With a motto of “Try before you buy,” Merle Norman celebrated its 80th anniversary nationally in 2011.
Since its inception 82 years ago, Merle Norman has grown into a leading beauty brand with not only beauty products, but also studios that are adding spa rooms where facials are given and facial and body sculpting takes place.
Locally, Gary and Marla Haddock recently took over the Merle Norman studio in Bryant Square after Gary’s mother, Anita Haddock, decided to retire. She had owned a Merle Norman studio for 35 years, most recently the one in its present location for 25 years.
Marla has worn many hats before taking over the keys to the Edmond Merle Norman studio.
“Everything I have done from accounting to interior design has helped prepare me for ownership of my own business,” Marla said.
Both she and her husband Gary attended a two-week training session in California.
“I wanted to be able to have a hand in running the business,” Gary said.
Retired from a construction/remodeling business, he helped with a facelift to the present location. He is also a police lieutenant with the Guthrie Police Department.
“When we went to California for training, the Merle Norman owners were encouraged to provide a room for facials and waxing,” Gary said.
When they returned he became responsible for the addition of a spa room where a licensed aesthetician gives spa facials, microcurrent sculpting and waxing.
“We have a full-time licensed aesthetician, Ashley Brackett, who is responsible for the spa room,” Marla said. “I went to the surrounding beauty schools and chose Ashley because she is so meticulous and fits the job perfectly. She is also our store manager.”
Marla said they keep all the information used in giving a facial in the computer so the next time a customer comes in they will know exactly what colors were used and what products they have purchased.
“We have 5-minute facials where we cleanse, steam and moisturize our client’s face with a rich facial gel,” Marla said. “Then we give our client a full makeover. All of this is complimentary with the customers only paying for any beauty products they wish to purchase. The appointment itself takes about an hour, but our clients must have an appointment ahead of time. We then supply a list of the correct formulas for each individual’s face type.”
Marla said moms like to bring their daughters in when they first start thinking about cleansing products and using make-up.
The company is one of the few that continues to manufacture almost all of its products in the USA and all of the products are dermatologist and opthamologist tested, Marla said.
Merle Norman has blossomed into a leading beauty brand with products for women of every age.
“At one time the target group was 40-year-olds and up and now the target group starts at 9-year-olds. We also have customers coming in who are in their late 80s and early 90s,” Marla said. “We even have many college students who come in not only for our make-up but also for our product lines that cure acne and eye gel that takes out puffiness around the eyes.
“Merle Norman sets make-up trends and today make-up is taking on a more natural look for every age.”
Anti-aging facials are a must for mature skin, Marla said.
“We have what we call ‘The Hollywood Facial’ for those who don’t want to have surgery. The treatment hydrates fine lines and wrinkles leaving skin smooth and refreshed. Fine lines are reduced and skin appears clearer, smoother and younger. A 60-minute anti-aging facial is $80 and there is no down time afterwards.”
The spa room also is the home of the microcurrent cosmetic system, which uses technology for skin rejuvenation and facial and body sculpting.
The microcurrent rehabilitates and firms facial muscles and goes through the connective tissues of the skin by way of specific acupuncture pints causing increased production of collagen and elastin, which smooth out lines and soften wrinkles.
“People are discovering a better way to achieve beautiful looking skin with a more natural look and without the unnatural appearance that is often a result from cosmetic surgery,” Marla said.
In addition to eight types of spa facials there are three types of peels for the skin.
“We also offer waxing, brow design and lash extensions,” Marla said. “We will also do special occasion make-up for prom, weddings, pictures, parties and graduations.”
Most recently, Merle Norman introduced new products to its already extensive lines of skin care and makeup, bringing the latest in mascara innovation, a primer that neutralizes redness, scented body care and the latest patented technology for chemical peels and more.
Even though Marla and Gary expanded their studio recently to include a spa treatment room, they still have more plans for the future.
“We are planning on adding an infrared sauna, a massage therapist and providing someone to do all natural manicures and pedicures,” Marla said.
For appointments, call 341-0465. Merle Norman is at 306 S. Bryant Ave., Ste. E.
Spa room offers facials, body sculpting, waxing
With a motto of “Try before you buy,” Merle Norman celebrated its 80th anniversary nationally in 2011.
