Alhambra Beauty Supply and Salon celebrates 50 years

Alhambra Beauty Supply and Salon is a family-run business. From left are Sherry Owens, Cookie Owens, and Robert Latta.


It has been almost 50 years since Cookie Owens approached her friend Sam “the barber” Artino for advice in her search of a job. Sam offered her an alternative. “Why not own your own business?” he asked. At the time, Sam was trying to run a busy barber shop and a startup beauty supply store. He was too busy to do both. So he offered the store to Cookie. She bought in and never looked back. Their friendship continues to be strong today and is the stuff of Alhambra legend.

Cookie soon moved the store to its current location at 445 W. Main St. (the corner of Fifth and Main) in Alhambra and began to stock the shelves with a wide variety of products for skin care, hair, and makeup. Today, she carries products from Dermalogica, Sebastian, KMS, Joe Blasco, Redken, Joico, Murad, Matrix, and Jane Iredale Cosmetics.

She added a space for a full service hair salon, jewelry, collectibles, and gift baskets. The shelves include room for a great selection of men’s products as well. Hard to find special orders are her specialty. Need a gallon of shampoo? Cookie can get it.  

Alhambra Beauty Supply has become a family business. In the beginning, Cookie’s mother helped out. Her son, Robert, leaned the business from her and is now the store manager. Her daughter, Sherry, works in the salon, and her sister, Judy (Tinker to her friends), can often be found behind the counter. Tinker is always happy to share her great collection of jokes with customers.

Check out Alhambra Beauty Supply. If looking for a hard-to-find beauty product, or to make a beauty salon appointment, call the store at 626-281-2790. Cookie is looking for a few good hair stylists. Contact the shop to submit a resume.


Cookie OwensSam

Mar 2020


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