The roof is about ten literal (okay, hyperbolic) minutes from being done. The painters are doing the last touchups and caulk work. Here's the before and after we are so proud of. The painters were working on the front, the columns, and the other side today. They may have wrapped up this afternoon, or may finish in the morning. First thing tomorrow, I'll take a picture of the front and get that posted!
What else is new?
The sauna is installed and ready. It is infrared, not steam. There are features for chromatherapy (colored light), a white bulb for reading (awww, yeah!), and music. It will accommodate one with plenty of room, or two people if you are reallly close. Up to you. ;)
We have massage therapists ready to come to work. Speaking of that.... Code Enforcement came today to clear us for guest traffic upstairs. I'll never get tired of seeing the people's faces who are seeing the inside for the first time. Or the second, or the third. (Thank you, gentlemen, for not laughing when I misunderstood "Knox Box" for "N2O Box".)
We have a dedicated massage room downstairs for our guests who cannot take the stairs; all other massage clinic services, sauna included, are upstairs in an effort to separate these services from the sounds of the salon. We are also designating a room upstairs for Reflexology and Seated/Chair Massage Services.
Energy work is fascinating. One of our massage therapists holds a Reiki II status. This weekend (4/22), I'm attending a Reiki I class with two other friends. So, yes, Magnolia House will also be offering Reiki.
Seated Massage, aka Chair Massage, is a wonderful place to start for people who are pressed for time or new to massage. (A chair massage is a 10-20 minute session, the client is fully clothed, focusing on neck, shoulders, back, arms, hands, and hips). Think about it: a short amount of massage therapy once or twice a week, every other week, to undo all the bad postural alignment and repetitive stress actions caused by our daily activities ( playing on our phones, doing our jobs, even some hobbies). Chair massage is incredible.
Magnolia House also offers chair massages off-site. Yes, we will come to you. There is no service call charge for Graves County. We do request a minimum commitment of four (4) individuals. Call or email us for more information.
What else has happened?
The lovely Judy Myatt of the Kentucky Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists came to see us, and issued the Magnolia House's esthetics salon's license. This is my room, the room of waxing, facials, enzyme work, chemical peels and other modalities related to skincare therapy. Like every other inspection so far, I asked 6 million questions and absolutely enjoyed myself.
We have ordered the salon equipment and that should be here in a week.
We are expecting a plumber tomorrow at 1:00 for a second bid/estimate to take care of the salon equipment plumbing. (In an aside, it's very interesting what we've learned about the variations in laws from state to state. I'm very proud that Kentucky actually has such high standards and expectations of businesses in regards to public safety.)
We are now selling gift certificates as well.
We will be releasing the scheduling app for our guests' convenience very, very soon.
Finally, I'm taking the MBLEX on 4/26. Thoughts, prayers, light, good vibes, juju would be appreciated!
Last week was an outstanding week for us!
Nathan Lamb, Mayfield's Building Official, paid us a visit and it was wonderful!
We got our Certificate of Occupancy, and our maximum capacity number. We got good news about the upstairs and basement (these are discussions for later; we can't give everything away up front).
On Friday morning, I spent some time at the Mayfield-Graves County Health Department with Shea Rodgers (Environmental II) and Mark Hayden (State Plumbing Inspection) asking questions about the next steps to a) get my esthetics room approved, and b) what's next to get the Day Spa going.
So, one thousand thank yous Nathan, Shea, and Mark for your patience and your help last week bringing us that much closer to getting the doors open! Brian and I are grateful.
I have been flooding the Facebook page with pictures of what Ken's Construction Company is working on right now. We can't say enough good things about these guys. My favorite part of looking out the windows is watching the people come down Walnut toward 7th and do double-takes. She's going to be glorious when they get done.
We also have a plumber coming in a couple days to give us a bid/estimate to install the sinks for the salon area. All I can say is this: we are trying make as little changes as possible, to be as gentle with the building as we can. And we are definitely not painting the upstairs tub or getting rid of the knotty pine planks in the basement. Just the ugly remnants of the drop ceiling. :)