An Evening at the Butterfly Loft Salon & Spa

Last evening Dawn and I visited David and Melanie (our son and daughter-in-law) at David’s new hair salon in Encino. It is called “Butterfly Loft Salon & Spa” and has a prime location in the Encino Courtyard Shopping Center at 17401 Ventura Boulevard. For those who are unfamiliar with the area, the section of Ventura Boulevard that runs through Encino constitutes the heart of the upscale San Fernando Valley commercial district.

After much planning and pre-opening headaches (extended lease negotiations, accommodating endless governmental rules and regulations, sweating out delivery schedules from Europe and Asia, and a last-minute theft of artwork and appliances), the salon opened as scheduled on November 2, 2010.

David designed the space from floor to ceiling, including furniture and furnishings. It is a large salon (about 3.500 square feet), with 25 stylist stations, two estheticians rooms (facials, waxing), and one cosmetologist station. Dave carried out the “loft” theme by eliminating the usual dropped ceiling and exposing the utility pipes. The butterfly motif is carried out in the signage and in two art works — one created by David (a portion of which is pictured at the right) and the other created specially for the salon by artists in England (see below). Continue reading

Caribbean Cruise

Today is the final day of our one-week cruise in the Western Caribbean. It is a sea-day, always one of my favorites, and I’m borrowing David’s Apple MacBook to compose this entry. I decided not to bring my computer because I didn’t want to succumb to the temptation of spending too much time in our cabin writing. Since we brought our family with us, I wanted to maximize the time with them. Sort of like emptying the freezer of ice cream when you want to diet, I suppose.

Dawn and I are relative newcomers to cruising. I took my first cruise last year, a fantastic trip on the Celebrity Millennium that began in Barcelona and ended in Venice. This year we sailed on the Caribbean Princess—a shorter and less interesting trip, but nice for family socializing. Our group included our four children, Matt, David, Ashley and Tyson, as well as Matt’s wife, Amy, and David’s wife, Melanie. Also on board were my sister, Mary Kaye Gardner, her husband, Terry, and their children and spouses, whose ages are generally the same as ours. All together we numbered sixteen. (The grandchildren were left behind.)

One good thing about a cruise is that it provides an opportunity to have portraits taken. As those of you who are cruise veterans know, photographers set their gear up at various stations around the ship and click away nearly every evening. The sittings are free—you only pay if you decide to purchase. We took the opportunity to have some family photos taken, as well as several individual photos of our children and their spouses, which are scattered throughout this blog entry.

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