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Celebrating 25 Years with Gila Rut: Michael P. Hart-Abshire
Nov 15, 2017

Michael P. Hart-Abshire, a.k.a MPH! He is one of our amazing managers and has been a part of our team for over 10 years! He is a big influence, supporter, cheerleader and contributor to our culture. His warm smile and inviting energy makes him a true pleasure to be around. He is talented in more than one area, but one of our favorite areas is his high skill in makeup artistry. Paws up!

What prompted you to work at Gila Rut?
I met Keri (the owner) when I first moved to San Diego and knew of the great reputation she/Gila Rut had in the industry and the Aveda world.

What was your job/career prior to working at Gila Rut?
Prior to Gila Rut, I was a Team Leader for Aveda here in San Diego.

What was your defining moment that brought you to be a hairdresser/manager?
My defining moment as … Read More

Celebrating 25 Years with Gila Rut: Barbara Levin
Nov 09, 2017

How did you get started coming to Gila Rut?
A co-worker who also had curly hair recommended Keri. That was about two weeks after I moved to San Diego in 1988. Keri cut (and in the early days, colored) my hair at two other salons until she and Carol started Gila Rut. (It’s important to note that in 1988, Keri was 12, I was 18, and Carol was about 30.)

What was your profession when you started coming to Gila Rut? What is it now?
Financial consultant. Now retired.

What’s your favorite hobby?
Knitting.

How has Gila Rut impacted your life or style?
It’s provided me a safe place to ask questions and step out of my comfort zone a little bit.

What is your favorite part about coming to Gila Rut?
Besides knowing that I’ll leave looking much better than when I came in, my favorite part of going … Read More

Celebrating 25 Years with Gila Rut: Deborah Van Huis
Nov 02, 2017

How did you get started coming to Gila Rut?
When I moved to San Diego in 2002, I asked my very good friend, the lovely Linda Long, where she got her hair done. I always loved the way her hair looked.

What was your profession when you started coming to Gila Rut? What is it now?
I was the Director of Forward Planning for KB Home. Now I have my own consulting business and two wonderful partners. We do a lot of work for KB Home and other builders in southern California.

What’s your favorite hobby?
I love art. Lately, I’ve been working in encaustics.

How has Gila Rut impacted your life or style?
It’s provided me a safe place to ask questions and step out of my comfort zone a little bit.

What is your favorite part about coming to Gila Rut?
It’s the relationships that I’ve formed. It’s … Read More

Celebrating 25 Years with Gila Rut: Susan Burchett
Oct 23, 2017

How did you get started coming to Gila Rut?
Right after moving from Indiana in April 1988, I opened a bank account and commented to the new accounts representative how cute her hair was. I asked her who cut her hair, and she told me Keri Davis did. She said it hadn’t been cut in a few months because she was letting it grow out. At that point, I knew how talented Keri must be if hair could look that great without so much as a trim in a few months. The bank employee also gave me the names of a couple other people in San Diego who were good with short, curly hair, but I never contacted them. I made an appointment with Keri, who I instantly loved. I never went to any other hair stylist.

What was your profession when you started coming to Gila Rut? And what Read More

Celebrating 25 Years with Gila Rut: Beth Cundari
Oct 16, 2017

How did you get started coming to Gila Rut?
I was lucky enough to receive a gift card from my brother and the rest is history. (I just love you guys!)

What was your profession when you started coming to Gila Rut? And now?
I worked and still work for San Diego County Credit Union. I was a Loan Officer and now I work in our Real Estate Department as a Loan Processor.

What’s your favorite hobby?
Spending time with family and friends. And traveling. (Big trips I went on: Bali, New Orleans.)

How has Gila Rut impacted your life or style?
I know I can be ready for any special occasion or vacation with just one appointment. (You are always available to me for the most part, and accommodating.)

What is your favorite part about coming to Gila Rut?
Seeing my girl Nadia and all the familiar faces I’ve … Read More