Friday 12/22 - Toni here. I know it's been a long time since I wrote, but we have been really busy through the holiday season, and I just haven't had time to do anything on the site for awhile.
As for our Bronco, three weeks after we got it back and as we were pulling up to a stop sign, the fuel line ruptured and sprayed gasoline into the distributor. Well, most of you know what that means! As Charles lifted the hood, flames were erupting and spreading! What a terrifying experience that was! Luckily it was a Sunday afternoon, and people started coming out of their homes to see what was going on. Between the guy who came running with his garden hose and another guy carrying a fire extinguisher, they managed to get the fire out. Needless to say, the vehicle was severely damaged and we had to bum a ride home with one of the nice neighbors there. We were so grateful for the nice people who showed up to help us. When wonderful people come together in a situation like this, it really renews our faith in humanity.
We were also lucky enough to find an Olds Toronado in great condition, and were able to purchase it as a second car, which, after our "adventures" with the Bronco, we decided was badly needed. We have been happily driving it since the Bronco has been in the repair shop.
Thanks to you, our loyal customers, our business has grown so much that we are going to have the best year by far than we have ever had!
We truly have much to be thankful for this year!
There have been a lot of changes here, and I have been experiencing some health problems. I'm hanging in there though, and I hope to have them under control soon. I've been taking Saturdays off for the last few weeks, and I will probably continue until I get a handle on my health. In the meantime, we are doing our best to continue to give you the best service possible.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our good customers for their valued patronage in year 2000, and to wish everyone a very happy holiday season, whatever belief you may hold.
Best wishes also for a healthy and prosperous New Year, and we look forward to serving you in the year 2001!
Saturday 9/3 - Golly, has it been that long? Sorry, we have been soooo busy. By the way, our vehicle problems seem to be solved for the time being and we have our naughty "bucking" Bronco back with a whole new heart. Hallelujah!
Business is great and we are growing fast. I've been busy getting some new products up for you. I have just added 5 wonderful new styles and two great new colors to the NORIKO collection for 2001. Look for CANDI (medium), CHLOE (short), ROBIN (long), ROXIE (long) and TESS (medium). The new colors are CARAMEL CREAM and PECAN BROWN, both yummy new blends available in all of the new styles. I'm teasing you a little by adding these wigs now. They won't be available until the 12th of this month, but get your orders in early for best selection.
I have a whole new collection of theatrical and costume wigs for you too, just in time for your holiday dress-up parties. Most of these wigs are streetwear quality, not at all like the Halloween-type wigs you are used to getting in most costume collections. There are some wild colors and party blends too. Check out the COSTUME 2 collection now to get the best selection before they are all gone.
I have also just added 2 new styles of weaving hair. This hair is high quality Remi hair with the cuticle still intact, and is available Silky-Straight and Body Wave styles in a versatile 20" length. It's called TEMPLE HAIR and is suitable for Caucasian-textured wear. It is available in blondes and reds, as well as brunettes. It resembles European hair in texture and we think it is an excellent value for the price. Our customers who wear it tell us that it's the best hair they've ever used.
Well, I'll sign off for now. Hopefully I'll be talking to you again soon. Everybody have a safe and happy Labor Day.
Saturday 8/12 - Well, here we are at work today, and not taking the day off and doing something fun like I told you we'd be in yesterday's entry. After having the carburetor rebuilt and the engine completely replaced in our Bronco, and just picking it up from the repair shop yesterday, when we tried to start it today, it seems that the starter quit. Nearly $2000 worth of repairs to the darn thing, and the day after we pick it up, the starter decides to give up. Vehicles! We have our son coming over tomorrow to replace it for us (he had a date today), but in the meantime we are without transporation. So we walked to work. Might as well be here as at home. When you are without a vehicle you can't do much. So just wanted to let you know that we are here if you need to reach us today.
Friday 8/11 - We are now using Airborne Express as our primary shipper, and because of the large number of orders we process, they have set us up with a special computerized system that we hope will streamline the shipping process. The new system requires a physical address as your delivery point. Airborne does not deliver to PO Boxes. We will still deliver to PO Boxes, but because of the extra time involved, we are sorry but there will be a $2 shipping surcharge for this method of delivery. As always, we are dedicated to serving you in the most efficient manner as possible.
