Red Daisy Gifts moved from their online storefront to a brick-and-mortar location in 2018, and joined the Chamber of Commerce on April 13 of 2018. A year later, they've moved in to an even bigger location at 310 S. Miller Avenue, near downtown Gillette. Their focus is on small local businesses that can find some shelf space away from the vendor shows.
"As we keep evolving, we keep trying to make this look more like a higher-end store. We don't want it to look like a craft fair," said co-owner Stephanie Bryce.
"The previous store was more separated in to vendor areas, this we wanted to feel more like one unified store," said Krissy Borcher, another co-owner.
"It shouldn't feel like you're going booth to booth," Bryce added.
The new store has retained most of its 50 vendors from the previous location, and there is still a waitlist to add more businesses. Bryce says the key to their success is finding the right mix of people with the right mindset. It's how they keep their turnover rate low and the quality of the products they offer high.
Both women still work full time at the coal mines, and the store operates with the help of the community. People who have product in Red Daisy are offered jobs running it so they can gain experience owning and operating a storefront.
"A lot of people have hopes and dreams but they don't know how to go from Point A to Point B," Bryce says. "We found a lot of local talent and brought them under one roof."
Red Daisy Gifts is open Wednesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here to see more photos.
The Man Cave Salon is Gillette Main Street's newest addition! Located on First Block at 104 S. Gillette Avenue (next door to Big Lost Meadery,) Man Cave opened this week, with a ribbon cutting and open house.
From the beer signs on the wall to Redken's "Brew" shampoos on the shelves, the Man Cave is definitely a friendly space for Gillette men to get a shave and a haircut.
Owner Rhonda Nile has been cutting hair for 16 years, and was previously the assistant manager at Great Clips.
"This has always been the dream," she told the Campbell County Energizers. "We're pretty much only cutting men's hair, but eventually we'd like to do a 'Ladies Night' like on Monday nights."
There are three stylists total on hand to serve Campbell County. Their hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and they take walk-ins as well as appointments. Call (307) 689-8368 or visit their listing to get directions.
You can tune in to 1270 AM / 106.7 FM at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, to hear Rhonda chat about Man Cave with Tracy.
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Our first ribbon cutting of 2019 was a combined affair! Jack Kaup, CEO of Black Hills Urgent Care, welcomed the Chamber and the Chamber Energizers to the new Urgent Care location on South Douglas Highway in Gillette on February 19. The extension clinic of the Rapid City hospital moved in to Campbell County last summer, renovating the old First Interstate Bank building to make space for not only their general care facility, but the Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine Center.
Black Hills Urgent Care and Ortho & Spine realized they actually served a wider area, 250 miles around their location in Rapid City, and they began looking for another location a year and a half ago. They settled very quickly on Gillette.
"We've had excellent success in the two and half months we've been open," said Kaup. "We bring something different to our clinic visitors, we're interested in long term care for our clients, while also taking care of your health care needs."
Depending on how many doctors are on staff day to day, just the orthopedic clinic itself will see 40-70 patients per day. The urgent care center can treat a wide range of issues, and they have begun providing general preventive care as well. Dr. Monica Morman has been an orthopedic surgeon in Gillette for fifteen years, and now is a full time staff member at Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine. Eight other surgeons visit throughout the month, and there are 17 specialists total in the network.
"Starting in March, we'll have an ears, nose, and throat doctor and other specialists who will come through," said Kyle Wiese, CEO of the Orthopedic & Spine Center. "Right now we are looking at our options to privilege our doctors so they can perform surgeries in town, but we do have our surgical hospital in Rapid City which is ranked sixth in the nation."
You can find both care centers in one place, 2201 S. Douglas Highway, or check them out online here and here.
There are more photos on our Facebook page.
The grand opening of Gillette College's Area 59 was today and we brought our red ribbon to welcome them to our community.
Senator Mike Enzi was one of the many people who turned out to tour Area 59 and see what Wyoming's newest makerspace is all about. The open source facility is for people of all ages in Campbell County that want to learn more about manufacturing, designing, and engineering. It contains 3D printers, laser cutters, a woodworking shop and even two robotic arms for anyone to use who wants to learn.
The "big idea" behind the space is to take an idea from thought to concept to prototype that then enables an entrepreneur to create and package a product for sale. This came true this month with Director Ian Scott's idea to create a toy top to give away at the grand opening, which from idea to design to production took one day.
"Literally he was taking a shower one day and he had the idea 'I should make these tops and be able to ship them out as a product.'," said Trevor, an Area 59 student at the ribbon cutting. "If it's something in your brain, it's something you can make."
Using computer schematics, they both 3D printed and woodworked the tops, as well as printing out the packaging for them. Trevor says he's working on a design for 3D printed guitars. The building is also the home of a new VEX robotics team, for kids ages 8 - 14.
