Spotlight on Business
Business of the Week
Sterling Travel Agency - Travel Savers 10/21/19
Sterling Travel Agency began in 1946 by Gene Ballard’s grandfather. He started his career in the travel business as a bus driver, transporting passengers over the then dirt roads of Loveland Pass. When he developed eye problems, he was offered a position as a ticket agent and moved to Sterling for Continental Trail ways. His entrepreneurial efforts led to him opening a taxi business as well. Gene’s father lived in Denver at the time, and in 1948 Gene’s grandfather asked him to come to sterling to help him with the new business. So, while still in high school Gene’s father worked at the travel agency and drove taxi. Gene’s father was married in the early 1950’s and his grandfather retired in the 1960’s. Gene’s parents operated the taxi service, travel agency, a Western Union Telegraph service, and a telephone answering service.
In the 1960’s to early 1970’s Sterling Travel Agency worked directly with airlines, handwriting tickets for customers. The guide outlined planned routes, times, and prices. Sterling Travel Agency staff would take requests, then call airline ticket offices after 5p.m. when the phone rates were cheaper. The business evolved to computer-based ticketing in the 1980’s. In 1978 Gene started Travel Trails with two other partners, competing with Sterling Travel. In 1984 the companies merged.
Sterling Travel Agency has also had to adapt and change in many ways over the years. When travel agencies started working with the airlines, the agencies were told what to do, when and how. That all changed when the Civil Aeronautics Board was dissolved, and more air fares have been offered since then.
Another of these changes occurred in 2000 when airlines quit paying agencies commission for booking flights, even though travel agencies were generating 85% of airlines business.
Part of the progressing change in the business is the use of the internet and computer research. Internet opportunities have been a blessing to Sterling Travel Agency. The internet allows travel agencies to research travel packages and prices easier. Travel Agencies are called on to help customers find their way through websites. Additionally, the experienced staff of Sterling Travel has the insight of what is needed for a complete travel experience.
Please help us in congratulation Sterling Travel Agency on being the Logan County Chamber Business of the Week.
Pilkington Financial Group 10/14/19
Curt Pilkington saw a void in the estate planning process in the 1970’s, so he got licensed and started selling life insurance to help families with the inheritance tax burden. Curt started the life insurance business in 1975 in Greeley, CO. In the 80’s he became a Financial Advisor and Cindy took over the life, health and disability operation. Curt and Cindy moved the practice to our current location at 226 S. 2nd Street Sterling in 1984. In 2019 Shanan Doherty, Derek Pilkington, CFP and Curt Pilkington became equal partners in the Financial Advisory business and changed their business name to Pilkington Financial Group. Thanks to technology we can work with over 500 families in 32 states. Several families include four generations! To sustain this growth, we added a Denver office in 2017 near Cherry Creek. Derek Pilkington runs the Denver office while Curt and Shanan run the Sterling office. Our success can be contributed to our hard working and knowledgeable team. Becky Bohler has been with us for 22 years and is the office manager for the Financial Advisory side. Sandy Zimmerman joined the firm in 2000 and works with Cindy in the insurance operation. Michele Carabello joined Pilkington Financial in 2017 and is an integral part of our team. Our firm is unique in that we offer a full array of Financial Services including comprehensive Financial Planning, Investment Advisory, Life, Health, Medicare and Long-Term Care Insurance Services. Please join us in congratulating Pilkington Financial Services as Logan County Chambers Business of the Week!
Colorado Popcorn Company 10/7/19
Two friends, Kathy Littler and Sherry Brammer became business partners and purchased a local Sterling popcorn business. After being partners for a couple of years, it was time for a change for Sherry, so Kathy took the reins of their business as the sole owner and proprietor of the growing business. At the time, Colorado Popcorn Company was manufacturing and selling five different flavors of popcorn in a small store along Main Street in downtown Sterling, Colorado.
Soon thereafter, the company moved to a larger facility in order to expand. Although the original five flavors were very popular, there was a demand for new specialty varieties. Customer suggestions and ideas were used in creating new recipes, and Colorado Popcorn is now producing over 30 flavors of gourmet popcorn! Additionally, Kathy added helium-filled balloons to the local retail store to complement the popcorn!
After more than thirty years of successful operations, Kathy Littler decided it was time to retire from the popcorn business. Her hope was to find someone with the same passion for popcorn that had sustained her work for the past three decades to take over the reins at Colorado Popcorn. In addition, they had to be willing to continue the legacy by keeping the manufacturing in Sterling. She did find someone that fit the bill and in September 2017 turned the reigns over to Zachary Souffrant and Breanna Kelsch.
The business was started to provide the best quality gourmet popcorn at an affordable price to northeastern Colorado and online at www.coloradopopcorn.com They create over 30 gourmet popcorn flavors currently being sold throughout the state of Colorado in numerous grocery stores, gift shops, and hotels. In 2017 they expanded with an online store at www.coloradopopcorn.com to complement their brick & mortar store. This summer they upgraded their candied popcorn machines to increase their production capability to 100 gallons of candied popcorn per hour. In addition, with their new equipment they can now produce Kettle Corn. They plan on doubling their square footage and expanding into the west suite located at 320 Oak this November and will be completing a remodel of their manufacturing area and retail store in the spring of 2020.
Colorado Popcorn Company Specializes in: over 30 handmade gourmet popcorn flavors , popcorn by the bag, gift boxes, Popcorn Tins filled with up to 3 flavors, and due to a national helium shortage, they are the only place in Sterling, CO that carries helium filled mylar and latex balloons. They offer local delivery for popcorn and balloons within the city of Sterling and can ship popcorn to anywhere in the USA. (Last Christmas they had popcorn ship as far as Hawaii, Canada and even Europe.) They also sell Colorado Candy Company products such as peanut brittle, hard candy or thin ribbon candy for Christmas.
