By Angel Wyrwas
Long time residents know the building located at 204 1st St. W. as the old Huntley Law Office, while others know the building as the one south of the post office. But most people know that it was the building that sat vacant for a couple decades until it was remodeled several years ago. The red clad 204 building is lively again with two new Baker businesses.
Mandi Arnold opened Rustic Salon at the end of May. The full service salon has an inviting old rustic charm with modern services. “I wanted to be my own boss and when this building came available it was the opportunity I was looking for,” said Mandi.
Toby, Mandi’s husband and WBI employee, made the rustic cabinetry for the salon including shelves to showcase nail polish colors and the vanity for the sink. “I knew he could make my rustic theme really special,” said Mandi.
Mandi completed cosmetology school at Black Hills Beauty College in Rapid City, SD. “I always did my friends’ hair and really liked it,” she said, “but beauty school taught me so much more. There is a lot of science to cosmetology.”
She worked at N’Style for nine years. Then Mandi took a break from the beauty world and went to work for Tri-State for a year. “I wanted to try something new but found out I missed cosmetology,” she said.
Rustic Salon offers haircuts for men, women and children. Perms, color, extensions and waxing are also available. Mandi is certified to do acrylic nails and also offers gel polish. Clients can come relax with a massage while all attention is on your toes in her pedicure chair. Mandi also offers several lines of products for sale at the salon.
Rustic Salon is open Monday-Friday 9a.m.-5p.m. Call 406-778-3060 to make an appointment. Leave a message if there is no answer and Mandi will return your call. Gift certificates are available and be sure to watch for her seasonal specials.
Mandi and Toby have three children and have just recently accepted the pastor position at Changed for Life Church.
Sandra and Bobby Russell had started selling candy bouquets and other gift items out of their home. When their business began to grow and the opportunity for storefront presented itself, they decided to open Sandeez Kreationz in the 204 building.
“We wanted to offer a great selection of affordable gift and seasonal items,” explained Sandra. Sandeez Kreationz opened in October and has had great success in its first two months. “The support of the community for this store has been overwhelming,” said Sandra. “We’ve sold most of our inventory which is a good sign the customers like what we have.”
Sandeez Kreationz offers décor, assorted $1 cards, gift bags, candles, wax melts, bath bombs, picture frames, inspirational items, gift items for teachers, exchanges and yankee swaps, centerpieces, ornaments and much more. There are candy bouquets on hand at the store and Sandra takes orders for them as well. “I can usually make an order with at least a two hour notice,” said Sandra, “unless specific items are requested. Then I need 48 hours to get supplies.” All Baker deliveries are free.
This holiday season Sandeez Kreationz will be filling and delivering stockings for $25. “The stockings will be preordered and prepaid,” said Sandra. “We will deliver them on Dec. 24.”
“We are constantly updating our inventory,” continued Sandra. “We are certainly open if someone has a request for specific items. And we have gifts that children can afford to buy for Christmas and birthdays as well.”
Sandeez Kreationz is open Monday-Friday 10a.m.-7p.m. and Saturdays 9p.m.-4p.m. They will be holding their Grand Opening on December 9 and will be offering great specials that day. To preorder a stocking or bouquet, call or message 406-696-1839.
“Sandeez Kreationz is a family owned and operated business,” said Sandra. “This allows us to be close to our family and flexible enough to take care of Bobby’s mother (afflicted with Alzheimer’s). The Russell’s have five children and eleven grandchildren.