STOCKTON (CBS13) — When business was interrupted for a family of salon workers, things didn’t just slow down, they caught fire. Teddy Southern and his wife Meryl have long owned the Stockton Southern Exposure salon on the famous Miracle Mile. But Southern tells us that when an oven caught fire last week, the massive smoke and flames damaged just about everything they had.
“It’s devastating,” Teddy said. ” We are a family. So it’s hard for everyone. Hard on my staff, we are all dealing with it.
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“Just a few things that we were able to salvage, but we had to start all over again,” stylist Jacklyn Ramirez said. “Just devastated, it feels like we’ve lost our home, you know?”
But now they have a new temporary home. Dino Ballin and his wife Vicki Kirk own the Pomp Lounge at Lincoln Center. They open their salon to more than a dozen displaced stylists so they can keep working.
“I mean we just had to do it. they are friends of ours. Even if they weren’t our friends, we would have extended the opportunity. Like I said, 2020 has attracted a lot of us, brought a lot of us business owners together,” Ballin said.
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“Their staff are so amazing. They made us feel comfortable and welcome. I’m so happy to be here,” Meryl said.
A community shows its true beauty by saving another room.
“Something as bad as this to happen, it’s a small town feeling and people come together and it’s just an amazing community. I love Stockton,” Teddy said.
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We haven’t seen the last of Southern Exposure. Southerners say they are already planning to reopen.