Leesburg woman leaves retirement to fulfill childhood dream
LEESBURG — As a girl, Julie Greenwalt often cut hair for family and friends, so she never hesitated when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up.
However, as life went on, Greenwalt, of Leesburg, had an endless number of jobs doing everything but hair dressing.
“At graduation, I had intended to become a beautician but was offered another job,” she said. “It was a good job, so I decided to take it and thought I would just go to beauty school a little bit later. I had no idea it would be 50 years later.”
According to Greenwalt, life has a way of taking turns and sometimes you “gotta do what you gotta do.”
She has been an executive secretary, insurance agent, real estate agent, flight attendant, bartender, medical office manager, dental assistant, newspaper editor, advertising consultant, paralegal and retired from the medical field.
“I could never just do one thing, I loved it all,” Greenwalt said. “But I had still never used my passion for cosmetology until now.”
Last year, Greenwalt came out of retirement to attend cosmetology school and obtain her license.
“I can’t stay dormant,” she said. “I have to stay active and decided it was about time I got back to something I loved.”
During school, Dominic Catalano came in for a facial, manicure and pedicure and invited Greenwalt to be part of his team at the Hair Studio in Leesburg.
Greenwalt renovated a room in the studio and opened Julie’s Spa and Salon earlier this year, offering women’s and men’s cuts, color, styles, perms, facials and manicures. She also specializes in roller sets, saying she wants to appeal to the senior population in the area.
Julie’s Spa and Salon, 32835 County Road 473, is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, call 727-204-5394.
“I’m happy I get to use my God-given talents. I do give all my credit to God because it’s just something I always knew how to do. I have a passion to make people look their best and love that I can finally put that into action,” Greenwalt said.