Shorn: Three Esthetics stripped
Last fall, the biggest problem facing upscale salon Three Esthetics in the Glass Building was protesters blocking the parking lot the shop shares with Congressman Tom Perriello's office.
This week, Three Esthetics faces a different problem that threatens the whole business. When co-owner Victoria Snapp came into work on Monday, April 12, the formerly bustling salon and full-service spa was missing chairs, equipment, fixtures and staff members.
"It was abrupt," says Snapp. She was aware her business partner Patrick Butler was leaving, but says, "I was unaware of the time frame."
"I couldn't come to an agreement with the landlord," says Butler. "I had to grab my stuff. I took what was mine and left." Landlord Lisa Murphy did not respond to a request for comment from the Hook.
Butler says he's opening a new salon in a smaller space. And Snapp says with the remaining five stations, Three Esthetics is still taking appointments, although it will likely not continue to exist with that name.
"We're working with the owner [of the building] so that folks that want can continue to work here," says Snapp.
Hair stylist Jeff Burton, an independent contractor at Three Esthetics, is still in shock at finding "trees, plants, and people" gone from his workplace. "I'm up in the air. I think I'm going to wait and see what all I can do."
UPDATE 4/16/10: Owner clarification.