This is my first freelancing assignment as a PR professional. It was a series of small advert pieces that I wrote for local businesses in the college town where I live. The local rag does not offer the section online, or in their archives, so I am reproducing every story here on my blog. Enjoy.
1. Alpine Glass Company
CLASS COMPANY SHINES IN UPPER COUNTY
Kelly Hill owns Alpine Glass Company. He has been an Upper County business owner for 15 years. He started with Alpine Valley Construction and branched into the glass industry almost 3 years ago, hiring a know-how-to duo was the first step.
BJ Bator really knows glass. A twenty plus-year veteran of the industry, he is the installer and expert on residential, commercial, and Auto glass projects. Bator has been working with glass since he was a teenager at Snell Glass,the first shop in the Upper County. Bator works his magic at Alpine Glass Company, located at 407 Swiftwater Blvd. in Cle Elum. His office manager and co-worker Jodi Snyder sings his praises, and their customers do too.
“Bj is really an expert on glass. I have never taken a job to him that he could not complete in a timely fashion and he always knows how to save the customer time and money,” Snyder said. “BJ can do anything. There is not anyone more educated in the glass industry than BJ in the Upper Kittitas County.”
Open for business Monday through Friday, Snyder says she can come out to meet customers on the weekends too. “Our shop is a great alternative to the big box hardware stores in service and experience. Customers should know we are not high pressure sales here, we work with you and for you every step of the way.”
Alpine has been serving the community’s needs in projects big and small. Whether the customer is looking for a single window replacement or a new building project, Alpine offers the options to fit the project and the budget.
“We want you to know that you are in control of your project,” Snyder said. “For new construction, replacement and rebuild projects, and even special orders. Table glass, picture glass, and even furniture glass, and we make sure that you get something you are going to be satisfied with.”
Snyder and Bator have worked at multiple glass shops in the region–in and around the construction business and now they are continuing the tradition of their service and skill that is the standard at Alpine Glass, still shining brightly in Upper County.
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2. Bloomtime Nursery & Design
IN BLOOM WHERE SHE IS PLANTED
Nancy Barnes is reinventing her business, and realizing her dream. After change in health, change in life, move to a new location, and change in focus; Bloomtime Nursery & Design offers a second chance at greatness.
“We really know our business now,” Barnes said. “This is not like we are winging it, we have focussed on what we do best, and we service a community and a clientele of gardening friends.”
From her petite design shop and the built-out greenhouse, she works her magic with two employees. Nursery design, know-how-to landscaping advice, and a crop of vendors, who, Barnes says, are ‘the best at what they do’ make Bloomtime the right choice for the apartment window-box gardener to the DIY landscaper, the girl looking to doll up an office with a quick bouquet of Friday flowers, and old friends coming to see what has just come into season.
Barnes closed her old location at the end of June–and now, with the help of close friends and fellow designers, the nursery is open for the Christmas season. Nursery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m every day of the week.
Barnes has recently offered a floral designing position to one designer, she says, who is beloved for many years in both upper and lower Kittitas County for his stunning designs.
“What our Walter can do to a tabletop, a garland, or a centerpiece is just plain fabulous.” She proudly shows a table arrangement with a mix of fresh holly boughs and artificial florals that offer the perfect touch to local holiday hearths.
“We’re looking forward to opening our next services in early February. We are planning to have Walter designing bouquets in time for Valentine’s Day.”
Aside from being highly seasoned in landscape and design, Barnes celebrates her partnership with recently retired husband Bill, who lends a hand whenever duty calls. A walk through the newly painted French doors, or a wander through the garden shop will make you feel confident in all of your decorating needs.
“This is a really great location for us,” Barnes husband Bill Barnes said. “Before too long we will have the whole place finished, in time for spring flowers.”
In the meantime, as the snow flies, the Barnes’ and their small concierge of conifer-clipping, holly picking, wreath binding designers will assure that your home is festive and ready for the holidays–in that Bloomtime style all her ‘garden friends’ have come to enjoy.
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3. C.W Barbershop
A CUT ABOVE THE REST
Meet Kelsey Schmidt, C.W Barbershop’s owner and lead barber. From her tiny shop on University Ave., she and her single employee Audrey Robertson are a scissor-snipping duo with twin chairs turning out flattops and gentleman’s cuts every twelve minutes. The barber girls shave, shape, and style a lot of heads and there is room for one more.
“We’ve actually been looking for a third barber, we are busy enough in here,” Schmidt said. “I guess it is tight quarters, but it is what it is.”
C.W Barbershop is nestled right across from the University and specializes in cuts for heads of all ages. Schmidt is an Ellensburg girl,running a small town business that she says she never planned on doing fulltime. A natural with her customers, she provides a custom cut and greets every crop at the door, quarter after quarter–serving walk-ins only, six days per week.
The decor is hometown chic. The walls champion the college spirit in crimson and gray, with comfy black couches and chairs at the door. It has been nearly five years since Schmidt took over the business from her former boss, who took over the barbershop from his boss, collectively barbering in the same location for forty years–a welcomed advantage to her growing business.
The barber girls, while busy at their chairs, greet customers with a grin and a nod to each as they wait in line.
Lastly, and most importantly, Schmidt provides a quality cut at an affordable price. Offering a cut for $11, a beard-inly trim for $5. The shop warmly offers special pricing for Military, senior, and junior patrons.
If you need a straight cut or just a neckline trim, C.W Barbershop is a one-stop shop. Many of her customers say they started coming to the barbershop as young wildcats themselves–and they still come back today for Kelsey’s smile.
808 University Way in Ellensburg, WA. 509.962.2599