Altus couple turns old building into business

Altus couple turns old building into business

ALTUS, OK (KSWO) -An old, historic building near Altus High School is back open after a husband and wife stationed at Altus Air Force Base picked it to be the site of their dream business.

What used to be an old lumber yard in Altus in the early 80's, then a drug rehab facility, is now a rustic salon.

"I've always dreamed of owning my own salon and my dream came true," said
Desiree Kessler, the Owner and stylist at Rustic Elegance Salon and Photo studio. You can find them at 820 North Park Lane in Altus.

Kessler says the building was not in good shape at first.

"We came into it with no electricity," said Kessler. "We were blind looking with flashlights in the building. It was cute. We knew kind of what we wanted to do with it. We just fell in love with the little bity building it was and we made it our own."

But in just 30 short days, Kessler, her husband and tons of their friends got the job the floors, added the rustic wood to the walls and turned it into this.

"I worked non-stop for 8-9 hours a day for the last two weeks," said Kessler. "It took us 30 days. We gutted the place. I hired some people to knock out the walls. I hired plumbers. I hired electricians."

She says starting her own business was hard work, but it was easy to choose Southwest Oklahoma as their permanent home. They have been stationed all over the world, and within a few years – her husband will end his career with the military, but start the rest of their life here in Altus.

"Altus is so cute," said Kessler. "It's homey. Everybody knows everybody. I just fell in love with this little place.
It's honestly surreal. I've wanted this my entire life."

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