Shear Designs opened in May 1978, across the street from its present location on South Park Avenue. From an old CB Store, friends and family help convert the space into a 4 station salon. Sandy J. opened the salon coming from J. Gordon Hair Designs in Hyde Park-Chicago. She opened it with only herself and an assistant.
For a period of 10 years, Sandy hired many different hairdressers; until she and her team outgrew the space. Looking to grow, the team converted an old farmhouse on RT 6 (159th street) into a new location for Shear Designs. The new location provided a space with 7 stations, 2 barber stations, historical embellishments, and charming decor of old and new. After 8 years, the village bought it to tear down and build a strip mall-where pizza hut stands today.
The present salon, located in a historic landmarked building built in the 1800’s, has original hardwood floors, tin ceiling, and the stained glass windows from the farmhouse (on Rt.6). The building was once a grocery store, a hardware store, an ice cream parlor, and an auto parts store before it was remodeled for Shear Designs. With a total of 10 stations and two coloring stations, the current space combines historical embellishments with a contemporary charm that has become synonymous with Shear Designs.
In October 2014, Paula Karll became the new owner, establishing Shear Designs II, and continues to keep the rich history of the salon alive.