This is the second in a series of articles covering National Women’s Small Business Month, highlighting the benefits and benefits women in industry bring to communities when they own a small business.
Tara Domres, at the cutting edge of technology
Tara Domres has always wanted to be a hairdresser. She was accepted to Joseph’s School of Hair Design in Grand Forks during her freshman year of high school. She got her first job at Kathy’s Towne Shoppe.
âWhen I graduated, I worked for Kathy White,â Domres said. “After having had enough hours to be alone, I decided to buy my own store.” She bought her store from Pam Lafrenz and just celebrated her 10th anniversary last July.
Domres does haircuts, colors, perms, facial hair removal and pedicures. Her favorite is hair coloring and changing – seeing the difference it makes in people’s hair, even though some colors are difficult. She works with her clients to find out their personal preferences so that she can do whatever they want to do, whatever they envision.
Like all businesses, Domres faces a shortage in the supply chain. âIt’s very difficult to stock up right now,â Domres said, âeven things like hair color and the things I need to color the hair.â
Cutting Edges is located at 708 3rd Street in Langdon. The opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday evenings by appointment only. You can contact Domres at 701-256-2100 or on his Cutting Edges Facebook page. Call her and she’ll find a date that’s right for you.
âI really appreciate my repeat and loyal customers and the support they have given my business over the past 10 years,â said Domres. âI also take on new clients. I always like to see new faces.
Janelle Bata, Sewing alterations
Janelle Bata has worked in the field of sewing alterations for approximately 25 years. She does hems, alterations and repairs on new or already owned clothes. She will hem pants and jeans and will hem and modify dresses, prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses and wedding dresses.
âI strive to give clients the perfect fit for clothing,â Bata said. “I mostly work with a lot of bridal clothes.” She took old wedding dresses and made christening gowns or cushions out of them.
âSometimes I get a strange request, but I try to meet everyone’s needs,â she continues. âYou never know what people might ask for. So far, she has been able to get the supplies she needed for these requests as well as for repairs, pillows and garters.
âThe challenge for me is to always have the right supplies on hand,â she said. âI carry a lot of different things. I have a huge stock of zippers. Living this far from anywhere, I try to keep things close at hand.
Bata started sewing when she was a young girl. Once she worked, she started hemming pants, and it grew from there.
âI worked for Jeff Fisk at the haberdashery on Main Street,â Bata said. “The guys came with pants that weren’t quite right, so I started hemming them.” After having children, she stayed at home with her children and eventually started sewing at home.
âIt’s an advantage to be able to work from home. It really helped me and my family. When her family moved to the countryside outside of Langdon, she feared this would deter people from coming to her home.
âThe community has been great. No one seems to care about coming here, and I appreciate that they come to see me. I receive a lot of people from the surroundings like Munich, Rolla, Cavalier and Walhalla.
The Bata House is located at 9453 104th Ave NE, a few miles northwest of Langdon. You can reach her at 701-256-3303 or on her cell phone 701-305-0166 to make an appointment. She accepts phone calls or text messages anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Leave a message if you don’t connect with it.
âI always return my calls,â Bata said. âI try to be very flexible with other people’s schedules. I know it’s hard when people are working. I’ll make the evening appointments. I work hard to get people to speak out when it works for them.
Bata doesn’t have a separate Facebook page for her business, but she does have a lot of people who find her personal Facebook page and contact her through Messenger. One of her favorite things about her business is the many people she has brought into her life.
âI love meeting new people and have made many friendships,â Bata said. âIt’s fun to visit with everyone. I like to see this satisfaction in people when I have their things ready for them. It’s very rewarding and it makes me feel good.
Peggy Davis, sew and sew north
Peggy Davis has been sewing since childhood, but did not quilt until a little later. She trained as an OB nurse but without an OB service in Langdon, her husband suggested that she open a quilt shop. She always loved quilt shops, but didn’t know much about running one. She launched Sew On & Sew North in February 2013 and has learned a lot in a few years. One thing you can count on is the personal attention you will get from her.
