Lisa Flansburg, owner operator of ‘The Best Little Hair House in Motley’ stands outside of her shop located at 710 Hwy 10 South. The beauty salon opened August 9. (Staples World photo by Dawn Timbs)

Flansburg opens ‘The Best Little Hair House in Motley’

New salon now open



Longtime Motley area hairstylist Lisa Flansburg has opened The Best Little Hair House in Motley.

Located at 710 Hwy 10 South, in the former Thistleberry gift shop, the full-service salon officially opened Aug. 9.

“I’m very excited to be here,” Lisa said. “I have to thank my husband, Darin, for encouraging me to open up my own shop.” 

She has been a hairstylist for the past 27 years, with the last 16 spent in Motley.

“Ever since I was in high school I knew I wanted to do hair,” Lisa shared, adding that she went on to receive a degree at the Scott Lewis Beauty Academy in Minneapolis.

A Minneapolis native, Lisa knew she didn’t want to raise her family in an urban setting. “I moved up here 18 years ago. My boys, Rico and Isaac, were nine and ten years old at the time.”

It didn’t take them long to feel at home in the Motley-Staples area; and before long, Lisa was building up a clientele in the beauty industry.

Prior to branching out on her own, Lisa worked as a stylist at Markus Hair Design in Motley, owned by Barb Markus. “I enjoyed my time there and Barb was a wonderful boss,” Lisa said. However, when she saw the yellow house along Hwy 10 was for sale, it prompted her to pursue a goal she had to open up her own business. “My husband always has goals; and he was the one who really pushed me to make this goal a reality.”

The house was already zoned for business, but it did need some work before Lisa could open up shop.

“We put in new plumbing, moved a bathroom; and did what we needed to make sure it was in compliance,” Lisa said. Her husband, who works as a computer programmer for Central Lakes College, has helped with marketing and much of the technical work that was needed. “We had a lot of fun working on this together.”

Services offered at the salon include haircuts and color; and manicures and pedicures. There are separate rooms for each of the services.

It took a little while to come up with the name for her business. “Most of them had already been taken,” Lisa said.

One day, she told her husband she had thought of the name, The Best Little Hair House in Motley. “He said, ‘Lisa, that’s perfect.’” Her mother-in-law helped design the logo and  sign for her shop.

There is still some fine-tuning work to be done at the shop, but for the most part everything is up and running smoothly.

“I love my job. I love making people happy and I’ve loved the friendships I have made over the years while doing hair,” Lisa said. “This has never seemed like a job to’s too much fun.”

The Best Little Hair House in Motley is open Tuesday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and at other times by appointment. For more information, call 218-352-6198.

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