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Sports store opening at mall

Mar. 28, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Skaters, snowboarders and BMX riders can look forward to Zumiez opening its first store in West Virginia this summer -- at the Huntington Mall.

The 2,800-square-foot store will be located near Center Court, providing a selection of clothing, footwear, accessories, DVDs and other hard goods for skate, snow, surf and BMX activities.

Zumiez was founded in the Seattle area in 1978 and has now grown to more than 470 retail stores in the United States, Canada and Europe. For more information about Zumiez, visit online at www.zumiez.com.

SIDEBURNS: Sideburns Stadium Haircuts in Ashland has some projects in the works to help those battling cancer.

The sports-themed business located on Diederich Boulevard is teaming up with Golden Kidz (www.GoldenKidz.org), an organization that helps families with the costs of childhood cancer -- the expected and unexpected, such as buying gas to get to chemotherapy treatments, as well as hotels, airplanes and missing work.

It's a mission and a project that Sideburns co-owner Diamond Lewis had wanted to undertake himself eventually, he said.

"Unfortunately, I didn't think of all the time it takes to run a business, work at your daytime job and live," he said. "I thought my idea would just have to wait for several years. Then I met Alicia Dennison, founder of (Golden Kidz) and I knew instantly it was a perfect match. They do everything I had wished to do one day."

Sideburns is raffling off its 8-by-20-foot mural of the University of Kentucky's championship game against the University of North Carolina. Tickets are $10, with the majority of the proceeds going to Golden Kidz. A winner will be drawn May 4.

Sideburns also has a special event planned for 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 1. It's having its second annual Opening Day Reds Party, with free burgers and hot dogs and giveaways, including haircuts, T-shirts and Reds tickets. The game starts at 4:20 p.m. and will be broadcast at the shop. Also that day, Sideburns will feature a "Be the Match" registry drive, encouraging folks to sign up to be a marrow donor to help those with life-threatening blood cancers -- such as leukemia and lymphoma -- or other diseases. Finding a donor match means those patients can have a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant.

Learn more at www.marrow.org.

PANERA BREAD: In honor of National Autism Awareness month, Panera Bread is hosting a "Pieces of Hope" cookie campaign in many of its cafes throughout the region, including those located in Barboursville and Ashland. Tuesday, April 2, through Saturday, April 6, Panera Bread is selling exclusive Puzzle Piece Shortbread Cookies. One hundred percent of proceeds from each Puzzle Piece Shortbread Cookie will be donated to Autism Speaks.

Preorders for cookies can be placed online at www.paneracovelli.com/autismwv.

Please send business news items to Jean Tarbett Hardiman at jeant@herald-dispatch.com.