Category Archives: Business

Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce Host Annual Awards Celebration

Fort Scott, KS

Last Thursday, March 26th, the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated 135 years and held their Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration at the Liberty Theater in downtown Fort Scott. There were plenty of activities throughout the evening.

chamberawards2015 (44 of 90)

Kicking off with a silent auction and social kept the hundreds of guests busy while dinner was being prepared and served. After dinner, outstanding community members were  presented awards for their leadership and contributions to the community:

chamberawards2015 (85 of 90)

  1. Agri-Business of the Year: Miller Feed & Oil Inc.
  2. Business Person of the Year: Dave Martin
  3. Young Professional of the Year: Heather Griffith
  4. Business of the Year: Firstsource Solutions USA
  5. New Business of the Year: Common Ground Coffee Co.
  6. Community Spirit Award: Craig Campbell
  7. Not an award – but recognized Outgoing chairman of the board, Barb Albright
  8. Mayor’s Award – Beth Nuss
  9. Keystone Award – Steve & Elaine Buerge (selected by the Chamber Board of Directors)

This wouldn’t have been possible without generous support of the community sponsors. Please click here to see the full program and sponsors. Following the awards, the evening was concluded with a live auction.

For more information about Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce:

231 East Wall Street
Fort Scott, KS 66701
FAX 620-223-3574

Luv-N-Stuff, New Consignment Store

Kids grow so quickly and in their wake they leave many toys and clothes that are too nice to throw away.  Luv-n-Stuff 4 Kids was started by Karla Peterson in August as a place for you to sale such items.   At this kid friendly store, you will be be greeted by a welcoming and friendly environment as you walk through and explore the “gently loved” items that other parents have consigned.

luvnstuff (16 of 21)

Being a parent and educator herself, Peterson, wanted to create a store that would serve as a valuable resource to the community and especially to parents, educators, and homeschooling families.

luvnstuff (19 of 21)Before heading to a city to buy sports uniforms, curriculum or kids furniture, stop by or give her a call to see if she has what you are looking for.   If you are in need of maternity clothes or trying to set up a comfortable room for your new little treasure swing by Luv-n-Stuff 4 Kids.  The store also has several custom made items such as doll clothes, hats, little purses, hair bows, tutus, and car seat covers.

Prices compare to ebay prices without shipping and the quality that she accepts is top notch.  If you are always looking for a better deal, the store has a weekly code or riddle on their Facebook page, which can save you an extra ten percent off.

luvnstuff (10 of 21)

So if you have been looking for a place to make a little cash while cleaning out your closets, or you have been looking for some good quality kids items without spending too much, stop by Luv-n-Stuff 4 Kids and enjoy exploring the treasures that are waiting for a new home.

Consignments are by appointments only.  It is worth stopping by to get a feel for what type of items are accepted and to pick up a consignment agreement form, before bringing your stuff by.

205 East Third Street

Twice as Nice Variety Store, Arma

Arma, KS — If you are shopping on a budget, you are familiar with the thrift store. Everybody loves a good deal, right? In the middle of Arma, KS, Twice as Nice is going on two years at their current location, 301 N West Street, Arma.

twice as nice-15

Betty Dehn, (pronounced deen) travels often with her husband and frequents thrift stores and antique malls. Two years ago, she decided it was time to start her own store. Being familiar with a piece of property that once had been a restaurant, made arrangements to move in.

twice as nice-14

She started in the front two rooms and continues to expand as work get completed on the building. She has quite an inventory that is changing all the time.

Being a grandmother with over 15 grandchildren, she knows how expensive providing basic items and gifts can be for all the children. She really feels this is a ministry to provide very affordable home wares and clothing to those who may not be able to afford necessary home items.

twice as nice-8

Currently, she is only open 10-4pm on Friday and Saturdays. Donations are welcome during those times as well. The best way to keep up with what is going on is to join their Facebook group page.  But if you want to take a peek inside hurry in before the end of the year because she will be closed January and February to catch up with all her grand kids!

Tonight! Holiday Shopping and Caroling on Main Street

Fort Scott, KS –The Chamber and area businesses are hosting “Caroling on Main,” TONIGHT (December 18th)

Main Street stores and stores around town, will be open later than usual for the Caroling on Main Street event. Caroling will be provided by the Eugene Ware Elementary students!

Also, if you enjoy a little treasure hunting, there will be 10 mistletoe hung with a special treat. You can redeem your mistletoe for $10 in Chamber Bucks!

Hope you see you out there!holidaychamber

Books and Grannies, Downtown Fort Scott

Fort Scott, Ks — If you don’t get downtown very often, there is a trove of artisans and businesses providing services you may not have known where there.

Books and Grannies was started in 2001 with a few bookshelves and a dream. Roxine Poznich, chief purveyor of books, has always had a love for books and when a local bookstore was going out of business, she bought their inventory and Books and Grannies was born.

books and grannies-15

Of course, launching a business and keeping it running isn’t quite that simple. Over the years, the business has been in different locations before landing where they are now.  In 2007, was there last move to where they hope is permanent – 11 North Main in downtown. However, they have stayed steady and continue to have a very nice selection of books and customer base.

