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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Derek Kanute (right) and his wife, Jessica (left), seen here with their daughter, Cora Rose, said they appreciate the welcome received since their October purchase of Curry's Barber Shop and Curry's Corner Barber Shop, in Le Mars, and look forward to being members of the local business community.
Two long-time downtown businesses in Le Mars have changed hands.

Derek Kanute, a former Boone resident and graduate of the American College of Hair Styling, Des Moines, said he has long wanted his own shop.

He now owns two.

Don Curry, long-time Le Mars barber shops owner, said serving his customers has meant an ongoing series of experiences and friendships for himself and his family.
Last month Kanute and his wife, Jessica, a DeSoto native, purchased Curry's Barber Shop, and Curry's Corner Barber Shop, from Don Curry, owner of the shops since 1957.

"When I learned these two were up for sale I decided I should look at them," Kanute said.

Curry's Barber Shop is at 29 Central Ave. N.W. and Curry's Corner Barber Shop is at 11 Central Ave. N.W.

Late last week as he continued behind one of the barber chairs, working alongside Kanute through a transition period, Curry said he was hoping a young barber would take over his shops.

"It appears all's going well," he added, smiling as he finished a hair cut.

Kanute, a former member of the U.S. Coast Guard, said he and Jessica and their 9-week old daughter, Cora Rose, are appreciating their welcome into the community.

"I never dreamed of landing something like this. Both Jessica and I feel we're fortunate to come here," he said.

Kanute said he didn't know anything about Le Mars prior to moving to the community.

"Le Mars seems like a great town to settle down in," he said. "We hope to see our business continue to grow."

His wife nodded in agreement while giving her young daughter a hug.

"We're excited about our new opportunity and the welcome we've received," Jessica added.

Kanute said in the future he hopes to make new services and products available to customers at the shops.

He will also be having the businesses open on Thursday evenings for the convenience of his customers, Kanute said.

As for Curry, he sees the sale of the shops providing him with additional time for several of his other interests.

He said he'll be going deer hunting in Nebraska later this week and also looks forward to more fishing trips as well as opportunities to follow more sports events.

"My wife, Sandy, and I have managed to raise six daughters -- Christy, Nancy, Lisa, Julie, Mary and Sara -- and get them all through college. I think perhaps maybe it's time to think my job here is done," Curry said. "I've enjoyed what I've done, my customers and had some wonderful experiences."

One expecially memorable experience he shared related to his interest in sports.

Curry explained it happened a number of years ago when a new customer arrived at the barber shop wanting a shave.

"As I finished shaving the customer he suggested that if I could cut hair as well as I shaved we'd better also have a hair cut," Curry said. "As I began putting the cape around his neck I commented jokingly that with the size of his neck he should have been an athlete. The fellow just about fell out of the chair laughing."

The customer told Curry he was an athlete, John Kirby, who played for the Minnesota Vikings, Curry said.

"It was rather unexpected, and I admit, somewhat comical at the time," Curry said.

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