Just a note...we will be closed tomorrow, Saturday in order to take a break. We've been working very hard and we've decided that tomorrow would be a good day to do something fun. We'll be here again on Sunday afternoon and evening.
Tuesday 7/18 - Hi, it's me Toni. Just wanted to let you know that I've just completed the Adolfo collection and it's ready for you to see. Adolfo has been manufacturing wigs for many years, and in fact it's the oldest wig company in the world. Their wigs are really nice and easy to work with. There are several petite cap styles, and also several large cap models too. Check out this great collection today, and I'm sure you'll find a style that's just perfect for you.
More collections coming soon!
By the way, just a reminder to check out the big Jacquelyn clearance too! At these prices, the wigs are moving out fast. Now is the time to get a beautiful Jacquelyn wig at unheard-of prices! And as always, professional styling is available on the clearance wigs. Contact me for details and prices if you want me to style the wig for you.
Well, all for now. Be well.
Monday 7/17 - Toni here. Normally we are here to talk to seven days a week, but this Saturday the 22nd will be an exception. My family is having a long-past-due reunion picnic in Sacramento, and we will be closed that day in order that Charles and I may attend the festivities. It has been years since I've seen some of my favorite cousins, and I'm looking forward to enjoying a rare day off visiting and sharing time with them and their families. We will be here again on Sunday afternoon if you need to reach us.
By the way, the 22nd is our 9th wedding anniversary. And Sunday is my birthday, which frankly I'd rather forget, but it's better than the alternative! :)
Monday 7/10 - Well, I regret to have to inform you that we have just received notice of an impending price increase on the Beverly Johnson human hair extensions. From what we are told, human hair in the longer lengths is getting increasingly difficult to obtain, which is adding to the manufacturer's costs. The price increase is slated to be passed on to all Beverly Johnson retailers in the next month or so, and that means that unfortunately, we will have no choice but to raise our prices. We will hold the current sale price as long as we can, but if you need weaving hair, now is the time to stock up before the prices go up. By the way, the price increase is only on the hair extensions, so we will still be able to hold our sale prices on the Beverly Johnson wigs for the time being. Nevertheless, and in spite of any price increase, you can be assured that you will always get the best value when you choose us for your wig or hair purchase.
Sunday 7/9 - Talk about SALES! We are having the sale to end all sales! We have a selection of Jacquelyn (YES--JACQUELYN!) wigs to offer you at unheard-of prices! These are brand new, never-been-worn wigs that are discontinued items, displays, exchanges, and overstocks. They are all in stock and ready to ship. We are sorry but at these clearance prices, we can't include styling, but if you need styling we would be happy to accommodate you at our regular styling prices. Of course the color selection is limited, but if you've always wanted a Jacquelyn, now is the time to get bargain prices on these fine-quality wigs. Check out the Jacquelyn Clearance section now for prices you'll never see anywhere else!
Sunday 6/25 - SALE SALE SALE! Just in time for summer vacations and parties! We have just put the Motown Tress and European Naturals collections of fine wigs on sale! Check out your favorite style and get great savings now!
Also I have just added several new products to our line of care products. Once you try the Healthy Essential products on your human hair wig, you'll never use anything else! Try the Jacquelyn Liquid Mousse too--it's one of my favorites!
In addition, I have just added a new feature to the site. Some of the products now have a "Toni's Choice" label like the one shown here. When you see this label, you will know that these products are ones I especially like and use frequently when styling wigs for my customers. You may also find one of these labels on a wig or hairpiece which I especially like and/or consider to be an exceptional value.
Well, all for now...talk to you again soon. ---Toni
Friday 6/23 - Mike here. Well, the digital phone line is back operating. From the best I can gather, the phone company was switching out a major piece of equipment and had most of the area within 50 miles of here off the Internet. As part of the switch they reconfigured part of our equipment that connects us to the Internet. It would have been nice if they would have okayed it with us first. Sheesh! We were down from about 3:30pm until 10pm or so PST. We are really sorry about any difficulties this may of caused you, but it was totally out of our control. I was on the phone for 5 hours trying to get things back online for all of you. Looks like they finished what they were doing so we're back!
