Caro Development is still in Wichita, but Chuck Caro isn’t – at least not full time.
Caro spends six to eight weeks at a time in the Ventura area of California building Sola Salon Studios, a franchise that lets stylists own their own businesses without having to invest in the buildings.
There are two open in Wichita and one in the works.
Caro is working on his fourth Sola Salon project in the Los Angeles area and has a fifth one that will start construction in three months.
“LA can support a ton,” he said.
His plan is to continue building them.
“It’s going to take a long time for LA to fill out.”
Caro Development still manages properties throughout the Midwest, but Caro closed his Alcon Construction four years ago.
He is now working with his daughter, Niki Caro Bakri, who graduated from Kansas State University and joined him.
Still, Caro said he misses Wichita and Midwesterners.
“The Midwest attitudes are really the best,” he said.
Caro said people on the West Coast aren’t as open.
“I don’t know how to really put this,” he said. Caro said that when he’s walking down the street in California, others “have a tendency to turn their heads and not want to have that connection or contact.”
He said there’s one thing everyone has in common, though.
“Everybody’s out here for a dream.”