Caro has more than a handful of beauty salons, but Erin Maguire figures there’s room for one more.
“I live in Fairgrove and I’m from Mayville, and I have a lot of customers that come from Mayville, or Fairgrove, or Cass City,” said Maguire, 42, manager of Generations of Beauty salon that opened in early November at 119 N. State St.
“Caro is kind of the center for everybody to come to. And a lot of the salons in town here are full – they don’t have room for other chairs, for (stylists) to come in.
“One (hairstylist) that just started here left another place because she wanted to work more days. She could only get two day shifts at the other place because the chairs were booked the rest of the time. So she came here.”
The salon is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Walk-in customers are welcome. A stand-up tanning booth, and a tanning bed, are in operation.
“Eventually we’ll have another tanning unit and another stand-up booth, so we’ll have four units,” Maguire said. “Not very many salons offer tanning anymore. Some people still like to tan, and some people don’t.
“But I have had people who’ve been wanting to tan, so we figured we would put a couple booths in, and see how it does.”
Scott and Lisa Putman, owners of Bullet Auto & Truck Service Center in Caro, own Generations of Beauty salon, where their daughter, Kasia Giddings, is a licensed cosmetologist. Maguire, who is Scott Putman’s cousin, said “a bunch of us” toiled for months to restore the salon’s interior.
“My cousin Scott and my husband (Duane Maguire) and my cousin’s father-in-law, Paul Quinn from Fostoria, did a lot of the work,” Erin Maguire said. “It’s amazing what they brought it back to. I love the look. It’s really homey in here. You just walk in and it has that vibe.
“They took it back to the original. There was carpet on the floors, and that was pulled up, and some of the hardwood strips had to be taken off, and we had to clean the strips and lay them back down (on the floor).”
Workers removed plaster from walls and took out an artificial ceiling.
“A lot of times, when you’re restoring something, it takes longer than new construction,” Maguire said. “With the ceiling, we had to chip all the paint. Then that was all painted. All the heat and everything ran through the ceiling, so they took all that down and moved the (ductwork).”
Maguire said she and Scott Putman “had an aunt that did hair, and she passed away about 28 years ago, so then that’s why I went into doing hair.”
“Then Scott’s daughter, Kasia, just got her (cosmetologist’s) license, too,” added Maguire. “So we’ve got three generations. That’s how we came up with the ‘Generations’ in the salon title.”
Erin (Hormel) Maguire, a 1995 Mayville High School graduate, has worked about 25 years as a cosmetologist at several locations. She aims to pass her knowledge to Giddings and other stylists.
“I’d like to teach her a little bit more of the fundamentals that I’ve learned,” Maguire said. “I do a lot of things differently than what they do at the (cosmetology) school. When I started out, I worked at Grondin’s (Hair Center) in Caro, and that’s where I learned a lot of my techniques, and how to do things.
“I would kind of like to cater to some of the girls coming out of the beauty school, and help them a little bit on their way.” Maguire said.
Morgan Avery and Jackie Harsen, both licensed cosmetologists, also work at Generations of Beauty. Readers may call 989-672-1515 for appointments.
While Caro, population 4,000, may offer its share of salons, a few have fallen by the wayside recently, according to Maguire.
“There have been some that have closed up in the last few years,” Maguire said, “and we just felt we needed something a little bit more.”
Tom Gilchrist is a staff writer for The Advertiser. He can be reached at email@example.com.