Tabatha’s Salon Takeover Week Three by quincyil
Tabatha arrives at Salon Vendome in the “Beverly Hills” of Houston, Texas. Tabatha tries to call the salon using the telephone number on the window and finds that the number is out of service. She gets a second telephone number from the internet and she can hear the phone ringing inside, but no one picks up. Tabatha enters the salon and finds that there are five owners, but only one, Jack is attempting to run the salon. There is no receptionist.
Tabatha has undercover cameras in the salon and they record customers coming into the reception area and not being waited on. Tabatha feels it is ridiculous that you can not get in touch with the salon and you can not make a walk in appointment.
Never before has Tabatha had a salon with five owners. She attempts to have a meeting, but one owner, Lacy, talks out of turn and refuses to agree with any of the other owners. Tabatha does not like people talking when she is talking. Susan and Angel (a man) do not tell customers that they own the salon as they are embarrassed. There is an “every man for him self” attitude in the salon. Jack, one owner, has $10,000 dollars in the salon than the other four. Two of the other four owners, Susan and Angel, are protesting and not paying their weekly rent. The salon is $60,000 dollars in debt. The five owners are not paying the building owner his rent at this time. One of the stylists also owes $6,000.
Tabatha feels the salon is a “free for all.” She asks, “Are you a bunch of Hillbillies?” She demands all five keys. (The five owners had the keys in their hands ready to be turned over.)
Tabatha has noted that a stylist, Janice, who owes $6,000 in back rent, is in the front of the salon gossiping with someone else’s client about her client who is late. Janice is not making any money and does not attempt to build up her client list. Several stylists complain about the lack of a receptionist. They also feel that the owners bicker and that the salon is poorly run. Tabatha finds dirty combs, dirty brushes, and stained timers. Tony, a stylist, said that everyone is fending for themselves.
Tabatha brings in women from “The Rose,” a cancer center. The women have scarves over their scalps. We are shown a collection of very nice wigs that the ladies are to receive as a gift from Tabatha. The staff is compassionate and they want to help the women with the styling of their wigs. Susan asks how the young woman wore her hair before and Tabatha is impressed with Susan’s excellent question. The patients/customers look great after being helped by the staff. The staff enjoyed helping the women also.
Janice is speaking to a customer while telling horror stories of over processed blond hair that broke off. Tabatha is not happy. It frightens the customer to be told such stories. Janice also gossips non stop. Janice and the other stylists know that Tabatha has noticed her behavior.
Tabatha meets with the owners and hands them all yellow hard hats. She tells them they are doing their own makeover. They receive $2500 and are taken to a hardware store where they purchase gray paint after much discussion. Lacy, an owner, is upset and she walks out. She never can agree with the other four owners. The owners hand Tabatha $897 in cash because they could not make the decisions/purchases that they needed to make. Lacy has her hat taken away and she is told to be silent. Tabatha can not stand Lacy.
The owners and staff begin to move items out of the salon in preparation for renovation and when Tabatha sees them working together, she rewards them with the news that she will actually have her people do the work. There are cheers in the salon. No one wants to paint.
The owners are given specific jobs to do in the salon: Jack, bookkeeping; Angel, client service; Lacy, staff; Susan, education; and Juanita, inventory. Angel and Susan give Jack their checks for back rent.
The entry walls are painted gray but there are some dramatic black lines near the doorway. There are light gray greens and gray blues in the back area. There are new chairs in the reception area. Everyone gets new equipment for their stations. The clients and stylists like the “new” salon. They love the fact that there is a new receptionist, Andrea, with many years of experience as a stylist and in running the reception area of a salon. She knows how to greet and make the customers comfortable. She takes reservations and handles payments.
The owners have a meeting with Tabatha to discuss staff. Tabatha singles out Janice who was given the opportunity to repay her rent. She only gave a check for one week’s rent. The rest of the staff is informed that Janice is gone and everyone moves on.
Six Week Check Up
Tabatha returns to see that the salon is running well and that the owners are working together. If Lacy talks too much, Angel shushes her and reminds her of what Tabatha said. Frank said that they salon’s finances are improving. Frank also called Janice a couple of weeks ago and she is doing well and will pay them some money when she can. He shrugs his shoulders. Tabatha thinks this salon will be a success.
Bethenny Frankel on Skating with the Stars by quincyil
The evening competition began with three skating couples in a group skate choreographed to a cheerful Christmas song. Everyone seemed to do a great job.
Bethenny seemed at ease to me with a smile during the entire performance. There were lifts of the female skaters into the air, swinging of the female stars at chest height of the males, and a low swing close to the ice for Bethenny at the end of the group skate.
When Bethenny went into the judging she was crying. She mentioned leaving her baby and family for this competition and was cut off by the announcer when he wanted to hear from the judges. There is a time schedule that is ridgid. Johnny Weir stated, “I was so impressed with you (Bethenny) this week. You performed start to finish (Bethenny is crying.) That’s beautiful. You felt something on ice and it came across to us. Gorgeous, be proud.” Dick told Bethenny that she was a fighter, that she had tenacity and that her skating flowed. Bethenny added that she bent her knees and there was laughter.
Bethenny’s technical scores were 777, her artistic scores were 877. (Johnny had the center votes.)
After the audience votes were added to the judges’ scores, Johnny and Brook were sent home. The audience moaned and seemed to be in shock. Johnny and Brook were in shock. Bethenny was in shock. Johnny took the loss well and complimented Bethenny and the other female skater. Bethenny will be one of the finalists and they performance will be at 7 Central time on Tues. Dec. 21, 2010.
In conclusion, Bethenny greatly improved over week one when she was shaking coming down the ramp. The popular votes seemed to have played a significant role in the final decision for finalists.
As always there are great links from board members on yesterday’s blog board. It was reported that Bravotv.com removed Camille’s blog from their site. There is a link to a copy of that blog on the board if you want to see what Camille wrote. Members speculated that the negative comments that were allowed on Bravo were the reason it was removed. There is also a post with a SAG link which seems to have a copy of the contract that Bravo uses for the reality stars. SAG has issues with the way Bravo is paying those reality stars and the the NJ show is mentioned.
Thank you everyone, especially Kat, for helping with the board yesterday. The woman behind the screen in Oz appreciated the help with Emerald City.