Peggy’s Beauty Shoppe closing after nearly 60 years

Peggy Sears jokes with a long-time customer at Peggy's Beauty Shoppe, which will close after nearly 60 years. Recorder/Diane Broncaccio

Peggy Sears jokes with a long-time customer at Peggy's Beauty Shoppe, which will close after nearly 60 years. Recorder/Diane Broncaccio

GREENFIELD — Peggy will still be cutting and styling hair for her devoted patrons, but Peggy’s Beauty Shoppe will be closed after today.

The 46 Pierce St. shop first opened in the 1950s, and was started by Peggy Gadreault, according to owner/operator Peggy Sears. Later, Carolyn (Church) Pitcher owned and ran the shop for 37 years before she sold the business to Sears, a long-time employee, in 2006. Sears has been in the hairstyling business for about 48 years, with 34 of those years spent at Peggy’s.

“We do a lot of older ladies who know that I’m closing,” said Sears on a recent busy Friday. “I’m not ready to retire. I need to just start a new chapter in my life.”

But long-time stylist Betty Lou Guilford is retiring when the shop closes. She has been styling hair there since 1967.

Sears and stylist Carolyn Warchol, who has worked at Peggy’s for 48 years, will be moving to Hair Affair at 30 Mohawk Trail.

Sears said she is renting a station there and she and Warchol will be cutting and styling hair in the new location for two to three days a week.

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