Every month throughout 2015, the Phelps Chamber of Commerce is shining the spotlight on a member to be honored as Woman Owned Business of the Month. For March, that special recognition is given to a local woman who has maintained a staple beauty salon on Main Street for over 40 years.
Even as a little girl who practiced on her dolls, Bonnie Wellman Detro always knew she wanted to be a hairdresser. That passion stuck with her as she grew started working for Candy Jones on Flint St. Gradually, she took over the business as Candy wanted to stay home with a new baby.
Eventually, Bonnie was ready to move into a new location, and she knew where it would be. At the time, it was a liquor store so she rented a booth at Bev’s Beauty Shop on Ontario St. until her new place was ready.
On February 6 in 1973, Bonnie first opened the door (of 81 Main St. in Downtown Phelps) for business She had just turned 21. When Bonnie’s Beauty Boutique opened, the cost was $2 for a haircut, $3.50 for a wash & set cost $3, and a whopping $13.50 for a perm!
Over the years, Bonnie’s Beauty Boutique may have undergone a few alterations, including an expansion to add another station in 1975… but the passion, dedication, and quality have remained unchanged. Bonnie initially chose Phelps as the perfect location to open her salon because it “is such a friendly community” and that too has not changed. A people person by nature, Bonnie has made a new friend with every customer that’s ever walked through her door.
To learn more about Bonnie’s Beauty Boutique, visit 81 Main St. in Phelps NY or call (315) 548-3310.
To learn more about the included benefits of a Phelps Chamber of Commerce membership, please visit PhelpsNY.com/chamber-of-commerce or call (315) 548-5481.