Although Rachael Patburg graduated from Glen Dow Academy of Hair Design in January, she never expected to open her own salon only a few months later.
Patburg, a 2007 Jenkins High School graduate, owns Hair Candy located at 107 N. Park Street. She shares the building with Katrina Worrell, who moved her barber shop to that building about two and a half years ago.
Patburg offers men and women’s haircuts and color, deep conditioning, updos and facial waxing at “extremely cheap” rates, she said.
Hair Candy is not in competition with Katrina’s Barber Shop, Patburg said, but instead they complement each other by offering different services and atmosphere. Patburg takes appointments in addition to walk-ins and especially enjoys coloring hair while Worrell only accepts walk-ins and does not offer any chemical treatments.
Worrell also said there is a separate clientele for both types of services, and they do not interfere.
“Katrina sends me a lot of business,” Patburg said. “It’s been great.”
The adjoining businesses make it convenient for clients to get all the services they need, she said, and is also good for couples because they can get their hair done at the same time at whatever place they prefer.
Patburg studied pre-pharmacy at Eastern Washington University for three years after high school until the Pharmacy program at EWU (run by Washington State University) was cut due to funding. With that and other challenges she was facing at the time, Patburg took some time off from college to reevaluate her plans for the future and started a course at Glen Dow Academy in Spokane.
“I wanted to do something for myself,” she said.
Patburg said she has always “loved” doing hair. Although she did everyone’s hair for formal dances in high school, she never thought of it as a career at that time. However, near the end of her course at Glen Dow, Patburg said she really started to think of it as something more serious.
She never planned to own her own salon right away, and that has added different challenges, she said. However, when a job opportunity in Colville fell through, she decided to look into other options.
Worrell said she had always had an open mind about allowing a salon in the building and saw Patburg as a good fit. They also share the building with Debra Ransom from AKA Beads. Patburg said all three of them get along well.
The thing that sets Hair Candy apart from other salons in town is the prices, Patburg said. For the best example, full color costs $60 with an additional $10 for a cut. She also drops her updo prices during homecoming and prom season so that the younger customers can afford a more professional job.
“I still have to survive but understand that it’s a small town,” Patburg said.
“I love doing hair,” she added. “If I was worried about making money, I would go back to pharmacy.”
Also, Patburg said she does not encourage a gossipy salon scene that many people look to avoid.
Patburg is glad to be back in Chewelah having grown up here all her life. She said she likes the small town because of its supportive community and the way everyone looks out for everyone else.
Patburg is also happy to be close to her family again. She worked with her father everyday for a month to get the salon ready since Worrell was previously using the space as an office.
“My parents are willing to help as long as I am willing to help,” Patburg said.
Patburg officially opened Hair Candy on April 20 after completing renovations such as redoing the floors and repainting walls.
“I definitely would not have been able to do this without my mom and dad and grandparents, they got me this far,” she said.
Hair Candy is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Patburg also takes clients during off hours by appointment only.
For more information, or to make an appointment, call Hair Candy at 509-936-1442.
By Kellie Trudeau, The Independent Staff
In This Photo: Rachael Patburg of Hair Candy helps Kelsie Sulgrove with a color correction on Aug. 3. Kellie Trudeau photo