DENTON — The Caroline County Commissioners issued a proclamation of excellence to Magic Mirror Hair Studio, founded by Nancy Callahan, which opened its doors on June 2, 1970 and is still going strong 50 years later.
Callahan is a 1964 graduate of then Sudlersville High School (now Queen Anne’s County High School) and a 1965 graduate of the Dover Best Beauty School.
She started working the business by herself before hiring two people in September of 1970 and currently has approximately 150 recurring customers.
“I’d say that 40 percent of my customers have been regulars of mine for more than 30 years,” Callahan said. “Many have passed away or live in assisted living and that has lowered the percentage some.”
Callahan credits her husband Sonny for the success of the business over the years as he helped bring the studio to life by clearing out land to move a building from Church Hill, Md. to the studio’s current location.
“Sonny and I got married in 1966 and he has always helped me with my bookkeeping,” she said. “My proudest moment in the last 50 years has been being able to raise my children and continue with the business.”
The secret to their success has come with the way Callahan treats her customers.
“When people come for an appointment we are always on time, that is important to me,” she said. “We treat customers the way we want to be treated and how they would want us to treat them.”
“Our honesty with our customers is important as well,” she said. “If a customer doesn’t need something, we tell them. Their loyalty has kept us going for many years.”
The pandemic caused the salon to close from April 6 — June 5 but as of June 6, they are open for business.
“We encourage people to give us a call to make an appointment,” she said. “Depending on what you need done, we should be able to see you in a day or two.”
Social distancing guidelines have come into play as all stylists and customers are required to wear a mask and the facility has been using extra sanitizer.
“We ensure that we are providing a safe environment for our customers,” she said. “Our prices are reasonable and we never gouge anyone.”
Callahan is very thankful to all the people that has supported her business over the years and still thinks she has a few years left in her.
“I would like to express my appreciation and thanks to all the loyal and occasional customers over the past 50 years. It has been a wonderful journey and I look forward to continuing for as long as I am able,” said Callahan.
“I would like to thank those special stylists and assistants who have worked with me over the many years. It has been my privilege and pleasure to serve many women, men and children. You have helped make my business successful and I cherish your friendship. Thanks for the memories.”