New Businesses Providing Boost to Rooks County

by Roger Hrabe (updated 2/7/2017)

New businesses continue to spring up around Rooks County.  The growth reflects a renewed effort on the part of the Rooks County Economic Development Office and Rooks County E-Community to encourage local entrepreneurs to start businesses and create jobs.  Creating jobs one or two at a time can have a tremendous long-term impact on an area’s downtown and the economy as a whole.

New in 2017 is KS + Roots Photography in Plainville.  Alexis Lewis has created a website to let customers see some of the work that she has done.   You can also go to her Instagram site @kstrekker. Tell her you saw this here and get a $20 discount.

Branching out on her own with a “new” business in 2016 is Garrah Birdsall with Garrah’s Massage Therapy, located at 107 S. Main in Plainville.  Garrah formerly was associated with Plainville Chiropractic, but with that business temporarily closed, Garrah established a location for herself in downtown.  Garrah can be reached at 785-303-0894.

IMG_1202Officially opening in June, 2016 is the Plainville Recreation Commission Fitness Center.  In the planning stages for nearly six years, the Fitness Center is now a reality.  The Center is located in the former Duckwall’s building on Main Street and features recumbent cross trainers, treadmills, ellipticals, rowing machines, step machines, stationary bicycles, as well as free weights and room for fitness classes. Currently the Center has limited hours from 5-8 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. each day.  A 24 hour key card system is being installed.

 

Spraytech, Inc. is a new business that has moved to Stockton from the Wichita area in 2016.  Owners Dave & Cheryl Calvin, along with son-in-law Dominic Antonini, have set up the business in the 1000 block area of S. Cedar behind the Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant.  Spraytech designs, manufactures, and sells spray equipment to the waterproofing and poured concrete wall industry. Waterproofing is their business.  The business is located at 309 S. 9th in Stockton, and can be reached at 316-943-3700.

ShopJames Post is the owner of a new business located at 621 S. Walnut in Stockton.  Beginning in February of 2016, The Shop does welding, light mechanic work, plus offers tire sales and service.  James can be contacted at 785-425-8044.

Opening on September 14, 2015 in Stockton is Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant.  This brightly-colored restaurant is located at 1003 S. Cedar (Highway 183).   You can expect authentic Mexican dishes and fast service.  Hours are Monday -Thursday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and until 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

IMG_0621Another new Stockton business is The Enchanted Cottage, located at 408 Main, opening September 7, 2015.  This new store operated by Rebecca Smith and Terrie Swazzo is for the young-at-heart, sharing a love of dolls that has transformed into a business that brings back memories of the penny candy stores of days gone by.  The two women combined their previous businesses into a store selling dolls, handmade items, jewelry, candy, and much more.  Store hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

speer creationsWhat started out as “hobbies” for Gerrad and Lauren Speer in Plainville has turned into a business.  Speer Creations uses Gerrad’s carpentry skills, and Lauren’s artistic skills to create one-of-a-kind products for children.  Speer Creations designs, builds, and paints various children’s products, including puzzle step-stools and small picnic tables.  To find out more, visit their Facebook page, or email to speercreationsdesign@gmail.com.

WestonWeston’s, an attractive new restaurant located at 323 Main in Stockton, opened in August, 2015.  Desra and Roger Roy opened the new restaurant after doing extensive remodeling on the former Duck Blind.  The grill is open from 11-2 and 5-9 Tuesday through Saturday.  The also offer carry out by calling 785-415-2131.  Facebook @StocktonWestins.

Cameron Eickhoff started a new construction business in Plainville in June, 2015 called Oak Grove Construction, LLC.  A native of Natoma, Cameron has extensive experience in construction and renovation.  Contact Cameron at 785-885-8035.

IMG_1655Opening in May, 2015 on east Main in Stockton is Rooks County Trailer Sales.  This new business, owned by Lujeana Peters-Howell, manufactures Pyramid Trailers which are used for hauling large round bales.  The new business is located at 1116 Main St., in what locals will remember as Shorty’s Repair.  The contact number is 785-415-2125.  See more online on Facebook or on their Website at www.pyramidbaletrailers.com.

IMG_1249Opening in May, 2015 in Stockton is Malee’s Asian Food and Thai Food located at 413 Main. Malee Berkley has run a successful operation out of a food trailer in recent years, but now has moved into a permanent building that most Stockton people fondly remember as the Rooks County Bakery building. The new business can be reached at 785-415-2144.

E.G.A. Service Center opened in April 2015 and is located at 1970 J Road just east of Stockton right off the highway, but moving to Hendrick St. in east Stockton. Shayn Balthazor is the owner and named the business for the eagle, globe and anchor on the Marine Corps flag.  EGA Service can be reached at 785-580-7109.

IMG_1318Opening in Stockton on April 21, 2015 is The Cutting Edge, located at 915 N. 1st St.  Janel Odle has purchased the former spa/beauty shop owned by former resident Cindy Overlease and started her own new business that will be a spa/beauty/personal care business.   Janel used the county micro loan fund to help supplement the money needed to get the new business underway.  She can be reached for an appointment at 785-425-7145.

CPSCrop Production Services is now open as a new business in a new building located in the Stockton Industrial Park north of Wilken’s Manufacturing  at 1753 N Terrace (3 mi. south).  This new business to Stockton specializes in all types of applications related to agricultural crop production.  Contact Matt at 785-341-2902.

Kuhlmann cabinMark Kuhlmann, owner of Kuhlmann Construction, has started an offshoot business called Kuhl Custom Cabins.  These small, custom built cabins are sure to be a popular for a lake cabin, hunting lodge, or even guest house.

You can view one of the cabins on the 1300th block of N. First St.  Contact Mark at 425-8030.

Dean Johnson Painting is new to Plainville. but Dean has many years of painting experience.  Dean can be reached at 785-434-6458.

Also in the painting business is June Brookhouser with Sammons Interior Painting.  June started the business recently because she loved painting.  She will be doing the business part-time, but can be reached at 785-365-9452 for availability.

IMG_0458Plainville is also home to a new salon and spa, at 306 N. Jefferson, called Eclips Salon & Spa. Owner Caralee Cline held the grand opening on Saturday, March 7, 2015.

Cline is a graduate of NWKAVTS of Cosmetology in Goodland. She is an experienced cosmetologist of almost 30 years. She offers all hair cutting, coloring, straightening, curling and styling techniques. Other services provided include nail manicures, pedicures, and massage therapy.

Caralee and her husband Andrew Cline bought a home in Plainville in July of 2013.. Other staff include Callie Dinkel and Anne Harvey. The salon and spa is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 785-627-6067 to make your appointment.

JS Spray foam, LLC is a new business in Stockton started by Ray Swaney.  The business is actually located at 1640 F Road in rural Stockton.  The business specializes in insulating home and metal buildings, oil tanks, and pipelines.  They are licensed and insured.  The can contact Ray by calling 785-623-0723.

Morgan gunsMorgan Arms and Ammo actually had its beginning in August 2014, but it now gaining traction in 2015. Kevin Morgan and son Bryan Morgan are filling a local and area market demand for guns, ammunition, and accessories. Hunting rifles, shotguns, and several handguns are available, and what is not in stock can usually be ordered. They also carry all common ammunition and are willing to order other types at no extra charge. The business does not have a storefront at this time, but Kevin can be contacted at 785-425-8700 and Bryan at 785-432-0233. They can also be contacted by email at morganarmsandammo@gmail.com.

Special Moments Photography is a new business operated by Jennifer Gray in Stockton.  Jennifer can be reached at 785-259-3901.

Vehicles are now on the lot, so it is official in March, 2015 that A K Auto Sales, located at 311 S. Washington is officially open for business.   For now, please call 785-656-4301 for appointment.

TrumppA new business in Damar is a uniform cleaning business started by Bryce Trumpp.  Now located in a Main Street building that former housed the local Watering Hole, the rooms are filled with washers, dryers, soiled uniforms, and racks of clean uniforms.  One of the newest and largest clients is the McCarty Dairy of western Kansas.  McCarty’s have several large dairies in western Kansas, including one in the Rexford.  Bryce can be reached at 785-737-3571.

Officially opening in January, 2015 in Stockton, Muir Law Office adds another young face to the legal network in Stockton and Rooks County.  Danielle Muir has served as the Assistant Rooks County Attorney for several years, but is now adding her own business into the mix.  Her office new office is located at 410 Main, along with Eland Title Company.  Danielle and her husband Bryant both grew up in Rooks County and returned home to build their careers and start a family.

IMG_0442A new start-up business in Stockton as of December 1, 2014 is Aquagraphics and Vinyl Designs, LLC located at 307 S. 9th St.  The new business will specialize in hydrographics, a process of dipping pieces in a liquid to apply the paint.  Whether it is a gun stock, parts of a vehicle, toy, etc., it can become something special with the process.   Aquagraphics can be contacted at 785-203-0039 or at 785-303-0212.

A new business in November, 2014 that resulted from the closing of another long-time Plainville business is Rempe Heating, Plumbing and AC.   Steve Rempe, a long-time employee of the former Reed’s Plumbing and Heating has started his own business after Reed’s was closed and their inventory auctioned.  Steve is still at the 404 W. Mill St. location in Plainville.  He can be reached at 785-434-2819.

Litrell IncJason Littrell began Littrell, Inc. in Plainville in October 2014.  Specializing in unique pieces of furniture that mix artwork with design, affectionately called Funky Farmhouse-Industrial Furnishings and Functional Art. Jason operates the business from rural Plainville but markets the pieces at the Shabby Shed in Osborne and directly from “The Ponderosa.”  Call 785-737-6150 for an appointment.

Also locating inside the former Farm Implement & Supply building in 2014 is Liberty Auto Body & Detailing.  The new business is a PPG Collision Repair Center and also provides auto detailing.   Call 785-688-4264 for an appointment or information.

After being involved in the printing and screen printing business for many years in Stockton, Jayne Prockish has taken on a new venture, In Touch With You Massage, opening in May, 2014 in Stockton at 414 S. Fifth Street,

massage 2 webWith this new business endeavor, Jayne states, “I am just like a kid at Christmas!”  Once all her children had graduated college, Jayne said it was her turn to do something just for herself.  And since she has always been interested in massage therapy, it was time.  The opportunity presented itself when the Dollar General Corporation purchased the property that housed the embroidery business Jayne and Jim owned.

Jayne began her training last August through online classes at Colby Community College.  She also attended classes every other weekend on the WaKeeney campus learning the techniques of massage therapy with her formal graduation set for May 16th in Colby.

Work on the spa, located at 414 South Fifth in Stockton, was done by Jayne, her husband Jim, their children Jake, Jamie and Jesse, who owns his own construction business in Stockton, and friends.

Therapies offered include Swedish, deep tissue, hot stones and Chinese cupping.  Spa treatments will also be offered including body wraps, mini facials and ear candling.  Jayne can also do Kanesio taping.  A sauna is also onsite. Please call for appointments at 785-425-7388 or 785-737-3791.

Koerner outside webKoerner Chiropractic opened in Plainville on April 15, 2014 at 520 W. Mill Street (formerly Farm Implement & Supply).   The Plainville office is an expansion of the Dr. Joey Koerner’s practice in Hays, KS and will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.  The office can be contacted by phone at 785-688-4277.

IMG_0037Opening on March 20, 2014 at 205 NW 3rd (a block east of US 183 and K-18 intersection) in Plainville is Dollar General.  Since the closing of Duckwall’s nearly three years ago, the community has been without a variety store.  Dollar General now fills that void.  The new store is open 7 days a week and until 10 p.m. each evening.

An expansion of the Phillipsburg Chiropractic Center has brought renewed chiropractic care to Plainville.  Opening in the former Hair Chiropractic building as of February, 2014 is the Plainville Chiropractic Center at 103 N. Washington.  Dr. Dustin Cheney now operates chiropractic clinics in Stockton and Plainville.  Hours for the Plainville clinic are Tuesday 6:30-8:00 p.m., Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Friday 12:30 to 5:00 p.m.  They can be reached at 785-434-4777.

Another business that was started in 2014 is Foster Welding.  Brennan Foster, son of long-time Plainville resident Bill “Toot” Foster, started the welding business in response to the high demand for quality welders in the area.   Foster can be reached at 785-737-3685 or by email at fosterwelding@live.com.

A new sporting business was started by Joey Bellerive of Stockton in 2013 called Bellerive Game Farms, LLC.  Bellerive Game Farms offers a complete bird hunting experience, whether it is quail, pheasant, prairie chicken, dove, or waterfowl.  Email to bellerivegamefarmsllc@gmail.com.

JadeMembers of the Plainville Chamber of Commerce were on hand the 3rd week of October, 2013 to welcome the Krumpe family and their new business–Jade’s Classic Automotive–to town. Alan Krumpe, owner and operator, specializes in classic restoration of automobiles. The shop is located at 406 N. Broadway. He can be reached by phone at 785-639-5681 or by email at jadeclassics@live.com. You can also find them on Facebook @ Jade Classics.

P9190013Owners and operators of Wiggles & Giggles, LLC, Rebecca Creighton and Jordan Carpenter, consider their new day care center in Stockton a home away from home. The doors at 511 Main Street officially opened on Monday, September 23, 2013.

Their goal is to provide the children with loving, nurturing care in a safe, stimulating environment. All of the care rooms in the facility are set up to allow the children the opportunity to try new things at their own pace. The day care will be open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Rebecca and Jordan were able to use funds from the Rooks County Micro Loan fund through Rooks County Economic Development and the Rural Business Development Tax Credit fund to help finance the new business

In Stockton, Libby Kester started a new business in 2013 called Lasting Impression By Lib (L.I.B.) that does photo work, sublimation, and vinyl graphics.  Libby currently works the business out of her house at 808 S. Cypress, but can be contacted at 785-425-6561.

Prockish Construction opened for business in Stockton in June, 2013.  Jesse Prockish, a Stockton native, is licensed and insured and specializes in plumbing, heating, and air conditioning, as well as carpentry work and remodeling.  Jesse provides free estimates and can be reached at 785-737-3652.

Donald EricksonLark Works, starting business in January 2013, one of Stockton’s newest businesses, sells Studebaker wiring harnesses, which is basically the electrical brain of the vehicles.  Lark Works owner Donald Erickson knew he needed a braiding machine to eliminate out-sourcing the braiding service to a company in Michigan.  Enter the Rooks County Economic Development Micro Loan program.

Lark Works successfully secured the loan with the help of director Roger Hrabe.  A refurbished pre-1970 braiding machine was purchased from a company in New York State.  Braiding machines are commonly used in the textile industry on the east coast.

Donald and wife Chelsea currently operate the business out of their home, but will be moving to a larger facility in the near future.

The Wild West Saloon & Grill opened in January, 2013 in Plainville on Mill Street, but has since moved to the Rooks County Golf Course north of Plainville on U.S. Hwy 183.  The restaurant features daily specials, as well as the normal lunch and dinner meals.   Hours are Monday – Thursday for 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2 a.m.,  and closed Sunday.  Phone is 785-688-4181.

A new bit company with headquarters located in Plainville opened in early 2013. Effin Bits LLC specializes in the sale and rental of workover and rotary bits. Justin R. Prater is managing agent and Kory Pfeifer a partner. “With two decades of workover drilling experience, including open hole and cased hole re-entry and well deepening, we can get the correct bit for the client’s application.”, said Prater. For more information, contact Justin Prater on cellular at 785-432-0861 (24/7), or office at 785-688-4185, or E-mail prateroil@gmail.com. Office mailing address is 905 N. Washington, Plainville, KS 67663.

StrataKan Exploration is an oilfield exploration business that started in 2013 as well.  Located at 204 W. Mill, they can be contacted by phone at 785-688-4241.

Opening on January 21, 2013, the Mexican restaurant El As De Oros began serving Plainville and the surrounding area.   The new restaurant is located at 711 S. Washington in Plainville and is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Officially opening in fall 2012 is APhotography.  Addie Hays took a love of photography and turned it into a business.  She can be contacted at 785-737-3514, or by email at adriennejhays@gmail.com or you can go to her website at http://adriennejhays.wix.com/aphotography.

The Gasper Law Office opened in Stockton in August, 2012.  Joe Gasper was a Stockton High School graduate and has returned to Stockton after practicing law in Garden City, KS.   The office is located at 419 Main and has been totally renovated with a new storefront and offices, but retaining many of the features of the historic building including wood floors and tin ceilings.  The number at the law office is 785-415-2052.

Andy Muir returned to Stockton in the summer of 2012 to start Andy’s Home Service.  Specializing in home construction, Muir has also been involved in some commercial projects.  Andy can be contacted at 785-639-6642.

Opening in June, 2012 in Plainville is BenSons Auto ( formerly MacConnell Automotive Company) .  Owners Mark and Ben MacConnell plan to offer not only a full range of vehicle repair and maintenance, but also will offer low- to medium-priced vehicles for sale as well.  The new business is located at 606 S. Washington and can be contacted at 785-688-4123.

Several new businesses that have opened or re-opened recently are Rowe Publishing and Design, This and That Antique & Collectibles, The Picket Fence Gift Shop, Joni’s Tree Trimming, Oller & Sons Tree Service, Northwest Kansas Physical Therapy, and Dave Calvin Storage.

Sterling Supply, LLC officially opened on March 19, 2012 at 406 S. First Street in Stockton.  Sterling Supply will be the local supplier for Car Quest Auto Parts.  Owners of the new business are Chad and Nancy Sterling.  Sterling Supply stocks a full line of auto parts, as well as many supplies for car care.  They also have the capability of making hydraulic hoses.  They can be reached at 785-415-2200.

Sand Creek Mercantile officially opened their door on October 1, 2010 at 316 Main in Stockton.  If you like shabby vintage, and some time-worn things, with a few new items here and there, you might want to stop in this new business run by Cheryl Calvin. SCM features unique items such as distressed furniture, chairs, dropleaf tables, headboards, home decor and a host of other vintage items that have been lovingly used and are looking for a new home.  The store hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and then on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Opening September 7, 2010 in Plainville is Tyler’s Automotive.  Tyler Ganoung, a Plainville graduate, has been working in the automotive repair business for a number of years and has now set out on his own.  Tyler is operating the business at 201 W. Mill Street in Plainville.  Tyler’s Automotive is open M-F 8-5 and Saturday by appointment.  He can be reached at 785-656-2225.

A new self-storage business in Plainville replaced several dilapidated buildings along Highway 183 in August, 2010.  Plainville Self Storage is owned and operated by Thea and Steve Baldwin, and is located just to the south of the intersection of U.S. 183 and Mill Street.  The storage units range in size from a small room, to big enough to hold an RV.  For more information on renting a unit, call 785-737-3351.

Another new storage facility to open is Discount Storage Units in Damar.  The units vary in size from 10 x 10, to 10 x 20.  Interested renters can call 785-737-8016 for more information.

Webster’s Deli & Catering set up shop in a former convenience store location in Stockton at 303 Main in May, 2010.  Webster’s not only offers catering services, but also has a complete deli, with customers able to order fresh deli meat and made-to-order sandwiches.  Webster’s Deli is part of Webster’s Supermarket, a long-time fixture in downtown Stockton.   Contact Webster’s Deli at 785-425-6751.

Stitch and Chatter opened its doors at the end of April, 2010 in Stockton. Idona and Dennis Duncan created the business for quilters and sewing ladies/gentlemen in and around the area..   The two saw the need for this type of store in town and have created a cozy atmosphere where people can come to shop for material and supplies, or to have their sewing machines repaired.  In 2015, the business moved to it’s new location at 320 Main.

Stitch and Chatter was conceived so people can find the items they need for sewing and quilting since some store franchises are phasing out their material sections.  Business hours at this time are from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays.  They will also be open some evenings.  Just give them a call at 785-415-2015.  Check out their hours or look online for their e-mails at doandunk@hotmail.com  or www.stitchandchatter.com.

Carousel Bakery and Cafe opened its doors at it’s new location at 318 Main St. after starting the business in 2010 at 1003 S. Cedar in Stockton.  The business is owned by Laurie Calvin and Dominic Antonini.  Specialties at the new establishment include pastries, special occasion cakes, and will soon offer lunch.  Laurie was employed as a pastry chef in Wichita before moving to Stockton.  Dominic also lived in Wichita for several years, but grew up in Tucson, Arizona.  They can be reached at 785-415-2000.

The Cardinal Drive-In in Plainville has opened once again after a long absence.  Owners Pam & Doug Emerick officially opened the facility on April 21, 2010, and are now offering drive-in, dine-in, or carry out orders.  In addition to daily specials, the Cardinal offers 8 varieties of ice cream.  They are open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, and are a smoke-free facility.  Orders can be called in at 785-434-2513.

Several new businesses have recently started operations in Stockton.   Robert Wise Art & Engraving is a new business started in April 2010 by local Stockton artist Robert Wise.  Well-known by locals for his artwork, Robert’s new business focuses on awards, plaques, gifts, signage, and  memorialization.  Engraving and artwork can be done on marble, wood, granite, plastic, glass, metal, or tile.    Robert can be contacted at 785-425-8816, or by e-mail at artist1@ruraltel.net.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held October 23, 2009 to kick off the Grand Opening for Liberty Buildings LLC of Plainville.  Liberty Buildings is an authorized dealer for Span-Tech Fabric Covered Buildings Wick Buildings, and Sentinel Building Systems.  Visit their website at www.libertybuildingsllc.com. .   The new business is owned by Roger Comeau, with Rod Cellmer as salesman.  The new business is now located at 100 SW 9th St.. For information call Rod at 785-477-3472 or e-mail at rodc@ruraltel.net.

Plainville resident Danielle Waggoner officially began her new business, DMW Photography, in August of 2009.  Since then she has been busy doing wedding photography, senior pictures, and family/child pictures.  She can be reached at 785-303-0707, by e-mail at info@dmwphotography.com, ordanielle_waggoner@yahoo.com.  She also has a website from which you can view her work at www.dmwphotography.com.

New to Stockton in 2008 is Denae Denio with Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture.   Denae is located at 104 N. Walnut and specializes in interior architecture, but contact her for all your architecture needs.   SPT has someone on staff who can handle your needs.  To contact Denae, call 785-425-6272.

A new business in Plainville will help meet the needs of construction companies and others that have temporary job sites.  ASC Portables is owned by Lance and Angie Armbrister of Plainville, and provides portable restrooms for temporary job locations.  Lance can be reached by cell phone at 785-623-3443, or at 785-434-4765.

Starting a new construction business in March 2009 is Greg Balthazor doing business as G and K Remodeling.  G & K will do painting, drywall, windows, doors, and general remodeling.  They can be reached at 785-425-6340.

Another new construction business was started in Plainville by Roger Morris.  Morris, a former school principal, is now back in Plainville and has started a Home Improvement/Handy Man Services business.  Kitchen and bath remodeling, new cabinets, countertops, decks, interior and exterior painting, windows, floor installation, and siding are just a few of the areas that can be completed.   Call 785-737-6010.

Three new construction businesses in Stockton began operations in the summer of 2008.  Mtb Construction is owned by Duane Pulec.  They do concrete removal & replacement, concrete flatwork, pole buildings, and misc. carpentry.   They can be reached at 785-425-8585. Also opening is Mudd Construction Co.  Mike Faris is the owner of this new business after years of working for Roy Construction in Stockton.  The services Mudd Construction will provide include concrete construction (flatwork, foundations, basements, storm shelters, and repairs; metal buildings, new construction and repairs, carpentry, and snow removal.  Mike can be reached at 785-425-7136.

The exercise equipment purchased two years ago by the Stockton Recreation Commission for the town’s wellness center, has found a home in the former Rooks County Health Center Clinic on Main Street.  The Stockton Recreation Commission has now opened the Stockton Recreation Fitness Center to the public.

The center includes a set of free weights, twelve isolation machine weights used for upper and lower body workouts, three exercise balls, inclining treadmills, elliptical bicycles, three stationary bikes, a Stairmaster, etc.

The Recreation Commission has established membership prices for a variety of needs.  Single memberships are $17/month; Member & Spouse, $27/month; Member & Family, $37/month.  An Annual Single Membership is $170; Member & Spouse, $270; and Member & Family, $370.  A Guest Daily Rate is $5, and Guest Weekly Membership is $10.

A keyless entry swipe card system is in place that allows people to use the facility at their convenience and it will be activated when memberships are paid.

After years of working in the city of Denver, Colorado, Doug Earl and his wife, Nancy, have moved back closer to his home and opened their own business, DNA Transmissions, located in Stockton. Doug, who was originally from Woodston and attended Stockton High School in the late 1970’s, decided to go out on his own after building transmissions and working on cars for other companies over the past 30 years.

The two set up shop on August 12, 2008 in the Ballard Auto & Sand Toys building at 524 Main Street in Stockton.  Doug can work on any make, any model or any year of car, both foreign and domestic, with all work guaranteed.  Services offered include automatic, standards, transfer cases, brakes and suspension, electrical, diagnostics, engine repair and rebuild, differentials and much more.

Their business hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.   Telephone numbers are 785-425-6777, and 877-425-0777.

Starting a new construction business in Damar in May, 2008 is Dustin Christensen.  Dustin will do garages, additions, remodels, roofs, framing, and siding.  He can be reached at 785-230-8400.

Also starting a new construction businesses in Plainville are local residents Justin Balthazor and Blake Waggoner,   Precision Construction & Roofing,  Precision Construction can be reached by calling 785-577-6097 or 785-259-3875.

April’s Imagination is a new small business in Stockton that makes customized and personalized gifts (photo mat, books, stationary).  April Chesney is the owner of the new business that began operations in May, 2008.  The website for April’s Imagination is www.aprilsimagination.com.  She can also be contacted at 785-259-8792 or e-mailed at april@aprilsimagination.com.

In April, 2008, Hrabe Flooring began as a new business in Plainville.  Matt Hrabe began the business after working in the flooring business in Sabetha, Kansas for nearly a year.  Matt can handle all of your carpet, hardwood, laminate, and tile needs.  On June 11, 2011, Matt opened a new retail space at 215 W. Mill St. in Plainville and now has a complete showroom of all the available flooring materials that he has available. He can be contacted at 785-688-4066 or 785-650-9535.

Clipper Energy, LLC purchased the former Prairie Ag & Auto building located on Highway 18 (NW 3rd) in Plainville in November of 2007.  Clipper Energy is involved in oil exploration and production, and has expanded their operations to the Rooks County area.

After operating out of temporary offices for several months, the Farmers National Bank formally opened their new facility at 306 S. Cedar in Stockton on May 7, 2007.  The new facility is one of several branch banks for Farmers National.  They also operate banks in Phillipsburg, Agra, Logan, and Kensington.  Drive up hours are now available also from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The bank can be accessed online at www.farmersnationalbankonline.com, or calling 785-425-7007.

Blaine’s Electric, LLC opened for business in 2007 in Plainville.  Blaine Brown is owner of the new business and is a master electrician specializing in residential and commercial service.  Call Blaine at 785-656-0611.

Lindee Lou’s Gifts & Floral is a new business opening February, 2007 in Stockton focusing on planning weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, bridal showers, baby showers, proms and any other type of special occasion.  Located at 322 Main, owner Linda McLaughlin has a large supply of rental items, flowers,  and other items needed for your special occasion. Contact Linda at 785-425-8521 or e-mail to linmac@ruraltel.net.

Servo Source, located at 1224 Main in Stockton, opened in early 2007 and manufactures and tests components for CNC mills, and Servo II retrofits.  Owner and President Everett Reeve started the company in California, but had contacts near Stockton and had spent time here and liked the community.  He decided that he could conduct his business from here.  Including himself, there are two local employees.

Heritage Insurance Group (formerly Your Insurance Corner) of Stockton celebrated the opening of a new branch office in Palco on Friday, September 15, 2006 with a ribbon cutting and open house.  Located in a newly-refurbished building on Main Street, the business will serve the insurance needs of the Palco area.

Mark Lowry, owner of the new business, is excited about the new office and becoming a part of the Palco community.

C & J Welding, LLC started operations in Plainville in November, 2006.  Clifford Husmann, a long-time local welder, is the new business owner.  He can be contacted at 785-434-7380, or on his cell at 785-303-0016.

A group of Palco citizens saw a need for Palco residents, and went forward with the idea of bringing a day care to town.  Lil’ Roosters Day Care opened for business on September 5, 2006. “We were concerned, and realized young parents needed a place to take their kids,” said Chris Desbien, Day Care Board member.  She explained that many parents work out of town, and take their children to Day Care in that town, where they also begin pre-school and then school.  

With day care in Palco, the idea was to keep kids in town for not only day care, but on through pre-school and their school years. The Lil’ Roosters Day Care is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and has rates for full-time, part-time, and drop-in children.  It serves breakfast, lunch, and a p.m. snack.

The Bonnie Plant Farm of Union Springs, Ala., purchased the complex formerly occupied by The Tomato Factory in the Plainville Industrial Park and is now in the process of planting for the Spring and Summer of 2006.  Four new greenhouses have been constructed for a total of 17 greenhouses and 70,000 square feet of growing space. The facility will produce starter plants mostly of vegetables and herbs, but a few flowers will be grown. The plants will be trucked to a territory including the area of Kansas west of Topeka, and a portion of Nebraska and the Oklahoma panhandle.

One of several new oilfield businesses that began operations in 2006 is American Eagle Drilling, LLC.  The company yard is located on W Road, one-half mile west of U.S. 183.  The company can be reached by calling 785-434-2079.

Another new oilfield business is Flatland Tank Service in Plainville.  Plainville native John Plante started the business in response to the resurgence in oilfield activity.  Flatland Tank Service can be reached at 785-434-6016.

Ballard Auto’s and Sandtoy’s opened in September, 2005.  They are now located blocks south of U.S. 24 on Hwy 183 in Stockton.  For sale at the new location are used automobiles, as well as ATV’s.  The owner of the new business is Scott Ballard.  To contact Scott, you can call 785-994-6296.

The Office, located at 1209 Main Street in Stockton, officially opened for business as of August 1, 2005.  The new building houses snooker and 8-ball tables, darts, video game arcade, and tables for card games.  There is also plenty of room for dances.  The Office, owned and operated by Rick Lowry, also serves pop, snacks, sandwiches, pizza, beer and wine coolers during their business hours of noon to 12:00 a.m.

Another business that officially started on August 1, 2005 is Cornerstone Building & Design, LLC.  This Plainville-based construction business is owned and operated by Michael Reed.  Reed is also looking for a permanent location in Plainville, and is currently operating from 610 S. Section Line in Plainville.  Reed has already undertaken several projects in the area including renovation work for Rooks County Economic Development, Unrein Healthmart, and the tornado-damaged Nova Theatre in Stockton.  Reed can be reached at 785-434-4892 or 785-650-1586.

Drs. Dustin Cheney and Susan Buchanan-Cheney of the Phillipsburg Chiropractic Clinic have now opened a satellite facility in Stockton as of January, 2005.  The Stockton Chiropractic Clinic is located at 504 Main.  The business fills a void in chiropractic care in the community of Stockton.  Customer should make an appointment by calling 785-425-6060.

Opening the week of September 20, 2004 was Gifts & More located at 122 W. Mill in Plainville.  Owner Carol VanDyke’s business offers Candy Bouquets, gift bags, pops and balloons, and many other items that would be great gifts for birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions.  Included in the list of products are numerous KU and KSU items.

Rural Telephone/Nex-Tech has now opened offices in both Stockton and Plainville.  Rural Telephone has purchased the rights to provide cable television in both communities and will now provide bundled services that include cable, local and long distance telephone service, and high-speed Internet service.  The office in Stockton is located at 523 Main and opened in October, 2004.  The Plainville office is located at 112 S. Main, and opened in December, 2004

Simple Business Solutions opened in Plainville in November, 2003 to fill a need in the business accounting area.  Maria Simon and Lana Zajic started the business that will do accounting, billing, and collections for small businesses that don’t have the manpower or expertise to do that type of work.  SBS is located at 118 W Mill in Plainville.

Also opening in November 2003, is a home-based business in Plainville called VanDyke Rifle Designs.  John VanDyke opened the business in his home to capitalize on the market for custom-built rifles.  A website at www.vandykerifles.com, has enabled John to market his product to people from all over the country.

In 2009, John constructed a new building on 17 Road north of Plainville that will allow for more room for the operation.

Former resident, Randy Prater, has purchased the former Helmrich and Payne building in Plainville and has moved the offices of Polymer Services (now Kemira) into the building located north of the city limits on W Road.  The company specializes in injection of polymers into oil wells which helps limit salt water entry into the well.  The company employs five people at the present time.  The business officially opened in November, 2003.

Auto Wash features an automatic wash bay that allows customers to stay in the car and let the machines do the work.  That feature will surely be appreciated during the cold, winter months.  Previously, the closest automatic wash was located 30 minutes away.  There are also bays available for hand washing cars as well as larger trucks.  Local businessman Don Brown contracted with Stockton builder, Roger Roy, to see to the completion of the entire structure.  The business had it official ribbon cutting on October 10, 2003.  In August 2010, the business was sold to Don and Laura Moffett.

Also opening in 2003 in Stockton is the Main Street Trading Post which has combined the Main Street Treasures and Trading Post stores into one large antique and collectible shop.  The new business is located at 505 Main.  Inside you will find unique items, collectibles, antiques, and more.

A&T Trucking began operations in May of 2003.  Alvin and Tressia Paramore own the new company that will contract haul loads around Kansas and around the country.  The Paramore’s used the county Micro-Loan program to purchase the vehicle and provide working capital.

Businesses that opened from 2000 to 2003 included, Portraits by Michele,   Dollar General (Stockton), Picture This, and Kuhlmann Remodeling & Construction in Stockton.

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