Woman finds beauty in DaltonPublished 11:43am Wednesday, January 2, 2013
There are a lot of reasons people move from cities to rural areas — to get away from violence, gain serenity, have a lower cost of living or find wide open spaces.
For Nikki Moebius, it was to move to her husband’s home town of Dalton and be near family.
But moving from St. Cloud to a rural area outside of Dalton near Clear Lake is not the only big change for Moebius.
The owner of the Dalton Tanning and Beauty Salon previously worked as a stylist with some very large salons, such as Regis and JC Penney.
“It’s a big difference coming from an environment where I was one of 42 stylists to working on my own,” said Moebius. “It’s more personal in smaller town.”
Moebius purchased the salon, which offers full services from cuts and color to highlights, perms and waxing, nine years ago.
She while she generally is open Tuesday through Friday and by appointment on Saturday, she says flexibility is key in her small business, including staying open late on Tuesdays and Thursdays for those that work during the day outside of town.
“I have several ladies that come in every Friday to get their hair set,” said Moebius as she worked on one of her Friday regulars, Mavis Henderson. “I just really enjoy these ladies.”
“I’m here every Friday at 2,” said Henderson, who is the mother of the town Mayor.
Moebius and Henderson continue to chat away, as Henderson jokes about French braiding her kids hair so tight when they were young it would make their eyes squint.
And just as Henderson’s hair is coiffed to perfection the 2:30 regular takes her chair.
Another big change for Moebius is living in Minnesota after growing up in Florida. But if she misses the Florida sunshine, Moebius and her clients can regain a sun-kissed look with the tanning bed tucked away in the back room.
A bronze glow can be obtained for $5 for 20 minutes, or less if you buy more minutes at a time.
“I am just really enjoying small town life,” said Moebius, as she starts to rinse and repeat the next regular at the Dalton Tanning and Beauty Salon.