Glenda’s Beauty Salon is still a buzzing and well-known salon in Valley City, but the owner, Glenda Sherman, has not worked there for a couple years due to a hand injury. Sherman now rents out four of the stations in her shop to individual stylists. Although she’s been retired for a couple years, she’ll be officially celebrating with an open house later this month.
“I’ve had two shops in Valley,” Sherman said of her lifelong career as a hairdresser.
Sherman started as a hairdresser in 1962 where she worked for Jahr’s, a salon in Valley City. She then worked for Mac’s, then Lou Mac’s, both salons in Valley City that have since closed.
“Then I opened my own salon in the basement of my home, and I had that for 10 years or so,” Sherman said.
Sherman took a seven-year break from hairstyling when she worked for her husband at the men’s clothing store he owned called Sherman Clothiers.
Her husband eventually sold the business to his brother and went to work in Ohio before telling Sherman, “Honey, open up a shop, so I can come home.”
“So Karen Nitchke and I and Steve Nichke got the shop up and running. We worked day and night, literally,” Sherman said, “And got it open in two weeks.”
Eventually stylists Shirley Stowman and Audrey Dravis joined Nitchke and Sherman at the shop.
“And it’s still up and running,” Sherman said.
Now the salon has four invidivual stylists, who will continue to work independently at the salon that Sherman said will likely still be known as Glenda’s Beauty Salon.
“Everybody knows the name,” Sherman said, but each stylist has a separate name for her services.
Sherman had to quit working a couple years ago after her hand went numb. She thought she could go back following a surgery, but was unable to.
“Sometimes I think the dear Lord gave it to me just to get me to quit, or I’d still be behind this chair,” Sherman said with a laugh.
A retirement party will be held in her honor on Oct. 21 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the AmericInn.
Sherman’s services ranged from styles to cuts to perms, and she even did nails for a while.
Sherman said she’s been “enjoying life” since retiring. She now lives in Dazey, where she enjoys the farm life.
She tries to visit Valley City once a week to buy groceries and check on the stylists at her shop.