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Council member buys local spa

December 28, 2012
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Headliner Salon and Spa has a new owner.

And anyone familiar with local government will recognize the face behind the chair.

Local hairstylist and third-ward council member Marla Grabenbauer purchased the building from the late Susan Untiedt and began running the Main Street boutique Dec. 24.

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New Headliner Salon and Spa owner Marla Grabenbauer styles long-time client Pam Damman’s hair Thursday afternoon. Although the boutique has remain open since the death of the previous owner, Grabenbauer began managing the store Dec. 24, instituting a new pricing system and offering new services.

Grabenbauer has run an in-home salon in her home for many years and had been looking to open a downtown shop for almost as long. But there wasn't an opening until she began negotiations with Untiedt prior to her death.

"It's something that has been in the works for some time," she said of the purchase. "It was a dream."

In 2012, the Marshall County Assessor valued the parcel at $59,000.

Grabenbauer said she likes the downtown vibe, and will try to maintain most of the shop's atmosphere

Access is important to her. After a client injured themselves on the stairs to her home, Grabenbauer realized she needed to move.

However, despite the staff's commitment to preserving the shop's historic feel, there will also be several changes, most of which will be additions not subtractions.

The shop will continue to offer gifts, but will now feature items from local artists, bath salts, soaps and other spa-related items. In addition to haircuts, coloring, massages and perms, the spa will now also offer reflexology, a holistic therapy that is a sort of a blend of massage and acupuncture, where the therapist applies pressure to different "hot spots" with their fingers.

Pam Damman, of Marshalltown, is one of Grabenbauer's in-home clients who followed her to the downtown site.

"I have just been coming to her for a long time," she said.

The only subtraction is a change customers will hardly complain about: prices are lower.

Being a single mother, Grabenbauer said she understands economic crunch and wanted to offer a one-stop shop for her customers at a reasonable price.

"We still offer the same quality service," she said. "We just want those chairs full all day long. We don't like that down time."

For complete pricing or to schedule an appointment call 641-752-3122.



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