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Mountaineer Brand was founded in 2013, somewhat by chance. Our founder Eric Young was growing his traditional Fall beard when he began to research beard care options to enable him to keep the beard without the irritation and itchiness that newer beards can cause. Being a father of three on a lower than average salary, Eric was unable to justify paying the prices of the current beard care options on the market, so instead, he decided he would learn how to make his own.
Initially, it started as nothing more than a personal project with the single goal of caring for his own beard at a reasonable cost, using natural ingredients. Quite soon, people began asking Eric what he used in his beard to make it look so good, and Eric decided to start making his product in small batches that he could sell to friends and acquaintances to supplement his income and treat his family. As popularity grew, Eric listed the products on Amazon.com and all of a sudden the brand started to take off.
Having started the company from his own kitchen, it was only a few short months before production volume and storage demands meant the house really was not ideal. To combat this, and not anticipating the growth to continue, in early 2014 Eric began to build a 12’ x 12’ shed on his property to store the product. It did not take long to realize that this would also not be large enough. After finishing the shed, Eric began to build a 2000 sq. ft. workshop on his property to house the business, but again the business grew and so that workshop grew 2600 sq. ft. and the homeowners’ association politely requested we find an alternative location from which to operate.
In early 2016 we found a vacant space in a local industrial park, a large space which at the time felt too big for us to ever fill. One year later, we have been forced to add a second floor to prevent overcrowding.
Although our main business channel remains online sales, we have also managed to grow into retailers across the United States, and also have a major distribution partner in Sweden.
Simms Integrative Health Services is a new practice in the area that provides members of the community with psychotherapy, massage, nutritional education and yoga. The combination of these services have been shown to be beneficial as they work together to heal both emotional and physical wounds concurrently. All of our services will be provided under one roof making it accessible to all of our clients and we accept many forms of insurance as well. There are multiple psychotherapists and counselors providing services and they are well trained and specialize in a variety of issues (Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Substance Abuse, Trauma, LGBT, Family, Couples, Parenting, Anger, ADHD, Grief and Loss, OCD, Psychosis, etc.), with multiple populations (children, adolescents, adults and seniors) as well as an in-house massage therapist and nutrition specialists.
VNW Consulting, LLC, owned by Veronique N. Walker, Ed.D., is purposed to provide individuals and organizations with strategies and techniques designed to strengthen personal (intra- and inter-) and organizational practices. The types of services provided include:
WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP
Concentrates on cultivating professional growth through building leadership competencies and support networks.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & MULTICULTURALISM
Assists with policy review and development, and provides resources to promote equitable practices surrounding diversity, multiculturalism, and 21st century global competency.
Facilitates introspective dialogue regarding the values and behaviors of individuals and organizations as pertaining to differences. Guides participants through an evaluative process to (1) identify and maximize areas of strengths and potential growth, and (2) reduce gaps in academics, access, opportunity, and services, which will lead to more effective practices – individually and organizationally.