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Josef's School of Hair Design prepare for a bittersweet move

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FARGO—Josef's School of Hair Design is moving into the same location as Straus for Men, as they prepare to close.

After 57 years, Josef's School of Hair Design is leaving downtown Fargo; it's a bittersweet move for some.

"We've been here since 1960, so I was picking up hair clips when I was 4 years old," said Mario Olivieri, School Founder.

Olivieri has been there since the beginning.

For him, this move is tough, but necessary.

"There just came a point where we needed more space, and it was the midway point between the two, parking is huge, the students need parking," said Olivieri.

Students from both the West Academy on 15th Ave. and the downtown location will relocate to the old Straus building on 13th Ave.

From hair to skin, students will learn it all under one roof.

"I think with the campus, it'll expose students to all sides of the industry - which in turn the more services you can offer a client, the more successful you will be starting out," said Mikaela Balzum, Josef's School Director.

Even though it will be a big change for students and faculty, Josef's is excited to move on.

"We'll never forget what we stand for, what Josef's is, where we started, but just like anything we're growing, we're moving on, and we're excited for the future," said Balzum.

Leaving a legacy of cut and color.

School directors say the new campus opens early this summer.