Benton Square Salon & Spa named as August Business of the Month

Elissa Jennison, Owner of Benton Square Salon & Spa, accepts the Business of the Month, August 15, 2018. Presenting the award are Tony Froehlich, Chamber Board President, and Verna Brand, Small Business Committee Member.

Benton Square Salon & Spa was name Business of the Month at the August Luncheon, August 15, 2018.  Benton Square Salon & Spa opened in 2009 in the 100 year old Benton School Building, located at East 6th Street in Rolla.  In 2015, the Salon was purchased from the original ower and in 2016 Benton Square qualified to become an Aveda salon.

The Salon & Spa occupies the top two floors of Benton Square and offers Aveda Color Services, Precision Cuts, Wig Styling, Facial & Body Waxing, Gel Manicures, Pedicures, Massage, Event Makeup, Spray Tans, Lash & Brow Tinting, Murad Facials, and Retinol Peels.  Benton Square Salon has 15 stylists; 10 are independent booth renters and 5 are employed by Benton Square as Aveda Artists.  

The Spa houses 3 massage therapists and 3 estheticians.  Employees are provided continuing education and encouraged to be active in the community.  A unique feature to the Salon & Spa is that they offer private suites for guests that have privacy needs such as due to religion or special needs.

Benton Square Salon & Spa is located at 400 East 6th Street, Rolla MO.  You can reach them at (573) 426-4310.  For more information visit


Rolla Chamber Presents Outstanding Educator Award to Jessika Zink and Ashley Rapp

The Education Committee of the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize the efforts of Jessika Zink and Ashley Rapp as the 2018 Outstanding Educators.

This award is designed to honor an educator who exemplifies creativity, enthusiasm, commitment and development of a positive learning environment. A Positive learning environment has been proven to prepare students for success beyond the classroom.

This year, the 5th grade teaching team of Jessika Zink and Ashley Rapp received several nominations outlining their dedication to their students and commitment to the community. Each nomination reinforced their enthusiasm and efforts each day to “lift their students up”. In addition, they encourage community involvement through various projects and programs.


Please join us in congratulating the 5th grade teaching team of Jessika Zink and Ashley Rapp on this recognition.



Parents As Teachers Book Drive


On Tuesday, July 24, 2018 the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee and Rolla Books & Toys presented Laura Brown, Director of Rolla Parents as Teachers, with 121  books valued at $813.27.

Books and donations were collected in May and June; with Rolla Books & Toys as a partner, selling the recommended books at a discount and collecting the books at their retail location. All monetary donations were used to purchase books from the approved book list.

Parents as Teachers in the Rolla area visits children ages 3 and under – books are presented to the children by Parent Educators that visit them in their homes.

We would like to thank everyone in the community who donated books and cash donations to support the book drive.

Red Door Gifts named as July Business of the Month

The Rolla Area of Chamber of Commerce was pleased to name Red Door Gifts as our July Business of the Month.  Red Door Gifts has been located on Pine street in downtown Rolla for 13 years. It is a fun destination for trendy jewelry, purses, home decor, baby gifts, candles, seasonal florals and decor, and more. The owner, Katy Langston Combs, joined the team 10 years ago as the Manager when her Mother, Marilynn Langston owned Red Door Gifts.  3 years ago Katy was able to purchase Red Door Gifts from her mother and also started a clothing boutique next door, More Red Door Boutique. Last fall they were able to knock a hole in the wall to connect the two stores into one fun shopping destination that now includes trendy and affordable women’s clothing and shoes in addition to everything Red Door offered.  They are excited to carry quality lines including Kendra Scott jewelry, Brighton jewelry, Vera Bradley, and Mariana jewelry, just to name a few.

Katy’s main goal is for customers to have an amazing shopping experience that includes awesome customer service and unique items that are hard to find elsewhere. Our staff strives to help customers find the perfect gift, perfect outfit, perfect home decor item for that certain spot. 

