Part of an ongoing series of women in business
Kelly Griffin knows of what she speaks. Owner of hair salon Studio 30 in Saranac Lake, Kelly’s current clients include some of her first, when she first became a stylist some 30 years ago. She smiles at the thought that those first hair cuts might not have been her best, but the customers kept coming back. She continues to juggle the challenges of professional and personal life as the years have sped by. But Kelly loves what she does, and that’s part of her message to young women who are making career decisions, the importance of loving what you do!
Ninth generation Saranac Lake, Kelly is the daughter of Philip “Bunk” and Paula Griffin. Her mother Paula was a nurse’s aid at Saranac Lake’s then General Hospital where her father “Bunk” was head cook. Paula was an inspiration to Kelly in many ways, but particularly because of her compassion to others. It was Kelly’s plan to become a nurse, and to work as a hair stylist while she attended nursing school. She began a cosmetology program at the Adirondack Education Center ( https://www.fehb.org/ ) while still in high school. After she took her State Boards, she was thrilled at her new profession as she felt pride in applying her caring and creative skills to make her clients feel better about themselves. Thoughts of nursing took a back burner,