Diane Lorenz’s smiling face looks out from her mirror, a view familiar to Diane’s  salon clients.

The Onida Chamber of Commerce will welcome HairapheNailia, the salon recently opened by Diane Lorenz in the converted storage unit building south of the Phoenix Center, with a ribbon cutting at 1:00 p.m. today, Thursday, March 5. Additionally, Diane invites the community to check out her new digs during her open house from 9:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

The Fargo, ND native developed a passion for cutting and styling hair in her teens, but says that owning her own salon was never really on her radar. After her graduation from cosmetology school, Diane worked in two larger salons, with ten years as a stay-at-home mom in between. When the family arrived in Onida, she joined the Hair Stop, Nails ’n Noggins, and until opening her own business, the Wildflower Salon. When Hair Stop salon owner Zoe Jones sold her business, Diane had the opportunity to buy the salon, but says she preferred to work under somebody else. “I’m not a leader, I’m a follower,” said Diane. “It was too big a commitment, and not knowing the details of what to do, I wasn’t ready to jump in.”

The storage unit building was a development undertaken by Ken Barber, one of Diane’s clients. He suggested to Diane that she should rent the building as her own salon in order to have the space she needs to provide all the services she offers, including haircuts and styling, waxing, manicures, pedicures, and especially the pedi-plus extended pedicures with the stones.

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