Begum’s Hair Care will officially close its doors on May 31, 2019, after 20 years at the Ponoka Plaza location.
Hairdresser Begum Mawgi has been cutting, perming, colouring and setting hair in Ponoka since 1983. She turns 76 years old in July.
“I said ‘that’s enough, eh?’” said Mawgi. “If I don’t quit now, then when will I quit?”
For many years, most of Mawgi’s customers have been senior women, as well as men of all ages.
A lot of her clientele, being elderly, have now passed away.
The seniors she served were wonderful and never gave her any “fuss” she says.
“I’ll miss them, for awhile.”
MP Blaine Calkins was a regular customer when his constituency office was located in Ponoka Plaza and he still comes in once a month since his office moved to Blackfalds.
Many of the people she has served over the years are more than clients, even more than friends, she says, “it’s a family.”
Mawgi says she never had a problem with anyone over the years and always has had the best clients.
“You be nice to people, they will be nice to you.”
Now that she’s retiring, she plans on spending more time enjoying her hobbies of sewing, doing yard work and also travelling to visit her many nieces and nephews.
There will be a celebration held on May 31 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the shop, located at 4612 50 St. to help her close the shop and say goodbye.
Light snacks and beverages will be served.