Thursday, September 20, 2012
When Carol Rose Freeman opened her beauty shop Styles by Carol Rose in 1963 at the Collegedale Plaza, Collegedale looked almost nothing like it does today.
Freeman’s former roommate Becky Bolton remembers when the plaza was a cow pasture and when Freeman styled fellow students’ hair in the Southern Adventist University dorms.
“The plaza had just been built when Carol Rose opened the shop here,” said Bolton. “As a freshman, I lived in the brand new girls’ dorm and the plaza didn’t even exist.”
Although the city has gone from a sleepy college town to the fastest growing city in Tennessee, the salon Freeman opened has remained in the same place and Bolton recently got to watch as her great-granddaughter got her hair cut for the first time at the shop. From well-known SAU professors to prominent members of the McKee family to several generations of one local family, Bolton said the shop has seen a lot over the years.
“The fact that the business has been here so long kind of blows people’s minds,” she said. “It’s a great place with a lot of history and a lot of connection to local families.”
Freeman still cuts hair, but has since moved out of Collegedale. The shop has changed ownership several times and is now called Hair Designers, but Bolton, who was an original client, said the friendly local atmosphere has remained the same.
“When I bought the salon I wanted to help out students more and be a place for the students to go,” said Hair Designers owner Tammy Pearson. “So far we have had a great reaction.”
For more information about the shop call 396-2600.