About Leissa's Hair Studio & Day Spa

Leissa's has been established in Historic downtown Menomonie for 29 years. We are an Award Winning Aveda Salon; our trained stylists and spa technicians are an elite Aveda Salon Utilizing and providing products based on Aveda pure flower and plant essences.

AVEDA Award Winning Studio

Voted #1 by UW Stout
Business of the Year in 2010
Chamber of Commerce Member
Past Member of Main Street Board

Your image...

The object of our professional artistry, and the focus of your style! We are inspired by bringing your new look to life...Classic or fashion forward. You can trust our experienced team to create a hair design that suits your lifestyle and inspires you.

Our Aveda Spa Certified technicians provide the ultimate spa experience for total relaxation for mind, body, & spirit. We possess an unyielding passion and are committed to giving you the best salon and spa experience imaginable.

Meet Leissa

"Leissa became inspired by art at an early age and that guided her to start cosmetology school; but, how did she come to Menomonie? In 1985 Leissa's sister attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Apparel Design and Development and Retail Merchandising. They weren't far apart in age so on the weekends, they would have fun at all the "downtown discos"; then bar close would come around and Leissa said, 'I seemed to be doing some of my most creative cuts on UW- Stout students, brave enough to change their hairstyle's after a night on the town, we really had a blast.'
"After getting a job offer in Chicago, Leissa just couldn't leave Menomonie and decided to stay and open her very own, hair studio and day spa.
"Leissa's salon started out with only two people and in the past 29 years it now has 7 stylists, 2 massage therapists, and 4 front desk concierge, pedicurist on staff, as well as other specialists."


Our Brands

Leissa's Hair Studio and Day Spa is proud to retail only the best in haircare and spa products from the the most prestigious brands. This includes Aveda, Bumble & Bumble, Morrocan Oil, Kenra, and Dermologica.

Leissa's Gift certificates make great gifts!

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29 Years of Pure Excellence

29 Years of Pure Excellence

Downtown Neighbors

November 2014

Leissa’s Hair Studio & Day Spa

Historic Downtown Menomonie is fortunate to have a diverse selection of businesses offering a wide variety of services to residents and visitors. Of those, few have been in business as long as Leissa’s Hair Studio & Day Spa, located at 226 Main Street.

Owner Leissa Berenschot opened her salon 29 years ago. Her passion for small business, fashion and the salon industry runs in her family--- her mother and aunt were both into fashion and several family members are entrepreneurs. Notably, all of Berenschot’s siblings that are business owners located their businesses in the downtown of their respective communities.

When Berenschot’s sister attended UW-Stout for fashion merchandising, she urged Berenschot to open a salon in Menomonie. Though she had been offered a job in Chicago, Berenschot saw an ideal opportunity in this community. “There were a lot of people here that wanted something much more than ‘an inch off’--- they wanted trend,” she observed.

It’s only natural that Leissa’s is located downtown -- a place that was “always hip and cool,” Berenschot points out, adding that its proximity to UW-Stout is a significant asset.

The salon was originally located underneath the campus arts store. Four years later, the business moved its location to Main Street into what was the former

Ben Franklin Store. In a twist of fate, Berenschot recalls going to that store as a young child.

Leissa’s has expanded over the years, both in location and available services. Most recently, esthetician Barbara Ziehr obtained her licensure and graduated from the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis in August. Ziehr was originally a customer at Leissa’s after moving to Menomonie five years ago.

After she began working at Leissa’s front desk, Berenschot approached her about becoming a licensed esthetician. A year ago, Ziehr decided the time was right to pursue her passion for skin care and is continuing training with Dermalogica.

Throughout the coming months, Leissa’s will feature several specials and events for those who would like to address their skin care needs with Ziehr. Leissa’s Annual Open House on Dec. 12 and 13 will feature gift certificate purchase promotions in addition to other deals.

Christmas is a special time at Leissa’s. Berenschot believes in giving back to the community, a mission of "passing along good to the area and globally" that Leissa’s shares with the Aveda product line carried at the salon. "We’re proud to be a part of that,” Berenschot said, reporting that one year the salon even donated furniture items to a family in need.

Over the years, Leissa’s Hair Studio & Day Spa has established itself as an anchor business downtown, and it’s clear that they are always up to something new.

With all that downtown Menomonie has to offer, Ziehr adds, "Who wouldn’t want to be here!

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