Chamber Weekly Update

August 11th, 2017


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Think Local, Shop Local, Keep it Local!

In this issue (click to advance to that section):
Back-To-School Free Swim & Dinner Party - Come help us celebrate our first full season of the outdoor aquatics park and back-to-school!! Join us Friday, August 11th from 5:30-8:00pm for free admission to our outdoor aquatics park - 300 11th Street. Free chicken, hotdogs, chips and water - while supplies last!
Everyone is invited! Sponsored by USD #367 and Osawatomie Recreation Commission. 

Pool Party

Olathe Health
Olathe Health Family Medicine Osawatomie - Don't wait until the last minute, August is a busy time for families. Call now to schedule school physicals, with a variety of available appointments with Janet French or Dr. Sara Cobine, as well as our other physicians. Fall sports practices begin August 14th! We hope you have a safe and happy summer! 100 E. Main St., Osawatomie - 913-755-3044.
Oz Community Garden Fall Fundraiser  - Purchase 2 gallon mums for $10 each. Choose your colors - red, yellow, bronze, white or purple. Sale starts August 21st and runs through September 15th. You will pick up your mums at Hanes Florist, 411 E. Mill St., September 29th from 2-5pm or September 30th from 8am-1pm. All proceeds are used to maintain the Community Garden each year.
Donna & Viola's
Donna & Viola's Shirts & Etc.
522 Main Street
Osawatomie, KS 66064

We are running a sale - 30% off on all pre-printed Trojan Tees.  Stop by August 1st - 31st and get your school spirit going!
Hall's Rock Yard
Hall's The Rock Yard/Bobcat Service New products at The Rock Yard! Calhoun River Rock in two sizes and Rose Granite Boulders with several sizes to choose from. Come by and check them out at 607 Mulberry in Osawatomie.

Business of the Month Loft on Sixth is an event venue located in downtown Osawatomie.  With over 15,000 square feet of event space, our staff can bring flair, elegance, creativity and best of all, exclusivity to each and every event. 

In 2001, Dean and Judy Spears (Spears, LLC) decided to purchase the  building on the corner of Sixth and Main Street with the intent to lease the facility as retail space (lower section) and apartment units (upper section).

After the purchase, Spears, LLC secured a 5-year lease with Sears for a 
retail outlet in the lower section of the building and refurbishing efforts 
began.  During this period, it was determined that zoning, code and costs 
made the apartment unit concept too difficult to pursue. A group approached with the idea to refurbish the upstairs into an event and wedding reception hall.  Spears, LLC was able to secure another 5-year lease on the 2nd floor 
for this purpose and in 2003 both occupants began operations.

At the end of 2008, the owners of the Sears store center decided to retire 
and corporate was unable to find another group to assume the outlet, 
therefore the store closed.  The owners of the venue operation expressed interest in entering a lease contract for the entire building with the request 
that Spears, LLC remodel the lower section to add a foyer, chapel, bride 
& groom quarters and a rehearsal dining hall.  After securing a new 
5-year lease with this group, remodeling efforts began in 2009 and the 
facility  became operational in 2010 turning the entire building into a 
full-service wedding venue.

Over the course of the next few years, the venue operation saw success in attracting bridal couples from the Kansas City Metro area performing hundreds of events at the facility.  Unfortunately, this did not correlate into 
a successful venture for the venue owners and the operation closed in 2014.

During 2015, Spears, LLC began to pursue various options which included beginning a new operation, selling the building or partnering with another group.  It was also determined that if the building would continue as a venue, the building required modifications to ensure the safety of its guests.  So, during this same period, Spears, LLC began to develop a plan that would ensure that the building would meet current local, state and federal code guidelines for this type of operation.

By the end of 2015, Spears, LLC decided to pursue an operational 
company and formed Loft on Sixth, LLC with Dean, Judy and their son, David Spears, as the managing members.  Beginning in 2016, a renovation plan was agreed to by the managing members and a construction loan was secured through First Option Bank allowing the plan to proceed.   In 2016, local construction groups worked to update the building per the renovation plan.  

