Two Barbaras

Left is Barb Olson, Leissa's manager for the past 28 years; right is esthetician Barbara Ziehr at Leissa's Hair Studio & Day Spa on Menomonie's Main Street.

What if I told you that the third oldest business downtown Menomonie is Leissa’s Hair Studio & Day Spa?

Owner Leissa Berenschot would tell you she is not surprised that her business has been a staple of Menomonie for so long. From a small town, Leissa wanted for “find herself” which she did after putting herself through cosmetology school.

Her affinity for downtowns came from her time living in Minneapolis. Leissa explains herself as “an uptown girl who loves downtown.”

Located at 226 Main Street, Leissa wanted to create something more than just a place to get a haircut, but rather a destination for all cosmetic needs. Along with Barb Olson, manager at Leissa’s for 28 years — and now part owner, they grew from a four chair salon to a 19,000 square foot space.

With space, comes the addition of more employees. Today, Leissa’s Hair Studio & Day Spa employs roughly a dozen people, much different than the two employee salon it once was. Leissa said their success was “partially attributed to their connection with the award-winning Aveda Cosmetics Company.”

Leissa Hair Studio & Day Spa offers an astonishing array of amenities. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, with employees who make visitors experience enjoyable. Leissa says she knew early on that to be a destination you must understand what women and men want.

Following the trends of society by using plant/eco-friendly products and expanding the services they provide, the menu of services include hair, waxing and spa services, therapeutic body massage, skin therapy, cosmetics, nail services and a boutique shop.

Leissa attributes the caring nature and professionalism of her staff as the reason her business has flourished in Menomonie.

These days, Leissa says she fills a more “overseer” type role while working closely with her staff: “I want to see my staff grow professionally. The atmosphere is disciplined with an emphasis on staff/guest relationships,” Leissa said. She wants success, not for just herself but those around her as well. Hey, they will even help fill your parking meter as to not interrupt your relaxation time.

Menomonie’s downtown is currently thriving with many new and different establishments. I asked Leissa, what has kept her in downtown Menomonie for all these years?

“Why fix what isn’t broken?” she responded. “Menomonie and downtown is who we are and what we want to be.”

Hers is an attitude that is infectious for all who love and believe Menomonie is a great place.

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Dustyn Dubuque is the executive director of Main Street of Menomonie, Inc. He can be reached at 715-235-2666 or


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Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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