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techwife
09-26-2007, 06:17 PM
So, many people that know me know that I've been a hairdresser for about 25 years. You also may know that I was working at a chain store salon at the mall over the winter. Well, my career started in 1983 in a dinky store in a college town outside Rochester, and since then I've wanted to open my own salon. Instead, I started working at Penney's and stayed there for 10 years, then worked in private salons for another 8 years or so, then moved out of town to where I live now. Since then (2000) I've been home with the kids, but when my son went off to kindergarden, I was extremely bored and slightly depressed without the pitter patter of little feet (but not missing the pain of leggos sticking up my heel!), I went to the mall to work last winter. So, after realizing why I didn't want to work at the mall (saturday nights and sundays for instance) and needing a gaggle of Saturdays off in July for marching band, I quit.

So...

Now here I am in the fall again...no kids (did I get the point across that I hate being home without the kids? Except for the leggos?) and getting depressed, so, instead of going to work at the mall again...I decided to open a barber shop here in town! I'm opening on Monday. I rented a store front in our little village and am going the barber shop route because there are a ton of little old men that all go to the city for haircuts because there's nobody in town that is a barber. Well, I'm a hairdresser, but at Mastercuts, I really fine-tuned my men's services and I"m looking into whether I can use a straight razor and a hot towel for shaving. I think I need a barber-specific license for that. But, I am so excited to finally be working for myself! After 25 years! The little old men know I'm opening and they keep poking their heads in while my parents and I are drywalling and painting and scraping and building and scraping and painting and sanding, etc, "Are you open yet?" You can tell they're just dying for someone to give them a good haircut with clippers and the powder and trim their mustaches and beards, etc. I can hardly wait! I'm also going the barber route because there are two other hairdressers in town and I do like them, but they work out of their houses. There's no store front place to get a haircut for men OR women. And, truth be told, a lot of people aren't happy with how they do hair, so maybe they'll give me a try. Also, men get their hair cut more often than women do, but they're a little more picky of where they get their hair cut. No beauty parlor atmosphere for them. If it hints of beauty parlor, they won't like it..BUT, a woman will get her hair done anywhere she can get a good job done or wherever has a good reputation, whether it says barber shop or beauty parlor or styling salon or whatever. So, I"m going with a barber shop theme so little old men will feel comfortable, too.

Anyhow...I"m just so darn excited. I'm hoping my dad gets my barber pole up outside tomorrow so that'll get the town really talking. I'm going Friday to get all the colors, perms, capes, shampoos, foils, sanek strips, etc and a new blow dryer. CANNOT wait!!

So, prayers that all goes well would be greatly appreciated. Best of all, the shop has a full kitchen in it, so I can stock the fridge with healthy food to eat in between customers. :)

Wish me luck!!


alinnell
09-26-2007, 06:28 PM
That's great! I'm sure your new endeavor will reap many benefits for you (lack of boredom AND legos are just the tip of the iceberg). Best of luck to you!

walking2lose
09-26-2007, 06:37 PM
Cool!! That really sounds awesome! Best of luck to you with your new venture :-)


bargoo
09-26-2007, 06:42 PM
Congratulaions and good luck!

GatorgalstuckinGA
09-26-2007, 07:09 PM
woohooo..best of luck! show them how a good barber cuts hair!

jtammy
09-26-2007, 07:32 PM
Techwife, Congratulations on being a business owner! It sounds like a well thought out plan. Good luck!

NewDay4MeToo
09-26-2007, 07:40 PM
I love the excitement I can feel reading your post. Congratulations to you!

Clydegirl
09-26-2007, 07:48 PM
All the very best on your new endeavour.

Will it just be you working or will you need to hire someone else to help with the rush?

aymster
09-26-2007, 08:38 PM
:bravo: :cp: :dancer: :woohoo: :congrat:

Good for you!! I'm very happy for you!! Do you have one of those cool barber shop red, white and blue sign-thingy's? (yeah, that's the technical term, I'm sure) Is it a pole? Anyway, I congratulate you!!

What was that college town you worked in... Brockport? or East of Roch? Just curious!! ;)

techwife
09-26-2007, 08:55 PM
Aymster: Brockport. I worked at a place called Snip n Clip. I couldn't stand the owner and always thought...'what I could do with this place!!' And, Oh, yeah...I got a barber pole. It's really cool and has wraught iron surrounding it.

Clydegirl: Oh, it'll be just me! My shop is small and only big enough for me. If I get too busy, though, I'll be happy to rearrange things to accomodate another chair if I need to. :)

EZMONEY
09-26-2007, 09:23 PM
I could make a suggestion, on what you could do to pick up business, if you had a pole inside the shop.....but I won't........:devil:

chrome dome special......you're killin' me!.....it is half price right? ;)

melekalikimaka
09-27-2007, 07:52 PM
Congratulations tech! What an adventure, I wish you the best of luck. :balloons:

is Gary's mind ever not in the gutter? :lol:

techwife
09-27-2007, 07:57 PM
That's right, Gary. I just had a guy ask me today, "How much to cut MY hair?" and he took off his hat to reveal a totally bald head except for the horseshoe left from ear to ear. I said, "You qualify for my chrome-dome special! Half price for half a head of hair!" He said, "Seriously?" and I said, "Yup! Totally serious!" And he pointed at me and said, "You are one smart lady! I'll be here on Monday on opening day!" I love it. I can hardly wait!

