- October 28, 2021
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(From left to right) Frank Burge, Sr. Ginny Burge, Frank L. Burge, Jr., Susie Burge celebrate 65 years in business for Rice Village’s oldest Salon and Spa.
Beautique Day Spa & Salon located at 2507 Times Blvd. in Houston.
Childhood sweethearts Frank and Ginny Burge got married in 1951 before Frank joined the Air Force where he served for two years. When he got out, the couple didn’t have plans for how they would make money.
The government suggested they join the service industry and gave them a few options for where they could live. They chose Houston, moved here in 1953, and had the opportunity to pick up a salon the IRS seized in 1953.
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Now, Beautique Day Spa & Salon is celebrating 65 years of business and 92-year-old Frank and his 90-year-old wife Ginny are still welcoming guests to the salon.
“The anniversary was amazing, the people that came said they remember when they came as a little girl and we had a couple of original customers come,” Frank said. “They’re pretty old right now but they’re still there.”
The salon has been providing massages, facials, aromatherapy, waxing, professional hair and makeup, and also host special events like wedding showers, corporate retreats and birthday parties. Beautique also has an apprenticeship program and has about 75 employees on staff right now.
The business has grown from only a 1,000-square-foot business to now a 22,000-square-foot business. The day-to-day operation of Beautique is run by Frank and Ginny’s two children, Frank L. Burge, Jr. and Susie Burge-Finn.
“My brother Frank Jr. and I are proud to follow in our parents’ footsteps as we jointly run Beautique today,” says Susan Burge-Finn. “Inherently relaxing in beauty and indulgence, our promise is not to just pamper our customers but to exceed expectations with unparalleled service and a dedication to the latest techniques.”
Frank and Ginny looked back at the changes to Rice Village since they first opened the salon.
“When we first came to the Village, there were six gas stations, a movie theater, three grocery stores, and so forth and so on,” Frank said. “We’ve seen a lot of changes, a lot of changes.”
The couple said the key to staying in business so long is great customer service and great clients.
“And a lot of emphasis on developing people,” Frank said. “If I have a legacy it’s because of all the young people I helped get started in the business.”
The couple admitted that the COVID-19 pandemic was tough on their business and they couldn’t afford to keep the entirety of their staff.
“Nevertheless, I think it’s on the upswing,” Frank said. “I think the business is very good, if the mutation doesn’t kill us, I think we’re in great shape.”
Beautique Day Spa & Salon is located at 2507 Times Blvd, Houston, Tx 77005.
Ryan Nickerson is a reporter for Houston Community Newspapers and the Houston Chronicle.
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