At the end of August, updates were completed and Loft on Sixth received 
code approvals from the various government agencies.  Loft on Sixth 
officially reopened on August 21st, 2016 with an open house to the 
community and then held its' first event in October by hosting the Chamber's Annual Dinner.  Since, the venue has held various events that have included corporate Christmas parties, bridal and baby showers, birthday & graduation parties, reunions, memorials, and of course, weddings and receptions.

Since then, Loft on Sixth has continued to book weddings and events for 
2017, 2018 and even into 2019.  The group is currently exploring many various options that include "boutique" small wedding packages, charitable event functions, dances, business meetings, etc.  The goal of the new 
operation is to open it up to multiple functions while working to attract 
people from the Kansas City Metro area into our community. 

Loft on Sixth strives to work with local vendors, which have included 
La Hacienda, We Be Smokin', Chris's CafĂ©, Hanes Florist, etc. and will 
look  to work with others.  It is not only our goal to be a successful 
business venture within our community but also successful for our other 
local business groups, hopefully spurring additional business growth to revitalize the downtown area.

The building is celebrating its' one hundred-year anniversary and has 
served the community in various capacities including a five and dime 
store, various retail outlets, the lodge for the International Order of 
Odd Fellows and even a dance studio. 

The venue has become an exquisite destination for weddings, parties, 
concerts, lectures, corporate dinners, fundraisers, meetings and many other events.   The restoration and enhancements to the facility has provided a 
unique space that rivals many of the high end Kansas City venues but with 
a more affordable outcome.

"Our goal is to learn your story, your style, your vision and design an unforgettable wedding/event unique to your taste."

Feel free to contact David Spears (call or text) at (913) 954-1429 to discuss event needs and to schedule a tour of the facility.

Business Hours:
By Appointment/By Event

Office - 620-687-0912
Cell - 913-954-1429



Special for the Month:
Book a date and receive 20% off any venue package or facility rental date by mentioning Loft on Sixth's/Chamber of Commerce August Business of the Month. Offer expires September 30th, 2017.

Loft on Sixth, LLC
425 6th St.
Osawatomie, KS  66064


A chamber coffee will be held at Loft on Sixth on
 Wednesday, August 30th at 10am!  Please make plans to stop by and 
see and tour this facility. It will be a great opportunity to learn 
more about this business.

We are pleased to have Loft on Sixth in Osawatomie!

Think Local.  Shop Local.  Keep it Local.
sunflower substance abuse
are now accepting new clients. Sunflower provides Drug/Alcohol and DUI Assessments. Sunflower provides 8-hour Drug and Alcohol Information Classes. Sunflower provides Level 1 Outpatient Treatment and Level 2 Intensive Outpatient Treatment Services. We accept Medicaid, United Health Care, Sunflower Health Care and Amerigroup Health Care. We also accept Blue Cross Blue Shield and Cigna. If you have a different health care provider we will contract with them as well. Our office hours are Monday thru Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm. Please call if you or someone you know needs help with substance use/abuse issues or if you need a Drug/Alcohol Assessment, DUI Assessment for court or probation. We are licensed through the State of Kansas. Our counselors are Licensed through the State of Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. If you have questions or concerns PLEASE call our office and we will do everything we can to assist you. Sunflower is looking to hire a part time collector. Must be able to work evenings. Must be dependable. Interested applicants call Lori Thomas at Dominion Diagnostic at 816-654-2602
Sunflower Substance Abuse Recovery Services
223 6th St. Suite B
Osawatomie, KS 66064
(P) 913-755-2081
(F) 913-755-2083
(C) 913-731-1143

Briona Fields, Miss Osawatomie 2015 - Briona has been accepted to participate in the 2018 Miss Teen Kansas USA Pageant and will respresent Osawatomie, KS. It will be held in Mulvane, KS, November 24th-26th. It will be a great opportunity for Briona and can bring some exciting rewards!  Briona is a 2016 Osawatomie  High School graduate and was selected as Queen of Miss Osawatomie 2015.

Each contestant is responsible for raising her own $1,000 sponsorship fee. The sponsorship fee will help cover all of her expenses during the pageant weekend. Sponsorship may come from businesses, civic clubs, family and friends. There is no specific amount that a sponsor is required to pay. The amount you choose is completely up to you and will be greatly appreciated! Sponsors will be listed in the program book and will be able to deduct their sponsorship from their advertising budget, and write it off as an advertising tax-deduction. Sponsors will receive well-earned recognition for their support. 

