Fifty-two years ago, Marlin Mueller worked his shear and comb up and down a wall, practicing dexterity and coordination among a class of 12 Barbering students at Eau Claire’s vocational school, which became CVTC. Such dexterity and coordination helped him throughout his career.
After graduating in 1961 from the 1300 First Avenue school, he worked at Roy’s Barber Shop on Water Street. About 16 years later, he was ready to move on.
“I wanted to spread my wings and own a shop that cut both men’s and women’s hair,” Marlin says.
For 32 years he owned the Hair Den in downtown Eau Claire and then moved his business in 2008 to Main Street Hair Care, where he continues to enjoy cutting, coloring, and perming hair on a part-time basis.
His best memory of his CVTC education was the atmosphere. “The instructors were funny. It was more of a family – everyone joked around and went out for coffee together.” This past summer, Marlin and a group from his graduating class returned to CVTC to see the changes and reflect upon old times.
His CVTC experience launched his long-term career, which he still enjoys. “CVTC gave me my grassroots. The Barbering program was very good to me, and when the new salon opened, I wanted to give something back to the program.”