Tahlequah Daily Press

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March 20, 2014

New local businesses include candy shop

TAHLEQUAH — Warmer weather has brought a few new businesses to Tahlequah, offering customers candy, loan services, and training in salon techniques or firearms use.

Sweet Tooth Ice Cream and Candy Shop, 411 N. Muskogee Ave., is a colorful establishment with candy displays on the walls.

“We offer Chet’s hot dogs, and have candy in bulk,” said co-owner Michelle Looney. “Customers can get a bag and mix candy and chocolate as they want. We also have Flavor Burst ice cream. We also serve shakes, sundaes and blasts.”

Looney said the venue is set up much like a traditional malt shop.

“We try to offer a little bit of everything and build a kids’ paradise,” she said. “We saw this place was up for lease and we liked the location. We’re right across from Norris Park. There really isn’t anyplace like this in town.”

Sweet Tooth opened March 12. Business hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For information, call (918) 772-5039.

Regional Finance, 3040 S. Muskogee Ave., Suite 101, is a loan company opening its first office in Tahlequah. Other offices are in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

“We wanted to come into this community because we believe there is a need for our company, and Tahlequah is growing,” said Melissa Bales, office manager. “We do personal loans, auto loans, furniture loans.”

Bales said Regional Finance is “a little different” from other companies.

“We really work to meet the needs of the customer,” she said. “We can make loans of as little as $300, all the way up to $20,000.”

Regional Finance has been open since Feb. 10 and can be contacted at (918) 207-0495, or visit www.getregionalcash.com.

The Academy of Salon and Spa, headquartered in Fort Smith, Ark., recently opened a facility in Tahlequah at 3040 S. Muskogee Ave., Suite 105. The 5,000-square-foot space includes offices, classrooms and clinic areas for training in cosmetology, manicuring and estetics.

Another new Tahlequah business is Page Firearms Training, 1601-B S. Muskogee Ave. Call (918) 457-7307 for information.

A new business set to open April 1 is the Kawi Cafe, operated by the Cherokee Nation in the Cort Mall at 215 S. Muskogee Ave.

“Kawi is Cherokee for coffee,” said Cheryl Williams, manager. “We are a business through the Department of Commerce of the Cherokee Nation. We will be offering espresso-based drinks, coffees, salads, paninis, sandwiches. Muffins and cookies will also be available.”

The cafe is adjacent to the Spider Gallery of the Cherokee Art Center.

“We want to draw more foot traffic through the Cort Mall,” Williams said. “We also want to help to develop the south end of downtown Tahlequah.”

Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. For information, call (918) 458-6114.

One Tahlequah business has relocated. Trae Ratliff, Shelter Insurance agent, has moved his agency to 536 S. Muskogee Ave.

Those wishing to locate a business in town can call the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce for information at (918) 456-3742.


Do you know a new business that’s expected to open in Cherokee County between now and mid-May? Email Sean Rowley at srowley@tahlequahdailypress.com with contact information.


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