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Old 09-26-2011, 06:12 PM
 
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Hi I am starting a kids salon where we will be doing lots of birthday parties. I am trying to find a good place in new jersey to start it but its a very confusing state with so many highways and lots of traffic. I want to be in a place where its convenient for people to come as far as an hour drive to visit for birthdays but also a good place where i will have regular clients for hair cuts. thank you for any help!
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:22 PM
 
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anyone please?
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:27 PM
 
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I would suggest that the best place to locate your salon would be where your paid market research firm tells you. Listening to a bunch of unqualified strangers on a internet forum is not going to get you anywhere.

If you really need a free suggestion try Camden.
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Randolph, NJ
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Salons doing kids birthday parties... I hadn't heard of that.
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Old 09-27-2011, 03:07 PM
 
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Me either...and honestly I do not reall understand the concept. I get having a kids hair salon but they are a dime a dozen around NJ so I am not sure if that is the business I would want to get into.

You are better off doing a kids spa type thing where they can get manis, pedis, make-up and mini children appropriate facials. I am not sure how well a hair birthday party for kids will do since most parents and teenage girls are very particular about where and who they allow to cut their hair.

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Salons doing kids birthday parties... I hadn't heard of that.
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Old 09-27-2011, 03:48 PM
 
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Hi the business model I have is rather complex and novel I didnt want to explain it in depth until I have my location and am opening but yes we will be offering spa services. I was thinking somewhere in bergen county near ridgewood? I am looking for an area that is similar to the norwalk.westport border demographic. I could pay someone to do this for me but I dont have the money to do that. frankly I rather hear what the natives think first and then do my own research.
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Old 09-27-2011, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Randolph, NJ
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Follow the money. For your idea, you'd want upscale towns with high concentration of wealth and similar towns nearby. Ridgewood might make sense. Other possibilities include Westfield, Basking Ridge, etc.
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:39 PM
 
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Well Ridgewood already has a kid salon that does fabulous parties. I also know of one in Englewood. Perhaps the Paramus area near the Garden State Plaza Mall? It's a busy area with lots of businesses and it's a central location for alot of Bergen County towns.
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:55 PM
 
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I would not go with Ridgewood as well. It's an expensive town and rents may be cost prohibitive.

I'm a mom and one thing I would love to see is a spa where I can get my hair or some other treatment done where there's a play a room or babysitting service. Or both!

There are gyms that offer babysitting service now but I don't know of any salon that does this.

If you like, I can hook you up with someone who can better help you. Look for an FM.
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Old 09-28-2011, 03:03 PM
 
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I'll throw in my 2 cents...yes you want to be near wealthy towns, but really that is anywhere in Northern NJ. The most important thing, as anyone who has owned a business geared toward families with children has learned, access to PARKING is the number 1 priority. For instance, Downtown Ridgewood is your demographic, however, if you opened this type of business there I predict you would be out of business in less than 3 months. Why? no parking(or PITA parking). I would try to find an upscale strip mall setting either on 17 or close by.
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