By Gary Perkins
A one-year anniversary and a Fort Gibson first are going to be celebrated this coming week. And, both are for the same business — Fort Gibson Barber Shop. The barber shop at 402 W. Poplar St. will be celebrating their one-year anniversary here in Fort Gibson, and are also happy to announce a “first” for Fort Gibson. The Fort Gibson Barber Shop will be the first two-man barber shop in our town. Derek Gawf, owner/operator of the barber shop, has announced that a second chair has been added, and his brother, Jack, will also be cutting hair at the establishment. Both have vast experience as barbers and specialize in men’s and boy’s haircuts and still only charge $10. That means that you will seldom have to wait for a cut, and advance reservations are not necessary, as they are happy to take all walk-ins. So, make it by their shop, at 402 W. Poplar St., and say hello to Derek and Jack. Congratulations on your anniversary and ability to grow your business within the community.
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As most of you know, mailings went out earlier this month for renewal of chamber membership for the 2014 calendar year. Early response has been unbelievable, and the chamber thanks all of you for your continued support and belief in the chamber and its mission/activities. Those members that have renewed to date are: Advantage Controls, Armstrong Bank, Burrows Construction, Century 21-Clinkenbeard Agency, Charlie’s Chicken, Cherokee Nation, Church on the Word, Cook Construction, Dandy Dog Grooming, Dr. Frank Evans, Edward Jones Investment, Energy Tech, Fajita Rita’s, Fort Gibson Barber Shop, Fort Gibson Nursing Home, Fort Gibson State Bank, Fort Gibson Tire & Wheel, Fort Gibson Women’s Club, Fort Quick Stop, Frank and Carolyn Feldman, Garrett Family Funeral Services, Gil Miller Roofing, Hamlin’s El Toro, Herringshaw Waste Management, Indian Capital Technology, Keith Hardware, Larry Dale and Debbie Cooper, Lone Oak Ventures, Mac’s Drive Inn, Muskogee Marble & Granite, Oklahoma Production Center-Old Depot, PK W-Ray, Perry Financial Service, Precision Eye Care, Q.B. Boydstun Public Library, Renfro Electric, Simple Simon’s Pizza, Steveson’s LP Gas, Tahlequah City Hospital, TM Manufacturing-Ear Plug Superstore, Valu-Med Pharmacy, Whitlock Packaging Corporation, and Wright, Stout, & Wilburn Law Office. Again, I want to thank these businesses, services, and individuals for their support of Fort Gibson, and their confidence i0n the role of the chamber in our community. Want to get involved? Email me at email@example.com, or give me a call at (918) 478-4780 or (918) 577-2069. An annual “Small Business” membership is only $150, and an “Individual” membership is only $50 annually. Membership for clubs, churches, and other non-profit organizations is only $100. All proceeds go toward our annual events, mailings, and other civic projects determined by the chamber’s Board of Directors.
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Be sure to mark Feb. 6, on your calendar for our annual Chamber Banquet, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the River Center at Three Forks Harbor & Marina. Cost is only $20 per person, payable at the door, and the event features a silent auction, dinner, special entertainment, a guest speaker, and awards to our Fort Gibson “Teachers of the Year.” Come join us for this special night. Additionally, we are looking for silent auction items or services, so if you would like to donate something on that behalf and get special recognition at the banquet, give me a call at the number above.
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And finally, don’t forget to join us for our Weekly Chamber Luncheon, being held for the month of January at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday at the Courtyard Bistro. This past Thursday, we had Cheryl Hill, Kathy Perkins, Lisa Clayton, Carol Milligan, Melinda Williams, Samantha Bolding, Rhonda Lee, Tonia Cooper, Jerry Cooper, Mark Young, and myself enjoying a great lunch. Everyone is invited to this weekly, very casual, get-together. After the last Thursday of January, the 30th, we will move the luncheon to Simple Simon’s Pizza for the month of February. That’s each Thursday, at 11:30 a.m. See you there.