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.

Royal Canin Named January Business of the Month


Royal Canin USA, a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated, is a leader in science-based cat and dog health nutrition. Founded by a veterinarian in 1968, Royal Canin has more than 40 years of experience in delivering individualized nutritional solutions. In collaboration with an expert team of nutritionists, breeders and veterinarians from around the world, Royal Canin places cats and dogs at the central point of the innovation process. The Royal Canin product line offers a range of diets based on size, age, breed, lifestyle and therapeutic requirements and is available at veterinary hospitals and pet specialty stores nationwide.  Their products are manufactured in four North American plants, including one in Rolla.  The Rolla factory is the oldest of our North American plants, where 106 Associates are responsible for the production of 113 diet formulas.  The plant, which runs 24/7 for all 365 days in the year, performs over 600 quality checks and produces nearly 40,000 bags daily. 

Sirloin Stockade-Rolla Named December Business of the Month

The original Sirloin Stockade steakhouse and buffet concept has been satisfying guests since 1966. Today Sirloin Stockade offers an all-you-can-eat hot and cold buffet which includes hot entrees, vegetables and salads. The full-service bakery offers fresh rolls, pies, cakes and soft serve ice cream with a variety of toppings. Sirloin Stockade still provides guests good food at a great value!

Sirloin Stockade was founded in 1966 in Kansas. The company has been in business 51 years. The Rolla location was opened in 1974 and has been in the same location for 44 years. Sirloin Stockade has 25 locations in the United States, and has grown internationally with 32 locations in Mexico.

Sirloin Stockade-Rolla is managed by Kevin Bramlett and  two Assistant Managers, Tom Doty and Brian Stevens, they manage 40 employees.

Sirloin Stockade-Rolla recognizes the importance of community involvement, and has been part of many local fundraisers.

Sirloin Stockade is known for their buffet, however, some may not know they have a wonderful selection of items that you can order from the menu, including a nice selection of beer and wine.

Sirloin Stockade-Rolla, has been a member of the Rolla Chamber of Commerce since 1975. 

Small Business Saturday


Small Business Saturday is a national effort to help independently owned merchants gain more exposure during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. This is a day dedicated to supporting the people that make our country thrive, Small Business! This year, the big event falls on Saturday, November 25.

On Saturday, November 25, many of our local small businesses will be offering special sales and other promotions. The Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce would like to encourage everyone to shop our small businesses on Saturday, November 25 and all through-out the Holiday season.

The Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce would also like to invite the community to attend a special ribbon cutting on Tuesday, November 21 at 10:00 a.m. at the corner of 7th & Pine.  During the ribbon cutting the Mayor will be presenting a special Small Business Saturday proclamation. 

Pepsi Named November Business of the Month


Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. Of New Haven MO. is an independently owned Pepsi-Cola bottler / distributor owned and operated by the Hebbeler / Zobrist family. The Company was founded by Edward A. Hebbeler in 1936 and is now approaching the fourth generation of leadership. The Company has three locations, New Haven, Bowling Green, and Rolla. They service eleven counties across these three locations, they sell and deliver three million cases of various Pepsi Products and employ approx. one hundred and twenty full time employees.

The Rolla location was acquired in 1981 servicing Phelps, Dent, Maries, Pulaski and Camden Counties, they sell and deliver one million cases and employ thirty eight full time employees.  They service 600 customers and 250 vending machines at Ft. Leonard Wood. The current warehouse and distribution facility is located in HyPoint Industrial park and was opened in 2003.

                Pepsi  is a first class customer service driven organization and their company is very involved in all the communities they serve. They are members of the Rolla Chamber, St. James Chamber and St. Robert/ Waynesville Chamber. They support numerous different causes in all these communities just to name a few:

  • Barwick Newton Law Enforcement Memorial Fund (Troop I, Steve Davis)
  • Missouri S&T events
  • KZNN Radio Events
  • Chamber Events
  • Missouri Conservation Events
  • Numerous Public School Events
  • Children’s Miracle Network
  • All of the County Fairs
  • Grace, Caring Center and Russell House

Pepsi has been a member of the Rolla Chamber of Commerce since 1960.



Rolla Unwrapped – A City Wide Christmas Open House Event


Annually on the second Saturday of November, the Rolla business community comes together to kick off the holiday shopping season with Rolla Unwrapped, A City Wide Christmas Open House.

Join us on Saturday, November 11 as nearly 30 businesses will host shopping specials, open houses, drawings for door prizes, refreshments while you shop, entertainment, and so much more!

