Few Things Are Certain
  • June 19, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

I know no one who's slow right now wants to hear this, but the thing about a slow economy is that it really tends to weed out the weaker businesses.  When things are really singing along

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Keywords: money  
I'll Scratch Yours If You'll Scratch Mine (and Yes, They Were There!)
  • June 17, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

Somehow I managed to come home with a sore throat and a stuffed up nose. I'm blaming allergies, since I refuse to believe it's possible to get a cold in the middle of June — unless

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Keywords: tradeshows  
What Am I Forgetting?
  • June 12, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

Monomer — check. Polymer — check. Sculpting brushes — check. Towels — check. Paper towels — check. Dappen dishes, acetone, nippers, pushers, files, buffers … Check, check, check, check … You know there's something that isn't in there! Something. Something

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Keywords: competitions  
Moving Rubber Trees
  • June 8, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

I know a couple of people who have stepped into the competition arena for the first time, whipped up a set of nails, returned for the awards ceremony, claimed their first-place trophy, and immediately retired from

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Keywords: competitions  
At Least I'm Not the Model This Time!
  • June 5, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

Have I mentioned I've never met Lynn Lammers? Not once. I hadn't even corresponded with her via e-mail before signing up for her team. I know who she is and what she looks like, but I

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Keywords: competitions  
Team Spirit
  • June 1, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

I don't actually have to go in to the salon until much later this afternoon, which means that this turns out to be one of those Monday mornings when I get to sit around the house

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Keywords: competitions  
Just Say You Don't Want To
  • May 29, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

I keep thinking I'm going to buy an autoclave.  For years I've been on the side of the argument that sterilization of implements shouldn't be necessary in our industry. I use a new file, buffer, and

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Keywords: professionalism  
Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!
  • May 26, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

I wrote a blog entry for my Myspace page once about finding a good nail tech. It's one of my favorites actually. One of the things on the list was that if you are looking for

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Keywords: Arizona   salon services  
Bad for Them, Good for Them?
  • May 22, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

I am absolutely thrilled that my model for the upcoming competition couldn't make it in this afternoon for another practice set of nails. She graduates with her bachelor's degree tomorrow morning and, understandably, found too many

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Keywords: marketing/promotions  
Writer's Block
  • May 18, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

Some days I'd rather just sit at home and drink coffee. Mind you, we hit triple digit temps this weekend and it's gonna take all week to get back down to the 80s, so this time

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Nodding and Smiling
  • May 15, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

Once upon a time I recall driving by one of our local bail bonds businesses rather late at night and noticing that they were open. It struck me what an odd job it must be to

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Keywords: clients  
Hanging in There
  • May 11, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

Here’s a photo of my most recent practice set. Here are nails by top international competitor Lynn Lammers. So, I'll be headed to the IBS Las Vegas show in just a few weeks. I'm excited because I haven't

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Keywords: clients   tradeshows  
I'm Not a Geek, But My Boyfriend Is
  • May 8, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

So the other day I came home and was updating the BF about my current “Weakest Link.” I've been wrestling with myself lately about this client because, quite frankly, I'm just not that into her, and

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Keywords: clients  
Is There a Manicurist in the House?
  • May 4, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

I wish I knew a really good manicurist. Not a nail tech, an old-fashioned manicurist.   I could really use a manicure. Yeah, I can push back my cuticles and file my nails, but what I really

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I Love Prom
  • May 1, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

I mean, I didn't love my proms. They were abominable. Both of them. Junior and senior. Just horrid. I blame my dates on both accounts. However, since being freed from the horrors of high school and going

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Keywords: clients   marketing/promotions   salon services  

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