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Neighbors: Jacque Lindhorst Sible has a heart for seniors

By: Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer | The Surveyor | March 26, 2021 | Business

Jacque Lindhorst Sible has a big heart, so she followed her mother’s footsteps into the medical field. This was an area where Sible felt she could be of help to people. However, when computers became a big part of the health field, Sible found that she was spending more time face-to-face with a screen rather than with patients. The industry was no longer for her, so Sible went to beauty school.

After graduation from Cheeks Beauty Academy, where she worked with the elderly a lot, she knew that was who her clients were meant to be.

Photo by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer: Jacque Lindhorst Sible with Patsy Knight and Gizmo.

“I told my mom, ‘this is what I want to do,’” said Sible. “I want to dote on, to comfort and to love little old ladies.”

Just out of cosmetology school, she worked in the salon at Walmart. Then, for five-years lovely years, she put her new skills to use in the world of the elderly. Sible worked at the Park Regency Loveland Assisted Living facility salon, cutting hair, and giving manicures and pedicures to grateful residents. Finally, Sible felt as though she was really helping people.

COVID-19 changed things. The salon inside the Park Regency closed and remains so today. Sible wanted to work and as the months went by, everyone wanted and needed haircuts, from the young to the old. With no end in sight of the prohibition of cosmetologists from assisted living homes, Sible lobbied for her business to be made an essential job. She even went to 9News, but her pleas fell on deaf ears.

Seven months ago, Sible came to Sugar Valley Estates, a retirement community with studio apartments and one and two-bedroom apartments. Sible has a full salon on the third floor of the main building. She also cuts hair in her Berthoud home, but having recently moved, it is not fully functioning for her elderly clientele. It will be at some point, but for now, anyone is welcome to Sugar Valley Estates’ salon, not just residents.

“I don’t know how many haircuts, pedicures and manicures I’ve done here, but people are so appreciative,” said Sible. “I even have men who come here and not just for haircuts. They come for pedicures too.”

Five months ago, Sible added the most popular item to her salon, a Corgi puppy named Gizmo.

“A lot of the time people come by the salon to say ‘hi’ to Gizmo, not me,” laughed Sible.

Gizmo puts a smile on every face that stops by, including Patsy Knight, a Sugar Valley Estates resident who has become more than a client to Sible. Knight’s even dog-sat Gizmo.   

“During the time that we didn’t have anyone in the salon, we were miserable,” said Knight. “When Jacque came here we greeted her with open arms.”

COVID-19 has affected everyone, and although it led to Sible losing her beloved job, she and Gizmo have landed in an incredibly good spot. Jacque Lindhorst Sible is serving people again which makes her happy. She can be reached for salon services at (970) 631-7106.

 

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