Edmond, Norman plan teacher job fairs
Edmond and Norman public schools have teacher job fairs planned beginning March 25.
Prospective teachers for the Edmond Public Schools should make plans to attend the district’s Teacher Job Fair from 3:30-5:30 p.m. March 25-26 at the administrative headquarters, 1001 W. Danforth in Edmond.
Saxum awards $155K in service grants
Saxum, an integrated marketing communications agency offering public relations, advertising and digital services, recently selected five nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma to receive grants totaling $155,000 in pro-bono services. These grants are a part of Saxum’s Step Up program, which is in its fifth year.
Panera guests have opportunity to help feed children
This Friday, Panera Bread is once again partnering with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
Through Panera Bread’s monthly fundraiser, 2nd Friday, Panera will make a donation to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Backpack Program. Since 2012, Panera Bread has raised more than $30,200 through promotions, which sponsored 151 children in the Food for Kids Backpack program.
New YMCA celebrated
The Edmond YMCA at Mitch Park, at 2901 Marilyn Williams Drive, recently had a ribbon cutting in conjunction with Edmond Public Schools and the City of Edmond to celebrate the grand opening of the new facility. Featuring state-of-the-art equipment, leisure pools and a variety of classes, the new structure also houses a competition pool that is owned by Edmond Public Schools and dedicated to their use by high school swim teams. For more information, call 330-4016 or visit www.ymcaokc.org.
Kimray announces relocation of Oklahoma City headquarters
Kimray Inc., a manufacturer of oil and gas control equipment, recently announced its intentions to relocate its Oklahoma City headquarters. The company plans to move to a 136-acre property on the northwest corner of Eastern Avenue and Britton Road. The company initially plans to develop about 30-35 acres of the property. The relocation will allow for decades of future growth and will improve the efficiency of Kimray’s operations.
Coolgreens to temporarily close downtown location
Coolgreens, a healthy alternative to casual dining offering fresh salads, wraps, flatbread pizzas and homemade soups, recently announced the temporary closing of its downtown City Place location at 204 N. Robinson March 1. The downtown store is slated to reopen in January 2015 with new morning hours and menu options, including breakfast items and a juice bar.
Local state representative wins technology award
Oklahoma state Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, has been designated as one of Government Technology magazine’s top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for his work to apply innovation and technology in Oklahoma state government. Since 2002, Government Technology has honored those individuals who have transformed the public sector through the smart use of technology.
Heartland Payment Systems breaks new ground in city
Heartland Payment Systems executives were joined by Edmond City Council members for a groundbreaking ceremony Friday at the site of the new Heartland Payment Systems’ 22,000-square-foot facility.
Heartland Payment Systems, one of the nation’s largest payment processors and a leading provider of merchant business solutions, celebrated the start of construction at the site in Edmond on South Boulevard.
Flourish delivers care from new state-of-the-art facility
In business since 2004, as part of its ongoing efforts to offer Oklahomans a premier healthcare experience in a caring environment, Flourish Pharmacy & Nutrition has opened the doors on a new, state-of-the-art facility on North Pennsylvania Avenue, just north of Memorial Road.
Flourish president and CEO Jerrod Roberts says the new facility is part of alleviating pain and suffering with unique pharmacy care practice on the cutting edge of technology.
One of the new facility’s hallmarks is the state-of-the-art compounding lab for preparing custom prescriptions. Flourish is the first and only Oklahoma compounding pharmacy to achieve accreditation by PCAB (Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board), a certification that ensures best practices for the quality and safety of compounded prescriptions.
Patton moves east for new corrections gig
In Robert C. Patton, Oklahoma is getting a new corrections director from Arizona who is more than willing to use private prisons as a means to deal with inmate overcrowding.
“I’m a (prison) bed manager. I’ll tell the policy makers I need beds, and if I can convince them that I need beds, then it’s their jobs on whether it’s public or private,” said Patton, whose first day as Oklahoma Corrections Department director began Tuesday.
Patton’s position on private prisons is far different than that of Jones, the former director who resigned in October following clashes with elected officials who wanted to put more inmates in private facilities.
The Oklahoma Board of Corrections last month approved a measure that allows the state to seek proposals from private prison companies to provide an additional 350 to 2,000 medium-security beds for state inmates.
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