New exciting things that have happened just in the past couple of months at Red Door is the launch of their “Happy Boxes” which is a subscription box that is delivered right to the customer’s door.  Katy purchased a vintage camper to take to events and home parties as a mobile boutique.  Also in the works is Corporate Happy Boxes for you to send to your business associates, staff, board members, and more.

Red Door Gifts is located at 700 N. Pine Street in downtown Rolla.  Visit for more information.  

Lee’s Famous Recipe named June Business of the Month

Lee’s Famous Recipe has been around since 1966. My family opened the Rolla Franchise location in 1991. In 1995, I moved to Rolla to take over the store. We take pride in what we do at Lee’s Famous Recipe and we are passionate about making sure our customers receive the best possible service and quality product at an affordable price. Our chicken comes in fresh twice a week and is never frozen. We hand bread everything. Our Potato Wedges are still hand sliced and hand breaded as well. We offer free delivery for Catering within a 15 mile radius of Rolla and will deliver to about anywhere for a small fee. We love to give back to our community that supports us and are active contributors to many local worthy causes. I have raised my children here and have two kids in the RHS Marching Band. We love Rolla and are very happy to live here. – Jason Fisher, Lee’s Famous Recipe, Rolla

New Vlog Series

We are excited to share with you our first ever Chamber Vlog!! 

Now you can take a look “behind the scenes” of weekly activities at the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce.  We hope that you enjoy this new adventure that we will continue to share with all of you!

Blossom Basket Florist named May Business of the Month

Blossom Basket Florist proudly serves the Rolla area.  Family owned and operated, they are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Their professional staff is dedicated to making each experience a pleasant one and they go the extra mile to make the floral gift perfect.

Blossom Basket Florist specializes in the following services:

  • Large inventory of fresh flowers for any occasion
  • Weddings / Wedding Flowers
  • Sympathy and Funeral flowers
  • Birthday Flowers, Get Well Flowers, Anniversary Flowers
  • Plants
  • European/dish gardens
  • Modern and traditional flower arrangements
  • High-style floral arrangements
  • Silk flower arrangements
  • Dried floral arrangements
  • Extensive gift line
  • Gourmet fruit baskets
  • Gift baskets
  • Greeting cards

Their shop is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.  They are located at

910 Cedar St.
Rolla, MO 65401

(573) 458-5511

Small Business Week

Small Business Week

The Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce would like to urge all the citizens of Phelps County to recognize Small Business Week by doing as much business as you can with our local small businesses the week of April 29 – May 5, 2018.

The Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Committee has planned events for the entire week to help promote our small business community.  

April 28 – May 5, Small Business Week Punch Card Promotion
Shop with participating businesses for a chance to win grand prizes. Pick up your punch cards at any of our participating businesses, or the Rolla Chamber of Commerce office.
Winners will be announced on May 7
Participating Businesses

May 1, B.O.S.S. Seminar, (Business Owners Success Stories)
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Rolla High School Lecture Room
Join us for a panel discussion with some of our community’s top small business leaders!

May 2, Mo-Sci, Community Business Tour
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Join us for a tour of one of our communities leading businesses.

May 3, Speed Networking, Alex’s Pizza
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Join us for an evening of networking with some of Rolla’s most driven professionals!
Connect with new people, promote your brand, and create new business opportunities. Don’t forget your business cards

May 4, First Friday Coffee, Silverstone Place
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Join us for our most popular networking event, don’t forget your business cards

Penelope’s Restaurant Named February Business of the Month

Originally founded in 1996, Penelope’s Restaurant LLC is owned by the original founders, Yilmaz and Penelope Isik.

From 1996 until 2007, Penelope’s Restaurant operated with a buffet and a side menu with daily lunch specials.

From 2008 to 2010, Penelope’s Restaurant closed and leased out the building to other ventures. In 2010, Penelope’s Restaurant opened once more; however, this time without the buffet and a full menu for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

At the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, Penelope’s Restaurant underwent renovations to bring a better atmosphere and a new look to the restaurant.

Penelope’s Restaurant invites you to stop in and dine with them.  Penelope’s Restaurant has been a member of the Rolla Chamber of Commerce since 2010.

