By Starrla Cray
DELANO, MN Sue Pettis has only been the barber/hair stylist at The Legacy in Delano since April 1, but she’s a social butterfly who doesn’t need much time to make friends.
“I’ve been so amazed with how wonderful the people are who live here,” Pettis said. “I want to stay here as long as I can.”
In her shop on the first floor of the senior living center (1350 St. Peter Ave. E), the pleasant sound of laughter and chitchat can be heard almost non-stop.
Upbeat music fills the air, and sunshine filters in through a large window.
Many of the clients are residents and staff of The Legacy, but members of the public are welcome to make appointments, as well.
Pettis calls her shop “Hair for All Time,” and she is skilled at doing hair for men, women, and children of all ages.
“I have been a licensed barber/stylist for 35 years in the Golden Valley area,” she said.
Pettis loved her work and her customers in Golden Valley, but had been looking for something closer to home.
“I live in Mound, and my daughter lives in Delano,” she said. When the opportunity arose to serve at The Legacy, Pettis said it felt like an answer to prayer.
Now, she’s less than a mile away from her daughter, Shadow Rae Felknor; son-in-law, Brad; and grandson, Logan.
The stylist who had previously been at The Legacy, Mariann Hansen of Monticello, also found work near her home.
“She got to be closer to home, and I got to be closer to home,” Pettis said. “It just worked out nicely.”
Good hair days
Pettis, a 1969 graduate of Mound High School, studied commercial art in college.
She later got a job as a receptionist at Golden Razor Salons in the Twin Cities area. Pretty soon, however, Pettis decided that she wanted to join the hairstylists.
“I thought, ‘they’re having all the fun, and I’m sitting at a desk,’” she said.
After her training, Golden Razor Salons hired her as a stylist.
“The guys who started the Golden Razor were good friends of mine,” Pettis said.
Since then, Pettis hasn’t looked back.
“I like the fun of it,” she said. “I like the social aspect getting to know people, and the interaction with everybody.”
The customers at The Legacy are “adorable,” according to Pettis.
She especially enjoys joking with the ones who understand her sense of humor.
“A train whistle blew outside, and I said, ‘your date’s in the driveway,’” Pettis recalled telling a woman in her 80s.
Not missing a beat, her client responded, “My dates come to the door.”
Pettis enjoys building relationships with her clients and making them feel at home.
“Everybody becomes family after awhile,” she said.
The Legacy residents and staff, as well as members of the public, should call ahead to schedule an appointment. Pettis can be reached directly at (612) 760-2220.
Hair for All Time is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays from 1 to 6 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays by appointment only.