Story last updated at 3:59 p.m. Thursday, October 24, 2002

In Business
New salon opens downtown

2-2-Tango Salon, at 158 Pioneer Ave., opened for business Oct. 1, offering hair cutting, color services, permanent waves and facial waxing.

Owner Brett Thompson brings six years' experience to the chairs, and life experience as a former middle school art and special education teacher. She came to Homer from St. Louis, Missouri, and before that lived in Albuquerque, New York and Washington, D.C.

2-2-Tango is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Retail products include Graham Webb's Head Games, Redken and American Crew.

For appointments, call 235-7807.

Chamber mixer scheduled

October's Chamber of Commerce mixer will be held on Friday at Captain Pattie's Fish House Restaurant on the Homer Spit. The mixer will showcase the menu offered at Captain Pattie's during the fall and winter hours of operation. Guests to the mixer will enjoy food and beverage, conversation and a chance to win valuable door prizes. The mixer is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. and is open to chamber members and people interested in doing business in Homer or networking with businesses.

Captain Pattie's restaurant will be open that evening for dinner with the first seating at 7 p.m. For more information, call 235-7740.

Travel professionals certified

Cathy Brandal and Karen McCarty of Homer Travel Services recently earned the Alaska Destination Specialist (DS) designation from the Institute of Certified Travel Agents. ICTA's 12 DS courses provide travel professionals with expert knowledge of specific world areas and niche markets, enabling them to provide clients with the right travel products.

Brendal and McCarty join an expanding group of travel professionals who choose to accelerate their careers by becoming certified through ICTA. Each DS course covers the geography, history, attractions, accommodations, cuisine, transportation and unique cultural aspects of a destination.

The comprehensive, thorough curriculum and subsequent testing provide the specialist with the necessary knowledge to be an expert on traveling to a particular area of the world.

Homer Travel Services has been located in Homer for more than 27 years and employs six travel counselors.

HEA celebrates co-op month

Homer Electric Association will join 48,000 cooperative businesses nationwide this month to celebrate National Cooperative Month. The 2002 national theme is "Cooperatives: Businesses People Trust."

"Cooperatives are found in every state of the union and serve approximately 120 million people, nearly half the population of the United States," said Joe Gallagher, HEA's public relations and member services coordinator. "And 31 million of that number are served by 1,000 electric cooperatives in 46 states.

"Electric co-op employees and board members are a part of the community the co-op serves," he said. "All across the nation, electric co-op people are involved in community activities. In our community, Homer Electric participates in safety programs at schools, is involved in local health fairs, contributes fiber optics to the school system and the Challenger Space Center, among other various community activities."