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As one legacy ends, another one begins; WP alum opens salon in Ransom

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On October 29,1990, Peggy Huxman and Susan Kraus opened Shear Magic Salon in Ransom, Kansas. The graduates of Bazine High School and Ransom High School, respectfully, would go on to operate the salon that would serve the Ransom community for 28 years. 

Now a new legacy is beginning. On October 29, the grand opening for Cutting Edge Salon, owned by Abby Kisslinger, was held- exactly 28 years after the opening of Shear Magic.

Tillitson, a graduate of Western Plain High School, is now opening her very own full service salon in the former Shear Magic Salon.    

Huxman and Kraus hired Tillitson right after she graduated from cosmetology school; they helped her grow as a cosmetologist and aided her while she was learning the ropes to becoming a successful hairdresser. 

Tillitson fully recognizes the honor she has been giving. “I am so honored to continue the legacy of Peggy and Susan. I hope I am just half as successful as they were. They deserve a long and relaxing retirement,” commented Tillitson. 

Peggy Huxman and Susan Kraus have been role models in the Ransom community for many years. Huxman and Kraus have worked together for many years and before the opening of Shear Magic Salon they were well established friends. As the duo heads into retirement their time together will be limited, which will be a vast change after 28 years of operating a business together. “We will definitely miss each other and our time together. But mainly we will miss our customers and the great relationships we have developed with them,” stated Huxman. 

Any business cannot remain open for many years without the support of the community and good solid customer service. Huxman quoted, “We enjoyed the time we spent with our clients and know they felt better when they left.” 

Huxman and Kraus have been business women for many years now and have gathered lots of information about owning a business in a small community. “The business end of the shop was always our biggest challenge. We also felt that we had great support from people in our small town. We feel truly blessed,” commented Kraus. Both individuals agree that their clients were the most important factor in owning their own business. 

As for Tillitson, who begins the life of an entrepeneur, she has decided to play things by ear and just see where life takes her and her new business.  Tillitson states, “I do not plan to hire anyone at this time, but I kept the extra station open for  possible future co-workers.” 

As the women before her soon came to learn, being a small business owner is not easy. Kraus lent some words of wisdom as to how she and Huxman handled this over the years. “We have always been compatible and seem to think a lot alike. Good communication, flexibility, a sense of humor and a true dedication to the business helped our business run smoothly. We had many laughs with our customers over the years discussing a wide variety of subjects., Kraus agrees that she was lucky to find someone like Huxman to help keep her business afloat. 

Huxman and Kraus are sad to leave their customers and business that they have grown to love over the past 28 years, but they are happy to see that Tillitson will be continuing their legacy. Kraus quoted, “We are very glad that Abby will continue on with our salon. Having a local person take over means alot to us and we wish her much success! We hope everyone will embrace her in her new adventure!”

Tillitson cannot say enough about how welcome the community of Ransom has made her feel. “The community has been very supportive of my decision.The biggest struggle would be making sure I have all of the equipment to get started.   My biggest stress is if my salon is going to be as successful as Shear Magic Salon.” 

On behalf of the Ransom community we wish Peggy Huxman and Susan Kraus a tranquil and long retirement. The neighborhood of Ransom and the surrounding towns will miss Shear Magic Salon and all that it has provided for our small community. We also wish the best of luck to Abby Tillitson and her new business!

Cutting Edge Salon is open on Main Street in Ransom. Business hours are Monday-Friday from 8-5. You can always contact Abby to arrange a time outside of that, if a time can be agreed upon. The salon’s number is 785-731-2229. In addition to cuts and colors, the salon also provides manicures, pedicures, eyebrow waxing, updos, perms, and more. A full list of services and prices can be found on their Facebook page, ‘Cutting Edge Salon’.