Please help us in congratulating Colorado Popcorn Company as Logan County Chambers Business of the Week!
Bank of the West 9/23/19
A pillar in the community formerly known as First National Bank, then Colorado Community First, followed by Community First National Bank and finally in December 2004 became Bank of the West. We are the 28th largest commercial bank in the U. S. by assets.
Being one of the largest commercial banks, Bank of the West takes pride in preserving our local focus while maintaining industry-leading customer service. We have long time employees, ranging from 2 years to 18 years with our Sterling branch who really care about their customers and making sure they are getting the home town feel and one on one attention that customers like. Three of our employees attended the Bank of the West Circle of Excellence Conference, an honor they each received for going that extra mile for their customers.
We offer checking, savings, money markets, wealth management and investments. On the lending side, we have the best Home Equity Lines, mortgage loans, auto loans, personal loans, commercial real estate, ag loans and SBA loans. We are the third-largest ag lender and the third largest generator for SBA loans. We are also a leader in loans in the RV/Marine and religious institution sector. Our Digital Service channels are constantly refined providing the most competitive digital advancements for our customers. Our constant focus on customer and expert collaboration drives our innovation standards in this competitive markets.
We love being part of the community and engaging in many of the activities. We want to thank the Chamber for giving the businesses this opportunity to be spotlighted!!
Wendy’s began in 1969. The Sterling Wendy’s reopened in 1994 when Family Restaurants purchased it, although Sterling had a Wendy’s for a short time before that. Family Restaurants saw a potential for Wendy’s in Sterling because of its expected growth and the college was another big factor. Dawn Kasper is the Area Manager for Family Restaurants who oversees multiple restaurants including Sterling and Ed Liebig is the General Manager in Sterling. Wendy’s was remolded in 2013-2014 creating a whole new dining experience. They have a wide variety of food items on the menu including lots of choices for the entire family. Wendy’s specializes in salads prepared fresh daily, fresh never frozen North American Beef, great chicken sandwiches, and of course the Frosty! Wendy’s contributes to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption which is a nonprofit organization that finds homes for foster children across the US and Canada. All the money raised at the Sterling Wendy’s goes to help fund adoptions in Colorado!
Sterling Federal Credit Union 9/9/19
Sterling Federal Credit Union is a financial cooperative chartered, supervised and regulated by the National Credit Union Administration. Originally chartered as a community credit union in 1938, credit union membership is open to all residents that live in Logan and Morgan County Colorado and their families.
Everyone that joins the credit union becomes a member/owner. Once you’re a member, you are always a member; even if you move from the community.
Membership includes the privilege to elect the volunteer board of directors that govern the credit union. Complementing the board is a team of twenty-six employees responsible for operations; nineteen in Sterling and six at the Fort Morgan Branch which opened in 1988.
In the beginning the only services available were share/savings and loans. Early business was conducted by Treasurer Mr. Emmett Groce out of his home at 506 Lincoln Street. The credit union’s first office was at the Sterling Co-Op Oil Company on S. 3rd Street. Growth brought the credit union to its present-day location at 822 W. Main in July 1981.
Over the years, services expanded and today include a complete suite of financial products and services.
Along the way Sterling Federal Credit Union earned accolades that include:
The first Federal community type charter credit union to attain 1 million in assets in 1954,
Recipient of the Sterling Journal Advocates Readers’ Choice Award,
Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award from the Credit Union National Association,
Consistently ranked highly among its peer group of credit unions and federal auditors, and
Most recently, Sterling Federal Credit Union was named #1 of 5,460 Federally insured credit unions by DepositAccounts – LendingTree, based on Capitalization, Deposit Growth, and Texas Ratio.
Sterling Federal Credit Union, where the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People” is behind everything we do.
Kutchar & Associate Accounting 9/2/19
Lyle Gress started the business in 1976 to provide tax services and other business services to the public. The current owner, Dave Kutchar, graduated from UNC in 1982 with a business degree (emphasis in accounting) and started working for Lyle in 1984. When Dave began working for Lyle the business was located in the old library. In 1994 they moved to the current location and remodeled the retail space to be a business office. Dave bought practice in 2000. The Downtown Urban Renewal funds were used to redo the facade in 2007 adding a conference room, smaller windows and stucco exterior in front. The interior was updated once again in 2016. Kutchar & Associate Accounting continues to serve at this location.
Sterling Workforce Center 8/12/19
The Sterling Workforce Center has been present in the City of Sterling for over 30 years including 16 years on the Northeastern Junior College campus and 3 years in our current location at 100 Broadway, Suite 24, Sterling, CO 80751.
The Sterling Workforce Center is an agency of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and is one of six centers serving the ten counties in the Eastern Sub-Region under Regional Director, Dawn Robards. The Sterling Workforce Center specifically serves Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick and Washington Counties and we have outreach offices in Akron, Holyoke and Julesburg.
The Workforce Center has held a variety of activities and events over the years including job fairs, hiring events, a Veterans Appreciation Day, business roundtables, workshops, and youth mock interview events. In 2018, the Sterling Workforce Center, in partnership with the Family Resource Center who provided in-kind services and use of facilities, received a grant to offer a week-long, hands-on summer camp (TRAINcation) for middle school youth to learn about local manufacturing careers. The Workforce Center will offer a similar event in the summer of 2020. The Sterling Workforce Center has also provided and continues to provide funding for adults and youth who meet eligibility requirements to assist with the cost of training. Many of these students have completed programs (including auto mechanic, wind technician, nursing, welding, and wind technician) through Northeastern Junior College.
