Wednesday, 05 March 2014 22:52

Idaho Youth Ranch

For 60 years, the Idaho Youth Ranch has provided opportunities for Idaho’s youth and their families to overcome life’s challenges. That legacy continues in Emmett, where greater community involvement is at the forefront of store operations.

“The Youth Ranch is about kids and we want to support the kids in our community as best we can,” new Store Manager RoxeAnne Crawford said. “We’re looking to be more community involved and visible.”

The Emmett Youth Ranch Store opened its doors in 1994 and has been a mainstay on Main Street with local options for clothing and shoes, furniture, housewares, toys, books, and a variety of other gently-used goods. They celebrated the store’s new Chamber membership with a ribbon cutting on March 5 during the community’s First Wednesday celebration.

“One of the reasons we had our ribbon cutting on First Wednesday is because we’ll be participating in First Wednesday events. We’re going to be involved in Huskie Blue Fridays and we’ll have more participation in Harvest Fest and Cherry Fest,” RoxeAnne said.

Every donation made to the Idaho Youth Ranch, from cash to merchandise, goes toward the non-profit’s mission to serve Idaho youth. There’s the main ranch, located near Rupert, Idaho, where young people benefit from counseling services, animal therapy and classes for drug and alcohol dependency. The Anchor House in Coeur d’Alene is a residential facility for teen boys. The Hays Shelter Home in Boise offers help to runaways, homeless, or victims of abuse or neglect. The organization also provides family counseling, adoption services and family support.

“We’re not just a thrift store. We support and take care of hundreds of kids,” RoxeAnne said.

If you haven’t been to Idaho Youth Ranch’s Emmett store, it’s worth a trip in just to see the floor-to-ceiling bookcases stocked with paperback titles. There’s a room full of furniture and a big selection of housewares. The toy section has been updated and brightened, men’s shoes have been moved to the men’s department, and women’s and children’s clothing and shoe options have expanded. “There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t bring in new items,” RoxeAnne said.

The Emmett store is one of 28 stores in the state. There’s even one in Ontario, Ore., and a second Nampa store in the works. The Emmett store features “two front doors” – one at 129 E. Main St. and one in the back. Hours are Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 365-6493.

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 22:50

Mary Kay with Jada

“God first, family second, career third.” That’s how Jada Butterfield balances her life, and it’s the driving force behind her new venture as a Mary Kay consultant.

“I want to strive to help women feel better about themselves, along with me feeling better about myself, inside and out,” she said. “And I wanted to grow my relationship with God.”

Jada was introduced to the idea of joining Mary Kay during a product party at the church she attends. She saw it as an opportunity to not only increase her income but to connect with other women who share similar values.

“I joined a unit with people from all over, but we all have in common our life priorities and support for each other,” she said. “Just looking at the friendships I saw at the meetings – it’s something that will help my life, my relationship with God and my relationship with others.”

She also wants to earn the 51-year-old cosmetic company’s signature pink Cadillac so her husband, Eric, can say he drove one.

Jada celebrated her business opening with a Gem County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and open house on March 4, where she attracted a crowd of shoppers interested in the Mary Kay line of cosmetics and skin care products. “The products sell themselves,” she said, but she has spent several hours – time when she’s not working as the event and membership manager at the Chamber of Commerce or attending business administration classes in college - studying each product so that she can answer questions and make product suggestions.

Jada is planning an open house or party every month or two to introduce new seasonal products. She’ll offer special holiday sales and discounts to her clients during their birthday month. She keeps regional top sellers in stock as well as the products her clients buy regularly. “I’m here for you 24/7 and I almost guarantee I’ll have my customers’ favorites on hand,” she said. “Watch the website for details. If you want to get on my mailing list for specials, send me an email, or call me for a catalogue.”

New spring colors are out, so it’s a great time to take a look at what Mary Kay has to offer. You can contact Jada by phone at (208) 963-1477 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To place an order online, visit Jada’s website,

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 15:27

The Everest Group Wealth Management

Just as Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth, retirement is the largest financial decision most people will make in their lifetime. To help you with the climb, The Everest Group Wealth Management has a team of guides at the ready.

Celebrating the launch of their new business name, The Everest Group hosted a crowd of clients, business partners, friends and family for a grand opening and ribbon cutting on Feb. 20. Their expansion as a full-service financial firm has prompted their renaming, but The Everest Group is not new to Gem County. Now in its seventh year locally, The Everest Group has been guiding folks from throughout the nation toward financial security.

“We want to be everyone’s personal CFOs,” Managing Partner Justin Walker said. “Our job is to help people with a financial strategy to achieve that highest financial peak of their lives.”

To do that, the team uses a five-step approach:

  • Meet
  • Discover
  • Analyze
  • Recommend
  • Implement & review

You’ll bring your financial records to the first meeting. From there, an individual assessment will be made: Where are you financially and where do you want to go? Your information will be analyzed and recommendations made based on a number of factors: short- and long-term goals, age, risk tolerance and more. Then the team will help you implement your plan. Finally, and most importantly, your plan will be reviewed on a regular basis to make sure it’s working for you.

“Somehow, a million dollars became the magic number. I don’t know why,” Walker said. “You don’t need to have a million dollars to retire.” On average, he said, most retirees have less than $500,000 in liquid assets. Those who retire comfortably also have something else: a strategy. “If we proactively make good decisions, a comfortable retirement is something we can achieve,” and The Everest Group can help you with that, he said.

Walker and Managing Partner Jeremiah Vickery have averaged a new staff member each year for the last four years. They’re joined in the office by Financial Services Professional Jason Pollock, Director of Client Services Tom Vickery, Office Manager Janet Peters, and Administrative Assistant Michelle Hicks.

The company, under the umbrella of MassMutual Financial Group, operates on commission, meaning the services are not fee-based. “It won’t cost people anything to come in and talk to us,” Walker said. The office is located at 2005 E. Quail Run Rd., Ste. 2, in Emmett. For more information, call 724-2291.

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