Fond farewell for Mary and Di after more than 25 years of running popular Feniton salon

PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:01 17 August 2018

Mary (left) and Dianne are leaving Feniton Hairstylists after more than 30 years.

Mary (left) and Dianne are leaving Feniton Hairstylists after more than 30 years.


A popular hairstyling duo who have worked in a Feniton studio for more than 25 years together after now putting away their scissors for good.

Mary Kemp and Di Bowden have been the face of Feniton Hairstylists in the Old Village for more than three decades.

The business was co-founded by Mary in September 1986, and the businesses promptly took off.

Due to its popularity, a larger premises was required.

In 1990, the business relocated across the road to a purpose-built premises, where it has remained since.

Once established in the new premises Di joined the business, in partnership with Mary and the business flourished and thrived, with a band of loyal clients supporting them.

After nearly three decades of working together, the duo are hanging up their scissors this month to enjoy their retirement.

In December 2016 Emma Isaacson (née Brunn) and Kay Brunn bought Feniton Hairstylists and continued to work with Mary and Di in the salon.

Emma said: “We have brought a modern, fresh vibe to the traditional salon and offer a wider range of services to cater for everyone. We will continue to run the salon with our apprentice, Amy, who has recently joined the team.”

To celebrate Mary and Di’s retirement, coffee and cake will served in the salon between 2pm and 4pm on Friday, August 24.

Emma said: “We are in awe of how much Mary and Dianne have accomplished over the past 30 years, building up such a loyal clientele and becoming an important part of the community.

“They built a really solid business, overcoming many obstacles, such as the flood in 2008.

“Working for them and alongside them over the past years has been an amazing experience and we can both say that we have learned so much from the pair.

“Obviously, we have a good professional working relationship with Mary and Dianne, but we also feel we have two really great friends; the salon will feel different without them working with us.

“We wish them all the best for their retirement and hope that we will do their legacy justice.”

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