Hairstylists Beverly Abbott, Susie Jerman, Martha Fiegelist, Pat Homan and Angie Cliff are more than co-workers. After working together so long, they're practically family.
The women work at Ye Crimpers Shoppe, a place they've worked for more than 25 years.
Abbott, the former owner of the shop, opened the business on Second Avenue in 1972. Six years later, she moved it to its current location at 191 Jefferson St. Jerman, Fiegelist and Homan followed Abbott to the Jefferson Street shop and, in 1987, Cliff joined the pack.
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Martha Fiegelist (bottom row, from left), Beverly Abbott, Susie Jerman and (back row, from left) Angie Cliff and Pat Homan have worked for more than 25 years at Ye Crimpers Shoppe.
"Once we were together, we were here forever," Abbott said. "We've all had fun together; otherwise we wouldn't be together this long."
Fiegelist said the women often spend more time with each other than with their family, and they've thoroughly enjoyed offering their services to clients of all ages.
"The clientele has been fabulous," Abbott said. "We've been very blessed and we have a lot of wonderful memories."
Abbott said one client has been with her for 50 years and it's not a rarity for clients' children and grandchildren to also call Ye Crimpers Shoppe their No. 1 salon.
"We've had clients that have been here the whole time we've been open," she said. "We've had people who have been with us until they pass away."
"We've gone through a lot of their life stories, too," Fiegelist said.
A fun environment along with an emphasis on teamwork sets Ye Crimpers Shoppe apart from other salons, the women said, and also contributes to their desire to continue to work.
"I think it's the teamwork. We work as a team," Fiegelist said.
"It's the teamwork and service," Cliff added. "And we offer a lot of laughs."
Many of the fun and interesting times at the salon would make for a great sitcom, Abbott said, such as the time the other women threw her a birthday party while she was absent.
"They celebrated without me," she said.
Abbott said the women have seen a lot changes in hairstyles and hair products throughout the years, but they make sure to keep up with the latest education and trends.
"Perms and color and the science behind it have come a long way," Fiegelist said. "And there are so many more products to choose from."
Asymmetrical haircuts and the shag are two hairstyles the women have seen emerge twice in hair trends.
"Things come back after they go away," Abbott said.
Despite the many changes throughout the years, the women said they have always been grateful for the support area residents have shown them.
"It's been fun making people look their best," Abbott said. "I don't know where the time went it just went."