When fire destroyed their salon at 3185 Babcock Boulevard in Ross Township on May 18, it took the owners of the Studio Raw Salon just four days to get back in business at a new, temporary location, about a mile up the road at 3471 Babcock Boulevard.
So imagine what Lorraine Burda and son Dan can do when given several months to design their new salon? The answer is plenty.
"The ceiling in the new salon will be 26 feet high," said Lorraine Burda. “We are going to have 12 stylists working up there, we’re going to have our color bar in the center of the studio so that when we’re mixing our colors clients will see them. What we did is we designed an event center that we can do hair out of. Everything in the studio will be movable and portable."
And that's only the beginning. Studio Raw will also offer pedicures, manicures, facial treatments, and permanent makeup. And..
The Kimmy Cupcake Company is moving into the basement space originally occupied by Studio Raw.
"Kimmy is a little person who is a pastry chef, she went to school for four years and she can’t seem to find a job because everything’s too big for her to work, so we’re building a bakery that’s going to be her scale," said LaRaine. "So half of our bakery will be a small scale for her, with all of the ovens and counters low, and then the other half of the bakery will be for an average height person that we’re going to have working there."
And what do Lorraine and son Dan know about cupcakes?
"He doesn’t know anything about cupcakes, I don’t know anything about cupcakes, but we know how to market a business, so that’s where we come in with Kimmy," she said.
Hard to argue with that logic when you consider that the hair salon, and the cupcake business is two of Dan's three businesses.
Dan and partner Rohn Neugebauer also run Raw Hogs, which Lorraine describes as a viral media company. According to its web site, Raw Hogs specializes in branding, design, web and media.
And there's talk of yet another enterprise for Dan and Rohn, a reality TV series about Dan's multi-faceted career. Lorraine could offer few details because of ongoing negotiations, but she said to stay tuned.
As for Studio Raw's grand reopening, the Burda's are hoping for January 25.