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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Keywords: salon decor/design  
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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Keywords: salon decor/design  
Q & A: Salon STX
  • September 14, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

I’m in the process of opening a salon/spa. How will Salon STX aid me in the daily maintenance of my salon?Bontle Hi Bontle, For me, the software’s reporting capability is the biggest way that it’ll help me day-to-day.

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Keywords: Q&A   staff training  
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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Keywords: salon services   staff training  
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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Keywords: salon decor/design   staff training  
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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Keywords: salon decor/design  
Q & A: Computer Software
  • August 10, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

I’m in the process of opening a nail salon in Johannesburg, South Africa. (We should be opening our doors in September.) I have two questions about the computer program you mentioned, is it an American program?

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Keywords: Q&A   staff training  
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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Keywords: salon decor/design  
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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Keywords: Q&A   salon decor/design  
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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Keywords: Q&A   salon decor/design  
Multitasking and Multiprocessing
  • July 13, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

Nadine and I had our first training session for the computer software we’re going to be using in the salon. Melissa Raker of Salon STX spent six hours with us to go through the entire program.

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Keywords: staff training  
Q & A: Retail Products
  • July 5, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

What are you planning on retailing at your salon? Other than nail polish bottles (which are hard to handle and place on shelves for fear of falling and breaking), what else is there to sell in

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Keywords: Q&A  
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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Keywords: Q&A   salon services  
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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Keywords: salon decor/design  
Q & A: Employee Training
  • June 15, 2007
  • NAILS Magazine

You mentioned “training” in your response to T's Start-Up Inventory question. What exactly consists of your training new employees? Won’t they know how to do nails already? Please clarify.Anna Hi Anna, Although we plan to hire experienced nail

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Keywords: Q&A   staff training  

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