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After barber retires, Anderson opens salon

BBNPhoto/Heidi Dahms Foster<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->The historic memorabilia is gone, but the comfy barber chair remains at Thee Salon and Barber Shop in Mayer.

BBNPhoto/Heidi Dahms Foster<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->The historic memorabilia is gone, but the comfy barber chair remains at Thee Salon and Barber Shop in Mayer.

When Steve Rosinski decided it was time to hang up his scissors after more than 29 years as Mayer's barber, his longtime customers may have wondered where they would go to get a haircut and all the latest community news. No worries, though, because Judy Anderson has stepped up to fill the void.

All of the historic memorabilia that filled Rosinski's shop is gone, but the comfy old barber chair and cabinets are still there, and Anderson loves to visit with her clients, so it's a good bet plenty of community news will be passed along with the haircuts.

Anderson has dubbed her shop Thee Salon and Barber Shop, and along with men's haircuts, she'll offer salon styling.

Anderson, a Prescott native, most recently worked at the Prescott Resort. But she wanted to branch out on her own. Now a Prescott Valley resident, Anderson said every time she would drive by Mayer on her way to Phoenix, she was attracted to the area.

"I thought, 'I should put a salon here. I bet there's not that many services here, and people don't want to drive to Phoenix or Prescott,'" she said.

Anderson also wanted to offer a place where people could get haircuts and salon styling for a reasonable price in a tough economy. She and her two stylists each bring 35 years of experience in everything from precision haircuts, color, perms, shampoos and sets to "high styling." The salon also offers spa pedicures.

Later, if the demand is there, Anderson said the salon may offer manicure and nail services.

Thee Salon and Barber Shop has been open in the Ranchtown Plaza on Central Ave. in Mayer for two months, and Anderson said the reception has been great.

"Steve's clients have been coming in. I do most of the barbering, and my two ladies do both," she said.

Anderson said she has enjoyed styling hair since she was a child.

"My mother did all the church ladies' perms," she said. "I was little, and I would watch. It looked like so much fun, I decided I wanted to do that. I started doing people's hair, and I was artistic. I wanted to go to beauty school, but my dad said 'No way! You will not go to beauty school and waste that brain!' So I went to college instead."

After college, Anderson married and had five children. Then, when she was 30, she could do what she wanted, so she realized her dream and went to beauty school.

"I loved beauty school," she said. "It's art and psychology, and a fun way to make a living."

Her skills helped support her children, who all graduated from Prescott High School and Yavapai College, and then attended Brigham Young University in Utah. They all live in Utah now, and Anderson is looking forward to having her entire family, including her nine grandkids, visit for a week starting New Year's Eve.

Anderson said she strives to create a fun environment in her workplaces, and enjoys organizing and talking to people. Clients are welcome to walk in for barbering, and salon styling services are available by appointment. Thee Salon and Barber Shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and evenings by appointment. For salon appointments or more information, people can call 928-533-7515.

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