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“The best thing about Fort McMurray is how close we are, and how we work together as a community.”

If you’re a man and you haven’t been to Tommy Gun’s Original Barbershop, you are in for a treat. It’s like a man cave for hair treatment. There is the service your grandfather used to get: beard trims, hot shaves, mustache treatment, haircuts, colours, shampoos and even the eyebrow trim. It sounds like a manly paradise, so how did a woman get involved in such a male emporium? “I was looking for a business, and an upmarket men’s shop seemed a perfect fit. She didn’t neglect the ladies though, at one time she owned the two Chatters in town as well as both Tommys. She sold the Chatters, though, to regain some semblance of quality of life.

Aside from her business and her husband, Nicole is passionate about animal welfare and is a supporter of the SPCA. She donates frequently of her time and money and supports all their fundraisers. Nicole and her Dachshund were out in support for the Northern Animal Management and Education Program, donating an entire van full of food that time. She is also a supporter of the annual testicular cancer research fundraiser. ‘Cuts for Nuts’ raises money and awareness about the responsibilities each man needs to take to beat testicular cancer.

Whatever she’s doing, Nicole Kopp is doing it with heart and style. She is proud of her business accomplishments here in Fort McMurray. “We have raised the bar in the men’s hair care and grooming needs department. Men have asked for high end products and we have delivered. Because of our loyal dedicated guests, we were able to build our second location. We are thankful and proud of that.” More than that she loves being in YMM. “I love this community, how close we are and how well we all work together.” Fort McMurray is passionate about helping others. I love that.”