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Lady and the Lion Hair Salon | 5.11  [IMAGE]

by Jerry Rothstein

Jaymes Taylor has opened Lady and the Lion at 489 West Seventh (651-644-5898) and has been busy recreating the former tattoo parlor into a welcoming and stylish salon that has room for four stylists now, and five eventually.

Jaymes is a Master Barber who has been practicing in St. Paul for more than 35 years. He worked at The Barbers with Joe Francis, who also started the Cost Cutters chain of family hair salons, and in 2008 opened Lady and the Lion Hair Institute on Selby. Jaymes was also a model and product development expert for the Lustra Silk line of products. With Lady and the Lion, he can take on apprentices to help them get a start.

Jaymes’ clientele includes people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds — he offers a place where everyone is welcome. Widely known in St. Paul, his regulars include Police Chief Tom Smith, State Senator John Harrington, University of Minnesota Oncologist Dr. Stan Williams and former Minnesota Viking Joey Browner.

Stylists include Nika and Topaz (braids, weaves, dreadlocks, twists and extensions), Tracy (barber/stylist), Robert Keim, who is also an instructor at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology and Shirley Williams (experienced master barber and stylist).

Jaymes points out that a hair stylist is really an “artist-craftsman” whose goal is for the customer to have the right look and to feel like a work of art.

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Prototype Career Service | 2.11 [IMAGE]

by Jerry Rothstein

By the time she was 23, Amy Lindgren had worked at 50 different jobs. “I’m really good at getting jobs!” she says. As a very young girl she recalls pulling a wagon around her White Bear Lake neighborhood, finding cans and bottles to redeem or buying and selling things and setting up some trades. Her urge to do business was so strong that she would buy candy bars and sell them at a profit to her Girl Scout Troop before their meetings. For this she was expelled, but later in life was asked to serve on the Council board, which she did for five years.

As a college student, Amy started two businesses — a house cleaning service that lasted a year, followed by a house painting and tiling business for another year. With all her jobs and enterprises, she put herself through St. Kate’s, eventually (it took almost seven years!) graduating with a degree in English.

In 1985 she started Prototype Career Services to help others find the right job for them. At the same time she launched Banfil Street Press, which provided a business framework for her freelance writing, editorial coaching for writers, and publishing efforts. Banfil Street Press has also published a book for health professionals to help them understand the life issues of former prisoners of war (“Life after Liberation: Understanding the Former Prisoner of War,” 1992). With Prototype, Amy concentrates on helping clients find their career direction and strategizing their job searching process. Once she has a clear idea of what the client wants to do for a living, she also helps them to create focused résumés that strengthen the impression they make with potential employers.

Prototype also publishes books to help people with their job transitions. Their Pocket Job Series offers focused guides for job searching, including: “Five Steps to your Next Job,” “Résumés Etc.,” “Job Interviews,” “Job Search Over 40” and “Financial Survival Between Jobs.” In the Making the Leap Job Search series are “Job Search for Students” and “Job Search for Transitioning Military Personnel.” Customized newsletters and curriculum sold to government job search programs broaden the field of coverage so that resources are offered for just about any aspect of job seeking.

In her spare time, Amy teaches at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and writes a weekly column published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press and other papers, called “Working Strategies” (see

She and her husband Bruce Peterson live on Banfil. His bonsai are known around the neighborhood, and he took part in the 2010 West Seventh Neighbors Garden Tour.

Libraries connect residents to today’s job market
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The St. Paul Public Library, James J. Hill Reference Library and Goodwill/Easter Seals, in partnership with Workforce Solutions, are hosting free job seminars in February to help job seekers improve their networking and job searching skills.
  • Between Jobs: Connect to Today’s Job Market seminars feature presenters with a wide variety of career and job-seeking skills and experiences to share. Registration is not required, and all programs are free. For more information, visit
  • Entrepreneurship: The Famous Dave’s Story: February 2, 6:30 p.m., at James J Hill Library, 80 West Fourth Street. Famous Dave Anderson tells his amazing story of how he followed his dreams to become America’s Rib King! Call 651-265-5500 for  info.
  • How a Staffing Agency Can Help You: February 10, 6:30 p.m. at James J Hill Library, 80 W. 4th Street. Representatives from local staffing agencies discuss the benefits to job seekers of applying and working with them. Using this approach can diversify and strengthen your employability, as well as connecting you with opportunities you may not otherwise uncover. Call 651-265-5500 for further information.
  • What are Green Careers All About? February 17, 6:30 p.m. at Arlington Hills Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street. This session with Trina Maldonado highlights training opportunities for a career in various “green” industries and how to conduct a job search for a “green” career. Call 651-793-3930 for further information.
  • How Social Networking Can Help Your Job Search: February 24, 6:30 p.m. at Rondo Library, 461 Dale Street N. Ivan E. Nunez, web professional with extensive experience developing interactive marketing solutions, explores strategies and offers tips for promoting your professional skills while developing your personal brand online. Call 651-266-7400 for further information.

Fort Road Barbers' Gary Hoyt
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by Jerry Rothstein

Gary Hoyt has been a barber for almost a quarter-century. Inspired by his older brother, he graduated from the St. Paul Barber School when it was in the building that now houses Cossetta’s. “Look for the scissors in the cement in front of the restaurant,” he says.

He had a chair at Fort Road Barbers for twenty-three years until last April, when he stepped away while negotiating to buy the business and the building it is in at 1564 West Seventh. But this is not Gary’s whole story. He has been a musician for most of his life — a drummer whose local bands in the 70s and 80s included the ten-piece Rhythm and Blues group “Checkers” that played all around Minnesota and South Dakota. While continuing to provide a relaxing barber shop, Gary is also moving into the production side of music, building a recording studio at his home in Mendota.

Gary loves the West Seventh neighborhood. “The people are very loyal,” he added, as he cut a long-time customer’s hair. When asked how long he had been coming to Gary, the customer responded “As long as he’s been here.” Ken lives in the neighborhood and first met Gary “before my kids were born.” At that time, Fort Road had five working barbers. Gary thinks the competition of 35E diverted traffic and started a gradual decline, but hopes to build it up again.

Fort Road Barbers’ hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am-5pm and Saturday, 9am-noon. Call 651-224-0054 for an appointment.

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