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Cari’s Hair Care Helps Hailey Look Good

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Cari's Hair CareWhen you think about it, it’s a pretty simple dynamic: when we look good, we feel good. And if we get to spend a little time getting pampered during the process, all the better.

That’s pretty much the philosophy behind one of Hailey’s longest-running sole proprietorships—and longest tenured members of the Hailey Chamber  – Cari’s Hair Care and Day Spa.

“People can come in feeling depressed and down, but when they leave they feel good about themselves. At least that’s what we’re always hoping for,” Cari Larsen said, while we sat in the office of her Hailey salon.

“You want people to feel special. Life can be busy and hectic. That’s their time in the chair. You want them to enjoy themselves, and you want them to come back,” Cari said with a smile.

374530_689483911076745_862614592_n[1]And coming back to Cari’s is something folks have long been doing. Some of her clients have been with Cari since she first started her own business, working out of her house in 1975. In 1977, Cari made what was then considered a risky move, she opened a commercial space in an old home on north Main Street.

“It was several blocks up from the main business corridor and people thought I would never make it. I was there for 36 years,” Cari proudly declared, about a building that she did a couple major additions to and now houses Wood River Dental. That section of Main Street is now full of successful businesses, while Cari’s Hair Care has moved across the street to Centennial Station.

Cari’s is a full service salon and spa, offering everything from manicures and pedicures, to facials, waxings and tanning, to hair cuts, styling and—what they’re best known for—coloring. People regularly walk in looking for help with coloring done at home or from another salon that isn’t exactly what they were hoping for.

“We can pretty much fix anything, so long as the hair is still on the head,” joked Cari, who is also a proud wife and mom to three grown sons.

Cari said that one of the big keys to her longevity has been her great staff: Krystal, Stacey, Mona and Shirley—who’s been working with Cari for more than 20 years.

“You’ve really got to enjoy connecting with people and making them feel good about who they are. And we try to do that,” Cari said, adding that, “The industry has changed over the years, but it’s still about loyalty and friendship.”


Big Crowds for April’s Business After Hours and Wake Up Hailey!

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BAH Mtn West 2April is one of those odd months when both the second Tuesday (our usual mornings for Wake Up Hailey) and the third Thursday (our usual nights for Business after Hours) fell on the same week. Nonetheless, the Hailey Chamber was happy to host both events in the same week, and both were exceptionally successful and well attended.

April’s Wake Up Hailey was held at Harrison Insurance, with a happy and supportive crowding over-flowing out of the office space at the Old Mercantile Building.

“I was thrilled and surprised by how many people showed up. It was really great, and a lot of fun,” said Kathy Harrison, the owner of the independent insurance agency. To find out more about Harrison Insurance, please check out Chamber Corner profile.

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Geegee Lowe and Bob Wiederrick

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The Old Town Mercantile in Hailey.

April’s Business After Hours, or BAH, was hosted by Mountain West Bank. More than 100 local business people and community members attended the festive event. Woodside Motorsports showed off their summer toys and food was provided by Zou 75. The social crowd event kicked a keg of microbrewed beer!

The Business Card Raffle was again a huge hit, and we’d like to thank everyone who generously offered up prizes: Mountain West Bank, Goode Motors, Silver Creek Ford, Wood River Sustainability Center, Hurtig Shooting Center, Franklin Building Supply, Dr. Jeffery Roth DMD, Woodside Motor Sports, Auto Works, Senior Connection, Christopher and Company.

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Mountain West Bank’s friendly staff.

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Goode Motor’s Grand Opening

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The Hailey Chamber of Commerce was proud to welcome Goode Motor to town with a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday April 10th. Members of Goode Motor’s staff, the City of Hailey and even the president and vice-president of the Hailey Chamber were all there to celebrate the Grand Opening.

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Located on North Main Street, Hailey’s branch of Goode Motor offers new and used Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles. It’s part of the Goode Motor Auto Group, which is 100% local owned and operated in southern Idaho and includes the Gem States oldest Ford dealership with roots all the way back to 1917.

Hailey is thrilled to welcome such a highly-respected dealership to the Wood River Valley.


Harrison Insurance Helps Out

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“You never realize how important it is to have a good insurance agent until you really need one.”

That’s what a friend uttered shortly after losing his house in a fire. While being an insurance agent may not be the most glamorous job, it can definitely play a big and positive roll in people’s lives.

Kathleen Harrison, Shannon Kozeliski and Evan Stelma

“I like to help people,” is what Kathleen Harrison said when asked why she works as an insurance agent. “That’s the thing I like the most about it, that and explaining to people how things in the insurance world work in simple terms they can understand.”

Kathleen is the owner of Harrison Insurance, located in the Old Mercantile Building across from Atkinsons’ Hailey on Bullion Street. She first came to the area in 1973 when she and a girlfriend toured much of the Mountain West in search of the ideal ski town. They decided Sun Valley was the best, so they moved up from Southern California the next season. Harrison 3

Kathleen eventually met her husband, Steve Harrison, a true local “lodge-baby,” as she called him, since he was born in wing of the old Sun Valley Lodge. The Harrisons spent a decade in California before moving back to Idaho to raise their two daughters, Tami Harrison and Amy Backus, both whom still happily call the Valley home.

Kathleen—or “Kathy” to many of her friends—first opened her business in her home in 1988, before eventually opening an office in 2002. Harrison Insurance now employees both Shannon Kozelski and Evan Stelma. “I could not do this without those two. They’re terrific,” she said.

