RoseAnn Samuelson will be showing her gratitude to friends and customers Saturday for 15 successful years as owner of Salon 2000.
Mrs. Samuelson will be hosting a celebration at the salon, which is located at 210 W. Fifth St., Jamestown, with free hot dogs and soda pop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prizes will be given away every 15 minutes and to every 15th customer. Also, JJ Jingles the Clown will be at the business from 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. doing face painting and balloon characters. Free cotton candy will be provided to paying customers, as well.
Mrs. Samuelson said creating the salon was fulfilling a dream she has had since childhood. She started her ongoing 35-year career by going to beautician school and then styling hair at home well raising her three daughters and babysitting six other children.
From left, RoseAnn Samuelson, Salon 2000 owner, Tina Ruszkowski, Christina Pollaro and Heidi Smith will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of Salon 2000, with Pam Riffel and Dawn Town (not pictured), Saturday, April 14. During the celebration, there will be free hot dogs and soda pop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with prizes given away every 15 minutes and to every 15th customer. Salon 2000 is located at 210 W. Fifth St., Jamestown.
P-J photo by Dennis Phillips
''I found myself doing hair at nap time in my basement that I converted into a salon,'' she said. ''I had hopes of someday pursuing my dream and career of being a beautician.''
Mrs. Samuelson said once her oldest daughter was old enough to drive, she left her basement to join a local salon.
''It was there that I realized doing hair is my passion. I enjoyed making people feel and look better about themselves,'' she said. ''The longer I did hair, the more confident I became. I went from being a part-time employee to a full-time beautician.''
The next move for Mrs. Samuelson was to start her own salon. With support from her family, Mrs. Samuelson started Salon 2000, which is a booth rental business that allows the other beauticians to be independent.
''Seven of the 10 girls decided to join me on my adventure, and some of them have moved on to own their own businesses,'' she said. ''It is hard to believe 15 years has gone by. I truly am happy to have met and worked with so many talented beauticians.''
Mrs. Samuelson said she knew she had made the right career decision when she started noticing unique coincidences.
''When I found my location, it was almost fate. I decide to name the salon, 'Salon 2000,' because of the beginning of the new century. It just so happened that the phone number 664-2000 was available and the alley running along the building is named Rose Alley. My first name is RoseAnn.''
Salon 2000 is known for accepting walk-in traffic, with men's haircuts costing $10.
''This is a great location. We get a lot of walk-ins. People can walk in and be out in 10 minutes with a haircut,'' she said. ''We're a family-priced salon. We keep it affordable for the community, with experienced girls that know what they are doing.''
One of the aspects Mrs. Samuelson is most proud of when it comes to owning her business is giving back to the community. Salon 2000 helps with the Junior Miss competition and raises money for breast cancer awareness and collects food for the Salvation Army.
Salon 2000 is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.