In 1973 I graduated from the Atchison Beauty School, and at the age of 19, my sister, Juanita, and I opened our first styling salon on the mall in Atchison.
Working as a stylist for 45 years, my favorite things to do are cutting and styling hair. It is so gratifying when you turn a client around to the mirror, and their face lights up with a big smile. It makes me feel good to know that my work made someone happy.
I came to Sunsetters because Sandy and all the ladies are so friendly, not only to me but to all my clients. You can’t have a bad day when everyone around you is this cheerful. Everyone conducts themselves very professionally. It’s a salon I am proud to work in.
If I were not a stylist, I would probably be an interior designer. In my spare time, I like to design, build, and decorate miniature doll houses. My work has been on display at several events in Atchison, and the Richard Allen Cultural Center and Museum in Leavenworth, Ks.
My sisters and I redesigned and decorated the kitchen at Campbell’s Chapel AME Church and redecorated the kitchen at Shiloh Baptist Church.
I enjoy doing all types of crafts, including restoring and building horse drawn wagons.
I love Topsy’s Popcorn, Cheetos, and chocolate chip cookies. And, of course, Pepsi. Everything tastes better when you have a Pepsi!
I genuinely love and appreciate my clients. You develop a close relationship with your clients, and in time they become like family. I couldn’t have been a stylist for over 45 years without those relationships.