25Apr/18

Ribbon Cutting for Cowboys Too

The Belle Fourche Chamber held a ribbon cutting for Cowboys Too during the store’s grand opening at their new location, 506 State St. The fine Western apparel store was previously located across the street inside another retail store, The Olive Branch. Owner George Wilson purchased the new location earlier this year and for the last several months crews have worked steadily to restore the building. Belle Fourche is excited to have gained another beautiful storefront on downtown State Street.

Present in the photo are: Owner George Wilson, Chamber vice president Debra McCart, former Chamber president Jay Cordell, Mayor Gloria Lamphere, Cowboys Too social media coordinator Michelle Evans, and members of the BHSU rodeo team.

05Apr/18

We’ve Moved!

 

The Chamber of Commerce offices are settling into our new digs at the Historic Roosevelt Events Center in the former principal’s office. We are excited to be a part of this up-and-coming historic building’s restoration as a hub for Belle Fourche business and community events.

20Mar/18

Taste Of Belle Fourche Annual Meeting Soireé

Thank you everyone who turned out for a Taste Of Belle Fourche at our Annual Meeting March 17! A BIG thank you to our awesome food vendors who served up a feast, and all the volunteers who made the evening possible.
The awards given were:
Community Pride Award: Fast Break Screen Printing & Embroidery
Faye Kennedy Award: Debra Elliott and Jay Cordell
Retail Business of the Year: Office Emporium & Gone-to-Pieces Quilt Shop
Service Business of the Year: Wells Fargo
Employer of the Year: Scott Peterson Motors
Lifetime Achievement Award: Clarkson Foundation

12Feb/18

Le Belle Marché Indoor Market

The weather was not ideal for Le Belle Marché’s debut February 9 & 10, dumping 14 inches of snow and making travel difficult. However, the drifts hardly phased our heroic vendors and shoppers!

16 tables and market stands lined the gym at the newly christened Historic Roosevelt Events Center. Vendors ranging from bakers to furniture repurposers set up an impressive array of goods, and the crowds soon followed. People were eager to shop at an indoor market of local crafters and also use the opportunity to get a peek of the inside of the old high school, which had been closed for over twenty years.

Traffic was steady both Friday and Saturday, but Saturday drew larger numbers with sunny weather and improved road conditions.

Vendors and patrons came away very pleased with the first market and already making plans to return next month.

14Dec/17

Chamber Member Holiday Open House

The Chamber hosted its annual Member Holiday Open House December 13, serving up a variety of delicious homemade soups, breads, and desserts as a Thank You to our members.

Members were invited to come catch up with Chamber staff and fellow members in the business community over steaming bowls of Tuscana, Turkey-Tortilla, Knephla, Oyster, Hamburger, and Taco soup, with fresh baked rolls and desserts.

Special thanks to Pioneer Bank & Trust for opening their meeting room up to us, and all who brought soups and desserts!

10Dec/17

2017 Tree Of Commerce

The Chamber’s tree for the 2017 Festival of Trees was decorated with the theme of our campaign: ‘We Produce’! Ornaments were made to represent agriculture, manufacturing, and business, using livestock ornaments, handmade ‘SmartLic’ barrels, wheat, and more besides. Generous Chamber member businesses donated over $1,500.00 worth of gift cards and coupons to be hung on the tree, and 18 red Center of the Nation Chamber ornaments tied it all together. The Tree Of Commerce sold for $2,700 at the Festival of Trees December 7th, at First Interstate Bank.

27Nov/17

Shop Small – Holiday Craft Bazaar & Parade of Lights

Belle Fourche was the place to be to get in the holiday spirit November 24 and 25 with the Holiday Craft Bazaar, Shop Small Belle Fourche, and Light Up the Night all taking place Friday and Saturday.

The festivities kicked off Friday morning with the Shop Small Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber served up stacks of blueberry pancakes to early shoppers out to take advantage of the sales and Holiday Craft Bazaar vendors downtown. All proceeds and collected canned goods from the breakfast went on to benefit the Compassion Cupboard.

Shoppers then browsed stores downtown, taking advantage of the Shop Small Belle Fourche sales many stores had, and the local vendors set up in several shops for a new spin on the Holiday Craft Bazaar. Shoppers were given ‘passports’ at the pancake breakfast that could be stamped at each participating shop and vendor. Once filled, passports could be returned for a prize from the Chamber.

The annual Light Up the Night festivities began late afternoon with the popular hay rides, and new this year, inflatable slides at Rail Park. The Belle Fourche Cowboy band hosted a chili feed at the Community Hall and entertained diners with renditions of classic holiday favorites.

Belle Fourche’s Parade of Lights brought in an estimated 800 people to see the bedecked and brightly lit floats travel down State street, followed by the lighting of the Town Christmas Tree by Revitalize Belle Fourche. The Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center opened its doors to guests for their annual Holiday Open House, complete with cookies and cupcakes while the Black Hills Roundup Committee served hot apple cider.  The night was then lit up by a fantastic show of fireworks at the Center of the Nation Monument, put on by Fritz Carlson, the Center of the Nation Business Association, and the City of Belle Fourche.

The next day, the Holiday Craft Bazaar and Shop Small Belle Fourche continued, and stagecoach rides were given on State street.

Overall the weekend was deemed a success by the Chamber. “There’s a new excitement in Belle Fourche,” commented Chamber director Gary Wood. “Not just for the holiday festivities which were very well received, but in the town as a whole. We are already hoping to top this year’s events in 2018, and keep this positive momentum going into the future.”

01Nov/17

Fall Flavors 2017 Wraps Up

Fall Flavors 2017 is in the books! And what a tremendous season it has been: September and October in Belle Fourche saw over 40 events under the umbrella of Fall Flavors!
From the Fall Flavors Festival that kicked it all off, to the Halloween Parade down State Street and Trick-or-Treating at the Hillside School, and all the craft classes, tastings, and pie socials in between.

Thank you to all the businesses, sponsors, vendors, and enthusiastic volunteers who worked tirelessly to make it all happen, and YOU the community who made Fall Flavors 2017 a success!

16Oct/17

Fall Flavors In the Field

October 13 was our first Fall Flavors in the Field event, and we consider it a success. 70 guests were treated to incredible views of the Redwater valley at sunset, and a mouthwatering dinner of Mesquite smoked brisket, applewood pork tenderloin, dutch oven potatoes and more from Old West Dutch Oven Catering Company.

A silent auction of homemade goods went on during the evening, with caramel corn, from scratch dill pickles, and pumpkin-swirl cheesecake stealing the show.

The chamber hopes to make this an annual event as part of Fall Flavors!