The Sterling Workforce Center provides easy access to a variety of free services to assist employers and job seekers. Employer services include customized job postings to fit individual business needs, assessments and skills testing to assist in applicant screening, hiring events, and labor market and demographic information. Local job openings are listed on the internet and statewide Connecting Colorado (www.connectingcolorado.com) system. At the Sterling Workforce Center, job seekers can utilize a resource center with public computers and internet access, and use office equipment for employment-related purposes. Job seeker services include registration and job-search assistance, skills assessments, resume and cover letter guidance, interviewing training/mock interviews, training and education programs, youth and veterans services, and networking opportunities. Customers can choose either self-service or staff-assisted options.
The Sterling Workforce Center maintains a close relationship with other service providers that are a part of local and statewide employment and training networks. Customers needing additional services may be referred by the Workforce Center to appropriate agencies.
September is Workforce Development Month, an annual tradition in Colorado. Colorado’s Workforce Centers and the Department of Labor and Employment will provide a variety of special events designed to help Colorado businesses and workers succeed. The Sterling Workforce Center will be holding an Open House on September 18 in addition to several employer hiring events throughout the month. If you are an employer/organization interested in holding a hiring event, workshop, or related activity in September, please contact our office for more information. (970) 522-9340, ext. 101. Join us in Congratulating the Sterling Workforce Center as our Business of the Week!
Kellogg-Ewing-Leavitt Insurance Agency 8/19/19
Kellogg-Ewing-Leavitt Insurance Agency began business as Kellogg-Ewing & Associates in 1979. Will Kellogg and John Ewing opened Kellogg-Ewing and Associates to provide insurance coverage for the needs of clients in communities throughout Northeastern Colorado. Will and John thought Sterling was a perfect place to start a business and raise their families. Larry Eakin joined the agency as a minority owner and office manager in 1980 Kellogg-Ewing & Associates office was located at 304 Cedar Street for many years before moving to the current location at 119 N 3rd Ave in 1997. A secondary location at 246 N Colorado in Haxtun, Colorado was opened to serve clients two days a week in that area in 2007. Kellogg-Ewing & Associates partnered with the Leavitt Group in 1995 and became Kellogg-Ewing-Leavitt Ins. Agency, Inc. The Leavitt Group is one of the largest privately-held insurance brokerages in the nation. Doug Stumpf began as a producer in 1986 and purchased ownership in 2000 upon Will Kellogg’s passing. Larry Eakin retired in 2004 and John Ewing retired in 2005 after building the agency for many
years. Becky Workman is an agency co-owner and manages the personal lines department and office. She began with the agency in 1997. Melissa Moos began her insurance career in 2000 and is the agency farm-ranch specialist. Jill Allen started with the agency in 2002 and services the commercial insurance as well as other office tasks. Tracy Glissmann has been with the agency since 2006 servicing the health, benefits and bond department. Kellogg-Ewing-Leavitt Insurance Agency continues to build on the relationships with their clients throughout Northeast Colorado for their farm & ranch, auto, home, bonds, commercial and life & health needs. Please join the Logan County Chamber in Congratulating Kellogg-Ewing-Leavitt Insurance Agency, Inc as our Business of the Week!
Dr. J Scott Hadley DDS 7-29-19
Dr. J. Scott Hadley DDS began his practice at the Sterling location in 2004. They are closing in on 15 years of serving Northeast Colorado! Vivian Hadley, J. Scott’s wife has been co-owner and Office Manager. They wanted to help meet the needs of Northeastern Colorado by joining Sterling’s Dental Community. Their practice began in 1994. They were first in neighboring Phillips County and later moved to their larger office in Sterling. Their office includes cosmetic, restorative and periodontal aspects of general dentistry. They are available from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Thursday. They file all types and brands of dental insurance. You are welcome to go ask their receptionist Terri about specific dental insurance plans. Please join the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Dr. J. Scott Hadley DDS and his staff as our Business of the Week!
Korf Motors 7-22-19
Korf Auto Group, Ron Korf, started in business in 1975 in Yuma as a Chevrolet Buick dealership and added Oldsmobile franchise in 1987. In 1988 Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram was added to the franchise group in Yuma. The Yuma store has been under the General Management of Hank Miranda since its beginning. In 2010 Korf Auto Group bought Spicknall’s GMC Pontiac store in Akron and moved the franchises to Yuma. Six months later General Motors cancelled Pontiac and eliminated the Pontiac franchises nationally. Consequently, Yuma is now a Chevrolet Buick GMC-Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram business. Korf Auto ventured out and got into the Van Conversion business in 1990’s and sold Continental Coach “Highline” conversion vans and trucks as a sanctioned Chevrolet Bailment Pool Company. Continental Coach provided thousands of vans and truck conversions to many dealers throughout the mid-west for about ten years. As the Conversion industry matured throughout the nineties, the manufacturers became attentive of that market. The new mini vans and the factory full sized van conversions soon evolved into the manufacturers new model lineups. With the manufacturers new products coming to market, they decided it was a good time to sell the Conversion business to a Fort Collins entity.
In 2003, they opened a Used Vehicle dealership in Brush. It now has been operational sixteen years under the guidance and management of Tony and Julie Peckham. Tony and Julie have developed many customers and friends over their many years of service in Northeastern Colorado. In 2010, Korf Auto had the opportunity to purchase the Julesburg Ford store and make it part of their group. In that store they specialize in doing a significant Fleet business of about two hundred fifty units annually plus their normal retail business. Their Fleet Manager, Ted Baca, is extremely qualified and has been with our company since 1998. Their Korf Auto Group Operations Manager, Dan Foster, oversees the Julesburg operation. In 2016, Korf Auto Group sold the Sterling Korf Chevrolet Buick dealership at 1200 West Main. They operated that dealership for eight years. They then exercised an option to purchase the Sterling Ford Lincoln**Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership at 520 East Chestnut, in Sterling. They have now been two and half years offering full Sales and Service at that location. Tony Peckham is the Operations Manager, Keith Peer is the General Manager, and Donnie Chrismer is the Sales Manager in Sterling. Matt Pierce is their Parts Manager and Ted Lawson is their Service Manager. Many of their stores operate under the dba of Korf Continental. In Sterling, Korf Motors, LLC is their Ford Lincoln business name and Korf Continental is their Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram business name. In Yuma, Korf Chevrolet Buick GMC, Inc. dba Korf Continental is their handle and that includes Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram at that location. In Julesburg and Brush they are known as Korf Continental. The Korf name has been around in the automotive business since 1975 and has developed many friends and customers throughout the years selling in a very large geographical area including Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas. They currently employ about one hundred employees in their four locations. Please join the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Korf Motors as our Business of the Week!
