So long, farewell

Summer has ended, and so has the time of several long-running Jackson Hole businesses. By Nature Gallery, the fossil and rock shop at 86 E. Broadway; Jackson Bootlegger, at 36 E. Broadway; and Legacy Gallery, at 75 N. Cache, have said goodbye, though Legacy will continue to operate at its Scottsdale, Arizona, location. (For a story on Legacy, see page 3 in Scene.)

Clip Joint finds a new home

The staff of the Clip Joint, the barber shop and salon that has operated at Snow King Hotel, has found a new home in Jackson.

“The clip joint girls have officially landed in our new place,” a Facebook post read. “You can find us in Margaritas Hair Studio at 65 Mercill #6.”

The “girls” are Patty Pappas, who’s owned the Clip Joint since 1991, Amber Jones Chapman and Michelle Mahoney Allen.

The salon had to look for a new location after the hotel’s owners decided not to renew its lease when it runs out Oct. 31.

— Staff report

Pawn Shop to close

The Pawn Shop and Sporting Goods at 560 W. Broadway has hung a “going out of business” banner. Its lease is up Dec. 31 and wasn’t renewed.

Don Gaitan said the shop has been in business for some 50 years at various locations and he has owned it for 20. It sells Indian jewelry, guns, ammo and knives, among other items. The pawn shop part of the business has dwindled over the years as Jackson’s population has changed.

“All the low lifes are gone,” Gaitan said.

Kirk and Cindy Stone own the property, which includes a gas station and convenience store. Cindy Stone said no major changes are in the works right now other than a remodel of the convenience store.

— Jennifer Dorsey

Engel & Volkers in spotlight

Two Jackson real estate agents are up for an award for their movie-making skills.

Andrew Ellett and Devon Viehman, associate brokers at Engel & Volkers, made a listing of theirs the star of a four-minute movie designed to sell the $17.7 million property north of town near Aspen Golf and Tennis Club. Co-staring are a group of locals who play the part of the happy family that has bought their Jackson Hole dream.

The movie is nominated for a Golden Inman Awards honor in the category of “best sales and marketing for luxury property.” The winner will be announced Oct. 17 in a ceremony in Beverly Hills, California.

Though short films designed to sell houses are years old, Ellett said the elaborate conception of including a family to personalize future owners to current shoppers was a new direction.

Most house-selling films, he said, “are incredibly boring,” while the one conceived by him and Viehman “let’s the buyer dream” of the joy to come from buying the house.

— Mark Huffman

Hall of Fame seeks nominees

The Wyoming Business Hall of Fame seeks nominations by Friday of business and industry leaders “who have demonstrated substantial business merit while making a virtuous impact on their community.”

There are two categories. Contemporary/Visionary is for an up-and-coming businessperson or entrepreneur who has a vision for Wyoming’s future. Legacy is for someone, alive or deceased, who has made historic and significant long-term contributions to the business community.

The recipients will be recognized in November at the 2019 Governor’s Business Forum at Little America in Cheyenne. Organizations involved include the Wyoming Business Alliance/Wyoming Heritage Foundation, Daniels Fund, University of Wyoming College of Business and Wyoming Business Council.

To submit nominations go to and click on “Continue to Forum Information.”

— Staff report

Hall of Famers list

Jackson hotelier and former state legislator Clarene Law was in the inaugural class of inductees to the Wyoming Business Hall of Fame in 2013. So far she’s the sole Tetons businessperson to have been so honored. According to the Wyoming Business Alliance, the other Hall of Famers so far are Dave True, Casper; Homer A. Scott, Sheridan; W. Edwards Deming, Powell; JC (James Cash) Penney, Kemmerer; Forest Clay, Worland; Newell Sargent, Worland; Curt and Marian Rochelle, Rawlins; Jim Neiman, Hulett; George Bryce ,Casper; Dave Reetz, Powell; William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Cody; Patrick Hladky, Gillette; Maury Brown, Cheyenne; and Lois Herbst, Shoshoni.

— Staff report

Personal income rises

Wyoming’s total personal income in the second quarter of 2019 grew 6% from the same period a year earlier, according to the Economic Analysis Division of the Wyoming Department of Administration and Income. By comparison, U.S. personal income rose 4.9%.

Personal income is the income received by all residents from all sources: wages, salary and proprietors’ earnings; property income, including dividends, interest and rent; and personal transfer receipts, such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits, veterans benefits and other income benefits and assistance.

Total earnings in the state grew 7.1% from a year ago. Property income and transfer receipts were up 3.4% and 7.3%.

— Staff report

2% unemployment is tops

Teton County’s 2% unemployment rate in August beat all other counties in Wyoming.

Niobrara County, at 2.6%, came in second, followed by Weston, Converse and Carbon counties, each at 2.8% unemployment. Campbell County, at 4.5%, and Fremont County, at 4.1%, had the highest unemployment rates in the state.

Wyoming’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged up from July to 3.7% but was still lower than the year-ago level of 4.2%. The stats come from the Research and Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.

— Staff report

Contact Jennifer Dorsey at or 732-5908.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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