In December 1966 Richard Deaner and Fred Busby formed a partnership to establish a
barbershop at 14 Carlisle Street in downtown Gettysburg at and called themselves
Town & Campus Barber Shop. Richard cut hair in downtown Gettysburg (Town) and
Fred cut hair at Gettysburg College (Campus); hence the name.
They started out as a 3 chair shop and offered a full service barber shop including
regular haircuts, flattops, face shaves, facials, neck shaves, tonic rubs, and shampooing.
Over the years, they took on many different barbers and partners. Fred left the barber
shop in 1970 and Richard continued on. Richard's son Greg started cutting hair in 1980;
5 years later, he became a partner in the business.
In 1985 they hired their first full-time female beautician (Debbie Elliott Bentz) and
incorporated a more female friendly atmosphere. In 1987 the salon relocated to
8-10 Carlisle Street (right next door) and increased the chair capacity to 4 chairs.
During this time they offered all the barbering services as well as many beauty
services including perming, coloring, highlighting, ladies haircutting, shampoo & sets,
as well as simple manicures.
With the move and expansion, they also created a receptionist position utilizing
the charismatic charm of Doris Deaner -- Greg's mom and Richards’ wife. This position
is filled today by 3 part time receptionists to cover 60+ hours per week. In 1992 they
expanded again, opening a doorway back to the old barbershop to incorporate a 2 room salon.
On the one side there was a waiting area and shampoo area, the other side was an
8 chair cutting and working area. Town and Campus Barbershop was slowly evolving into
a hair salon which was the current trend of most progressive hair cutting establishments.
They changed the name to Town and Campus Hair Care in 1991 to try to attract an
ever growing female clientele while being careful not to offend the men. This was a
difficult time to have both groups in the salon at the same time. Conversations for the
men had to be cleaned up so as to not offend the women and the women couldn’t gossip
as well with the men close by. They had a good staff that made both groups happy
and they continued to grow
In 1998 Richard decided to semi-retire and Greg took control of the business.
He immediately incorporated and promoted senior stylist Kathy Smith to salon manager.
Under the dual guidance T&C continued to grow until February 2001 when the Pub
next door caught fire and burned the salon as well. After the building was condemned
and there was no place to cut hair they went to work at their craft in
other hair salons in the area. Other salons invited the staff into their
salons to continue cutting hair so as not to lose their clientele. After 3 months
they then opened a temporary salon at 9 Chambersburg Street. They then worked out
of that salon until their current building was completed in June of 2002. With the
construction of the new building, there were countless possibilities as to where
to take the business. They decided to expand their service offerings to
include tanning and massage therapy as well as pedicures and eventually spray tanning.
Today we are a full service salon with spa features in certain areas. Our hours of
operation have also increased to 6 days a week.