For nearly a decade, Erin Brackel has been operating The Hair Lounge on Main Street in Reeder.
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For nearly a decade, Erin Brackel has been operating The Hair Lounge on Main Street in Reeder. Today, Brackel will close her shop one last time as she moves on in anticipation of the birth of her second child.
“I’ve been here almost eight years,” Brackel said.
Brackel was a student in Scranton after they closed the school in Reeder.
Following her high school education she spent a year in Wahpeton. She then transferred and earned her beautician degree from The Hair Academy in Bismarck. Brackel and her class at The Hair Academy were one of the first to attend the beauty school.
She worked in Bismarck for two years before getting married and moving back to the area.
Upon opening her business, her biggest worry was acquiring clients, but that worry was short lived as she developed what she considers some of the best clients.
“I’ve been blessed with the best clientele, that’s why it’s hard to walk away,” Brackel said.
Terry Anderson, a client since The Hair Lounge first opened in Reeder, said she made you feel great, when you walk in and when you leave.
“She makes you feel good when you walk in the door,” Anderson said. “You feel so much better (after), you’ve enjoyed the whole hair cut, or pedicure, whatever you’ve had done, it makes you feel good the rest of the day.”
Brackel said she rarely had to advertise because she acquired so many new customers by simple word-of-mouth.
The feelings so far have been mixed. She is happy to be moving on to the next part of her life, but sad because of the things that she will miss. She also has had a good response, albeit sad, from her clients. They’re happy for her, but sad to have to look elsewhere for their beauty needs.
“I’ll miss so many things,” Brackel said. “I’m excited for the new chapter but it’s bittersweet.”
If she could pin point just one thing that she won’t miss, it would be the stress of the paperwork each year.
Brackel is hoping to get back into the beauty industry someday, perhaps when her children are older.
But for now she is focusing on what’s next for her and her family, but she couldn’t be more appreciative of the clients she has had over the past eight years.
“I appreciate all my clients over the years, they were wonderful,” Brackel said. “The best clients in the world.”