Category Archives: Business

Free Luncheon For Local Entrepreneurs Nov. 19

Calling all local entrepreneurs &
aspiring entrepreneurs!
You are invited to a
in celebration of
Global Entrepreneurship Week!
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
12 to 1pm
Empress Event Center
Downtown Fort Scott, 7 N. Main St.
(parking in both front & back)
Click here to RSVP for lunch.
Agenda will feature:
Erin Vann & Trisha Newton
Local entrepreneurs
with remarks on experience
with e-commerce business Highway3
In addition to:
Several FSHS Students
in the Business/Entrepreneurship Class
sharing their YEC Projects they are working on in preparation for a March contest hosted by the
Bourbon County E-Community.
With time for networking and questions.
We hope you will join us!
For more info. on GEW, click here.
For info. on YEC, click here.
Event hosted by:
Bourbon County E-Community
A program of the
Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce
In partnership with Network Kansas

Website Being Developed to Aid Renting Houses/Apts. in Fort Scott

Frank Adamson. Submitted photo.
Over the last year, local businessman Frank Adamson has been developing a rental property website called GrowFortScott.
He is currently accepting landlords and local businesses to the website and joining is free.
“The platform was designed to gather the local rental market and renters, to one place, to fulfill their combined needs,” Adamson said.
“We understood that endless calls between landlords and potential renters seemed a bit outdated.”
Click below to view the site:

“Inspiration for the site came from Ryan Sparks in Iola,” he said. “He has However, there have been many people involved with the development of the (GrowFortScott) project. Local landlords and business owners have contributed. And most importantly Isaac Robinson, formally from Uniontown,  facilitated the website construction.”

“I am the main developer of the site functionality and concept. I have spent many hours making sure that all of the functions were “User-Friendly” before launching the platform to the community,” he said.

There are three core components to the service: rentals and renters, local businesses and local job openings.


“We have been developing relationships with local landlords and businesses to find out what some of their needs and wants would be,” he said. “We identified the biggest needs and have developed around them.”
When fully functional, the website will consolidate rental properties, from multiple landlords, that are available now.
“You can search for rent, bedrooms, bathrooms and if it is pet-friendly,” he said. “View multiple photos and read the description of the rental. All from the comfort of wherever you may be. Then once you have determined what rental you would like to inquire about, you fill out an on-line application to the landlord. They will receive it, review it and respond to you. You will then be able to schedule a time to meet at the rental and finalize the renting of the property.”
“Access to local businesses and local jobs just fit as an intricate part of the community,” Adamson said. “We have made it simple for the local businesses to join and provide simple access to their business location, basic information, and potential job openings they may have.”
Frank and his wife, Cheryl Adamson are the owners of the Courtland Hotel and Spa.

Fort Scott Public Library Newsletter November/December 2019

Programs and information for Adults

Coloring for Adults will be on Tuesday instead of Wednesday the week of Thanksgiving (November 26th instead of the 27th).

Coloring for Adults
Wednesdays at the Library from 2:00-4:00

We supply coloring pages, pens and pencils, and snacks. You’re welcome to bring your own supplies and projects, if you prefer.

Ongoing Book Sale
We have a shelf and 2 carts of books for sale downstairs ALL the time!
Paperback     $0.25
Hardback     $0.50
Other Items   $1.00 (or as marked)

Download ebooks, audiobooks, comics, TV episodes, movies, music, and more. All you need is your library card login and a valid email address. Ask us if you need assistance.

Download ebooks and audiobooks. All you need is your library card login. Ask us if you need assistance.

Download ebooks and audiobooks from the State Library of Kansas. All you need is a Kansas Library eCard. Ask us if you need assistance.

5th Annual Family Holiday Party
Join us for a family holiday party! Enjoy holiday stories, songs, games, snacks, crafts, prizes, and gifts. Be sure to invite your friends or share on your timeline, too! Children 2nd grade and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Activities include cookie decorating, candy cane hunt, “snowball fight,” teen games, and crafts. All children and teens will receive at least one gift and a free book!
We are looking for volunteers to help supervise the activities and groups, and donors to help provide food. Please pass the word along and let Miss Val know at or by calling 223-2882 if you want to help.