Cattleya Floral 7-15-19
The business was started by Stan and Bonnie Kloberdanz in 1987. In January of
1999, Rick and Sue Weingardt purchased the flower business. Over the last twenty years Rick and Sue have had the opportunity to design for many special events across the states of Colorado and Nebraska. The shop was recently remodeled in order to accommodate customers by moving the front door to a new location. The Weingardt’s offer fresh arrangements made with flowers from the World’s Market as well as many decorative items. They handle occasions from “just because” to funerals, weddings and community events such as the Sterling Community Fund Gala. Please join the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Cattleya as our Business of the Week.
Logan County Lumber 7-1-19
Logan County Lumber, located at 502 S. 11th Ave has been serving Sterling, Colorado since 1909. Logan County Lumber was founded by George Henderson which later transitioned into a corporation now known as “The Sterling Lumber and Investment Company.” Sterling, CO began growing very quickly and George Henderson (founder) saw the
need an opportunity to open a lumber yard. Logan County Lumber was originally located on Main Street near Barnes Pharmacy. Some years after, they relocated to Chestnut Street where Daylight Donuts currently sits. In August of 1993, they found their new home and current location at 502 S. 11th Ave, Sterling, CO.
They are able to meet all your building needs including lumber and building materials, either in-stock or special order; which now includes a Design Center with cabinets, flooring, countertops and more! They also offer FREE in town deliveries. Join us in congratulating Logan County Lumber as our Business of the Week!
Shipping and Stuff 6-24-19
Larry and Shawna Stoltzfus owners of Shipping and Stuff opened their doors on
April 21, 2018. The business located at 1321 W. Main Street, is operated by their
daughter, Melanie Buckler…family owned and operated! They saw a need to offer a one stop shipping store in Sterling. In one stop, a customer can decide to ship with FedEx, UPS or USPS…it is their choice! They also offer in-store large format printing of banners, signs and pictures! They are still a new business…same location, same owners. Although, they have changed up some of the product offerings in their first year. They are continuously striving to offer what the customers need! Some of the things they
specialize in are
Packing and Shipping
Package Safe Keeping (have a package delivered to their store, instead of your
Mailbox rental, both in store and “virtual”
Copy, Shred, Notary, Fax, Scan, Binding, Laminating, Key Duplication
Printing, both regular and large format (banners, posters, photo packages, canvas
Custom design of invitations, announcements, etc.
In store computer rental
Packing Supplies, Office Supplies, Mobile Phone Supplies
They are very grateful for their customers and the community support over the
past year. Please join the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Shipping and Stuff as this week’s business of the week!
Area Wide Realty 6-17-19
Originally opened by Renee Selvidge in 1997, Area Wide Realty at 1100 West Main St. has served northeastern Colorado for 22 years specializing in residential real estate sales. Renee opened her own real estate service to allow her more control and more freedom with an office centered around integrity, professionalism and quality customer service. This allowed Selvidge the opportunity to meet customers at their convenience while still affording her time with her own family. Renee was joined by her husband Shannon in 2006, and recently daughter Brianna McBride became a licensed agent in 2016 after working at AWR as an assistant for five years. As well as residential real estate, the staff at Area Wide Realty also has experience in multi-family, commercial and land sales. Renee stresses, “Our goal is to assist our clients in fulfilling their goals whether it is selling, or buying, a home and investment or commercial property. We love helping to fulfill the dream of home ownership.”It’s easy for AWR professionals to be proud supporters of home ownership, especially in Logan County, because “Sterling has so much to offer to so many.” Having lived in Sterling since 1996, the Selvidge’s raised “our two children here”. We love this area and what it offers in so many aspects of our lives, our children’s lives and now our grandchildren’s lives.” Renee, Shannon and Brianna are also members of the Foursquare Church, serving on many different committees within the church. Additionally, Area Wide Realty has been proud to have been associated with many community events including Sugar Beet Days, the Christmas Parade of Lights, the Better Business Bureau, the Logan County Chamber of Commerce as well as the Logan County Fair. Renee and Shannon have served multiple times on the Logan County Board of Realtors with both being voted “Realtor of the Year,” Renee three times. Area Wide Realty has also been involved with different Logan County Board of Realtors committees such as “Helping Hands”, “CAR Director (Colorado Association of Realtors)”, “MLS Committee,” “Adopt a Family for Christmas.” “Christmas Party Committee” “Finance Committee.” “Step Out for Kids” and “Real Estate Professionals Reaching Out.” Renee, Shannon and Brianna, and their loved ones, have also passionately worked on the Northern Colorado Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Walk over the past decade including establishing a local MS Run previously held the Saturday of Sugar Beet Days. To help ease the stress on their customers, Renee and her husband and daughter are continually taking real estate courses to keep up to date on the most current rule and utilize proven ideas to better serve her customers. Renee, Shannon and Brianna are always happy to meet with people to discuss their real estate needs at Area Wide Realty. Please join the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Area Wide Realty as this week’s business of the week!