What makes Harrison Insurance unique is that it’s an independent agency, meaning it can essentially shop around with all the other insurance providers for the best deal for each particular client. It also means they can offer a wide variety of coverage, for everything from life and health to property, casualty, commercial and business holdings. That’s why their motto is “For all your insurance needs.”

Harrison 2Kathleen enjoys owning a small business in a small town like Hailey. “I love connecting with old friends and clients at the grocery store and having my neighbors as my clients,” she said. To try to help out the community she loves so much, Harrison Insurance is making a contribution to The Advocates every time it gets a new client this year.

“I want to do the right thing for people,” Kathleen said, about her business—and her life’s—philosophy.

By Mike McKenna

This story originally appeared in the Chamber Corner section of The Weekly Sun.

Sun Valley Center for the Arts & Company of Fools to Host Fools Day Celebration, 4/1

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Sun Valley Center for the Arts & Company of Fools

2015 Season Announcement & Celebration

Wednesday, April 1, 5:30 pm  FREE

Liberty Theatre

Join SVCAC for drinks and dessert at the Liberty for the unveiling of our very exciting upcoming summer and winter seasons. Hear about what’s planned for the Company of Fools’ 20th Season, and the 2015 Summer Concert Series. Also get a sneak peak into The Center’s 2015-2016 Lecture and Performing Arts Series and BIG IDEA multidisciplinary projects.

Time for Three FREE CONCERT April 2

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TIME FOR THREE Free Concert APRIL 2 – featuring the Wood River High School Orchestra Thursday April 2 7:00 PM at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater.  Presented by the Sun Valley Symphony Project Tf3.  Doors open at 6:00 PM.  Concert at 7:00 PM Space is limited.

Wake Up Hailey at Sturtos

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WUH Sturtos 2Sturtos of Hailey hosted the March edition of Wake Up Hailey and it drew nearly 40 local business professionals and fans of our beloved community.

A good time was had by all, who enjoyed the networking, and coffee and pastries provided by the new Coffee House on Main Street.

Jeff Davis, the owner of Sturtos Hailey, thanked everyone for the years of loyal support our community has given his sporting goods store. He also reported that “practically the whole store is on sale right now,” and that it’s a great time to stop on by and have your bicycle tuned-up for spring before it starts really getting busy again. The next Wake Up Hailey will be hosted by Harrison Insurance on April 14th. Hope to see you there! P1200147 For more information, or to get signed up to host an event yourself, please call the Hailey Chamber at 788-3484.

Business after Hours – March 19th – Bigwood Fitness 5 – 7

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Business after Hours – March 19th – Bigwood Fitness 5 – 7

Everyone’s Invited!!

The Hailey Chamber of Commerce would like to invite businesses and the public to the March Business after Hours (BAH) hosted by Bigwood Fitness.  Zou 75 will be providing food, and both the Wood River Sustainability Center and Big Wood Nutrition will be passing along healthy eating advice. Bigwood Fitness is located at 21 East Maple Hailey, behind 5B Paws & Claws. Festivities will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Bigwood Fitness has been busy building a better gym and will be celebrating its Grand Reopening by hosting this month’s Business After Hours. Open 24 hours a day, Bigwood Fitness has added 1,000 square-feet, lots of new equipment and even includes racquetball, yoga, spin and boot camp classes with membership. Come on by to check out the gym, or to network and socialize, and bring along your business card for a drawing to win lots of great prizes including memberships to Bigwood Fitness.

Please call 788-3484 for additional information.

Syringa Mountain School invites all to a “Hoe-Down”

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Yee Haw! Syringa Mountain School’s first ever Hoedown Fundraiser!  Mark your calendars for Syringa Mountain School’s Hoedown “Fun”draising event on March 14, 6:30-10 pm in the Sweetwater Commons Building.  A lively event with Line-Dancing led by Dale and Peggy Bates, a fun band TBA, lip-smacking BBQ chow, libations and a silent auction.  Tickets – $50 a person or $95 per couple. Dust off your cowboy boots, grab your best gal or guy and get ready to kick up your heels! This event supports the Wood River Valley’s first public charter school and Idaho’s first Waldorf methods charter school. Syringa Mountain School provides a rigorous arts-integrated education that uses traditional Waldorf methods to engage students in grades KG -6. It provides a valuable public school choice in our valley.

For more information and tickets 208-806-2880.

An Evening with Baxter Black – April 4

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An Evening with Baxter Black

A Benefit for the Trailing of the Sheep – VIP Reception and a Dinner Show Spend a rare and unforgettable evening with Baxter Black, described by the New York Times as “…the nation’s most successful living poet.” You can  join him at the VIP reception and at the dinner show.

VIP Reception, 5:00-6:00pm

An intimate hour with Baxter Black including a host bar and light appetizers before the dinner show, including a 10-minute Q&A where Baxter will answers your questions.  Included in the VIP ticket price is an autographed copy of Baxter’s newest book ‘Cave Wall Graffiti from a Neanderthal Cowboy’.  Additionally, those purchasing VIP tickets will also secure a seat within the first three rows for the dinner show. Please note: VIP tickets must be purchased with dinner show tickets and cannot be purchased separately.

Dinner Show, 5:30-6:30 registration & no-host cocktail hour; 6:30 dinner; 7:45 show

The evening will kick-off with a cocktail hour and time to mingle with old and new friends. Sun Valley’s award-winning culinary team will cater the dinner which will include a salad, entrée and dessert. The show immediately follows the dinner.  Tables of 6 may be purchased. All Dinner show tickets / tables location are on a first-come, first served basis. The show should last about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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