Tolman has sold her business to colleague Melat Asfaw, but will be leasing a chair from the new enterprise – which will be called Melat – and will continue to see customers at the same location.
“I’ve had so many great customers over the years,” said Tolman. “They’re like family to me. They really are.”
Jan And …, together with Lisa’s Upholstery, is one of the longest running tenants at 42nd Street Station and has been in the space for 26 years. 42nd Street Station opened in 1984, after the building was converted from a Roger’s Department Store. The building was redesigned with a train-station theme to tie-in with the Hollywood MAX station, which was under construction at the time.
Tolman, who lives in the Parkrose neighborhood, is a Hollywood Booster and a Royal Rosarian. The Boosters are Portland’s oldest business association and Tolman has been a member of the organization since 1974. They work together to promote economic development and the advancement of businesses in the community. Tolman is well known for her work promoting the Junior Rose Parade and her efforts in maintaining the street planters and landscaping along Sandy Boulevard.
“I have so many wonderful memories of my time with the Boosters and I’ve made so many wonderful friends,” said Tolman. “Paul Clark, Arlene Halvorsen, Mary, Wohler, Gloria Settlemeier. Too many to mention! We used to have the most wonderful dinner parties, and Casino Night is always so much fun. There is a core group of folks who have always been there and they’re a big part of what makes Hollywood so special. It’s a town within a town, really. A small town inside of the big city.”
After graduating from Madison High School and the Hollywood College of Beauty – which was located at Northeast 33rd and Broadway – Tolman opened her first shop on 44th and Sandy, next to the Miller Paint store. She ran her business in that space for 10 years, before moving to a shop next to the Hollywood Theatre. During her 12 years in that space, the movie Mr. Holland’s Opus was filmed in the neighborhood and the Jan And .. sign is featured prominently in a parade scene. Tolman relocated for a third time, to her current spot, in 1989.
Asfaw, who has worked out of the Jan And … shop for two and a half years, has big plans for the new salon and will begin sprucing the space up in July. In addition to some fresh paint, she hopes to add new signage and new awnings and plans to open the space up to allow for more natural light.
As the renovation proceeds, she plans to add a reception area, an additional chair, and to increase the manicure and pedicure stations. Asfaw is very grateful to Tolman for the opportunity to grow her business.
“I’ve learned so much from Jan,” she said. “I used to be very shy but now, maybe, I’m less so. Jan taught me to speak up. To be more confident.”
To schedule an appointment at Melat or to inquire about opportunities to work with the new salon, call 503-281-5497.