Bubbles floated up and around the entrance to the hair cutting studio of Lucy in the They emerged smokestack of an old fashioned miniature train, which is
mounted onto the roof of the studio. Lucy's studio Is located in downtown Ventura, on the
back side of a restored Victorian home. There's a purple picket fence encompassing the
studio's front porch. The front side of the fence displays a recreation of an Anne Geddes
scene. Lined against the fence we several flowerpots containing life size baby dolls.,
On the other side of the front door is a small waiting room surrounded with an eyeful of animated memorabilia. Filling the room are photographs of past customers along with baskets and containers loaded with toys on the floor. Near the front door Is a sign that reads, "Please bring a can of food to each visit, Thank You."
In order to got to Lucy's room, it was necessary to pass through the Garfield room. It is called this because of the hundreds of Garfield figurines, each one unique In Its characteristics, which we displayed on the rooms shelves. Lucy explained that she rents out this space to another stylist who works as an Independent Contractor.
Past the Garfield room, down a couple of steps, and to the right, is Lucy's room. Her room is a truly incredible eight. The purple walls are hardly noticeable behind all of the animated Wizard of Oz collectibles that fill the room. Sprawling from the near the corner of the room, is a large paper maché tree. The branches reach out as if they're trying to grab the nearby hanging mobiles. The mobiles that hang from the ceiling look like twirling hologram patterns, spinning on their miniature motorized hooks.
On the far, right side of the room, from the ceiling to the floor, stands a fuzzy gray cylindrical object. Lucy shared its story, "That's the tornado from the Wizard of Oz. It used to spin, but one day it spun out of control and went crashing across the room. Now it just sits there."
In the back of her room is a door, that looks like a closet from the outside. This Is the Star Trek room. Inside is a flashing strobe light, as well as several black lights. A star ship enterprise hangs from the ceiling. Fluorescent target posters hang on the walls. Upon entering the room, Lucy offers a laser gun to take aim at these targets. This room is used mainly for parental entertainment because young children tend to be afraid of the flashing lights and the posters of aliens.
Since Lucy's father owns the building, she is able to decorate it without any complaints. "This part of the building used to be the servant's quarters for the main house," Lucy told as she greeted her next customer. He was a two year old boy, named Casey. Casey took his place in the burgundy vintage barber chair, which is located in the center of the room
Over Casey's lap, Lucy placed a small table to hold the games that she gave him. One was a penguin roller coaster, the other was a fishing game with small fishing poles. "The toy," she stated, "helped to make getting his hair cut an enjoyable experience." As she trimmed his hair, some of it entered his mouth. Lucy gave him a few pieces of sour candy, saying, "Once he tastes the candy, he'll forget about the hair in his mouth."
"I do quite a few hair cuts everyday. The most haircuts I ever did In one day was twenty-six. Usually I do a lot less. I like to make sure that I have enough individual attention to give each child during their visit," Lucy shared while finishing Casey's hair.
Having the chance to get to know lots of new little souls, is Lucy's favorite part of her job." I like having the opportunity to send the message of love to as many people as possible," she said with devotion. "People are like zebras, each one has its own set of stripes."