Well, guys, today marks my last day at Bristles and Shears. After eight and a half years, I’m embarking on my own adventures. My incredibly generous, happy and amazing boss, Dianne… *sigh*- *choke up* -*regroup* Words cannot describe my loyalty to her. Sadly, this past December she was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and had to make the decision to go into early retirement and focus on her health. Understandably, Dianne sold the salon to new owners.
*Pursing my lips to avoid saying too much. Square Piece is a happy place.*
Uhhh, let’s just say that their model… is… not… working. Trust me. It’s like witnessing the Titanic sink in the form of a salon. It’ll be at the bottom of the ocean next week.
So, long story short, I’ve reached out to all the right people to pursue my options (lawyers, accountants, bookkeepers, business experts, my HUSBAND, family, etc). We’re beginning to renovate our garage into a hair studio, Glass Door Salon (thanks to your overwhelming, “hypothetical” input). The existing garage door actually will be swapped out for an entirely obscure glass door, providing privacy and complete natural light (along with the eight other windows that currently exist there).
There’s room for two stations, a shampoo bowl, a back room for mixing color, a heated dryer station, a reception area & waiting area. It’s going to take a few months to entirely transition to the garage, but I’ve decided to operate out of my kitchen in the meantime for a few reasons:
- My utmost priority is to continue caring for my clients and part of that means to protect them from the stress and discomfort of experiencing the new environment at Bristles and Shears. It’s like a ghost town, depressing and eerie. I believe that while my kitchen might not have as many perceived luxuries, my capacity to create a nice experience is now greater from my home than from the salon.
- When clients come to my house, they’ll get to witness the garage transformation with their own eyes. This is not a pie-in-the-sky dream. I’m not stringing anyone along. This. Is. Happening.
- And I need to get Corinne out of there.
Wait… Who’s Corinne?
Great question. Personally, one of the most exciting aspects of this new journey is that I’ll be getting to mentor a licensed hairstylist and grow her into a true, confident, thoughtful and skilled hair artist. She’s been let down by empty promises in other establishments and now she’s taking a huge leap of faith following me into the promises of a garage renovation. (Just imagine how that must sound to her family!) She’s gonna be my righthand girl, helping with my schedule, my shampoos, my organization and sanity during this transition; and I’m going to pour all of my knowledge and experience into her, training her to be just as sure behind the chair as I am. I’ve always known that if I wasn’t a stylist, I have a heart for teaching. This seriously combines two of my greatest loves and I could NOT be more thrilled! Corinne reminds me a lot of myself ten years ago. There’s a lot of potential there.
If you guys wouldn’t mind, take a minute to encourage Corinne on this pivotal decision she’s made to follow me into my kitchen, into my garage and into… well… infinity and BEYOND! *giggle*
The existing schedule or hair appointments from April through August is not changing. I’ve got it, I’ve got client phone numbers, I’ve got formulas. We’re literally lifting the whole thing out and plopping it right back down into my home to avoid making anyone else have to inconvenience themselves by shuffling appointments around. If you’re on my books, you will be hearing from me. Today is the last day to call the salon and make any changes (and I’ll take those changes with me). Otherwise, if you need to be in touch… *holding my breath now* …you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here. We. Grow.