We have walls!

Things are really coming along fast now! Drywall is completely installed on our walls and ceilings. It has taken a while to get to this point but a lot has been accomplished before we were able to hang our drywall. All of our electrical and plumbing is finally done and installed. After the walls and ceilings are prepped and sealed, the next step will be paint! After paint, we will install our floors, then install our cabinets. 

Many of you have asked when we will be opening, but the honest is truth is as soon as our construction is done! We can't wait to be done and ready to welcome all our guests but we want to make sure everything is perfect before we open our doors. We are so grateful for everyone's patience as we continue on our journey. We will be sending out our opening date as soon as we know! Please continue to stay tuned and we will continue to post our updates.

Stone Salon Update

Many of you have asked, "when will the new salon open?" The answer to that is 2017 but unfortunately we do not have an opening date as of yet. We are currently waiting for the lovely apartments above to be finished being built before we can have a better idea of when we will open. No one wants to open in a construction zone! As soon as we have an opening date we will be sending out emails as well as snail mail invitations!

Here are some recent shots of our exterior. Everywhere you see the Tyvek paper will have beautiful brick to match our pillars below. 

This is our front entrance on the corner of Stone and Rowley. Sorry my car is photo bombing! 

This is our front entrance on the corner of Stone and Rowley. Sorry my car is photo bombing! 

We have brick on our storefront pillars. I love the variation in color.  

We have brick on our storefront pillars. I love the variation in color.  

Our unit goes from the tree on the left to the tree on the right. We have a gorgeous corner unit :) 

Our unit goes from the tree on the left to the tree on the right. We have a gorgeous corner unit :) 

Now for some interior shots!!  We finally have drywall up on our ceilings. This ceiling is a 2 hour fire rated ceiling to protect our space if there was ever a fire above. After this layer, we will install additional electrical components and ductwork and then apply another ceiling below that, which will cover those beams as well.

We have our back wall installed with 2x4s separating our space from our neighbor's unit. We also have temporary walls up where our windows will go in while we wait for them to be fabricated. Now that the space is closed off to the outside environment, we can soon begin further interior renovations. I can't wait for drywall!

Panoramic shot. 

Panoramic shot. 

Front entrance. 

Front entrance. 

Back of the salon. 

Back of the salon. 

"Are you keeping both locations?"

Many people inquire if we are moving locations or adding a second location. The answer is both! We will have the River Street and Stone Avenue locations. 

Our current location on River Street will become our styling boutique for weddings and event parties.  This will be a place where groups can have a more intimate gathering by being able to reserve the whole salon to get ready for their special event.  

The new Stone Avenue salon will be our prime location. This will be our full service salon where we will specialize in color services. All of your favorite stylists will be moving to the new location as we also welcome new stylists to our team. 

New Stone Avenue flagship salon.

New Stone Avenue flagship salon.

River Street intimate styling boutique.

River Street intimate styling boutique.

"Who designed your salon?"

People often ask me, who helped me design my new salon. First off, I get a lot of my inspiration from top salons around the country, especially New York City. I've gone to New York simply to check out salons on 5th Ave, such as Eva Scrivo Salon, to see what works and what looks good. I've been blessed to have grown relationships and friendships with salon owners and gotten many words of wisdom and advice from those who have had success before me. 

Pinterest! Who doesn't use Pinterest? I often compare designing a salon to planning a wedding. Lots of idea boards, saved photos, and brainstorming. I can't take credit that I've had the same vision from a year ago to now. It's always changing and evolving to be everything that I want and everything that is efficient. 

After working for other salons for years and owning my own for almost 4 years, I have personally seen what works in salons and what doesn't. And with that personal experience, I designed the layout of my salon all by myself (with advice from my darling husband). Every detail was carefully thought out. From where the bathrooms are located to how the stations line up, to how the retail displays will be placed to showcase our amazing products. 

One vital resource to us was the 3d/2d software program we used to design the space. I have probably gone on there and changed the layout a million times! But it allows me to visualize the space and even has an avatar to walk through so you can see every room in 3d! 

It has been a long road and I've had many sleepless nights staying up designing my salon. Every part has been so exciting and informational for me, especially since I'm not a designer! I learn every day more and more about salon design and also getting all my crazy ideas on paper! Now I'm looking forward to seeing it all come to reality. Stay tuned for more updates.

-Meg

Trip to Ikea

Sunday, August 28th. 

I remember my first visit to Ikea with my grandmother in New York. We took a ferry to Staten Island and I saw what now is, one of my favorite stores ever. Maybe it's the OCD side of me that enjoys building my own furniture. 

So, today we went to Ikea in Charlotte, to pick up all of our cabinets. What an adventure! We must have loaded more than 500 boxes. 

Huge pallets!

Huge pallets!

They just kept coming!

They just kept coming!

Organizing and checking each item on our 10 page list 

Organizing and checking each item on our 10 page list 

We had the help of a sweet employee who was my size and had the strength of 3 men. 

This is Lauren. The angel who helped us.

This is Lauren. The angel who helped us.

 Pallets and pallets kept coming. And one by one we loaded them up into the truck. This is probably my favorite thing we've done for the salon so far; even though it was so taxing on our bodies. After arriving home around 10:30pm, Sam and I unloaded the entire truck by ourselves into our garage, which is now our warehouse. I joke saying our neighbors must think we're hoarders with boxes piled to the ceiling!

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Getting Ready for Concrete

Our underground plumbing and electrical have all been laid. Here is our protective layer between the earth and floor. I've never been so excited to see pipes and electrical outlets in my life!

The space looks so much bigger with the dirt covered up. I can't wait to see what the concrete floor looks like. 

This is where our shampoo bowls will be.

This is where our shampoo bowls will be.

Looks so big!

Looks so big!

Plumbing has begun!

Today is a huge day. August 16, 2016. Our plumbing has finally begun. It should take about a week for all of our pipes to be laid underground. It's so exciting because I have designed to a "T" where each pipe will be laid (with help from architects of course).

Everything has been carefully thought out as to where would be the perfect location for each sink, shampoo bowl, toilet, etc. Having the pipes underground will provide a seamless look so no pipes will be coming out of any walls.  It's great to be able to build a salon from the ground up so that every aspect will be customized and perfectly designed to be an efficient workspace.

After the pipes are laid, a protective film layer will be laid to prevent any fumes from the earth rising up. The next step would be to pour our concrete floors! 

Interview with Fox Carolina

It was Monday, April 4th, my day off, and I was in the middle of a pedicure when I get a phone call from a reporter from Fox Carolina. She asked me if I was available to meet for an interview regarding our brand new salon and of course I jumped on the opportunity!

But there was a catch. She wanted to meet me in the next 15 minutes! So I jump out of the pedicure chair, and book it to the salon and get ready for my impromptu interview. Needless to say, I think it went well. You can read a bit of the interview in this link:

INTERVIEW WITH FOX

We are expanding!

We are so happy to announce Megan Diez is expanding and building a brand new state of the art salon on Stone Avenue. After 3 years of growth on River Street, it was time to look into options for building a larger customized salon. We are proud to call Main and Stone home for our new space. Stay tuned and follow our blog to see updates on construction and the behind the scene photos and sneak peeks! 

We are so grateful to our clients, friends, and family who have supported us through this journey and encouraged us through our growth. This is a huge step for our company and we look forward to what the future has in store. 

 

Our lot for the future Megan Diez Salon on Stone.

Our lot for the future Megan Diez Salon on Stone.