Business partners Tammy Weinman and MaKenna Johnson opened the door to their new Main Street business on December 9 – just in time for Christmas Around Town. The soft opening gave residents a glimpse of changes that have been made to the building and learn about what the store will have to offer in the coming weeks and months.
Four County Boutique will be diversified, housing not only a boutique, but a hair salon as well.
“We decided to partner up on this venture because we don’t want to see a nice downtown store front sit empty. We felt there was a need in Arnold for this type of business, and it’s something we have both thought about doing. We just felt the time was right!” said Tammy. “We wanted the name to represent the area and community we live in. MaKenna came up with Four County Boutique, and we both liked it.”
At the first of November, destruction of the bathroom, painting and removal of the old flooring and preparation for the new flooring began. On December 1 the partners took ownership of the building. The new flooring was laid on December 6 and then the bathroom remodel, new dressing room and a few walls were completed. The check-out counter was moved to the north side of the building and reconfigured. The shampoo station, plumbing, new hot water heater and installation of a washer and dryer will hopefully be done in the next few weeks. The majority of the space will be used for the boutique, and the southeast corner will be designated as the salon area.
The boutique offers women and children’s clothing and women’s shoes. They hope to expand in the shoe area, and in the near future, offer men’s clothing as well. You will also find popular items such as Snoozies slippers, purses, Melissa & Doug toys, and of course, Bobcat apparel.
Several items made by talented people will be in stock, including handmade jewelry by Carly Gracey featuring her Carly Kay earring line; Remind Me Designs handmade jewelry made by Jamie Turner, whose husband Dan Turner is an Arnold graduate; Sugar and Spice handmade hair scrunchies, masks and clothing made by MaKenna Larreau, daughter of John and Heather Larreau; and candles made by Faith Bierman of Arnold, with many different scents everyone will love. They are hoping to carry homemade soap made by Arnold Public Schools students in the near future.
“We love supporting the local talent, and we are excited about the partnerships we are establishing,” said Tammy.
The business plan includes having the hair salon up and running by February. MaKenna will be providing haircuts, chemical services, hair care products and facial waxing. After the salon is open, and a schedule is figured out, she is hoping to offer a day for walk in appointments.
“We feel the boutique and salon will provide products and services that people have been traveling out of town to find. Since COVID hit our area, people are hesitant to travel out of town for shopping. We hope to offer a place for them to shop locally. We also feel there is a need for another salon in Arnold. MaKenna will be able to stay in town and run her own salon and not have to travel to North Platte anymore,” said Tammy.
MaKenna has been working at Cutting Loose Salon and Spa in North Platte and has been a beautician for three years. Tammy will continue working at TEAM physical Therapy as a physical therapy technician on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays and will help at the boutique on her days off and Saturdays. MaKenna will continue working in North Platte through January and then her focus will be her own salon and the boutique.
Boutique hours will be Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Salon hours will be decided at a later date.
“We both believe in Arnold and want to see our community continue
to grow, and we are excited to offer a new business to the residents of Arnold and Custer County,” said Tammy.
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