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Highland man lends his voice to pitch products

Tim Kulchar, owner of Region Voiceover Co., operates out of his home where he looks to help local business owners promote products through radio advertising, commercials, websites, narrations and other media forms. (Photograph by John Luke/The Times.)

Tim Kulchar, owner of Region Voiceover Co., operates out of his home where he looks to help local business owners promote products through radio advertising, commercials, websites, narrations and other media forms. (Photograph by John Luke/The Times.)

You may never have met Tim Kulchar, but you may know his voice.

As a voiceover artist in the region, Kulchar helps local business owners promote products through radio advertising, commercials, websites, narrations and other media forms.

Though it’s his soft, baritone voice people hear, Kulchar allows his ideas and creativity to do the talking.
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Crown Point man overcomes challenges to open storage company

Nate Robinson and Sue Cooley, of Easy Life Storage offer true climate-controlled storage with 24/7 access in their new 16,000 sq ft facility. (Photograph by John Luke/The Times.)

Nate Robinson and Sue Cooley, of Easy Life Storage offer true climate-controlled storage with 24/7 access in their new 16,000 sq ft facility. (Photograph by John Luke/The Times.)

Before Easy Life Storage even opened, owner Nathan Robinson had to overcome a series of challenges that left him wondering if his entrepreneurial goal would ever see the light of day.

As owner of Crown Heating and Cooling, Robinson had already realized the goal of owning a company. For years, however, he pondered over the idea of opening a climate control storage business, something he says was lacking in the Crown Point area.
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Newcomb Solutions helps companies reach new markets

Kelly Newcomb, owner and president of Newcomb Solutions, shows some of the work that his Michigan City company has done for clients. (Photograph by The Times.)

Kelly Newcomb, owner and president of Newcomb Solutions, shows some of the work that his Michigan City company has done for clients. (Photograph by The Times.)

Whether it’s through words or pictures, Kelly Newcomb says the staff at Newcomb Solutions wants to help businesses tell their stories through customized marketing tools.

Recently, the marketing and communications company added state-of-the-art printing technology, a move Newcomb says will allow the company to personalize marketing pieces for a fraction of the cost.

“Traditionally, it would cost $800 or $900 for one lot of brochures,” he said. “Today, it is almost 40 to 50 percent of the cost because of the technology.”
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Putting their stamp on the business world

Pam Nachel, sitting, and her daughter, Jessica Altman, are owners of Stamp N Scrap Ink, a new scrapboook and stamping store that opened October 2 in Dyer. (Photograph by The Times.)

Pam Nachel, sitting, and her daughter, Jessica Altman, are owners of Stamp N Scrap Ink, a new scrapboook and stamping store that opened October 2 in Dyer.
(Photograph by The Times.)

People have been asking for it, and now two Dyer natives are delivering. Stamp N Scrap Ink, a stamping and scrapbooking store, opened October 2 and provides local crafters with a temporary escape and a place to be creative.

The store, owned by Pamela Nachel and her daughter, Jessica Altman, features more than 500 clear and rubber stamps, 400 kinds of scrapbooking papers and a variety of other crafting supplies. The business also will offer demonstrations, instructional classes and the use of its crafting table, Nachel said.

After doing some research into the stamping industry, Nachel and Altman discovered there were no retail stores in the area that offered the selection of stamps and scrapbooking materials most avid crafters need, Nachel said.
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Longtime landmark closing its doors

Hammond resident and 12-year customer Jim Hough, left, listens to Boz Hot Dogs owners Stan and Ann Long on Wednesday during lunch. The longtime Hammond hot dog joint will be closing Thursday after 30 years at 6214 Indianapolis Blvd. (Photograph by The Times.)

Hammond resident and 12-year customer Jim Hough, left, listens to Boz Hot Dogs owners Stan and Ann Long on Wednesday during lunch. The longtime Hammond hot dog joint will be closing Thursday after 30 years at 6214 Indianapolis Blvd. (Photograph by The Times.)

The city of Hammond is losing a community staple. After 30 years, Boz Hot Dogs will close its doors Thursday.

“The economy is the main reason,” owner Ann Long said. “It’s been going down now for the past three years. We’ve struggled and struggled and kept thinking it was going to turn around.”

Looking at a wall of pictures that feature customers and celebrities who have walked through the hot dog joint’s doors, Long said she and her husband, Stanley, are disappointed.

