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Marcia’s not retiring- just going to a different “style”

April 3, 2018
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

"It's bittersweet to be retiring, I'm not, I'm redirecting my life, I don't want to sit around and rust," Marcia Murty said in her downtown Tama beauty shop, Main Street Styling, last week.

Indeed, Marcia has other plans after she ends her 51-year career in the hair care business at the end of April.

Over the years Marcia has been at a laundry list of shops and locations. They include six years in Marshalltown after graduating from Geralds School of Cosmetology in 1968. Beginning in the Tama-Toledo area in 1975, Marcia has owned or worked in shops at Arrowhead Mobile home Court (her first stop in T-T), with Mike Wedmore, with Judy Powers and Rose Neville in a shop located in the Irish Building next to the Tama-Toledo Eagles, at Top Attention with Nancy Chyma and in Zobel's Barber Shop building across from her current location on West 3rd Street from 1994-2006.

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RIGHT- Marcia Murty in her Main Street Styling salon in downtown Tama on Tuesday, March 20. she plans to hang up the clippers in late april after 51 years in the beauty shop business.
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What has changed? "Coloring," is her swift answer. She says the use of color in hair care is by far the biggest difference over her years in business. This is not only the use of color but the many colors used she says.

Marcia admits she will miss seeing her many customers on a regular basis. Shirley Wilkerson and Cathy Campbell are among them, having been her steady customers all the time Marcia has been in business here.

Main Street Styling is not closing however. Chelsea Naninot who has been in the shop with Marcia will be taking over at the present location of 123 West 3rd St.

When she leaves her long career routine, Marcia has a list of things she says she "has never been able to do because I've always been working." Looking forward to not having to get up early and "rush" to get ready for work, to gardening and being out-of-doors and able to have lunch with friends are just some of her plans to keep busy.

She also says sadly the loss of her son, Jerry at age 41 on Jan. 1, 2017, has prompted her to re-think her life. Jerry, a Fareway store manager at Nebraska City, Nebr., was moving up to a management position with the company at the Boone headquarters when he passed away due to cancer. Marcia says has realized Jerry did not get to experience many aspects of life and she realizes a change for her is something to look forward to.

Marcia's son, Mike Thede, is an associate of Independent Insurance in Toledo and daughter, Nikki Nezerka, Cedar Rapids, followed in her mother's foot steps and has been a beautician for 30 years.

Marcia also has 10 grandchildren to keep her busy..



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