry;

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ROB|B Salon Earns LEED Certification
  • April 17, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

For those of you who were with this blog since its inception in 2006, you know that our original blogger, Robbie Schaeffer, took it very seriously to build and run an environmentally friendly nail salon. We're

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My Growing List
  • April 16, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Partner Agreement Liability insuranceBiz LicenseEstablishment licenseOccupancy LicenseSalon Branding WebsiteFacebookE-mailWhat we have to have to open:Security depositRent 3 mani tables3 tech chairs3 client chairs3 pedi chairs3 pedi bowls3 pitchersPedi Platform3 Footstools100 TowelsBusiness cardsCell PhoneLogoSignage Trash cans BrochureWindow

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Candice: Husband's Help is Key to 1-Year Anniversary (And Retail Source Revealed)
  • April 12, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Editor's Note: Congratulations to Candice for successfully making it through her first year as a new salon owner! You can read all of Candice's posts by clicking on the Candice tag at the left column of

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Keywords: retailing   salon decor/design  
Random Marketing
  • April 12, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I’ve been finding that the most random situations are tuning into amazing Marketing Opportunities.Random Incident #1: I was walking back to the shop in the afternoon with my son and his grandma. A lady behind us

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Keywords: Makeda   marketing/promotions   public relations   salon decor/design   salon services  
Create Your Own Pedicure Platform
  • April 11, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

As promised, here are the step-by-steps to create my pedicure station.BUILD THE PLATFORM AND THE TWO STEPS1. Here are the platform legs.2. Here is the platform top (30" x 84").3. Frame in the platform with 2x4s.4.

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Earned My Nail Tech License
  • March 29, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

First off, I would like to apologize to you and my business for dropping the ball the last couple of months. The reason I have been neglectful is because I've been attending school to become a

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I Finally Cracked
  • March 9, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I’m talking tears, sniffles, and yes…snot. The lights were off in our home. Our boys were asleep, and I’m not sure what my guy said, but whatever it was triggered a frantic outburst of panic from

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Keywords: Makeda   marketing/promotions   salon decor/design  
Please...Do Not Be Alarmed
  • March 8, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Editor's Note: Due to our alarm (not at Makeda's salon, but at needing to get everything done at NAILS' California-headquarters before heading up to America's Beauty Show in Chicago), we weren't able to get this post

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Keywords: Makeda   salon decor/design  
Finally, I Can Breathe!
  • March 7, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I know you all have been wondering where I've been. I've been really working hard trying to give Bmore Polished Nail Bar a home. I have finally found a location. It's one street over from the

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Pedi Station Construction Complete!
  • February 24, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

For over a year I've been trying to come up with a better pedicure station. The platforms worked great for getting my clients feet up higher for me to work on, but not everyone had an

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Keywords: retailing   salon decor/design   salon services  
Tip Toe-ing Toward Our Soft Opening
  • February 15, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Only 15 more days until our "Tip-Toe Soft Opening" weekend! We are scheduled to softly open on March 1 due to a couple more setbacks, but otherwise things are coming along well. As of now, I

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Keywords: Makeda   marketing/promotions   public relations   retailing   salon decor/design  
Year-End Check Up (Literally) and 2012 Planning
  • January 12, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Wow, it's been a crazy two months! I hope that everyone enjoyed a fabulous and busy holiday season! I kicked off the holidays by traveling down to California in November to visit family and attend the

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Keywords: retailing   salon decor/design   salon services  
Feel like Jumping Ship
  • January 10, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I'm not easily discouraged but because I didn't make the initial opening date I've been bummed. To top it off I still haven't heard from the property owner on the space I've been riding by and

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My Date with a Plumber
  • December 19, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

A couple of weeks ago the plumbing crew came to do a rough out of the piping to make the installation easier when the pedicure benches arrived. While doing the walk-through the plumber stated that his

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Puzzled
  • December 9, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

We have a business location -- yay! My new goal is to be open by February 2012. Suddenly, there is so much to do and so little time.My brain is bogged down by all these little

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Keywords: Makeda   salon decor/design   staff training  
Is This The One?
  • December 6, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, my body has been semi-overwhelmed. But nonetheless I think I have found my potential location, my baby. I'm hoping and praying that all goes well on the final

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Keywords: salon decor/design  
Deal or No Deal?
  • November 28, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

I might have actually found a location. I think I’m in shock, and if I were honest, I’d admit that I’m a teeny bit nervous. (That’s code for “freaking out”). I was so “mildly” nervous that