Annual Awards Presented During RACC Banquet


The RACC was honored to present the annual achievement awards during the Chamber Banquet held on Saturday, January 20, 2018.  Details of the awards are listed below.  We would like to thank everyone who supported and attended the event.


The Edmund Ward Bishop Award is reserved for those individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to improving the quality of life for their friends, neighbors and business associates.

Jim Marcellus is a 4th generation Phelps County resident.  His great grandfather purchased land south of St. James in the 1870’s and for more than 100 years, his family has lived on the family cattle and row crop farm. 

Jim graduated from John F Hodge High School in 1967 and received a degree in History from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1971.  Jim served in the military with the 471st Engineer Company, US Army Reserve from 1969 to 1975. 

Jim worked at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission as an Economic Development Officer; making SBA loans in conjunction with local banks for business development and job creation in the Central Missouri area.  Jim began working at Phelps County Bank in 1984 as a consumer and commercial loan officer and retired in 2015 after 32 years of employment.

Jim has an extensive public service record which includes PCRMC Board of Trustees for 10 years (6 years as Chairman of the Board), PCRMC Personnel Board and Lifetime Friend of the Auxiliary, Rolla Rotary Club, Rolla Police Board (Vice Chairman), St. James Lion’s Club (Past President), United Way of South Central Missouri (Past President), and Missouri Highway Patrol Community Alliance Board (Vice President).  Jim currently serves on the Rolla Public Library Board, Meramec Regional Planning Commission Board (Past President), Rolla Chamber Ambassadors, and serves as a VIPS Officer with the City of Rolla Police Department. 

Jim is an avid gun collector and has taught many firearms safety and shooting classes.  He puts his History degree to good use.  If you ever want to know anything about Rolla, especially Downtown, just ask Jim!

The Entrepreneurial Spirit Award is presented to individuals who have led their company toward significant entrepreneurial success in its industry, with excellent prospects for continued growth; consistently given their time, energy and expertise to assist in the development of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial ventures; spearheaded the exceptional growth and performance of their company; achieved significant entrepreneurial success in any industry or business category through creativity, innovation, risk taking and the relentless pursuit of opportunity;  innovatively used new business practices, processes or technologies to lead his or her enterprise to higher levels of performance and success.

This year’s award is presented to Katy Langston Combs, owner of Red Door Gifts and More Red Door Boutique.

The Small Business of the Year Award is reserved for a business in the Rolla area that has excelled in one or more of these categories:  Business Growth, Business Management & Human Capital, Community Involvement, Intangible Considerations, and Marketing.

This year’s award is presented to Rolla Farmers Exchange who celebrated 95 years of business in the Rolla area during 2017.

The Spirit of Rolla Award is sponsored annually by Kent Jewelry and presented to a woman in the community in recognition for significant achievement and/or lifetime contribution to the spirit of giving that is so indicative of Rolla and the surrounding community.

This year’s recipient, Dr. May Bruns, is more than just a local doctor.  She is relentess in her pursuit to help those less fortunate.  Through her efforts in working with businesses to donate items they would otherwise throw out to give to those hungry and needy, the Rolla Church of the Nazarene has been able to feed over 1,000 people each month for several years.  Dr. Bruns also volunteers her time by serving on the Rolla Salvation Army and ABLE Commission boards and raises awareness of and money for American Red Cross.

The Annual Achievement Award is reserved for an individual or group of people who have shown exceptional service by recruiting and coordinating volunteers, while significantly contributing to the Chamber of Commerce and/or the Rolla community over the past year. 

This year’s award is presented to the Rolla Sister City Committee for their efforts in growing the annual Christkindl Markt and adding the First Night event.

The Tourism Champion Award is reserved for an individual or business that embodies the spirit of tourism in Rolla. This individual or business has made a substantial contribution to Rolla’s tourism industry by supporting Rolla events and/or attractions, partnering with the Chamber on tourism related projects, or any other effort designed to bring visitors into the Rolla community.

This year’s recipient is the Missouri S&T Experimental Mine.  The mine, specifically employees DeWayne Phelps and Jimmy Taylor.