âWe specialize in cotton quilting fabrics, minky, fabric patterns, accessories and Elna brand sewing machines,â Davis said. âIf you have a pattern or an idea of ââwhat you want, we can help you choose fabrics, choose a pattern, choose your own kit, guide you to a pre-made kit, explain the type of sewing machine you want. might need, and help you choose the concepts and the thread. You can shop in person, on our website or over the phone. I even did video chats with people to help them pick things out. Davis is just as comfortable helping the beginner as the advanced sewer.
âI like helping people choose projects. I like to pick a pattern, pick out all the fabrics that go with it, figure out what might look good, and then see if it does when I’m done. I love when people come up with their quilt tops and say, âLook, you helped me choose this, you challenged me to do it and I’m so happy with the result. “
Sew On & Sew North is located at 706 3rd Street in Langdon. Hours are Monday and Friday, 10 am to 3 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. You can contact Davis at the quilt shop by phone 701-256-2526, email [email protected], website www.sewonsewnorth.com or find them on Facebook. She tries to keep her store hours up to date in her Google listing and through Facebook posts.
Davis said there were challenges, like figuring out what people might want. Trends come and go and what she likes may not be what others like. She thought she must have a bit of all styles, even though she didn’t like it. She learned that she needed to have some appreciation for a fabric in order to help customers. Fortunately, she enjoys the store’s procurement process.
“I like to shop, bring in the fabric reps, see what all the different fabrics are and pick out things that I think people might like.”
Davis saw how important âlocal shoppingâ is to the people of Langdon.
âLangdon is a great community to support business,â Davis said. “This city supports their main street better than other places I know.”
Sew On & Sew North offers classes, both in person and via Zoom or Facebook livestream. Go to the website and click on the calendar link or the courses link. If you click on a class, it has a great description. Classes are a great way for beginners to start.
âPeople think they can’t sew. I think it’s wrong, âDavis said. âI think they could. And maybe you’ve faced challenges in the past, but maybe I could help you get over that. I want you to enjoy the process. I want people to rediscover the love of sewing. I want to help them be as successful as possible. “
Michelle Schefter, Langdon Hardware
Michelle Schefter started in the hardware industry 15 years ago when she moved to Langdon. Coming from Wisconsin, Michelle and her husband wanted something different. They loved the community of Langdon and the surrounding area and decided to purchase the hardware store. Now the sole owner, she enjoys being the best upstairs.
âI love being on the floor, visiting customers, revamping the store and doing different resets when I get the chance,â Schefter said.
Langdon Hardware sells a wide variety of items including plumbing, electrical, paint, pet supplies, housewares, toys, grills and accessories, Carhartt clothing, boots Georgia, Bog boots, Milwaukee tools, sporting goods, and a lawn and garden.
âWe do custom paint matches,â Schefter said. âIf you bring a good paint sample of something and we can put it under our machine, we can match the color. We also do a garden center in the spring, âshe continues. âWe sell annuals and perennials, soil and mulch. The store also carries garden supplies year round in the back room such as flower pots, garden gloves and tools, fertilizer, chainsaws and weed killers.
Langdon Hardware offers key cutting and chain saw blade sharpening services, sells hunting and fishing licenses and is a Midco depot. If you decide to end your services with Midco, you can drop off your boxes in store.
As a customer, be sure to take advantage of their rewards program. After completing an application, you will receive a rewards card which you will present each time you make a purchase. (Some items are not eligible, such as sale, customs clearance, guns, ammunition and flowers). In-store certificates are mailed at the beginning and towards the end of each month. You will receive a certificate of $ 5.00 for every $ 100.00 spent. Any excess in your account will be carried over to the next $ 100.00.
Langdon Hardware is located at 804 1st Street in Langdon. Hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and closed on Sunday. They can be contacted at 701-256-2120 or visit their Facebook page.
âWe have several employees who are ready to help customers when they have questions,â Schefter said. âWe have a few that are new and in training. If we don’t have something in the store, we can try to get it and order it specially.
Although she has only lived here for 15 years, Schefter says she calls Langdon at her place.
âI feel like I’ve lived here my whole life,â she says. âNo one has a problem talking to anyone, regardless of their age. A 16 or 18 year old can have a conversation with someone in their 50s, 60s or 80s as if they had known their whole life even though they were at that young age. This community is a family. Everyone is mobilized, especially when needed. “