You can contact the Chamber to make donations -, call 913-755-4114 or reach out directly to Briona at 
WeTip's Community Safety Program
- The City of Osawatomie is now using this anonymous crime hotline. Citizens can call in 24 hours a day and talk with a live person to give information on any crime. The operator will ask a series of questions to obtain information about the reported crime. That information is then shared with the appropriate police, fire and law enforcement agencies. Cash rewards up to $1000 are given upon verified reports from law enforcement that WeTip information was received prior to the arrest and it was helpful in the arrest and conviction. No one will ask your name and you will remain anonymous. 

Osawatomie Senior Center Strength Training Program - Stay Strong, Stay Healthy.   Join us for our evidence-based strength training program designed for older adults. The eight-week program includes 16 exercise classes that meet twice weekly for one hour. Classes will be September 12th through November 21st, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-10:30am. Over the course of the program, you will learn exercises to improve strength, balance and flexibility. Classes incorporate: warm up exercises, eight strengthening exercises, with or without hand and leg weights and cool-down exercises. Pick up a registration packet and learn more at the Osawatomie Senior Center, 815 Sixth Street. Registration packets are due by Sept. 6th with $20 registration fee. Call 913-795-2829 with any questions. A Marais de Cygnes Extension District Progam.
Dollar General Osawatomie Dollar General - We are excited to have a newer version of  Dollar General in Osawatomie! A Grand Opening will take place on July 22nd. Store Hours - 7am - 10pm. (They are now open an hour earlier and staying  open an hour later!)  Dollar General,  306 6th Street,  Osawatomie, KS 66064 -  913-755-3040


Osawatomie Golf Course
- Join us on Saturday, Aug. 19th, for live music by The Lost Troubadours! Hamburgers and hot dogs available at 7pm. Beer Garden with $2 Beers. Band - 8-11pm. $5 per person donation for the band. Open to public!

library Pizza Hut's STRAIGHT Literacy Program - Little libraries have been placed throughout the community. Community members will have access to these Little Libraries which house donated books that can be borrowed and/or exchanged with other books. The libraries are located at the courtyard in front of the Railroad Musuem/Chamber Office (628 Main St.), in front of Don's Barber Shop (505 6th St.), inside Pizza Hut (305 Eastgate Dr.), at the First United Methodist Church (504 W. Pacific Ave.) and behind Trojan Elementary/Swenson Early Childhood Education Center (1901 Parker Ave.). 

Donate Books to Pizza Hut's STRAIGHT Literacy Program! Donations of adult and children's books are being accepted at Pizza Hut. USD 367 was awarded a $5,000 grant in partnership with Osawatomie Pizza Hut and Osawatomie First United Methodist Church. Thomas Anderson, general manager of Pizza Hut, and Kimi Wilson, USD 367 Kansas Reading Roadmap Coordinator, wrote the grant. STRAIGHT Literacy stands for "Strength Through Reading and Imagination Growing Hearts Together." 

