New Beginnings, dream is realized

First Posted: 4/30/2011

LUMBERTON — Annie Campbell wasn’t about the sit and be idle in her retirement years, and she’s followed her dream by opening her own business.

In late March she opened Campbell Haircare Studio at 1904 Pine St. in Lumberton.

After her husband Bob retired from his job in 2005 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the couple moved to Robeson County to be close to his family in Fairmont. The couple decided to get a house in Lumberton, where they’ve lived since.

But Campbell was eager to stay busy, she said.

“I told him he retired — I didn’t retire. When we first moved here, I wanted something to do, so I went to the hospital and started volunteering,” she said of her work at Southeastern Regional Medical Center.

A couple of years later, she decided she wanted to open her own beauty salon.

“I thought, ‘let me go do something I always wanted to do,’ so I enrolled at RCC (Robeson Community College) for cosmetology,” Campbell said.

She began her classes at the RCC in January 2007, and graduated in the spring of 2008.

“It was a dream … I always wanted to open my own salon. I have been doing hair for a good while,” she said. Campbell had no formal training before RCC, but she would cut and style hair for her friends and family over the years.

She opened Campbell Haircare Studio right across the street from Swank the Bistro, near Cakes & Pastries.

Campbell held a grand opening and dedication on April 8, with family and friends, and a blessing from her pastor, the Rev. T. Shedrick Byrd, of Sandy Grove Baptist Church in Lumberton.

The salon has three wet styling stations, a second room that serves as her waiting area with four dark leather chairs, four dryer chairs, “the cutest little purple sofa,” and lots of magazines, she said.

Campbell offers traditional haircare services, haircuts and perms, color work, relaxers, curls and more. She also offers eyebrow waxing, and manicures.

“I wanted to name it studio because this is such a cute little place … you can feel the warmth, it’s compact with nice upscale furniture,” she said.

She said she caters to everyone: women, men and children.

The reaction from customers has been uplifting. “They come here and they love the place, and they said this place is very upscale — everybody loves it,” she said.

Campbell has continued with her volunteer work, too.

She volunteers at the Gibson Cancer Center in Lumberton the first Tuesday each month, where she cuts and styles hair for the patients and some of their family members. She has done so for more than a year.

Hours of the studio are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays; it is closed Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.

The business can be reached by calling (910) 608-0399.

n Managing Editor John Charles Robbins can be reached at (910) 272-6122 or [email protected]

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