Today is day 1. I signed the lease on my first location. It happened so fast. It was a feeling at first, then an opportunity, and finally the pieces of this puzzle I've been trying to solve all year came together at last. It all made sense, but signing that paper made me want to jump up and down and puke at the same time. I think that is how you know you are on to something big.
A little history.
The business was sold in 1974 to Rich and Kathy Kurland who ran it together for over 40 years. They raised their family in this salon and you can't go out to lunch with them without every other person stopping to share a memory. Everyone knows this wonderful couple, which made it easy for me to track them down and invite them to share in the reopening of this iconic place that they built. They finally retired in May of 2016 and now enjoy spending their time on the golf course. I do hope they still find time to visit this place they had a hand in building.
The second I walked into this space, I knew it was where I was supposed to be. I wasn't seriously considering this for myself but when the right opportunity and the right person collide, you have to make things happen. My favorite part of the entire place is this giant piece of industrial art. I asked Rich and Kathy what the story was and they were not totally sure, they believe that it was purchased or made in Chicago for the salon by the original owner. It is a roughly 3ft by 6ft cylinder with mirrors all over it. It was there when the place opened in 1969 and as long as I'm alive, it will be there.
There are 6 stations facing this art in a circle. The ceiling is recessed to allow for another circle full of tiny mirrors around all the chairs and a wheel spoke accent piece.
The first thing you notice when you walk in the front door is the desk and credenza that were original 1969 fixtures. They are very high quality and were well cared for so we will be keeping them. The walls were curved floor to ceiling which, I imagine, would have been very top shelf in 1969. There is nearly 50 years of wallpaper on the walls and I'm dreading the process of getting all that taken down.