July 13th, 2023
Make Reservations to Attend SCIA Annual Meeting & Ag Banquet
July 27th SCIA Annual Meeting & Ag Banquet Features Business Building & Renovation Projects
Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association’s Annual Meeting & Ag Banquet July 27th will be held at the Waterfalls Event Center, 907 Hartford Avenue, Farragut, IA with speakers from four major new business projects just completed and under construction in Shenandoah.
The Sanctuary Restaurant will cater the banquet dinner. Doors open at 6pm. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm. Reservations are requested by July 24th by calling 712-246-3455 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Choose lemon butter chicken or meat loaf balls with bourbon sauce. Side Dishes to be served are loaded mashed potatoes, crack bacon green beans, salad, rolls, and dessert. Price is $30.00 per person. Pay at the door with check or cash. A cash bar will also be open. Both the Waterfalls Event Center and The Sanctuary are SCIA members.
The mission of Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association is to improve the economic vitality of Shenandoah, Page and Fremont Counties, to expand high paying employment opportunities, enhance Shenandoah’s retail shopping, and to support major community projects that improve quality of life.
Building Shenandoah’s Bright Future is a theme for the presentations at the annual event. SCIA helped facilitate incentives for each of the Shenandoah business banquet speakers.
Gregg Henshaw, Community 1st Credit Union President and CEO, represents Shenandoah’s new location which was completed and opened last spring. The banks’ location at 700 S. Fremont St. changed the landscape of Shenandoah’s major business district and offers another banking opportunity to everyone in the region. A not-for-profit financial institution, they are the number one credit union in Iowa for agriculture loans, they offer cash back on debit accounts and higher interest on savings, as well as assistance on down payments for first time home buyers.
Midwest Mental Health has renovated a large two storefront building in downtown Shenandoah that was the former longtime Howard Clothing & Sporting Goods building. The major restoration of the building includes two floors of beautifully designed waiting rooms, offices, break rooms, and large conference room. The private counselling business owned by Kendra & Michael Weston will be their third location and opening soon.
Johnson Brothers Mill is a four-story property at the entrance of Shenandoah’s downtown on Sheridan Avenue that has been empty for decades. Dr. Margaret Brady, owner of SCIA business Healthy Tails Retreat also has a renovation business called MALOJA LLC. She has acquired the building and is rehabilitating the large structure to house her business and others.
Shenandoah Senior Villa Apartments at the corner of Sheridan Avenue and Fremont Street are being built by North Star Housing LLC, represented by Andrew and Mathew Danner. Brothers from the Kansas City area. They can’t attend the SCIA meeting as they continue to develop housing in other locations. But Gregg Connell, SCIA Executive Vice President will present the information about Shenandoah’s apartments under construction. He will also highlight other new businesses and expansions that have been completed in the last year or begun construction.
2022 SCIA Board President John McBride, President of Bank Iowa will pass the gavel to the new 2023 President Matt Sells, Shenandoah Medical Center CEO. Current 2022 SCIA board members are Bill Ditmars KMA is Vice President, Stephanie Osborn of Wilson Ins. is Treasurer, Matt Sells CEO of Shenandoah Medical Center, Cory Scamman Green Plains General Manager, Aaron O’Brien Fareway Manager, John Finn Pella Corp., Amy Zwickel Shenandoah Inn & Suites Hotel, Julie O’Hara Jim Hughes Real Estate, Becky LePorte owner LePorte Electric, Lance Cornelius State Farm Insurance, Chris Clark Fremont County Supervisor, Speck Hendrickson Fremont County Representative, Dr. Kerri Nelson Shenandoah School liaison, City liaisons Mayor Roger McQueen and City Councilman Jon Eric Brantner. Bank liaisons are John McBride Bank Iowa, Adam Wright First National Bank and Kurt Henstorf First Heritage Bank. A new 2023 SCIA board member that will start her three-year term in August is Dr. Margaret Braddy, owner of Healthy Tails Retreat.
SCIA Ag Committee members are Nick Bosley of United Group Insurance, Ian Isaacson of Bank Iowa, Craig Harris retired Farm Credit Services, Rusty Hunter of First Heritage Bank, Rachel Johnson of First National Bank, Steve Lorimor of Lorimor Farms, Jake McGargill of New York Life Insurance, Cale Jones of Tri Tower Farms and Steve Richardson of Tarkio Valley Tractor Club.
