The North Bend Eagle


ALOTT celebrates 10 years

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 10/30/13

Autumn Bourek’s 10 years in business have not been a carefree decade. She faced an adversary no business should have to face: the destruction of her business by fire.

Yet, 10 years later Bourek is still happy with her decision to make North Bend her personal and professional home.

A Little Off the TopOwner Autum Bourek relocated her business to this Main Street spot after her old shop burned down in 2009.

After working for others for 10 years, Bourek and her husband Andy were looking for a small town to open a business in and to raise their family. North Bend won and the Boureks moved here in 2001. On her 30th birthday, Dec. 9, 2003, Bourek opened her own salon, A Little Off The Top, in a building owned by the VFW. She opened with one other stylist, and clientèle grew enough that another stylist was later added.

Then came Dec. 28, 2009. The night of the fire. It was a Monday, Bourek’s usual day off. She was home when she received a call that told her she needed to get downtown immediately. She was there most of the night, watching her dream go up in flames. The fire marshall did manage to get her computer out. Carry Gerke, owner of Shear Design, another stylist in North Bend, called her that evening and offered her a chair at her salon to keep her business going.

“This offer, by someone I really didn’t even know at the time, was by far one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me,” Bourek said. “I gained an amazing friend who helped me gain my strength and endurance back during a time when I really could have given up!”

From January 2 to October 2010, ALOTT operated out of Shear Design. In the spring of 2010, the Boureks bought the building at 615 Main Street and spent the summer remodeling it.

The doors to the new ALOTT were opened in October and Bourek, along with Kristen Moser, were there to serve their clientele. In November Carmen Pieper joined the pair. In 2012 Courtney Feurer was added to the staff and this month Kelsey Hofstetter has become the latest addition as part of an associate training program.

The stylists are employed by Bourek and receive a commission for their work. Bourek said one of her reasons to employ stylists is that they work together as a team, growing the business. New associates are paid an hourly wage until they can build up clientele to earn more in commission than the hourly wage.

Bourek is happy with the decision she and Andy made 12 years ago. She has become involved with the community, not only through her business, but also through her church and children’s activities.

“The North Bend and surrounding communities have been very supportive of us and our business this past 10 years,” Bourek said. “North Bend is an amazing community full of great people and such a bright future! From our school system, to our beautiful library and all of the other businesses that we are so grateful to have here in North Bend. North Bend truly has a lot to offer. We are just so blessed to be a part of it all!”

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