From the Front Lines…of Nail School
  • April 2, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

The idea of me enrolling in nail school came up after I had returned from Iraq when Nadine (salon M.O.M.) and I were talking about timelines and what was going on with the project. She was my

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Keywords: staff training  
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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Keywords: salon decor/design  
Spa & Resort Expo & Conference
  • March 7, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I recently went to the Medi Spa & Resort Expo & Conference in Los Angeles to source a few items for the salon. I was invited by a company called Pure Bamboo, who we met at

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Q&A: Computer Software Options
  • February 27, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Why did you choose Salon STX compared to other salon software programs? I know there are many out there, and you probably did the research on all of them.Nneka Hi Nneka, We choose Salon STX because it’s built

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Keywords: Q&A  
Day Spa Expo 2008
  • February 20, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

The Day Spa Expo in Las Vegas was probably an eighth of the size of ISSE but was actually a lot more productive for Nadine and me; the show featured a lot of the high-end spa stuff

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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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Keywords: Q&A   salon decor/design  
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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Keywords: salon services   staff training  
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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Keywords: salon decor/design   salon services   staff training  
Q & A: Non-Compete Agreements
  • January 11, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I’m writing my employee handbook and was wondering if I can state that when an employee has terminated his employment, he is not allowed to work 10 miles from the salon for one year. Thanks for

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Keywords: Q&A   staff training  
Q & A: Core Clientele
  • December 21, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

Your salon appears to be very upscale. What type of customers are you catering to?Michelle Hi Michelle, As you noted, my salon targets an affluent crowd. Studio City is a high-income area near Hollywood, so we’re targeting young

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Keywords: clients  
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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Keywords: salon decor/design  
Q & A: Employees
  • November 13, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

I read that you’re hiring all your nail techs on as employees. Aren’t you afraid that, since they're not working for a commission, they won't work as hard because they’re paid an hourly rate?Anna Hi Anna, It’s true

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Keywords: Q&A   staff training  
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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Keywords: salon decor/design   staff training  
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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Keywords: Q&A   salon decor/design  
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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Keywords: Q&A   salon decor/design  

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