A reading gazebo has been built near Trojan Elementary and Swenson Early Childhood Education Center. Students will be able to use the gazebo to read in during recess and teachers will be able to take classes outside to the gazebo to conduct reading lessons. 
Lakemary Center Barnapalooza - Join us on August 12th at 6pm at Ryckert Farms, 29566 Pressonville Rd., Paola for this year's event! Outlaw Jim and The Whiskey Benders will perform. To purchase tickets and/or sponsorship, click here for more information.
Hanes Florist -  Call us or stop by for all of your floral and gift items.  We do florals for weddings, funerals, birthdays, anniversarys and "just because" occasions.  In addition to flowers, we have custom gift baskets, candy and pop bouquets and many gift items in a variety of price ranges to fit your budget.   Free delivery for in-town Osawatomie and in-town Paola. Stop by 411 E. Mill or call 913-755-3107.  We are doing some remodeling outside and inside. Stay tuned as we update!
Osawatomie Living - A Bimonthly Newsletter from the City of Osawatomie - Click here for June/July 2017 Edition
Palace Hardware
Palace Hardware Now Open in Osawatomie!  Hours are: M-F - 8am-8pm; Saturday 8am-5pm; Sunday 10am-2pm. Palace Hardware,  Payday Loans & Property Management,  432 Main Street,  Osawatomie, KS 66064 -  913-755-2513
Businesses: Take advantage of this opportunity - Miami County Mini Grant Program! -
Miami County has a limited amount of funds to assist with tuition, training or technical assistance for businesses. Call Janet McRae, Director of Economic Development, for more information 913-294-4045.
The Osawatomie Ministerial Association is leading an fundraising effort to replace the curbing in John Brown Memorial Park. It costs 20.00 a foot to replace the curbing. Donations can be sent to the John Brown Museum State Historic Site or Osawatomie City Hall. If you wish to mail a check noted with Curb Project, please send it to John Brown Museum State Historic Site, Box 37, 1000 Main Street, Osawatomie, Kansas 66064.
Rush the Rails Rush the Rails -  Dirty Kanza Promotions is excited to announce a new event on the Flint Hills Nature Trail to be held October 7th, 2017. Dirty Kanza Promotions will be working in conjunction with the Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, and the many communities that come along the trail between Osawatomie, KS and Council Grove, KS. This event will serve as a grand opening celebration of the Flint Hills Nature Trail as it nears completion. The trail is currently open to trail users, but some sections still require maintenance. 

Multiple activities will be offered within this event. Three non-competitive bike rides will be available; a 96 mile ride from Osawatomie; a 54 mile ride from Pomona State Park (Vassar, KS); and a 25 mile ride from Admire, KS. All distances will end in Council Grove.

In addition to the ride, a competitive relay will be held. Teams of 4 and 8 runners can compete over the full 96 mile course departing from Osawatomie. Awards will be awarded to top teams and various team categories.

The event will showcase to outdoor endurance sporting enthusiasts and their families and supporters, the wonderful resource that is the Flint Hills Nature Trail. It will also highlight the wonderful businesses and people that make the Midwest a desirable place to visit.

The festivities will begin in Osawatomie on Friday, October 6th, in John Brown Memorial Park and will conclude with a finish line party in Council Grove on October 7th. It will be an amazing opportunity for families and fans alike to send these participants off and welcome them home. Similar activities will be coordinated along the course in Ottawa, Pomona State Park, Osage City and Admire.

More information about the event and contact information can be found by visiting and also liking the Rush the Rails Facebook page.

Look for more information coming soon on events Friday night, Oct. 6th, and Saturday morning, Oct. 7th, in our community!
Infinitie HealthCare Infinite HealthCare Offering affordable life-enriching in-home and private duty care to our elderly, we are now located in Osawatomie!   Infinite HealthCare is an in-home service provider that assists individuals and families. We are dedicated to helping our clients lead dignified, independent lifestyles in the  comfort and safety of their own homes by carefully assessing and fully understanding their needs and selectively placing trained personnel to meet these needs.  Services we provide include  Home Services,  Personal Care,  Companion Services,  Nursing Services
Private Duty,  Specializes in Alzheimer's Care, Parkinson's Care, MS Care and much more.  Contact us to learn more about our services or arrange for a free consultation!

Infinite HealthCare
429 East Main Street
Osawatomie, KS 66064
Toll Free Phone - 877-302-2740

LaShonda Miller, Management
email -

Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to conform to clients' needs and preferences.
Farmers' Market
Osawatomie Farmers' Market - New Vendors Each Week!  Vendors and Customers Welcome! To be held every Thursday evening  during season from 4:30-7 pm, we are excited about a  great community event.  Our vendors vary each week . Everyone is invited!  The Farmers' Market registration/welcoming table will be at 554 Main St. on  the open lot area next to La Hacienda. This is in an effort to better serve those in wheelchairs and anyone handicapped. We will still have vendors  operating out of their vehicles in the grassy lot behind this area at 529 Parker Ave. - but move them closer to our Main Street location. Vendors in vehicles need to pull in from the alley. Vendors with tables are welcome to set up on the  cement area at 554 Main St. (next to La Hacienda).  Customers are welcome to enter via Main Street or Parker Ave. 

