Havre de Grace Business Celebrates 30 Years


Courtesy of Lynn Comer.

HAVRE DE GRACE, MD — The owner of a salon in Havre de Grace is celebrating 30 years in business this week.

Crazy Eights opened in 1992 on North Washington Street.

The salon got its name from the original rates.

“When I first opened up, I had 8s in all the prices,” owner Lynn Comer told Patch. For example, it cost $8 for a haircut and $28 for a cut and style. "My kids said, ‘Mom, why don't you call it Crazy Eights?’ So that's how the name came about. It's made a good conversation piece.”

For the past 30 years, the salon has been in the same spot, giving Comer a front-row seat as Havre de Grace changes.

Courtesy of Lynn Comer.

“I've seen businesses come and go and new ones come in,” Comer said. “If they do what they are talking about doing downtown, I'm afraid it will hurt my business. Especially for older clients that can't walk far.”

The city is considering a downtown revitalization plan that could result in less parking.

Change is something Comer has adapted to in the past few years in particular.

The business closed for two to three months during the COVID-19 pandemic. During that time, the salon underwent some remodeling.

Now, the shop looks “brighter and more up to date,” Comer said.

Courtesy of Lynn Comer.

The salon has also added personnel, who have been with her from one to 17 years.

“I have a great staff here,” Comer said. “All stylists are self employed and rent their stations.”

When Patch asked what her secret to staying in business so long was, Comer said: “I would have to say take one day at a time. You have to treat people with kindness and listen to what they want and not what you want. Luckily, I have had very good customers over the years.”

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