MASSENA - One of Massenas longest serving beauticians has found a new home after being forced out of the Sunrise Mall.
Noras Hair Care, which is owned and operated by Nora A. Irish, had been located at the mall for 28 years, but like Sunrise Malls other tenants she was faced with coming up with nearly $3,000 to keep the electricity on in the building or finding a new home for her business.
I was afraid. It was the first time in all my years that I didnt have a place to work, and I wasnt ready to give it up, she said, adding she would like to make it to 50 years working as a beautician.
Ive been doing this 48 years, she said, explaining she began her career working at Garys Hair Stylists on Main Street and then worked at Salon De Mi Ladi for 13 years before going into business with Julie Serviss at the Sunrise Mall 28 years ago.
Ive been there for almost 30 years. Ive seen four owners over that time and then someone slaps you with that. Its like, Gosh, I have 9 days.
Im not ready to quit yet, she said, adding that Eric Wescott and his wife, Joan, as well as her son, Scott Irish, and his wife, Mary Ann, who is a hair stylist at the Highland Nursing Home, have been very supportive in helping to keep her in business.
Joan said, Eric will do all the work, and well take it out in haircuts, Ms. Irish recalled.
Since moving into her new home at 3 Church St., Mr. Irish said business has been great.
Its been wonderful, she said.
When asked if she had set hours, Ms. Irish laughed and said, From the time I wake up until I go to bed, whenever Im needed.
Walk-ins are accepted, but Ms. Irish said appointments are preferred.
Im pretty busy, but sometimes they (walk-ins) hit it just right, she said.
To make an appointment, call 764-0015.