Life As Civilians
From Top Gun and U.S. Intelligence to entrepreneur salon owners.
As a teenager, Dot Kemptner wanted to travel the world. Daughter to an Air-Force-career father and Parisian mother, it was no surprise when she decided to join the military to realize her dreams. She investigated all the branches of the military and found the Army the best route to Europe. Joining in 1980, she spent 32 weeks studying German at the Defense Language Institute in California. In 1981, she was shipped off to Germany, where she was in military intelligence. Her mission: eavesdrop on German troops.
Dot’s high school sweetheart, Mitch Kemptner, had a dream of becoming a pilot -not just any pilot but a military aviator - so he also joined the military.
In 1981, the military duo took a short leave and got married in Marietta. As luck and a lot of military paperwork would have it, Mitch joined Dot in Germany, where they were assigned only two blocks from one another.
n 1983, Dot became pregnant with their first child and choose to end her career with the Army and raise a family. She remained in Germany, supportive of Mitch while he continued his career in Army Aviation. Mitch became a Top Gun flying Cobra Attack helicopters and CH47 Heavy Lift Chinooks on numerous tours around the world. Mitch eventually retired after serving our great country for 20 years. During those two decades, the Kemptner family grew to include three children, all born in Germany. The family agreed it was time to return to the United States.
Returning to Forsyth County, Dot became a German language teacher and today teaches at Northview High School in John’s Creek. Mitch became Vice President of Operations at HomeBanc, but was forced to find a new career, however, after the company declared bankruptcy. “As far back as when we lived in Germany, we always talked about owning our own business back in the States,” said Dot. So in search of a new career, Mitch researched many franchises and industries to become a successful entrepreneur. In the midst of his research, he stopped at HAIRdue, a local salon, for a haircut. He was impressed with the visit, and when he tried to return for another cut, his stylist of choice was booked. Back to researching a new career, he found HAIRdue was on the market for purchase. Already impressed with the salon, he jumped on the opportunity. “All Mitch new about salons is that I went to one on a regular basis,” joked Dot. So as fate had it, Mitch and Dot purchased the salon, and Mitch got busy with his new career operating it. He surrounded himself with the best stylist offering over 50 years of combined experience and a floor manager with over 30 experience. “Every day I look for ways to better serve our clients and to maintain a professional working environment for our staff. All of our stylist have continuing education and really go the extra mile to focus on each client,” stated Mitch.
Welcome to Hairdue Salon and Day Spa!
Hairdue Salon and Day Spa is the place to be in 2016. Celebrating over 11 years, Hairdue sets the standard in the beauty industry offering the most extensive list of services in Cumming, GA. Including the latest color and cut techniques, relaxing massage, facial and body treatments as well as fashions latest nail services. Hairdue’s objective is a simple one; meet and exceed all of your expectations.
Hairdue is a family-owned business invested in the community. Additionally, we are active members of the community donating thousands of dollars in services and products to charity organizations. We believe in giving back to the North GA area that has made us so successful and continue to find new ways to do so every year.