Two friends end business partnership in Penrhyn Bay after forty years of success


James Wilde

Two friends will end their business partnership after forty years of success.

Joy Mantle, aged 71, and Muriel Richardson, 86, have run hairdressers Something Special in Penrhyn Bay since 1977 with Mrs Mantle doing the hairdressing and Mrs Richardson dealing with the administration.

Mrs Mantle, who has been married to husband Dennis for seven years and has two sons Darren and Neil, said: “I used to cut Muriel’s hair before I went to work for her at the green grocers she ran and the opportunity came up to buy a hairdressers.

“I told her about it and then she offered to come into business with me.”

Originally when they set up their business there was only one other hairdressers in the area, now there are seven.

Mrs Richardson, who is widowed and has five grandchildren and one great grandchild, said: “People said that when the new businesses came in we wouldn’t last but our dedication and the loyalty of customers kept us strong.”

“I didn’t have a week off for five years because I loved hairdressing that much.” added Mrs Mantle.

The business has been sold on and will now offer nail and eyebrow appointments in addition to hairdressing.

The condition of sale was that the current staff of Janet Hughes, who has also been there since the start, Christine Williams who has put in 30 years of service and Tracy Lewis who has been at the business for 17 years were kept on.

Mrs Mantle said: “That has been the key to our success I think. Magnificent staff, loyal customers and mine and Muriel’s relationship.

“No worker has ever left us other than to have a baby or retire. Muriel and I never get on top of each other. She has a magnificent brain for figures and I brought the creative side with the scissors.”

The pair, whose final working day is today, will look back fondly on their careers Mrs Mantle having spent 54 years hairdressing while Mrs Richardson worked in the civil service for twenty years before running several businesses.

Mrs Richardson plans to spend her retirement playing more bridge while Mrs Mantle, hopes to devote more time to her garden and stamp collection.

Mrs Mantle said: “Some of our customers have been with us for 30 years, it’s been a joy. Thank you to everyone.”

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