We have been planning on setting up multiple servers in 2 different cities about 10 miles apart. However, this would not have helped in this case.
Sunday 6/18 - Toni again...I've just finished working over most of the graphics in the Estetica Collection and I just replaced the old ones tonight. I think you'll find the new pix to be a nice change. I still have some updating to do on some of the other collections, and will get it done just as soon as I can. Well, it's late and time to go home. Charles accuses me of wanting to stay here all night and work. Yeah, I would cause I'm a night owl, but then he would wake me up to come to work in the morning. Ha! Well, he's dragging me home now so talk to ya'
Saturday 6/17 - Hi there, Toni here. I've just added 3 great new micro-braid styles to the Beverly Johnson collection. Look for Bessie on page 2 in Short, Judith on page 3 in Medium, and HB 1720 on page 3 in the Long section. For those of you looking for braided wigs, you are sure to find one of these styles perfect for you! In addition, there are some more new BJ styles which will be available next month, so keep watching.
I have been doing some updating to the collections already on the site. I found some errors in color availability and such, and I want to make sure everything is current before I add more collections. But nevertheless, stay tuned for some surprises which are in the works now. We are working hard on some new projects which are bound to continue to keep Alternatives 2000 the premier wig reseller on the Internet!
Bye for now...talk to you again soon.
Thursday 6/8 - It's Mike here this time. I haven't talked to you in a while because I have been soooo busy working on the new website as well as several additional sites that will be tied in soon. I am doing some last minute testing and the new site will be up in a day or so. Additionally, I will be adding another server in the near future. The main reason for making the change is due to a very strange error we have been seeing once in a while. After digging and digging I found some information from Microsoft that seems to indicate that there may be database errors at unpredictable times during heavier loads on the site. The database reports that we have exceeded our license limit on the number of users that can access it at the same time. There is no such limit on the number of users in the software. Yet still we get this message whenever there are more than 75 or so users on the site at the same moment in time. (We have had peaks with over 120 different users at a time!) Turns out (in theory) that after the server is setup if the name of the server gets changed (which it did) this error can appear. There is no known fix except to reload the server software from scratch. This will take quite some time and the site and email would have to be down during the entire process. Soooo, I'll be building another server, getting the websites up and tested, then switching the traffic over to the second server. The email will remain on the current server as it is not effected by this problem with the database. You can be sure I will let you know what is happening during this whole process.
Bye for now, Mike.
Monday 6/5 - Jeez! It's been ages since I talked to you hasn't it? We've been sooooo busy in the last several weeks. Our company is growing so fast that sometimes we can hardly keep up! Of course we owe it all to you, our loyal customers and we thank you so much for your great support!
Since I talked to you last, I've added the New Look and New Look Ethnic collections, and I've just put the finishing touches on the Revlon and Just You collections today. They are now complete and awaiting your perusal. In addition, I've updated the Noriko collection, adding several great new colors and offering you many more choices in your favorite Noriko styles.
There are lots of surprises in the works right now, and we are very excited about some new events happening in the near future. One of the most exciting is the launching of our brand new website coming very soon. Our wonderful webmaster, Mike, is putting the finishing touches on it right now, and as soon as he is satisfied with the infrastructure of the system, our "new baby" will be born. I've seen the new site, and it's awesome! I can't wait for it to go live!
Well, I'm starting work on another new collection for you. I'll get it up just as soon as possible. No, I'm not going to let you know what it is just yet, so you'll have to just keep coming back to see! :)
Bye for now...
Saturday 4/15 - Well, due to careful planning the server upgrade went extremely well. The server was down between 1:01am and 1:13am. I gotta say things went pretty well during the upgrade. Not too bad when you figure that it takes about 3 minutes to shutdown the server and 4 minutes to get everything fully operating again leaving 5 minutes to switch the case, motherboard, microprocessor, memory, floppy drive, hard drive and CD-ROM drive. I was being extremely careful not to make any dumb mistakes. So here is what was done, the CPU is twice as fast, the memory is increased by 25% and some minor changes since the system was down anyway. The reason for the upgrade is to clear an issue that was happening at peak times. It really wasn't that neccessary now but it will be in the months ahead as we continue to grow at about 10% per month.
