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My Obsession with Franken-Polish
  • September 20, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

I have a small obsession with indie/franken polishes that has almost consumed what little free time I have. I haven't purchased any because I know I can make some. I do, however, love coming across different

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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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Multi-Tasking: Anniversary Events, New Tech, and School Opens Soon
  • March 13, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

March is halfway over, but I’m totally not ready for Spring! Speaking of Spring, we are celebrating our anniversary for a whole week, March 18-23, with specials, new products, and menu changes. I was a little

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Marketing Help, Please!
  • February 28, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Have you ever asked yourself: How involved am I in my salon marketing plan? I am sitting here brainstorming and I must say, I get headaches just thinking about nails, so I swap roles and let

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Adding CND Brisa Lite to Our Menu
  • February 20, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

It's February and we are so excited to welcome CND Brisa Lite onto our new menu. I've been working on the menu, and my techs are busy trying and testing and tweeting the products. What nail

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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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Ramar: From Owner to Nail Tech-Owner, Time Management is the Biggest Change
  • December 17, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Editor's Note: Congratulations to Ramar for successfully making it through his first year with a nail department! You can read all of Ramar's posts by clicking on the Ramar tag at the left column of this

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Standing Appointments Keep the Salon Steady
  • December 11, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

As Christmas approaches faster than I can imagine, time is running out but I still can't get myself into the holiday mode. I know this is the busy season for retail and spa services alike, but

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Birthday Party
  • November 26, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

We advertise mani/pedi parties on our website and have had a few calls regarding them. We scheduled our first one for the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Mae booked a party for her daughter’s 13th birthday, for seven

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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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Hydration Services for the Holidays
  • November 13, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Ahhh, November is here! I always look forward to this time of year because the weather is getting colder, the air is crisp, the leaves are changing colors, and the holiday season has finally started. I

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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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Fall in Nail Love
  • September 14, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I’ve been a horrible blogger and I can’t apologize enough. Feels like I’ve been going 100 mph since our online deal with You Swoop. Things have finally started to calm down. Might be a result of

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Keywords: Makeda   salon services  
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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Hats Galore
  • July 19, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I’ve never been a hat person. I have worn a hat or two, mostly during the winter, but other than that, hats are not very me. However, the entrepreneur in me always has that crafty little

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Keywords: Makeda   marketing/promotions   public relations   salon services   staff training  
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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Yelp Advertising is Working
  • July 16, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

YELP! We love Yelp, and in the past two weeks we must have had 10 new clients say they found us on Yelp. Just when we thought, "Is anyone ever going to come in again?" we

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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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Guess What...We’ll be on TV AGAIN!
  • May 14, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Our Wedding Segment aired on May 9. It was so much fun, but I must apologize for my lack of tweeting during the taping as promised. Turns out that tweeting and talking aren’t the easiest multi-tasking

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Keywords: Makeda   public relations   salon services  
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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Ohh Emm Gee, We’ll be on TV!
  • April 30, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

After a rather unpleasant series of events including freezing cold and rainy weather on Pink Friday {All that Pink Champagne with no one to drink it} and nowhere near as many guests as I forecasted for

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Keywords: Makeda   public relations   salon services  
Second and First
  • April 26, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

So you football fans already know the meaning of second and first, but for those who do not keep up with sports: I am making this reference in regard to the second business quarter, the first

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Upscale Moves, Goes Mobile, and More
  • April 24, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

We have another "Where Are They Now" post for you. Blogger Alica Best has moved her salon to a better location, plus coaches newbie nail techs and others in classes. -- NAILS Eds.Hello Everyone! Wow, I

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Marketing
  • April 24, 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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Meet Vicki
  • April 16, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

The last time I officially worked in a salon with a full clientele was November 1989. It was at Fingertips and Finery in Calabasas, and it was one of the best times of my life. I

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Karyn: Best Way to Get Target Clients is Through Current Clients
  • April 16, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

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

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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  
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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Hunger Games Collection a Hit
  • March 28, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

On my last blog update I was talking about the option of moving back into a renter position. I have decided not to do that. I love my office hands down. I am just not willing

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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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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  
Q & A: Soft Opening
  • February 9, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

