Pear Tree will celebrate 15 years as 'a quaint little salon'
Written by RACHEL GAST Sentinel Staff Writer
Monday, 20 May 2013 10:02
HASKINS - In need of a new hair style? Searching for a stylist that will work around your schedule-even at 8 p.m.?
|Former owner Coleen Bobel and current owner Jennifer McVeigh are seen at Pear Tree Salon in Haskins, Ohio on May 14, 2013. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
"That's the thing with keeping up a successful business," owner Jennifer McVeigh said. "You have to take care of the people."
Professional stylists McVeigh and Coleen Bobel have kept the salon running for a total of 30 years with this philosophy.
Upstairs, Jill Bernthisel has owned Foundation massage therapy for seven years. Downstairs, aside from coloring, Bobel and McVeigh do waxing and haircuts.
Flexible scheduling is "a huge perk for anybody who wants to be a hairdresser, to be your own boss." McVeigh also works evenings, sometimes until 10 p.m. if that's what the client needs.
She describes the Pear Tree as "a quaint little salon, I keep it very homey in here. We cater to families and children."
Word of mouth referrals keeps the Pear Tree alive. "We get business from all over," McVeigh said. "Cleveland and Fremont, from Findlay, Toledo, Sylvania-it's a very diverse group of people."
"It will be 15 years in July" since she's reopened the salon, now named the Pear Tree.
"I want to do something special but I haven't quite figured out exactly what I want to do yet."
McVeigh explained "the building went up for sale and I ended up buying it" from Bobel. Then it was known as Family Hair Care and had been running for 15 years.
Now "it's just Coleen and I," McVeigh explained. "I asked if she wanted to come back and help me get it going."
McVeigh likes the "simplicity" of having only one other stylist to work with. "We work as a team here. We have a great little production going on for the two of us."
McVeigh graduated from the Toledo Beauty Academy and specializes in coloring. She has attended color training in New York and Las Vegas.
"Our salon has done very well over a 30 year period and we are still going strong. I've just been very fortunate and extremely busy.
"I used to do nails. After my two teenagers don't require my time, I will probably focus more on up-dos."
The Pear Tree stays consistently busy all year long-"I pre-book all my clients when they're leaving" to make sure they're scheduled for their next appointment.
McVeigh and Bobel can do root touch-ups and foils, "but I don't do very many perms anymore. I probably have two customers that get perms."
The Pear Tree sells Redkin hair color, styling products, shampoo and conditioner as well the Global Keratin line for smoothing, and Moroccanoil.
Bobel and McVeigh's services are by appointment only. They each take between eight and 15 customers per day.
The two work Tuesday through Friday and every other Saturday. "Usually somebody's here by 10. On Wednesdays though we don't come in until noon."
Though McVeigh does not typically work on Mondays, "if that day worked for my client, of course I would come in and do their hair."
The Pear Tree Salon and Foundation massage therapy are both located at 103 N. Findlay St.