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Venerable Woodstock barber shop stays in the family
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  Local Barber shop Mae's Barber Shop has changed hands but is still 'in the family', and still open  
Mae's Family Barber Shop at 4617 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard has been a fixture in the neighborhood for 25 years. This year, in January, Muong Lor – popularly known as Mae – and her husband Ton retired, and turned the family business over to Mae's daughter-in-law, Theavy Tep.

*Theavy, who is now 38 years old, graduated from high school in Cambodia in 2003 and moved to the capitol, Pnom Penh, to learn hair cutting and cosmetology. While there, she also studied English, and took tailoring classes to become a seamstress.

"Everyone has always called me a hard worker," remarks Theavy. "When I moved to Portland, I went to Portland Beauty School, and also to Portland Community College at Division and S.E. 82nd for ESL [English as a Second Language] classes."

*Following that, she worked for six years at two jobs simultaneously – cutting hair, and operating an oven in a bakery – both in Eastport Plaza. Her reputation as a hard worker has long been well-established.