How can I do a soft opening for a skin spa? What do I need to do? What gift should I give out? Thanks,ConnieHello Connie,For my soft opening I invited my friends, family, and the surrounding

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Revamped Referral Progam
  • January 19, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

How is it possible that this month is already more than half over?! I know I took a week off, but still!My much needed vacation was the perfect way to start my new year. I came

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Q & A: Nail Salon - Laundromat Combo
  • January 12, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

We just opened up a brand new state-of-the-art laundromat. We have some space right in the front, where we are adding a small nail salon and may be a tanning booth to attract more customers for

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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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New Year: New Menu Items and Lots of Opportunities
  • January 3, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Happy New Year! I can't believe that 2011 has come and gone. The start of 2012 is bringing new business, new menu items, and hopefully lots of new opportunities.Before 2011 ended, however, there was so much

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End-of-the-Year Rush
  • December 2, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Oh my word it’s December. I can hardly believe it. As much as I am already looking forward to the New Year (work wise) I am not ready to move on. I feel as if there

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Advertising to the Masses
  • November 21, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

With the launch date getting closer, my advertising wheels are in full motion. The poor little hamster in my head has not had a 10 minute break in months. I have been trying to come up

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A Client Focus Group?
  • November 8, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

As the end of the calendar year approaches, I have my eye on my goals for this year and am already looking ahead to 2012. As of the end of October, I am ahead of my

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Why You Shouldn't Concern Yourself with Discount Salon Pricing
  • October 28, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

For some reason I’ve been up since four this morning....Too many things to do and I’m excited to get going on them I guess! As part of my morning routine, I checked in at the BeautyTech

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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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A Great-Selling Retail Product
  • October 21, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Well, I finally got my nails redone but had to stay until almost 10 o'clock to accomplish it. I figured if I'm only going to do them every six weeks I'm going all out! October has

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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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Meet Chauna
  • October 14, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Delayed never means denied as long as you continue to press forward while you're delayed. My name is Chauna Brown, the proud owner of Bmore Polished Lash & Nail Bar. Even as a little girl, being

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Halloween Decor and Much More
  • October 7, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

What a whirlwind this job can be! I was so busy this summer that whenever I had an idea for something I wanted to do in the studio, it just got added to my to-do list.

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Year in Review: Marketing/Promotions/Advertising
  • September 6, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

It's time to review all of Tickled Pink's marketing, promotions, and advertising efforts over the last 12 months. This is something every company should do on a regular basis. You need to know what is working

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The Power of Positive Energy
  • September 2, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

I can't believe how lucky I am that August was such a busy month. I gained new clients and stayed pretty darn busy. The summer months can be so sloooow, but based on my bookkeeping, it

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Hurricane Irene Impact & Going LLC
  • August 31, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

While we were not greatly impacted by the hurricane we did have to reschedule clients from Saturday (8/27). We had several regular clients as well as two parties (one Queen and one Princess party) that needed to

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Reforming a Nail Biter
  • July 18, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

I have to start this entry with something completely unrelated to work, but wonderful when it comes to my personal life. My brother and his wife became the proud parents of a beautiful, healthy baby girl

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Trying Out Groupon Now
  • July 7, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Yes, we are going to be giving Groupon a whirl. We've tried everything else so why not? Groupon now has a new service called Groupon Now, and it gives the business owner more flexibility and more

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Bridal Party Nails
  • July 6, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

First off I have to say that the wedding I attended in San Diego was beautiful. Lauren was a stunning bride and I wish her and Michael a lifetime of joy and happiness! I had a

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New Hire...Finally
  • July 5, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Tickled Pink Salon continues to grow. We have found there is a real need to have techs available for walk-ins at all times. It's so difficult to try and manage all the salon hours in addition

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Off to San Diego
  • June 20, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

I finally had time last week to get the iPhone I bartered for a month ago set up. By the end of this week I will be set up to take credit cards. After talking to

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Q & A: Opening a Salon without a Nail Tech License
  • June 15, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

I do not have my nail technician license yet, but I do have a degree in business. Can I open a nail salon and have someone else manage it?TakishaHi Takisha,Yes, you can open a salon in

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Q & A: Waxing Services and Compensation Systems
  • June 14, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

I am in the process of gathering all the information I need in order to write up a business plan for a nail salon that I'd like to open up. I'm trying to find out on

