Well, my brain is on fire and I am wondering if I am doing the right thing. There are moments of jubilation and vision, but mostly just second guessing myself. It is amazingly difficult to decide such things as…which way the door should swing into the bathing area; how many more circuits we will need in the drying area; should we go with built in stations or those great cabinets on rollers we found at Lowe's; do we go with a fabric or vinyl awning?…and OMG! Paint…my soon to be salon manager, Pam, and I have attempted to pick out paint that will coordinate with this great rug we found for the sitting area on three occasions now. Forget about it! How can choosing paint colors be so difficult? Did you know there are 860 shades of seafoam green? Honestly, after 5 pm and hours of staring at paint chips it becomes overwhelming and we decide to go for a cocktail instead.
But some progress has been made. The Coming Soon signs are in the windows and we have a phone number. We have an EIN and are registered with the state as KAS & Company, the permits for the signs and awning are in hand, the checking account has been opened (not that there is much in it), we are set up with credit card processing, picked the software program, ordered the tubs, cages, and tables. After multiple visits to the different home improvements stores, we were able to take advantage of the 12 months same as cash deal at Lowe's, where we purchased the 80 gallon water heater, the water softener, the cabinets for the bathing room and the water proof panels for the walls. All the boxes are lined up like soldiers waiting for their contents to be assembled. Pam’s brother is providing us a gently used washer and dryer for FREE and he is even delivering them.
We want to create an upscale, warm environment and really struggled with colors. We needed an inspiration piece and we found it at…Garden Ridge. Really. It is a beautiful, plush rug, not really expensive because…well, we all know why you would not want to put a lot of money into a rug (albeit in the pet parent sitting area) that will lie on the floor of a grooming salon. But, it is nice. We also found a rich looking brown leather (OK, it’s Pleather) loveseat that is comfortable, but not too comfortable, less we have the neighborhood locals spending 8 to 6 Tuesday through Friday; 9 to 5 on Saturday; and 12- 5 on Sunday, napping. My friend Bev’s sister, owns a top hair salon chain here in the Cincinnati area and I was able to get a beautiful marble table and a few decorative items from one of the salons, so things are starting to come together. Oh, did I mention the chandelier? Yep, chandelier!
I have spent a great deal of time designing and writing our brochures, thank you cards, post cards, pet report cards…etc…you know, all that paper stuff that is so important and so necessary for building a brand.
Things to do in this week…decide on the counters and fixtures (AGH), purchase a computer, order the software, pick out the paint (UGH), order the towels, submit ads to the local papers…???...I know I am forgetting a few dozen things.
Below are a few photos of what the place looks like at the moment. View at your own risk, because it is scary! But, be kind. All things respond to love, and since the banks aren’t lending and we don’t have a lot of $$$ to do the grand plan, we are pouring a lot of love in to the place. We have all worked our grooming magic, making the silk purse out of the proverbial sow’s ear. This is kind of the same thing! Enjoy, but keep the lights on...as I mentioned. It is scary!
We will add black window shutters, black door awning, and 3- 2' x 6' banner signs that hang perpendicularly across the top of the building to fill in that wide open raspberry space. We have 3 large planter pots and 2 black rod iron benches to sit in front to add some interest to the building. The windows will be lettered.
This is the view if standing where the reception desk will be. The faint lines on the tile floor is where a wall will be built to finish off the holding (or relaxation) room. The room will have a wall fountain across from the cage bank. We will use spa music and aromatherapy to help relax the pets (and groomers too).
This will be the Hydrotherapy Room (Ok...this where the pets will be bathed). The drains were too high to allow for optimum drainage for our PetLift Tubs, so we had to build a raised false floor. OMG, that was a MAJOR decision...4", 6", 8"? What shall we do? Stay tuned to find out.
This is a view towards the grooming room, from where the reception desk will be. The large window is mirrored. We are building a half wall with door to enclose all the routes to and from tables, tubs and cages to reduce the risk of escape. Not that any pooch in his right mind would run from the pampering we are going to provide!
Well, that's all for show and tell. I'll update again next week. We appreciate all well wishes and prayers!