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For 20 years, Girard salon’s mannequins turn heads

Published: Sat, August 18, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m.




When Melissa Ketchum is giving directions in the city, she references three “people” on a bench.

“It puts everyone on the same page, and then they know what you’re talking about,” she said.

Ketchum, of Hubbard, is referring to three mannequins sitting outside Tri Changes Salon, at 10 S. State St. She’s been getting her hair done at Tri Changes for 10 years, and said the person-like displays are an easily identifiable landmark that draw looks, laughs, and mistaken identities from onlookers.

“Recently, we had a guy call and ask if the blonde was single,” said Tri-changes hair designer Kayla Quinlan of McDonald. “He started laughing and hung-up.”

Although they’re inanimate objects, Georgia, Anthony, and Kathryn, have become iconic figures in the community. Since 1992, Tri Changes Owner Sherry Lakos-Johnson said people from all walks of life have had their pictures taken with her mannequins. One of those included former world middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik.

“It was pretty hilarious seeing that,” she said.

Lakos-Johnson said she opened Tri Changes with her two sisters in 1992. One of them brought a mannequin from Chicago as a display, but the salon’s small size made the fit an inconvenience for customers. They decided to place it outside. The sisters jokingly named it Bonnie Raitt, after the female musician. While they were trying to advertise through radio and fliers, the mannequin inadvertently became their best marketing tool.

“People kept saying ‘Oh, your the salon with the mannequin outside,’” she said. “We started getting a lot of attention from it.”

For 13 years Bonnie Raitt served as the Tri-Changes mascot. Unfortunately, she was taken off the street in 2005 because she had been “violated” by vandals, said Lakos-Johnson. She was replaced with Georgia, who originated from that state. She sat alone for seven years, until one of her employees thought she needed some companionship.

“Georgia looked lonely out there,” said Hair Designer Nolan O’Renic, a Warren native, who has worked at Tri Changes for five years. In February, he introduced Georgia to Kathryn and Anthony, who were named after Lakos-Johnson’s parents. O’Renic helps ensure all three are brought outside everyday the store is operating. He even makes sure they are prepared for the weather.

While Anthony and Kathryn are still considered new, “Georgia-Lakos” has her own facebook page with 53 friends. Her employees plan on getting the other two involved in social media soon. Even though they can’t talk or move, O’Renic believes they add a unique presence to the community.

“It’s our trademark and it adds a little bit of character here,” he said.


1whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Freak - fest

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2RoddAC(102 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Not a freak fest and why is it not the best headline for Ytown? We need more creative people and being different does not mean bad. What is bad is negativity and judging other people, not by who they are but by what they look like. I never understood that. Don't take this personally vinytalk and whitesabbath, lots of loosers judge because of their own insecurities.

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3whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

LOL ,,, ok then , lets throw some fading ink on the dummys neck, and stick a needle out of the blondes arm.

My roosters have better looking hair, thanks Rodd you made my day.

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4Bplus(103 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

@Whitesabbath- I know it has been a while. I see you still haven't figured out the difference between a period and a comma. How many times do I have to tell you that those "roosters" are your children.

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5Boardman120(82 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

whitesabbath, you have no idea what you're talking about. You don't know Nolan O'Renic. You have absolutely no right to call him that.
Keep your stupid comments to yourself. Didn't your mother even teach you to say nothing if you can't say something nice?
Nolan is a fine young man. You sir, are not.

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6whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

AAAhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaa !!!!!!!!!!!!

Another grammar Nazi.

Hey boardman, I like how you tell me not to say anything , if its not nice , then in your closing. you talk smack !!!!! ha ha ha.

Can't stop laughing

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7JoeFromHubbard(1482 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Man, these comments got ugly quickly.

I'm more interested in whether the girls are fully clothed in the traditional manner of dress.

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8IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Those mannequins look like they have more personality than Mitt-Flopper and the rest of the republiCON party.

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9whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

You can change your name oldskool, go ahead.

I'm sleeved to, and I know what the attitude is.

Keep making yourself feel better, you like that grandios self-righteous , concieted image.

Go get FREAKY with it.

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10southsidedave(5126 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

The mannequins look better than all of those tats!

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