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Father's Day Special
  • June 13, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Surprisingly, we have a LOT of men who come to us for manicures and pedicures -- they do not seem to mind all the PINK! And our male clientele is growing each week. So we just

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Assessing My Service Offerings
  • June 3, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

It has officially been three months since I got my manicuring license. This past weekend I decided to go back though my books to see how many nail-related services I've been doing, how often, and what

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“Princess Melissa” Debuts
  • June 2, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Our Spring festival season is upon us and we have been keeping very busy. "Princess Melissa" made her debut at a recent school festival and was well received. Princess Melissa is my oldest son's girlfriend who

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Prom Queen Nails
  • May 5, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Something completely amazing happened this past week. My best friend’s daughter came in to get a manicure and pedicure from me as part of her beauty rituals leading up to her junior prom. She and her

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Recent Events at Tickled Pink
  • May 3, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

We hosted a Single Mom's Spa Day for the single moms at The Awakening Church (the church I attend) and Cambridge Place (a drug and alcohol treatment center in Smithfield, N.C.). Several ladies and men from

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Saving Time with Technology
  • May 2, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

It has been an amazing first six weeks at the new studio! I’m pleased to say that I've been booked between 60-68% for the past three weeks (up from the 40% I started with) and exceeded

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Q & A: Princess Party Services
  • April 29, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

What products do you use for the girls during Princess Parties? Is it only a basic mani/pedi along with desired nail polish? Or do you actually use acrylics or gels?RoxanaHi Roxana,We use our regular manicuring products

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Successful Retail and Time Management
  • April 20, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

I've just finished my fourth week in the new studio, and it’s been going better than I ever expected! I've been so busy taking care of clients, learning new software, and handling retail that I haven’t

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Got Polish?
  • April 15, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

My schedule has been so busy. I've had new clients to spoil, and I've been busy pampering the clients I've seen for years. I always feel like I can’t tell them enough how grateful I am

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Learning and Growing
  • April 7, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

I am so excited that Spring has finally arrived! With Spring comes the hope of new growth, and my business has certainly been a reflection of that. My business is primarily expanded through word of mouth.

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Natural Nail Care, Go For It!
  • March 31, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

So I've weighed my options and come to a business decision. We are going natural. I've chosen to start only doing natural nail care. What made me come to this decision? A number of things:1. Since

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Think Outside the Box
  • March 30, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Owning your own business in today's tough economy has both ups and downs. And with new salons popping up everywhere it's becoming increasingly important for salon owners to think of new ways to generate income and

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New Facebook Page and Other Salon Marketing Strategies
  • March 29, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

These last few weeks I've focused on getting new promotional materials done for my business and getting my name out into the general public. My website has been fully updated, and I have a new Facebook

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Spring Into Actions
  • March 17, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

So Spring is slowly appearing all around me, and the funny thing is I can see it at the salon too. I am still the only nail tech, so I have to plan appointments accordingly. This

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Massive Promotions and Mobile Services Launch
  • February 17, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

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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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Christmas Party
  • December 29, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

We had a Christmas party at the salon as a customer appreciation event. My day got off to a late start. Due to inclement weather, there was a two-hour delay with the elementary school opening, so

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Newspaper Ads and Other Promotions
  • November 11, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

We've been tracking our advertising results since we opened — and the results have been rather surprising in a way. Years ago with my first nail salon I tried every form of print advertisement and nothing seemed

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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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Marketing & Pricing
  • October 15, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Now that the salon is almost ready for its opening, I can put my marketing plan in place. The new school marketing methods are social media marketing. This includes Facebook, Twitter, and the website. Social media

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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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Marketing at the Harvest Festival
  • October 1, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

We participated in the Clayton Harvest & Music Festival on September 18. What an event that was. Our booth was set up with a demo table, a table displaying the products we use in the salon,

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Tickled Pink's First Hire
  • September 28, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

The first couple of weeks since our opening have been amazing! We still don’t have our exterior building sign, since the town won’t approve it until our common complex signage is complete. But I found out

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Q&A: Massage and Payroll
  • September 21, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I’m in the process of opening up a salon: Is it lucrative to offer massages or just keep the salon nail-focused, which is what we originally planned? Also, do you pay salary or commission?Jo Hi Jo,We stopped