For Kids

Join Miss Val for Storytime on Tues. or Wed. at 10 am weekly for a themed children’s program! Storytime features stories, crafts, snacks, singing, and sometimes, special guests, all centered around seasonal themes or ideas from attendees. The program is free and open to all ages! Each event also features a play and coloring table, which families with energetic little ones or special needs children find especially helpful. Join us and see for yourself! Upcoming themes: Firefighters & Fire Trucks (with a special appearance by our Fort Scott Fire Dept. on Nov. 19!), Thanksgiving, Royalty, Dragons & Fantasy Creatures, and the Holidays.
Tell us your child’s theme ideas here.
Miss Val is always seeking volunteers to help with programs and prep. Interested? Contact her at

 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Join our free early literacy program and steer your baby or preschooler toward academic success! Studies show that children who are read to from an early age develop better vocabulary, make more connections in their brains, and form the needed skills to read by themselves much quicker than their average peers who are not read to. Sign up by stopping in at the library for your first reading log, welcome letter, and other paperwork. Take a look at our awesome readers here.

For Families

                               Come to Holidays Maker Monday!
December 9, 4 – 5 pm
Create holiday gifts, cards, ornaments, and decorations with Miss Val! Enjoy snacks & water and work as a family at this free program. Kids 2nd grade and below must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Marvelous Monday
November 18, 2 – 3 pm
Go on an Autumn and Digital Walking Scavenger Hunt down Main Street at our Marvelous Mondays program for homeschool families and friends! Each participant may try to fill in our BINGO hunt cards and earn a free book for each BINGO. After our walk, we will share treats and crafts in the event room, and complete a brief survey to share tips with fellow homeschool families. In case of inclement weather, we will have an indoor library scavenger hunt. 

FIGHTERS for Teens & Tweens

Middle & High School Students, come on Wednesdays at 4:15 p.m. for a free program just for you! Join our ongoing reading challenge, which will run through the end of next May. Reading prizes and books will be awarded for every 500 pages of reading. FIGHTERS stands for Familiar Inviting Group Helping Those Entities Recover from School. The name was chosen and voted on by our members.
November & December meetings will run as follows:
November 20, 4:15 – 5 pm: Steampunk-Themed Games & Snacks Night
December 4, 4:15 – 5 pm: Community Service: Decorate the library for the Holidays & Winter

December 11, 4:15 – 5 pm: Holiday craft night
December 18, 4 – 6 pm: Teen & Tween Holiday Party Games Night
NO Meetings on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1 due to Christmas & New Year’s.
Need a ride from public school to FIGHTERS? Parents or guardians, call Joe Allen at 223-0800 to arrange bus transportation for your student.

New books–Adult Fiction

A book of bones
by John Connolly

Three murders in different regions of England reveal the work of a sinister killer who is sacrificing victims for an evil agenda, compelling Charlie Parker’s gripping search for clues in multiple countries.

A keeper : a novel
by Graham Norton

Returning to Ireland after her mother’s death, Elizabeth Keane is focused only on saying goodbye to that part of her life until, while she is going through her mother’s belongings, she discovers a small stash of letters that reveal a startling truth.

New Tree Removal Business: Jason Lewis

Jason Lewis, owner of Timber! Trees A to Z. Submitted photos.
Jason Lewis, 46, started a new business in May 2019 that provides tree removal services and more in Fort Scott.
The Fort Scott native, who graduated in 1991, spent the following 26 years in the U.S. Army, retiring in 2017.
“I started this business so I could have a more flexible schedule,” Lewis said.
The name of Lewis’s business is Timber! Trees A to Z and also includes stump grinding, pasture clearing, debris removal, and residential dump truck services.
A part of Jason Lewis’s line of equipment. Submitted photos.
Timber! Trees A to Z address is 1082 205th St., Fort Scott.
Lewis can be reached at 620-215-6784 or
His community involvement includes serving as senior vice president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Club.

Lewis is married to Lori Lewis and has a daughter, Ainslee Lewis and three stepsons, Jacob, Hunter,  and Peyton Zubieta.

Jason Lewis works on a tree with some of his equipment. Submitted photos.


