My name is Pam Perry from Studio 3 in the Pilgrim Village Shopping Center in Menomonee Falls.
I have been working in Studio 3 at for 20 years and what is the most disappointing of all is that truth is never really told. What I have learned through this experience is that it is not what they are telling you — it is what they do not!
Honorable, truthful business is almost becoming non-existent. Businesses and residents alike cannot make educated decisions without the full truth. The reality is that not only the businesses are affected, so are their clients.
The open spots throughout Menomonee Falls are much more expensive, which will force us to do what we need to survive. The sad reality is that small and large business may never be able to survive together. I have been wondering for years why every town looks alike in businesses — now I know.
Our shop is the only one I have ever worked in that is truely a family place. All of my co-owners and I have helped people along the way financially when they have lost jobs, hard times, new schedules, whatever is needed to support. I have learned that we are one of the busiest salons in Menomonee falls — WHY IS THAT?
I believe it is because we care! The hug that is needed, an occasional joke to inspire a giggle, an extra cup of coffee because that client wants to stay to visit with a friend under the hairdryer. Our senior clients have become a fantastic support system between themselves. They console each other, talk life's problems, giggle and for some it may be their only time out that week. We don't rush them out the door — why — "give them time!"
That is what a small salon does — we become a place to gather! WOW! The shame now is that these places are rapidly dwindling away. Mostly due to money! These places are not just based on making money, they are based on helping people and treating them the way we would like to be treated. What a loss! FOR ALL OUR COMMUNITIES!