Kelsey Hofeling Deist is no stranger to downtown Great Bend where she is now filling a new position at Renue Salon, Spa and Fashion Boutique, 1419 Main.
A 2018 graduate of Great Bend High School, Deist returned to her hometown last fall and is the new spa and retail coordinator at Renue.
“My husband, Alex, and I are so excited to be back with our family and the friends we grew up with,” Deist said. “There are many awesome aspects to Great Bend and downtown is one of my favorites.
“I helped my dad at Brown’s Shoe Fit where he was the manager,” she explained. “This created some of my fondest memories. I am so blessed to work just down the street from where those memories were made.”
After she moved back home from Park City last October, Deist began working at Renue as the front-desk coordinator. Today, in addition to her administrative duties, Deist serves clients with hair and nail services.
Deist is a graduate of Hays Academy of Hair Design where she earned her cosmetology license and “received business training in the basics of how to operate a salon. This education will be invaluable to me at Renue.”
Since graduation, Deist worked at salons in Great Bend and Newton. She was trained by a National Paul Mitchell Educator who worked at the Newton salon.
“I gained business experience, while expanding my knowledge of hair color and technical skills,” she noted. “I love using these skills to help people realize their beauty, allowing them to feel confident in who they are.”
Deist’s parents are Scott and Karen Reddig and Bruce and Amy Hofeling.
Allene Owen, who served as Renue’s manager since it opened in 2008, said “when Kelsey came here, I knew she was the right person for the new position. She is sharp, catches on quickly and is great with our clients. And she even knows computers. Kelsey is a Godsend for Renue.”
Owen, who has 52 years of experience, is not retiring; she is staying on as cosmetology consultant and serving clients. “I am just stepping back a little. I continue to see my long-time salon clients and welcome newcomers. But I will have more time for golf and maybe some travel.”
A Barton County native, Owen is grateful to MyTown, a local organization that supports new businesses. “They helped Renue and other ventures get up and running. MyTown has been and continues to be great for Great Bend.”
Sheryl Cheely, MyTown board member, said Owen “deserves to slow down a little and make more time for herself. We are thankful she is still taking care of clients, serving as a consultant and mentoring her colleagues.”
Cheely also is impressed with Deist’s “maturity and her ideas for the business. Kelsey is a quick study and knows what she is talking about. She is doing a great job and is good with clients.”
Renue products and services include: all hair-care treatments, along with coloring, permanents and hair extensions; face creams; lotions; facials; manicures and pedicures; nail polishes; body wraps; hot-stone and deep-tissue massages; two tanning beds; waxing; and infra-red sauna for muscle relaxation and toxin release.
The fashion boutique offers a clothing selection for women of all ages. “Many of our pieces can be styled to fit most people’s fashion sense,” Deist said. “It is fun to help women see three different ways they can style a shirt or pair of jeans.”