Category Archives: Business

Weekly Chamber of Commerce Coffee at Family Dental Sept. 27

Join us for the weekly Chamber Coffee!

Hosted by:
Fort Scott Family Dental 
Sneak peek of their new location Downtown
at the corner of Wall & Main!
 Location: 2 N. Main St.
(enter through south door on Wall St.
next to Crain Insurance Agency)
Thursday, September 27th, 8am

Click here for Fort Scott Family Dental’s website.

Click here for Fort Scott Family Dental’s Facebook page.
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:
October 4th – Gordon Parks Museum
October 11th – Labconco 20th Anniversary
October 18th – Pioneer Harvest Fiesta

Fort Scott Chamber Downtown Meet and Greet Oct. 2

The Iron Star, north Main, September 2018.

Quarterly Downtown Meet & Greet

FORT SCOTT – The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce announces a Quarterly Downtown Meet & Greet will be held Tuesday, October 2nd from 8:30 to 9:30 am at Iron Star Antiques & Such, 3 N. Main St.

The Meet & Greet gatherings are hosted by the Chamber for downtown business owners, representatives and community members to attend to network and share ideas on events, promotions and anything related to downtown. Anyone with an interest in downtown is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Contact the Chamber at 620-223-3566 with questions or for more information.

Fort Scott Arby’s Opens Sept. 24 at 10 a.m.

Arby’s Restaurant, 2101 S. Main




United States Beef Corporation (US Beef), Arby’s largest franchisee, headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is excited to announce the Grand Opening of its new Arby’s restaurant in Fort Scott, Kansas on Monday, September 24th, at 10:00 a.m. at 2101 South Main.

The restaurant site, formerly a KFC/Long John Silver concept, has been rebuilt and now occupies 3,196 square feet, with comfortable, full-service seating for 52 guests, and a convenient drive-thru for guests on the go, employing approximately 40 full and part-time workers.

To celebrate the grand opening on Monday, guests will be able to spin the Arby’s prize wheel from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm to win free fries or shakes or other Arby’s branded prizes.

And radio station KOMB FM 103.9 will also be broadcasting live from 11:00 to 1:00 pm, giving away free station swag.

US Beef Chief Executive Officer John Davis is excited to open this new Arby’s serving the Fort Scott community, saying “If you haven’t experienced Arby’s new “Inspire” design, then you’re in for a real treat when you see this one. When you walk into our dining area, you’ll see new, authentic textures, multicolor wood materials, modern lighting, and chalkboard graphics. And it’s really fun when we bring Arby’s into a town for the very first time. We’re meatcrafters™ and the commercials become real, bringing to your table all of your favorite deli-style sandwiches.”

Store hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday thru Thursday, and 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For employment opportunities, go to for more information.

About United States Beef Corporation

United States Beef Corporation, dba Arby’s, headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the largest franchisee of Atlanta-based Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., now operating more than 365 restaurants serving Arby’s famous slow roasted beef sandwiches and unique menu items to hungry guests in nine states throughout the Midwest and the Western United States. It is a family-owned and operated business that opened its first Arby’s restaurant in 1969 and has now grown to over 8,000 employees. US Beef also owns six Taco Bueno restaurants in Northwest Arkansas. To learn more about United States Beef Corporation, visit

About Arby’s®

Arby’s, founded in 1964, is the second-largest sandwich restaurant brand in the world with more than 3,400 restaurants in seven countries. The brand is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, visit

A Beautiful Day For Art In The Yard

Tents and booths were set up in the shade of trees on the Kemna property Saturday for the public to view and buy the wares of artists.

The weather cooperated and the beautiful September day was enjoyed by attendees of the Art in the Yard festival at local artist Bobbi Kemna’s property northwest of Fort Scott on Saturday.

Local and area artists of all styles set up booths and tents in the shade to sell their wares.

Pottery, woodwork, fabric, painting, metal, photography, furniture, food, theater, music, jewelry and lavender artists were placed around the acreage for the public to visit with and buy their wares.

The City of Fort Scott provided a  free trolley from downtown to the site, located on 215th Street, rural Fort Scott.

There was no official headcount, Kemna said, but approximately 200 people is her estimate.

She said she welcomes feedback from attendees.

For more information click below:

Something New: Art In The Yard Sept. 15

Following are photos that were taken during the morning of the event.

The public is free to add their photos in comments.

