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Chickettes Natural Nail Design Studio at Salon Lofts

Hello, lovely readers!  The blog has been a little quiet as of late, so I thought I’d share what I’ve been up to…

On May 1st I opened a small studio inside of Salon Lofts in Beachwood, Ohio called Chickettes Natural Nail Design Studio!  The transition to my own space was rather sudden and unexpected, but it has been an absolute blessing.  If you aren’t familiar with Salon Lofts, it’s a place where independent beauty professionals can rent space.  Essentially it’s a community of small business owners under one roof.  The Lofts are rooms that the owners can decorate and furnish to their liking, and operate their businesses as they see fit.  Salon Lofts and other similar concepts are popping up all over the country.

I’m going to take you on a little visual tour of my location… but first, here’s a quick peek at the new business cards and logo I designed for the Studio.  You’ll notice that the Studio color scheme is teal, black, white and grey (or silver).


This is a look inside my Studio from the doorway.  The cabinetry, lighting, sink and mirror were all provided in the space – all of the other furnishings and decor were provided by me.  I was allowed to choose up to two paint colors for the walls and they were painted for me.  I chose teal (my favorite color!) and a very light grey.

chickettes-studioThis is my manicure station, polish racks and refreshment station.  I picked up the acrylic nail polish racks at a local beauty supply store called Luxury – they have 7 shelves which is nice since most of the ones online only have 6 (see similar racks here).  I searched long and hard for a sturdy, yet affordable nail station… they are expensive!  In the end, I bought a Klimpen table from Ikea – it has great storage and is very sturdy.

chickettes-nail-stationThis is my Belava Embrace pedicure chair… I love it!  I sat in this chair at Cosmoprof North America last year and knew that if I were to ever buy a pedi chair, this would be the one.  It’s comfortable, luxurious and easy to use and clean.  I don’t like chairs with the plumbing and jets for sanitation reasons, so this portable bowl with disposable liners is a great solution.  The chair reclines, heats, massages, swivels and more!  My only small complaint is that the foot rest wiggles a bit no matter how tight I screw the knob.

On the left you see a glimpse of my little pedicure cart – those are also very expensive!  I found this little cart on Amazon and it works great for my needs.

belava-embrace-pedicure-chairI like to sit in my pedi chair and get a little massage if I have any down time – this is the view from the chair.  :)  I setup a coffee and tea station on top of a cube storage shelf (these are the bins).  I brought my Keurig K350 and K-Cup drawer from home since they’ll get more use at the Studio.

coffee-stationThis is my vantage point while sitting at the manicure table.

chickettes-studio-2A different view of the manicure station.  The magnolia decal on the wall came from Etsy – I was able to choose custom colors to match the Studio.  It just tied everything together so nicely and I receive compliments on it all the time. The client chair is a bentwood chair – it’s sleek and comfortable (and easy to sanitize).  The table lamp that I use is an architect lamp.  The lighting in the room was a little too cool and gave me headaches, but after placing a warmer daylight bulb in the table lamp that was resolved.

nail-statioinI found these cute little cosmetology license frames on Etsy – they have single and double license frames in many different adorable styles.  This one tied in perfectly with my theme so I had to have it.

cosmetology-license-frameI found this tiny little hot towel cabinet that’s just the perfect size for my needs.  I wanted to offer hot towel service with my pedicures, but the large cabinets took up too much valuable space.  This one holds about 6 towels comfortably, which is just enough for my daily needs.

small-towel-warmerA quick selfie to show off my new t-shirts.  :)

andreaAs you can see my space is small, but I’ve laid it out in a way that maximizes the space and makes everything flow really well.  It’s bright and cheery and makes me smile every day!