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Keywords: Makeda   salon decor/design  
IKEA Furnishings
  • November 17, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

I've continued to buy furniture, in spite of the delay of the space. You will be amazed at my purchases. The majority of the shopping inspiration was provided by IKEA! Four nail tables totaled $197 (the

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Licenses and Permits and Fees, Oh My!
  • November 11, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Another unplanned fee just popped up over the weekend…zoning! I’m starting to feel like I’m being Punk’d. After realizing that the space I was in love with might not work out, my broker and I set

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Keywords: Makeda   salon decor/design  
Trying Times
  • November 1, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

October was very trying for me. Headaches and sleepless nights. The inspector came out to look at the property we chose...and it failed inspection. The owner was not willing to bring it up to code. (Yes,

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Meet Ramar
  • October 26, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Editor's Note: We weren't planning on adding another new blogger this soon, but once we heard about Ramar's salon situation we knew he'd provide a unique perspective that we could all learn from. He's a hair

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Blueprinting the Floor Plan and Service Menu
  • October 18, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

I don't officially have a space yet, but I did see an available space a few weeks ago that I think might be the one. I asked the broker to send me the floorplans and then

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Keywords: Makeda   salon decor/design   salon services  
Meet Makeda
  • October 12, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

I’m a walking enigma. I fully acknowledge this. For the past decade, I’ve had a successful career in the shopping center industry. I’ve grown from a bright-eyed college intern into a seasoned retail/real estate professional adept

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Melodie: 1-Year Anniversary, Overcoming Obstacles
  • September 15, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Editor's Note: Congratulations to Melodie for successfully making it through her first year as a new salon owner! You can read all of Melodie's posts by clicking on the Melodie tag at the left column of

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Alica: Network, Budget, and Never Give Up in Opening a Nail Salon
  • September 12, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Editor's Note: Congratulations to Alica for successfully making it through her first year as a new salon owner! You can read all of Alica's posts by clicking on the Alica tag at the left column of

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Keywords: networking   salon decor/design  
Tickled Pink Expansion Update
  • May 23, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Things have been very slow moving on the expansion/rennovation plans. It's been so hectic with all the festivals that we had to put things on hold for a bit. But we will be getting back to

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Upgrades: Do-It-Yourself Episode!
  • May 13, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

I've spent a lot of time making upgrades to the salon. It's funny what a few do-it-yourself projects around the salon can change. I am huge fan of HGTV, and I'm always looking for ideas and

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State Board Visit and Salon Opening
  • April 1, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

As I mentioned in my last post, I just finished a year as a booth renter in a salon on Camano Island. In Washington State, booth renters also have to obtain a salon license, which I

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Parking Problems and a Possible Solution
  • February 7, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

The building we are in is a warehouse and there is a huge indoor batting cage business on one end. It frequently has teams that go in to practice all at once, so the parking lot

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Renovations to Begin Soon
  • January 4, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

We’ve had some new developments with our Princess Spa Parties and Princess Services. We rent an additional 600-sq.-ft. that is still warehouse space and not in use as part of the salon (it just needs floor

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License to Make a Deal
  • November 1, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

The past two weeks have moved a lot faster than I ever expected. While searching online I found two spa chairs on Craigslist. If you are an avid reader of the blog (which I know you

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Q & A: Salon Esthetics
  • October 21, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

We recently bought an existing nail salon in NYC. I was a former client and always fantasized about what I would do with a salon if I ever owned my own. Well, here I am, and

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Balancing Marketing and Appointments
  • October 19, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Our first month open has been a fabulous month, with only a few kinks that we’re working on resolving. First, our roof has a leak. We’ve had some really heavy rains over the past month, and we opened

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Q & A: Salon Square Footage and Rental Costs
  • October 8, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Hi Alica,Thanks for your response, it was very helpful. A few more questions: What is a good square footage for a nail salon with eight manicure stations and six pedicure stations? Is $3,100/monthly + taxes too

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Sign of Progress
  • October 4, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

On my way out of the salon last week, I looked up and there it was: the Upscale Nail Bar & Boutique name on the sign in the shopping center. We have been waiting for a

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Q & A: Negotiating Rent
  • September 29, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Hi Alica,Your story is very inspiring. My wife and I are looking to start a nail salon. I presume the very first step is to find and secure a location. Did you have to start paying