Festival creator and host Bobbi Kemna, left, visits with Arnold and Clara Schofield and granddaughter on Saturday morning at the Art in the Yard Festival.
Barb McCord visits with an attendee while demonstrating how to weave in the nature tapestry she bought to the Art in the Yard Festival. The natural material was provided and the attendees were invited to weave the material through a giant loom, with the intent of a finished tapestry by days end.
Carol George admires Paul Milk’s Hardanger embroidery. Milk also sold photography and cross stitch articles at the Art in the Yard Festival Saturday.
The Fort Scott Community Orchestra, under the direction of Carson Felt, entertained the art festival attendees.
Sydney and Hannah Ramsey added final touches to Nick Magee’s artwork Saturday at Art in the Yard. Their mother, Emily Ramsey, right, supervises. Magee, in the background, had his paintings for sale at the Art in the Yard Festival.
The Fort Scott High School Thespians entertained the attendees with improv comedy Saturday. The group also sold soft drinks to further their cause of attending an international theater event in Scotland next summer.
Bobbi Kemna, event organizer and host, visits with attendees on the porch of her pottery workshop Saturday at  Art in the Yard.

Fort Scott Chamber Coffee at City Airport Sept. 13


Join us for the weekly Chamber Coffee!

Hosted by:
City of Fort Scott
at the Fort Scott Municipal Airport
 Location: 932 187th Terrace
Coffee will take place inside the terminal.
Thursday, September 13th, 8am


Click here for Airport’s page on the City website.

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:
September 20th – American Legion
September 27th – Fort Scott Family Dental
October 4th – Gordon Parks Museum
October 11th – Labconco 20th Anniversary

Something New: Art In The Yard Sept. 15

Local artist Bobbi Kemna has created something new.

Bobbi Kemna on the front porch of her pottery studio facility.

Turning from pottery, for which she is locally known, Bobbi Kemna has been working for several months to create a one-day festival event for artists to display and sell their wares.

The day will be full of art of all kinds: pottery, fabric, paintings, metal, jewelry, furniture, music, theater, and food.

“This is for artists and art enthusiasts,” Kemna said.

She is hosting the event called Art In The Yard 2018 at her home on  Saturday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Kemna home.

Kemna lives at 1366  215th Street, which is north of Hwy. 54, just west of the Hwy. 69-54 junction.

There will be a free trolley ride to pick up attendees at the Boiler Room Brewhaus parking lot, 10 S. National, starting at 10 a.m.

Additionally, there will be a designated vehicle parking just north of the festival site.

The event will feature artists from the area and also Wichita, Kansas City, and Joplin, MO, Kemna said.

“It will be a fun day with artful stuff to purchase,” Kemna said. “No fee is charged to come.”

The Fort Scott Bus Depot building was moved to the Kemna property years ago. Kemna has decorated the outside with art.

“I’m excited about it,” she said. “I want it to be a launching pad for artists. Some don’t know how to market.”

About 25 artists have said they will be there with metal, fabric, wood, pottery, jewelry, furniture, music art as well as food vendors.

“The musicians will be playing for tips, please be generous,” Kemna said.

BBQ food, homemade cookies and cupcakes, and soft drinks will be sold.

Local artists Barbara Ritter, Mary Eastwood, Paul Milks, Barbara Gibson, Lucy Gladbach, Jean Strader, David and Barb McCord, Diana Stoughton, Tonya Miller, Jeff Tinsley, Nick McGee, Susan Porter, Danny Hereford, Jeremy Rider,Jeremiah Richards, Patrick Kerr, Betsy Reichard, Dylan Renfro and Dee Davis will show and sell their artwork.

Friends and family are giving their support and helping out during the festival, she said.

Fort Scott High School theater teacher Angie Bin and her thespian students will perform and sell drinks as a fundraiser for the group.

Musicians will be playing in different spots in the yard.

Carsen Felt, director of the Fort Scott High School orchestra will be bringing 30 students to perform.

Students from St. Martin’s Academy will perform.

“One plays the bagpipe,” Kemna said.

Kemna inside her pottery studio facility on her property. It is where she creates and showcases her work.

For Kemna, the festival is a fulfillment of a vision she had when she moved into the 1895 circa property called “Anatomy Hill,  20 years ago, with her husband, Harry.

Kemna has the story of her property history on display in her pottery studio facility.

It is a vision she shared with her husband, now deceased.

“Of tents, arts and people, the whole yard full,” Kemna said. “It’s been 20 years to get here.”

For more information about some of the artists, look on Kemna’s Facebook page: Art in the Yard 2018.

Kemna can be reached at 620-223-4583 or

Kemna wants to acknowledge Sammie Emery’s part in encouraging her as an artist, she said.

Emery had a pottery class that Kemna attended. At first, Kemna didn’t think pottery was for her.

But with Emery’s encouragement, she kept attending the class, until one day Kemna found “Clay had wrapped itself around my heart.”



Hedgehog, INK! Coming To Downtown

Dick and Jan Hedges stand in front of their bookstore that will open soon. Submitted photo.

