CHEERS — Hip Hip Hooray!
This column salutes REAP businesses that are
finding ways to increase their success.
Couple Purchases Barbershop from the Retiring Owner
Dustin Peden opened the “D BEST TAPER” barbershop in Mitchell, Nebraska one
year ago. Dustin, with his wife Lisa and their 1-year old daughter Emily,
moved from their hometown of Cozad to purchase the shop from Frank Stiver, a
long-time resident of Mitchell who wanted to retire.
Dustin had filled in as summer help at the barbershop while attending the
Bible College in LaGrange, Wyoming several years before. He had always
wanted his own shop and had contacted Frank several months earlier about the
possibility of purchasing the shop.
Contact with the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) in Scottsbluff
resulted in a referral to Jerry Terwilliger, REAP’s Panhandle Business
Specialist. REAP offered assistance in obtaining financing to purchase the
With help from REAP, the Scottsbluff NBDC, and the City of Mitchell, a
business plan was developed and financing secured for the purchase. Dustin
recently leased a separate portion of the building to another new
entrepreneur as a beauty salon, and says that it would not have been
possible without the assistance from REAP.
Lisa is employed with the Domestic Violence Emergency Services (DOVES)
organization in Scottsbluff; both Dustin and Lisa enjoy their new hometown,
and are very active in their church.
|Dustin Peden, owner of
"D Best Taper" barbershop in Mitchell, Nebraska.