Congratulation to the May Business of the Month, Soda and Scoops on Route 66
Opened by Ted & Jenny Ruth in 2018, Soda and Scoops on Route 66 and Candy is a step back in time. They have created an atmosphere that takes you back to a simpler time.
The Soda and Scoops on Route 66 Fountain is the realization of a decade-old dream and a desire to serve the people of this great community. For them, this is as much about paying it forward as it is about giving back. This dream drives from being able to provide people with developmental disabilities enhanced job opportunities and an enhanced quality of life. Soda and Scoops employs both those with and without Developmental Disabilities. Their staff is a Different Kind of Perfect. They serve super premium ice cream, soda fountain favorites and old-fashioned style candy; everything is hand-made from the freshest possible ingredients by people who care about providing the best possible experience for each guest every time. From the music to the ice cream and candy, to the personal and friendly service, they have created a shop that everyone can enjoy and one that exemplifies the very best of who we are as a community.
Congratulation to the April Business of the Month, Imo’s Pizza.
Imo’s Pizza was established in 1964 by Ed and Margie Imo. It wasn’t too long before their name and square-cut pies would become synonymous with St. Louis traditions and pizza history. With more than 100 stores and franchises in Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas the Imo’s family has never resisted change. From popularizing delivery to creating a nationwide Provel® cheese following, their philosophy of making every customer feel comfortable and welcome has propelled the brand from just a pizza parlor into a tradition; making them the Square Beyond Compare®!
Congratulation to the March Business of the Month, Town & Country Bank. Town & Country Bank has been locally-owned for over a century, steadily growing its footprint across south-central Missouri. They have been a part of the Rolla community for 23 years, providing two branch locations to serve their customers.
In addition to the Rolla market, they have branches located in Ava, Mountain Grove, Licking, Salem, St. James, Bourbon, and Pevely. Town & Country Bank has remained focused on what matters the most through their continued growth – the people and communities they serve.
Congratulation to the February Business of the Month, Raise the Bar. Raise the Bar is a member-owned facility offering group fitness classes in Rolla. Their goal is to promote greater health, wellness, fitness, and longevity for their members and within the Rolla community. They strive to be a place of inclusion, growth, family, hard work, and determination. These are the foundations on which they begin building and invite all that may be interested to join them and understand what it means to truly be Stronger Together.
Congratulations to the January Business of the Month Bluefish Screen Printing & Design. Back in 2014 with a crazy idea and zero knowledge of screen printing, Blue Fish began. Every day, after their regular nine to five, Mike and Patrick would crank up the 80s music in Patrick’s garage and learn whatever they could by trial and error and tons of research. Through blood, sweat and tears, these self-taught screen printers were able to grow Blue Fish big enough that it was time to get a storefront. They opened their doors in August of 2019 and with the help of the community, quickly outgrew that space. By July of 2021, they moved into their current location. They love meeting everyone that comes in, seeing all the different logos and are proud of your kid’s accomplishments when they get letterman jackets.
Color Plus Print & Promo was originally operated as Minuteman Press, owned by Denton Hushaw, located on Highway 63. Later, his son Eric Hushaw joined the business and together they built a regional printing and office supply company, located on V Highway. The current ownership group purchased the business in January 2016 and are now located on Quail Run in Rolla.
With more than 30 combined years of operations, Color Plus takes pride in their friendly and helpful approach to customer service. They offer a wide variety of custom printing, signs, banners, and promotional items combined with outstanding graphic design services. Whether it is a large print job, or friends who need occasional printing, you will find Karen, Marcia, or Josh eager to help you complete your project.
St James Winery has been producing wines for over 50 years. It was started in 1970 by Jim and Pat Hofherr. Today, St. James Winery is led by Jim and Pat’s son, Peter Hofherr. St. James Winery has always focused on making approachable, easy to drink wines to share with family and friends. In the 1920s, St. James Missouri was one of the largest grape growing regions of the country. Jim and Pat set out to bring Missouri wine to the world’s stage and did just that. As Missouri’s most awarded winery, St. James Winery is committed to producing high quality, good tasting wine using sustainability and innovation. Still a family business, St. James Winery prides itself on leaving the community better than they found it by collaborating with small businesses in the area as well as giving back. They hope to still be making wine 50 years from now as well.
Legends Bank was founded in 1913 in the community of Rich Fountain, Missouri. Today, the bank is headquartered in Linn, and serves 9 different communities throughout mid-Missouri, including Rolla, Union, and Jefferson City.
Stability in management has been a keystone of the bank’s success. Since its inception in 1913, the bank has been owned and managed by the same family.