Jan and Dick Hedges are not ones to sit back in retirement.

A new project they are taking on: Hedgehog, INK!, a bookstore coming to 16 S. Main in historic downtown Fort Scott.

“When I was a little girl, I wanted to open a bookstore,” Jan Hedges said. “Dick and I are loyal to the community. We looked downtown and kept hoping someone would open some retail store. We decided ‘why couldn’t we’?”

“It’s our community service project,” she said with a laugh.

The name of the store, Hedgehog, INK! came from a nickname of her husband, Dick Hedges.

“Dick has often been called Hedgehog. They are cute and whimsical and that is what the store will be,” she said.

“The INK is because it’s also for writers, we want to encourage people to write,” Jan said.

There will be a table in the bookstore where people can meet for reading or writing groups.

A small area in the store will have a typewriter for poetic inspiration, she said.

There will be a designated children’s corner, as well.

Accepting books now

Hedges is accepting “gently used” books currently.

“We will come and pick up books…I can come to look at them to see if they are books suitable to the store,” she said. Contact her at 620-728-9001.

Some people are donating books, “Which is awesome,” she said.

When the store opens, store credit will be given for books.

They will be setting up the store starting in mid-September, following the completion of the renovation of the building they are renting from Jared Leek.

People can wait to bring books in and get store credit when they are setting up.

“The opening will hopefully be mid-October,” she said.

14 and 16 S. Main, July 2018.



New Children’s Book on Irena Sendler Coming

The Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Coffee, which was hosted by the Lowell Milken Center, drew a big crowd Thursday, Sept. 6.

The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes hosted the weekly coffee for the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Sept. 6.

Director Norm Conard said this the 12th year in Fort Scott for the center and the third year in their new facility at the corner of Main and Wall Streets in the historic district.

About 10,000 visitors came to the center last year, he said.

Cathy Werling, an administrative assistant at the center and children’s book author, announced that she is completing a book on Irena Sendler.

“It will open with Megan (Felt, the program director at LMC for Unsung Heroes) and her daughter, Blair,” Werling said. “About Megan going on a trip to do a performance (of Life in a Jar). It tells the story of Irena Sendler. Blair learns Irena was a brave person who stood up for what is right.”

Werling, is the author of Why Did Grandpa Cry? and Why Did Sergeant Stubby Go To War? which also featured unsung hero stories.

Center staff, from left, are Megan Felt-program director, Addison Brown-admin. assistant, Madison Shelden-admin. assistant, Cathy Werling-admin. assistant, Joyce Davenport- admin. assistant and Norm Conard, executive director.

Toursim Center Interior Remodeled

Allyson Turvey is the Fort Scott Convention and Group Sales employee. She stands in front of the wall that once had a small window with an office inside. The room now has a bigger window and is the office of Larry Gazaway, the director of the Tourism/Visitor Center and Turvey.

An increased focus on tourism for the City of Fort Scott has brought about the renovation of the interior of the Tourism/Chamber of Commerce Center.

The center is located at 231 E. Wall Street.

“Now when someone hits the door, there is someone there to greet them,” Allyson Turvey, convention and group sales said. “It really needed to open up.”

The Chamber section of the building also needed more visibility, so a hole was placed in a wall so the administrative assistant can view the lobby. Lindsay Madison is the executive director of the Chamber, Hannah Reel is a part-time administrative assistant. The Chamber is currently searching for another staff person.

The Chamber’s administrative assistant office is located inside this space behind the window. The lights were turned off in the office in this photo.

Some fresh paint and a reconfiguring of the display areas were part of the process, as well.

The new retail area features souvenirs and books with local area interest. Turvey said the center is looking for local products to display and sell.
Paul Milks Photography has some artwork on display for sale in the lobby area. Pictured is a fall scene of Rock Creek.  Milks will be one of the featured artists at the Art in the Yard Festival, September 15 in Fort Scott, Turvey said.  At right is a poster with the upcoming Veteran’s Weekend in November schedule of events.
The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes has several posters on display.  At eye level are travel brochures from the area and other parts of the country.
These are the hours of the Tourism Center and Chamber Office, both under one roof at 231 E. Wall.
The Tourism Center and Chamber Office are located at 231 E. Wall, just west of the Hwy. 69 overpass.
The Tourism/Chamber of Commerce Center is conveniently located on Wall Street, near a Hwy. 69 turn off.

Decorator finishing touches will be provided by area merchants who will allow their furnishings and accessories to be seen and used in the center, according to Turvey.

