Hair stylists displaced by explosion re-open for business
April 30, 2014
By Sherry Grindeland
Shelley Gildersleeve already feels hopeful — despite losing all her supplies, tools of her trade and client information in the explosion that wiped out her hair salon April 25 in North Bend.
Gildersleeve, along with Michelle Dunbar, operated Kutters Hair & Nail Salon. It was housed in one of the destroyed buildings on North Bend Way.
But she was able to open for business again on April 29 in Another Hair Place.
“Beth Anderson called up and offered us space in her shop,” Gildersleeve said. “She was just one of so many wonderful people who have offered love and support.”
By April 28, the hair stylist had replaced her basic supplies, thanks to gift certificates from friends. Another retired stylist donated her shears and cutting tools to Gildersleeve.
For a small business such as Kutters, the explosion not only wiped out the physical tools — it destroyed the stylists’ records. Hair stylists maintain lists of clients and their telephone numbers as well as upcoming appointments. Just as important, Gildersleeve said, were the client information files where she and Dunbar kept track of people’s permanents and hair-coloring formulas.
It will be hard to rebuild their lists, Gildersleeve added.
“So many people only have cellphones these days and no home telephone numbers,” she said. “That makes it hard to contact them to tell them where we’re at.”
Gildersleeve is having phone calls to the Kutters business number forwarded to her cellphone.
Meanwhile, she said, she’s doing her best to spread word to her clients that she’s open for business.
Sherry Grindeland can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 392-6434, ext. 246.