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January 27, 2013

Take Five salon celebrates 20 years on the ‘Corner’

NORMAN — Take Five 4 Human Grooming has stood the test of time as a Campus Corner establishment. In February, they will celebrate 20 years of business.

Feb. 1 will mark the day of the salon’s anniversary and the local business is celebrating by offering deals on services and products as well as free T-shirts until the big day.

Owner of Take Five, Manilla Whitehorse, said she has seen many changes over the years and watched many businesses come and go from the area.

Whitehorse joked that she’s like the mayor of Campus Corner because she has had her business there for so long and can always answer people’s questions about businesses that have come and gone on the historic corner.

“Campus feels like home to me, it’s like my second home,” Whitehorse said.

She has enjoyed being a part of Campus Corner, being a part of the University of Oklahoma and being a part of Norman over the years she said. Her partner of four years, Matt Langford, also loves the area and has seen many good changes over the years.

“We completely changed the face, or the inside, of the salon,” Langford said. “We’re 90 percent complete with renovations.”

Langford also has been at the salon for quite some time — 11 years.

Whitehorse established Take Five, originally called, Take Five Hair Company, in 1993 with a partner.

“The whole campus corner was dilapidated,” she said. “All the buildings were small business owners, like now, but now most of them have evolved and renovated and are up to date.”

Three years later, the salon was expanded to the upstairs area with an additional five chairs and added services including massage and waxing. She later bought her partner out and changed the name to Take Five 4 Human Grooming.

Whitehorse said the Campus Corner Merchants Association was established some years later and merchants located in the area came together to vote on changes for the area. The streets were changed to brick, they voted on what kind of lighting to put up and voted on other decisions pertaining to the corner.

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