Monday, August 06, 2007

Bijou Bijou Bijou Bijou Bijou


Bijou (noun: small jewel, adj.: small and elegant) is a small, yet quaint full-service beauty oasis dedicated to consistently offering high customer satisfaction by providing excellent service, quality products, and an enjoyable atmosphere at an acceptable price/value. We will also maintain a friendly, fair, and creative work environment, which respects ideas and hard work.

Well it is official...I am starting my own business!!! The full service salon I have dreamed about for ages and ages....The frog and I will be partners!! He is very good with money...I am very good with people and hair:)

I have officially spent in one afternoon $2367. (only a smidgen of what I NEED to spend) I've had the money for 2 weeks now...it's almost paralyzed me...It's a lot, but not a lot...does that make sense??? It's sooo much money to me...to just spend...but I feel like it will go very quickly!!

I've always dreamed about this...and 5 years ago...I would have just spent and spent and spent...now it's a lot harder for me...I am hemming and hawing...over very small things....I used to think I was very frivolous (well come on, I used to buy Guess jeans for over $100, and that was almost 20 years ago!!!!!) It appears I am not that frivolous!! This past week, many times the frog has asked me..."Have you spent any money today??" "Have you bought anything yet?"...The first week, I bough two waiting room chairs...for $99 each...total $215...I felt the money slipping away...So I waited...and just planned and scoured the internet...I keep hearing..."You have got to start spending money...you must start shopping, and I mean now!!!" I should probably record those words...I don't think, they will be heard again for a very long time!!! :):)

On Sunday...after an exhausting day with my dear dear dear friend from Drooz studio,
we almost finished the reception area...almost finished the dispensary, purchased the silver mirrors...finished the retail area...and the 4 huge decorative grass thingies...that remind me of chia pets..if I could just put eyes and a nose and mouth on the pot:) I love them though and will tie in a little lime green into the place.....Don't worry, I will post photos:) As soon as I get in there!!! Speaking of which..that itself will be a crazy time...so, if anyone at all is still reading this non existent blog:) I will not be posting at all:) Sorry:)

Here is how it will go down....I gave my notice on the 1st, I will be done with my old place on the 1st of September...I cannot get into the new place until August 15th...where we will paint the walls...CHOCOLATE BROWN!!!...All of the other equipment will also be chocolate brown and silver...the mirrors are silver and other accents of turquoise and lime will be added...very little of lime...just the grass, I think:) With me, anything goes...So I have to leave the decorating to my friend Shelly...she is the expert...the walls will be adorned with her painting...in white...here is an example....

So today I have to order the pedicure chairs...the shampoo station and the chairs...that will take up over 10k..gulp..it's okay it's okay...i'll be okay...

I need to finalize retail decisions...any advice would be appreciated...like what kind of products do you enjoy??? Oh yes, and any advice at all is greatly appreciated...what type of touches do you like at the salon....MUSIC...what type of music do you like...nice relaxing music...i will need to upload plenty of things...I think the best way to go is to get an ipod and a docking station with cordless speakers....anyone know much about that stuff????? ayayyaya...crazy...i'm gonna be crazy this month...

okay, I'm allover the place here...but back to my schedule for the month...just to make you laugh:) August 15th...space available...need to paint...that week...+work...+get ready for camping trip...yes, you heard right...I wish to be in the space by the 1st of September and from the 19 - 23, we will be camping at the jersey shore!!!! It's not the best timing...but I know...that owning my own business will take a lot from my kids time with me...I mean, I will be there...they can walk to the shop after school some days and I will be there for them...but they will, just like me...need to step it up a bit more...a lot of work is ahead of us...so I want to do the camping trip...hey we knocked it down from 10 days...to like 4, it was a compromise...and during that time..i will have the floors done and the walls built and hopefully the plumbing started...when we get back...we have 6 full days to work work at putting things together...

But now...I must go spend more money...sigh....not as fun as I imagined it:)

12 Comments:

At August 06, 2007, Anonymous Alison said...

First, congratulations!

Second, don't forget to breathe. It will all come together.

 
At August 06, 2007, Blogger Kim/Thomas said...

Breathe??! I hardly have time for that;);)

 
At August 06, 2007, Blogger Samantha said...

Congratulations, I'm so happy this is all starting to come together for you!!

 
At August 06, 2007, Blogger Antipodeesse said...

Very big news indeed, and sooo exciting! Wish I could just pop over and be one of your inaugural customers (sigh...)

 
At August 06, 2007, Blogger b said...

I am so happy that you are finally able to post about this great news! It sounds so wonderful! I wish I could be there to help and I share antipodeesse's desire to be one of your first customers!

I know you will be so busy putting everything together but please know that I'm sending my best wishes your way. It will come together and beautifully.

 
At August 06, 2007, Blogger Kim/Thomas said...

Thank you so much! Now I really need your creative juices flowing...what type of music should I play...any type of music that is nice...And any other suggestions would be helpful...and is there anyone who is extremely good with words to help me with the wording of my menu and such??? (HA! I say..is there anyone...HA! you all are sooo good..the question is...who can help me:):)

I really appreciate the well wishes and antipo, i'm so glad you've commented...i could not log on...what happened that you made it private?? Gasp! stalker??? (is he cute;) j/k)

 
At August 06, 2007, Blogger b said...

I'm happy to help in anyway I can. I am not that familiar with spa/salon language as far as the menu goes but I could do some research and get a feel for it and try to help!

As far as music, what kind of overall vibe do you want for Bijou? Do you want it to be more modern and hip, contemporary and casual, or elegant and soothing? For overall experience, I personally prefer the last option for spa treatments. Where I get my hair done here, it is very modern and edgy...which I really like too. They play mostly instrumental music and it has a slight house beat to it. As far as elegant and soothing, I really like instrumental mellow. Have you heard Zero 7's "Simple Things" CD? That is a good middle ground.

I like the idea of using an iPod docking station. That way, you can combine a bunch of songs in a playlist and run that. I know there are some great docking stations out there. I haven't looked into any with remote speakers but I'm sure there are many to choose from.

Oh, and as far as products go, I personally like Redken, Enjoy, Bumble and Bumble (especially their packaging!).

Seriously, email me and let me know if you have anything in mind for me to specifically help with! This is so exciting. I'm thrilled for you and so inspired by you!! :)

 
At August 07, 2007, Blogger Kim/Thomas said...

I would like to have elegant and soothing...some enya, some rufus wainwright, dishwalla, carla bruni, patricia cass....all different, but nothing hard or unnerving...does that make sense??:) probably not, i'm not making much sense these days:)

 
At August 07, 2007, Blogger b said...

Yes, that makes perfect sense and I love it. That will make the environment relaxing and peaceful. Again, let me know if I can help with anything else!

 
At August 09, 2007, Blogger Kim and Victoria said...

Oh my gosh, CONGRATS!!!

 
At August 11, 2007, Blogger hexe said...

Congrats and best wishes! What a busy but exciting time.

 
At August 18, 2007, Blogger Jonathan & Kari said...

How exciting!!

 

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