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LouAnn’s Cuts on E Street recently opened in Neligh.
According to owner LouAnn Blecher of Neligh, she accepted her first hair appointment at her new business on January 8.
Blecher, who resides up the hill from her shop at 705 E. 7th St., said she decided to open the shop in Neligh because she “just wanted to get home” after driving to work in Tilden for more than 25 years. However, she still serves some of her clientele at Prairie View in Tilden on Mondays.
“I was just ready to sell the shop in Tilden and work by myself,” Blecher said.
LouAnn’s Cuts on E Street serves both men and women by offering cuts, colors and perms. There are also a variety of hair care products for sale.
Blecher said her husband, Mike, built the shop and is turning the other half into a garage.
The plan to open the new business began a few years ago.
“We started immediately when I talked Mike into it,” she said. “We needed a place for the garage anyway, and I said if we’re doing that, we should just put my shop in there. I didn’t want it in my house. I grew up with that. My mom did hair in Meadow Grove and she had two beauty shops, one in Tilden and one in our house in Meadow Grove.”
Blecher said the location is convenient and adds flexibility to her schedule.
“It’s awesome,” she said. “If I’m not busy, I just head up to the house. It’s nice. I can be flexible with my hours. And I like not having to drive that 13 miles.”
Blecher said her flexible scheduling works well for her family life. She and her husband have five children and two grandchildren—Brady and Sharissa Fernau, Tallon and Ryker; Alex Blecher; Brook Ingalls; Brittany Ingalls and Courtney Blecher. She said her flexible scheduling works well for her family life as well.
Blecher said she sold the shop in Tilden the first week of January.
“I had been there since 1987,” she said. “I got my barber license in April of 1987 and started working there.”
Blecher said she attended school at Bahner College in Fremont, earning her license in cosmetology and barbering.
“Right now, I just work on my barber’s license,” she said. “There are not that many of us around anymore.”
Blecher will be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, but will also be available other days by appointment.
“Like I’m coming in Saturday to do somebody’s hair,” she said. “I’m going to be pretty flexible with all of it because I don’t have that drive, so it will be easy to just come down here whenever I need to.”
To make an appointment, call Blecher at 402-368-5602.