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Leading barber/beauty shop moves downstreet

Heidi Baker, one of the first female barbers to establish a barber shop in the region, trims up Ron Haskell's hair this week. Baker's enterprise, Heidi's Clip Joint, moved recently to 3685 Main St. in Warrensburg to the log-sided building across from the local National Grid garage.

Heidi Baker, one of the first female barbers to establish a barber shop in the region, trims up Ron Haskell's hair this week. Baker's enterprise, Heidi's Clip Joint, moved recently to 3685 Main St. in Warrensburg to the log-sided building across from the local National Grid garage. Photo by Thom Randall.

— A trend-setting barber/beautician in the region has moved her enterprise down Main Street to an upscale setting with plenty of parking.

Heidi Baker has moved Heidi's Clip Joint from 3753 Main St. to its new home at 3685 Main St. across from the National Grid garage. Until recently, the log-sided building hosted County Floors.

A quarter-century ago, Heidi gained notoriety in the Capital Region for opening the first barber/beauty shop in the area owned and operated by a female.

Since then, her enterprise has flourished.

Her move to a new storefront was prompted by the recent sale of her family home and shop, the former Bluebird Bakery, which was operated by her grandfather William Dorner.

In her new building, there's a spacious area overlooking the scenic Schroon River dedicated to cutting and styling women's hair, and a separate area for men's haircuts.

Plus, there's a shampooing room and a lobby featuring a fireplace on a stone hearth.

All the rooms are complete with Adirondack rustic furnishings and décor, including many antique items which are sure to spark conversations among patrons.

Joining Baker in the enterprise are Joe Sacco, who's been working as a barber in Heidi's Clip Joint for about 20 years. Courtney Witz is to be joining the operation this week as a stylist, Baker said, adding that she also plans to take on several aspiring beauticians as apprentices.

The shop's hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Heidi's Clip Joint can be reached at 623-2818.

“Everyone is welcome to stop in and see our new shop,” Baker said.

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