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New Total Concept partner sees salon evolve from one chair into a day spa

Monday, January 21, 2002

For the past three years, Krista Johnson has helped create hairstyles to suit the changing needs of hundreds of local customers at Total Concept Salon & Day Spa in Storm Lake.

That hard work paid off for her three weeks ago, as Johnson became a new managing partner of the local business.

Teamed with owner Rachel Kies, Johnson will assume duties ranging from helping with financial records to helping to repaint the store, and the nine-year veteran of the hair-cutting industry said she was looking forward to her new responsibilities at Total Concept.

"I'm very excited about the chance to do this," Johnson said. "I've known Rachel for quite a while, and I've worked here for a while too, so I just thought this was a good opportunity for me to take advantage of."

Johnson takes the place of Kies' previous business partner of 14 years, Cheri Burnett, who moved to Mankato, Minn., after getting married last year.

Kies, who began the business with one chair 15 years ago, then asked Johnson to fill the void left by Burnett's departure, and the new co-owner began her new job Jan. 1.

Johnson, who worked at the business for six years prior to her current three-year stint at the company, said many of the changes stemming from the new job will be felt only by her.

"There will be more duties for me, such as managing the financial side of things and working the books," Johnson said, "Those extra responsibilities mean I'll also be working more days, so that will be a change as well. I'm really looking forward to everything though."

However, there will be a few changes with the appearance of Total Concept.

Johnson said the salon will receive a facelift of sorts, as patrons will sit in newly-installed chairs and the walls of the store will receive a fresh coat of paint next week.

Kies also said there would be more of an emphasis on providing additional options for people at Total Concept in the future, such as an increased availability of nail and skin care services from various employees at the salon.

"We're going to try to focus a little more on extra services for our customers," Kies said. "Half of our customers come from surrounding towns, so we want to provide them with more options when they come here."