Category Archives: Fort Scott

Unveiling Party on Dec. 8 at Healthy Bourbon County Action Team Office

Unveiling Party!
The Unveiling Party will kick off the voting campaign on selecting a name for the park! You can attend the party, vote and share your input. The voting campaign will last until January 31st. There will be an option to keep the name the same!
We want to give people who haven’t had a say so in the past a chance to be part of the decision making process—a place to voice how they would like to see things in their neighborhood playgrounds and parks!
There will be food, cotton candy, and prizes!
Join us on December 8th, at 6pm
104 N National
Thank you to our Chamber Champion members below!

Christmas Lights Contest With Prizes



The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce encourages businesses, residents and neighborhoods to “Deck the Fort” and make the community merry and bright for the holidays.  Niece Products is sponsoring a Christmas Light Contest with cash prizes for the winners including:

Residential: 1st $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50
Top Business: $100
Top Neighborhood: $100


Other contest details:

  • Lights should be in place by December 15th and judging will take place between the 15th and 17th.
  • Properties within a 1 mile radius of city limits will be considered for contest
  • Those wanting to ensure their property is judged should call or email the Chamber with their address, name and phone number. Otherwise, no registration necessary and the judges will do their best to seek out lights in the area.
  • Lighting and decorations must be visible from street view

The Chamber encourages everyone to get in the spirit with lights this season.  For more information contact the Chamber at 620-223-3566 or by email at [email protected]

Bids and Dibs: Largest Resale Boutique In Kansas

December 2022. Bids and Dibs, a  resale boutique. Submitted photo.
A local consignment store is celebrating 10 years serving the community, and has acquired some recognition.
In conjunction with the anniversary, they are hosting the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Coffee at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8.
To learn more about the special deals/discounts:
Angela Simon. Submitted photo.

Angela Simon opened Bids and Dibs on December 3, 2012 inside 19 S. National Ave.

Opening day of Bids and Dibs in December 2012 at 19 S. National Avenue. Submitted photo.
On Halloween day 2018, Jason and  Angela Simon purchased 108 S. Scott Ave.
Bids and Dibs opened its doors at the Scott Avenue building in January 2019.
“Bids and Dibs started as a local online auction platform,” Simon said. “That original business model evolved into full-service resale. Our services include: transparent consignment- where every consignor has access to their account online and their account balances never expire. Balances can be used as cash or credit at anytime.”
Bids and Dibs offers full consignment services, outright buys, and estate liquidation services to the community.
“Outright buys are where people can bring items in for sale and receive a cash offer based on brand, condition and current needs of the store. “
“Customized Estate liquidation… (is another) service,” she said. “No two situations are the same. People will contract with us to help them downsize the family home, moving out of town, or cleaning out the personal effects of a loved one that has passed. This service is especially popular with families that live outside the Bourbon county area who need to downsize or clear out things for a loved one who can no longer do it for themselves.”
Bids & Dibs, Inc. employs on average 10-14 people at any given time.
“We have plans to add an additional two full-time employees during 2023 to handle the expansion of our online sales,” Simon said.
Employees of Bids and Dibs. Submitted photo.

Upgrading Technology in January 2023

“When we started 10 years ago we purchased the best consignment software in the industry,” she said.  “Unfortunately that company did not keep pace with available technologies and we have now outgrown that point-of-sale service. In January 2023, we will be upgrading our systems to a cloud based service that will allow our consignors 24-hour access to their accounts that update instantaneously.”
“We have always offered online access to consignors, but our current system needs to be backed up and restarted before it shows current reliable data to the consignor. It is not always possible for us to do that as frequently as some users would like.”
“Our new system will allow them to watch in live time as we process and sell their items. It will also grant us the ability to add inventory offsite. That feature will make processing estates much faster. It will also allow multiple family members to follow along in the process. This is very valuable tool to families who live outside the local area. “
“Even in the most tight knit of families, contentions can arise when you’re dealing with estate items. Our service helps families work through these issues by being a neutral and transparent third party.”
Distinction in Business
Bids and Dibs received the small business of the year award from the Fort Scott area Chamber of Commerce in 2019.
“Besides the local Chamber, we are members of the National Association of Resale and Thrift Stores (NARTS) and NextLevel Resale. Due in large part to the resources and mentorship these groups provide, Bids & Dibs has become the largest resale boutique in Kansas that offers consignment, outright buys and estate liquidation.”
“Bids & Dibs will start leaning into this distinction in our marketing efforts for 2023 and beyond. Resale has became one of the largest growing industries in the world. The popularity of buying sustainably in North America has made destinations out of resale stores. Our marketing goal is to bring more outside dollars into the Bourbon County community, thus putting more money directly into the pockets of our consignors.”

FS City Commission Budget Hearing For Amending 2022 Budget is Dec. 20


budget amendment hearing 2022


Bids and Dibs 10th Anniversary Celebration Kick Off Dec. 8 At Chamber Coffee

Bids and Dibs will kick off its 10th anniversary celebration on Thursday December 8th at 8 AM by hosting a Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Coffee and Open House.
There will be refreshments and a full coffee and hot cocoa bar.
“We will also have a drawing for several door prizes to be given away that morning,” owner Angela Simon said. “The celebration will continue December 8 through the 10th.”
“The first 50 customers in-store all three of those days will receive a scratch off ticket with discounts up to 30% off,” she said. “Consignors will receive an extra 10% off when they use their account credit to pay. All Customers will receive a free gift with every purchase and an entry to win a filled, giant Christmas Stocking valued at over $100!”
The shop will be open Christmas Eve day from 8 AM to noon.
“We will re-open the day after Christmas on the 26th for our annual half price sale,” Simon said. “Everything in the store is 50% off nothing is held back. That sale runs for two days the 26th through the 27th.”
“After the year end sales are finished we will close until the second week of January to implement our new consignment system,” she said. “We will start the 2023 consignment year then. Please watch for updates on our policies and procedures.”