Sponsors for the Osawatomie Farmers' Market are:  Miami County Medical Center, Osawatomie Rotary Club, Auten Pharmacy, Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce and City of Osawatomie.

We will have our Farmers' Market  reusable bags for sale for $2.00!

Rotary 30 Gallon Trash Bags for sale - $12 for roll of 25!

Vendor Fees (non-refundable)
Pay Each Week:  $5.00 per stall
Full Season:  $40.00 (will cover your registration for each week it is open)
Produce Vendors:  No charge (if you sell any other items, the fees will apply)

For more information contact 
Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 63, 628 Main St. 
913-755-4114 or 913-731-1193
Email -
golf course meal card Osawatomie Golf Course Lakeside Grill - The Lakeside Grill and deck is open and the grill is hot. Stop in and get your meal card! Buy 7, get one Free - with the new Osawatomie Golf Course Meal Card! Pick yours up today in the Lakeside Grill and check out our daily specials! 32942 Lakeside Dr., Osawatomie. 913-755-4769. Visit our website - 
Elizabeth Layton Center is excited to offer Mental Health First Aid Training!  This fun and ground-breaking training course gives people the tools to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and how to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary.  See flyer for more information.
elizabeth layton
Loft on Sixth  - Book our Social Hall for your events! Whether you are having a party, shower, reunion, memorial or any event - the Social Hall holds up to 48 people and rents for $25 hour/3 hour minimum.  We are able to host gatherings of all sizes at our beautiful facility. Main events will be weddings and anniversary observances. A wedding chapel is on the ground floor.   Our team is available to help you plan the event of your dreams. Call 913-954-1429 or email us at We are located at 425 6th St., Osawatomie. For more information, check out our Facebook page! Visit our webpage for rental fees and wedding package information. 
Osawatomie Rotary - has trash bags for sale! 30 gallon trash bags - $12 for a roll of 25. They are available at State Farm Insurance - Marsha Adams, 557 Main St., First Option Bank, 601 Main St. or can be purchased at the Farmers' Market on Thursday evenings.

Osawatomie Post Office
- Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 9am-noon, 2pm-4:30pm; Saturday 9am-11am. 404 5th St., Osawatomie.
USD 367 - Keep updated with Osawatomie school district happenings and events - click on this link for school calendar.  Stay in touch with the Osawatomie High School Alumni Association - click here.  For information on the Ozone - USD 367 Sports & Fitness Zone - click here.  For Osawatomie Recreation - click here.
This Week's Events
Back-To-School Free Swim & Dinner Party
Friday, August 11th - 5:30-8:00pm
Osawatomie Outdoor Aquatics Park - 300 11th Street

Playing This Week!

August 11, 12, & 13
The Emoji Movie (PG)
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (PG-13)

Movie Line - 913-755-2325
Osawatomie After Prom Fundraising Event
2nd Annual Car Show - 9am-3pm
3 on 3 Basketball - 10am
Craft & Vendor Fair - 10am-3pm
August 12th
Karl E. Cole Sports Complex, 900 12th St., Osawatomie
Tri-Ko Blood Drive
Thursday, Aug. 17th - 1-6pm
Memorial Hall, 411 Eleventh St., Osawatomie
Osawatomie Farmers' Market
Aug. 17th - 4:30-7:00pm
Every Thursday Evening during season
554 Main St.
Upcoming Events
The Lost Troubadours at Osawatomie Golf Course
Saturday, Aug. 19th
Food beginning at 7pm - Band 8-11pm
Loft on Sixth Chamber Coffee
Wednesday, Aug. 30th - 10am
425 6th St., Osawatomie
Freedom Festival
September 16th & 17th
John Brown Park, Osawatomie
 3rd Annual Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic
Saturday, October 14th
Osawatomie Golf Course

Area Upcoming Events & Information

Lakemary Center Barnapalooza
August 12th - 6pm
Ryckert Farms, 29566 Pressonville Rd., Paola
Paola Roots Festival 2017   
Friday, August 25th - Saturday, August 26th