HJ/EDHerald Journal, Feb. 27, 2006

Emmy's Salon fulfills dream in HL

By Liz Hellmann
Staff Writer

Beauty salons are places people go to change their looks, but when Emmy Swanson of Howard Lake walked into Donna’s Salon in Howard Lake, it changed her life.

“When I went in there, there was no doubt in my mind. I needed to work with these women,” Swanson said as she smiled up from the receptionist desk in the salon she now owns.

Emmy’s Salon is located in the same building that once housed Donna’s Salon, and Salon Amie Family Hair Care, in Howard Lake, on the corner of Highway 12 and 6th street, next to Bergie’s Pizza and Subs.

Emmy’s Salon offers all the services the previous one did, including haircuts, permanents, manicures, pedicures, and waxing. The salon has also added one new stylist, giving customers a choice of six to choose from.

“We excel in doing corrective coloring,” Swanson said. “If someone didn’t do it right, or they accidently turned their hair orange, we can fix it.”

Emmy’s Salon has also undergone a facelift, with a new coat of paint and reorganization.

But something that has not changed is the stylists’ dedication to their customers.

“We’re honest with customers, we don’t tell them to get something if it’s not going to look good, just for the sake of selling it,” Swanson said.

Swanson has lived in Howard Lake for about 11 years, and worked at both Donna’s Salon and Salon Amie, before opening her own.

Salon Amie owner Kathy Johnson closed the salon Jan. 31, and the next day, Emmy’s Salon opened.

“Kathy approached me with the idea about a year ago, and I said OK,” Swanson said.

Working at a salon is something Swanson has always wanted to do, and began at an early age.

Working as a receptionist through high school, and then during college, Swanson dreamed of owning her own salon.

“It rolled right along, everything fell right into place. I was not expecting to own my own salon two years after I graduated, but that’s what happened,” Swanson said.

Swanson attended St. Olaf College in Northfield before going on to Scot Lewis Cosmetology School in Plymouth.

The day after she graduated from cosmetology school, she put her scissors to the test at Salon Amie.

One of her favorite things to do is work with a wedding party, or girls getting ready for the prom.

“It’s helping them start their day off feeling special,” Swanson said.

Although Emmy’s Salon officially opened Feb. 1, a grand opening for the store is planned for Saturday, April 1 from noon to 4 p.m. There will be drawings and prizes.

In the meantime, Swanson and her stylists are on hand to help tame those tresses Tuesdays through Thursdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, or to make an appointment, call (320) 543-2754.


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