Area 59 is located at 3207 South Douglas Highway. To find out more about how to get involved, visit them at Area-59.com.
Erica Kissack launched Elegant Kreations in April after spending ten years working in jewelry.
"I've always wanted to have my own store," she told Energizers and clients on October 9, when she cut the red ribbon on her Chamber membership.
While she currently is still working on her gemologist degree and will soon be able to do appraisals, she goldsmiths out of her home and attends trade shows and will make appointments with clients in person to make sure they get exactly what they are hoping for from their jewelry.
(You can see more photos on our Facebook page.)
One of her favorite techniques is a Japanese metalworking procedure called mokume-gane, which produces a finish that looks like wood grain. She brought with her gold, silver, and copper pieces showing off the look.
"I'm just like any other store where you can order a piece and get something in. I have mountings and loose stones, you name it I can make it," she says.
In addition to her own work, she sells vintage jewelry pieces, and leather- and knife-work from other local artisans, as well.
"I like to help local artists and sell their good work."
Maximillian Carper has helped businesses of all sizes customize software to fit their needs.
"We help solve problems with business software," he told us at his ribbon cutting. "If your software isn't doing exactly what you want the way you want it, then we can help you customize it and make it more efficient."
Carper Technology Services is a new company in Campbell County, with a staff of software developers based out of Seattle to help the operation serve businesses in Gillette and beyond. They specialize in fixing the programs you have running customer databases, or developing tools to help with sales data.
The business is home-based, but can help anyone across the nation. They've helped build sales lead distribution system for an online loan mortgage business, helped clients build customer relations management systems, and worked with manufacturers streamline their inventory and assembly line operations.
If you think you need Carper Tech's services to help improve how your business works, visit them online at Carper Tech, or give them a call at 1-833-2ASK-CTS. Welcome to the Chamber!
It was just over a year ago that Hand Therapy of Wyoming opened its doors for the first time, and we were there to celebrate with them. Now they've moved to a different location in the same building on Highway 59, to offer Physical Therapy as well as hand therapy.
"We now have two physical therapists on staff, who are also co-owners: Brandi Johnson and Shawn Gallagher," said Anni Stafford, who co-owns Hand Therapy. "So now that we've expanded, we're doing full body treatment!"
The change means they have more space to work and serve Campbell County. Congratulations to their new staff!
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On September 13, we welcomed Strata back to the Chamber! CEO Jim Murphy returned to Gillette for the ceremony, and thanked the employees at the Gillette office for being dedicated to maintaining a presence in Campbell County, and roots in his hometown of Gillette.
"I don't get back here as much as I'd like to, but it sure is nice to see some friendly and welcoming faces," he said.
Strata has been providing engineering and testing services since 1974. They moved in to new laboratory space on 2nd Street (near Dads Truck and Auto) this summer. You can contact them at (307) 686-6409, or find out more here.
The Lodge, a men's salon, recently opened at 439 Prairieview Drive, near Highway 59. Filled with hunting trophies and with a big screen placed perfectly for watching television while you get your hair cut, The Lodge is a place for the men of Gillette to get themselves groomed in a comfortable environment.
"This allows the girls to have their own hours and work for themselves," said owner Patty Junek.
The Lodge's staff is all experience stylists, who can cut women's hair as well as men's, but don't offer chemical services, as part of their relaxed aesthetic. We welcomed them to the Chamber on September 13.
They are open Monday through Friday from 9 - 6, or by appointment.
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On September 10, Energy Capital Economic Development and the Wyoming Small Business Development Center moved to their new home at 345 Sinclair Street, near Gillette College.
ECED purchased the office space using a Wyoming Business Ready Community grant in 2016. They have been using the location to help startup companies and small businesses looking for shared workspace, to get a footing in the business community. Now with a steering committee for the "Business Incubator," and a location shared with ECED and the SBDC, new entrepreneurs have a good chance at finding success in Campbell County.
"This is one of the projects that we hope diversifies and strengthens our economy," said CEO Phil Christopherson at the dedication ceremony.
The business incubator's official name was unveiled during the ribbon cutting. It's now called "FUEL": Fostering Upstanding Entrepreneurial Leaders. The building currently is home to nine new businesses, including the Advanced Carbon Collective, run by former Wyoming Business Council director Dave Spencer.
"I think this is a good example of economic development, that you're constantly having to re-tool your community," said County Commissioner Mark Christensen.
FUEL will have multiple events this week as part of their grand opening. You can see the full schedule by clicking here.
Every member that joins the Chamber of Commerce is entitled to a ribbon cutting event. Our Chamber Ambassadors, the Energizers, attend ribbon cutting events to network and learn about your business. You get to use the big scissors and cut the red ribbon on your Chamber membership!