Tuesday 4/11 - Great news! Because of our rapidly-growing volume purchasing, we have been able to negotiate better prices with many of our suppliers, and of course, this means that we are passing the savings along to you! Check out our site to discover the new lower prices on your favorite styles!
By the way, stay tuned to this website for more new collections at super low prices coming soon...proving once again that Alternatives 2000 is still the best choice for your wearable hair purchase!
Monday 4/3 - Just so you know, Mike has designed my website so that I can put up the wig collections by myself now. I am doing all the scanning and data entry for all the latest additions, and I'm thrilled to be able to have that much control over how the products and information are presented. Of course, Mike still takes care of the main part or backbone of the database...I'm not quite there yet (ha!)...but with everything else I have to do here, I'm happy to leave that job to the expert!
Well, I've been busy this weekend getting another great wig collection on the website. Check out the CHERYL TIEGS COLLECTION of beautiful designs at special introductory prices. It's a small collection, but big on style and value!
Stay tuned for more world-famous brands to be added as soon as I can get them scanned and up on the site!
Sunday 3/26 - Another great collection for you to see! I just finished the "M COLLECTION" of beautiful monofilament top styles. The most natural looking wigs imaginable are yours to wear with the confidence of knowing that the hair on the top appears to be growing out of your scalp! Take a peek at these 13 great new designs for every occasion from Rene of Paris, one of the world's leading wig manufacturers!
Keep us bookmarked for more wigs coming soon!
Monday 3/20 - I am delighted to announce the addition of the EUROPEAN NATURALS WIG COLLECTION to our growing variety of on-line catalogs. Check out the large selection of 71 great designs, with everything from tried-and-true classic styles to the latest in salon chic, brought to you by one of the world's leading wig companies with over 30 year's experience in the manufacture of wigs and hairgoods. They have some really interesting and innovative color blends, setting a new standard and most likely changing the way all wigs and hairpieces are made in the future.
Also I have just added 5 great new styles to the NORIKO COLLECTION, and I've done some updating on the graphics, which I think you will find a pleasant change from the old ones.
By the way, our new wholesale site is now up and running, and will revolutionize the way wholesale orders are placed. If you have a salon and wish to receive wholesale information, please contact us.
Stay tuned for more surprises coming soon! Bye for now.
Wednesday 3/8 - Well, the phone company has been trying to solve the problems with our digital phone line that we have been having on and off for the last week or so. They have decided to switch us to a new digital line. They think that someone was in doing some work on a line problem nearby and caused the problem. The new line should get rid of the down times we have been having. They said the connection was so bad that they were surprised that it was working at all. The equipment adapts to the line noise and tries to talk at the clearest frequencies. The fact that we were operating at times is a testiment to this ability to adapt. Hopefully we will not be experiencing further problems. Sorry for any difficulties you may have been having.
Sunday 2/27 - Has it been that long since I talked to you? Oh, shame on me. I'm sorry I haven't been back, but I've had a pretty heavy workload lately. There just aren't enough days in the week to get everything done.
MightyMike (my webmaster) ordered and installed the new SCSI card, and my scanner is once again up and running. I'm so glad to have it back. It's pretty hard to run this business without it! I guess you never miss something until it's not there anymore. Anyway, I'm back in business with my scanner. Uh, yeah...my old HP...but it works just as well as ever. It's 4 years old, but it's a dandy little machine and it does the job.
By the way, I am now without a printer. I went to print today and it seems that my computer is not recognizing my printer. Is there any end to these computer gremlins? I wonder...sounds like another challenge for MightyMike, the gremlinator.
I'm going to try to get some more wigs up soon. We've been working on our wholesale site, and with everything else, I just haven't had time to work on the retail site. I promise to try to get some more wigs up there in the next couple of weeks.
Oh yes, I almost forgot... I have a wonderful new product formulated especially for human hair wigs. I was skeptical when I first used it, but my doubt soon turned to delight as I saw the results of its use on a human hair wig. If you'd like to see what it can do for your human hair wig, I have a trial kit with 4 products in a plastic zipper case for $16. Please contact me for further info. I'm going to get this product upon the site as soon as I get some good pictures of the products. It's also great on human hair-synthetic blends.
