The first haircut.The Business End: Summit 26 and Sandlandia posted on 05/02/2017
The mountain welcomes new hair salon
Rae O’Grady, who opened her new salon, Summit 26 Hair Design,
on Tuesday, April 25, will always remember who her first client was; her
five-year-old granddaughter, Allison.
“I am super excited,” O’Grady said. “My family has been very
supportive in my decision to open a shop.”
O’Grady, who moved to Rhododendron last May, is no stranger
to working magic on hair. She attended cosmetology school in 2000, and spent 17
years cutting, coloring and caring for do’s, including having a shop years ago.
She noted that she loves the relationships she builds with
her clients, which included one of her first clients ever that became her best
friend. For approximately six years, the friend would travel to Oregon from
Idaho (or sometimes bring O’Grady to Idaho) just to have O’Grady do her hair.
Her salon will offer everything from cuts and colors to
men’s, women’s and children’s haircuts, and hair products for sale, 10 a.m. to
6 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday (and evenings by appointment). O’Grady
noted that her philosophy includes that people shouldn’t be afraid of trying a new
color, because she knows how to make it work no matter what.
“I love all the challenges and the creativity involved with
hair color,” she said. “I think the most important thing of hair color is
there’s nothing you can’t fix.”
O’Grady noted that work on the shop started about a month
before opening, with work going down to the sheetrock to build the salon up
from scratch with everything new.
She added that she’s excited for all the foot traffic at the
location and that her niece came up with the name as homage to being so close
to Mount Hood.
“It just clicked and I love it,” O’Grady said. “I think it’s
a great little place. I am so excited; it’s been a long haul.”
A grand opening celebration will be held from 10-11 a.m. on
Saturday, May 6, with snacks, juice, coffee and a drawing to win a free
haircut. She will also offer a May special of $10 off a haircut and color.
Summit 26 Hair Design is located at 68216 Hwy. 26 in the
Thriftway shopping center. For more information, visit
www.Summit26hairdesign.com or find it on Facebook by searching for Summit 26
‘Sandlandia’ food cart court ready to serve
Brightwood’s Jerry Carlson has been around business most of
his life, starting off as a freshman in high school and working for the family
car business in Sandy, working up from cleaning the floors and toilets to
serving as the new car manager and putting together advertising.
But Carlson noted that the hours required to work at the
dealership meant he missed out on a lot, which lead him to get involved with
His latest endeavor is “Sandlandia,” a food cart court in
Sandy that will have space for 10 food carts, plus a few parking spaces, picnic
tables and facilities.
“I want to make it nice, I want it to be fun,” Carlson said,
adding that the name was a spinoff of the television show “Portlandia.”
Carlson noted that the property where the court is located
has been in his family for years, with a number of restaurants utilizing the
small building that was previously there. He put it up for sale, but started
thinking of alternatives to selling it and that’s when his idea struck.
“I kind of want to be on the (food cart) wave,” Carlson
Now two years into his project, Carlson expected to have
carts open in late April, with carts open for breakfast and as late as they can
stay open until, including offerings such as fresh seafood, sliders, gyros,
macaroni and cheese, crepes and fish and chips.
He plans on making sure that the main dishes offered by the
carts do not overlap and that customers can enjoy a range of different foods.
Carlson added that he never went to a food cart court prior
to embarking on this endeavor, but he did visit one in Happy Valley, where he
picked up some good pointers on how to run Sandlandia.
“Those guys are paying huge money for spaces,” he said.
“That many carts, they’re competing to make money. It’s not what I wanted.”
Carlson noted that he went “above and beyond” to keep
expenses down so that carts could succeed at the location, which he sees as a
perfect spot for local residents and motorists travelling through to ski, hike
and more on Mount Hood.
“Now you can stop on your way, grab something to eat,
everybody’s got their spot they can run to,” he said. “I think it’s just going
to be awesome for everybody driving by. There’s food here that’ll be good for
Sandlandia is located at 38440 Pioneer Blvd. For more
information, visit www.Sandlandia.net.
By Garth Guibord/MT