Something to Blush About

Something to Blush About Experience Oxford "I took a leap of faith, went with my heart and opened a shop in Oxford.” Tara Miller, owner of Studio Blush When asked if she always wanted to own her own salon, Tara explained, “I originally wanted to be a paralegal and only started working in a salon to pay for school. But I became hooked.”  After working at salons for over 20 years she set a goal for herself to become an American Board Certified Haircolorist. She achieved that and is now one of only 5,000 in the country.  After reaching that milestone she began to dream about the next step and after a heart to heart with her husband, she set the next goal for herself, opening a small hair art studio. “I kept working towards my goal. Saving was important, but building my network was crucial.” “Becoming friends with other business people, not necessarily those in my own industry, but those who were already businesses owners, who were in the thick of owning their own businesses was a huge benefit to me.” “They say it’s business, its not personal; but creating friendship on a personal level with other likeminded business folks created a support [...]

How Kettle Corn Became a Family Affair

How Kettle Corn Became a Family Affair Experience Oxford We grabbed a cup of coffee with Cheryl and Jeff Hamm, owners of  Wholly Grounds and their kids to find out how a family run business is making their mark in Downtown Oxford.   When asked how they ended up in Oxford. Cheryl said, “it all started with the Kettle Corn,” her favorite snack. “Jeff got tired of driving around trying to find it so one day he decided to just buy the kettle and make it,” Cheryl says. “He found the whole setup down in North Carolina, so we took a weekend trip and drove down there. When we first started he would pull it out into the driveway and make a batch for me. The neighbors would smell it and come over and get their bags. That led to doing events and eventually First Fridays in Oxford.” “The kettle corn came first to make me happy, and I still love it. I haven’t gotten tired of it yet!” “After becoming good friends with the late Jerome Rodio, one thing led to the next and the timing worked out that we were able to purchase this building after the Lighthouse Youth Center built their [...]

Music = Lifelong Entertainment

Music = Lifelong Entertainment Experience Oxford The Oxford Arts Alliance is celebrating their 10-year anniversary in 2018. The Alliance began as a Fine Art Gallery… and then came the music and art education programs, the brainchild of a 23-year-old music school graduate with a vision. We had a chance to sit down with Director of Education, Tony Derrico to learn about how the education programs developed and the amazing things happening at 38 South Third Street. “The education programs at the Oxford Arts Alliance have truly been a grassroot effort. We’ve grown from 5 students taking a group guitar lesson in 2010 to over 150 students a week taking music lessons. Today we have nine different instructors from drum, violin, bass, guitar, piano, and more.” “We started giving private lessons by receiving an out-of-tune donated piano with dents and dings. One day we convinced three volunteers to hoist it up the stairs to the second-floor lesson room.  Now, each year there is an increasing demand for lessons, having grown from teaching guitar in the director’s office on the first floor, to now occupying the whole building.” “I was an ice hockey player growing up, but got injured in early high school. [...]