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January 18, 2014

Hair’s All of Us brings salons together after storm

Tornado rallies hair salon crew around 'Grandma'

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The family at Hair’s All of Us includes Grams, who comes out to the shop on occasion to have her hair done. A longtime bartender at the now-defunct Moose Lodge, and at the Eagles Lodge and the Pumpkinvine Room, she’s sharp and acts as an arbitrator occasionally, if there’s a debate in need of settlement.

She laughed at the Hair crew naming her as the salon “judge.”

“I’ve been around for a while, I guess I might know a few things,” she said with a grin.

There’s a bit of regret things aren’t like they were back on Arnold Court, with her instant access to the discussion at three different salons.

But the ladies fished all of her photographs from her destroyed apartment — many of them of Griffin’s kids and grandkids — and set them up for her in Griffin’s house.

“I’m so comfortable where I am, I don’t really want to go out,” Venicia joked.

Between the family life and home cooking at Griffin’s, Venicia is set, but Griffin may have to deal with a rebellion at Hair’s All of Us if she doesn’t bring Grandma around more often.

Clark needled Griffin: “You don’t bring her out as much. You’re getting stingy with her now.”

John O’Donnell, who owns the north side of Arnold Court, is still negotiating with his insurer over his claim. He said Friday he thinks it is unlikely he’ll rebuild the badly damaged strip.

O’Donnell said about 25 people worked on his side of Arnold Court prior to the tornado, and said it looks like most of the businesses, except for Tropic Tan, which had already closed for good, have found new locations.

John Patton, who runs a custom orthotics business, The Foot Shop LLC, moved across Arnold Court to the south strip. He’s proud of the way his fellow tenants came together after the storm, especially of the way Griffin took in Venicia Hokenson.

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