A local salon is the inaugural recipient of a Chamber initiative to recognize champions in local business.

Called, appropriately, Chamber Champion, the first one has been awarded to Rick’s Island Salon & Day Spa, which has served the island since 1992. Owner Rick Popoff is a past Chamber president, and also a current board member.

Notes the official announcement: “(Rick’s) has been a selfless contributor to the Marco Island community since the day they opened their doors.”

Examples include providing free back to school haircuts each August, student discounts, and also supporting the annual Camp Able week at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church by donating a “day of beauty” to some participants.

The Chamber seeks future nominations based on similar “giving back” criteria. Contact Business Alliance Committee Chair Nancy Carrington at or 394-8141.

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