COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Penzone Hair Salons is an iconic brand in Columbus, styling many of the on-air talents here at NBC 4.
Charles Penzone was the man behind the brand for 52 years, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, he retreated to the basement of the world’s largest hair salon.
He said that move may have saved his life.
“You’ll love this story about why the Today show came in,” Penzone said excitedly, holding a Styrofoam cup of coffee.
Penzone’s got stories. The nearly 76-year-old owns the most dominant line of salons in central Ohio. COVID-19 shut them down for nine weeks.
“OK. COVID hits and you say, ‘OK, I’m going to start painting?” NBC 4’s Brad Johansen asked.
“Yes,” Penzone responded matter of factly.
“No, it doesn’t happen like that,” Johansen said.
“Yes, it happened like that,” Penzone insisted.