I went back to work in August this year after giving birth to my son Keon in May. Being self employed doesn’t afford the luxury of 9 months off! As I was settling back in to working life and getting used to having 2 kids it came to my attention that a local premises was soon going to become vacant. We were outgrowing the current salon but I was planning on staying put for at least another year if not more.
But me being me couldn’t resist enquiring about the potential new salon. So after tracking down the landlady I arranged a viewing.
The salon is right near where I live so I had often driven past and thought what a good spot it was. On the main road, free parking, big windows, and it looked a good size from the outside. But I had never been in just admired from a far. I have to admit then when I finally walked through to door my heart sunk. It had been quite neglected and was pretty run down. It needed a lot of work to bring it up to date. But again me being me, this salon was already The Colour Lounge in my head, so told the landlady i’d take it there and then.
The next few weeks consisted of lots of quotes from various tradesmen. Electricians, plumbers, plasterers and decorators we had them all in. With a 3 year old and a 3month old at home it was honestly a nightmare and I did wonder if I’d taken on too much too soon. I was up every night till midnight online shopping for salon furniture and fittings as well as working in the existing salon. My son wasn’t and still isn’t sleeping through the night. A few times I was ready to give it up, I literally thought it was impossible and way too much for me to handle! But I got there in the end. I can honestly say it was one of the most stressful, difficult tasks I have ever taken on!
So fast forward 10 weeks and the salon was complete. A few mishaps along the way but I made it. I had my opening night on October 17th and I felt so proud of myself and excited for my new venture. Looking forward to expanding my business more and more!