SCIA Ag Committee will present the AFA scholarship and the Friend of Ag award. AFA Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors pursuing agriculture related four-year degrees from Shenandoah, Essex and now Sidney school districts. The $4,600 scholarships are funded by local businesses and Ag Future of America.
Local AFA Scholarship contributors are Bank Iowa, First Heritage Bank, KMA Radio, Farm Credit Services of America, Green Plains Shenandoah, Jim Hughes Real Estate, Shenandoah Medical Center, Wilson Insurance, Ed and Star Ann Kloberdanz, Steve and Kathy Lorimor, Bill and Pam Ditmars, O’Hara Seed, United Group Ins., Jones Family Tri Tower Farms, T & K Nielson Farms, Drew Nielson, Duane and Marylou Rexroth, Vetter Equipment, Nishna Vally Funeral & Cremation, Mondo’s Restaurant, and Jay Memorial Trust .
Banquet sponsors are Eyecare Associates of Southwest Iowa, KMA Radio, Miller Building, Sapp Brothers, Wilson Insurance, Rawson Stevens Law, Shenandoah Medical Center, United Group Ins., Nishna Valley Funeral & Cremation, and Community 1st CU.
For more information visit Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association new website www.sciaiowa.com.
June 21st, 2023
Sidewalk Sale July 20-22
June 15th, 2023
Everly Heritage Day Aug. 1
Everly Brothers Heritage Day features UK Baldy Holly Band & Fundraising for Everly Mural Lighting Aug. 1
Everly Brothers Childhood Home celebrates Everly Heritage Day in Shenandoah on August 1 with a concert by Baldy Holly Band from the UK. The concert will be held across the street from the Everly Brothers Childhood Home at the Depot Deli 6-9 p.m. Summer concerts are held outdoors under the big yellow stripped tent at 101 Railroad Street.
Donations will be collected at the concert as a fundraiser for solar lighting at the Everly Brothers Highway 2 Mural east of Shenandoah. Last year the giant mural was painted by California artist John Cerney. The 16-foot-high mural directs visitors to the childhood home museum at 800 W. Sheridan Avenue. Online donations can be made at Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association website www.SCIAIowa.com.
In 1945 the Everly family moved to Shenandoah to accept a job at KMA radio station to perform live. From humble beginnings in Shenandoah the Everly Brothers rose to world fame. Their father Ike instilled in his sons his love for music. At the ages of 8 and 6, sons Don and Phil began to perform on their parents live radio shows on KMA and KFNF. On weekends the family sang together traveling the area as the Everly Family. They stayed in Shenandoah until early high school. The family moved to Tennessee in 1953 and transitioned into a duo act. After decades of success in 1986 The Everly Brothers were among the first ten artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That same year they returned to their boyhood home Shenandoah and played to a crowd of 8,500 in a homecoming concert with parade, street dedication, and class reunion.
The Baldy Holly Bank is the most requested oldies band in the UK. They are a gutsy rock n roll group based in northeast England and play a variety of 1950’s classics from Buddy Holly, Evis, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran and of course the Everly Brothers. They will also be filming and Everly Brothers documentary film while in Shenandoah and around the U.S.
For more information contact Shenandoah Chamber & Industry as 712-246-3455, email@example.com.
April 4th, 2023
Disability Awareness Walk May 6
May 6th Shenandoah Disability Awareness Walk “A Bridge to Understanding” Seeks Sponsors, Walkers, & Volunteers
Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association (SCIA) along with Nishna Productions, Inc. (NPI) and the Depot Restaurant are restarting the Shenandoah Disability Awareness Walk “A Bridge to Understanding” May 6 on the Wabash Trace Nature Trail. Participants are encouraged to register with a signed waiver. Entry forms are available at SCIA, NPI, and the Depot Restaurant.
The walk, which will start at 1 p.m., is for all ages and all abilities. This free regional event begins at the Sportsman’s Park Wabash Depot next to the Wabash Trace Nature Trail. Walkers will travel approximately a mile to the big bridge over the Nishnabotna River and back. Gatorade and water will be available at the bridge. The trail can accommodate wheelchairs and a few golf carts will be available for assistance.
