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The LaRoche Buildings Restoration Begins

Mid-Continental Restoration Inc. employees work on the exterior of the LaRoche buildings, formerly the old Tribune buildings on Wall Street at National Avenue, on Nov. 7. From left on the ground is Pat Shelton, equipment maintenance with MCR and Chris Fountain, foreman.

Work began on two historic side-by-side downtown buildings owned by Jennifer LaRoche on Nov. 5.

Stones on the facade of the buildings on Wall Street at National Avenue are being removed and examined to get structural issues repaired, according to Pat Shelton, Mid-Contenintal Restoration Inc., Fort Scott.

“We are doing restoration on the north side of the exterior,” Chase Halsey,  MCR  project manager, said. “We are taking down the stone, then rebuilding the wall and relaying the existing stones if they are in good shape.”

Some of the stones on the century-old buildings are missing or have deteriorated, he said.

“I don’t know the exact date the building was built, over one-hundred years ago, I would guess,” Halsey said.

Beau Casper is shoring up the roof trusses,  Halsey said. Casper is a separately contracted with LaRoche, he said.

“That is so that when we reattach the stone veneer, it will be more stable than right now,” he said.

New stones will be made by Phoenix Marble Stone, Springfield, Mo., Halsey said.

“We are going to try to have it done by the end of the year,” Halsey said. “We are at the mercy of when the new stones are on site….and we are at the mercy of the weather as well.”

“The snow on the scaffolding makes us unable to work,” he said.

No interior work is being done at this time, Halsey said.

 

 

Small Business Saturday Nov. 24

Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November
24, 2018

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce encourages our community to support SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY on November 24th!

For every $100 spent locally, $68 stays in our community. Money spent out of the area or online with non-local businesses hurts our local economy. Shoppers across the NATION are encouraged to “SHOP SMALL” and support local businesses this season.

We hope you’ll check out our small business merchants during our FORT SCOTT SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY PASSPORT EVENT on Saturday, November 24th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Shoppers, you can pick up a shopping passport from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, at Iron Star Antiques at 3 N. Main Street. Collect stamps on your passport by visiting participating businesses. Collect 4 or more stamps and return your passport to Iron Star by 5:00 pm to be entered in our prize drawing for $50 in Chamber Bucks certificates.

Downtown Fort Scott businesses are encouraged to register to be included in the passport event, which draws hundreds of shoppers to Fort Scott for Small Business Saturday deals.

If you own a business in Fort Scott and you want to be included on the passport, call the Chamber at (620) 223- 3566 or email: adminassist@fortscott.com by Tuesday, November 20th at 3:30 pm.


Hawkeye Investments Hosting Open House Nov. 16-17

New Chamber Member Hawkeye Investments, LLC is Hosting an Open House This Friday and Saturday at 835 Scott Street!
Hawkeye Investments, LLC buys properties to provide primarily residential rentals; we also buy properties for remodel and resale.
835 Scott Avenue is a residence we purchased and have totally remodeled over the past 7 months. It is listed with JR Stewart of Stewart Realty. This is one of several houses we have purchased over the past year; most are rented, and this is our first house for resale.
  • This bungalow style house, originally built in 1900, has been completely transformed into a modern house that still has that cozy bungalow feel.
  • The house has been rebuilt from the inside out, with all new mechanical systems and a new, more desirable modern layout
  • The master bedroom and bath are at the rear of the house, with 2 additional bedrooms at the front; the main bath and laundry are off of the kitchen, which is the centerpiece of the house.
  • This house is located perfectly with Buck Run Community Center; the pool is 1/2 block north and the high school is 1/2 block south.
Please join us at our open house Friday, November 16th, 11am-4pm or Saturday, November 17th 11am-4pm. We are serving hot cider, appetizers and sandwiches, and would love to show you our house.
For more information on the Open House or on this property, contact Lori Lovelace at (620) 215-1314 or JR Stewart at (620) 223-6700.

New Kitchen At Nate’s Place

The entrance to Nate’s Place is at the rear of the mansion at 8th Street and National Avenue.

From September 30 to October 12, Nate’s Place Resturant, closed down to do some updating in its kitchen.

The restaurant is located at 8th Street and National Avenue, in the southern mansion of what is known as Lyons Twin Mansions.

What initiated the update was a $5,000 grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways to a Healthy Kansas initiative.

“With that grant, we added a new commercial freezer, a refrigerator, a warming table, new linen and silverware,” Shawn O’Brien, manager of the restaurant, said.

