Manchester builds business core

"A triumvirate of new and recently started businesses is ready to spice up Colchester Avenue in Manchester. Stylin' Divas, Sommer's Children's Consignments, and Old Gold are in the 2288 complex, across the street from the post office.The complex, which previously housed a barber shop and before that apartments, is in a prime location with a beautiful view of the Puget Sound and a distant Seattle.The view can especially be appreciated when waiting an appointment at Stylin' Divas, a hair and nail salon. Co-owners Christina Yost and Louise Dodd are happy about their location. Yost, who runs the hair and skin facet of the salon, began Stylin' Divas a year ago. Her nail tech at the time retired, so she filled the position with Dodd. Yost and Dodd have worked together previously in Port Orchard at Real People and A True You salons and are excited to give Manchester a full-service salon.We're looking forward to bringing more people, said Yost. The newly remodeled Stylin' Divas offers skin care and piercing in addition to regular nail and hair styling. They have gift certificates, monthly specials, and special rates on children and seniors haircuts.It's real reasonable, said Yost of her prices. I stay a little lower than chain salons so that people can afford to get their hair done often.Jennifer Kane, owner of Sommer's Children's Consignments, is also appreciative of the Manchester location.A lot of traffic goes through here, said Kane. There aren't any real clothing stores in Port Orchard but K-Mart and Wal-Mart.Kane started the business with the idea of being around her children.This is my second baby, said Kane of the smiling blue-eyed infant in her arms. I wanted to stay home, but this is something I can do and bring her along.Sommer's Children's Consignments offers clothing for children aged roughly from newborns to eight years old. Kane plans to have cribs, rockers, strollers and other baby items for sale in the near future. The clothes, she says, will be modern and should not be thought of as the average second-hand fare.It's not going to be 1980s stuff, said Kane. Everything is going to be primarily from the '90s.People who bring in items to sell at the consignment shop can expect a 50 percent commission on the sale.I hope it will be fun, said Kane.And so does Dana L. Yost, the owner of Old Gold, the third business of the Manchester complex.This is a fun little shop with something for just about everyone, said Yost, who houses second-hand, antique, and collectible items in Suite D of the complex. If I don't have it, or I can't get it, then you probably don't need it.The inventory of Old Gold is changed bi-weekly so that returning custormers can find something new to examine on each visit. Dana Yost says he keeps prices low on the items to attract shop owners and to give the public bargains. Yost describes his store as a place for gadgets, gizmos, furniture and bric-a-brac from yesteryears. I'm not here to try and get rich or pocket a healthy profit from my sales, explains Yost. I genuinely love treasure hunting and sharing my finds with others.All three of the businesses in the complex are open and ready for customers. Manchester seems to have much to look forward to, and Christina Yost put it best when she talks of the customers that will visit the businesses in the future.It's nice to have neighbors, and a lot of people come in the summer, Yost said. We will give them a place to go and something to do. "

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