[cleeng_content id="240785167" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]Open house to celebrate Doug White’s 50 years in the business
RANSON – Doug White is very clear: Saturday’s open house at his salon here is a celebration, not a retirement party.
“I have absolutely no interest in retiring,” explains the 68-year-old owner of Head Hunters Salon and Day Spa. “I love what I do too much to think about giving it up.”
Instead, the attention-shy White is going along with the idea proposed by his daughter-in-law Sharae White, Head Hunters’ office manager, and holding an open house to celebrate Head Hunters’ 40th anniversary as well as his 50th year in the hair-care business.
“Forty years running a salon and 50 years of cutting hair – that’s definitely worth a celebration,” said Sharae White, a Summit Point resident who is married to White’s oldest son, Patrick. “It’s such a milestone.”
Saturday’s open house at the salon at 212 W. Third Ave. begins at 5 p.m. and will include refreshments, door prizes, salon specials and free consultations.
Celebrating his long tenure this way puts him “way outside” his comfort zone, explained White, who spent his childhood in Kabletown on his family’s dairy farm.
But White is pleased that the consultations are part of the open house lineup.
“The only way to keep me happy is to put me behind the chair and let me work on hair,” he said. “Work doesn’t seem like work when you do what you love.”
White started his career in hair care not long after graduating from Charles Town High School.
His mother’s brother worked as a barber in Shepherdstown, so Doug White had seen the career up close over the years.
But as he and his high school sweetheart Patricia raised their three sons, White found he wasn’t completely satisfied working as a barber.
He was contemplating leaving the business, but then in the early 1970s, a friend invited him to visit his unisex salon in Pittsburgh.
White found that this work – including keeping up with the latest trends in hair coloring, styles and other pampering – delivered the challenge he’d been looking for and also gave him an enormous sense of satisfaction.
“I absolutely couldn’t get enough of it,” he said. “It’s been such a wonderful way to spend a career, getting to help my wonderful clients look and feel their best. I love being able to help people.”
Women make up about 70 percent of his clientele these days and his salon also offers massage and Thai-style nail service.
Sharae White said she and members of their extended family, including her husband and his brothers and sisters-in-law, Jason and Ginger White of Shepherdstown and Ryan and Sherry White of Middleway, all feel eager to celebrate White’s accomplishments.
She also hopes clients come out for the open house and bring along their friends and family. Others who may never have crossed paths with White are invited, too.
“It’s going to be a fun night,” Sharae White said. “He’s so modest and that’s a wonderful quality for anyone to have, but when you have clients who have been with you for decades, when you’ve provided service that goes above expectations for decades – come on, that’s an achievement. That’s something you’ve got to celebrate.”
WANT TO CELEBRATE?
What: “Fabulous Fifty” Open House
Why: Owner Doug White started his career 50 years ago
Where: Head Hunters Salon and Day Spa, 212 W. Third Ave. in Ranson
When: 5 p.m. Saturday
To RSVP: The public is welcome, but those who plan to attend are asked to call 304-725-8080 by Thursday