This event is just the beginning of the all the holiday specials, open houses, and events that will continue all the way until Christmas.  For a complete list of all the holiday events, be sure to visit the Calendar of Events on

This year the Rolla Chamber has partnered with the Phelps County Focus to print ‘Tis the Season, A guide to holiday shopping in Phelps County.  This tab will be inserted in the November 1 edition of the Phelps County Focus.

This tab will also feature story listings of holiday projects, church events, craft festivals, and so much more.  Be sure to pick up your copy as soon as they are available. 

Happy Shopping!!

Columbia College – Rolla Named October Business of the Month




Established in 1992, Columbia College-Rolla was originally an extension of Columbia College-Fort Leonard Wood. In 1996, due to enrollment growth, Columbia College-Rolla was established as a separate location. In September 2011, Columbia College-Rolla received a substantial gift from Springfield, Mo.-based philanthropist, Jim D. Morris. Morris made a donation of property with a building he owned in Rolla West, which houses the new Columbia College-Rolla location. Columbia College-Rolla offers six associate degrees, seven bachelor’s degrees, three certificate programs and one master’s degree program on campus as well as 23 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees online.

        Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 campuses across the country, 17 of which are on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Columbia College educates more than 20,000 students each year and has more than 86,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit

RE/MAX Named September Business of the Month


RE/MAX Heart of America opened in November, 1991, and will soon celebrate 26 years of serving the Rolla area’s real estate needs.  When they first opened people would call asking what is an R  E  M  A  X and what do you do there?  A few years later, people would call and tell them they were traveling and they saw RE/MAX everywhere!!  Now they have people call because they are RE/MAX.  RE/MAX stands for real estate maximums and was started in 1973 in Denver.  RE/MAX is known world wide for professionalism and high producing, well educated agents.

The last 26 years have definitely brought lots of changes to the world of real estate.  Technology, being at the forefront of those changes, has streamlined the process. Owner, Joyce Thomas started in 1983 typing contracts on a manual typewriter using carbon paper to produce 4 copies which all needed original signatures.

Joyce has served the local, state, and national Realtor organizations throughout most of her career; including serving on committees at the local level, to being a Director at the National level. Joyce serves her fellow Realtors in many ways, including serving as President of the Missouri Association of Realtors in 2011, she was also  named to the National RPAC Hall of Fame in 2015.

Joyce and her daughter, Shelley Klossner, formed the Mother Daughter Team in 2001 and continue working hard for their clients as a team.  Their emphasis is on helping people with their real estate decisions rather than just making a sale, both former teachers in the Rolla Public Schools, they believe in educating their clients as well as themselves. 

RE/MAX is a full service real estate office located at 2250 N. Bishop in front of Kohl’s.  Whether you are looking for residential, commercial, land, or property management, RE/MAX is ready to serve your real estate needs.

Integrity Engineering Named August Business of the Month


In the mid 1990’s Terris Cates and Jack Mentink, both employed by other engineering entities, began to have separate desires to start an engineering company that provided professional services with honesty and integrity. They communicated the ideas to one another and shortly thereafter in March of 1996, Integrity Engineering, Inc. was incorporated. Integrity had its humble beginnings in the basement of Terris Cates’ residence located just east of Rolla, Missouri.

Both of the principals made an early commitment to start and operate the company without debt. In order to accomplish this goal, the company started with Terris working full time while Jack, still employed full time as a City Engineer in Sullivan Missouri, worked nights and weekends to establish the company. The company continued to grow, gain additional clients, and within nine months, the basement of the Cates’ residence was too small to house the growing business.

Within eighteen months, Integrity Engineering moved to an office on South Rolla Street, and hired its first two employees. Within a year this office was outgrown, and the company had the opportunity to purchase a building on South Rolla Street. This office quickly was out grown, and in early 1999, the owners of Integrity Engineering purchased its present 4700 square foot corporate headquarters, located at 1714 East Tenth Street in Rolla, that includes a dedicated space for the materials testing lab as well as office space for the growing company.

Integrity Engineering is a service-driven, problem-solving broad based Professional Services firm that partners with thier clients to provide cost effective and practical solutions. They make every effort to listen to their client’s needs and recognize what is individually important to them. Their goal is to design solutions and facilitate their implementation to help their clients turn dreams into reality. Services provided by integrity Engineering, Inc. include:

Building Design Services

  • Architecture
  • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Engineering
  • Civil and Site Engineering
  • Structural Engineering

Infrastructure Engineering

  • Water and Wastewater systems
  • Streets and bridge design
  • Storm drainage

Land Surveying

  • Phelps County Surveyor
  • Boundary surveys
  • Topographic surveys

Environmental services

  • Phase I,II & III environmental surveys
  • Asbestos, Lead, and Mold inspections
  • Underground storage Tank removals

Integrity Engineering has been a member of the Rolla Chamber of Commerce since 1999.