Heads or Nails Family Salon


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Put out your sign and they will come.  At least that’s how it seemed to Diane Elmer when she passed inspection and put the OPEN sign on the door of Heads or Nails Family Salon, 713 Main St., almost 5 years ago.  Her first day of business was March 30, 2009, and  she was swamped with customers from noon to 9 pm that very day.

“People just came,” said Elmer.  “People I didn’t even know.  That entire first week I was booked solid.  Eudora has been so supportive of me.”

Diane Elmer wasn’t a novice when she opened the shop in Eudora.  She’s been in the business of cosmetology since 1980.  Prior to opening Heads or Nails she worked in a salon in Lenexa.  Reading the book The Secret made her stop and think about what she really wanted to be doing with her life, and she realized that opening her own shop had always been her dream.  Since she grew up in Linwood, she was familiar with Eudora and decided to pursue starting her business here.

“I prayed about it,” explained Elmer, “and I knew I wanted to be in a small town.  Eudora was a perfect fit.”

And she is perfect for the job.  “I absolutely adore people.  And I like being able to give good services at reasonable prices,” she said.

Besides giving haircuts, manicures, pedicures, perms, hair color and even eyebrow and eyelash dyeing (really!), Elmer enjoys being a listening ear to her clients.  She feels a special bond with her clients and tries to work with them to get just the style they want.  And if someone isn’t happy with the result?  The client just needs to let Elmer know and she’ll do her best to get it right.  It’s this old fashioned service that has surely helped her salon become a Eudora business success story.

While she loves her job, work isn’t always easy for Diane Elmer.  She deals daily with a painful bladder syndrome called Interstitial Cystitis, and has to go for weekly treatments.  It’s a disease that has no cure and often doesn’t respond well to treatment.  The disease causes her to occasionally take some time off work, but while it may slow her down it’s not going to keep her from doing what she loves.  She has plans to be in business for a long time.

“If it wasn’t for my health, I’d be open 6 days a week, 12 hours a day,” laughed Elmer.  Though she can’t do the twelve hour days, she is open five days a week and takes clients by appointment only.  Her hours vary, depending on the needs of clients. Sometimes working early in the morning and other times staying late into the evening, she tries hard to accommodate her clients’ schedules.

The community has been supportive of Heads or Nails, and Elmer has in turn been supportive of the community.  She can be counted on for her support for such projects as the All Night Prom, the Horse Thief Run and Open Hearts Preschool trivia night.

To celebrate 5 years in business, April is Customer Appreciation Month at Heads or Nails.  During the month of April clients will receive $5 off of services like perms, highlights, low lights, etc. or $2 off a haircut.  Elmer will have weekly drawings for $20 gift certificates, and a drawing for a large basket of products at the end of the month.

Heads or Nails salon can be reached at 785-690-7272.





Today we have some quick notes on a variety of topics. With that said, let’s get busy:

– We’ve decided to open up sharing of photographs here on EudoraReporter.com. If you have some good images from around town, email them to editor@eudorareporter.com. Do you have any great holiday pictures of lights? What about the lunar eclipse from last night?  (It was a little cloudy early on, so we don’t know if any good quality shots of it came out.) Is there a picture of Eudora you think is really good and would like to share? Send them and you may get your shot published in our photo album.

We have several great things planned for the beginning of 2011 at EudoraReporter.com.

– We are presently working on a classified section. This should debut sometime in January. We will have a variety of area including birth and funeral announcements, employment opportunities, garage sales, goods and services, lost pets, whatever you want to advertise or announce.  We will continue to announce happenings and events around town for nonprofit organizations, charities, churches or schools like we have in the past for free.  There will be no changes to that policy.   We took a look at what our brethren in Lawrence charge for classified advertising, picked our jaw up off the floor, and decided that Eudora can be better served at a greatly reduced rate than that.  Look forward to this feature to arrive soon!

– There is also a very special project coming to Eudorareporter.com very soon that we think every citizen will be proud of.  We don’t want to say too much at this time about it, but keep checking out the site for a very exciting announcement. It is something that will be beneficial to many of our fellow citizens. It will be a way for all of us to help one another. More details soon!

– One of the bigger stories that will affect many things in our great community as we head towards warmer temperatures in the spring is the election for city council and the School board. Three seats on the City Council and 5 on the school board will be up. As of press time, we are aware of three people running for City Council: Maria Nelson, Ruth Hughs and Jerry Trober. For the School Board, so far, only Belinda Rehmer has announced that she is running. Do you know of someone who has made their intention known, but not yet filed? Make sure to either contact us and let us know, or have them contact us at editor@eudorareporter.com.  We will be doing features on all of the candidates so you can make an informed decision about who will be shaping our town in the next couple of years.

– If you see news happening, hear of something going on you want checked out, or know of anything going on, you can always email us or call us with tips. Our business line phone number is 785-542-9466.  Several citizens have already tipped us off to things going on and we appreciate their help. While we try to be on top of everything, with a very small staff, we can’t be everywhere at once. We depend on your help so that we can inform the rest of our neighbors.

– If any of you need to do last minute shopping for Christmas, make sure to stop by one of the many businesses in town. Many offer gift cards which are the perfect size and color for anyone on your list. I want to particularly mention some of our great advertisers who do offer gift certificates: Heads or Nails Family Salon, Black Cat Cafe, and Hair Nail & Tanning Company. All are great businesses run by wonderful individuals who support our town and EudoraReporter.com.  Please check them out and help fill out your holiday shopping list.  Make sure you tell them that you saw them here!

– We do appreciate all our advertisers and we have more advertisers coming on board very soon. If you want to be a part of our advertising family, you can either email our sales department at: sales@eudorareporter.com. We have VERY reasonable rates because we want you to be able to reach out to our community, while keeping an eye on your bottom line. We will work with you to ensure that your message is out there. We average nearly a 1000 unique visitors each week to our site and it continues to grow. Don’t be one of the ones that missed this very affordable way to get your name and the word out about your business.

– We just want to take a moment and thank both our readers and our advertisers that make this site possible. Without either one, we would not be able to exist. We appreciate you coming here regularly to keep up to date on everything going on in Eudora. We strive to bring you accurate and timely information about the greatest small town in Kansas.