Mission council honors Twisted Sisters owner Sandi Russell for contributions to city

Mission Mayor Ron Appletoft presented Twisted Sisters owner Sandi Russell with a proclamation of thanks.

Johnson Drive’s Twisted Sister was more than just a local coffee shop; it was a “friendly” community hub for Mission. So as owner Sandi Russell prepared to close Twisted Sisters, the city council wanted to recognize her for Twisted Sisters’ contributions to the Mission community.

(Though its last day as Twisted Sisters was Saturday, the space will remain a coffee shop — the family that owns the adjacent Mission: Board Games store has signed a lease to take it over).

At its June 20 meeting, the city council honored Russell and her sister Nancy Hansen, who opened the cafe in 2012, with a proclamation. Mayor Ron Appletoft, on behalf of the city, recognized June 30, 2018 as Sandi Russell Day in the City of Mission.

Sandi Russell working the register during Twisted Sisters’ last day of operations on Saturday.

“I think her exact words were: ‘After six years, I’m ready to turn off the alarm clock,'” Appletoft said. “We thought it was fitting this evening to take a few minutes and recognize Sandi for her many contributions to the city and this community as this important chapter in [her] life comes to a close.”

Russell thanked the city council for the honor, adding that she’s enjoyed her six years owning Twisted Sisters.

“I think that it’s so important that we as a community, business and residents, work together and make this city the best it can be,” Russell said. “For the little part that I’ve played in it, I feel very grateful to be able to meet all these wonderful people as well as the police officers. I consider the police officers as my kids.

“I’m going to miss the daily interaction and truly appreciate this.”

Although Russell decided not to renew the Twisted Sisters lease, she still plans to stay involved in the community by regularly attending council meetings and “being out and about.”

Appletoft also lauded Russell for hosting the monthly “Coffee With a Cop” as well as supporting other city programs such as the Mission Market.

“Sandi is a fixture, not only as a business on Johnson Drive, but I think she attends every city meeting that we have, and I personally really appreciate that,” he said. “Sandi is more than just a smart business woman. She gives her input; she stays informed on the issues. She helps to share that information to the community and then provides ideas and suggestions for ways to make our city better.”