Enterprise Newsletter • Nominate deserving citizens and groups for Community Awards
Congratulations to Larry and Diana Leake on their purchase of Hardware Hank
Larry and Diana Leake stand in front of Douglas Hardware Hank. The Leakes are the new owners of the Hardware Hank stores in both Douglas and Glenrock.
"There is a lot that we want to do," says Larry Leake of he and his wife Diana's recent purchase of the Hardware Hank store in Douglas. "The best way to do that was to make it a hometown store."

Larry has been involved in retail for over 50 years and affiliated with United Hardware Distributors, the dealer-owned corporation associated with Hardware Hank, since 1990. As he was nearing retirement age, rather than slowing down he jokes that he and Diana instead decided to purchase the stores. They bought both the Douglas store and the Hardware Hank store in Glenrock.

Customers can expect to see new products, new signage, more employees, different categories in the store and the addition of appliances. They have also adjusted the store hours. The business is now open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Several special events are being planned for the
Douglas store. May 1 the store's greenhouse will open for the season. May 10, 11 and 12 there will be special sales for Mother's Day weekend. May 16, 17, 18 and 19 the Leakes will be hosting guests for their grand reopening. Larry says a lot is being planned, but that customers can expect to see great buys that will only be available that weekend, root beer floats, BBQs and more.

"We would like to congratulate Larry and Diana on their purchase," says Cindy Porter, Executive Director of The Enterprise. "Many in the community, given the great care with which the store has been managed by the Leakes, already thought they owned the store. We are anxious to see where they take the business in the weeks, months and years ahead."
Nominations sought for Community Awards
Awards banquet to be held April 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Eastern Wyoming College's Douglas campus
We all know it.... Douglas is home to some really great businesses, individuals and service organizations. Each April The Enterprise organizes an evening to pay tribute to all of these fantastic individuals and entities. The 2019 Community Awards Banquet will be held on the evening of April 12 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets, available at The Douglas Railroad Museum and Visitor Center, are just $10. Memorial Hospital of Converse County's Arbor Cafe will be preparing the meal.

Please consider submitting a nomination, no later than April 3 at 4 p.m. in any of the following categories.
Citizen of the Year
Junior Citizen of the Year (under 18 years of age)
Service to Community Award
Club/Organization/Event of the Year
Educator of the Year
Student of the Year • Business of the Year
Business Improvement of the Year
Remodeled Business of the Year
Start-up Business of the Year

"New this year, we encourage non-profits and organizations across the community to participate by honoring their volunteers," says Cindy Porter, Executive Director of The Enterprise. "If their nomination doesn't necessarily fit one of our categories, that is okay. Our goal is for this event to be a celebration of Douglas' great people, business and non-profits and all of the good they do across our community."
Table tent distribution reaches 600
Get your event on the tent
Table tents, visible at businesses across the community, have proven to be a popular and effective means by which to share information about community happenings. Each month The Enterprise creates and distributes over 600 tents throughout Douglas. If your non-profit has an event that should appear on the tents, email us or call at 307-358-2000. There is no charge for this community service that is a joint effort of The Enterprise, the Douglas Budget and the Converse County Tourism Board.
Mark your calendar for upcoming events, including a SUMMER full of fun!
Jackalope Days 2019 organizers are beginning to meet regularly in preparation for the June event. If you would like to help with this year's gathering, please consider joining the group. Call Cindy at 358-2000 for more information.

April 12, 2019 • Community Awards Banquet
Get your nominations submitted and purchase your tickets to join us in a celebration of DOUGLAS and its great people! Tickets are $10 each and available at the Douglas Railroad Museum and Visitor Center.

May 2, June 6, July 4, Aug. 8 • First Thursdays
Join the downtown Douglas merchants, and a wide variety of vendors, for a fun evening.

June 6-9, 2019 • Jackalope Days
A brewfest, two events at the Railroad Museum, a street dance, a car show, a fun run, dachshund races and a wide variety of other festivities are being planned.
Monday evenings in July • Movies on a Train
Head for Locomotive Park, the area surrounding the Douglas Railroad Museum, for "Movies on a Train." Western movies are played on a giant screen mounted on the side of the steam locomotive. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs!

Aug. 13-17, 2019 • Wyoming State Fair
It's the perfect time to gather in Douglas for
fun on the fairway!

Aug. 17, 2019 • Wyoming State Fair Parade
Make plans now to have a float in the Wyoming State Fair Parade. The Enterprise will again be teaming up with local partners to host this long-standing Douglas tradition.

Saturdays in August and September
Jackalope Square Farmers Markets
Please join Main Street Douglas for their annual markets featuring local craftspeople, gardeners and more will be in Jackalope Square from 9 a.m. to noon selling locally grown and made items.
Thank you to our Corporate Members!
"Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit."
—Conrad Hilton
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