What started as a personal pursuit of health and wellness has culminated in the launch of Shooting Starz Spa, where helping people look and feel their best is the full-time goal.
Shooting Starz Spa co-owner Kurt Branham said the newly remodeled spa is rapidly gaining clients. Some are the existing clientele of Charlene McElroy of Charlene’s Peaceful Place massage studio and Stefani Bolinger of Stef’s Upper Cut hair salon, both of whom have joined Kurt in business.
Shooting Starz Spa is also attracting clients who are interested in the all-natural line of supplements, wraps and facials that Kurt distributes. He said it’s an easy sell because it’s a product he believes in.
As a diabetic, Kurt struggled with dry and cracking skin on his feet. He started using the products in 2012 and saw improvement. “Most people don’t start thinking about their health until something goes wrong,” he said. “This is a natural way of healing the body. I’m still diabetic and I still take medicine for it, but my health has improved,” he said.
Kurt’s biggest seller is a 45-minute wrap that tones skin and reduces the appearance of cellulite. He offers individual wraps and “wrap parties” for groups. It’s natural and affordable and can have lasting results, he said. There’s a selection of vitamins and minerals, weight loss aids and products for colon health, menopause, joint health, energy and stress. There’s also a line of skin care products. Kurt is looking for more product distributors and offers training. For more information or to make an appointment, call Kurt at 866-3741.
Charlene is certified in medical therapeutic massage and customizes it to fit her clients’ needs. She also offers pregnancy massage, sciatica release and infant massage and will teach parents infant massage techniques. Charlene offers appointments at the spa and is also working with Elemental Wellness & Chiropractic, at 701 S. Washington Ave., to offer walk-in massage. To make an appointment with Charlene, call 369-1067.
Stef brings 30 years of styling experience to the spa. She opened her business in 2006 and attends trade shows to stay current on product and technique. Stefani takes walk-ins on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. She keeps the doors open late on Thursdays for after-hours services. Wednesdays are by appointment. Stef’s Upper Cut has positions open for stylists, a nail technician and an esthetician. She can be reached at 365-0778.
Shooting Starz Spa is located at 710 S. Washington Ave. in Emmett.
Since 1893, there’s been a newspaper in Emmett to record the happenings of the local community. From births to deaths and events in between, the Emmett paper has taken note and written the community’s history. The Messenger Index celebrated that history in November with an open house marking the paper’s 120-year milestone.
From its earliest publication, the Emmett newspaper found a welcome place in local homes and businesses. By way of introduction, Emmett Index Publisher Eugene Lorton wrote, “To the people of Emmett and the public in general, the Emmett Index extends a cordial ‘howdy,’ and this morning starts out upon a career which it hopes will be fraught with success.”
It would be a lasting venture, but it wasn’t an overnight success. The Index struggled to get on its feet, and when its subscribers couldn’t afford to pay the yearly $2 rate, Lorton accepted eggs, fruit and firewood instead.
At one point there were two newspapers in circulation. But “Emmett is a one paper town,” and the brief life of the Emmett Examiner – from 1910 to 1925 – ended with those words in its final edition before being sold to the Index.
In 1933, that statement was challenged with the first publication of the Emmett Messenger. The two papers coexisted until 1957, when the Index sold to the Messenger. The Messenger Index debuted on July 4 of that year. With a combined subscriber base of about 3,000, the Messenger Index had the largest circulation of any weekly community newspaper in Idaho.
“Small community newspapers are well supported,” Messenger Index Managing Editor Diana Baird said from the Messenger Index office, where black ink still stains the walls of the back room where the presses once rolled. A sister paper to the Idaho Press-Tribune, the Messenger Index is now printed in Nampa.
The newspaper has embraced the global shift to online media as well, offering an online copy of the paper to each subscriber.
Baird attributes the MI’s sustained success to its identity as a hometown newspaper. It’s an identity that she’s invested countless hours into learning and archiving. “You have to know where you’re working so you understand the people in the community,” she said.
Baird has hundreds of computer files chronicling the community’s 150-year history and was the driving force behind the 2011 publication of Gem County, Idaho: Historic Moments, News & Photos. She has also created a living document, “The history of the news in Gem County.” She balances time spent on past events with current news and said the role of the paper is still much the same: “To find the things happening countywide that are significant.”
The Messenger Index is located at 120 N. Washington Ave. and is open 8-5, Monday-Friday. For more information or to subscribe, call (208) 365-6066.
Expect more. That’s the philosophy behind the recent redesign of Hen House Home & Gift. It’s also what’s driving owner Tamara Walker to expand her business offerings in downtown Emmett to include the recently opened sister store, The Barn Door, with plans for a third, more whimsical shop on Main Street to satisfy local demand for wedding décor and rentals.
“We want people to expect more. We have what’s not already available in Emmett and we’re bringing people back to downtown to shop. There are great shops and something for everybody here,” she said.
Black Friday drew crowds of people to the new store, and shoppers were treated to deep discounts on merchandise left over from Hen House Timeless Treasures. There are still great bargains to be had, from vintage furniture - including 20 percent off an 1860s parlor set with local history - to fully decorated Christmas trees on sale.
The Hen House makeover occurred over a two-week period when Back in Time reopened its doors and attracted several of the vendors who were renting space at Hen House. “I had been wanting to expand to new décor and new merchandise, so it worked out perfectly. It was exactly what we needed at the right time,” Tamara said.
All-new inventory includes a huge variety of unique holiday and gift ideas, from accessories home décor, candles and melts, herbal soaps, artwork, wall décor, jewelry and accessories, handbags, hats and more. There’s a selection of brand-new furniture, including sofas and loveseats, refurbished vintage furniture, and an “Inspirational Corner” featuring Brave Girls Club artwork. Hen House also carries a nice selection of Billy Jacobs cottage-style art, rugs and coasters, linens, primitives, tin works and signs, and popular Willow Tree collectibles.
There are still some familiar touches at Hen House, too. Ron’s “Man Cave” is still stocked with all the guy favorites, and the wrap-around balcony upstairs is still a great place to find one-of-a-kind treasures. You’ll also continue to enjoy the hometown feel of the store as well. “We have great, personable service. Old-fashioned values in a modern era,” Tamara said.
Hen House is located at 110 E. Main St. in Emmett. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, call the store at 208-398-8300.
Thinking of opening a downtown business?
Tamara is willing to help anyone who’s thinking about opening a business in downtown Emmett. “The Business Improvement District is working hard to get the downtown area revitalized. I’d be happy to help you! Give me a call at 208-941-0066.”