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Home away from Home

Home away from Home

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I have called West Michigan home for 22 years, and I love it now more than ever. Working at Local First has opened my eyes to how truly amazing this place is, with so many business owners committed to their customers and the community.

But for four months last year, I found another place to call home. Far across the Atlantic Ocean on a beautiful, small island more commonly known as the United Kingdom, I studied abroad in the wonderful city of York.

This home was characterized by narrow streets, two thousand years of history, and a huge dose of British charm. But that nutshell description does not even begin to scratch the surface of what York is like, and trying to talk about it with people back in America has been a challenge.

Another (albeit unrelated) challenge? Finding the right place to get a haircut.

But you no longer needed a microscope to see my split ends, and so the search began.

After perusing a few websites, comparing prices and general atmosphere, I settled on Sorella Hair Design.

I called, picked a time, was informed that Susan would be taking care of me.

When I arrived at the salon, I heard a voice.

A voice from the past.

The accent was British, certainly. But it was more than that.

This was the voice of a Yorkshire lass.

For those of you who don’t know, this is the voice of a Yorkshire lass.

This accent was coming from Susan, my new hairdresser.

That’s right: after a year back in the States, I finally found someone from Yorkshire.


I left Sorella that day feeling like a new person, but grateful to have had a chance to talk about the past.

A couple days later, I received a card in the mail.

It was from Susan, thanking me for coming in, and for talking with her about Yorkshire.

Our little piece of home, on the other side of the ocean.