Family Hair Care
After a combined 121 years of service and providing thousands of hair styles, pedicures, highlights and colors and yes, waxing, the ladies of Family Hair Care are heading into retirement.
It began in 1984 when Tracy Summers went to work for Paula King of Beaverton, and her mother Sharon Clark worked for Belva Govitz who also had a beauty shop in the community, and a year later the mother, daughter duo started their own salon in the M-18 garage of relatives Bob and Marian Fassett.
In 1989 Tracy and her mother and business partner, Sharon Clark took the next step and purchased their own salon building, moving into the Beaverton Dairy Bar annex building and were then joined by Peggy Neville in the fall of the same year. The trio outgrew that location and moved into the current FHC location in 2014 purchasing the building which was formerly Dr. Duane Woods Dentistry located across from Huntington Bank. They remained there until their official retirement at the end of December.
Over the years, the FHC team was involved in numerous community projects including Beaverton Area Business Association and Lions Club efforts, like the Say Yes to the Dress program a project of offering gently used prom dresses, makeup and hair care to area youth. The group also assisted with Rock the Park, Spring Fling, Lions Christmas Basket Program, and serving as special ‘makeup’ artists for annual Fourth of July parade participants among others.
When asked how she landed on the profession, Tracy said “I took part in school aptitude tests and they said, you’d be good a funeral director or cosmetologist.” “I felt like I was helping people feel positive about themselves and in retirement and we’ll miss the relationships with all the clients who have become our friends.” She added.
When asked what it’s like to work with her mother Sharon and friend Peggy in the family business, Tracy said, “We had so much fun working together. I always say, I’ll have to do whatever mom says, or I’ll get grounded.” The Pair retires with a combined 71 years of experience. Neville completes her career with a total of 50 years.
The FHC Salon building is currently for sale and the group hopes that another business will come in and serve the community with half the love and passion that they gave to Beaverton.