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Uptown Salon, in Jeannette 35 years, offers wigs

| Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Uptown Salon is on Clay Avenue in Jeannette.
Margie Stanislaw | The Jeannette Spirit
Uptown Salon is on Clay Avenue in Jeannette.
The interior of Uptown Salon has a unique design.
Margie Stanislaw | The Jeannette Spirit
The interior of Uptown Salon has a unique design.
Lou Ann Lohr and Julie Schmidt pose by the wig display in Uptown Salon.
Margie Stanislaw | The Jeannette Spirit
Lou Ann Lohr and Julie Schmidt pose by the wig display in Uptown Salon.

A resident of Penn Township who lives near Bushy Run, Lou Ann Lohr has operated a beauty salon in the City of Jeannette for 35 years.

Uptown Salon has been in its current location at 212 Clay Ave. for 22 years. Prior to being on Clay Avenue, the shop was located at the corner of Second and Clay for 15 years and for five years it was located on Lowry Avenue.

In addition to herself, Lohr has four stylists, Gloria Hozempa, Ruth Bush, Pam Serlo and Cecilia Marshall, all of Jeannette. Lohr is “always looking for new stylists.”

Uptown Salon also specializes in wigs.

“We work with the cancer society,” said Lohr. “We've done wigs for about 14 years. I used to have a commercial on TV and it really grew from that.”

The wigs are displayed in the back of the salon and Lohr and her staff can assist ladies who are in the market for wigs as a result of medical treatment or just for a new look.

Lohr is a graduate of Penn Trafford high school, and did her stylist training at the Greensburg Beauty Academy. Upon her graduation, she worked at Troutman's Department Store in Greensburg, but then decided to open her own salon in Jeannette.

Customer Julie Schmidt has been with Lohr since the beginning.

“She has been my customer since I worked at Troutman's 42 years ago,” said Lohr, who has customers from all over the surrounding area and even as far away as New Kensington.

Another specialty at Uptown Salon is that Lohr and her staff still do roller sets and teasing.

“A lot of shops don't do that, but we still do,” said Lohr.

Even though Lohr and her staff do the roller sets and teasing for older customers, the women also do updated styles using curling irons and blow dryers.

Uptown Salon is a full-service salon offering facial waxing, color, cuts, shampoos, perms, roller sets, teasing and wigs. The salon is open Monday through Saturday. Hours vary and appointments are necessary.

To schedule an appointment, call 724-527-1044.

Margie Stanislaw is a contributing writer.

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