The bank has also seen substantial growth in Rolla since opening in 2011. We are honored by the trust and confidence our customers have given us over the last 10 years. In order to better support our customers and meet community needs, we will be adding a second location in Rolla later this year at 10th & Forum.
We have worked to give back to Rolla and the surrounding communities through donations and sponsorships over the last 10 years. Our main philanthropic focus in the area has been, and will continue to be, the local schools and related youth programs. We have been a proud sponsor of everything from Character Education programs at local elementary schools to Rolla Varsity Football and Wrestling. We look forward to a future of serving our community.
In 2018, St. James locals Joe & Michelle Boulware embarked on a journey to bring life and energy back into Meramec Vineyards Winery. Over the last nearly 3 years, lots of hard work, late nights, and many learning opportunities later, Joe & Michelle have grown the business into a place where people can come grab a delicious bite to eat with countless drink options, making it true that there’s something here for everyone! Live music on the weekends is enjoyable on their renovated outdoor patio, and their expanded seating is perfect for hosting events. Using their business as a platform to give back has been one of the most fulfilling things about being a small business owner and they are proud to serve and give back to the surrounding communities. Joe & Michelle thank the Rolla Chamber for their support and appreciate this honor.
Sherry Stites is an agent with Shelter Insurance® and the owner of Stites Insurance Agency LLC. Before insurance, Sherry worked in the financial industry managing a consumer loan branch with 21 years’ experience in the lending business. She currently is board member of the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce and the first female Rolla Lions Club member.
Sherry and her team which includes Patty Stagner and Ryan Stites share 35 years’ experience with Shelter Insurance®. Her goal as an agent is helping her insured find savings without sacrificing coverages and giving a peace of mind. Sherry’s team strives in providing excellent customer service to our existing and new policy holders with events happening in their life.
Shelter Insurance® offers insurance for auto, home, business, farms and life.
Congratulations to August Business of the Month, Schmidt CPAS & Advisors!
Stanley Schmidt founded Schmidt CPAS & Advisors in 1990 in order to provide financial guidance to small businesses. As the firm grew his son, Brian, joined as a partner bringing with him his expertise in tax, accounting and business valuations. The business expanded in 2015 with the acquisition of a local firm, promoting Kimberly Littrell to partner and retaining staff that have served Rolla and the surrounding communiities for more than 30 years. They offer a wide variety of tax, accounting, payroll, advisory and planning services.
They are located at 401 W 5th St., Ste 201. For more information visit https://www.schmidt-cpapc.com/
Brian Beckett, along with his wife Tricia Beckett, own and operate Valvoline Express Care Sullivan and Rolla.
Brian and his Dad, Richard, started the Sullivan store 21 years ago. In 2013 Tricia and Brian purchased his dad’s half as he moved to Branson and semi-retired. In 2017, Tricia and Brian decide to open Express Care Rolla.
The Express Care program is not a franchise. The program is partnered with Valvoline and we are 100% privately owned. They are located at 1001 Kingshighway in Rolla.
Pictured from left to right are Manager Ron Daniels, Owner Brian Beckett, and RACC Director Stevie Kearse.
Paul Shangraw and his family purchased Donut King in 2010. Donut King is located on North 63 next to the Missouri S&T campus. Paul and his staff pride themselves in providing exceptional customer service. Almost all their donuts are made by hand with very little automation, and nothing is ever frozen!
Community involvement is extremely important to Paul and his staff, they are always willing to lend a helping hand. Each year they welcome the incoming S&T students with free donut coupons, they often give free donuts to the Boy Scout troops, they sponsor little league teams and are always willing to help with fundraisers or auctions by offering coupons or donating donuts.
We would like to thank Paul and his amazing staff for their support of our community and being a part of our Chamber organization.
Pictured from left to right are Manager Jeff Turnbough, Celeste Lietz, Katherine Lima, Sheilah Warren, and Kyle Harlan.
In 1954 Wayne Gott opened his first store as Gott’s General Store in Bradleyville, located in Southwest Missouri. In February of 1962, Mr. Gott and wife, Betty, moved to Salem to open the first Town & Country Supermarket. Mr. Gott prided himself in providing friendly customer service, while offering a wide variety of products and services, all at low prices. In addition, the stores took pride in becoming integral members of their communities.
In 2015, the company built and opened a new 48,000-square-foot store located in Rolla, MO that became one of Wayne and son, Dennis Gott’s, proudest achievements. After Dennis’ untimely passing, his daughter, Amber, and her husband, Joe Polizzi, have continued the family business, with Joe assuming the role of President & CEO. In 2018, Dennis Gott was inducted in the Missouri Grocers Association Hall of Fame. Mr. Polizzi takes pride in the family business and continues to keep the mission that the Gotts started back in 1962.
