Burien Resident Retiring After 50 Years of Beauty

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Story and Photos by Theresa Frasch

Long time Burien resident, Jean Holler, is retiring after 50 years of beautifying women. On June 12, 1960 Jean picked up her first pair of scissors at Mr. Lee’s Beauty School in downtown Seattle and she has been behind a chair ever since. She’s cut hair in Aberdeen, at Nordstrom, and spent 26 years at Gene of Manhattan before coming to her last stop, Burien Salon, in Olde Burien.

Jean has been a part owner of the Burien Salon for 15 years. She had many customers that followed her from Gene’s – about a dozen of them have been with her for 40 years! Her oldest client is 94 years old. She’s seen many of her clients move on into assisted living. “They feel like family to me. Sometimes they just disappear and we don’t know where they’ve gone. Families need to tell us what’s going on, too.”

When I asked her how she felt about hanging up her comb and scissors she said she was going to miss the people the most. She loved her clients and she loved working with Kandie, Kathie, Karlene and the newest addition to the shop, Jennifer Reynolds.

Jean is going to travel with her free time. She already has a trip planned to see her daughter in California. Her girlfriends have also convinced her to try her hand at bowling. “No leagues, though,” she said. “I don’t want anything I have to commit to for awhile!”

Jean’s last day is June 30. She will be at the shop which is located at 919 SW 152nd St. from 9am until noon. Stop by and say goodbye.

Karlene and the rest of Burien Salon want you to know as Burien is changing and becoming a happening place, with the addition of their newest stylist, Jennifer Reynolds, they are keeping up the pace.

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