NORMAN — Editor’s note: To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Transcript plans to run articles featuring successful women in the community.
When Loretta Kuhlo, Shorty Cecil-Duffy, Allene Williams, Janie Dilks and Malinda Cheshire close the doors to KLAS Creation on Friday after 30 years, they will do it not because they are financially unstable or burned out. They will do it because they believe strongly that this is what God has instructed them to do.
A business built entirely around their faith, KLAS opened it’s doors for the first time on May 3, 1983, with Kaye Bostick, Loretta, Allene and Shorty. Prior to opening KLAS, the women were working at another salon and were not happy.
“We were told there were some changes coming in the salon and we had to choose to stay and adjust to these changes or find another place to work. We decided to go to another salon, but we didn’t feel good about the decision. We attended the same church so we prayed together about what God wanted us to do. It had been suggested that we start our own salon, but we didn’t have the money, the salon or the desire to do it,” Loretta said.
“Behold, I send an angel before you to keep and guard you on the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. Give heed to Him, listen to and obey His voice; be not rebellious before Him or provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgression; for my name is in Him, but if you will indeed listen to and obey His voice and all that I speak; then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.”
— Exodus 23:20-22
Always being faithful to God, the women felt many scriptures spoke to them. However Exodus 23:20-22 gave them the answers they had so desperately needed. The decision was made. Kaye, Loretta, Allene and Shorty were going to open a salon. Even though the women didn’t have the money and their husbands wouldn’t put up the collateral to start a business, the four women stayed true to their hearts and persevered.