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The Deal Huntress
  • September 17, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I have been on a mission ever since I got started to stick to my budget. I can actually say that, with a lot of hard work and determination, it is working out so far.  I

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Off to a Busy Start — Before the Doors Even Open
  • September 14, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

September has been a busy month already. Licenses have been obtained, zoning permits obtained, printed materials ordered and received, retail products ordered, and the decor is coming together. I was scheduled to open by September 1

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Meet Alica
  • September 10, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Have you ever had a dream that you stepped out on faith to accomplish? Well, I am Alica Best, the owner of Upscale Nail Bar & Boutique in Griffin, Ga. To be a salon owner is

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Q & A: Venting System
  • March 4, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

How is your venting system set up? Do you have vents in the table or a central system with some kind of pick up at each station? TLD Hi TLD, The venting system is a central system. The

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New Year, New Accomplishments
  • January 7, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

The holidays came and went and we are now into the New Year! In December I was able to add a few more things to the studio. My custom cabinet, for above the sink, was installed

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Open For Business: All Polished Up!
  • October 28, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

I can't believe how fast the time is flying by. I was able to open my studio September 29, while it was still under construction. Let me clarify that: I had passed all the inspections, but

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My OCD is Paying Off
  • September 15, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

I have my work schedule set up so I only work every other Saturday — which means I get a three-day weekend every other week. When I set this schedule, I was picturing leisurely weekends sitting

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Good Things Come to Those Who Wait, Right?
  • September 2, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

The time has come for the final frame inspection, then I can continue with sheet rock and flooring. I have to say this has been a very stressful journey for me. I have a busy enough

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Where There’s Smoke…
  • August 28, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

If you’re looking for a list of possible challenges your new salon might face, I have a few to add to your list: Fire Alarms, Flaming Hot Stone Warmers, Sprinklers, Faulty Toilets, and Firemen! (Well, firemen

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Growing Pains
  • August 25, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

My salon is going through some growing pains, some more painful than others. I’m switching out the skin care line to Eminence Organics for use in facials and as the retail skin care line. It’s a

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Moving, IBS, and More
  • July 1, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

This month has been very busy for me. I’ve moved shops and am temporarily located with an awesome group of the most encouraging women I’ve ever worked with! They are all excited for me to live

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Q&A: Details on Pipeless Pedicure Chairs
  • June 17, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

I'm new to this field. Exactly what is a pipeless pedicure chair? How is it different from a standard pedicure chair? Is it a state requirement for any state?Cindy Hi Cindy, The main difference is with the jets.

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Meet Michelle
  • June 15, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

Sometimes things are just meant to happen and usually when you least expect it. My name is Michelle Barteaux, and I’ve been working in the beauty industry for more than 15 years. I knew right away

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Meet Marie
  • June 5, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

I’m 38 years old, and I’m excited to be in the very beginning stages of building my own home-based salon. I have permission from my city to have my business, and my floor plans are at

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Slow Going
  • January 22, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

We’ve seen some quiet days this month. The economy has affected everyone in a major way; it’s across the board. Unfortunately, we’ve had to cut hours and days for our employees (they’re salaried), which is something

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Sweet Success (Mostly)
  • October 28, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Our first few weeks have been amazing. On Friday, we got a huge plug in Daily Candy, and we really blew up after that. We were booked solid Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Best of all, most

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Open for Business
  • October 10, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Despite some last-minute fixes (like redoing the ceiling paint two days ago after it was showing signs of wear), our soft opening today was a success. We had 32 booked appointments, and Dan, Nadine, and I

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Q & A: Manicure and Pedicure Areas
  • September 26, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Shouldn’t the pedicure stations be close to where the manicures are being done (so the person doesn’t have to walk all the way across the room)?Neha Hi Neha, The blueprint you were looking at may have been a

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Finishing Touches
  • September 19, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

We passed the sprinkler inspection; our elevator inspection is on Monday. (We’ve already fixed the circuit board that blew out.) The salon was originally scheduled to get gas today, but the plumber installed a pipe incorrectly

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Powering On
  • September 10, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I’m thrilled to say we finally have power. Everything is working, from the air conditioning to the computers to the TVs. Tomorrow, the Salon STX representative will be at the salon get the software network working.