“Fort Scott tourism is managed by the City of Fort Scott, which administers tourism operations by maximizing the utilization of transient guest tax revenues to advertise and promote Fort Scott lodging, activities, attractions and events, operate a Tourism Center providing concierge services and visitor information, and facilitate any other related programs to attract individuals and groups for overnight stay in the community,” according to the tourism website.

To learn more:


The Tourism phone number is 620-670-2750.

The Chamber phone number is 620-223-3566.



Jared Leek Opens Front Door Real Estate at 14 S. Main

Jared Leek shows the inside of his newly renovated building office space at 14 S. Main, Front Door Real Estate.

Jared Leek saw some downtown buildings that were vacant and decided to make a difference. He is already the owner of the Liberty Theater and Crooner’s Lounge in historic, downtown Fort Scott.

Most recently, he purchased the building whose storefronts are 14 and 16 S. Main.

“I purchased because I saw an opportunity to take a  building vacant for several years and grow the downtown,” he said. “And grow my real estate business.”

His Front Door Real Estate office will be located at 14 S. Main.

Crystal Mason and Lisa Ward are working with Leek at the realty.

Leek has been renovating the building for a month and is working on the finishing touches and internet service currently.

The Front Door Real Estate business contains three offices and a conference room along with a lobby.

“In the very back there is an old dance studio,” Leek said. “That space will be available to rent.”

It would be suitable for a yoga or dance studio, he said. “And we will build to suit.”

The landline number to Front Door Real Estate is 620-224-9787, which connects with Leek, Mason and Ward’s cell phones.

He is anticipating an early September opening.

Leek received a downtown revitalization grant from the City of Fort Scott to help with the renovation of the old building which was once Dr. Charles Parson’s Chiropractic Office.

“It’s (the grant) for downtown business owners,” Leek said. “You can apply for it every year for heating, cooling, windows, doors…anything with the structure, to help preserve the buildings”

In addition to his businesses, Leek is the manager of the River Room Event center, just above the old Buffalo Grill on National Avenue.

“That space is available for rent for up to 750 people,” Leek said.

The River Room Event Center has a full bar, caterer’s kitchen, dance floor, bridal suite, handicapped-accessible restrooms, and an elevator, he said.

The Buffalo Grill, which is on the first floor, beneath the River Room, has been shown to several interested parties for possible restaurants, “But nothing is in stone yet,” Leek said.

Another building long vacant, the old Kress Building, is for sale across from Front Door Real Estate and is listed by the real estate business.

At 16 S. Main, Jan and Dick Hedges will be opening a bookstore, called Hedgehog Ink in October, Leek said.

14 and 16 S. Main, July 2018




FSCC Expo Showcases Local Businesses By Briana Blandamer

FSCC students Ally McKenzie and Kristen Davis receive a handout from Pizza Hut employee, Krista Johnson.

On Wednesday, August 22,  Fort Scott Community College hosted a Business Expo showcasing local Fort Scott businesses, giving the students a look at what this town has to offer.

The businesses included this year were Pizza Hut, Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene, US Cellular, KKOW Radio, Mercy Hospital, Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce, The Shirt Shack, The Tannery, Safehouse, KOMB Radio, Family Video, Advanced America, Medicalodge, Paparazzi, Common Ground Coffee Shop, Hartman Chiropractic, the U.S. Army, Community Christian Church, Briggs Automall, and Trinity Lutheran Church.

The students were given a slip of paper to collect ten signatures from ten different booths to be entered into a drawing for a free laptop and a set of Bluetooth headphones, which were provided by the college.

The winner of the laptop was Samantha Stumfoll and the headphones were awarded to Audrey Whetzell.

During this expo, FortScott.Biz Intern Briana Blandamer interviewed 2008 Fort Scott High School graduate, Dr. Grant Hartman, owner of Hartman Spine & Joint.

Dr. Hartman has been running his clinic in Fort Scott for three years, offering general chiropractic services as well as tending to sports injuries and offering rehabilitation services. Some of the other services he offers include acupuncture and soft tissue therapy.

Dr. Hartman in front of his booth at FSCC Business Expo.

The Tannery also had a booth during the FSCC business expo, ran by Jenna Kakas. The Tannery has a student discount offering a Buy 2 Tans, Get the 3rd for $1.

Jenna said, “Come to see me at The Tannery, Monday through Friday 11 a.m. -6 p.m. to get your glow on!”

Jenna Kakas with The Tannery booth giving away Chapstick and entering students into a drawing for goodie baskets.
FSCC President Alysia Johnston is pictured with Shirt Shack owner, Billy Webster.
The TRIO program gave out the student-business signature papers, entered students into the drawing and also had signups to Escape the Fort! Trenton Allison helped run this booth.


Briana Blandamer is the FortScott.Biz intern whose focus is Fort Scott Community College. To give news ideas send to