Beth the Barber opens shop

Published on Thu, Sep 4, 2003 by Shanna Green

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Beth the Barber opens shop

By Shanna Green

Opening her own beauty shop has always been a dream for Beth McDiarmid, and now that dream has come true.

McDiarmid is the new owner of Beth the Barber, located at 677 Peace Portal Drive. Although she is the third or fourth person to have a barbershop in the space, she is the first female barber in the building, she said.

�That building has been a barbershop for many many years,� McDiarmid said. �My goal is keeping the barbershop alive and open.�

Part of what barbershops are known for are their reasonable prices, something that McDiarmid said she hopes to continue.

�Generally barbers do not charge an arm and a leg,� McDiarmid said.

McDiarmid has wanted to be a beautician since she was in her early teens, and first began cutting hair for her neighbors while she was growing up. After graduating from Blaine high school, she went to beauty school in Bellingham where she received her beauty license.

Although it was difficult at times, McDiarmid said her father inspired her to finish beauty school and pursue her dream of being a beautician. Her father�s health faded toward the end of her schooling, but he would repeatedly ask her for haircuts.

�I think that was his way of getting me to finish,� McDiarmid said. �He never told me �you have to finish,� he just kept asking for a haircut.�

McDiarmid said it was because of her father that she named the shop Beth the Barber. He called her �Beth, a Barber,� so she opened the shop with that in mind.

Although McDiarmid had been offered her own shop in Clarkston, Washington, where she previously lived and worked, she said she did not take the offer mostly because she knew few people in the community and it just didn�t feel right to open her first shop there.

When McDiarmid came back to Blaine, she began working at the Bayside Beauty Salon with owner Judy Dunster. She loved working for the salon and would miss working with Dunster, but she felt it was time she branched out on her own.

�I don�t take things for granted,� McDiarmid said. �This is my someday.�

Without the help and encouragement of her friends in Blaine, she said she will not have been able to open her own shop. From grand opening cleaning to surprising her with flowers in the beds out front, McDiarmid said her friends have kept her going.

�My friends are great,� McDiarmid said, adding she would like to give a special thanks to everyone who has helped her. �I think they�ll know who they are. Without them I wouldn�t be here.�

McDiarmid said for now her hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To make an appointment, drop by the barbershop or call Beth at 220-1288.

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