New Sport Clips location to open in Alexandria

Sport Clips Haircuts, the nation’s largest franchise dedicated to men’s and boys’ hair care, will open a new location in Alexandria on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

This is the latest of more than 1,800 franchise locations across the U.S. and Canada. It will be located next to Dunn Brothers on 50th Ave. West.

Sport Clips provides flat-screen televisions with sports programming playing for customers at each haircut station and in the lobby.

Rachael McCleary of Alexandria, owner of the new Sport Clips location, said that the health and safety of clients and stylists are at the forefront of the grand opening process.

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Sport Clips stylists have completed course work and are certified to practice enhanced sanitation guidelines. Staff will wear masks, and disposable masks will be available for clients upon request. Customers will be asked to remove their own cape when their haircut is completed as well as their own face towel after an MVP service in order to limit contact.

The MVP experience features a precision haircut, massaging shampoo and hot-steamed towel. Free MVP upgrades will be provided to all first-time clients who purchase a haircut.

Checking in online will allow customers to schedule an appointment and view the estimated wait time. For more information, visit haircutmenalexandriamn.com.

Village Business Institute to host free lunchtime webinars

The Village Business Institute is offering four free webinars in the next three months that will address topics related to effective workplaces, leadership and personal wellbeing.

These free training sessions are set from noon to 1 p.m. on certain Wednesdays in October, November and December.

The dates and topics are as follows:

  • October 21 – Leading with emotional intelligence

  • November 4 – How to prepare for holiday stress

  • November 18 – A culture of gratitude

  • December 2 – Making positivity a habit

Each webinar will be presented on Zoom and include time for questions. To register for any of the webinars, visit www.TheVillageFamily.org/Eventbrite.

The Village Business Institute is a program of The Village Family Service Center, which strengthens kids and families across Minnesota and North Dakota through behavioral health services including mental health counseling, in-home family therapy, financial counseling, employee assistance programs and business training. For more information, visit www.TheVillageFamily.org.

JLG Architects makes national architecture list for its sixth consecutive year

JLG Architects placed 101 on the Architectural Record Top 300 Firms list this year.

The Top 300 list ranks architecture, architecture/engineering, and architecture/engineering/construction firms by revenue that are headquartered in the U.S. JLG has 12 offices in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, including one in Alexandria.

The company ranked 104 in 2019, and has been on the Top 300 list every year since 2014.

JLG is an employee-owned, full-service architecture firm, which has grown to include over 120 employees. The firm has been named one of the 50 Most Admired Companies in America by MSN Money and Best Life, a 50 Best Places to Work in the U.S. by Inc. magazine and the Design Firm of the Year by ENR Mountain States. For more information, visit www.jlgarchitects.com.

Past and Present Home Gallery awarded for customer experience

The Minnesota Retailers Association presented Past and Present Home Gallery of Alexandria with its Customer Experience award in the 2020 Minnesota’s Retail Champions program.

Owners Lynelle and Jeff Lanoue accepted the award during the virtual Retail Rally event on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The Minnesota Retailers Association aims to promote, preserve and enhance the retail industry throughout the state. Nine other organizations were recognized at the virtual event in the categories of Retail Manager of the Year, Business Resource of the Year, Retail Innovation, Vendor Partner of the Year, Best Place to Work, Lifetime Achievement, Retail Community of the Year, Advocate of the Year and Retailer of the Year.

For more information about the Retail Rally, visit www.retailrally.com.