Economic Development Grant Helps Flyaway Take Off

Economic Development Grant Helps Flyaway Take Off
Posted on 06/11/2018
Flyaway Market Mural

Flyaway Won't be Pigeon-Holed

Friday, June 8, 2018
By Connie Jo Disco
Regional Editor, McCook Gazette

CAMBRIDGE, Neb. — As a caterpillar goes through a metamorphosis to become a butterfly, so “Hair Company” in downtown Cambridge has morphed into “Flyaway Market: Home, Heart, Hair.”

Nine years ago, Linda Jones opened Hair Company, offering her services as a hair stylist in a building that her husband, Patrick, remodeled over three months.

As she added retail items to her shop, Linda said, she and her daughter, Jessica Alexander, realized that “Hair Company” “pigeon-holed” them. “People thought we were ‘just hair.’ We wanted a new name to describe what we had become,” Linda said, explaining part of the impetus for the fun and exciting transformation of her shop.

Last fall, Linda was awarded a matching grant for facade improvements from Cambridge Economic Development. Also through Cambridge Economic Development came the merchandising and marketing consultation services of Lena Kobel of Culbertson. “Lena was a wealth of inspiration and ideas,” Linda said. “She appreciated that we didn’t want to be like anyone else.”

Linda also took cues from her mother-in-law, Mary Lou Jones, who, in the early 1990s, had a hair shop with some boutique items. “I credit her, too, because that was genius — service and retail was ‘hittin’ on all eight’,” Linda said. “That works well in a small shop and in a small community.”

Tucked under a new awning and behind a new, fresh facade, Hair Company has been “re-imagined” and rebranded “Flyaway Market: Home, Heart, Hair” and now offers a selection of gift items and women’s and girls’ apparel, jewelry and accessories, as well as Linda’s hair services.

“We’re also venturing into vintage items, some furniture ‘remakes,’ some home goods for weddings and graduation,” Linda said.

Jessica said they like working with local and Midwest artisans of handcrafted items — candles from Benkelman, soap from Wauneta, painted signs from Hastings, earrings from Texas. “We like that we have a relationship with each artisan,” she said.

Linda and Jessica also host ladies’ nights and night markets.

Flyaway is fun, sun-drenched, calming. “It’s comfortable,” Linda said. “Come hang out for a while.”

Flyaway Market is located in downtown Cambridge, half-a-block west of the main street of Patterson, at 411 Nelson. Call (308) 697-3441. It’s open Tuesday, from 1 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Friday, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Check Facebook for Saturday hours and special evening events.
(This story reprinted with permission of The McCook Gazette)