ONE THING WILL NEVER CHANGE: Their commitment to Guarantee their Customers 100% Satisfaction.
Realty Executives Ferrell Associates has been serving the Rolla area since 1997 with all their real estate needs. They specialize in residential homes, new construction, commercial and property management. They are committed to satisfying all of your real estate needs, whether buying, selling or just talking real estate. They believe in the Rolla community! They live here, they work here and they call Rolla HOME!
Falkenhain Eye Group has been providing quality eye care to the Rolla community and surrounding areas since 1965. Their featured services include Lasik Surgery, Contact Lenses Therapy, Glaucoma, Cataracts, a variety of eye tests and treatment of other eye related complications. Their office, located on 1001 N. Pine St., utilizes state of the art equipment.
Their friendly staff is dedicated to patients’ comfort and quality of care throughout their visits. Falkenhain Eye Group’s mission is to maintain existing healthy eye structures while improving vision when possible.
Pictured are Dr. Bud Falkenhain and Dr. David Falkenhain.
Visit www.rollaoptometrist.com or call (573) 364-1773 for more information.
In November 1964, inspired by the people of Rolla, Alex Kallas and his wife Froso Kallas chose the location for his restaurant. He believed here in Rolla there was something special about the people, the town, and how he could be part of it. As the years passed Alex’s Pizza Palace became part of Rolla, a tradition, and a famous spot that contains many memories and a part of this history of the city.
At Alex’s their recipes for pizza dough, sauce, and other items have been unchanged and made fresh daily for over 40 years. Alex’s Pizza Palace thanks the city of Rolla and its loyal customers for their continued support since 1964.
Alex’s Pizza is located at 122 W 8th Street. Visit them online at http://www.alexspizza.com/
Pictured is Christina Mousadakos.
Daniels Construction Company is a local, family owned business specializing in excavation. Established in 1934, they have worked in the Rolla area for four generations.
They do many types of excavation work, including track loader, backhoe, skid-steer, road grader and dump trucking. This includes demolition, land clearing and grading, commercial site preparation, basements, septic systems, roads, driveways, lakes, ponds. They also haul topsoil, fill dirt and gravel.
Sybill’s has been proudly owned and operated by Tom, Janet & Sybill Scheffer since 2006. They are located at 1100 North Jefferson in St. James.
Visit https://www.sybills.com/ for more information.
- Employed many local people at the USGS building.
- Used almost entirely local contractors for work done in the building.
- Made many upgrades to the building.
- Fought to keep the USGS in Rolla, MO.
- Made many contributions including those to the Phelps County Historical Society and the Rolla Mission.
Pictured is Harold Helmkampf
The Webster University Rolla Metropolitan Campus was founded in 1996, and hundreds of students have earned graduate degrees since that time. The first program offered at the Rolla campus was the Master of Arts in Counseling degree, and that is still the most popular option for Rolla students. Other degree programs now offered at the Rolla campus include the Master of Arts in Human Services, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Health Administration. Classes at the Webster Rolla campus are offered in the evenings in a convenient nine-week format. All of the campus’s professors still work in the fields in which they teach, and they regularly bring their real-life experiences into the classroom. Many of the professors have been part of the Rolla campus for several years, including David Duncan and Bennie Shriver, who both have been on the faculty since the very beginnings of the campus.
Dr. Greg Edwards serves as the Webster Rolla director, and other members of the Webster Rolla staff include Tracie Isakson, representative, and Melissa Ganz, department assistant. The campus is located at 1103 Kingshighway in Rolla. For more information about the Webster University Rolla Metropolitan Campus, visit www.webster.edu/rolla or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phelps County Industrial Solutions, formally known as the Rolla Area Sheltered Workshop, mission is to provide meaningful employment to people with disabilities and enhance the quality of life for people served through vocational growth, experience, and community inclusion.
PCIS first opened its doors in April 1970 and will be celebrating 50 years of business and service in April 2020. They continue to strive towards assisting individuals with disabilities in expanding their work skills to reach their desired level of independence. Through partnerships throughout the community, Phelps County Industrial Solutions continues to support their employees with inclusion in all aspects of community life. Through these actions, PCIS defends each person’s right to be productive and contribute toward their own welfare and that of their community.
Wiggins Abstract has been a respected member of the Rolla Business Community since the 1950’s, and a longtime Chamber member. Wiggins Abstract is the oldest operating Title Insurance Company in Phelps County, with roots back to the early days.
With seven full time employees and two part-time employees, the Wiggins’ staff offer more than 110 years of combined experience. The company offers title insurance, real estate closings, and service to all residents of Phelps County.
Wiggins Abstract is located at 308 N Rolla Street in Rolla. Call (573) 364-3521 for more information.