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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 18:51


Cindy Goebel’s new space for her Centre Court Hair Design Studio is about the same size as before and it’s in the same building.
But it looks like a whole new salon.
Last Labor Day, Goebel moved from the back to the front of the building at 1000 N. Wisconsin St. in Port Washington. The new space is more open with high ceilings and provides better views with windows facing the street.
Everything was moved in one day. The salon stayed open the entire time. Once Goebel took a look at her new, 19-year-old business, she was thrilled.
“It was overwhelming. It was beautiful,” she said.
While the nails area used to be in the front and hair in the back, the new open concept has everyone in the same room.
“Everybody can talk together,” Goebel said.
Everybody also had some say in the new design. Goebel’s 10 stylists — she just hired an 11th — all provided input.
Seventeen-year cosmetologist Vicki Finlan said the new digs are “inspiring” and provide “fun, new energy.”
The space was most recently occupied by The Help Key. When it moved out, Goebel saw an opportunity and asked the landlord to move to the front of the building.
The space had once been home to Video Plus, and Sentry had used the building years ago.
Goebel, a Port native, made a career of doing hair and nails for more than 30 years.
“My mom said if you want to go to college, why don’t you go to beauty school?” Goebel said.
That way, Goebel could do hair in working her way to get a college degree.
But once she became a stylist, she loved it so much she never left.
Goebel attended Eric of Norway Beauty School and then worked for Jackson East in Port for one year and You’re Special in Saukville for 11 years before opening her own.
“I knew I wanted to be my own boss,” Goebel said.
Unlike many salons today, Goebel doesn’t rent space to other stylists. They’re her employees who work on commission.
Finlan said that provides a more stress-free environment. If she takes a day off while renting space, she still pays for the day.
She said she also doesn’t have to order her own hair care products.
“You can just come in, enjoy your day and leave without a worry,” she said.
The worries often come to them. Getting to know her customers is Goebel’s favorite part of her career.
“You do so many things on this job. You’re a marriage counselor. You’re a grief counselor,” she said.  “The best part is somebody walks in here and they’ve had a bad day. They walk out with a smile and then you know you’ve done your job.”
“You do become a therapist,” manicurist Sue Stoecker said. “It’s not work. It’s more like socializing.”
Growing up and working in Port and Saukville her entire life, Goebel now serves the children of some of her longtime customers.
“You grow up with all their families,” she said.
Goebel recently had a client who, after a few puzzled looks, learned that she was her mother’s best friend.
Goebel’s own offspring enjoy joining mom at work. Her youngest of three sons would come to the salon at 4 years old and get a pedicure while watching TV and eating.
“My boys could talk to any of these ladies in here,” Goebel said.
The goal, she said, is for clients to feel like they’re relaxing in their own home.
“I can’t tell you how many people leave here and give you hugs. It’s awesome,” Goebel said.

 
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