Friday, May 25, 2007
Where Do You Work?
This is my Salon. I've been in business for 13 years now. I wanted to own my own salon since I was about 10 and as far back as I've been able to remember this was my dream.
I opened my 1st salon when I was 24 years old in a little mini mall in a little town called Borden which is now home to the longest unsuspended bridge in the world. I opened my salon while 2000 people came there from all over the world to build this 10 km. structure. I was the only salon in town, so it was very busy. The bridge took 4 years in total to build then it quickly became a ghost town. Most of the locals had worked on the ferry boats all their lives and now were jobless and had to move to various other places to find work including myself, I moved my salon into the city to another mall and worked on building my clientele up pretty much from scratch again. I worked 12 hour days to accommodate anyone who would cast a shadow across my door. Then I added nail enhancements to my venue. I was one of the only 2 nail technicians in the province and became busy very fast. I took every nail enhancement course I could and soon became very good at it. I placed 1st for Atlantic Canada in a nail enhancement competition which was a great advertising for me. It got to the point where I could finally cut my hours back to 8 hrs a day. I moved to another space in the mall after 4 years and had a few employees working for me. Two years later my husband and I built our home and decided that I would add my salon to the side of the house with its own entrance. I have been her for 3 years and I love it. I work by myself now and the traffic is minimal en route to work ;O). I have a beautiful deck with a gazebo on it to do nails in on nice days and I couldn't be happier. I book clients 2 months in advance now and have to turn clients away everyday. Through sweat and tears I made my dream come true.
Here are a couple of pictures of my work space. Notice on my desk I have a jar of fortune cookies instead of a candy dish!! I really love the country gingerbread house look, it makes my clients feel at home.
This is one of the perks to having a salon in your home...you can do your own hair anytime you want! This is me being silly with a highlighting cap on. I do foils to most other people but I do the cap on myself cause it is easier. The name of my salon is Abraca-Debra's. My name is Debbie not Debra but Abraca-Debbie's didn't sound as nice. I love what I do. So where do you work? Is it your dream job?