PHOTOS: New hairstyling business makes the cut

They may be the new kid among Marco hair salons, but they’ve been around for a long time.

Shear Play, located on Bald Eagle Drive next to Kretch’s restaurant, consists of four stylists who have been cutting Marco Islanders’ hair for more than 80 years, if you add up all their time on the Island.

“After being in the same location for 19 years, I needed something new and inspirational,” said Susan Parcelles, the sole owner of the shop. “We were all ready for a change. I wanted to get back to a smaller shop, where you can be more personal.”

The four stylists at Shear Play had all worked most recently at Sascha’s Salon and Day Spa, but they have all known each other for years.

While hairdresser Maria Boers now works for Parcelles, it used to be the other way around.

“I had been living on Marco, and commuting to Naples, but after my daughter was born, that got to be too much,” said Parcelles of her previous employment with Boers. “I was driving to a hair show with Maria, and she said she needed someone at her shop.”

Parcelles has known one of the other stylists, color specialist Kathy Ridge, even longer — the two are sisters.

Stylist Carol Winner, the fourth of the group, has been cutting hair on Marco for 30 years.

Each of the stylists has their own areas of specialty, and their own customer base, and they all know they like working together, so the atmosphere in the shop is fun and harmonious, said Winner.

“Maria does facials, and Kathy is a whiz at dimensional color,” she said. “Susan does makeup and hair. We’re full service, but we specialize in color and highlighting.”

“I love doing bridal parties,” said Parcelles, adding she has never once run into a bride she would consider a “Bridezilla.”

While Parcelles owns Shear Play, technically, each stylist works for herself as an independent contractor.

“It’s called booth rental, and that’s what everyone is used to,” said Parcelles. “There are four of us, and I do have two additional chairs,” so she would consider adding additional stylists, she said.

Business has been strong right from the start, since they opened in November, said Parcelles. “It’s been absolutely fabulous. We had a grand opening on Jan. 8, and saw a lot of new clients who booked immediately. We’ve been getting new clients every day.”

This is despite of not being able to put a sign up on the front of the building.

“We’re still waiting for a permit. Hopefully, it won’t be too long,” said Parcelles. “I tell everyone we’re next to Kretch’s, and I keep an eye out for people who look like they’re wandering around.”

One draw the company offers is a monthly raffle for services. For $5, or two for $8, customers can buy tickets to win. Last month, Shear Play gave away a haircut and blow-dry to two customers, but the prize varies from month to month.

The customers in the shop seemed to be having a good time, too.

“She’s the best,” said Maria Schupp, of Boers’ talents. “I get facials, hair — whatever I can get here, I get here. I’ve known all the girls a long time.”

Shear Play is located at 527 Bald Eagle Drive. Contact: (239) 389-2555.

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