Cocoa and Caroling Dec. 9 Downtown Fort Scott

Cocoa & Caroling!
The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce announces Cocoa & Caroling Late Night Shopping Event in Downtown Fort Scott. It will be held this Friday evening, December 9th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Retailers in the Downtown Historic District will be decked for the holidays with great gift ideas.
The event will feature several groups of carolers strolling the sidewalks of Downtown from store to store with complimentary cocoa being served by the Museum of Creativity in front of the Sunshine Boutique. This will offer locals and visitors another opportunity to shop small and support local, while enjoying some holiday cheer. Find the hidden mistletoe in stores to win Chamber bucks!
Participating stores include: Angela Dawn’s Boutique, Barbed Wire & Roses Vintage Market, Bids & Dibs, Hedgehog.INK!, Iron Star (will close at 6:30pm to attend CASA event), Main Street Gallery & Gifts, Museum of Creativity, Sunshine Boutique, and Treasure Hunt Flea Market
Thank you to our Chamber Champion members below!
Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce | 231 E. Wall Street, Fort Scott, KS 66701

Third Street Park and Downtown Arch Prospective Plans Can be Viewed Dec. 8

A previous community input meeting. Submitted photos.

The Fort Scott community is invited to be a part of the improving of a park and a downtown arch coming in the near future.

The Third Street Park and Downtown Arch Unveiling Party is Thursday, December 8 at 6 p.m.

The Third Street Park is located on the east side of Fort Scott.

The event will be held at the Healthy Bourbon County Action Team’s  office at 104 N. National and there will be a virtual option.

“If you are unable to attend, please consider voting online,”Rachel Carpenter, Director of The Center for Economic Growth,  a part of The Healthy Bourbon County Action Team (HBCAT), said.

Twigs and Berries will be catering the event and there will be four $25 Walmart Giftcard giveaways. 

  For more information please contact  Rachel Carpenter at [email protected]

This is a  third public forum hosted by HBCAT to give community members and residents a voice in the decision making process for the plans for the Third Street Park and a downtown arch-way.

A prior community input event. Submitted photos.

“We feel strongly about connecting our neighborhoods, creating a sense of place, and empowering each of our community members to contribute to positive change,” Carpenter said.

Several plans will be unveiled that incorporate input from previous meetings.

“After a year of formal public events and meetings, and hearing from individuals who are passionate about the project and location, we have options to vote on,” Carpenter said.  “All of these plans have been derived from community input. The steering committee, made up of individuals in Fort Scott who live, or have lived, near the project, carefully considered all feedback and created a draft to present to the community.”

At the Dec. 8 meeting, more community input is sought.

A prior community input event. Submitted photos. From left: Juliane Walker, Wichita State University Community Engagement Specialist who facilitated the conversations at the public forums, Rachel Carpenter, Director for Center for Economic Growth and Jody Hoener, President and CEO of HBCAT.

” At this unveiling party we will have the community vote on key elements related to these projects,” she said. “We will ask the participants to vote on which downtown arch design they prefer and ask participants to submit and vote on a name for 3rd Street Park.  The name of the park doesn’t have to change, and it shouldn’t if the name has an emotional tie to residents who grew up near there.”

” We want to give people who haven’t had a say so in the past a chance to be part of the decision-making process—a place to voice how they would like to see things in their neighborhood playgrounds and parks,” she said.

“So, this unveiling party will kick off a voting campaign on the name of the park,” Carpenter said. “There will be an option to the leave the name the same. Here is your chance to contribute to projects and try to capture the deep history and culture of Fort Scott.  There will be opportunity to provide open feedback on the projects as well.”


“From the City of Fort Scott, City of Uniontown, and countywide trails master plan, PedNet Plan, to our annual community perception surveys, we make hearing directly from the community a priority in shaping and implementing our plans,” Carpenter said. “As a result, we have so much to show for it and continue to expand our projects and services.”


Funding for this event is being provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas as a part of Bourbon County’s Pathways to a Healthy Kansas grant and also the Patterson Family Foundation. The event will be conducted in collaboration with the Wichita State Engagement Institute.

Carpenter can also be reached at 620.215.2562.

A previous community input meeting. Submitted photos.

Chamber Coffee to be hosted by Bids and Dibs on Dec. 8

Chamber Coffee to be hosted by Bids and Dibs

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce invites members and guests to a Chamber Coffee event this Thursday, December 8th at 8 a.m. hosted by Bids and Dibs, 108 Scott Ave.

The Chamber encourages everyone to come out and celebrate Bids & Dibs 10-year anniversary. The Chamber Coffee will kick off special events the store will be hosting December 8-10th where they will offer prize drawings, discounts, and a free gift with every purchase.


Coffee, juice, and light refreshments will be served in addition to a door prize drawing.  Contact the Chamber of Commerce at (620) 223-3566 for more information.