Entrepreneurs find inspiration in many places. One young man aims to bring rebirth to a dying art in La Plume. Two friends pair complementary services in Fleetville's antique district. And a husband and wife from Glenburn share one space where they offer two skills to help customers improve their outlooks.
At LaCoe's Custom Butchering, Routes 6 and 11, La Plume, owner Scott LaCoe, 39, said his current focus is to provide the best service to local farmers.
I chose it (butchering) because it's a dying art and there aren't a lot of young people getting into the business, said LaCoe, who set up shop in the site of the former Darling's Locker Plant eight months ago.
This is a full service slaughterhouse, he said. I think it's important to support the farmers around here and help them as much as I can.
Customers will also find a small area where LaCoe sells retail meats.
We make sausages, bacon, kielbasa and a lot of different smoked products.
In the future, he is going to start offering locally raised meats to give people an opportunity to buy local meat instead of having to buy meat that comes from out West or elsewhere.
His described his business as a work in progress.
Business hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 570.945.5716.
Mimi Cutler, owner, Cutler and Company Antiques, described the town of Fleetville as a destination since the 1950s for people interested in antiques. Cutler and friend, Dana Oliver, Ambience Wallcovering, have recently joined forces to help their customers create an environment of warmth and comfort.
We are a great complement to one another, said Cutler, who has been operating an antiques business in Fleetville since 1981.
Fleetville has a certain draw to it and it relates to antique activity. There are seven lakes you can walk to from that main intersection. It creates a flow here and it really works well… she said.
At her shop located on Route 407, Fleetville, Cutler has a diverse and eclectic mix of furniture and accessories and architectural and garden antiques.
That line (architectural and garden) offers people a lot of flexibility in terms of being able to bring the outdoors in, which is really quite fashionable these days. The iron and stone are organic and earthy, said Cutler. For more information, call 570.945.3747 or email [email protected].
Oliver, who owned a wallpaper business for six years and prior to that was a wallpaper installer, offers her residential and commercial customers approximately 10 different brands of wallpaper that range from affordable to high end, in addition to wallpaper for children, an assortment of area rugs and window treatments and shades.
I carry brands of wallpaper ranging from contemporary to Victorian, said Oliver. These days you can be really eclectic about what you're doing to your home. You can bring in old pieces and you can mix it with contemporary designs on your walls. Anything goes, said Oliver. The numbers to call for more information are 570.965.9029 or 570.561.5155 or email [email protected].
The shop is open Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and anytime by appointment.
In a large room with dimmed lighting and music in the background, massage therapist Dave Jennings is only a few steps away from his wife, Gretchen Jennings and her salon, Hyde Park Hair Fashions. The couple, who reside in Glenburn Township, shares the space they renovated and opened in spring 2011 at 1325 Jackson Street, Scranton. Dave, also a registered nurse, offers his clients at Harmony Restored Massage Therapy a choice of Swedish, sports, hot stone, therapeutic and pregnancy massages.
He said, It (massage) has many benefits. It enacts the parasympathetic nervous system and helps people with tight muscles and reduces blood pressure and lactic acid. I consider a good massage to be like hitting the reset switch on the computer. It gives you a new outlook on life.
To schedule an appointment for a massage, contact Jennings at 570.335.2283.
Hyde Park Hair Fashions is now known for being a state- of- the -art hair salon/massage therapy for the younger working class, while still catering to its more mature clientele, said Gretchen of her salon.
Hyde Park Hair Fashions had been established for more than 45 years and when the couple purchased the business, it had been struggling to keep up with industry changes, according to Gretchen, who has been cutting hair for 15 years. She and her team, which includes two employees with the shop for 45 years, and Teresa Lynn, cosmetologist, provide manicures, pedicures, haircuts for men, women and children and more.
I love being a hair stylist, because when someone comes in...unhappy about themselves, I can give them a new hair style and help improve their appearance and self-image, she said.
Her services, including visits for customers who are home bound, are available by appointment by calling 570.335.2284. Visit hydeparkhairandspa.com to learn more.