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Stern opens salon in home

Hair Peace, a hair salon operated by Maggie Stern, opened June 3 on Helms Loop Road. Look for the sign above the garage.

Stern specializes in all things hair, including perms, hair coloring and body waxing. Hair Peace “does not do nails,” Stern said. Stern previously worked at Salon Down Under at Second Avenue and Main Street.

Hair Peace charges $30 for women’s haircuts and $25 for men’s. It is open throughout much of the year until around August 1 when Stern leaves to do hair extensions at state fairs around Alaska.

Stern is available by appointment. Her local number is 314-0448.

A graduate of Aveda Hair Institute in Minneapolis, Stern has been working with hair for 26 years, including 11 years in Haines.


Pink Stache: More than tutus

Resident Beth Bolander, who owns the Handle Bar Inn, lived in Portland 10 years and returned inspired to open The Pink Stache in Dalton City.

“Portland has a lot of little shops with tutus and fun socks, and I loved the idea of it and wanted to bring it to Haines,” Bolander said.

The Pink Stache celebrated its one-year anniversary in May, and is known for its bright pink walls and pink, glittered pair of moose antlers that hang above the store.

“I just think mustaches are really cool right now and wanted my store to be fun and girlie,” said Bolander. “Although I do have men’s socks as well.”

The Pink Stache sells tutus and fun socks that are imported from a “special source,” she said. She also sells earrings, hair accessories, dresses and a plethora of knitted accessories and crafts she makes by hand.

The Pink Stache is located in Dalton City next to the Klondike. It is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday every other week.


Store couples attire, jewelry

Julie Vance, the owner of Arctic Wild Wear, and Brittany Price, the owner of Sweet Grass Jewelry, joined forces and opened up their own studio shop two months ago in Dalton City above the Yarn Shop.

Vance in 2001 started Arctic Wild Wear, which was based out of her house. She was inspired by her two sons to make clothes that they would like to wear.

“I realized how little options there were for boys clothing,” said Vance. “I wanted to see clothes with more flair with cool patterns.”

Arctic Wild Wear includes skirts, headbands, children’s clothing and other clothes that are “really great for dance,” said Vance. Vance describes her clothes as “fun, bright colored, stretchy and comfortable.”

Sweet Grass Jewelry uses sterling silver and incorporates river rocks, gem stones, plexiglass and found objects. Jeweler Price also does custom work, including wedding rings.

“It’s very durable and wearable,” Price said.

For jewelry orders, reach Price at 406-672-8078.

“I feel we both treat our work like pieces of art,” said Vance. “We do a lot of things that are one-of-a-kind. It keeps us inspired.”

Both Vance and Price are open to working with clients on creating custom works of clothing and jewelry.

Their studio is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. They’re also open on cruise ship days and on Saturdays during the Farmers Market.


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