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 meter. (I guess we should be thankful the earthquake earlier this week wasn’t any larger or we’d really be the bottom of the list.) Even after we get the meter, we still have to pass the final city inspection before we can open our doors.
If we don’t get power by next Wednesday, I’ve scheduled a crane to arrive and hoist everything (pedicure chairs, etc.) up to the second floor. That’s how desperate we’re getting.
We’re 98% there with the first floor. Our team is doing finish work, and touching up everything over the last few days.
I don’t know how long the final inspection will take, so we probably won’t open until September. For any of you out there who’re thinking of opening your own salons, I recommend NOT creating your building from scratch. Most salons go into a ready space and just do basic tenant improvements, which would have been a lot faster, easier, and cheaper. I tried to go to the extreme and build a spectacular, environmentally-friendly building, and this is what I get.