Harmony Home 6-10-19
The Harmony Home assisted living opened in October of 2017 by Scott and Kendall Rubottom as owners and operators. The building they chose at 703 Holly Drive had been vacant for several years. Scott owns Sterling Handyman Construction and Kendall has been a Registered Nurse for 11 years. With their combination of professions, they started brainstorming renovations for this building and making it a home for the elderly. After much research, they determined assisted living would be a great need for the community in the years to come. The building at 703 Holly Drive was purchased by the Rubottom’s in May of 2017. During the renovation process the kitchen was completely redone, fresh paint and flooring everywhere and showers were added to each room for resident’s privacy. Since The Harmony Home has opened in October of 2017, they have steadily increased their resident numbers to full capacity. In addition, on February 1st, 2019, they acquired a 2nd location in Yuma Colorado. The Harmony Home Yuma is a 25 bed assisted living facility. Kendall commented, “We have been so blessed to have gotten to care for some pretty amazing, loving residents.”
The Harmony Home ownership and staff prides themselves on personalized care in a homelike environment. They work closely with the family and physician to be sure that they are fulfilling all the residents needs. Some services provided are: Personalized assistance with relocation to The Harmony Home
Registered Nurse consultant on staff
Well trained staff on duty 24 hours per day
Three nutritious home cooked meals per day plus any snacks desired
Daily housekeeping services
Personal laundry and linen services
Private amenities in each room
Showers according to care plan, daily hair and personal care
Transportation arrangements if needed
Weekly linen changes (more often if needed)
Emergency call system provided and monitored
Dish Network TV
Kendall also works very closely with her staff to Ensure that they are giving the best care possible to their residents. “We feel very blessed to have amazing people on our staff that love and care for our residents each day”
To request information about The Harmony Home or for questions about how to care for your loved one as they age, call Kendall Rubottom, RN at 970-466-9775 or The Harmony Home at 970-522-7644.
Please join the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Ice Lanes Bowling Center as this week’s business of the week!
Ice Lanes 6-3-19
Ice Lanes Bowling Center is located at 208 North 10th Ave. It was originally a roller-skating rink in the mid 1900’s. After several years it was turned into a 10-lane bowling center and an addition was added to the building to accommodate 8 more lanes. Thomas Haynes was bowling at a state tournament with his wife, Icel’s father and brother when they learned the center was for sale. One thing led to another and on May 31 st , 1996 Thomas and Icel Haynes completed the purchase to become proud owners of the bowling center. They renamed it Ice Lanes and over the last 23 years they have made many renovations including upgrading the wood lanes to synthetic. Installation of a new projector, from self-scoring to electronic and recently updated to a newer system. They have installed new ball returns, carpet and flooring throughout. They offer bowling leagues, family fun entertainment, pro shop, company and group events and parties. They host fundraising events and offer a restaurant, bar and pool. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Ice Lanes Bowling Center as this week’s business of the week.
Sterling Medcare 5-28-19
Sterling MedCare Home Health Agency opened its doors in 1995. Jackie Donnelly, a nurse since 1957, established the agency with two patients and four employees. They ' have now been in operation and serving northeastern Colorado for 24 years. Jackie continues to own the agency but has retired from her administrative position. They have a Board of Directors that she serves on which allows them to draw upon her years of experience and guide their vision as well as their day to day operations. She served in many capacities for the Home Care Association of Colorado which helped her shape a strong and sustainable agency for the community. When the agency opened Jackie saw the opportunity to provide healthcare at a more modest cost to the consumer, pay sources and the provider. Patients prefer to be at home, suffer far fewer complications and experience superior outcomes in their own homes. Sterling MedCare can provide individualized, focused, one on one care to patients and families in a way no facility or provider can. It's the best possible path to the best possible health for patients and their families! Sterling MedCare’s first location was at 224 S. 2nd St. in Sterling. Since then they have moved to at least a few other locations until in 2006 when they built their own offices at their current location of 614 S. 10th Ave. Their staff has grown to twenty-one and have cared for thousands of patients in and around Sterling. Jackie retired in 2012 and asked her daughter, Michelle Shorter, to become the Administrator. Sterling MedCare Home Health provides a comprehensive list of services both skilled and non-skilled. Skilled services include nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and certified nurse assistance. Non-skilled services include, personal care, homemaking, meal preparation, and other services the client may require. A unique program they are proud to offer is one for parents caring for a child who is medically fragile or has an ongoing chronic condition. They have cared for newborn and premature infants, those who are at the end of life and all that fall in between. Healthcare can be a complicated and confusing system. Sterling MedCare is happy to assist patients and families in guiding them to access the care they need. Though they are located in Sterling, Sterling MedCare’s service area extends to a 60-mile radius around Sterling including areas of Logan,Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Yuma, Morgan, and Weld counties. Sterling MedCare is thankful to the city of Sterling and all the communities they've had the privilege of serving and look forward to many more year. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Sterling MedCare Home Health for being this week’s Business of the Week.
Sterling Trophy Shop 5-27-19
Sterling Trophy Shop located in the Broadway Plaza Shopping Center was started in 1980 by Carol and Harold Drescher. In 1993, Laural and Mike Brownell purchased the business with the hopes of
finding something that Laural could do while still raising their children. The Sterling Trophy Shop has had a wonderful staff through the years, making the shop what it is today. These employees include Carol Holzworth, Julie Sonnenberg, Polly Kurtz Winner, Audrey Brownell, Craig Brownell, Marybeth Skerjanec, April Gibson, and Sherrie Anderson along with numerous family members when in a tight spot. The business has been through a flood and survived and a fire that took it all. They have been in several locations in Sterling but love their home in Broadway Plaza. Adding a laser to their business 17 years ago was a big jump. They have supplied awards for Kansas and Colorado State Fairs, contests in Jamaica, and have shipped items all over the country. Sterling Trophy works for people across Colorado, even supplying badges, ribbons and buttons for conventions. In addition to the wonderful trophies and plaques, Sterling Trophy can do so much more. They create beautiful corporate awards, nameplates and name tags, as well as Acrylics which have become very popular in the last 10 years. Pet tags are an important aspect for all the pet lovers. They love to work with their clients to come up with something special that works just for them. If they don’t have it in stock, they can probably order it. Many businesses need custom signage and tags for their line of work, which Sterling Trophy can make in house. If you want something that can be personalized, Sterling Trophy is your source. Poker sets, keyrings, pens, pen sets, desk accessories, wine boxes and wine sets, flasks, slate and wooden cutting boards, coasters, business card holders, clip boards, portfolios, flag cases, silver trays, clocks, USB drives. They can permanently mark bbq utensils, hammers and tools as well as serving sets and gifts for weddings and events and so much more. See what Sterling Trophy can do for you. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Sterling Trophy Shop as this week’s business of the week.
