Dani was able to hire both Bailey Banks and Felice Hearns. Both were excited about getting the offer and the opportunity to work with Dani in the bridal salon. It's their first day at the salon and after getting them settled, Dani is ready to review the things that need to happen before the salon is up and running next week.
Dani is excited and has planned out the week for them. She's reviewing their week and her expectations.
Felice: I love that there will be a refrigerator. I'll bring myself some drinks, mostly water.
Dani: Great idea. Bring what you need. There's a private powder room for us to use. Please help keep it clean.
Dani: After you do your paperwork, we'll get started with putting out merchandise and setting up. Tomorrow we'll work on process flow, greeting, client information, ordering, etcetera. We'll also review customer service and some specific things I'd like to have happen with every customer, whether potential or active. All week you I think it would be best if you dress casually, and on Monday, please wear business casual.
Felice and Bailey: Okay.
Dani: So let's get started. Please work on the paperwork in the folders I will give you and then after you're done, we'll all tackle something to be displayed. Okay?
Felice and Bailey: Okay.
Dani hands Bailey and Felice folders and pens and then leaves them to work on it while she sorts out what she'll have each of them do.
Felice: I think Dani seems pretty cool. I like that I'll be here from the beginning to see how well this business does. I know I'll have something to do with it's success, which I really like.
Bailey: That's a nice way to think of it. I hope business is booming in no time. I think you and I will work well together as long as we communicate.
Felice: That and respect are all I ask for.
Bailey: That sounds fair enough. You've got a deal.
Felice and Bailey complete their respective paperwork and give it to Dani. Dani gives out the assignments and shows them what she'd like them to do. While she has provided some direction on her vision, she has asked that they be creative if they can.
Dani will also sell other bridal party gowns and prom gowns or other occasion gowns. She hasn't figured out yet how to display them with limited space, but she will have a catalog and keep small stock in the back.
Dani: Everything looks wonderful! I knew it would look this good when we were done. I'm sure we'll have changes and new products at some point, but this is a great start.
Felice: This is so exciting. You have great vision.
Dani: Thank you. I don't know about great, but I hope customers will find it as lovely as I think it is. You have both done an excellent job today.
Bailey: How often do you think stock will be rotated. Do you have any idea how many people could be interested in the first week? Oh, and do you need us to do any marketing?
Dani (laughing): I like that you are so motivated to do things. Let's just get through the things I have planned this week and see where we go.
Dani: Of course. I'm not an expert, I just know what I like, so I'm open to listening to anything you'd like to share. We're a team.
Felice: Good. I'm not trying to insist, but like you, I know what I've experienced and what led me to go back to a store.
Dani: We'll talk about it then when we get to customer service. Before we leave, we need to do just one more thing. Get a gown on the display model at the window. I've picked an unusual, but lovely gown to use first.
Dani goes to the storeroom and brings back the gown and matching veil for the window display. Bailey and Felice help her put it on the mannequin.
Felice: Me neither.
Dani: I hope that's the same reaction we'll get from passersby. I want them to see something beautiful and different and then be interested in coming in here.
The ladies wrap up for the day. They had a long day and have another long day planned tomorrow, so they need to go get some rest.
They've left for the day, but before we leave the salon, let's take a look around.
Full view (mostly)
A view more toward the front of the salon.
View of the middle of the salon.
A view of one of the display units.
The other display unit.
Just a closer view.
The street view of the salon. See the gold curtain on the right leading to the dressing rooms?
Another street view shot.
Last street view shot.
Whew! That took more time than I thought. Of course, it doesn't help that I kept stopping to make clothes or Reds'. But I love that it's up and ready now.
May dolly holidays make this season bright! ~ Jaye