Jan 2018
in this issue
:: January Chamber Coffee
:: Chamber Annual Meeting
:: 2018 Chamber Coffee Schedule
:: Ribbon Cuttings
:: Chamber Activities
:: Viking Snapshot
:: Chamber Checks Notice
:: Hands-Only CPR Classes
:: Article Headline
:: KSF T-Shirts
:: New Members
January Chamber Coffee 
Co-hosted by 

Just four years ago, a massive overhaul began on the 1910 Santa Fe Depot which had aged through the years and had lost its luster of charm. But, it was about to have a whole new life as Shindigs Bar & Grill.
After close to 1000 days of construction, Shindigs Bar & Grill, a 200+ seat restaurant, officially opened their doors in April 2017. As guests enter the once worn-out building, they are greeted with a nod to yesteryear of the original Santa Fe Depot sign hanging in the vestibule. Upon entering the bar and dining area, it is new experience for a small town community. The building has modern charm with Cor-Ten walls yet nostalgia throughout with vintage ceiling tiles, the original freight door showcased, WWII Marsden Mat and more. Each time guests dine, they are sure to find little hidden gems. Some that for sure turn heads are the Bottoms Up beer tap system located in the upper dining area and the men's restroom. Yes, you read that correctly, the men's restroom.
Rob and Janet Carroll along with their daughters, Mallory Avery and Molly Walker purchased the Santa Fe Depot, located next to the tracks on the North end of town, in the heat of the summer of 2014. "Walking through the building on that first day, I still remember the green and maroon paint, glass block and just the eeriness of quiet. It was like the building was saying, 'I'm Tired,'" said Mallory Avery. The tired building was in the best of hands with the Rob Carroll. The family began the design process and reached out to the talented local contractors of Cowley County to start the work. "People do not realize the talent we have here at home and what they are capable of doing. It was important for us to use these resources and keep that money in Cowley County to support our community's economy," said Janet Carroll.
Shindigs vibrant menu equally partners with the stunning architecture. Whether stopping in for their gourmet burgers, hangry helpers, entrees or indulgent desserts, there is something for everyone. Or, to take it over the top, try "The Tomahawk." The entrée is for the serious carnivore, it features a 50 ounce bone-in ribeye, loaded baked potato and steamed asparagus.
In just over 9 months, Shindigs Bar & Grill, has hit major milestones attracting guests from all over. They were among the nominees for Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association's-Hot New Concept and recently featured in The Wichita Eagle's 'Dining with Denise' section. And, if that isn't enough, they just served their 100,000th guest. "For us, this has been so very surreal and special. We built this for the community and to make it everyone's place," said Molly Walker. And, that they did. The Carroll family has deep entrepreneurial roots.  Over 30 years ago, Rob and Janet Carroll delved into the industrial blasting and coating industry and has diversified into so much more.  Today, they own and operate over 10 businesses in Cowley County with help from their talented staff at each of them.
Some might say how the evolution from the world of corrosion to restaurant but for The Carroll family it started around the family dinner table. Food heals and for their family, life may be stress but a meal is an experience and memory to always hold. It was this mentality that has drove them to create this experience not just for Cowley County but to create a destination dining experience where you come as a guest but leave as family. 


Wheat State Wine Company began in 2008 when we planted our first vines in Owner/Wine Maker Chris Tyler's family farm just southeast of Winfield, KS. With the goal of making the best wine in Kansas, we started making wine in 2011 with careful attention to detail and a methodic approach which helps us create exceptional quality control. Since then our wines have won "Kansas Wine of the Year" honors in 2012 and several medals at national wine competitions. We are very proud of what we have achieved in such a short time, and look forward to even greater things ahead.
We grew up, live and work in Winfield, and have always considered it our home. We are active in the community - volunteering with the local Young Professionals club, donating to local causes and sponsoring local events. We also enjoy collaborating with Shindigs on Wine Wednesdays and other events to remind our patrons to always support local!
Here we treat people the way we would like to be treated, because those are the values we learned and continue to pass on.

Thursday, January 25
10:00 AM
Shindigs Bar & Grill
500 Main St.

Please RSVP to admin@winfieldchamber.org or call 221-2420 by Monday, January 29th
2018 Chamber Coffee Schedule

Please mark these dates in your calendar and plan to attend to network and hear from other members!

January 25
Shindigs Bar & Grill & WSWCo.

February 22
Cowley College

March 22
Harvest Christian Church

April 26
Citizen's Bank of Kansas

May 24
Agora Architecture

June 28
Custom Internet Services, LLC

July 26
William Newton Hospital

August 23
Southwestern College

September 27
Winfield Chiropractic Relief & Wellness

October 25
RCB Bank

November 15
USD #465

December 20
Union State Bank & Cumbernauld Village

Ribbon Cuttings

The Chamber held a ribbon cutting ceremony on January 18th for the opening of the new location of the Winfield Community Food Pantry at 314 College St.

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

Trunk N Treasures  - One-Year Anniversary
Friday, January 26, 10:00 AM, 1016 Main St.


1025 The River has generously decided to match every dollar new chamber members spend on advertising for the first three months!

