Local Woman: Pam Winkler


Celebrating 30 Years Bringing the Style to Frandor

Pam Winkler is the proud owner of Guys & Dolls Salon, located in Frandor Shopping Center in Lansing.

“I used to cut my brother’s hair when we were younger,” said Winkler, explaining how she got into hairdressing. “Then while I was a year out of school, in community college, I took the leap into hairdressing and fell in love.”

Winkler had always known that she wanted to own her own business. “I had worked at Guys & Dolls for a few years but wanted to work at a more full-service salon. So I moved onto a new salon to gain some experience.

“Around four years later, an old manager told me that all of the Guys & Dolls was going out of business and suggested that I buy it. There were three locations left at the time, and I thought about getting them all but decided to just focus on one. And it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”

Winkler even has her family working with her.

“We do everything from haircuts, color services, body massage, facials, full-body waxing to nails, pedicures and lashes,” said Winkler. “My husband, Doug Winkler, helps but mostly runs Tanzmania, our tanning salon.  Our two daughters grew up in the business, Sydney, now 23, and Kenzie, 21.  They are both ambitious and hardworking from seeing how hard their parents have worked, and they themselves had to help a lot in and out of the business. My sister, Margaret O’Neil, who has been with me from the beginning, is like my right arm and I’m blessed to have her help, loyalty and commitment.”

When asked about hairdressing, Winkler recommend that you be a people person.

“You have to love to spend time with people and you have to love to communicate. I’ve had many hairdressers that were amazingly skilled, but they didn’t have that personality and they didn’t have that touch,” she said. “You spend a lot of time with the clients and you become great friends. I love my clients. I love what I do to this day. And I’ve been doing it for 40 years.”

In her free time, Winkler loves to be outdoors. “I’m not one to sit and watch TV. I always have to be doing something.”

She loves to go biking, has gotten into skiing and loves to travel with her family and friends. In fact, family is a priority for Winkler.

 “Having two children changes your focus a little bit, so it makes it harder when owning a business because you want to stay as focused on the business as you can but now your priorities are different. You’ve got to put your family first, your children first,” Winkler explained. “It can be a difficult balancing act, so you just do the best you can. Thankfully, this is a great industry when you’re having family because you can alter your hours a little bit and make it work and you don’t have to work 40-plus hours, nine to five, you have a little more control over that.”

Guys & Dolls is proud to recognize three decades in business this year.

“We’re celebrating our 30-year anniversary and we’re going to have the party on the exact day that I opened Guys & Dolls, which was Dec. 4,” explained Winkler. “I’m going to invite everybody that ever worked here and I’m pretty excited about it because, as people come and go, I’ve always tried to maintain a good relationship and kind of keep in touch a little bit and never burn any bridges because I think those relationships are important.” ■


Kyle Dowling

Kyle Dowling is an employee of M3 Group and is pursuing a writing degree at LCC. He enjoys fiction writing, video games and movies.

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