Till next time...
Saturday 2/19 - Yay! I have my computer back, bigger and better than ever. My e-mail is once again working fine, and everything is wonderful...except my scanner. Now we find that my old HP Scanjet 4p is not compatible with my W2000 OS, so we ordered a new Astra 2000. When we tried to install it, it turned out not to be compatible either. Being among the first to have the latest and greatest operating system is a double-edged sword. We may be ahead of the rest of the industry, but some of the accessories do not yet work with the new system. We have ordered the proper SCSI card and we should have it next week sometime. In the meantime I am without my scanner...my left arm!
Wednesday 2/17 - Groan!!! Well it looks like the computer gremlins are back for another visit. I was answering e-mail today when suddenly my machine went to the "dreaded black screen". My webmaster thinks it's my motherboard, but he can't install a new one until he gets me a larger "box" to put it in. That will take a couple of days. Then he'll have to take everything out of the old box and transfer it to the new one. I'm sure he will take care of this as soon as he can. Without my computer, I feel like I've lost my right arm!
Unfortunately, I find myself having to apologize once again to the people who sent me e-mail in the last couple of days. I don't know exactly when I will be able to get back into my computer to retrieve my mail. In the meantime, if you need an immediate answer, please call me. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, and I'll be back on line as soon as possible.
Tuesday 2/8 - Hooray! All gremlins have been banished from my machine, and I am back on line again! My web engineer was able to install the new Windows 2000 operating system on my machine today, and things seem to be running smoother than ever. It's an awesome program and I'm amazed at some of the new features.
The bad news is that since I haven't been able to access my mail program since last Friday, when I downloaded my mail just now, there were over 250 messages there. This means that it's going to take me some time to get back to everyone, so please have patience if you have not received a reply yet.
As always, if you need immediate information, you can call us. I apologize for the problems and will reply to you as soon as I can.
Monday, February 7 - We have not been able to repair the e-mail problem as yet. Again I apologize to anyone who has written and not received an answer. I can't open my e-mail program, so there is no way I can read your messages. We're here until at least 9pm (Pacific) every night, so if you need an RAC number or other immediate answer, please call us at 530-673-8004. We understand your frustration, and we appreciate your patience.
February 5 - Well, my e-mail program crashed last night. I apologize to anyone who has written and has not received an answer. I am unable to access my mail at this time. We will try to fix the problem as soon as possible. Please have patience...I'll get back to you as soon as I can. If you need to contact us immediately, please call us on the phone. Thanks.
February 2 - As you can tell, our talented webmaster has been busy updating the appearance of our site. Also as always he is working on tightening the "nuts and bolts" of the site to make it easier to use. Ta-da!
We are also in the process of adding Alan Thomas Designs to our growing collection of on-line catalogs. More to come...
January 26 - We did some sprucing up of the site. Made things a bit simpler in many areas. Look for more soon.
January 23 - Today we just added 40 new wigs to our Motown Tress collection. Take a peek at these great new ethnic styles and maybe you'll find the hair of your dreams!
We are currently working on our new wholesale site, to make it easier for our retail salons to place their orders through our site. If you have a salon or other beauty-related business, and are interested in purchasing from us for resale, please contact us for more information.
January 2, 2000 - Well, all of our equipment seems to have survived the Y2K bugaboo (thanks to Mike, our wonderful webmaster), and we're up and running smoothly as usual.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our many valued customers for their continued support, and wish a Happy New Year to all! We are looking forward to a fantastic year as we enter the new millennium, and we will be offering our customers a fabulous array of new and exciting wig collections.
To start off the new year, we are pleased to present the new MOTOWN TRESS wig collection. Check out these beautiful and easy-care styles, designed for the woman who wants quality wearable hair at affordable prices. We are certain that you'll be thrilled with the large selection of contemporary cuts and luscious lengths of the easy-care synthetic wigs, as well as great-looking 100% human hair designs.
As always, you will find us available to speak with you either in person or by phone.
We are growing, and soon we will be your one-stop wig superstore on the Internet. In the future, we have many collections to add to our on-line catalogs, so keep watching
for new and exciting things in the near future.