The barber pole went up today and tomorrow, it will be hooked up (it lights up and spins!) and the sign guy is coming tomorrow to hang the sign up over the door. I cried today when I saw it at the sign shop. Finally, my dreams come true!! Broadway Barber and Salon. It's perfect!!

I should have it all wrapped up and ready to go tomorrow. Saturday morning, we're off to Buffalo for a SABRES GAME!!! and then, a bridal shower for my niece on Sunday in Rochester, then back home Sunday night. Monday morning, the doors open for business!! The old men have been pacing the place like vultures! It's awesome!!

techwife
09-27-2007, 07:58 PM
Congratulations tech! What an adventure, I wish you the best of luck. :balloons:

is Gary's mind ever not in the gutter? :lol:

You notice, I stealthy ignored it... :lol3: Selective reading...just like selective hearing with the kids.

EZMONEY
09-27-2007, 09:31 PM
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is Gary's mind ever not in the gutter? :lol:

You notice, I stealthy ignored it... :lol3: Selective reading...just like selective hearing with the kids.


What? :shrug: All I said was put a pole inside....you both added your own :devil: thoughts :devil: ....how does that saying go? "Great minds think alike."............;)

I thought hockey was over....

newFannie07
09-27-2007, 10:17 PM
How exciting! Congrats!! You sure are right about women will get their hair done anywhere. I would kill for a hairdresser. I would go ANYWHERE!

And I really think you should do the straight razor shave/ hot towel thing. My DH talks about that constantly. He had a shave like that once at a barber shop I think about 18 years ago. He STILL says it's the best shave he's ever had.

Good luck on Monday!

Kerri

Sandi
09-28-2007, 03:01 PM
That is so exciting!!

Congratulations and best of luck to you!!!!

rakel
09-28-2007, 07:52 PM
Having your own business is so rewarding! I hope you do well!!! I started my own business as a web & graphic designer full time in October of 2006, and it's been rocky but I hope the $$ gets better. I'm still making more than I would have working at wal-mart, so I don't have designs on quitting!

BUT it is so awesome that you're opening a barber shop! It sounds like you have the perfect location and whatever you need to really be successful! Sometimes I wish I had a more social business where I saw my customers day in and day out, but then there are other days where I enjoy my solitude :P

techwife
09-28-2007, 09:58 PM
Having your own business is so rewarding! I hope you do well!!! I started my own business as a web & graphic designer full time in October of 2006, and it's been rocky but I hope the $$ gets better. I'm still making more than I would have working at wal-mart, so I don't have designs on quitting!

BUT it is so awesome that you're opening a barber shop! It sounds like you have the perfect location and whatever you need to really be successful! Sometimes I wish I had a more social business where I saw my customers day in and day out, but then there are other days where I enjoy my solitude :P

Well, in my twenties, I had a bit of overkill with all the being around the people thing and became a bit of an introvert. But, I found that being a stay at home mom has given the inner extorvert to come back out and my gift of gab has re-emerged. When I went to work at MasterCuts, I LOVED the one to one contact with my customers, talking and joking and getting to know people. My husband went into a local drug store to fix their photo kiosk (what he does for a living) and they all swarmed him because I had quit MasterCuts and they didn't know where I went. He didn't know I had cut about 75% of their hair. It was funny...but they all said they'll be coming to get their hair cut by me!

Today my parents were painting and putting up the finishing touches while I went to the beauty supply to get my supplies and two guys came in looking for haircuts. I am SO going to kick butt there, I can just feel it.

And, I'm all painted, scraped, sanded and put together (the shop, that is) and ready to go! The sign guy came in and put up the sign, my barber pole is spinning and lit up, the cupboards are hung and filled with shampoos and towels and gels and things, cape hanging over the chair, apron hanging in the bathroom. I"m ready to roll come Monday morning!! WOOHOO :woohoo:

EZMONEY
09-28-2007, 10:26 PM
What do you mean you are all set? What about the Magazines? You have to have good magazines to survive dear....do you have a TV set up to watch?

StillTryin
09-29-2007, 09:29 AM
OHHH HOW SUPER EXCITING!!!!!

GOOD LUCK ON YOUR FIRST DAY! (and everyday thereafter also!)

Stepping Out
09-29-2007, 01:13 PM
:woohoo: God bless your new business!:congrat:

techwife
10-02-2007, 06:27 PM
Okay...end of day two and I went to the bank to deposit over a hundred dollars! :woohoo: Rent is already 1/4 paid and its only Wednesday!!

Today I had a guy come in that came in yesterday to tell me that his haircut is the best he's had in years. Everyone always cuts it too short. :) And I had a guy give me a $5 tip because I trimmed his mustache, eyebrows and those pesky little ear hairs as part of the cost of the haircut. And I got to do a cool haircolor that came out wicked awesome. I've had a bunch of people come in just to see the place and say it looks nice. I'm having a ball!!

Thanks for all the prayers and keep 'em coming! They're working!!

EZMONEY
10-02-2007, 10:50 PM
Never cut it too short TECH you want them back soon!

Here's hoping you will be franchising soon! :carrot: