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By Erin Schwager

Salon offers hair, tanning options

Indepdendent Retailer Month


Erin Schwager | SAM

Style and more • Marsha Drury, owner of Got Style, in Clearwater, offers a full-service salon.

Got Style, in Clearwater, is owned by Marsha Drury and has been supporting the community with all its hair needs since 2000.

While Got Style has been open since 2000, the building itself has quite the history. On Aug. 16, 1918, the building was a functioning schoolhouse known as District 20, located five and one-half miles southwest of Neligh. It was brought to Clearwater, across a couple of bridges, by a steam tractor. The building was first located at 604 Main Street, where Cornerstone Bank is now located. Then, it moved across the street to 603 Main Street, its current location, because it became the women's restroom for events going on downtown. Since several events started being hosted on Main Street, a need arose for an area large enough for a women's restroom and a place for women to privately feed their babies.

Rumors swirl that someone purchased the building after it was known as the women's restroom, but after that, Linda Chipps eventually purchased the building to start her own hair salon.

In 1916, an old barber shop sat down the road on Main Street. When the barber shop went out of business, some individuals put the old back bar and mirrors in storage, before deciding to bring it to Chipps to see if she could use it. The back bar and mirrors have remained in the building since then.

Marsha Drury purchased Chipps' business in 2000 and still displays pictures of the building's history. She named the salon Got Style.

Why Got Style?

Drury rsaid, "In 2000, they had the commercial 'Got Milk,'" and my mother-in-law just thought that 'Got Style' was a cool name."

She talked about the process of becoming a business at the time.

"It (The name) wasn't taken because you had to put in your name to make sure no one else has that, and it was kind of catchy."

Drury graduated high school from Orchard and attended cosmetology school at the Capital School of Hair Design in Omaha in 1984. She married Todd Drury and they lived in Osceola at the time, where she worked for a small salon.

The owner of that business was a truck driver's wife and she liked to go on extended trips with him, so Drury got to fill in while the owner was gone.

Once the Drury's started having children, they decided to move back home. She worked at Clip N' Curl in Neligh for a couple of years, then decided to work at St. Joseph's Rehabilitation and Care Center in Norfolk, where she had steady hours. Then this opportunity for Drury arose.

"Linda wanted to sell and my kids were in school, so it was a no brainer," Drury said. "If I could be here closer to home, they could come here after school if they had to, so it was really the perfect location."

Drury offers a wide variety of services to the public. She can do hair cuts, colors, perms and facial waxing. She also has a tanning bed in her building, keeps products on hand and does ear piercing. Hair extensions are another service she would like to start offering customers, as well.

"I work hard at what I do and I like helping people," Drury stated. "If I can make people feel better about themselves when they walk out then I guess I did my job."

Got Style is open every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Her phone line is also connected to her cell phone to be more readily available. Drury also said she can accommodate for evening appointments for people with special occasions.

While Drury has remained in business for 22 years, she has remained successful by putting her customers first.

"I like that people feel comfortable when they are in here and that it is their time for them," Drury said.


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