The Effingham County Chamber celebrates the opening of new businesses or locations and welcomes new Chamber members with ribbon cuttings, new member pictures, and other events and activities.

The Royal School of Cosmetology, LTD, located in the old train station at 401 W National Ave., Effingham, opened on March 1, 2021, and offers instruction in Cosmetology, Barbering, Esthetics, Medical Esthetics, Nail Tech, and Instructor.  They also offer continuing education classes for existing beauty professional to meet their state requirements for license renewal.

The Royal School of Cosmetology has remodeled and renamed the old train station to Station Plaza. It was a diamond in the rough when purchased after sitting vacant for over 30 years. It has been extensively remodeled and transformed into a beautiful destination for salon services. Plans for 2022 include opening a second location in Champaign in March.

Pictured (back left to right): Chamber Ambassador Marty Stock, Instructor Sherri Fulk, Champaign Director of Education Ashley Walen, Co-owner Ray Niemerg, Effingham Director of Education Jodi Craycroft, Interior Designer/Event Coordinator Mardeanna Sproat, Instructor & Recruiter Alex Anderson, and Chamber Ambassador Brandon Pals.

Pictured (front left to right): Chamber Ambassadors Deborah Womack & Bev Soltwedel, Instructor Whitley Carrillo, Owner Chandra Niemerg, Chamber President & CEO Lucinda Hart, and Chamber Ambassadors Jerry Jansen & Lisa Wilson.

To learn more about The Royal School of Cosmetology, visit or call (217) 347-3991.


About the Effingham County Chamber

Founded in 1917, the Effingham County Chamber is the county’s leading advocate and champion for business. The Chamber works to create a climate of growth and success in our community by providing leadership opportunities as well as a volunteer programs and business-building initiatives that focus on the critical priorities of Effingham County businesses. By leveraging the support, talent, and resources of our members, the Effingham County Chamber is leading efforts to achieve business success and community growth.

For information on becoming a Chamber member, visit, or contact Membership Director, Becky Brown, at (217) 342-4147.