Biz Buzz: Three ways to enjoy yourself

Kathleen Ellyn/Chieftain Vicki Olsen has opened “Miss Vicki's Peacock Spa” on Mill Street in Joseph offering a long list of luxurious services.

Stockman’s Lounge in Enterprise has closed its doors. The business, formerly known as Lear’s Main Street Pub and Grill, regularly hosted open mic night and served a limited menu of popular foods.

Sadly, the winter of 2016-17 proved to be tough for the business. New owner Rachel Esquibel cited higher than expected overhead and lower than expected customer traffic as factors that led to the closure.

Steve and Kathy Lear, who still own the building and business, are now located in Lewiston and have opened a new restaurant there.

“It is a tough business and (Esquibel) started at the worst possible time of the year,” said Steve Lear. “People seemed happy with her product, and she reached out to the community. But this past winter was a nightmare: Exceptional expenses and folks more inclined to stay at home.”

Esquibel is out of the restaurant business for the time being and is reportedly moving to Lewiston.

The building may not be empty for long. Gary Bethscheider is currently negotiating with Lear for the lease of the business.

“I’m on all the details right now,” said Bethscheider. Until everything is signed it’s not a done deal. We’ll do a little bit of American food but mostly Italian and pizzas. I don’t want to compete against myself, and I want to give people another choice. I think it would go over good. I’m going to do a totally different gig.”

In other food news, The Range Rider on First Street in Enterprise has been purchased by Jacey Bell, former manager at Terminal Gravity, and is already in the midst of a “soft opening.” That’s soft as in no grand opening celebration. I’m told the place was hopping with live music by “Kings Highway” last Friday, and the service was excellent.

Hours are Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to midnight.

While we’re thinking about enjoyment, there’s a new “spa” in Joseph. Miss Vicki’s Peacock Spa is open, 003 S. Mill Street, and her sign is out.

It’s a full-service salon with cuts for men and women, coloring, color repair, facials, pedicures and more.

Vicki Olsen wants her place to be somewhere clients can relax and enjoy themselves, and she’s offering a variety of extras beyond the basics.

She’ll do reflexology, elder foot care, therapeutic facials on request, and a shampoo service that goes beyond just a few minutes of scrubbing and can be the highlight of someone’s week.

There are senior citizen prices, a ramp for easy access to the salon, walk-ins are welcome, she’s available evenings to help those with regular work times –– and she will even welcome you on Sundays and Mondays on request.

She’s been a stylist since 1982, was the clinic floor supervisor in charge of 18-21 students per day at Astoria Beauty College and has owned two successful salons on the coast.

This, she says, is her third and final shop.

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