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Business Spotlight: Melinda’s Micros

Melinda's Micro's is a professional braiding and weaving service with more than 20 years of experience, and is conveniently located right in the center of University Place at 7406 27th St. W. The salon specializes in African-American hair, extensions and kids' hair. Owner Melinda Kumi provides the professional and friendly atmosphere.
The business has been around since December 2014, with an official opening in January 2015. Since then, not only has Melinda’s Micros taken off, but the other side of the store is now host to Eyram’s Fashions, a beauty supply boutique inspired by Kumi’s travels to Africa. The current hot item is an exfoliator for the body that uses shave butter to give beautiful skin.
“We can never keep it on the shelf – we’re waiting to restock right now,” Kumi said. “It’s an exfoliator just… Read Full Story

It’s Just Business: The cost of being cheap

In a lot of ways, service industry businesses – restaurants, auto repair shops, beauty salons, etc. – are unique ventures with their own set of challenges and rewards, and number one among these is the people who walk through the door. Service industry businesses depend on the lifeblood of interacting face-to-face every day with a constant flow of customers – the people who decide whether you make it or not in your business. You have a product or a skill that they don’t have and so they need you. They have the capital you need in order to operate your business so you need them. Sounds simple, but there is more to it than meets the eye.Read Full Story

Business Spotlight: Throwing Mud Gallery

Not only does Throwing Mud Gallery have a cool name, it’s located right in the center of the Old Town Tacoma business district at 2212 30th St. Offering pottery classes, paint your own pottery and fine handcrafted art pieces for sale, Throwing Mud Gallery is unique in that it provides to the public an avenue for artistic expression found nowhere else in Tacoma.

Owners, and husband and wife team, Mark and Eileen Hudak opened Throwing Mud Gallery in January 2011. The idea to open a gallery first sparked two years earlier when Eileen, a… Read Full Story

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With any entrepreneurship venture, you have to listen to your gut and go for what you want in your life. A basic rule of thumb is to go with what you’re passionate about. Do something you love. If money were no option, what would you do with your life? What do you like to do? What are you good at?…

It’s Just Business: Entrepreneur seeks to help others succeed with new column in U.P. Press
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As a lifelong entrepreneur, and small business owner from practically the time he was old enough to do so, William Manzanares has experienced all the ups and down of owning his own businesses. By taking risks and learning from his mistakes and his successes, over the years he has amassed considerable…

Business Spotlight: Thompson Travel and Cruise
Derek Shuck

As the weather gets colder, it’s easy to close your eyes at work and daydream about traveling to a warmer place and relaxing on the beach. Luckily, Tammy Thompson-Langlow and the rest of the crew at Thompson Travel and Cruise, located at 2620 Bridgeport Way W., have been working hard to make that…