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Although she's one of those people who styled her dolls' hair, Kathy Tauscher didn't plan on doing hair as a living.
At least not initially.
"I worked as a waitress at the Tree House when it closed unexpectedly," she said of a local restaurant. "My mom encouraged me to train so I went to the Blackfoot College of Beauty with my twin sister (Karen Martin)."
That was over 30 years ago. She started KaDee's In Style with Debbie Palmer and the two worked as partners for four years. She and Dena Tauscher were partners for 10 years.
Kathy and Co. has been in business for 14 years. The store at 792 West Bridge has five employees â€” Teresa Pratt, Loretta Stephenson, Eden Ybarra, Maralee Lane and Stephanie Watt. Pratt has worked with Kathy for 25 years.
The daughter of William and Evelyn Neff is well known in the community. She is a lifelong member of Emanuel Lutheran Church and is active in the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce.
Her infectious laugh is one of her trademarks.
"I've always thought if you're a business owner, you should be involved in the community," she said recently.
Kathy and Co.
792 W. Bridge
Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Other hours by appointment
A member of the Chamber board of directors, she is the race director for the Chamber-sponsored Blackfoot Triathlon.
"The Chamber has a lot to offer businesses," Tauscher said. "It helps you get your name out there. When new people come to town, the Chamber has sent people my direction."
She and husband Larry, an electrician, are the parents of three children â€” Stephanie Leavitt, who works with a title company in town, Erica Anderson, who is trying to sell their house so she and their children can join her husband in Alaska, and Nathan, a senior at Blackfoot High School. He is headed to the U.S. Marine Corps.
"We were involved in Scouting when he went through, Tauscher recalled. They also coached basketball and soccer when Erica played and were in 4-H with Erica and Nathan.
Kathy grew up on her parents' dairy farm. She and Larry now live in the Wapello area.
She offered some words of advice:
"To be successful, you have to work hard.
"I hope people remember that I'm cheerful and happy and that laughter is the best medicine," she concluded.