The first 150 participants to finish the 2-mile walk/ride will receive a Bridge to Understanding medallion. Participants are also encouraged to wear their “Bridge to Understanding” t-shirts from previous years.
The after-party will be at the Depot Restaurant,101 Railroad St., beginning at approximately 2 p.m. and features hot dogs, chips, cookies, and Depot brewed root beer floats, as well as live music under the big tent. Door prizes will be drawn from participant entry forms. Union County Strings band will perform a free concert.
There are many opportunities for volunteers to participate in this event. Ideally, volunteers may be partnered one-on-one with an individual with disabilities to walk on the trail. “This is an excellent opportunity for members of the community to interact and engage in a fun way with individuals with disabilities. The hope is to build foundations for friendships and to truly create ‘a bridge to understanding,” said NPI Development Specialist Emily Martin.
Volunteers are needed to pass out beverages at the half-way point and medallions at the finishing line and to assist with setup/cleanup. At the after-party, volunteers may assist with the food line and root beer floats. Golf carts and drivers are also needed. Contact SCIA to sign-up to volunteer 712-246-3455, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsors are needed to help with costs. Door prizes or monetary donations would be appreciated. So far contributors are SCIA, NPI, Depot Deli, Fareway, and HyVee. Contact SCIA at 712-246-3455 or email@example.com if your organization or business can help.
“Everyone from the surrounding area is welcome to participate in this special event,” said SCIA Marketing Director Shelly Warner. “It’s a fun, rewarding afternoon of interaction, music, and exercise on the Wabash Trace Nature Trail.”
March 9th, 2023
Lemon Fresh Laundry Ribbon Cutting Grand Opening
Lemon Fresh Laundry Grand Opening, SCIA Ribbon Cutting March 9
Shenandoah has entered a new era of modern laundry with the grand opening of Lemon Fresh Laundry downtown. Shenandoah Chamber & Industry will commemorate the advancement with a Ribbon Cutting at 10 a.m. Thursday March 9th. Open house with coffee, refreshments, and snacks will follow until noon.
The spacious Lemon Fresh Laundry is located at 601 W. Sheridan Avenue at the corner lot that was vacant for 9 years after a dilapidated building was torn down by the city. Owners Brad and Tammy Sorensen purchased the property from the city to build the new business and fill the vacant space on Shenandoah’s main street.
When entering the well lite facility patrons are surrounded by glass and shiny silver metallic wall mounted washing machines and dryers. They operate with cash or by debit or credit card through http://Dexterpay.com. There are large machines that can wash multiple king-sized bedspreads.
Kathy Silvestre is manager of the facility which is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Doors open and lock automatically. The business contact number is 712-215-2249.
February 21st, 2023
2023 Chocolate Walk Winners
Congratulations to all the Shenandoah Chocolate Walk Winners. Grand Prize winner of the Shenandoah Inn & Suites Hotel package was Brandy Powers of Shenandoah pictured here with Carys Woolsey Miss Shenandoah and Shenandoah Marketing Director Shelly Warner who conducted the drawings at The Sanctuary Restaurant February 9. Shenandoah businesses and SCIA donated over $1,200 in prizes and gift certificates to participants.
