It's been a crazy couple of days.
I told you a couple of weeks ago, we have yet another stylist joining our Salon. That makes 9 stylists in a 7 chair salon. 4 stylist share 2 chairs and split their hours.
Well, I find out that the new stylist that's coming over, owns her own 14 chair salon and has decided to close it after not being able to sell it. She has become 'over it' and no long wants all the hassle. The funny thing is, Craig and I were in that same position way back 15 years ago. If fact, we owned that same Salon but with a different name. We had 15 stylists back then and they were all employees. We also got tired of all the headaches associated with a large staff. It's a lot of work running a large salon. And there were 2 of us. Fortunately, we were able to sell it to one of our staff. We then rented a chair from him. Things were great! Just shy of 3 years, he goes and commits suicide. The Salon was eventually sold to 2 women who thought owning a Salon would be 'fun'. They barely lasted 5 years before they sold it to the current owner who's had if for 10 years and has decided it isn't 'fun' either. We left that salon shortly after it was first sold.
Anyway, for years this side of town was over stocked with salons. We had gone 15 years without a full staff. Every salon had empty chairs. There were more chairs available than stylist to fill them. Over the last few years, there's been a 'correction' in salons. A 6 chair salon closed 2 years ago and a 16 chair salon downsized during a move to just 6 chairs. Now with a 14 chair salon closing, there is an over supply of stylists. A good problem to have if you own a salon. :-)
So now, I'm having to turn a way good stylists I would love to have in our Salon. I mentioned to Craig we could expand into the empty space next to us. He said the cost of redoing that space would not be recouped in the amount of time we have before retirement. And there's no guarantee we'll have someone to buy the Salon when were ready to retire.
So anyway, I'm just happy to be fully staffed.
And now another work week looms and I'll leave you with a pic of one of my prettiest tree peonies.