- November 18, 2021
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LAKESIDE — When Stacey Johannsen purchased a salon in Lakeside 18 years ago, she hadn’t yet started cosmetology school. A friend encouraged her to buy the business after the owner unexpectedly died, and there were days of regret when she sat in the shop with no customers.
“I hadn’t even started school, but I bit the bullet and bought it,” she said. “I had no clients. I remember sitting there with no one.”
But it didn’t take long for clients to find her at Lakeside Salon and Spa, and this year, she moved to a larger location in Lakeside to accommodate her flourishing business. After nearly two decades, she had outgrown her previous building and wanted a location with enough space to expand her services.
“To see where I was, and now needing to expand is amazing,” she said. “We’re growing. Lakeside is growing.”
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With the added space, Johannsen was able to add an esthetician, Cecile Marie Mahr, and a massage therapist, Linda Green, to her staff. Lakeside Salon and Spa now offers a full line of spa services, including haircuts and color, facial waxing, manicures, pedicures, massage, and facials. The salon also offers bridal services.
Johannsen’s staff includes stylist and manicurist Hayley Best.
“I was a one-man show for many years, except for summer help,” Johannsen said. “Hayley started five or six years ago and stayed all winter and built her clientele. Now she has almost a closed book, and she’s only 24 years old. I’m really proud of her.”
With just the two of them working full time, the business is still limited. Johannsen is looking for an additional stylist and manicurist to add to her team so she can offer even more for the shop’s clients, including winter getaway packages in conjunction with other Lakeside businesses.
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“Women love spa services, so adding an esthetician and manicurist was great. But I need to get a couple more people here because we’re still turning down work lately,” Johannsen said. “I definitely need a nail tech or a stylist who can do it all.”
The stylist would not only have the backing of an established salon, but they also would have the benefit of working amongst the charm of Lakeside. Once Johannsen opened a shop in the community, she never wanted to leave.
“It is the most nostalgic thing for me. It’s so quaint and cozy, and the people here — everyone has a relaxedness about them. Everyone is happy to be here,” Johannsen said.
Johannsen said the salon has three types of clients: local, year-round residents; summer tourist clients; and Lakeside snowbirds who own cottages but move south for the winter. The summer business, she said, is “crazy,” but winter clients keep the salon busy at a slower but full pace.
“In the winter, people pop in. It’s just different here. It’s not your typical place,” Johannsen said. “The people here have helped me through my journey and my personal journey because there are so many connections. It’s not just cut and color.”
Lakeside Salon and Spa is located at 222 Walnut Ave., Lakeside. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and Saturday by appointment. For more information, call 419-798-5520.
Contact correspondent Sheri Trusty at firstname.lastname@example.org.