NEW YORK — Manhattan salons, which in the summer rely on Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings to generate the majority of weekly sales, were sorely bruised by the blackout.

Some, such as Bumble and bumble, lost as much as $55,000 in sales over the 24-plus hours without power, as the outage abruptly halted business Thursday afternoon and kept salon doors shut Friday. Though most salons reopened Saturday morning, they operated in various degrees of normalcy.

While many locations were armed with backup water systems, the failure of other conveniences made business a challenge. Denise McLaughlin, assistant manager at Pierre Michel salon at 131 East 57th Street, explained that the salon was only able to accept cash for services, an inconvenience for some patrons, since their average sale is an estimated $250. McLaughlin claimed that only about one-third of their usual clientele honored appointments on Saturday, approximately 100 people. She estimated about $10,000 in sales were lost on Thursday, while about $20,000 to $25,000 in sales were lost when the salon was closed for Friday.

At the Louis Licari salon at 93 Fifth Avenue, an establishment known for its color expertise, salon owner Louis Licari said on Saturday afternoon its 15th- and 16th-floor space was still without air conditioning, and that employee and client cell phones were standing in for the salon’s loss of outbound phone services. When the power went out on Thursday, Licari and staff escorted clients down the darkened stairwells, but not everyone was desperate to leave.

“The funniest thing was that women in mid-process color didn’t want it washed out, they wanted it to fully process. We have large windows in the salon giving us light so that wasn’t a problem. We had everyone out by 7 p.m.,” marveled Licari, who estimated the blackout set his salon back about $15,000 in sales on Thursday and between $20,000 and $30,000 in sales on Friday, when his salon also was closed. At Bumble and bumble, on 146 East 56th Street, employees thought the power was cut short on Thursday because “the salon had too many blow-dryers running at one time,” said salon manager Betty Lebron. Once Lebron and the salon’s staff realized the power outage affected more than their store, employees stayed until the last client left, just before dark. Also closed Friday, the salon’s busiest day, Bumble and bumble lost nearly $45,000 in revenue from services and about $8,000 in product sales, according to Lebron.Aveda’s SoHo location at 456 West Broadway stayed open until 6 p.m. on Thursday. “I got to work at four and the lights went out at 4:10,” said Aveda advisor Sage Wise. “People had color in their hair, so we had to stay until they were done,” noted Wise. “Everyone walked out of here with great hair.”

Despite the loss of power, the store had several customers. “People came in to buy shampoo. They were mostly tourists who didn’t have anything else to do. We gave manual receipts and computed the tax on a calculator,” said Wise, who noted, that the store was “pretty busy” on Saturday. “I would assume it’s because people are making up for lost time. They are buying tons of candles today.”

Valuable store hours were lost at beauty boutiques throughout SoHo’s lipstick district. Although power was restored Friday afternoon, shops did not start up immediately.

“We didn’t open because all the employees don’t live in Manhattan and [without transportation] you can’t expect people to get in,” noted Delcar Braun, a trainer at Makeup Forever’s SoHo flagship. The store had remained open until 6 p.m. on Thursday to unpack boxes, because a shipment had just come in. Braun said Saturday’s sales were disappointing noting that the store generated less than half its usual sales.

A sales associate at the Origins store said it remained open about an hour after the power outage. Employees were doing manual transactions until they realized it had affected other areas. The store, she said, has been less busy compared to other weekends. At the MAC store on Spring Street, Jaaron Scott, a store manager, said business was “about the same” for a Saturday.

Perlier Kelemata Armonie Naturali, on West Broadway, stayed open for about 45 minutes after the power went out. Claudine Larsen, the Orlane-owned company’s business development manager, said, “We closed when we found out it wasn’t just in this city and happened all over.” She explained that power surges frequently occur on the Lower East Side and thought that was all it was. Larsen called the company’s corporate offices in Italy on her cell phone and spoke to Luigi Rivetti, Orlane’s general manager for the U.S., who gave the okay to shut down. She said the power loss was disappointing because the store had been busy.“We just closed and went home,” said Kate Horvath, a sales associate at L’Occitane’s SoHo store. As for store traffic on Saturday, she said, more people visited the store than in recent weeks, adding that it failed to rain Saturday, too. — Andrea M.G. Nagel and Kristin Finn

Moss Joins Lauder

NEW YORK — Sara E. Moss will join the Estée Lauder Cos. as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, effective Sept. 8. Moss succeeds Paul Konney, who is leaving Lauder to return to private practice. The move was announced Monday afternoon by Fred Langhammer, president and chief executive officer of the Estée Lauder Cos., to whom Moss will report.

“The Estée Lauder Cos. is fortunate to welcome Sara Moss as our new general counsel,” said Langhammer in a statement. “Her legal expertise and experience in both the domestic and international arenas, as well as in corporate governance, will be an extraordinary asset to the company. We look forward to working with her. At the same time, we want to thank Paul Konney for his substantial contributions to the company during the past four years. We are grateful for his expert counsel and wish him well in the next chapter of his career.”

Moss was most recently senior vice president and general counsel at Pitney Bowes Inc. Her previous experience also includes stints as senior litigation partner for Howard, Smith & Levin (now Covington & Burling), a New York City-based law firm, and as an assistant United States attorney, criminal division, in the Southern District of New York.

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