Adding Mobile To Your Salon/Hershey Groom Expo 2011
There was an interesting twist at Groom Expo this weekend. When speaking to many groomers, a new topic came up for me; adding mobile services to an existing salon. That intrigued me and then it rang a bell. Think of all the possibilities! If you have a salon that is bursting at the seams, consider adding mobile grooming.
Take a look around and see if your area is ripe for this service. As I’ve said, there are just not enough mobile stylists to go around. Because you have a salon you could be way ahead of the game. A percentage of your customers might love the convenience of mobile and be more then willing to pay the additional fee. You may have a trusted salon employee in mind that would pounce at the opportunity to drive off into the sunrise every morning to groom puppies and kitties all day. That person might even be you… hiring someone to take your place in the salon. This is just some food for thought! I’m sure I will be returning to this important subject in the future.
As many of you know, Groom Expo almost didn’t happen this year due to Hurricane Irene. On Wednesday night it rained so hard I was concerned the show would be cancelled. There was flooding and roads were closed. On Thursday morning I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed and off I drove hoping I wouldn’t be seen floating in my car on the evening news. I made it safely and as soon as I got there it felt like Old Home Week. I love Hershey! This is my seventh time. I love the lobby, the fireplace, the comfy leather chairs, the cozy atmosphere and the chocolate martinis! I immediately sprang into action running around collecting items for the Internet Social, which was a huge success thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and vendors. We raised money for Missy Arnold, one of our own who needs our help.
On Friday I attended Judi Cantu Thackers all-day seminar, “It’s My Way On The Highway” which I thoroughly enjoyed; then off to the Boy Voyage Deck Party. What a hoot! It was a lot of fun seeing a room full of groomers dressed up in their funniest and finest cruise ware, complete with Hawaiian shirts, maps, life preservers, sunglasses, and wearing floats.
The rest of the weekend I hung with my pals at the Groomers Mall chatting away with many old and new friends. I love doing this. I get to find out who went to grooming school, who bought a new van or trailer, who is converting a van or sold their van, how their business is going or what new gizmo they bought. I am always interested in my grooming friends, what they have to say, and what their plans are.
My temperature started to rise as the day wore on, as I knew what lay in store for me. Saturday night was the Barkleigh Awards and I was nominated for two – Up And Coming Speaker and Blogger Of The Year. Now I find this crazy ironic. Two things I’m sure you didn’t know about me. I used to be terrified of public speaking and spent six months in Toastmasters overcoming my fears. When I signed up for a blog I stressed over having enough topics to write about! I don’t how this all happened, really. Life is strange, and wonderful.
Things got a little “hairy” when I stumbled upon two of my competitors, Daryl Connor and Debi Hilley, on the way to the Awards Ceremony. We decided to duke it out for the blog award on the way to the ceremony! We all lost out to a dear friend Barbara Bird, a very special person that is respected, admired, and loved by so many in our industry. Although I did not come home with an award, I was a winner. I was very honored to be nominated twice!
To be continued…