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By Marlana Smith
It’s been 10 years since a fire destroyed a portion of businesses in downtown Shelbina.
“It is awesome to be the first to build on Center Street after we lost all the buildings,” said Cameron Christoffer, owner of Cams Cut & Curl and P. Mae Co Boutique.
When starting the process of building, Christoffer sat down with Amanda Durbin, 12-D Construction discussing many features of the proposed building. Durbin suggested taking the old-style building and modernizing it.
He will continue to offer all normal services in the new location, like haircuts, hair colors, perms, manicures and pedicures, but is introducing something new … a boutique.
Offering clothing and decor is something Christoffer has wanted to do for a couple years.
“I have friends that have them in their salons and when together, we all discuss it and encourage each other.
“We need more small businesses in our community and when I went to build my new place, I wanted to be able to offer more to the community,” said Christoffer.
Christoffer began his career as a cosmetologist 13 years ago, after graduating from Davis H. Hart Career Center in Mexico, Mo. Cameron went back a year later and got his instructor’s license.
Christoffer has been serving Shelby County since the beginning of his career. He worked with other stylists in Shelby County along the way, growing his business, and constantly learning.
This career wasn’t Cameron’s idea.
“I took a year off after high school and worked. My mother actually encouraged me to go. I thought I would give it a shot,” said Christoffer.
In 2020, Cameron received a barber’s license and admitted this was something he has wanted to offer for a long time. He went to school in Mexico, graduating from the crossover license program.
“I was in the first class. It was neat to be a part of something new at the school,” Christoffer said.
His new building is located at 126 South Center Street in Shelbina. A grand opening was held Saturday, November 6.
Cameron hopes to see others build right there with him.
“It’s time to build our community back,” said Christoffer.