Northeastern Junior College 5-20-19
Northeastern Junior College was founded in 1941 on a recommendation from the Logan County Council of Parent –Teacher Associations and interest from Logan County high school senior interest in attending a junior college close to home. On Sept. 8, 1941 Northeastern opened its doors offering math, science and English courses as well as carpentry, fine arts and drafting, radio science, photography, business and journalism. Northeastern has grown considerably over the past 78 years. From humble beginnings of using space at
the Sterling High School; to one building that housed all aspects of the college; to a two campus institution with nine educational building, a student center, six resident halls, a library/learning center,
theater and athletic facilities to house 10 athletic teams, rodeo team, a livestock judging team and a cafeteria.
Northeastern currently offers more than 80 programs and 600 courses in agriculture, business, liberal arts/humanities, health care, math, science and career and technical. Work has begun on the expansion
of the Applied Technology Campus, formerly known as North Campus, to expand and strengthen learning spaces, enhance current program offerings and to allow space for new programs in career and
technical education. Many updates have taken place over the past couple of years to the main campus: Pete’s Retreat located in the Hays Student Center and Williams Residence Hall have been remodeled. The cosmetology building and the cafeteria are in the last phases of being remodeled and should be completed this
summer. Northeastern is in the process of opening a new satellite campus in Yuma, Co it will house adult and community education programs, GED, ESL, concurrent enrollment, and college credit and non-credit courses. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Northeastern Junior College as this
week’s Business of the Week!
Sterling Livestock 5-13-19
Sterling Livestock located at 20197 Riverside Drive, originally started in Columbus Ohio by M.H. VanBerg and was later purchased by his son and daughter in law, Bud and Arlene VanBerg in 1958. Bud wanted to be in Colorado so he moved his family and the business to its current location in Sterling. In
2005 the current owners, Jim and Becky Santomaso took over the business. Sterling Livestock has been a family owned business for 60 years. Jim and Becky are blessed to have their son and daughter, Jason and
Jenny, as well as their 5 grandchildren working alongside them. They have a terrific crew and wonderful customers. Along with their weekly cattle auctions, Sterling Livestock also does farm machinery and
antique auctions. In addition to the weekly sales, they have a café ran by Deanie VanBerg, serving delicious homemade entrées and pies. Each week you will find the Santomaso family working diligently
to make sure your buying and selling needs are met. You will also see Sil Tadolini who has been with Sterling Livestock from the start in 1958. Jim and Jason take pride in selling cattle at auction at the
highest prices in the area. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Sterling Livestock as this weeks Business of the Week!
Village Inn 5-6-19
Fox 5 Theatre 4-22-19
Scott and Melissa Schaefer, the current owners of the Fox 5 Theater, purchased the existing business in 2012 from Jack and Sandy South, who owned the theatre for several years. The Fox 5 Theatre started as a play house and morphed into a movie theatre with two screens. When Jack purchased the business, he added theatres 3, 4 and 5. Years later when the Schaefer’s purchased the business, they installed digital projectors, and updated the sound systems in all five theatres. They began remodeling the exterior part of the building in May of 2014 and the concessions stand area in February of 2015. Scott and Melissa are currently working on updating crucial parts of the building which include the roof and other exterior components. Once completed, they plan on finishing with an
interior remodel which will include updates in many areas, along with getting new screens and seats. Joe Kraxner is a huge asset to the theatre. He has been an integral part in updating, installing and directing
the IT which is a huge part of the business. He is also partnering with Scott and Melissa and will be even more involved going forward. The Fox 5 Theatre provides their customers with a fun and enjoyable
movie going atmosphere, where they can purchase freshly made popcorn, soda, candy and many other items to enhancing their movie going adventure. Scott and Melissa are thankful for the opportunity to
share their love of movies and the movie theatre experience with their hometown. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating the Fox 5 Theatre as this week’s Business of the Week!
Concrete Specialties 4-15-19
The original Concrete Specialties Construction Company started in 1962. In 2003, Mark Krier,Duane Krier Jr., and Alan Krier purchased Concrete Specialties Construction and renamed it Concrete
Specialties and Utilities Construction. Duane and Alan still own the company, after Mark retired in 2018. In 1962 the company was founded by Dale Krier (father of Alan Krier) and Duane Krier Sr. (father of Duane Krier Jr.), exclusively performing concrete construction projects. In 1969, Delmar Krier (father of Mark Krier) joined his brothers Dale and Duane Sr. as owners. After a few years of business, the company expanded its services to also include excavation, water and sewer utilities construction. In the
late 80s, the company further expanded its scope to bridge construction. Again, in the early 2000s, the company expanded to provide snow removal services to the City of Sterling. The services the company provides include heavy concrete construction such as irrigation structures, roadways, curb and gutter; bridge construction; water and sewer utility construction; snow removal; excavation; demolition; dewatering and general contracting. Major projects completed include bridge construction of multiple bridges across the South Platte River, Pawnee Irrigation structure, Harmony Irrigation Structure, Caliche Water and Wastewater Renovations and large-scale waterline replacement projects for several cities in the region. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Concrete Specialties and Utilities Construction as this week’s Business of the Week.