“Every time I look at it, it’s going to be hard to take down because it hurts,” she said. “What we’ve built all these years, it’s on that wall.”
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Finding his Lottt in life

Nick Delgado shows off some of the custom designed board faces at his Schererville business. Delgado has opened The Lottt, a skateboard and custom design shop that creates custom skateboards and specialty shirts and signage. (Photograph by The Times.)

Nick Delgado shows off some of the custom designed board faces at his Schererville business. Delgado has opened The Lottt, a skateboard and custom design shop that creates custom skateboards and specialty shirts and signage.
(Photograph by The Times.)

For seven years, Nick Delgado played professional baseball for affiliate teams of the Pittsburgh Pirates. After 13 knee surgeries and other medical problems that surfaced, the East Chicago native found himself asking the question, “What now?”

An athlete as well as an artist, Delgado turned to his second love and began to pursue opening an embroidery business that featured custom apparel.

With 13 cents in his pocket, however, he knew it would take a lot of hard work to make his dream become a reality.

“I ended up getting a job with UPS and got a couple other jobs, like doing baseball lessons,” said Delgado, owner of The Lottt in Schererville. “With that, I saved enough money for my embroidery machine. I paid that out cash, something like $17,000.”

From about 1997 to 2001, Delgado built and bought equipment one piece at a time. He also trademarked his work, which cost him another $25,000 because of all his individual and custom pieces he wanted to protect.

“I kept doing the same thing—working, saving, working, saving, and buying new machines,” Delgado said.

Through all this, he never took out a loan.

“I kept believing and taking on clients,” Delgado said. “Finally, things started getting bigger.”

In 2003, he and his wife decided to make the move to open a storefront in Chicago. The business took off as more started to notice Delgado’s work, which consists of four lines of clothing and customized silk-screening.
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Barber shop preserves small-town appeal, patriotic flavor

For years, men gathered at the Tenth Street Barber Shop to smoke cigars and socialize.

It was a place to get a haircut, but it was more than that to the barbers and their regulars.

Although the cigar smoke has dissipated and stories have changed, the white storefront with a blue and red barber shop pole still sits on 10th Street.

It’s a staple of the Hobart community, and one Shelly Gilliana would often pass by and admire its quaintness.
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St. John salon gives artist flair to hair

Salon Red owner Tracey Robinson-Dedina, left, works on client Leticia Rodriguez, of Munster. Dedina want clients to relax and have a great experience at her St. John business. (Photograph by The Times.)

Salon Red owner Tracey Robinson-Dedina, left, works on client Leticia Rodriguez, of Munster. Dedina want clients to relax and have a great experience at her St. John business. (Photograph by The Times.)

Tracey Robinson-Dedina was a high school student when it happened.

It was enough to mortify the teenager so much she remembers the event like it was yesterday.

“I got a bad haircut when I was a senior,” she said. “I had a full scholarship for art, and I gave it up because I then wanted to do hair. Having someone butcher you is traumatizing. I think if you saw the haircut, you’d want to do hair, too.”

Robinson-Dedina, owner of Salon Red in St. John, says art and hair go hand in hand.
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Kali Beauty Supply looks to serve the broad palette of the region

Kali Beauty Supply owner Ra Isa takes pride in being able to offer customers the opportunity to get the beauty supplies they need tailored to their ethnicities. (Photograph by The Times.)

Kali Beauty Supply owner Ra Isa takes pride in being able to offer customers the opportunity to get the beauty supplies they need tailored to their ethnicities. (Photograph by The Times.)

Ra Isa says he has something special.

As owner of Kali Beauty Supply, Isa takes pride in being able to offer customers in Northwest Indiana and the Chicago area the opportunity to get the beauty supplies they need tailored to their ethnicities.

“Our store is very unique in the way it’s set up,” Isa said. “We cover all ethnicities, from A to Z.”

In addition to costume jewelry, hair care products, clothing and shoes, Kali Beauty sells hair extensions and wigs made out of 100 percent human hair.
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Showing determination

A year and a half ago, Erik Schneider turned in his paperwork to the bank.

As someone in the appliance industry for almost six years, Schneider was ready for the next step of owning his own business.

What he didn’t expect were the adversities he would face in accomplishing that goal.
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