Chamber Chatter: Spring brings ‘busy-ness’ to businesses

Mother Nature did not deliver favorable weather for city’s BBQ weekend

Attendance at the Friday night, April 6, 2018, Taste of Osage City event was diminished due to the colder temperatures. The participating teams still furnished their favorite meals; however, a lot of the spectators ended up making their purchase and taking it home to eat. Corey Linton reported that 104 teams competed in the sanctioned barbecue contest on Saturday. He did have a few teams that canceled due to the weather.

Car show cancelled

Due to inclement weather, The Twin Lakes Cruisers canceled the Cruis’n and Cook’n Auto Show that was to have been held in downtown Osage City on Saturday, April 7. Predicted snow and low temperatures are not conducive conditions for car show participants or spectators. Orgnanizers had received 91 pre-registrations. They were given the option to have their fee refunded or apply toward next year’s event. The huge majority chose to apply toward next year. They had very positive comments regarding the decision to cancel and also compliments on the quality of shows as they look forward to coming back each year. The participation has been approximately 300 for the past several years. The Twin Lakes Cruisers are looking forward to next year’s event which will mark their 15th year.

Chamber after hours

Lusk Properties hosted a Chamber of Commerce After Hours on Sunday April 15, at 8411 W. 273rd St., in Barclay, at a large house that has recently been renovated by James Lusk and is now available to rent. Also celebrated was Ann Lusk’s 90th birthday. Approximately 70 people attended. Guests enjoyed touring the house, visiting and refreshments. The house has five bedrooms and is located on six acres.

Osage City Chamber of Commerce awards scholarships

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce offers a $250 scholarship to one senior girl and one senior boy graduating from Osage City High School. Application deadline was April 20, 2018. The revenue from the $5 that residents pay to be listed on the maps for the spring and fall garage sales goes directly for these two scholarships. The recipients of the 2018 scholarship were to be announced at the May 2 high school awards ceremony.

Congratulations to Osage City graduates

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the graduating class of 2018. Best wishes to each of you in continuing your future endeavors of college, technical school, employment, or where ever your interests may lead you.

2018 Osage County Fair plans are in progress – theme “Hats Off to Red, White and Blue”

In the near future, the fairgrounds, Lions Club food stand, 4-H barns and pavilion, parade route will be in full swing with a lot of activity going on. June 27-30, 2018, are the dates for the Osage County Fair, in Osage City. Diane Michael is in charge of the parade which will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 28. She is working diligently getting information out to the businesses and organizations to plan to participate in the parade this year. She is hoping to make it a fun filled event this year. If you have any questions or would like information regarding an entry in the parade contact Diane Michael at [email protected] or 785-608-2277.

Mr. and Mrs. Osage City and parade marshal nominations sought

The Osage City Osage County Fair Parade, June 28, is going to be here before we know it. The Osage City Chamber of Commerce seeks nominations for Mr. and Mrs. Osage City and the parade marshal. Searching back through the history, the parade marshal has been a single individual, a couple, a group of employees, young or senior that have contributed and supported the Osage City community. If you have someone in mind for either of these honors, please submit their name to Diane Michael, parade chairman, 510 Holliday St., 785-608-2277, [email protected]

July 1 community family day and fireworks spectacular

Be sure to mark your calendar for the Osage City annual community fireworks spectacular which will be held on July 1. Plans are coming together to include an exciting day of activities for the families to enjoy. Activities leading up to the fireworks display include a youth fishing tournament, community choir concert, disc golf tournament, bounce play sets, carnival games, bingo, glow walk, live band, food and snacks, ice cream social, watermelon feed. Members of the committee appreciate the generous donations from the businesses and citizens of the community to supplement the expense of the purchase of the fireworks. Anyone interested in donating should contact committee members Jeff Pearson, Thelma Humerickhouse or Jeanette Swarts.

Ribbon cuttings

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce welcomed three new businesses and facilities to Osage City with ribbon cuttings.

Higher Health and Yoga

Higher Power Health and Yoga – it’s not just yoga! Michelle Robert, founder of Higher Power Health and Yoga LLC, offers many services that can help anyone step into a healthier lifestyle. These services include individual life coaching, wellness workshops, and yoga instruction in a class or private setting. In early 2012, Robert became a certified life coach specializing in health and wellness. Life coaching is a series of one-on-one meetings that help an individual move forward in whatever area he or she may feel stuck. Common coaching topics include weight loss, stress management, and dietary improvements for the whole family. Robert’s wellness workshops are stand-alone seminars that are fun and interactive. Participants leave with practical ways to implement better health practices into their everyday lives.

Yoga is one of the best ways to improve anyone’s overall health. Robert is living proof of this – having seen improvements in her physical, mental and emotional health since she started practicing yoga more than eight years ago. Robert completed her certification to be a yoga instructor in August 2016, and has been teaching classes ever since.

She and her husband, Quintin, have spent the last 10 months renovating 627 Market St. into a stylish yoga studio. Robert, along with another certified instructor, Natalie Savage, offer at least eight classes per week that are sure to meet the needs of students at every level. Classes include a beginners only package, gentle yoga, even a yogi’s workshop.

Robert urges individuals to not be intimidated by yoga or the studio atmosphere. She prefers to see her studio as a community hub for self-care where the possibilities for better whole health is available to everyone.

Look for upcoming events – children’s summer yoga camp, guided meditation sessions, and themed yoga evenings. For more information, visit Higher Power Health and Yoga at 627 Market St., Osage City.

Osage County EMS

A ribbon cutting was held April 17 at the new Osage City Emergency Medical Services ambulance facility located at Sixth and Main streets. The company has gained an abundance of room to accommodate their services. The new facility is approximately 70 by 45 feet with the living quarters and garage all in one building. The new building provides the staff a safer environment and allows a lot of area to grow and operate.

Ridge Iron Grill

A ribbon cutting was held April 17, at the Ridge Iron Grill. The restaurant’s opening date was Friday, March 2, 2018.

The staff includes owners, Jeremy and Ashley Jackson; manager, Lexi Bandy; cooks, Jacob Wade, Lacey Todd, and Ray Velasquez; waitresses, Josie Johnson, Jasmine Stevens, Jordan Middleton, Timberly Dunham; and bartenders, Ashley Jackson, Lexi Bandy, Hayley Yocum.

The restaurant serves a full lunch and supper menu Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Owning and operating a restaurant has always been a dream of Ashley Jackson’s, and had been discussed numerous times over the years between Jeremy and Ashley. Before opening they heard from many people throughout the community that they were ready for somewhere new that they could relax and hang out with family and friends over a good meal and drinks, so it made them begin looking into options for a location and type of establishment. They know that Osage City is where they will continue to call home and raise their three children as they grow, so they decided they were finally ready to take the leap and opened up Ridge Iron Grill.

Contact the Chamber

Email the Osage City Chamber of Commerce at [email protected]; call 785-219-2510; mail to PO Box 56, Osage City, KS 66523; see us on Facebook; or check out the website at

Information thanks to the Osage City Chamber of Commerce.

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