The Sterling Culligan located at 329 Oak St. is one of the more than 800 franchised dealerships in more than 90 countries. Emmett Culligan started the business in 1936. In the 1930’s Culligan’s main focus was to treat hard water in the home with portable exchange tanks. Over the years Culligan has expanded its product offering to include problem water treatment as well as drinking water solutions for residential, commercial and industrial applications. In 2004, Dan Sutter and Ty Baseggio purchased the Sterling dealership, and expanded their operation in 2007 when they purchased the Fort Morgan dealership. Sutter and Baseggio value their customers and take pride in themselves on the service they provide. They have a very experienced team that strives to provide the best equipment available along with the best possible service daily. Dan Sutter (15 years), Ty Baseggio (14 years), Pam Koester (13 years), Ernie Naranjo (12 years), Russ Hershberger (11 years), Jon Medeles (9 years), Crystal Graff (5 years) and Matt Welsh (4 years). In 2015 the Sterling dealership was awarded the prestigious “Emmett J Culligan” Award of Excellence for being in the top 15 dealerships in all of North America. Culligan specializes in water treatment for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. They offer for purchase or lease: water softeners, reverse osmosis systems, bottles coolers and bottled water coolers. They have specialized automatic filters for problem water such as arsenic, iron, sulfur and chlorine. Culligan also offers delivery services of bottled water and salt to their residential and commercial customers. Dan & Ty are both WQA certified Water Quality Specialists & Installers. Ernie & Jon are both WQA certified Installers. Please help us in congratulations to Culligan on being this week’s Logan County Chamber Business of the Week.
HR Tire 3-25-19
HR Tire was started in 1979 by Henry Rosas, and is still family owned with 3 generations working there. Henry and Roberta Rosas, son Jeff Rosas and his children Scott and Rachelle Rosas. Throughout their years owning and operating the business, there have been several remodels and additions. The business started with 3 service bays, and now has 15. HR Tire offers many services including tires, wheels, fuel, alignments, oil changes, on the farm tire service, and propane on anything from large trucks to cars and pickups. HR tire will be celebrating 40 years of wonderful service to the community this year. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating HR Tire as this week’s business of the
The Sterling Bomgaars location was opened for business in November of 2011 as the 60th store in the company with locations from Central Iowa to Colorado. Bomgaars was founded in the late 1940’s in Sioux City, IA as an automotive parts supplier and grew over the years to add farm, ranch and home goods as well as general merchandise. The company was started by W.H. Bomgaars and is currently owned/operated by the third and fourth generations of the Bomgaars family. As the company expanded to western Nebraska and Colorado, they found the opportunity to open a new location in Sterling, Colorado that was formerly a Walmart. This was a great space for them to make their own and allowed them the opportunity to expand their footprint into northeast Colorado to serve the needs of farm and ranch customers throughout the area. With a moderate amount of remodeling, they were able to open this store and fill it up with a wide variety of merchandise as well as display many additional products that don’t fit into their smaller locations. With more than 66,000 square feet of retail space and as a farm/ranch and general merchandise retailer they carry a multitude of products, totaling at least 60,000 SKUs in 13 major departments including lawn and garden with nursery, clothing and footwear, farm, pet, automotive supplies, paint, hardware, tools, housewares and toys. In addition, Bomgaars also offers special order products, in-store assembly, propane tank exchange, product deliveries and key cutting services. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Bomgaars Supply as this week’s Business of the Week!
Journal Office Supply 3-11-19
Journal Office Supply began in 1941 when Otto Unfung started the business. It started as a print shop and office supply store. Jim Horner, the current owner, has owned the business since 1976. Throughout the years, Journal Office has expanded their offerings. In the 1950’s typewriters and adding machines were added to their inventory. In 1975, copier sales and services were added along with a complete line of office furniture. Today, Journal Office carries office furniture, digital copiers, office supplies, and they are an authorized Brothers Service Center. The Journal Office staff is very knowledgeable, the average employee has been with the company for 24 years. In 2014, their building was restored to the original front. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Journal Office Supply as our Business of the Week.
Nichols Tillage Tools 3-4-19
Nichol’s Tillage Tools began in the 1930’s as a repair shop later becoming a manufacturer of spare parts for cultivation and planting equipment. Nichol’s holds patents and original designs of products that are best made and often unique shapes. The business came to Logan County in 1982 and have continued to expand facilities and sales each year since. Nichol’s Tillage Tools employs many men and women of the community, and are very thankful for their work. To learn more about Nichol’s Tillage Tools, visit their website at nicholstillagetools.com Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Nichol’s Tillage Tools as this week’s Business of the Week!
Sterling Monument Company 2-25-19
Sterling Monument Co located at 18851 Highway 6 has been open since 1918. In 1985, the current owner, Grant Hogarth purchased the business from Fort Collins Monument Works, and the Koenig family before that. After Grant bought the business, he took on a partner eventually having outlets in Colorado, Nebraska, and Texas. Monuments are their main product, but they also do signs and historical markers. Sterling Monument has a large selection of products to choose from, and allow you to add your personal touch with their customization. Please help the Logan County Chamber in Congratulating Sterling Monument Company as this week’s Business of the Week.
Sterling Auto 2-18-19
Sterling Auto Sales located at 531 W. Main St. in Sterling has been in business since
1961. Owner Tyler Wagner is the third-generation to run the business, and is keeping up the traditions set by his father, Gene Wagner, and grandfather, Gib Wagner. Sterling Auto Sales was awarded the CIADA- Quality Dealer of the Year award. The family owned business has been a trusted car dealership offering clean pre-owned vehicles. They offer financing for almost all credit types, and are safety inspected and serviced. Sterling Auto is also a Carfax Advantage Dealer, and provide a Carfax report for every car free of charge, on their website at sterlingautosalesft.com Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Sterling Auto Sales as our Business of the Week.