So let’s take a peek at the Salon Lofts concept while we’re taking a tour.  If you’ve never been inside of one I think you’d be pleasantly surprised.  The space is modern, clean and vibrant.  The Beachwood location that I’m at has two entrances – this is the logo on the front entrance.  The doors are unlocked and open to the public from 8 to 8 on most days.  Loft owners all have a key to access the building at any time.  For safety reasons the door are locked at off-peak hours, but clients can ring a doorbell to be let in.

salon-lofts-exteriorWhen you walk in either door there is a big screen with a map of all of the businesses so that you can easily find your way around.  This location has 27 lofts and each is color coded to symbolize hair, skin or nails, and a list of loft owners is on the right side so that you can find the loft number by name.

salon-lofts-mapThere are two small waiting areas where clients can sit and relax if they arrive early or need to wait for a service.  You can get a feel for the clean, modern style.  There is also music piped throughout the building at all times.

salon-lofts-waiting-areaAnd this is what the hallways look like.  You can see that each room has a loft door and a window that looks into the hallway.  The doors can be closed and locked when the room isn’t in use.  There are also public restrooms available that are very clean.

There is a lot of foot traffic through the building during peak hours which is great for visibility and building a clientele.  I’ve had many interested parties stop by and ask about services and also referrals from other adjacent businesses.

salon-lofts-hallwaySalon Lofts has many perks for small business owners including an online portal and booking system, a website where clients can search and find professionals, and much more.  If you think you might be interested in opening your own Loft, please shoot me a message as Salon Lofts also has a great referral program.  ;)

I’ve been posting photos of clients’ nails over on Instagram, and I also created a new Facebook page for the Studio if you’re interested in following my journey. I hope to periodically post updates on the blog with some of my favorite client looks too.  And don’t fear, I haven’t given up on blogging… I’m still going to do swatch and nail art posts, but not as frequently as I was able to before I started working full time.  I have the new Gelish collection swatched and just need to finish writing and editing the post.  Watch for that in the next couple of days.  :)




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15 Responses

  1. Elaine says:

    I am so excited for you. Your place looks fab. The Loft concept is smart. Wish you continued success. Yes, I want to see new Gelish line/colors. Thanks so much.

  2. Deb says:

    You are simply amazing! Who would have thought the first time you painted a gel manicure you would be where you are today. Well done! Very professional.

  3. Karen says:

    Your place looks beautiful! LOVE the colors! You’re awesome!!

  4. Rona says:

    Your place is awesome. I wish I lived closer. Wish you continued success.

  5. Renee says:

    Andrea, congrats!!!! So happy for your success. I have followed you for years. Would love to see your nails done with all of the newest Gelish colors. You are so awesome. Enjoy.

  6. shan says:

    Congratulations! I wish you much success! Sometimes we are forced into new situations that we wouldn’t choose at that particular time and it turns out to be where we are meant to be. Your space looks beautiful and I know you’ll do well. Look at how much you’ve accomplished already.

  7. Missy says:

    Congratulations and best wishes to you!! I know you will be great!!!

  8. Andrea says:

    Thank you all so much for your encouraging words! <3

  9. K D says:

    your links to the etsy items are broken. Nice space, looks very luxurious, and professional as well.

  10. Janeen Utley says:

    Congratulations Andrea!! I am so happy for you!! You did an amazing job on the decorations, it looks luxurious , peaceful, and the most important , Clean!! I have always wondered what it would be like to work in this type of salon ? What do you like the most about it? I am a (early) retired Hairstylist , and I am curious about the advantages of this type of business. I am so happy for you!!

    • Andrea says:

      Thank you. I love being independent and in full control of my hours, products, pricing, etc. The location gets a little loud and crazy like a salon sometimes, but even at the busiest times my suite still feels private.

  11. ancolie says:

    Your studio looks fabulous! Modern and sleek without being stark or harsh. As a fellow teal-lover, two thumbs up!

    I had never heard of Salon Lofts before, but what a fantastic idea! Most salons etc. have you work as a contractor anyway instead of being a direct employee, right? So this seems to give you more freedom, flexibility and control. Very cool! They don’t seem to be around me yet, but maybe someday. :)

  12. Anne says:

    Congratulations! It all looks beautiful!
    Can I ask you a question? I love a good c-curve and have a good curve in my natural nail, but is it possible/advisable to pinch my gelish manicure? Would love to hear your thoughts on this. And if recommandable, at what stage do I do it? Thank you so much in advance. X Anne

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