15Jul/16

Business of the Week: Black Hills Laundry & Dry Cleaning

kathy harvey plant manager, patti blake, lead presser, and laci ginsbach, presser

kathy harvey plant manager, patti blake, lead presser, and laci ginsbach, presser

Owners: Cathy and Clark Sowers

 

After selling Sowers Sanitation, Sowers thought Belle Fourche could support a dry cleaning business since the town already had two drop stores for dry cleaning businesses in Spearfish.  Black Hills Laundry & Dry Cleaning was one of only four dry cleaning businesses in the Northern Black Hills at the time.  As of 2016 it is the only dry cleaning business in the Northern Hills.

When asked what sets his business apart, Sowers described it as having “an emphasis on quality and dependability, with great employees that live this as well.”

Black Hills Laundry & Dry Cleaning currently employs ten people at the dry cleaning plant and laundromat in Belle Fourche, and nine others at the Spearfish and Sturgis locations.

Sowers stated that his goal for Black Hills Laundry & Dry Cleaning in the community is to “own and operate a store whose primary concern is the highest quality of customer service and satisfaction.” And that, “It is imperative for the owners, managers and employees to commit to these goals. The foundation of which will be to provide honest and reliable service and work for the customer, to the employee and the employer.

“We pledge to be an example of new and aspiring businesses in Belle Fourche, Spearfish, Sturgis and the entire Northern Black Hills.”

23Jun/16

Business of the Week: Reich Precision

 

Mark Reich

Mark Reich

After over 20 years in the construction business, Mark Reich decided to pursue a career where he could not only use his carpentry and construction skills, but also found interesting and fun. He began by learning how to sharpen every kind of blade you can think of, including hunting and kitchen blades and all types of shears. When he decided that just wasn’t enough to hold his interest, he began his journey to learn how to make his own blades.

Mark was able to apprentice under two of the best and most recognized master Blade smiths in the United States, Ed Fowler and Murray Carter. Mark is one of only 13 H.E.P.K (High Endurance Performance Knife) Master blade smiths. H.E.P.K. knives are considered to be the best of the best in performance.

Since becoming a vendor at the Buffalo Chip Campground during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Reich Precision has grown its client base and the products available. There are now some semi-custom knives produced as well as the only official Buffalo Chip Limited Edition knife designed each year.

While Mark has combined the knowledge learned from Ed and Murray, he has created his own process and unique style and works to constantly improve the quality of all of the products he produces. He works with unique and traditional materials like stabilized woods, man-made materials such as Kirinite and C-Tec, stabilized cactus and even mammoth tooth. His uniquely designed “Thinking Man’s Knife” and the Reich3G ™ showcase his ability to take a traditional art, like knife making to the next level.

Reich Precision is dedicated to producing the finest hand forged, Differentially Heat Treated blades possible.

09Jun/16

Business of the Week: The Plumber

 

Mike Lindberg and Jack Gustafson

Mike Lindberg and Jack Gustafson

Owners Mike Lindberg and Jack Gustafson have a combined plumbing experience of nearly 27 years. The two saw a need for locally-based plumbing services in the Belle Fourche community and decided to team up and provide it. The team prides itself on the attitude and promise to customers that “When it absolutely matters, we’ll be there.”

Besides being locally owned and operated, The Plumber sets itself apart from the competition with their guarantee; offering up to ten year workmanship warranties.

 

26May/16

Business of the Week: New Heart Fitness

 

Stacey Neuharth

Owners: Cory & Stacey Neuharth

Cory has a degree in Wellness from BHSU, and Stacey is an ACSM Certified personal trainer

How did NHF get started? While the storefront familiar to downtown opened in November 2014, Stacey actually began training four after-work clients out of her garage with only a few equipment pieces.

What sets New Heart Fitness apart? Stacey is quick to stress that New Heart is not a regular gym, but rather a “training studio with gym benefits.” What this means is each client is met and trained at their individual level, given nutritional guidance, while having access to the gym equipment.

What is NHF’s mission? NHF believes in the positive impact of helping an individual achieve a healthy lifestyle has on that person’s family, and ultimately the community at large.

17Mar/16

A Healthy You Makes for a Prosperous Business

Stacey Neuharth- ACSM Certified Personal Trainer New Heart Fitness

Stacey Neuharth, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, Owner, New Heart Fitness

From one local business owner to another I want to offer you a gift. I want to see your business prosper through your health. Yes, it’s true, being healthy and fit, along with adopting a few healthy lifestyle changes can really help your business. Think about it, if all you do is sit at your desk for hours, skip meals or grab quick unhealthy food and neglect getting adequate sleep you don’t feel your best, and your business will likely feel the affects of your unhealthy choices.

However, the good news is when business owners make an effort to prioritize nutrition, physical activity and sleep, overall health is improved, brain power is boosted and stress is reduced. Now, think about what that could do for your business! You need to talk care of yourself so you can take care of your business! But if you are not naturally a “Fitness person” where do you start?

My Personal training business, New Heart Fitness, is here to help but if you are self motivated and want to try a lifestyle change on your own here are three getting started tips.

