We are honored to hear how Merle Norman Cosmetics has made such a difference in so many lives, for the
better. To demonstrate our strong network of Franchise Studio Owners and how they’ve obtained financial
independence while changing the lives of others, we asked a few of them to share their stories here.
These dynamic franchisees benefit from the same spirit of enthusiasm that inspired Merle Norman
more than 80 years ago.
Renee & Erin Hitt
Studio Owners in Brookfield, WI since 1989
"I raised my family as a Studio Owner and it gave me that flexibility. I could still be the Girl Scout Leader or den mom, or parent’s club president and still run my business and develop a relationship with my customers."
Studio Owner in Brownsburg and Greenwood, IN since 2008
“The most exciting thing about being a Merle Norman
Studio Owner is the ability to be in business for yourself.
That's what I wanted to do as a little girl, and that's
what I'm doing now.”
Jolene & Bill Larecy
Studio Owners in Ardmore, OK since 2001
"I know that I make a difference in women's lives every day. I don't know who that person's going to be. But every single day, I know that I make a difference in the way they feel and look, and feel more empowered."
Garry & Louise Fredericksen
Studio Owners in Indianapolis, IN since 1983
"We love the company. We’re very passionate about it —
but we’ve got to say, we love the money. It’s allowed us to
have a great life. We’ve raised kids and put them through
college thanks to our Studios. It hasn’t been an
all-consuming business — it’s given us balance, and it’s
been very financially rewarding. That’s why we’re in this
Studio Owner in Fox River Grove, IL since 2005
"My story starts at age 15 when I went for a makeover at Merle
Norman and got a job in high school. I went to college to be a
teacher but I always had a passion to be in makeup so I took an
early retirement and got my own Studio."