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  • September 10, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

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Waiting for (a Higher?) Power
  • August 18, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

We used a crane to hoist furniture onto the second floor. It took about two hours. Days later, we STILL don’t have power, and I don’t know when we will. The city ran out of electricity

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Frustration Builds
  • July 31, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

The salon still doesn’t have power. For some reason, it took over four weeks for the salon to pass the major electrical inspection, and now we still have to wait for the city to install the

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Vandalism, Seriously?!
  • July 9, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Over the weekend the salon was vandalized. Someone(s) tried to steel the electrical panel in the back. They didn’t succeed in ripping it completely out, but they opened it up and ripped out all the copper.

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So Close, Yet So Far Away
  • June 25, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

All I have to say is, as you get closer to your salon opening, just hold on. This is such a tough time; just when I think I’ve got everything covered, I realize I don’t. It’s

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A Small Setback
  • June 6, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Well, we're missing our target opening date of June 15 because we had a snafu with the sign installation. Originally scheduled for May 15, it's been pushed back to mid-June because the permit to close down

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Almost There!
  • May 13, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

There's a little bit of nerves mixed with a little bit of excitement as we're almost ready to open our doors. We got a permit to close down a lane of Ventura Boulevard on May 15

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Q&A: Manicure Area Layout
  • May 2, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Where are you getting your manicure tables from, and do they have a venting system? I like the idea of having a glass wall but it does seem a little like a cell. Do you think

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The Home Stretch
  • April 18, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

We’re in the home stretch to the salon opening. The elevator and water feature on the first floor will be fully installed next week. Almost all of the tile work is completed on the second floor,

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Progress and Problems
  • March 24, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I’m happy to say the building looks amazing — the scaffolding is off, the stucco is going on, and the second floor is almost finished — but unfortunately we’re still hitting some small hiccups, even this

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Q&A: Finding an Architect
  • February 12, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I’m looking for an architect to design my nail salon in a mall. How do I find one?Tristan Hi Tristan, In my experience with mall locations (we looked into these types of properties before deciding on our standalone

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Spa-Ing It Up
  • January 25, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Last week, we had a major design meeting to order everything that hadn’t yet been ordered. We tweaked the idea of the dividers between the manicure tables to incorporate beautiful 6-ft. high glass partitions. We’re commissioning

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Give Us A Sign
  • December 5, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

I’m really excited about our storefront design. TDI — Tankard Design & Imaging is now starting to design and build the signage. Our original idea had been to have 2,000 floating polish bottles in the window

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Hello, Nail School!
  • November 2, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

Co-owner Dan starts nail school this week. That’s right — Lieutenant Dan will be happily taking orders from the instructors at West Valley Occupational Center in Woodland Hills. It’s the same vocational school I graduated from

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Q & A: Sound-proofing
  • October 19, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

What products are you using to sound-proof the rooms upstairs?Teresa Hi Teresa, There will be “insulation batts,” which are sort of like sound-absorbing blankets, enclosed inside the walls of the VIP rooms. There is also R-30 roof insulation

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Q & A: Furniture Leasing
  • October 12, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

I live in San Diego, where I work as a nail tech. I've networked with a group of gals in my area to start a Wellness Spa (offering manicures, pedicures, massages, gel enhancements, and possibly acupuncture.)

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Lighting and Leases
  • October 4, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

Salon M.O.M. Nadine just had a meeting with our lighting consultant. (We’re using L.A.-based John Brubaker Architectural Lighting Consultants as our lighting firm.) It sounded like she learned a ton — and that we have a

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Moving On Up
  • September 21, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

We’ve been building like crazy lately. It’s great to be making so much progress (finally!). We’re working with Rimi Security on both the security and audiovisual systems for the salon. A representative came out to walk

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Finally, the Permit!
  • August 23, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

I’m sure you’re probably sick of hearing me talk about the salon’s highly anticipated building permits, like here, here, here, and here. Quite frankly, I’m sick of it, too; the waiting game was killing me. But,

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Banking on the Future
  • August 16, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

Dan, Nadine, and I have decided to plead our case to the banks to get a loan for the salon furniture and/or equipment. Our build-out is such a huge expense that we could use the extra

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He’s Ba-ack! (Co-owner Dan, that is)
  • August 2, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

Well, there’s a very exciting development on the salon management front. Co-owner Dan Schilleci has returned from his tour of duty in Iraq. He returned July 3, then took a well-earned vacation to Fiji before coming

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Q & A: Ventilation System
  • July 26, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

What kind of venting system are you using? Are they right over each station or throughout the nail salon? Do you have any preference for these systems?Rebecca Hi Rebecca, The ventilation systems aren’t at each nail station; we’re

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Q & A: Equipment Supplier
  • July 19, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

