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The Rural We: Caroline Crehan Becker

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Owner of Mulberry Hair Company in Great Barrington, Mass., Caroline Crehan Becker has created a warm and welcoming studio in her new location on Rosseter Street. Originally from Birmingham, England, she met her husband, an Old Chatham, New York, native, in Boston. They moved to Great Barrington in 1998, and Becker worked in an Egremont salon that was a “shoebox space.” But now that her elegant new shop has space to spare, Becker is able to branch out and have events for the benefit the community. On Thursday, May 18 from 5-8 p.m., she is hosting a Mulberry Market to support the Railroad Street Youth Project. The public is invited to attend this free event, which will have vendors and artisans selling their wares and donating a portion of the proceeds to Becker’s favorite nonprofit.

I’m involved with the Railroad Street Youth Project — on Monday afternoons I close the shop and work with six students, showing them how we run the hair salon. The girls learn about cutting, blow drying, updos, hair color and shampooing, often working on each others’ hair. I donate my time, space, dye and shampoo, but other things, like scissors and mannequin heads are very expensive, and I really want to keep the program running.

The Mulberry Market will be like a popup shop. People have been great about participating as vendors; in fact, they’re still coming forward and asking to be part of this and what they can do to help. It’s a beautiful thing. Some of the participants we have so far include Dan Bellow Pottery, Traditions Linen, Aveda Haircare, Julia Baier Knits and Route 7 Jewelry. They’ll all be donating 20 percent of their profits to the RSYP.

My idea is to have regular Mulberry Markets to support local artists and worthy organizations. When my husband and I built this new salon, I really wanted to create a community spirit. The old shop in Egremont was so tiny that I would have people sitting on the stairs waiting for their appointments, but now we have space to spread out. There is an upstairs, and a bar where people can sit and talk. I love the feeling of a barber shop, a place people come and share and hang out. And now that we can have events, it’s also a way to get artisans together. It’s really fun for us.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 05/09/17 at 09:37 AM • Permalink