Karina Ramírez: Styl-O-Rama closes after 51 years in business

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Coming to the end of a trip always makes a traveler reflect on what will become lasting memories. That same feeling of nostalgia also happens to business owners when they decide to close up shop.

“It reminds me of that movie with Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts,” said Gail Everidge, owner of Styl-O-Rama Beauty Salon, an East McKinney Street shop that shuttered earlier this month.

“We had a TV in the back and the refrigerator,” she said, recalling a scene from Steel Magnolias, a 1989 movie that featured the relationship between longtime friends and customers of Truvy’s Beauty Parlor in Louisiana.

Styl-O-Rama Beauty Salon first opened its doors in 1961. It used to be at the old tax office and it was first owned by Louise Bartts, Everidge’s sister.

“Six years ago she passed away,” Everidge said, tears in her eyes. “It was her shop and we kept the same atmosphere. It was a family kind of thing.”

Everidge, now 68, began working as a hairdresser when she was 25 years old. Fellow stylist Barbara Grahl has worked at Styl-O-Rama for 40 years.

Everidge’s niece, Oynda Waggoner, also worked there.

“I loved the people,” Everidge said. “I loved doing hair and making them pretty.”

She said closing the business was in the best interest of her health. In recent years, Everidge has suffered a stroke and a heart attack.

“I felt it was time to give the shop up,” she said.

Everidge said the salon was the kind of place where people did not have to dress up to go there. And for her, the biggest reward was seeing the customers come in feeling a little down but leave with a smile on their face.

“It was a very good feeling,” she said. “It has been an awesome career.”

To celebrate 51 years in business, Everidge’s best friend, Helen Hutto, and Everidge’s daughter, Amy Hall, hosted a retirement party March 10.

“We had a lot of people here — 100 people came,” Everidge said. “They wanted us to be able to tell our customers goodbye.”

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DentonRadio.com, an online radio station featuring Denton-only music, officially launched two months ago.

The site was created by Jake Laughlin, a 22-year-old who wanted to give a boost to Denton’s undiscovered talent.

He raised the money for the website through the crowd-sourcing website Peerbackers.

“We actually did not reach our final goal,” he said. But he had enough to launch the online radio station.

Laughlin is planning a few changes and updates in the coming months: a revamped website and an application for smartphones.

“We’re really excited about the app,” Laughlin said. “We’re just having a whole lot of fun growing.”

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Doing everything through a mobile device is just a sign of the times.

A new survey from the Federal Reserve said one out of five American consumers use their mobile phone to access their bank accounts, credit card information or conduct other financial business. One out of five also indicated they were planning to use mobile banking in the future.

The survey revealed users’ age was a big factor in whether they used a mobile phone for banking. People between the ages of 18 and 29 make up about 44 percent of the mobile banking users, compared to 22 percent of all mobile phone users.

People age 60 and over account for only 6 percent of all mobile banking users, but 24 percent of mobile phone users, the results showed. The survey also found a higher level of mobile banking usage among black consumers (16 percent) and Latino consumers (17 percent), relative to 11 percent and 13 percent of mobile phone users, respectively.

The survey was conducted on behalf of the Board by Knowledge Networks, an online consumer research firm. Data was collected between Dec. 22 and Jan. 9. A total of 3,382 e-mail solicitations were sent out, and 2,290 individuals completed the survey fully, for a cooperation rate of 68 percent, according to the Fed.

 

Coming up

The Argyle Chamber of Commerce will host a Leads Luncheon at Gourmet Pantry and Cafe, 600 S. U.S. Highway 377, at noon on Wednesday.

Lunch will be served from the cafe menu, and guests are welcome.

 

Staff writer Rachel Mehlhaff contributed to this report.

 

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is kramirez@dentonrc.com.


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