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Jaggers hangs up her clippers

She's cut Estacada's hair for 28 years

For as long as many people can remember, JoAnne's Barber Shop has been a home for good haircuts, wholesome conversation, gossip, bad hairstyle decisions and a place where friendships thrive.

Now, after 28 years of being in business in Estacada, owner JoAnne Jaggers is hanging up her barber shears, closing her shop and moving on to retirement.

Throughout her extended tenure as being one of the best barbers and conversationalists in Estacada, one might imagine she knows just about everyone in the community and has made a lot of unforgettable friends.

'There are some good people here in Estacada, very good people,' Jaggers said last week, a few days after she officially closed her shop at 335 S. Broadway. 'Most of my customers have been here forever. I want to say to them all, thank you for a wonderful 28 years. Thanks for all your support, your friendship and your caring.'

Jaggers is an Estacada native herself. She grew up in the area and graduated from Estacada High School in 1968. She lives on what's left of her great-grandfather's homestead in George.

In June 1983, Jaggers found herself divorced and in need of a way to support her two daughters. She had been talking with the owner of Scottie's Barber Shop, who asked Jaggers if she would be interested in buying the shop. Even though she had no hairstyling knowledge, Jaggers eagerly said yes and made a deal.

'I had to have a way to support myself and my two kids, so I bought the barber shop, then went to (cosmetology) school,' Jaggers said. 'Most people do it the opposite; they go to school then buy the barber shop. I did it the complete opposite but it's worked out well.'

For the most part, Jaggers ran the business by herself unless she needed someone to fill in for her during vacations. In the beginning, like most things, she says, it was tough. But once she established herself in the heart of Estacada's business district, her business quadrupled in volume.

'I have cut quite a few of my high school classmates' hair,' she said. 'I have given their kids their first haircuts. I have seen three generations of people come into the shop.'

Of course, Jaggers has seen it all when it comes to people's wants and needs for hairstyles and haircuts. Along with customers walking through the door with a glossy magazine photo of a Hollywood star in hand saying, 'I want to look like this,' Jaggers has moved with, well, some of the good and bad fashions.

'I have had Mohawks, I have done mullets, I have done little rat tails,' Jaggers said with a laugh. 'There was a style several years ago when all the kids wanted Batman, lightning bolts or the Playboy bunny shaved into their hair. I was shaving football numbers. I still have the little templates for the God-awful little Batman things.'

She said she always paused for a bit when someone wanted a Mohawk because 'once the hair was gone, it was gone.' Jaggers recalled the day a logger came into the shop wanting a Mohawk, but forgetting that his wife's birthday was the next day.

'He was back the next morning to get his hair shaved off,' she said.

Then there was the little boy who used to go to the shop for haircuts, but one day his big sister was with him and the sister talked him into not getting his haircut with Jaggers, giving her the money and letting her cut his hair.

'I had to fix that up the next morning before he went to school,' Jaggers said.

'I have really enjoyed meeting people, getting to know them and their families,' said Jaggers, but, with more time on her hands, she plans to continue to work in the real estate business and spend more time with her family and friends.

Soon she will find herself on a Hawaiian vacation. After that she intends to have plenty of time with her two daughters and her four grandkids.

And while she will be retired, there is a good chance you will see her again with a pair of scissors in her hand.

One chapter closes, another opens

You just might find Jaggers filling in every now and then at the Bitterroot Barber Shop, 150 S.W. Frontage Road, for its new owner, Linda Tiffany.

Tiffany moved into the empty space last May. She has been cutting hair for 34 years in the Portland area and is a longtime resident of Eagle Creek. Instead of traveling into Portland every day, she decided to operate her business in the Estacada community.

Jaggers and Tiffany became friends when Jaggers walked through the Bitterroot door recently to introduce herself.

'It was so nice of her to come in and say, 'hi,' ' Tiffany said. 'She has helped me out a lot. All the way from equipment to advice.'

Jaggers will fill in for Tiffany when those much-needed vacations come up.

'She's a celebrity in this town,' Tiffany said of Jaggers. 'Everybody knows her.'

Bitterroot Barber Shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.