Song’s Salon celebrates 30 years in Pampa
By John Lee | [email protected] | Twitter: @jcl1987
Song’s Salon opened on December 3, 1991 in Pampa and held its grand opening three days later on December 6.
But owner Song Yim Nicholas has actually been in the beauty industry long before she owned her salon.
“I’m from Korea and came to the United States in July 1970 and had my own salon there,” Nicholas said. “I owned my own salon for five years there. I love fixing hair. It’s the people. I could work 10-12 hours a week and never get tired. ”
Nicholas came to the United States after meeting her husband of nearly 52 years, Dan, while serving in the military.
“We met in my beauty salon,” Nicholas said.
Dan was in the 76th Artillery south of the DMZ (demilitarized zone) near the Imjin River.
From 1983 to 1991 Nicholas worked at Michelle’s Hair Salon here in Pampa before opening Song Salon.
Song’s Salon is a full-service beauty salon, including tanning.
Over the past 30 years, Nicholas has enjoyed an enormous amount of love and support from the Pampa community.
“I can’t begin to explain all the wonderful people from Pampa who come and are so good to us,” Nicholas said.
“For 30 years, people have come from Oklahoma, Wheeler, Shamrock, Canadian, Lefors, Amarillo, Borger, White Deer, etc. They come from everywhere. They are simply wonderful. It’s a good community. Pampa is the best.
Nicholas has enjoyed excellent staff at Song’s Salon over the years, including his current team, which has over 80 years of combined experience: Cruz Jasso, Bobbye Russell and Tina Shackleford.
While 30 years in business is an admirable milestone, Nicholas downplayed the accolade and said it was work she loved.
“A lot of people have worked 30, 40 or 50 years,” Nicholas said. “I love my profession, the people and my work. My son says to me every Sunday: ‘Mom, please retire. Why are you working so much? I say to him: ‘What is it? What do you want me to do? Stay at home? I love my job. It’s not about the money as long as I can pay [my bills] on time. There are so many good people.
Sonya and Dan have two children, David and Sonia.
Dan is retired from natural gas work and has started helping out where he can run the salon. The pair will be married for 52 years in July.
Song’s Salon is located at 1415 N. Banks Street and can be reached at 806-665-4343.