Amber (Mitchell) Murphy has a love for the Waukon community. The 2012 Waukon High School graduate has always known she wanted a career where she could be a part of her home community. After years of honing her skills, she is now seeing her dream come true.
Recently, she opened WAX by Amber, a body waxing salon, located at 102 W. Main Street in downtown Waukon.
Finding her spot
Murphy is the daughter of Trent and Becky Mitchell. She has a brother, Tanner, and sister, Makayla. After almost seven years together, she married her high school sweetheart, Ryan Murphy in March 2018. They live in Waukon with their dog, Kia.
Growing up in Waukon, Murphy has strong roots to the community. She worked on and off at S & D Cafe for nearly 14 years, in addition to other area businesses.
“I have met so many great people there over the years and it has shown me how much I wanted to be a part of this community offering a service,” she said. “I have always been a people-person, working jobs giving service to the community.”
Following her high school graduation, Murphy attended Northeast Iowa Community College, majoring in business. While attending school, she worked as a receptionist at Eclips Salon & Spa in Decorah. Murphy said she loved the salon feel and knew she wanted to pursue something in that area.
After graduating from NICC, she enrolled at The Salon Professional Academy in Onalaska, Wis., focusing on esthetics. Esthetics includes skin care, ranging from facials and chemical peels to make-up and body waxing.
Once she finished the program, Murphy began working at Eclips, where she remained for nearly six years. Then, she rented her own space at Wild Roots Salon & Spa in Decorah, focusing on body waxing.
Knowing her heart belonged in Waukon, Murphy began looking for her own space. She found the perfect location on Main Street, connected to Macy’s Cutting Edge.
“It works out perfectly having my own space plus being connected to another salon in the industry,” she said. “I felt like I could add my services to Waukon with being from here and knowing people and the area.”
Services at WAX
WAX by Amber allows Murphy to focus on body waxing. She offers any waxing service at her spa, from eyebrows to Brazilian waxing services. She also offers retail items, including women’s clothing, slippers, candles, earrings and spa items.
“I knew coming to Waukon I wanted to offer more with not a lot of options being in Waukon,” she said. “I just wanted a fun and cozy place to shop or get a waxing service done.”
Murphy currently has flexible hours, offering times into the evening as well as on the weekends. Appointments can be made by following WAX by Amber on Facebook, calling or texting her at (563) 568-8323 or book online at https://www.vagaro.com/us04/wax1.
“I’d love for you to come check out my new space by shopping or getting a waxing service done,” she said. “I love meeting new people.”