Local salons merge with new location

A few alterations to your look can do wonders for your state of mind.

If that’s the case for one person, imagine how much of an improvement some variations would do for an entire business.

The current site of ChangeZ Salon, 239 E. Victory Way, represents the culmination of two popular Craig businesses in one flashy new location.

Jackie Roberts, former owner of beauty salon The Hair Loft, and Nancy Lee and Ruth Anne Greenwood, former owners of Tranzformations Salon, first joined earlier this year, moving into a space on Yampa Avenue.

The three owners, all stylists, have decades of experience among them.

“We had talked about it for years and years because we had been friends for so long,” Roberts said.

Though their initial location didn’t suit their needs, the trio found the ideal setup at their new shop, where they moved in at the beginning of July.

Roberts said the new partnership works for each of them for schedule flexibility. Providing their success continues, they would also like to add space for a nail tech.

“It’s been fun for me having more people to work with because I’d always worked alone,” she said. “One of us is always here to take care of you.” Roberts said “being on the main drag” of Victory Way has helped visibility on the outside, while the interior offers a whole different appearance with a beach mural along the wall and similar décor that invokes a tropical feeling.

To go along with the theme, the staff also features a selection of beachwear for sale along with its hair care products. The title of the salon reflects its newfound spirit more than anything, Roberts said.

“We’ve made so many changes in our personal lives and in our business, so that’s where the name comes from, and that’s what people are looking for when they come in,” Roberts said. “So, I hope everybody comes in to check out our new digs because the coffee’s always hot and the ice tea is always chilled.”

For more information on ChangeZ or to schedule an appointment, call 824-4335.

Craig Chamber presents community guide

Whether you’ve lived in Craig for years, have traveled to the town on multiple occasions or have yet to pay Northwest Colorado a visit, the Chamber of Commerce has a handy guide useful to virtually anyone.

The Chamber recently unveiled its Craig community guide, a comprehensive view of the town and all it has to offer to residents new and old alike.

“It started off as a membership directory, and we kind of took off from there,” Chamber Director Christina Oxley said. “It’s got a lot of features we’re pretty excited about.”

Among the highlights of the guide is a cross-section of Craig — such as a brief economic profile, and demographics of the area — as well as a lengthy list of tourist activities and local businesses. Oxley said those who have already looked through the guide have commented positively.

“We’ve already had a few people read it who told us, ‘Oh, I didn’t know you could go hang gliding in Craig,’” she said. “And of course, it’s got stuff like a camping guide and the lodgings, like which places take pets and which ones offer breakfast, things like that.”

The guide is a companion to the multiple brochures available on Craig at the local visitors center at 360 E. Victory Way.

“We’ve had a lot of people in the past who’ve come in and asked for it and they were surprised that wasn’t something we offered as a Chamber, so this year we put our foot down and said that we were going to do it because it needs to be done,” Oxley said.

Oxley added that having such a feature will also enable her staff to figure out how best to promote the area to out-of-towners.

Chamber staff members will distribute the community guide to visitors centers statewide, as well as include it with the relocation and tourism packages they already send out regularly.

“We’ll update it and change each year, but your first one’s always the hardest,” Oxley said. “I think it’ll be really great for our community and I’m glad it all came together the way it did.”

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