Under “Beauty Salons & Services” in the 2010 Alameda Telephone Directory, there are 97 entries (I counted). It appears some are hair, some nails, others facials & waxing. But most overlap in these areas & many don’t specify.
Despite these existing businesses, vocal opposition, & a petition of protest with 48 signatures presented Monday night 3/28/11, during the untelevised Special Meeting @ the Otaez Restaurant; our Planning Board & Staff approved yet 2 more beauty salons, only a block away from each other on Webster St. in Alameda. Planning staff wanted to avoid appearance of “quotas”.
Seriously? With 97 extant similar businesses? I don’t think the term “quotas’ applies here.
The Board vote was unanimous, the reason given by proponents was the empty spaces had to be filled, no matter with more of the same, since 2 more salons “would bring more (business, customers)to Webster St.”
Really? If you just got your hair & nails done, walked out of the salon, & saw only MORE places to get your hair & nails done, why would you hang around ? Where would you go next? As far as I know, you can only get your hair & nails done once a day — unless it was a really bad experience.
Meanwhile, we’ve lost Suzanne’s Pastry Shop, Inge’s Cake Shop, Golden Pin Donuts, and most of Boniere Bakery.
At least if LBNL [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories] comes to Alameda, they’ll have plenty of places to go for that tasty mani-pedi.
– Glinda of Oz
[Editor Note - the identity of Glinda has been verified by Action Alameda News, but 'Glinda' asked that this letter be published under this pseudonym.]