The new prep table at Nate’s Place, utilized by chef staff Daniel Barnett and Chip McElmurry in this photo.
The new fridge at Nate’s Place as seen through the pass-through.

“Nate and Bailey (Lyons, owners of the restaurant) invested in a new tile floor in the kitchen, new paint, took out old cabinets and invested in new prep tables,”  O’Brien said.

The bathroom of the restaurant was also renovated, he said.

“It was an exciting two weeks,” O’Brien said.

At that time the Lyons hired restaurant consultants to help with efficiency in the restaurant, he said.

During this time also the evening menu changed, adding two new entrees.

Following are the newly updated menus for the different shifts.

The menu’s also got a new look during the updating of the restaurant.

 

During this time the evening menu changed, adding two new entrees: house salad with chicken and a pasta alfredo.

 

Chamber After-Hours Event: Nate’s Place Today

Chamber of Commerce After-Hours Event at Nate’s Place – TODAY, November 13th at 5:15pm
The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce Invites you to an After-Hours event TODAY, November 13th at Nate’s Place of the Lyons Twin Mansions, 750 S. National (at the corner of 8th and National) from 5:15 pm to 7 pm. Chamber members Nate’s Place and Highway 3 are co-sponsors of the event which will be a fun evening of networking, drawings and fun.
Nate’s Place will be unveiling their recent kitchen remodel and furnishing upgrades made possible in part by a Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthy Pathways grant. Highway 3, owned by sisters Erin Vann and Trisha Newton, will be promoting their customized products available on www.shophighway3.com. There will be a two-dollar admission for a Chamber half-and-half drawing.
For more information contact the Chamber at www.fortscott.com or at (620)223-3566

City Wide Holiday Open House Nov. 8

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce announces the Holiday Open House will be held this TOMORROW, November 8th from 5 to 8 p.m. Retailers in the downtown historic district and other locations throughout town will be open late for shoppers to find unique gifts and holiday décor.
The Holiday Open House will be a fun night of shopping local as over 20 merchants offer ideas for holiday decorating, gift-giving and stocking stuffers with unique finds. “Dolly the Trolley” will be giving rides to and from the different shopping locations so attendees can hop and shop. Many of the locations will be offering drawings, festive treats and beverages to enjoy.
Participating retailers include the following locations in the Downtown Historic District: Bids & Dibs, Books & Grannies, Country Cupboard, Courtland Spa, Empress Event Center Marketplace, Front Door Christmas Store, Hedgehog.INK, Here We Go Again Upholstery, Iron Star, J & W Sports Shop, Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, Main Street Gallery & Gifts, Mayco Ace Hardware, Papa Don’s, Ruddick’s Furniture, Sunshine Boutique, The Electronics Store, Trader Dave’s, and Treasure Hunt Flea Market. Other locations in town include Bartelsmeyer Jewelry, Fort Scott Munitions, and Sekan’s Occasion Shop. Fort Scott is the friendly, fun and unique place to be for your holiday shopping.
Contact the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce for more information on this event at 620-223-3566 or visit www.fortscott.com.

Nominations Accepted For Exporter of the Year

Department of Commerce Accepting Nominations for 2019 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award

 

Kansas businesses are a global force, with goods and services being sought from Kansas internationally.  The annual Kansas Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award proudly celebrates the outstanding Kansas companies that excel in exporting and building relationships with companies around the world. We encourage you to nominate a successful Kansas business for the year 2019’s awards program.

 

Qualifications considered include:

  • Number and/or percentage increase in jobs due to international activities
  • Innovations in global marketing
  • Number of export destinations
  • Effective use of international distributors
  • Long-term international strategies and prospects for future growth
  • Commitment to the state and local community
  • Foreign language promotional material and general promotional activities
  • Trade shows and/or international expositions

 

Benefits of this award include: 

  • All finalists will be invited to attend the Team Kansas Awards Banquet where top businesses from across the state are recognized and the award winning company will receive the trophy
  • The Governor will make a site visit to the award winning company to honor its management and workforce team
  • The award-winning company will receive a membership in Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council (KITCC) that selects the award finalists and winner
  • Recognition of export achievement which can be incorporated into marketing/advertising campaigns
  • Extended networking opportunities

 

The Nomination Process: 

Any Kansas company engaged in exporting is eligible to be nominated for the 2019 Kansas Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award. Please visit http://kansascommerce.gov/GovernorsExporteroftheYear to nominate a business. Self-nomination is also welcomed. All nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 25, 2019.

