Texture Salon and Spa open for business

Shortly after the Bonnie and Clyde shoot out north of Dexter, Ralph Harden became a deputy with the Dallas County Sherriff’s department. His family had been lifelong residents of Dallas County. He and his wife Grace especially loved Adel and living in the "House on the Hill," as it used to be called, on Rapids Street.

After being raised there, eventually their son Van, his wife Denise, and their three children lived in the house, while Van worked, as he still does, after 28 years, at WHO Radio in Des Moines, frequently talking about Adel. A new chapter of the Harden tradition began recently as Harden’s daughter-in-law, Courtney, and her business partner Missy Powers from rural Dexter, purchased the famous "Hair Affair" salon, on highway 6, from Adella Nelson, it’s long time proprietor, and re-named it "Texture Salon and Spa." Nelson, continues to work at "Texture." Courtney is the wife of Luke Harden, who is a police officer in Des Moines. Their love for Adel lead them to build a new home across the street from the old "House on the Hill."

Missy and Courtney met at Iowa State University, where they played on the racquetball team together. Missy has management degrees in teaching and political science. Her husband Russ is a field service technician for Siemens, specializing in wind turbines. "Adel is such a special place, we want to have special services for them," said Courtney, who graduated from LaJames International College in 2008. "So we are adding the massage services of Kristin Wicks, who spent eight years at "Signature Male" in Des Moines." Also being added is a barber, Mary Minturn, of Dexter, who specializes in men’s haircuts, hot shaves and facials. And an exclusive of "Texture," is, Kelly Flanery an artist offering permanent make up.

"Texture Salon and Spa," is just east of the Highway 6/169 intersection on the north side of the Highway 6. Hours are 8 to 5 Monday through Friday. Saturday 8 to noon. Harden says there may still be some chairs available for stylists. The business can be reached at 515 993-4992.