Chamber Announces Lucci’s Café Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce invites Chamber members and guests to Lucci’s Café, 302 E. 1st Street, on Monday, November 18th at 8am for a Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Celebration.

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day including omelets, skillets, hand-breaded pork tenderloin, hand-breaded country fried steak, burgers, fries, fish, steaks, and much more. It is a family business owned by Nazmije “Naz” Veliu. Along with Naz, three of her sons also operate the restaurant. Krujan Veliu is the manager, Adem Veliu is the cook and Donny Veliu is the host. Naz’s family grew up in the restaurant business and one of her brother’s owns the Farmhouse Cafe north of Pittsburg, and another owns Sunrise Family Restaurant in Cassville, Missouri. The phone number for Lucci’s is 620-644-3490. Hours are 7am-3pm Sunday-Tuesday, 7am-9pm Wednesday-Saturday.

Contact the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce for more information on this event at 620-223-3566 or visit


Fort Scott’s Holiday Open House Tonight Nov. 14 from 5-8 p.m.

The annual Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce holiday shopping event is this evening.

From 5-8 p.m. Nov. 14,  stores in the downtown area will welcome shoppers with new displays and perhaps a snack.

Also Bartlesmeyer Jewelry, 1519 S. National; Sekan Occasion Shops, 2210 S. Main and the Lavender Patch, 2376 Locust, will be open late for shopping convenience.

New this year, Kenny Felt Photography will be offering $10 professional photos to make Christmas cards, with 10 percent of the sales going to local organization Care to Share. He will be a part of the Sekan Occasion Shops happenings.

Dolley the Trolley will be going store to store for those whose feet get tired going from store to store.

In addition to snacks to enjoy while shopping, many stores will be offering special drawings, including $50 in Chamber Bucks.

Santa sits on a bench in front of The Ironstar and gets a second look from Ernestine Eden at a past Holiday Open House.

Stores participating in the holiday event are Bids and Dibs, Books and Crannies, Country Cupboard, Courtland Hotel and Spa, Empress Event Center-Marketplace Vendors, Front Door Christmas Store,  Hedgehog.INK Book Store, Here We Go Again Upholstery and More,  Iron Star Antiques and Such, J&W Sports Shop, Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, Main Street Gallery and Gifts, Mayco Ace Hardware, Ruddick’s Furniture, Sekan Occasion Shop, Sunshine Boutique, the Lavender Patch, Trader Dave’s, Treasure Hunt Flea Market.


Lora Holdridge shows off a Christmas treasure she found at the Holiday Open House.

Gordman’s Opens at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving

For those who love to get a head start on great holiday finds, Gordmans’ EPIC deals will begin on Thanksgiving.

Doors open on Thanksgiving Day at 3 p.m., and again on Black FriYAY starting at 6 a.m. As a holiday headquarters, Gordmans has all the perfect gifts for way less than department store prices.


Sneak Peek at a Few of the Deals

Smart Move: 50” 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart TV for $179.99

Stay Cool: Pelican Elite 30-Quart Cooler for $89.99

Get Up to Speed: Realtree® Ride-On Toy Truck with MP3, AUX and USB Capabilities for $89.99


It’s Worth Getting There Early…Line Up for Fun!

On Thursday and Friday, the first 75 guests…

  • get a scratch-off card — it could be a $100 Gordmans gift card or a $5 shopping card;
  • can enter a drawing to win a giant FAO Schwarz® teddy bear, replica of the cuddly Bella Bear from Gordmans’ BEARS that CARE partnership with St. Jude.

Black FriYAY-only awesomeness: the first 75 guests at each store receive a free, festive reusable holiday tote bag.

