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Salon Monet nail technician Patricia Miller celebrated her 70th birthday with her three grandsons Gannon, left, Roman, right and Bronson, background.
She’s part therapist and occasionally dishes out motherly advice, but to those who know Los Altos’ Salon Monet nail technician Patricia Miller best, she’s always a friend.
So it comes as no surprise that when Miller celebrated her 70th birthday June 27, her family and a host of clients inundated her with bouquets of flowers and cards. Miller, who has worked at the Salon for more than 14 years, said the birthday surprise wasn’t something she was expecting.
“I love all my clients,” said Miller, who adorns her workstation with photos of her three grandsons. “They’re all my family and my friends. I don’t know what I would do without them.”
Among the longtime clients who stopped by to celebrate was Mary Claire Draeger DeSoto, who regularly makes the trek from her home in South San Francisco for a pedicure and a chat with Miller. DeSoto said it’s not uncommon for Miller to dispense sage advice on life or any pressing problems that came up during their 15-year friendship.
“I look forward to seeing Patricia’s cheery smile and catching up,” she said. “Besides being an expert at what she does, Patricia has always been wise past her years. She calmly and assuredly offers advice that cuts right to the point. It’s like she’s been in your shoes before.”
Terry and Frank Brennan also count themselves among the numerous customers who call Miller a friend. The Brennans have been her customers for more than 30 years and said what stands out about Miller is her personal touch and easygoing personality.
“I’ve followed her wherever she’s gone,” Terry Brennan said of Miller, who was a nail technician at Ladies Touch in Los Altos in the early 1980s and worked 16 years in Mountain View before coming to Salon Monet. “She’s very loyal. She really is a tremendous person.”
And while some people her age might be contemplating retirement, Miller said she wouldn’t think of it.
After all, she said, it’s not really work when you get to see your friends all day.
“I’m too attached to everybody,” Miller said with a chuckle. “I just love my job.”