Woodland Chamber of Commerce

"After Hours" - May 24, 2007
Classic Hair Design and Dana's Classic Floral

Rubbing Elbows - Story by Pat Nelson

May 25, 2007

Each month, a local Chamber of Commerce business hosts an after-hours networking event where members can enjoy a casual visit, away from business pressures. For newcomers to Woodland, it's a great place to meet other business people. For all, it's a great way to connect and to keep up with the happenings in and around Woodland.

Last Thursday, Dana Middleton was the after-hours hostess, showing off her two businesses: Classic Hair Design and Dana's Classic Flowers, and Lori Covington's Life Touch Massage. The salon at 142 Davidson offers hair care, tanning, manicures, and massage, and it is connected to the floral shop. For now, there's even a chiropractor on the premises. Tim Yoder has temporarily opened his chiropractic office in Classic Hair Design while he waits for his space to be made ready in Woodland's old bank building two blocks west.

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It was a perfect day for Dana's luau-themed event. The temperature surpassed the 70-degree mark and a red and blue kite danced crisply in the warm breeze above nearby Horseshoe Lake Park.

Dana, who has worked at the salon 25 years, purchased the flower shop in 2003 and became the owner of the salon just four months ago. The hostess and her associates wore Hawaiian prints to greet their guests. Tropical floral arrangements from Dana's Classic Flowers added to the Hawaiian décor.

Chamber members enjoyed meatballs, barbecued pork, cheeses, tropical fruits, and luscious chocolate-dipped strawberries. Prizes were awarded every fifteen minutes. Planter's Day princesses in light-blue formal gowns sold tickets for the Planter's Day raffle. The young lady who sells the most tickets will be crowned Queen on June 14.

I visited with Noel Johnson (lewisriver.com) and his wife Nancy (Nancy's Potholders) who were busy sharing their excitement with Chamber members. The night before, they had helped 17-year-old relative Jordin Sparks become the youngest-ever American Idol. Noel said, "When she won, we were jumping around like chickens with our heads cut off."

"Nancy's maiden name was Wiedmann," Noel said, remembering the first time he saw a photo of Jordin. "We went to North Dakota to visit Nancy's relatives. I saw a picture of a baby and I asked who she was. I was told she was Jordin, the granddaughter of Nancy's cousin Jim Wiedmann.

In February, Nancy and Noel received an email asking them to watch Jordin on an upcoming show. That was the first one of the many American Idol shows that they watched, rooting for the beautiful relative they had never met. Nancy saw her cousin Jim Wiedmann in the audience. His wife Pam, Jordin's Grandmother, is her manager, and a very good one based on Jordin's results.

I asked Nancy how many times she and Noel called in votes for Jordin. "About 225," Nancy replied. "We used speed-dial. Sometimes the line would be busy, and then we would try again right away."

Noel said, "I hope to meet Jordin some day." He and Nancy would like to attend American Idols Live at the Rose Garden in Portland July 28, an event showcasing this season's top ten contestants. Noel, who is usually on the other side of the camera taking photos for his website lewisriver.com said, "I'd just love to have my picture taken with Jordin,"

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