BASICS STEPS TO IMPROVING YOUR HEALTH:

  1. GET MOVING!  
    Start with getting up out of your chair as much as possible. People with a desk job really need to get creative with this. Never sit for longer than an hour! Next, incorporate 20-40 minutes of physical activity two days a week, working up to five days a week. Pick something you will enjoy and that fits your personality, such as walking, racquetball, swimming, hiking, tennis, weight lifting or join a workout class! There are plenty of options in our beautiful little community.
  2. EAT TO LIVE!  
    Think of food as nutrients to fuel your body! This is so simple,,, Junk food is exactly that, JUNK and it makes you feel like junk! Healthy Food is healthy and makes your feel healthy. Start by cutting out one unhealthy food per week and replacing it with a healthy choice. For example, pack a lunch instead of going out for fast food. Cut out soda pop and drink more water, or get your crunch fix with carrots not potato chips. Replace processed foods for whole foods. Be cognizant of your macro-nutrients… in other words, make sure you are getting plenty of protein, some healthy fats and complex carbs! There’s no need to jump on a crazy fad diet bandwagon.  JUST EAT HEALTHY!  Oh, and don’t skip breakfast! Start your day by fueling up your body and brain with a healthy breakfast (preferably protein!)
  3. REST IS GOOD!  
    Too many of us business owners do not take time to rest and get enough sleep!   I am guilty of this but my body will remind me to get more sleep when I start feeling myself getting rundown or sick! Shoot for eight hours of sleep a night. Sometimes that means shutting off all electronics an hour earlier than you normally would and give yourself the potential for more sleep!

These three steps to improving your health are so basic, but yet so overlooked by busy business owners! If you take the time to improve your fitness levels and health you will likely see an increase in productivity, positive attitude, moral, an energy boost, motivation and even less sick days! You and your business deserve you to be at your best! Take care of your health!

If you are struggling and need motivation and accountability please give me call. My business is here to help you be your best!

 

logoStacey Neuharth- ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
New Heart Fitness
Belle Fourche, SD
605-645-3214

14Feb/16

Welcome To Belle Fourche (W2BF)!

w2bfOur 2016 Campaign focuses on welcoming visitors to Belle Fourche in a way we haven’t done before.  Belle Fourche is the FIRST stop on the way to all the attractions the Black Hills of South Dakota has to offer and the LAST stop on the way back home.  Our goal is to showcase Belle Fourche as THE place to shop, stay and dine that welcomes visitors and offers tremendous value and a unique experience with all the attractions we have not only in town but in the surrounding area.

The QR Code on the postcard links to a page and map on our website, highlighting all the chamber businesses in town that are shopping, lodging or dining related.  The links on each business show your phone, address and website links (if we have them).  Please be sure to confirm we have your place of business listed and that we have the most up-to-date information for you on the site.  You may also visit the page by navigating to http://www.w2bf.com.

We’ve created some lapel buttons and informational post cards that your business can have to wear and handout to customers at your establishment.

09Nov/15

November Featured Member – Black Hills Vision Care, Belle Fourche

staff

Black Hills Vision Care is the featured member for November 2015.  Dr. James Trimble, Dr. Heidi Nash, and opticians Steve Jewett and December White head up the fantastic team of eye care specialists that are dedicated to serving the Belle Fourche and surrounding Tri-State area.  In business for 69 years, caring for people and their vision is Job #1 at Black Hills Vision Care.  During that time they have served thousands of patients, offering the best brands in the industry, the highest quality of materials, and the most up-to-date technology for the care and treatment of eye disease and vision problems.  When visiting their office you will see the investment they have made in the offering the latest technology from their pan-retinal scanner (which offers a full view of the back of the eye and full pathology) to the scanning laser used for detecting glaucoma, effects of diabetes and macular degeneration.  Not only do they have the latest equipment, but they make it a priority for their staff to stay on the forefront of continuing education in the latest training and techniques.   And if you should find you have an eye emergency after hours, simply call the office to reach the doctor and/or optician on call.  On a budget?  Don’t forget to ask about their eye wear budget specials.

Address:

1830 5th Avenue, Belle Fourche, SD 57717 (map)

Phone: (605) 892-2020

http://www.blackhillsvisioncare.com

11Oct/15

October Featured Member – Double T Leather, Belle Fourche

signDouble T Leather & Gifts is the featured member for October 2015.  Kerry Wilcox, owner, got his first taste of leather work as a kid in 4H.   In the 80s he picked it back up while participating in 1830s re-enactments for rendezvous.  He made his own knife sheaths and tomahawk cases.  As others saw the quality of his craftsmanship, word spread and he began to make items for others.  This on-the-job experience helped him hone his leather work craft into an art form.  In 2003, he began to work on saddles after receiving requests from potential customers.  Finding that he was only limited by his imagination, he began to expand the number and types of leather products offered, from tack to holsters, rifle cases, clocks and more.  Upon relocating to North Dakota from his home state of Wisconsin in 2010, he found that he enjoyed creating items with a western theme most and began offering more custom work.  Kerry and his wife relocated to Belle Fourche after a few years in Bowman, North Dakota and now consider it their home.

Address: 10 N 5th Ave, Belle Fourche, SD 57717 (map)
Phone: (605) 723-0240

https://www.facebook.com/DoubleTLeatherTack

06Sep/15

September Featured Member – Office Emporium, Belle Fourche

Office Emprium logoOffice Emporium located downtown on State St is our September Featured Business of the Month. Mary Riley has owned the business since 1996, however, it has been a business in Belle Fourche since 1962, originally owned by Ferne Weickus.

You will be hard-pressed to not find what you are looking for in Mary’s store, it is truly an emporium. A listing of just some of the fabulous and unique items and services available within are: office supplies, custom framing and matting, gifts for all occasions, party supplies, digital photo printing, quilting fabrics & notions, business email and document services, custom glassware & pottery and so much more.

Address: 612 State St, Belle Fourche, SD 57717 (map)
Phone: (605) 892-3411

http://www.officeemporium.com