Regis Salon To Close By January’s End

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The last haircut, blow dry and color are set for January 23 when the Regis Salon will close its doors.  After 60 years of business and loyal customers the salon located on Court Street will bid farewell.

“I was surprised and shocked when I found out we were being shut down.  It’s the best job I’ve ever had,” said hairstylist Shirley Congrove. 

Congrove has been working for Regis Salon for the past three years.   Manager Kenn Moore notified Congrove on January 3 that Regis Corporation would be closing down one of the two Athens chains by the end of the month.  Slow business during winter break and an expired lease at the end of the month were reasons why corporate decided to close down the salon.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do now.  I, hopefully, will be working at a salon in town,” said Moore. 

Moore has been with Regis for 12 years. He works with Congrove and one other stylist, Debbie Cain, who is also unsure of her future plans.   

Cain has worked at the salon on Court Street for 15 years and had been coping with the death of her recent husband who died on Thanksgiving Day when she found out the news.

“Right now I have no plans on what I will do in the future.  I’ve had a couple interviews, but as of now I don’t really know what’s in store.  I am going to have no income.”

Darlene Stube has been a customer of Cain’s for almost a decade and a half.  Stube seems to be more of a friend than a client, which is apparent as the two laugh and catch up on each other’s life during Stube’s appointment.  Stube said she was saddened to hear of the Salon’s closing and that she always left Regis’s happy with her haircut.  She said Cain was amazing in her field of work.

“Debbie has always squeezed me in.  She’s outstanding at what she does and has always pampered me.  At this age you need to trust your hairdresser,” Stube said.

With no income and no future plans for Cain at this time, Moore said he plans to stick with this profession and will hopefully get a job in a salon sometime soon. As for Congrove, she says she will be going from part-time to full-time at Outreach MRDD.

“Nothing will replace my friendships here,” said Congrove. “You don’t get rich from being a hairdresser, but I like getting up and going to my job.  I love the comrades I’ve made.  We’re like a family.”