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Ask A Trooper
By KRIStI ANgELO, Community Service trooper
Angelo’s is not an uncommon name to see on a business in Battle Creek. My siblings and I grew up in a fami- ly restaurant busi- ness started by our grandparents, Kris
and Mary Angelo, as a cafeteria-style family eatery. Eventually, our father, Carl Angelo, took it over as a restaurant and lounge. Angelo’s was very popular place to eat and drink after busy nights at the Bailey Park ball park and area-school sporting events. Many patrons throughout the years became like family to us.
Carl and Betty Angelo have seven children: two boys, and five daughters. Michael was the first born and Mathew the youngest, and the lord blessed them with five sisters in between. Every one of us worked in the family business at some point, each starting out washing dishes, busing tables, waitressing, and bartend- ing. A few even cooked in the kitchen. And though we all branched out to differ- ent careers, each one of us treasures the great memories of our family business.
This article is about women in busi- ness, and I am writing with pride about my baby sister, Katie Angelo McFadden. Katie is Angelo child number six.
In 1986, Katie moved to Florida for her senior year of high school with our mom, Betty, who took up a business venture by opening a temporary employment place- ment agency called Dental-Medical Pow- er in Orange County. Not long after arriv- ing in the Sunshine State, Katie decided to start cosmetology school part-time at night while living in Altamonte Springs. In 1987 my mom had some health issues that forced her to dissolve the business and move back to Michigan. Needless to say Katie did not finish cosmetology school, as my parents wanted her to move back home. But she knew in the back of her mind that her career calling was going to be in hair design.
Katie started working full-time for our dad at Angelo’s in 1995 and was a new- ly divorced single mother. Working in the restaurant gave her many opportuni- ties to meet people. Joe and Carol Ferra- ri were good friends and customers who
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frequented Angelo’s for dinner. Katie of- ten times would be their waitress. The Ferrari’s recognized my sister’s fiery spir- it and stark determination, and at the end of the summer of 1995, they recruited her to attend their school in downtown Battle Creek. Just a few weeks later, Katie was enrolled in the school and was in the be- ginning phases of her career. Our parents talked her into moving home that year, so they could help out with her three year old daughter, Jordan. Katie attended Ferrari’s Cosmetology full-time during days and worked nights at the restaurant, so life got pretty hectic for her. She had a great sup- port system all the way around and was surrounded by successful business owners. She eagerly learned a lot from all of them.
Katie was in the last class to graduate from Ferrari’s School of Cosmetology on November 1, 1996, and she had a job waiting for her at Ferrari’s Hamblin Ave- nue Salon.
Katie called me in December 1996 and asked if I could take a day off work to accompany her and be a model, while she took the Michigan State Boards in Brighton, Michigan. I was thinking, “This can’t be that hard, right?” I soon realized I was so truly wrong. Walking into that testing site with her gave me flash backs of the police academy. There was no fool- ing around: it was definitely a para-mili- tary environment. You could tell the test proctors were stern and strict. I remember waiting for her to take the written exam. I had no idea this was going to be so in- depth. It was a grueling, all-day event, and the anticipation of waiting for exam results was just as bad. As it turned out,
there was nothing to worry about, as Katie passed the board with flying colors. Katie remembers her first day working downtown at Ferrari’s like it was yester- day. Her station was next to both Carol Ferrari’s and Kathy “KJ” Steele’s. Katie was intrigued by watching every one of the hairdressers work their magic. She said she could not have been in a better
place to learn.
In 2002, Katie pursued a lifelong
dream of earning her degree by starting college at the CMU Lansing Center. She was persistent and eventually graduat- ed with her BS in Public Administration and Community Development. She did this while continuing to work full-time behind her chair, not to mention being a full-time mom. Katie thanks the Lord for her husband, Ron McFadden, for all the support he gave her in helping her chase her dreams. She had contemplated law school, however she decided her love for hair design and her clients meant more.
In October of 2007, Katie opened her own little studio salon in Arbor Village, which she called it Salon Exclusif. This felt like an appropriate evolution for her. It was awesome there, and she enjoyed working next to a few of her colleagues from Fer- rari’s. In the fall of 2009, she started using a color brand called Tocco Magico, which is based out of Italy and is a product that is very gentle on the hair and environmen- tally friendly. With the persistence of her Sales Representative and Tocco Magico’s Director of Education and Art, Katie took their certification class and became a Na- tional Color Educator in the spring of 2010. This was no small accomplishment, as the certification was like taking a three credit university course. Since that time, Katie has traveled all over the state, as well as several other states, teaching others on the use of Tocco Magico color. This has given her an opportunity to meet some wonderful people and other business owners.
Katie was soon promoted to Regional Sales and Education Coordinator for Toc- co Magico US. Mind you, she remained dedicated to her clients and worked in her studio, maintaining a busy schedule. She got to the point where she was con- templating working full-time for Tocco Magico, even though she always said she would retire from her studio.

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