FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Fort St. John institute in hair styling is celebrating 30 years in business, and is kicking off summer with a major event this Saturday.
The Hair Bin Salon and Barbershop opened on April Fool’s Day 1986, and has been buzzing, trimming, and coiffing hair in the Energetic City ever since. Hair Bin owner Lorraine Isenbecker opened the salon with five stylists on that day. Rhona Hardz and Chris Dawe are still working at the Hair Bin to this day. Isenbecker was originally trained as a councillor, before deciding to cut hair and learn her craft in Grande Prairie. She is also a Red Seal certified barber, has worked with a training program onboard a cruise ship, and has sat on the board of the Cosmetology Industry Association of BC.
In the past 30 years, the salon has grown to two locations, and now has a staff of 40, including those at the Health & Body Wellness and Spa. Isenbecker says that the key to her success in business for the past thirty years has been her priority to providing top-notch customer service. Since opening the spa, Isenbecker says that the thing she misses the most is being behind the chair and cutting hair, as she loves the creative part of the industry. Though having to manage two locations means that she doesn’t work behind the chair much anymore, Isenbecker still tries to make it out to the front of house to meet customers and check up at least once every day. The salon also works closely with the hair stylist school in town, training local apprentices.
This Saturday, The Hair Bin will be opening at 9:00 AM, and will be offering hair cuts on a first-come first-served basis for the same prices as when it opened in 1986. All proceeds from the day will be going towards the Fort St. John Cadets’ upcoming trip to the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France. 25 cadets are confirmed to be making the journey, and Isenbecker hopes that the salon will raise enough money so that all 36 will be able to make it. As well, the salon will have a party in the parking lot, complete with a BBQ, music, balloons, and face-painting. At 2:00 PM, Councillor Dan Davies will be doing the draw for the Hair Bin’s $10,000 Customer Appreciation contest.