Clintonville residents must really care about their hair, given the number of salons and barbershops in the neighborhood.

The owners of a half-dozen of these establishments want to show they care about Clintonville.

That's why they're collaborating on a project to collect hygiene products during March to be donated to the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center.

The project is taking the form of a friendly competition to see who among the participants can gather the most items from customers, said Emma Buchbinder, social-media leader and team operations manager for Virtue Salon, 3282 N. High St.

The other businesses involved in the effort, dubbed Come Together, are: Bishops, 4223 N. High St.; Longview Barber Shop, 3325 N. High St.; Lucky 13 Salon, 3131 N. High St.; Rendezvous Hair Salon, 2600 N. High St.; and Thirty 30 Traditional Barbershop, 3030 N. High St.

The shops are asking customers to provide items such as toothpaste, dental floss, conditioner, feminine-hygiene products, deodorant, wet wipes and cotton swabs.

"Really, it can be a variety of things," Buchbinder said.

CRC clients definitely need everything on that list, said Executive Director Bill Owens.

"Those items that all of us get for use in everyday life are the things we help people get when they don't have adequate income to cover those things," he said.

Most people who make donations to the CRC's food pantry provide frozen items and canned goods, Owens said.

"We also know that people need things like toilet paper and diapers and shampoo and toothpaste and toothbrushes," he said. "These are all things that, as our neighborhood and community at large are able to provide to us, we are able to pass on to those who need them.

"It's really an affirmation for us of the work that we do."

"I think it's a great idea," said David Carty, owner of Longview Barber Shop. "It's something that each of the shops over the last few years have kicked around. Virtue Salon has kind of taken the lead on this, and I think it's going to be a fun competition, and I think it's going to be something good for the community."

Virtue Salon owner Melanie Guzzo credited Vanessa Williamson, owner of Rendezvous Hair Salon, with suggesting the idea of a collaboration among neighborhood shops that would involve customers.

"We absolutely love contributing to our community as much as we can, and what better way than to also network with other wonderful shops in our area," Williamson said in an announcement about Come Together. "We are thrilled to be involved in this collaboration."

Guzzo said she doesn't know how many hygiene items the inaugural Come Together would produce, but she's optimistic.

"I hope it's just awesome," she said. "Clintonville is a pretty close community that likes to give back."


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