Stylists, clients at Northgate Beauty Salon reminisce, look to future

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GREENFIELD — If the walls of Northgate Beauty Salon could talk, they’d be full of lots of laughter, tears and a few secrets.

“You know how it is in a beauty shop,” joked owner Becky Colip. “We’re (clients’) friends, doctors, psychiatrists, lawyers and everything else.”

The shop has seen its fair share of good, bad and ugly memories in the 50 years since it opened in 1961 in a small space at the back of Northgate Plaza. Four years later, the salon moved to its permanent home: a yellow house on Ellis Drive in the plaza.

Stylists and clients have come and gone; they’ve seen deaths, births, marriages and everything in between – all of it, Colip said, adding up to lots of great memories.

Those are the things Colip, her stylists and their core of longtime clients will take with them when that old yellow house gets Northgate and the Chicago’s Pizza that sits in front of it on State Street will be torn down by the shopping plaza owner, making way for a larger Chicago’s that will open in the fall.

With all their happy memories and, hopefully, clients, the women of Northgate will move out of the yellow house, across State Street and into a new space in McKenzie Plaza.

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