Who are you using for your equipment supplier?Antonio Hi Antonio, We’re using Salon Equipment International. The company is a distributor of salon equipment and furniture, in addition to manufacturing its own furniture. I’ve been meeting with John Pohlen at

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Going Green
  • June 22, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

I’ve made a pretty important decision about the salon — I’ve decided I want it to be environmentally-friendly. I want ROB|B to be LEED certified, which basically means the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will independently

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Q & A: Noise Levels
  • May 18, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

I don’t like the idea of the floating walls between each manicure station and the next. You said the stations make for a more private service, but are they going to be sound proof? Everyone is

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Bumpy Ground
  • May 15, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

The salon has run into a small hiccup in the permitting process. Surprisingly, the city rejected my “soils report;” it’s the document that talks about the site’s grounds and how the ground will support the building.

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Q & A: Bathrooms and Sinks
  • May 11, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

Ellen Marie has a good point about the number of bathrooms. It looks like you’ll need another bathroom since the salon is so big. Also, I only see one sink in the salon. You may want

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Leaps and Bounds
  • May 4, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

On a roller coaster, you know that feeling you get after you've finally made it to the top and your coaster car starts on that first big plunge? That's how I feel when I think about

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Tweaking the Plans
  • April 20, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

We're starting to get the city's feedback on the salon's construction plans. During this "plan check" stage, the blueprints generally go back and forth between the permit applicant and the city several times before everything complies

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Q & A: Blueprints
  • April 18, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

I love reading your blog. How can I see more of the salon blueprints?Lee Hi Lee, Thanks for your compliment. To see all the salon’s blueprints and renderings, just click on Photo Gallery in the lefthand column. There I’ve

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Storefront Rendering
  • April 5, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

Here’s what we think the salon’s storefront will look like. The wooden planks hint at the wood-themed design inside, while the oversized polish bottle will let casual passers-by know exactly what we’re all about.For even more

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Definite Design Details
  • March 23, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

The design meeting earlier this week was so productive. I’m thrilled. In just over an hour, Nadine (salon M.O.M.), Lee (contractor), Richard (architect), Jessica (interior designer), John (furniture; he also brought along a subcontractor, who actually

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Q & A: Manicure Stations
  • March 13, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

Is there a wall between every manicure table? If so, how tall are they? This will be interesting because it’s like having a private service. Some clients don’t like to be seen by others but the odors

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Momentum Builds
  • March 9, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

We submitted our construction plans to the city. I’m so relieved because this means in about two months the salon will have its required permits. (Who knew this would all take so long? I’m so glad

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Live from ISSE
  • February 20, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

Dan (co-owner), Nadine (salon M.O.M.), and I recorded an audio Podcast while we were at the International Salon & Spa Expo in Long Beach. We expand on what’s been on the blog so far, like how exactly we

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Intelligent Design
  • February 15, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

Last week, co-owner Dan (who, by the way, was ridiculously excited to be able to participate in person) and I met with our design team. This includes Lee Stucker, our contractor, Richard Best, our architect, and

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A ROB|B Family Reunion
  • February 6, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

I had a wonderful time at the International Salon & Spa Expo (ISSE) this weekend in Long Beach. It served as a mini-family reunion for us at the salon; Nadine (salon M.O.M.) and I were reunited

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Sundancing It Up
  • January 23, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

I’m at the Sundance Film Festival this week in Park City, Utah, as part of a little PR mission. OPI sent me here to do complimentary manicures in the gifting lounge. I’m using this opportunity to

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Furnishings & Things
  • January 17, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

My meeting with John Pohlen, owner/CEO of Salon Equipment International, went really well last week. I visited him in his showroom, where we sat down for a little over an hour to figure out exactly what

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The Waiting Game
  • January 9, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

This week, the salon's progress really feels out of my hands. I've been on site this week, but there's not much I can do -- it's all about the architect right now, and his construction plans.The building

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My Vision
  • December 14, 2006
  • NAILS Magazine

My hopes are that Rob|b will be a market-leading salon. I took my inspiration from the “big hair-guys” and the fantastic designs of Las Vegas salons.  The salon, which will be about 2,600 square feet when we’re

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Lesson #1: Don't Give Up
  • December 13, 2006
  • NAILS Magazine

OK, so about those pesky locations. I was originally (around December 2004) looking for a location in Beverly Hills. I found a 2,500-sq.-ft. site I loved, but the rent was too high ($14,000 a month!), the

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