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Beauty shop closes after 20 years

The Inter-Mountain photos by Edgar Kelley Lisa’s Beauty Shop closed its doors recently after 20 years in business. From left are owner Lisa Runner, Linda Shreve and Reeda Arbogast.

ELKINS — A beauty salon that had been in business for 20 years closed recently, in part due to the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I really don’t think that a lot of people other than our regular customers know that we are here,” chuckled owner Lisa Runner, of Lisa’s Beauty Shop. “But we’ve been at this same spot the past 20 years.”

The salon on the Beverly Five-Lane, which opened its doors in the spring of 2001, said its final farewell on Feb. 26, the last day of business for the shop, which was staffed by Runner, Linda Shreve and Reeda Arbogast.

Shreve started working at the shop a month after it opened, while Arbogast came aboard in 2004.

“We all get along and we’re all just like sisters,” Shreve said. “We have some customers that have been coming to see us the entire time we’ve been here, and we still have a few that come over to see us clear from the Mouth of Seneca. I’m definitely going to miss it here. I’ve loved every minute of it.”

Reeda Arbogast from Lisa’s Beauty Shop puts some finishing touches on the hair of Betty Hornick. Hornick was one of the final customers at the shop as it closed its doors for good.

Like many small businesses across the country, COVID-19 has had an effect on Lisa’s Beauty Shop during the past year, and is one of the main reasons the shop is calling it quits.

“COVID really hurt the business a good bit the past year, mostly because we couldn’t have as many people in the shop because of the distancing thing, and a lot of our people were afraid to come out,” Runner said. “Some of our customers really didn’t have the money either because of COVID. It really impacted us a lot.”

Runner said she thought about the possibility of staying open, but because her co-workers are at a point in their lives when they can retire, she decided to shut the doors.

“The girls are old enough to retire and I didn’t want to be here by myself and try to hold it all down in the middle of this pandemic,” Runner said. “So I just decided to close it up. We’re all going to start a new chapter in our lives and remain together as much as we can.”

Even though having some time off will be a welcome break for Runner, there are still some things she is going to miss.

“I’m going to miss the girls, but I wouldn’t miss the hassle of the business,” Runner said. “And I’m going to absolutely miss a lot of our customers who have been coming in to see us for all these years.”

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