As part of his Wyoming Works tour, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., spent the last two weeks visiting small businesses in the southwestern and central portions of the state.
“Businesses often look pretty simple from the outside, but I’ve found it is important to get an inside look to better understand the decisions business owners have to make about hiring, inventory, accounting and everything in between,” Enzi said. “As a former small business owner, I always enjoy meeting the hard-working folks in our communities that run successful businesses.”
During the April state work period, Enzi visited businesses and attended organizational meetings around Star Valley, Kemmerer, Evanston, Green River, Rock Springs, Wamsutter, Rawlins, Casper and Douglas.
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Enzi attended the grand opening of Sugar Bear’s Bakery in Evanston. The name “Sugar Bear” comes from the nickname the owner, Jackie Lowrey, gave her daughter, who held the plaque with the dollar bill.
Just outside of Casper in Evansville, Enzi visited the home of Mary and Rozlyn Fichtner, the authors of Rusty the Ranch Horse Tales. A mother and daughter pair, Mary writes the children’s stories and Roz illustrates the books with watercolor paintings. Enzi read to a group of children and even met the star of their books, Rusty the Ranch Horse.
Shatto’s Frontier Drug is a locally-owned pharmacy in Douglas and was named Good Neighbor Pharmacy of the Year in 2018. The store also carries home goods, Hallmark cards and t-shirts.
Amanda Moore and Wayne Gotfredson opened Windswept Goods in downtown Rawlins less than a year ago. They offer home décor, kitchen accessories and more. They also host crafting classes toward the back of their business.
Enzi met Brian Deurloo, the founder of Frog Creek Partners in Casper, at one of his Inventors Conferences years ago. Since then, Deurloo has turned his idea into a reality. Frog Creek Partners is an environmental technology company specializing in stormwater filtration and pollution measurement services. One of their products is the Gutter Bin, which filters trash, hydrocarbons, sediment and heavy metals.
PC Industries in Star Valley sells and services parts for diesel engines. This family-owned company provides services, repair components, engines and accessories.
Enzi visited Sidekicks Book and Wine Bar, a small business in Rock Springs that sells books, coffee, wine, appetizers and desserts. They offer a wide selection of books, from new releases to classics and children’s books.
Enzi attended the Green River Chamber of Commerce annual lunch and award ceremony. Gayle Ann Bacila was named distinguished citizen; Rose Floral earned outstanding business; and Barry Tippy, a local Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper, was named outstanding volunteer.
Hometown Floral and Décor in Kemmerer sells home décor, Wyoming-themed shirts, baby clothing, water fountains, flower arrangements (both real and wooden) and more. The owners, a mother and daughter duo, bought the store in early July and spent the next 3 weeks renovating it to be open in time for the Oyster Ridge Music Festival.
Enzi visited the Wamsutter Community Health Center to learn more about the progress they have made and talk with some of the staff. The center is open 4 days each week with rotating doctors. He also met the mayor and several community members who came out.