 

Nominations can be emailed to April Chiang at april.chiang@ks.gov

 

Chamber After Hours Event Nov. 13: Nate’s Place and Highway 3 are Hosts

Chamber to host After-hours Event at Nate’s Place, co-hosted by Highway 3

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to save the date for an After-hours event Tuesday, November 13th at Nate’s Place of the Lyons Twin Mansions, 750 S. National (at the corner of 8th and National) from 5:15 pm to 7 pm.

Chamber members Nate’s Place and Highway 3 are co-sponsors of the event which will be a fun evening of networking, drawings, and fun.

Nate’s Place will be unveiling their recent kitchen remodel and furnishing upgrades made possible in part by a Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthy Pathways grant.

Highway 3, owned by sisters Erin Vann and Trisha Newton, will be promoting their customized products available on www.shophighway3.com.

There will be a two-dollar admission for a Chamber half-and-half drawing.

For more information contact the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at www.fortscott.com or 620-223-3566.

Holiday Open House Nov. 8

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce Announces the Holiday Open Houses will be held this Thursday, November 8th from 5 pm to 8 pm. Retailers in the downtown historic district and other locations throughout town will be open late for you to shop for gifts and holiday decor. Many of the locations will be offering drawings, festive treats and beverages for you to enjoy.
This will be a fun night of shopping local that you will not want to miss, as over 20 merchants offer ideas for Christmas decorating, gift-giving and stocking stuffers with unique finds. The Chamber of Commerce’s “Dolley The Trolley” will be giving rides to and from the different shopping locations so you can hop and shop!
Contact the Chamber for more information at (620)223-3566 or visit www.fortscott.com

Chamber Coffee at Landmark Bank Nov. 1

Join us for Chamber Coffee hosted by Fort Scott Area Community Foundation @ Landmark Bank
 Location: 200 S. Main St.
Thursday, November 1, 2018
The Foundation will be presenting their grants for 2018!


Click here for Fort Scott Area Community Foundation’s website. To visit their Facebook page, click here.
Chamber members and guests are encouraged to attend for networking, community announcements, and to learn about the hosting business or organization.
Members may pay $1 to make an announcement about an upcoming event, special/sale/discount, or news of any kind.
Upcoming Coffees:
November 8th – VFW
November 15th – Bourbon Co. Arts Council
November 22 – Thanksgiving – NO CHAMBER COFFEE
November 29 – Mercy Home Health and Hospice

New Bookstore Grand Opening Today, Oct. 30

Jan and Dick Hedges, owners of Hedgehog.INK.

Hedgehog.INK, a bookstore featuring new and gently used books has its’ grand opening today at 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.

The ribbon cutting is at 5:45 p.m.

The store is located at 16 S. Main and owned by Jan and Dick Hedges.

Hedgehog.INK, located at 16 S. Main, in historic downtown Fort Scott.

The store accepts paperbacks and hardback books for all age levels, according to information provided.

Most of the books traded for store credit will receive up to 20 percent of the price charged for the book at Hedgehog.INK.

Book pricing depends on book quality, age, demand, current stock, and condition.

Trade credit can be redeemed at the rate of 1/2 credit and 1/2 cash for books only. For example, if a book is purchased for $4, one can apply $2 of credit, and the customer will pay the remaining$2 in cash.

New or used books can be special ordered through Hedgehog.INK.

Jan Hedges stands in front of her display of a new children’s series of books, called Barefoot Books.

The Hedges will sell a series of new children’s books, called Barefoot Books.

“They are colorful, high-quality books for children,” Jan said.

The children’s area of the Hedgehog.INK bookstore.

In addition to a children’s area, there is a writers area in the store, where customers can read or write.

Sheryl Bloomfield is the assistant manager and Addison Guilfoyle is an employee.

Sheryl Bloomfield logs in books Monday afternoon at Hedgehog.INK.

In addition to books, local products will be for sale.

Goat milk products, lavender products, and homemade cards are among the items provided by local producers to Hedgehog.INK, that are for sale.

The Lavender Patch owner, Betsy Reichard, has a sales area in Hedgehog.INK. She sells lavender products that she produces on her farm: soaps, sprays, dried lavender, etc.
Homemade cards by Jean Solomon will be for sale in the store.

“Dick and I have been amazed at how people have come to volunteer and help us,” Jan Hedges said.

Dick Hedges, left, works on processing books Monday afternoon, while volunteer Sharon Campbell works on books on the shelves.

“Our motto is a community of books for the community,” Jan said.