November 23, 1998
Glen Kelly at his business standing next to his clown collection.
Those who know Glen Kelly are invited to a going-away party next Monday night, November 30, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at Columbia Winery, 14030 NE 145th in Woodinville.
Kelly, owner of Glen Kelly's Barbering (formerly Hair Headquarters), is closing his business this Wednesday to begin a new career in property management in Waldsport, Oregon. More than 300 of his customers will now need to find a new place for a haircut and conversation.
Known as one of the warmest and friendliest business persons in the community, Kelly attracted a clientele that stayed with him during the entire duration of his business. Last year, a family celebrated their third generation of haircuts by Kelly. Many of his former employees now have businesses of their own and credit Kelly with giving them the training and experience they needed to be successful.
Kelly is well-known as the longtime chairman of the Woodinville All Fools' Day Parade and as a Woodinville Chamber of Commerce board director for two terms. He also served as president of the Woodinville Retail Merchants' Association. He was named as the Woodinville Rotary's Citizen of the Year. Kelly has also served as the Chairman of the Washington State Barber's Board.
For years, Kelly's customers have been treated to humorous conversations, good advice, and support. After operating a salon in Bellevue, Kelly opened Hair Headquarters in the Woodinville Mall in 1981. In 1994, he moved his shop to a new location in Woodinville West, next to Woodinville Ski Rentals.
A benevolent member of the community, Kelly has always welcomed all people into his business, including those who have needed help. He provided them with not only a complimentary or reduced-rate haircut, but also a helping hand and a connection to community resources. Kelly has been a quiet fundraiser for many athletes needing money to attend tournaments. He has gathered others to go and serve meals to the homeless in Seattle and been a strong catalyst for getting more people involved in their community.
"Glen is unpretentious, down-to-earth, and a great conversationalist, just what you want with a good haircut," said Leigh Dion, a client and the owner of Continental Store Fixtures.
"Glen has done so much for so many. This community is about to lose, and Oregon is about to gain, a super citizen, a fine neighbor, and a person of great integrity. Many good decisions have been made after receiving not only a good haircut, but some good logical advice. I look better and I always feel a little smarter after leaving his barbershop," said friend John Coughlin, owner of Woodinville Ski Rental.
Kelly, originally from Montana, has lived in Juanita for the past 27 years with his wife, Susan, and their children.