Salon bounces back after flooding
It's been almost seven months since Lisa Beach's salon "Indulgence" was ravaged by floodwaters. The salon had a 6-month makeover, but is now back open. As our Elyse Mickalonis tells us, it hasn't been an easy recovery, but the community's support and loyalty encouraged the staff to keep trying.
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- "My first thought was: what am I going to do?" said Lisa Beach, Indulgence the Salon Owner.
Beach's salon was one of many businesses that wasn't spared during last year's flooding. After sharing security footage of the flood damage with YNN, Beach said she's glad it's all over.
"Of course we're excited to be back," said Beach.
After temporary move to a relative's salon in Endicott and a 6-month-long makeover, Indulgence is back on the map.
"It was wonderful to come back and have the salon be so beautiful and modern," said Jerry Wilczynski, Indulgence the Salon Artistic Director. "We now have WiFi and we're working on a Facebook page."
Beach says she's grateful for how supportive and loyal the community has been.
"Although it was a jaunt from Binghamton to Endicott, the clients that we were able to contact did follow us there," said Beach.
Wilczynski added, "The flowers and cards and all the things people sent us, because as you know we lost everything."
From gutting the shop to reopening, it wasn't an easy process. Computer files, personal effects and client lists were lost. And even though they've been open for almost a month now, they're still trying to get in touch with old clients.
"It's wonderful to be home, anybody who doesn't know we're back, We're back! Come back!" said Wilczynski.
Despite the setbacks, Beach says the flood my have been a blessing in disguise.
"We would have been celebrating our 20th anniversary here in October, so it was time for a facelift and an update of our own," said Beach.
Now that the salon has had a makeover, the staff here hopes both new and old clients will stop by for one as well.
"Anybody who is looking for a new look for themselves during Spring, in a new place to go that's entirely new, this is it," said Beach.
A place staff members say they hope will said a part of this community for another 20 years.