Estimating to have over 50,000 books, you will probably be able to find something you are interested in reading. Owner, Roxine Poznich, said the most common books she sells are children’s books followed closely by  romance and suspense. She carries paperback, hardback, older books and current books. She also has a good size inventory of children’s books. Adult books generally run between $4-5 and children books are generally $1-3.

books and grannies

If you are looking for a gift for the book lover in your family, you will need to stop and take a look around before Christmas!

Books and Grannies
11 North Main
Fort Scott, KS 66711

If you have any stories you think we might be interested in writing about, please send us an email!

Sleep Inn Winner Announced

Fort Scott, KS — We are pleased to announce the winner of our Sleep Inn Give Away! We are happy to introduce you to Donna Spencer as our winner.  Donna is receiving the certificate from Bill Michaud, Owner.

sleep inn

Don’t forget Sleep Inn, if you have friends and family coming in town for the holidays looking for a place to stay. They have a wonderful new facility and a great staff working hard to take care of you.

To view interior pictures of their space you can click here or for their webpage and reservations, please click here. Or you can call direct:
302 E Wall St.,
Fort Scott, KS
Phone: (620) 223-2555

Key Warehouse Sale

Note: This article is about the 2014 Key Warehouse Sale.

Fort Scott, KS —

Still looking to round out your Christmas shopping?! Make sure you carve out some time to stop by Key Industries Warehouse sale. From the looks of it, nearly something from every line they carry is on sale, so you might even pick something up for yourself while you are there.


You won’t find these kind of prices anywhere else but at the warehouse: 400 Marble Road in Fort Scott. It takes a little winding around to find it and you’ll enter the warehouse through the North doors. Inside you will find a wide selection of highly discounted clothing items, the cheapest being pants and shirts for $4.99.


The Warehouse Sale is going on now and will finish December 13th 2014. Hours are Monday – Friday 11am – 7pm and Saturday 7am – 3pm. You will be glad you went!

If you have something you think we might be interested in writing about, please send us an email at

Casey’s General Store Ribbon Cutting

Fort Scott, KS –Many people in town have been long anticipating the new Casey’s store opening. Friday morning, November 21st, was their ribbon cutting and grand opening. The ‘soft’ opening of Caseys happened a few days before, however, the Area Manager, Bekki Gibson said, “It has felt like the Grand Opening since the doors opened. We have averaged making 200 pizzas a night.”


Fort Scott Area Chamber, several city officials, staff and about 30 community members came out to support Caseys grand opening and ribbon cutting. For the grand opening, Caseys was offering free coffee and certain items at a discount. A few things including any 6” sub for $1.69, large pizza for $7.99 and $2.99 for a dozen donuts.

Circulars will be going out today for additional coupons for the next week. Until next Thursday, with the purchase of a large pizza, you will get a coupon for .25 / gal off gasoline. If you are ordering pizza, you maybe want to call ahead to get your order started.


The store is open 24 hours, including the kitchen. Caseys is currently being staffed by 24 employees and they are hoping to pick up a few more to cover night shift. Hopefully, you’ll be able to swing in and say hello sometime in the next week.

Contact information:
2216 S Main

Sleep Inn & Suites Grand Opening

Fort Scott, KS — On November 5th, about 70 community members showed their support for the newly opened Sleep Inn & Suites in Fort Scott.

The Chamber held a ribbon cutting ceremony and many of Fort Scott and Bourbon County officials were present and a few made brief remarks and congratulations to Bill and Jennifer Machaud.


“The sign is going up today and looking forward to open doors and serving Fort Scott, ” Bill Machaud commented as he addressed the crowd and covering the amenities the hotel has to offer. These include 59 rooms, wi-fi, full complementary breakfast, indoor pool and weight room. Doors are open and they will be happy to take your reservations for the upcoming holiday season.

For more information or reservations:
Sleep Inn &  Suites
302 E Wall St.
Fort Scott, KS, 66701
(800) 424-6423

Mercy Marketplace Christmas Show

Fort Scott, Ks – Mercy Hospital is hosting their annual fund-raiser November 5th, 6th and 7th. This annual fundraiser has an emphasis in provided funds for additional equipment for the hospital and also helps provide scholarships for the nursing program at Fort Scott Community College.


Alice Allen, Mercy Auxiliary President said, “We have had very good traffic so far. We have many people we come especially to see the show and some even schedule their appointments around these dates so they can be sure to support these efforts.”


The Christmas show will run for three days and will be open 7am – 6pm in the McAuley Center. Ornaments, jewelry, scarves, purses and home décor are some of the items available for purchase.

Sleep Inn & Suites Grand Opening today at 11am

Fort Scott, KS – Sleep Inn & Suites will be the first chain hotel to open it’s doors in Fort Scott. Many community members, business owners and supporters gathered will gather 11am for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the hotel. Everyone is welcome to attend.



Come by and join us today!

302 E Wall St.
Fort Scott, KS, US


Fort Scott, KS — Congratulations to our iPod winner, Jenni Elder! Over the last couple of days, was running a contest to give away an iPod. We have selected a winner at random and presented a new iPod to Jenni.


Jenni has lived in Fort Scott, nearly all her life – moving here when she was two.  She works locally here in Fort Scott and was very excited about winner the iPod and hopes to keep away from her kids.

Thank you all who signed up to win. We hope you continue to enjoy the articles at Fort — if you do, please encourage your friends to sign up.

If you have events you think we might be interested in writing about, please contact us at: