An Entrepreneur’s Story
“My first product was a TV tower that I started
manufacturing because I saw a need for a good strong
tower,” Ken says.
Small town has
large “can-do” attitude
“The big focus has been trying to get the
community back—to rebuild and grow the community,”
says Tipton Mayor Adrian Arnoldy. “Building
the school was the big thing because we wouldn’t
be doing any of these other projects if it wasn’t
for the school. Now we’re trying to keep things
going and growing.”
to Memorials than Just Rocks
It’s not too often one can memorialize someone,
decorate a kitchen, reward a deed and designate
a homestead all in the same place. However, Bell
Memorials in Beloit, provides an array of products
that fit into these very categories. They customize
one-of-a-kind memorials, granite countertops, etched
glass, monument signs and post-rock yard art.
Kansas in Snow
It's early, too early. It is a surprise of white that cheers the youth, slows the bold, marks the fools.
the Ball Rolling
80 years old, Kay Thull is one example of the volunteer
spirit that drives a town forward.
Twine of a Town
starts with the twine; but there's so much more.
The Art of Rural Lives
Artist Marilyn Hake finds inspiration for her pencil illustrations in her rural roots and her picturesque setting nestled in the rolling Blue Hills near Tipton, Kansas. “I am blessed with a peaceful location that’s quiet and I can just do work,” Marilyn says. “I get inspiration from being in a rural area and people like the rural-themed art for a variety of reasons.”
From Suits to Pottery to Grills: Finding Success in Anticipating Customer Demands
When Rex Waggoner began working at James Clothing in downtown Beloit as a freshman in High School in 1964, he had no idea he would stay for good.
James Clothing was new to town in 1964, although owner Calvin James had been operating his original store in nearby Jewell, Kansas, since 1950. The store carried only men’s clothing when Rex began as a freshman.
Bored no more—Retired Couple Adds Finishing Touch to Restored Beloit Hotel
Take one derelict early-20th Century hotel, add one bored-to-insanity retiree, stir in a heaping measure of inspiration and sprinkle with the dust of dreams, and what do you get? The Porter House Apartments with the Porter House Coffee Shop and Bistro in downtown Beloit. The two are inseparable, like coffee and cream, biscuits and gravy, ham and Swiss, or pancakes and syrup. (All which the Bistro serves, and serves very well.)
But this delightful concoction, this blend of old and new, almost didn’t gel. That it did is one of those serendipitous occurrences so perfect in its timing that one has no other option than to believe it was meant to be.