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Bridgeville beautician calls it a career after 37 years

| Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 9:03 p.m.
Randy Jarosz | For The Bridgeville Area News
JoAnn Mendys stands outside of her salon at 438 Washington Ave. in Bridgeville, where she worked for 37 years and is now retired.
JoAnn Mendys prepares an old hair dryer to be taken from her hair salon in Bridgeville.
JoAnn Mendys talks about old times as she dusts a child booster seat.

After 37 years of operating JoAnn's Beauty Salon at 438 Washington Ave. in Bridgeville, owner JoAnn Mendys hung up her apron and put away her shears for the last time this month.

JoAnn closed on Oct. 19 after perming, dying and cutting the hair of her Bridgeville clients for more than three decades.

Mendys plans to retire but said that closing her “homey, small-town shop” was bittersweet.

“I am so totally grateful to all my clients, past and present, who have been so loyal,” she said. “So many have come to be my friends as well as my clients … It's a treasure to know all of these people.”

The decision to close came when Mendys' impending shoulder surgery coincided with another Bridgeville salon's interest in relocating into the building.

“It would have taken four or five months to recover, and I'm at the age, past the age really, of retirement,” said Mendys.

What she'll miss most about her shop, she said, is the camaraderie she felt with her clients, who came to JoAnn's Beauty Salon for conversations over baked goods and coffee as well as their haircuts and perms.

“We laughed together, we cried together,” said Mendys, who said her clients accommodated her needs and supported her after her daughter's death last July.

“This has been my life,” said Mendys. “It's really been wonderful.”

Kelly Shea is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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