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ome things are just too good to resist. Devone Chezem and husband Coy consider Grand Lake one of those things. The couple, along with Coy’s brother Mark and Mark’s wife Jan, recently purchased an established local business they hope will keep them at the lake through retirement and beyond. The Chezems opened WaveOn Flag & Banners in Langley this past fall and have since enjoyed re- connecting with the community. You see, Devone, Coy and Mark all three graduated from Ketchum High School not many years ago. They left the area to pursue careers elsewhere but always found a way to escape back to Grand Lake whenever possible. It has been more than thirty years, but some may remember the Chezem family from its days as owners of Port Co-Mar in Disney. The cozy resort featured a marina and cabins. Tom and Kelly Chezem named the property after their two young sons, Coy and Mark. Tom passed away in May 2012 and Kelly still makes her home at the lake.


When the opportunity presented itself for her to realize her dream of business ownership, Devone left a position with the American Red Cross. The fl ag and banner business is new to her, but she is a hard work- er and learns quickly.


over the state and all over the country. I’m proud of that.”


When they discovered last summer that Angie Free was planning on closing Angie’s Grand Flags to return to the nursing fi eld, Devone and her family decided to inquire about its purchase. A few, short months later, they were holding the keys to a business that spent the last 20 years building a reputation for craftsman- ship and customer service.


“I always wanted to be an entrepreneur,” she smiled. “Actually, we all knew we wanted to go into business together--we just didn’t know what or when --and then this opportunity came about.” Explained Devone: “I heard about it one day and called Angie and I said ‘you don’t know me and I don’t know you and you may think I’m crazy, but are you selling your business?’ She said ‘actually we are get- ting ready to shut the doors.’ She was selling because she was ready to go back to nursing. She has been in nursing her whole life. I asked her ‘can you stop and let’s just have a conversation?’ Within three months we owned everything. It was just crazy how it all hap- pened. I just picked up the phone one day.” The transition from Angie’s Grand Flags to Wa- veOn Flags & Banners has been seamless. The store never closed its doors, thanks to support from the previous owner.


Devone expects to carry that same level of quality and commitment forward for the next 20 years. “We wouldn’t have considered buying this business if we didn’t believe in the product,” Devone explained. “It is very hard to fi nd somebody that does what we do here. What these girls do is really an art form. It is an amazing product and the quality is exceptional. These are products that are made in America right here in Langley, Oklahoma. We’ve got orders going all


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“Angie made it easy for us,” Devone said. “She was so sweet. She did training with me. I can text her if I have a question. She has been great.” Devone manages the day-to-day operations of the business. She and Coy, who works for Verizon, live in Claremore. Mark and Jan still make their home in Texas. Both families, along with their children, can be


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