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Fresh Hair Salon began in a green-trimmed, white clapboard cottage next to the service station. Originally built as the laundry and staff accommodation for the Pleasant Inn, this cottage later housed the hair salon.
Beginning in the mid-1980s Candace Zell operated the salon. When the Mall was ready in 1996, Fresh Hair Salon moved to its present location where Pat Wallin managed the business for many years. Appointments and “drop-ins” were always welcome. Esthetics and styling were available for men, women, and children.
Waskesiu has always been a popular destination for honeymoons. As Waskesiu gradually became a favourite destination for weddings as well, Fresh Hair has simplified the preparations for bridal parties by having services available for them locally.
Waskesiu, with its beautiful boreal forest, lakeside setting, gorgeous sunsets and starry nights, is one of the most romantic places you will ever visit. Waskesiu is a special place for romances, engagements, weddings, and honeymoons.
Frequent visitor to Waskesiu, Hugh Arscott wrote this about love and Waskesiu in Waskesiu Memories Volume II. Hugh was a well-known member of the Saskatoon and Waskesiu communities who passed away in 2002.
“I’ve had an on-going love affair with Waskesiu and know the Park exerts a mystical influence. Indeed, I met my wife [there] on a First of July weekend, was engaged the First of August, and was married the First of December. Not bad for a shy, retiring, bashful bachelor. Who can recall how many summer romances have blossomed and God alone knows how many children Waskesiu is responsible for? “
Fish Tales Gallery
Myrna Nagy once operated a giftware store called Outrigger in the flat topped building next door to the Fresh Hair cottage. When the new Mall was built she moved in 1996, renaming her store Fish Tales Gallery. Of course, the Gallery was stocked with all kinds of wares having a fish motif but also something for every taste and occasion. Kristy Kelly took over the store in 2013 and Jen Wilcox in 2017.
Romance is always in the air at Waskesiu. Photo credit below Graeme Nunn
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