A troubled economy and shifting traffic patterns have forced Findley to close her store at 220 Nelson St., after nearly four decades of business. She will, however, continue to follow her passion in a new location. Not one to take a day off, she starts work today at her new home at Salon 120 downtown at 112 W. Main St., in Cartersville.
In 1970, Cartersville Plaza was a prime location and the Beauty Center was its first salon. Traffic has since shifted away from the once busy plaza leaving a row of empty storefronts. Before moving to the Cartersville Plaza the Beauty Center was originally located downtown not far from Salon 120.
"I wanted to go back downtown and they've got a good salon and I can work with them and be an employee and I can do my share of work and not have to work such long hours opening the doors and closing the doors," Findley said. "I think I'll enjoy being an employee after all the work I've put in as an owner."
Findley takes a unique approach to the situation looking forward to a new challenge. "It wasn't really a hard decision to make. I just think it's a new horizon to start," she said.
Besides working regularly at Salon 120, Findley plans do some traveling, taking a much needed vacation - her first in 10 years. Beginning a new endeavor, she plans to sell insurance as well.
Grateful for her customers and employees, Findley takes pride in the relationships formed with both. Her longest customer is now 93 years old and was one of Findley's first customers when she began in 1970.
As for employees, she has taken great delight in employing hundreds of hair dressers and training a generation of stylists. She has continually been involved in mentoring programs with local high schools and giving working experience to students with special needs.
Owners of Salon 120, Kenneth and Tammy Jones, are glad to welcome Findley aboard their operation. Findley will bring with her the Beauty Center's phone number and any loyal customers that choose to come with her.
"She's been looking for a while and after looking at all the salons, she decided to hang her hat at Salon 120," Kenneth Jones said. "She just felt really comfortable here.
"She liked the location and the conveniences. We're glad we can help her in that transition."
As one chapter comes to an end, Findley sees another one beginning and this time she plans to take some time for herself. "I want to thank the customers for patronizing us but it's time to have some fun and be an employee," she said.