Hootenannies located at 324 W. Main St. in Sterling is owned by Kevin Griffee, and is managed by Trevor Bedsaul. In April of 2014, Kevin saw a need for a restaurant/bar in Sterling, wanting to offer a variety of food to meet everyone’s desires as well as being kid friendly. Trevor joined the team prior to the business’ official purchase and works to continue the vision that was established while also adding his own spin on Sterling’s demands. On April 7, 2014, Chester’s Pub, primarily a bar that served a very limited menu, turned into Hootenannies. They took over with a smooth transition by offering the same menu and beginning the addition a full kitchen, a patio, a revamped menu, and exciting late night changes. By October of 2014, they were finishing up the remodel of the kitchen and starting to get the changes finalized as desired. By Hootenannies’ one year anniversary they had added tap beers, nearly tripled their spirit selection, finished up our covered and heated patio, and had their initial full menu catching the attention of locals, offering a really good burger. Over the next couple years, they continued to make improvements as to what their customers wanted, such as wider selection of burgers, sides, draft beer, more TVs, a full-service bar on their patio for special events, and more live entertainment. As Hootenannies approaches their 5-year anniversary, they can make note of several changes, such as an increased wine selection, and 11 draft beers to choose from. Hootenannies also has a full-service heated patio with TVs, pool tables, big screen TVs, and its own draft beer system, with plenty of tables to sit and relax. Their menu continues to grow offering over 15 different burgers with more offered as specials. Their menu now consists of multiple appetizers, steaks, salads, and more… which is continually changing to offer the best values, healthy options, seafood requests, and spring specials that are still a secret… They also now offer, Hootenannies mugs, glasses, shirts, and sweatshirts. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Hootenannies as this week’s Business of the Week!
D Cent Plumbing 2-4-19
D Cent Plumbing began in the garages of brother Don and Cliff Lock in December of 1975. Both brothers had plumbing experience and wanted to start their own businesses. They continued their
businesses in their garages until 1994 when their current shop was built at 414 N. 2nd Street in Sterling. In 2010 Don retired followed by Cliff in 2016, leaving the ownership to his son, Jeff. Jeff took ownership January 1, 2017 by keeping it a family operation with his sons and other family members working
alongside him. D Cent Plumbing offers new installation and services of plumbing ad boilers, sewer and drain cleaning, water heater installation, faucet and plumbing fixture repair and replacement, as well as, new construction and remodels. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating D Cent Plumbing as this week’s Business of the Week!
Dale's Jewlery 1-28-19
Dale’s Jewelry began in May of 1983 when Dale and Jeanne Bedsaul purchased the existing jewelry store, Scheberle’s Jewelry, which had been in operation for 28 years. After operating at 103 S. 2nd St. for 21 years, Dale’s Jewelry was able to move to their current location at 201 Main St. in October of 1994. This location was almost doubled in size, and allowed them to design a layout that could suit
their needs. Dale’s Jewelry carries a full line of fine quality jewelry which included diamonds, and a vast array of colored stone jewelry. They carry a large selection of bridal engagement and wedding rings from
numerous manufacturers, many which can be customized to fit your wishes. Dale’s also carries pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings of all types, gold jewelry, sterling silver lines from award winning designers. They offer diamond setting, remounting, and service on all the items that they sell. They
provide a personal, professional and comfortable atmosphere for all their customers. Each year Dale and
his staff attend an international jewelry show with over 2,000 vendors, to bring you the latest styles with the most unique designs. In addition to their membership with the Logan County Chamber, Dale’s Jewelry also belongs to
The American Gem Society, Jewelers of America, Retail Jewelers Organizationg, and the Better Business Bureau. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Dale’s Jewelry as this week’s Business
of the Week!
Wells Fargo 1-21-19
Wells Fargo has been serving the Sterling community since 1925. It started out as a Security Service Bank and has been through a few different mergers until finally becoming Wells Fargo in 1975. The Wells Fargo company has been around for over 165 years and is one of the nation’s largest banks. Wells Fargo is a resource for their customers, they provide financial guidance and ensure to be there every step of the way. As a team, they go above and beyond taking care of customer needs. They have a firm belief in making sure things are done right the first time. The Sterling team is passionate about the community and making sure their customers are happy. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Wells Fargo on being our Business of the Week.
CHS is a farmer and rancher owned cooperative with owners across the United States. CHS’s
first priority is to help farmers and ranchers grow, providing quality products, the latest innovation and
first class customer service. As agriculture and communities evolve, they are committed to staying
ahead of the industry. CHS employs a knowledgeable and professional staff to assist their customers
with any needs.
The down town Sterling office was formed in 2015 when two parent cooperatives merged their
agronomy divisions together to better service their owners. The CHS agronomy division services farmers
and ranchers in Northeast Colorado and parts of Southwest Nebraska offering them fertilizer, crop
protection, and application services.
Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating CHS as this week’s Business of the
Creative Eye Works 1-7-19
Creative Eyeworks located at 100 Broadway in the Broadway Plaza Shopping Center, has been serving our community for 22 years. Bonnie Frank, along with Carol Brunkhardt started their business knowing that their services would be a nice contribution to the community. In 1996, they were located on S. 3rd Avenue, later moving to a larger location in 2008.
Creative Eyeworks carries a large selection of prescription and nonprescription eyewear including sunglasses. They also offer some day service on some prescriptions. On top of their many wonderful products, Creative Eyeworks also has a part-time optometrist on staff to better serve your eyecare needs. Dr. Sean Blackburn and his staff come to the office once a week.
Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Creative Eyeworks as this week’s Business of the Week.