Grand Prize Shenandoah Inn & Suites (stay & gifts)- Brandy Powers
Depot Restaurant (2 Gift CARDS)- Joni McGinnis, Doris Sandahl
Sheridan Decorating (Gift Certificate)- Kelsi Leininger
Brown’s Shoe Fit (2 $25 Gift Cards)-Jessica DeBord, Brandy Powers
Paper Trail ($10 GIFT Certificate)- Kim Leininger
Angel Care Home Health (Cake, cookbook basket)-Mandie Rhodes
The Sanctuary (Tea/Cider Mixes)-Travis Roberts, Carol Damman, Takara
Hineline Home Furnishings (Throw Blanket)-Bonny Schepler
County Line Design (Mugs, bath bombs)- Jan Gardner
Shenandoah Floral (Gift certificate)- Zoey Roberts
Hansen Jewelers (Pearl earrings)- Shari Bradfield
SMC Grift Shop (Valentine gnome, photo holder– Liz Skillern
Serenity Studio Floral (Soap, certificate, lotion)- Cindy Arman
Hy-Vee (Chocolate covered Strawberries)- Chelsie Pope
Scooters Coffee (Coffee, mug, gift card)- Robert Gardner
Legacy 3 Theater (2 gift cards)- Diane Wilson, Jean Debban
Sheri’s Restaurant (gift certificate)-Chrissy Barker
Nishna Valley Café (2 gift certificates)- Liz Skillern, Diane Wilson
Healthy Tails Retreat (bag of dog treats)- Helen Bishop
Fareway (bottle of wine)- Kris Sherman
Orscheln Farm & Home (earrings, gift card)- Kim Leininger
Earl May Garden Ctr. ($25 Gift card)- Shari Bradfield
Subway ($10 gift card)- Chelsie Pope
Pizza Hut (2 pizza gift certificates)- Carys Woolsey, Chelsie Pope
EL Porton Mexican Grill (5-$20 Gift certificates)- Kelsie Leininger, Bonnie Schepler, Zoey Roberts, Helen Bishop, Jean Debban
SCIA (chamber bucks, $25, $50, $75, $100)- Brandy Powers, Travis Roberts, Takara, Carol Dammann
Congratulations to all the winners! Thanks for Shopping Shenandoah. Happy Valentines Day!
February 9th, 2023
2023 Chocolate Walk Feb. 9th with Over 40 Prizes
More Sweets, More Prizes in 2023
Shenandoah Chocolate Walk February 9
Celebrate the Valentine Day holiday with the Shenandoah Chocolate Walk Thursday February 9th. Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association businesses are giving shoppers an opportunity to indulge in chocolate treats and win prizes.
All day shoppers will not only find winter bargains in stores but can also enjoy all kinds of chocolate at participating businesses. Shoppers will pick-up entry forms in stores for the drawing of over 40 prizes including items and gift certificates. More entry forms will be given with purchases. Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association is offering $25, $50, $75, and $100 in Chamber Gift Certificates. Among the other prizes offered are a stay in a suite at Shenandoah Inn & Suites Hotel. Shoppers must bring entry forms to The Sanctuary Restaurant starting at 5 p.m. to enter and must be present to win. Drawings will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The Sanctuary Restaurant at 207 S Elm St. is hosting the Chocolate Walk Party with free appetizers, Chocolate Walk logo mugs (100 available), and wine sampling from 5-7 p.m. Meals will be offered from the regular menu. Several Valentine design t-shirts can be purchased at County Line Design, 506 W Sheridan Avenue.
Shop the Chocolate Walk, sample chocolate, and pickup entry forms in stores February 9 at these SCIA Businesses: Depot Restaurant 101 Railroad Street, Paper Trail 709 W Sheridan Avenue, Hansen Jewelers 603 W Sheridan Avenue, Angel Care Home Health 717 W Sheridan Avenue, Shenandoah Inn & Suites Hotel 620 W Sheridan Avenue, Shenandoah Floral 514 W Sheridan Avenue, County Line Design 506 W Sheridan Avenue, Hineline Home Furnishings 1215 W Nishna Road, and The Sanctuary Restaurant 207 S Elm Street, Serenity Studio Flowers & Spa 110 S Elm Street, Brown’s Shoe Fit Store 611 W Sheridan Avenue, Shenandoah Medical Center Gift Shop 300 Pershing Avenue, Sheridan Decorating 1204 W Sheridan Avenue.
More prizes provided by SCIA businesses: Hy-Vee, Subway, Legacy 3 Theatre, Scooters Coffee, Sheri’s Restaurant, Nishna Valley Café, Healthy Tails Retreat, Pizza Hut, Orscheln Farm & Home Supply, Earl May Garden Center, Fareway, El Porton Mexican Grill, and SCIA.
“Chocolate Walk is a promotion that Shenandoah SCIA businesses have participated in since 2014. It’s a fun way to celebrate Valentines and an opportunity for businesses to show appreciation to customers for shopping in Shenandoah,” said SCIA Marketing Director Shelly Warner. “It’s an event that gets people into the businesses to checkout winter sale merchandise and breaks up the long winter days with a fun party with friends.” Contact SCIA for more information or stop by the SCIA office at 619 W Sheridan Avenue to pick-up a list of the participating stores. It will also be posted the Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association facebook and website www.sciaiowa.com.