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Glen Dow Academy: 45 years of style

Under the watchful eye of Glen Dow Academy owner Martin Dow, left, Cosmetology student model Jessica Truong has her hair styled by fellow students, from left, Britni Whitney, Cecilia Quinlan and Janelle King. Colin Mulvany photo.

The lobby of Glen Dow Academy swarmed with activity on a recent weekday morning. Customers checked in for their appointments while students wearing black aprons or smocks, gathered to scan the day’s schedule.

“We see 75 to 100 clients a day and 100 to 125 clients on Saturdays,” said school owner/director Martin Dow. “And over 100 students are currently enrolled.”

Since 1969, the academy has churned out nearly 10,000 graduates. If you live in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area, chances are high that your stylist studied cosmetology at Glen Dow.

The campus buildings on Riverside Avenue are on the national and state historic registers. Kirtland Cutter designed the larger building, and the adjacent white building was voted by the architects of Spokane to be the most liked building in downtown Spokane in 1996. More here. Cindy Hval, SR

Have you ever had your hair cut at beauty school? Were you pleased with the results?

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.