BY JACLYN ROSE –
In 2008, Karen Lance, a veteran hair stylist with 30 years experience, purchased Bobbie Pins Salon and moved it to its new location on Highway 71 South. “The building was a home back in the day with a white picket fence. I remodeled the old house and turned it into a salon and spa that still has that down-home feeling when you walk in the door. We want our family, friends, and clients to feel welcome and right at home,” explained Lance.
Bobbie Pins is opened Monday through Saturday and offers shampoos, haircuts, and styling for men, women and children, hair color, highlights, low lights, perms, waxing, manicures, pedicures, acrylic nails, and spray on tans. Additionally, Lance is a licensed massage therapist and has 10 years experience performing mild, medium or deep tissue massage, including hot stone and hot packs and essential oils for pain and tight, sore, tired muscles. “We come in early and stay late to accommodate our customers. Water and coffee is always on hand and we welcome walk-ins,” said Lance.
A mother of three and a grandmother to seven, Lance puts a great deal of focus on family. “I love everything about being a mother, the good and the bad, and I love the way that raising them in a small town makes you feel like you have a large extended family. The closeness of the community in Polk County is wonderful,” said Lance. “My mother is a hard worker and a great person with a big heart. She takes care of everything and everyone,” added Lance’s daughter Meagan, a cosmetologist who has worked at Bobbie Pins for the past four years but is currently taking a leave of absence to be home with her husband Nick and to raise her infant son, Zayne.
LaManda, a licensed cosmetologist has been with Bobbie Pins since 2009 and as a color tech with all nutrient color, she specializes in coloring hair. Recently, Lance hired three new stylists, all of which are recent graduates of Rich Mountain Cosmetology School: Kellie, Kayla and Mariah, all are certified to cut and color hair, as well as, do manicures, pedicures and acrylic nails.
Lance and her girls believe there is more to their work than simply improving a person’s outward appearance. “Being a hair stylist and a massage therapist is not just a job, it is a ministry. We listen to our client’s stories, good and bad, and sometimes they listen to ours, but over the years God has brought a lot of people across my path, some of them hurting or going through something and just needing a shoulder or maybe they were my shoulder at times. I always try to be sensitive to their feelings and needs and offer encouragement and prayers when needed. We want our clients to look good and feel good when they leave our shop. We like our atmosphere here at Bobbie Pins to be uplifting and inspirational,” explained Lance.
“My friendly staff and I are a team and we are committed to work together to serve others and to be the best that we can be. Over the years, we’ve have our ups and downs but whether in business or in family or just in life in general, I stand on the scripture Romans 8:28, ‘All things work together for the good to them who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.’ We believe we are called to serve,” explained Lance.