October is Women’s Small Business Month | New

This is the first in a series of articles covering National Women’s Small Business Month, highlighting the benefits and benefits women in industry bring to communities when they own a small business.

Tatiana Davis, Langdon Floral

Tatiana Davis has owned and operated Langdon Floral since October 2014. Davis designs and creates fresh and silk flower arrangements. She enjoys working with clients to bring their ideas to life.

“We do a lot of custom work, wreaths in particular,” Davis said, “Bring us some floral vision (fresh or silk), and we can try to put it together.”

Langdon Floral is located at 707 3rd Street. The store opens every day at 9:00 a.m. from Monday to Saturday, then closes at 2:00 p.m. to make deliveries. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, it reopens from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is 701-256-2200.

If you’ve been to Langdon Floral you’ll see it’s not all about flowers, with gifts and decor items ranging from stuffed animals and games to farmhouse decor and seasonal decorating. She also has houseplants and will even repot your houseplants for you if you wish.

Davis has just reopened its ceramics workshop and hopes to expand this functionality in the future. It started offering ceramics a year or two before the pandemic and had to shut down during COVID. Customers can come to the store and decorate pots and figurines, which she will set on fire for a nice glossy finish.

“We reopened for onsite painting but with a single table seating up to 4 guests at a time,” Davis said. “We ask that you give yourself at least 1.5 to 2 hours before closing time so that you have time to completely complete your project.”

Davis will be suspending large group classes and parties for now and will focus on things like take-out Christmas kits. Langdon Floral’s Facebook page will have details on this as the holidays approach.

Davis said one of the biggest challenges all small businesses face today is keeping inventory on hand and on display.

“Every week it seems like there is a new shortage and our hands are tied,” Davis said. “If it’s not available, there’s really nothing we can do. We check multiple sources, pay extra for expedited shipping (and crazy inflation going on right now) to get you the items you want and need off our shelf, and we try to stay on top of things. top trends (which are changing faster than EVER). Despite the challenges, Davis loves her flowers and finds the job very rewarding.

“I love the moment someone receives a bouquet and the look of joy it brings to people,” Davis said. “Knowing that my hands, with the help of my creativity and my heart, have been able to bring joy to someone is the most satisfying feeling. “

Alyssa Plummer, the real beauty

Alyssa Plummer has been a hairdresser for 13 years and bought True Beauty Hair Salon 9 years ago. Her salon offers haircuts for men, women and children; hair colors for women; and facial hair removal. One of her favorite things about hairstyling is her clients, and she enjoys working with each individual.

“Each service is unique for each person,” Plummer said. “Not everyone can wear the same hairstyle or the same hair color – that’s why I love what I do!”

Plummer said she had always been interested in a career in hairdressing. She loves that every day is different and she is able to help people feel better about themselves. His enthusiasm is contagious. She runs a promotion in her living room throughout October, another way to help people feel better.

“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I’m selling pink clip-in hair extensions for $ 10 each,” Plummer said. “All proceeds will go to the Cavalier County Cancer Crusaders!”

True Beauty is located at 510 2nd Street in Langdon and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm You can easily book an appointment online anytime. Just search Google for True Beauty Langdon ND, click on the Book Online button and it will take you directly to its booking page. You can contact Plummer at True Beauty at 701-256-3399.

Janelle Schefter, Sign it

Janelle Schefter launched Sign It in 1994 and is in its 27th year of operation. She worked for Bev and Richard Sturlaugson at Sports & Shirts when she was in high school and built on what she learned there.

“They taught me and mentored me, and I guess I just broadened my knowledge from there. I grew up in the sign business, but I actually do a lot of things that I did when I was working for them.

Almost everything Schefter creates at Sign It is tailor-made according to the needs and wants of his clients. The list of Sign It products is long: interior and exterior signs, banners, directional signs, hunting signs, truck doors, lettering trailers, vehicle wraps, logos, mailboxes and clothing such as shirts and sweatshirts. . She also makes plaques, trophies and awards.

“I actually bought the trophies and plaques business from Jodi Hipp when she was running the photo shop,” Schefter said. Oddly enough, Sturlaugson’s sold his trophy and plaque business to Reinhardt’s, who sold it to Hipp, who sold everything back to Schefter. “So I’m actually working with some of the same equipment that I worked with when I was 15. This equipment still exists and I still use it. “

What Schefter loves most is the artistic aspect of his work and how he makes his clients feel.

“I use my creativity every day and love to see people happy, please and meet their needs,” Schefter said. “It’s always been a learning curve for me. I am always touched and see how others have made their signs, how colors cluster together, and how different fonts and designs work together or don’t work together. I think about how technology has changed so much since I started this.

When Schefter started the designs were painted, but now everything is printed digitally. Sign It uses high-tech equipment.

“Most people don’t know all of the different things that we’re capable of,” Schefter said. “I would definitely say to anyone, please stop by and see what we’re doing.”

Sign It is located at 224 7th Avenue in Langdon. The office number is 701-256-5806. Its hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but it often does installations in the evenings and weekends.

“When I’m the only employee, sometimes I have to lock the door to go to the customer’s drop-offs,” Schefter said.

Another challenge is that Schefter has to constantly develop and learn as the technology evolves.

“I hope to work smarter not harder,” she said. “I’m always up for a new challenge and I have so much to offer to the community and the surrounding area. “

An example of this is its partnership with Langdon Area High School and their cooperative work program.

“I’m really excited about this,” Schefter said. “He didn’t exist the last few years, but they brought him back this year. There are a lot of courses Rich Olson teaches that correlate directly with what I’m doing here. It’s like hands-on learning [for students] so they can come in and learn and see what you’re doing. I can also use them for summer or evening.

Schefter is grateful to the many clients she has had over the past 27 years – businesses like the farmers, elevators, hospitals, courthouse, area schools, the baseball program, the hockey, drugstores, Frost Fire, trucking companies and more.

“I cannot thank this community and the surrounding communities enough for allowing me to continue working and supporting me,” Schefter said.

Kathryn Kitsch, KA Studios

Kathryn Kitsch has owned and operated KA Studios in downtown Langdon for the past five years. She discovered her love and talent for photography years ago.

“I started working for Kacy at PLC Photography in high school and really fell in love with it,” Kitsch said. “I worked for her throughout college while earning my business degree. After I finished my studies, I bought the studio from Kacy.

Kitsch likes to capture memories and special events for people to remember. She mainly specializes in children, families, high school students and sports. She also does maternity, newborns, engagements, weddings, boudoir photography, and offers framing and design. She strives to personalize every experience for her customers.

“I love hearing people’s ideas,” she said, “and working with them to make those ideas come true – giving them the pictures and the memories”. The photos exhibited in her studio are a testament to the beautiful touch she has with her photography.

Kitsch is the sole owner and employee of KA Studios, but she gets a lot of help from family and friends. Managing and juggling all the different aspects of your photography business is a challenge. There is the commercial side of the studio as well as taking photos, retouching, then ordering.

KA Studios is located at 709 3rd Street in Langdon. Her regular studio hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but she is very flexible with people’s busy schedules, offering photo ops anytime of the day to meet their needs. She can be reached in the studio at 701-256-3800.

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