As George Beshilas looks back at his now-50-year tenure as the owner of George's Hair Designs in Western Springs Garden Market, he remembers arriving in America in the mid-50s as a 16-year-old, the Suburban Life reports.
According to the paper, Beshilas worked at a grocery store for five years and married a Lyons Township teacher, before going to Chicago's American School of Beauty and taking a chance buying what was then the Garden Market Beauty Shop with a loan from his in-laws.
"I told them, 'I am not afraid of work. I'll work hard and do my best...' and with my family and God's help, I'm still there, nearly 50 years later," he told the paper. "This is a family atmosphere. I don't think I could have lasted all these years in a place of strife and jealousy."
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