Chamber Coffee: Integrity Home Care and Hospice Nov. 14

Hosted by: Integrity Home Care & Hospice
A Representative of the VFW will be presenting flags to three (3) Veterans: Daniel Longfellow of Fort Scott, Ward Wools of Fort Scott and James Quirk of Prescott.
These flags will be honored in the Veteran’s names and flown over our State Capital.
We start with Coffee, Great Company & Conversation
Located: 902 S. Horton St. Please use the Main Entrance off Horton Street. Next to the VA Clinic on the main floor.
Chamber Members and guests are encourages to attend for networking, community announcements, and to learn about hosting business or organization.
***Members may pay $1 to make announcement about an upcoming event, special/sale/discount, or news of any kind.
  • November 21th – Sunshine Boutique
  • November 28th – No Chamber Coffee
  • December 5th – FSNHS (Fort) “Candlelight Tours”
  • December 12th – FSCC-EFAC – Santa’s Workshop
  • December 19th – City of Fort Scott
  • December 26th – No Coffee – Merry Christmas break!”

BBQ Is Coming to Old Buffalo Grill Restaurant

The Buffalo Grill restaurant, at 3 W. Oak, is being repurposed.

After closing almost a decade ago, it has been used for special events.

But if all the plans fall into place, Dave Lipe said the restaurant will change to an upscale barbeque place in December.

Lipe and Luther Salisberry will be the restaurant owners and have just signed a five-year lease from building owner Al Niece which includes the River Room Event Center on the second floor.

Luther’s BBQ is the name of the new restaurant.

“We are shooting for Dec. 1 (opening date),” Lipe said. “I’ve got to have a lot of things put in place (before then). There is not much to do in the restaurant. We need to get a liquor license and some equipment and we will be ready to go.”

The new restaurant will seat about 150 people, while the River Room Event Center about 500, Lipe said.

“Our specialty will be burnt ends with specials during the week,” he said. “Pretty much everything will be made from scratch with price ranging from average to up.”

Also available will be pork chops, ribs, steaks, smoked brisket, and pulled pork, he said.

“It will be a gourmet, upper-end-style barbeque, mirrored after Q39 and Stack Jack Restaurants in the Kansas City area,” Lipe said.

From left is Alex Hudson/general manager, Luther Saulsberry/owner, David Lipe/owner. Submitted photo.

The business will be hiring approximately 20-40 people.

“Some part-time,” Lipe said.  “During busier times of the year, we’ll have a bigger staff. We’ll start interviewing in late November.”

Things are looking good for the business.

“I’ve already booked four weddings for next year,” he said. “The cost will vary, there are several packages available  and full-service catering.”

For the River Room Event Center outside catering will be allowed, he said.



Dave Lipe on the lift arm takes down the Buffalo Grill sign on the building at Oat St. and National Avenue on November 4. The lift equipment was loaned by Jason Lewis, lower left in photo, who owns a tree cutting business. The new restaurant will be Luther’s BBQ.

Chamber Coffee at Integrity Hospice Nov. 14

The Chamber Coffee for Thursday, November 14, 2019 will be hosted by Integrity Home Care & Hospice located 902 S. Horton St. Please use the main entrance off Horton Street, next to the VA Clinic on the main floor.

Integrity Home Care + Hospice is where proactive care and seamless solutions thrive, which is why we offer additional services to help you even more.

The Chamber opens the floor and encourages members to make an announcement about their business, organization, or the community of upcoming events by donating a $1.00.

If you are not a member but would like to explore and experience the community support that is developed at the weekly Chamber Coffee, you are welcome to come and talk to our Executive Director Lindsay Madison for more information. We offer member pricing from just Community supporters to Executive Business Owners and Organizations!

Fort Scott Holiday Open House Nov. 14

Holiday Open House: November 14th, 5-8pm

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce announces the Holiday Open House late night shopping event will be held this Thursday, November 14th from 5 to 8 p.m. Retailers in the Downtown Historic District and other locations will be open late to shop, snack and win.

The Holiday Open House will feature nearly 20 merchants offering holiday décor and unique gifts. “Dolly the Trolley” will provide transportation between shopping locations so attendees can shop and ride. Many of the locations will be offering drawings, treats and beverages to enjoy.

Participating retailers include the following locations in the Downtown Historic District: Bids & Dibs, Books & Grannies, Courtland Hotel & 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, Ruddick’s Furniture, Sunshine Boutique, Trader Dave’s and Treasure Hunt Flea Market. Other locations include Bartelsmeyer Jewelry and Sekan’s Occasion Shop.

Contact the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce for more information on this event at 620-223-3566 or visit