Downtown Neighbors: Leissa's longevity comes as no surprise

Saturday, February 24, 2018

What if I told you that the third oldest business downtown Menomonie is Leissa’s Hair Studio & Day Spa?

Owner Leissa Berenschot would tell you she is not surprised that her business has been a staple of Menomonie for so long. From a small town, Leissa wanted to “find herself” which she did after putting herself through cosmetology school.

Her affinity for downtowns came from her time living in Minneapolis. Leissa explains herself as “an uptown girl who loves downtown.”

Located at 226 Main Street, Leissa wanted to create something more than just a place to get a haircut, but rather a destination for all cosmetic needs. Along with Barb Olson, manager at Leissa’s for 28 years — and now part owner, they grew from a four chair salon to a 19,000 square foot space.

With space, comes the addition of more employees. Today, Leissa’s Hair Studio & Day Spa employs roughly a dozen people, much different than the two employee salon it once was. Leissa said their success was “partially attributed to their connection with the award-winning Aveda Cosmetics Company.”

Leissa Hair Studio & Day Spa offers an astonishing array of amenities. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, with employees who make visitors experience enjoyable. Leissa says she knew early on that to be a destination you must understand what women and men want.

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