Business Beat: Boutique owner shares her favorite things

If Sage Boutique &Gifts was a song, it would be “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music”.

The new store is full of items that will inspire shoppers, just as they did for owner Michelle Gemmill.

“It’s a store of our favorite things,” she said. “You have to love it for it to sell.”

Focusing primarily on gift items, there are sections devoted to family clothing for men, women, children and babies, deli foods including specialty cheeses and chocolates, barbecue rubs, outdoor living, beeswax wraps, goat milk soaps, pets and, of course, gardening. .

She said she was always on the lookout for more unique items to showcase — focusing on local sellers whenever possible — and would do her best to meet shoppers’ expectations. She can even make special orders.

“Every day there are new things,” Gemmill said.

She also made sure to include a gift-wrapping station and said she strives to keep prices fair and affordable for items in the store. Most items range between $5 and $40, she said.

Gemmill said she decided to open the boutique after a recent vacation in Texas, where she visited the Magnolia Market at Silos in Waco.

Although it was not her original intention to open the boutique, she has a background in retail, having managed the Experienced Merchandise thrift store with her friend, Marteen Lopez.

“If I could do it with donations, I thought I could do it with new items,” she said of her entry into the world of sales.

It officially opened in mid-May and said it hopes to offer some type of special event once a month. Last week, she organized a tasting and shopping evening.

Gemmill said she chose the shop’s name because of her love of gardening – she also owns Seed to Table – and because Sage means wisdom.

Currently, most staff are family members; two of his three daughters and his mother help him run the store.

The store is located at 410 Nevada Way, Suite 140. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Veterinary hospital changes hands

Drs. Bruce Henault and Dominic Cacioppo’s natural love for animals is evident in their furry and feathered patients at the Greatful Pet Animal Clinic.

An ultrasound specialist, Henault used to visit clinics and said he had always loved Boulder City. When the time came for Dr. William Flannery to retire and sell his business, it made sense. Henault took over the business at the start of the year.

“It was the right place at the right time,” he said.

He has been friends with Dr Dominic Cacioppo for more than 25 years and asked him to come on board after Cacioppo sold his practice, Park Animal Hospital, in March.

Another veterinarian will join the clinic later this year. Henault said that would allow people to see the same doctor most of the time.

“We’ve seen their dog and we know them,” he said.

The Greatful Pet is a full-service veterinary clinic, offering everything from routine x-ray care to surgical services for most pets.

Henault works primarily with dogs and cats and is frequently – and affectionately – called the Chihuahua doctor.

He said he had eight Chihuahuas at home, all with some type of disability or illness, most of which were abandoned by their owners. He said it was kind of like a hospice for dogs, but he calls it the Chihuahua farm.

Henault also has a Sphynx cat.

Cacioppo works with exotic animals, including rabbits, rats and snakes, and specializes in birds, including birds of prey like the falcon, which has been sighted recently.

“If he can get through the door, we will see him,” he said, adding that pigs and monkeys are the exception as they do not have the equipment and facilities to care for them.

Cacioppo said he was motivated and satisfied to be able to help animals and the people who own them.

“That was always where my skills lied,” he said of veterinary medicine. “So that’s what I do.”

Henault has the same feelings about animal health.

“People are the challenge,” he said with a wink and a smirk.

He said he finds the surgery and the successful results to be one of the most rewarding parts of his job.

Henault said he was able to remove eyes or amputate a limb and see a dog continue to live for many more years.

Cacioppo said most of his clients have been with him for 15 years or more. This allowed him to build their confidence as well as their empathy for what they are going through with their pets.

It is this empathy that, according to Henault, is one of the most difficult aspects of their work. He said they cry with pet owners when it comes time to say goodbye.

Even in his spare time, Cacioppo said he was surrounded by animals and living beings. He owns an African gray parrot and saltwater aquariums where he raises many varieties of corals and seahorses. At one time he also had an aviary with about 100 birds.

Henault said he enjoys boating and spending time on Lake Mead when not working.

Henault went to Ross University School of Medicine in the Caribbean and completed his education at Oklahoma State University.

Cacioppo studied medicine at the University of Missouri in Colombia. He moved to Las Vegas in 1987 from Kansas City, Missouri, and opened his veterinary practice in 1991.

The Greatful Pet, 707 Canyon Road, #103B, is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Faucet sold, changes on the horizon

The Tap restaurant and sports bar has been sold and the new owner is in the process of making some changes.

Grant Turner, who opened The Tap in 2017, said the sale was driven primarily by a lack of time.

He said he felt he was overdoing it and not giving it all his energy.

“He has so much potential and I feel like I’m holding him back,” he said. “Selling it freed me up to move on, not just in business, but overall. It will allow me to have a better work-life balance,” he said.

In addition to The Tap, Turner owns The Dillinger Food and Drinkery and is in the process of converting a former antique store in downtown Boulder City into a tavern.

The sale was closed on June 29.

New owner Elise Laufmann said some changes were planned but the establishment had “good bones”.

She said she was not planning to change everything, but had hired a new chef and a new manager. They are working on a new menu.

Turner said he was grateful for the community support over the years as well as the staff. He also praised the work of local skilled workers and craftsmen who helped him realize his vision for The Tap.

“They are one of Boulder City’s best kept secrets. They are the bomb,” he said.

Dam Bistro closing

The end of the month also spells the end for a local restaurant. The Dam Bistro announced it would close at the end of the month on Facebook.

Owner Ken Simpson wrote, “Loved every minute and will keep going until I get the last plate out.”

He also wrote that the restaurant had to deviate from its original intent from the start, which was “quality food and drink at an affordable price”.

He wrote that the decision was based on rising running costs and that he has no regrets.

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