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Q&A: Service Offerings Beyond Nails
  • August 31, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I love your blog! I am in the process of opening up a nail salon and was going to open a couple of rooms, but am hesitant as well because if the primary focus is on

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The HRTE Recap, Pricing, and More
  • June 14, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I can't believe summer is here already! I have officially been open for eight months now. Business is steady, and I'm very happy with that. After tax season this year, I raised my prices and to

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Q & A: Hair Shampooing & Styling
  • March 12, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I was told at work that just styling a client’s hair without shampooing it is against all salon policies. Is this a true statement? I would love to know. Thanks.Charissa Hi Charissa, Every state has different laws and

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ISSE Recap
  • February 23, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I took my whole staff to ISSE, and I thought it was a great show. The energy level, including for nails, was really strong, which is a good sign for the industry (especially considering that it

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All Marketing Is Good Marketing
  • January 4, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

One thing that affected all of us salon owners at the end of 2009 was the recession. We found less people coming in to be pampered and regulars going one more week between nail fills. Because

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New Services & Holiday Retail
  • December 14, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

I’m happy that I’ve found a replacement service offering for the salon’s former massage room: a brow room. And, not just any brow room, but a Damone Roberts brow room. The salon will be the Valley

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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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Q&A: Gels v. Acrylics
  • October 6, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

Hi Candice,I plan on opening a nail salon that focuses primarily on natural nail services, but I'm not sure how well an all-natural shop would fly in my area. So I’m thinking about offering at least

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Q&A: Help Opening A Nail Salon in Switzerland
  • September 24, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

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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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Open for Business: Panache Nail Studio
  • August 4, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

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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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9 Things I've Learned From Opening a Nail Salon
  • May 11, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

When I first started blogging in December of 2006, I started with the hope that we could learn from each other. Now, nearly two and a half years later, my salon doors are finally open, and,

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ISSE Report
  • February 20, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

All of us at the salon carpooled to the International Salon & Spa Expo (ISSE) at the beginning of the month. Our employees learned about OPI’s new soak-off gels with the educators at the show. We’re

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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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Getting Into the Groove
  • November 24, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

We’re growing our clientele slowly but surely. We hosted a reader party for InStyle magazine earlier this month. It turned out really well with more than 120 people showing up. We hope to do many more events

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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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We’re Taking Appointments!
  • October 1, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

ROB|B will be officially open to the public on Friday, October 10. This soft opening date is set in stone. We’ve even already made a few appointments for that day. We’d be so happy to take

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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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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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Tech Training Underway
  • June 3, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

May 19 was our first company orientation; we had 10 new employees (we've hired several more since then; we currently have 18 employees — 11 nail techs, one nail tech/esthetician, three estheticians, one massage therapist, and

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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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ISSE 2008
  • February 5, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Dan, Nadine, and I attended ISSE in Long Beach, Calif., last weekend. The best part of the tradeshow for us? We were able to hand out our brand new (finally finished!) salon menus. Nadine had picked

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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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Playing Pretend
  • September 5, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

We’ve set up a temporary “pretend salon” at OPI’s North Hollywood headquarters. The idea might sound kind of weird at first, but I’d actually recommend it to any aspiring salon owner. Basically, the makeshift salon will

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Q & A: Service Menu
  • June 28, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

What’s your opinion on service menus, when there’s a choice between a wide list of offered services versus a minimum list of offered services? Do you think it benefits the general public to offer many different

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Q & A: Nail Art
  • June 12, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

Is your salon going to offer freehand painted nail art?Ellen Marie Hi Ellen Marie, Even though I have my nail tech license, I personally was never very good at handpainted nail art. (I think it takes coordination I

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Q & A: Levels of Nail Services
  • April 26, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

What procedures and materials will you use when doing an “ultimate” manicure and pedicure that makes that service level different from the “essential” ones? Ellen Marie Hi Ellen Marie, The “ultimate” nail services will be our highest service

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Q & A: Nail Bar
  • April 10, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

I’ve never heard of a nail bar before. It’s a nice idea; is it a free service?Cecilia Hi Cecilia, The nail bar isn’t a free service, but it is an easy way for a customer to have their

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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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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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