My name is Pam Perry, owner and operator of Studio 3 in A Cut A Head Salon in Menomonee Falls. We have been looking forward to a renovation in our area for many years. Our salon houses 13 independent business. The owners of the salon have put many thousands of dollars into the salon over 21 years to keep it up to date and pleasing to the community and our clients.
At present we are very disappointed. The existing plans do not include our salon. The two main owners are in negotiations to try to save a 20 feet wide part of our salon. So far there has been no communication back on this issue.
My heart breaks for the main owners. They have spent their entire lives in this community. They grew up, went to school, met and married, had children in this community. They have also chosen to work in salons in the area and then to eventually own and operate a salon in the same home town they have committed their lives to. They have also used area vendors to build and maintain their business.
This may be an old fashioned, down home commitment, but it is an extremely honorable one. A Cut A Head is not only a salon for hair care services, it is a meeting and greeting place for people of all ages not only from this community, but from places as far as Muskego, wind Lake, Jackson--the list goes on and on. For many of our seniors it is a place for them to chat, laugh and consol each other in life's ups and downs. We as stylists feel our salon is like family. A support system that only comes with time, energy and friendliness. We just don't do hair and make a living. We listen, tell jokes, hug and consol, just as family would do. We help when times are tough for people.
The crime big business does is to break up community gathering places; places that make people feel comfortable, accepted and appreciated. Our salon is a place that gives them time or that they can feel comfortable enough and stay for another cup of coffee and chat with friends.
If big business would help to work together with compromises, physically and financially with small business the community can flourish in many ways, providing a better life for everyone.
Life isn't always about making money. We need to care about some of the little things in life and care for each other also.
Please keep these thoughts in mind as the planning continues and the first official meeting on May 10 proceeds.
Pam Perry Studio 3 (20 years at A Cut A Head Salon)
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