Tuesday, July 27

Long waiting lists at salons across Kolkata as they record Puja-like weekend footfall

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This weekend saw an unprecedented rush at the city’s all top salons that remain booked for the next few days as well, with 30-50 customers in the waiting lists. Though a few bookings were cancelled, the waiting lists are rarely showing any movement at all. The reason behind such rush is that only 50% of the space could be utilised and 50% of the staff could be called in to work there.
Salons compared the situation with what they usually see during Durga Puja every year. Their phones kept ringing relentlessly while they were flooded with requests for booking online. The owners of these salons said that their weekend business was extremely encouraging and could be compared to the pre-Covid puja booking time.
“Perhaps the vaccination drives helped people become confident about venturing out and going for high touch services,” said Priscilla Corner, a partner of June Tomkyns.

In each of the six outlets of Eye Catchers, there are 12-15 clients who are in the waiting list. “At one of our outlets in a popular city mall, 25 clients are waitlisted. This surpasses our pre-Puja 2020 booking scene,” said Julie Chung, the business head.

Shreya Kanungo, a private firm employee, who walked into one of the A N John salon outlets, said, “I am happy to get the long awaited hair and skin services.” Soumi Sinha, an employee of a city school, has been waiting for her salon to give her an appointment for the past four days for her unkempt hair and eyebrows.
Those running salons said that many clients are preferring stylists and beauticians as they do not want their services to be done by others. This was making the queues longer. Most of the salons have done away with walk-in slots temporarily and for each appointment, they are allowing maximum 10-minute delay.

Source: Times of India

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