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Faith Hazer is the owner of Runaway Cuts.

Since the retirement of Terry Frasher on Dec. 24, the building that previously held his barbershop has stood empty. That is quickly changing, however, as a new barbershop, Runaway Cuts, is being set up by Faith Hazer in the building.

Hazer is a long-time resident of the Cascade and Bernard areas. She grew up in Bernard and attended Cascade High School. According to Hazer, it was during high school that she began the path that has led to her new business.

“I’ve always been interested in the beauty industry,” she said. “It really kicked off when I was in drama in high school — I was the chairman of the makeup committee.”

After high school, Hazer attended Capri College in Dubuque, graduating in the summer of 2020.

“You have to put in 2,100 hours, so it usually takes about a year and a half,” said Hazer. “I previously worked in a salon and graduated from Capri at the end of June, so I’m still fresh in the stylist community, but it’s going pretty well so far.”

Hazer will be renting the building from her grandparents, Patti and Garry Steffen, owners of The Quilting Tree.

“My grandparents own the building, and when Terry was moving out, it seemed like a really good opportunity to take,” said Hazer.

Hoping to have her new business open by the end of the month, Hazer has been working diligently to get everything set up.

“It’s been really fun,” she said. “We’re painting, cleaning, getting all the disinfectants, shopping and getting my licenses in order. You need a shop license; I have my cosmetology license and my LLC.”

Hazer hopes her new endeavor is the start of a long-standing business in the Cascade community.

“Hopefully I can get the people who came to Terry, but I’m open to anyone and everything,” she said. “I specialize in men’s haircuts, although I will accept women’s haircuts, and eventually maybe I’ll get into some color.”