Spread the word about this great opportunity! Applications for Chamber Membership can be found online at WinfieldChamber.org or at the Chamber office at 123 E. 9th.

Materials for Newcomer Packets

Don't forget! As a free member benefit, you can bring promotional materials to the chamber for packets that we put together for people moving into town! Please bring us about 50 of your brochures, rack cards, pens, or other promo items at a time. This is a great way to make newcomers aware of your business or organization!

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Chamber Activities this Week

Chamber Board Meeting
Monday, January 22, Noon, Chamber office

Chamber Coffee hosted by Shindigs Bar & Grill and Wheat State Wine Co.
Thursday, January 25, 10:00 AM, Shindigs Bar & Grill, 500 Main St.

CCTA Meeting
Thursday, January 25, Noon, Hosted by Pam Crain

Ribbon Cutting for Trunk N Treasures
Friday, January 26, 10:00 AM, 1016 Main

Upcoming Chamber Activities

Chamber Annual Meeting
Thursday, February 1, 5:30 PM, $30, Baden Square, 700 Gary St.
RSVP by Monday, January 29th to admin@winfieldchamber.org or 221-2420

Viking Snapshot

Monday - Jan 22
V G Basketball vs Collegiate @ Mulvane Tournament 6:00pm
WMS G Basketball @ Clearwater 7A/8B 5:00pm, 8A/7B 6:00pm
WMS B Basketball vs Clearwater 7A/8B 5:00pm, 8A/7B 6:00pm

Tuesday- Jan 23
V G Basketball vs Conway Springs @ Mulvane Tournament 6:00pm
WMS Wrestling Double Dual vs Haysville West, Rose Hill, Wellington 4:30pm

Thursday- Jan 25
JV/V Wrestling vs Buhler 6:00pm
WMS B Basketball @ Haysville West 7A/8B 5:00pm, 8A/7B 6:00pm
WMS G Basketball vs Haysville West 7A/8B 5:00pm, 8A/7B 6:00pm

Friday- Jan 26
WHS B Basketball vs Wellington FR 4:15pm, JV 6:00pm, V 7:30pm

Saturday- Jan 27
V G Basketball @ Mulvane Tournament TBA
V B Swimming @ Emporia Inv. 12:00pm
JV Wrestling Inv @ Ark City 9:00am
WMS Wrestling Inv. @ Haysville West MS 9:00am

  Go Vikings!
Chamber Checks

You may have someone bring in a Chamber Check to use at your business. Here are some things to remember:

1. You cannot give cash back. The whole check must be used at your business or else the customer forfeits the rest of the money.

2. The Checks can be taken straight to the bank and deposited like any other check. (For businesses only.  Individuals who have received the checks as a gift cannot deposit them directly at a bank)

3. Chamber Checks have expiration dates on them. Please check the date in the memo line before accepting the check.

If you are a member and do not have a sign like the one above, please let us know and you can either come pick one up at the Chamber or we can get one to you.

HeartSafe Winfield

Winfield Fire/EMS is offering FREE 30-Minute Hands-Only training to any business, church, or organization during the month of February. You can schedule on-site training or they will also be offering classes here at the Winfield Chamber every Wednesday at 8:30 AM in February. 

To reserve a spot at one of the classes here at the chamber, please email admin@winfieldchamber.org or call 221-2420.

Also, if your business has an AED, please let Aaron Sutton know at 221-5560 or suttonmict@gmail.com. The department is trying to create a database of all the AED's in Winfield for an app that will accessible to the public.

Kansas Sampler Festival T-Shirts

We have ordered our last batch of the FINAL Kansas Sampler Festival t-shirts! They are for sale at the chamber office for $12 each ($14 for sizes 3XL & 4XL). 

New Members

Please join the Chamber in welcoming our new members:

College Hill Cottage (Air BnB)
Stephen Woodburn
304 College St.

Werner Creek Farm
Gage & Sarah Werner
11857 122nd Rd.


The Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce is a local chamber without ties to either the Kansas or the U.S. Chambers of Commerce.  We believe that being independent allows us the best opportunity to serve our members with an unbiased approach to issues that are important to the local communities where we serve.  



Community Events

Winfield Area Habitat for Humanity Soup Supper
Thursday, January 25, 5-6:30 PM, $6, First Presbyterian Church, 1101 Millington St.

Celebrate Cowley County History Conference
Saturday, January 27, 9:00 AM, Community Center at Baden Square, 700 Gary St.

News from Chamber Members
Please help us promote your business by sending us information to include in this section! Email information to admin@winfieldchamber.org and we will add it to this email blast. Information will need to be received each Friday by noon in order to be included in the following week's news. 




Help us to make 2018 4kidsake.com campaign the best EVER for the youth of Cowley County!
88 youth in our county have requested a 1 to 1 mentoring relationship and together we can make a difference in the future!
Attached is the link to our 24th campaign for Cowley; registration preferred at least 2 weeks prior to event: 
Under the event tab, you will find a printable pledge sheet to begin.
Click on the event you wish to participate in; on March 4th there will be a session @ 1 & 2:30 which can't be designated on the site, so email me the time you wish or once I see you have registered, I will be in contact with you to get this information.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or if you would like me to come and present this to your business or group.  
Debi Clark
Development Manager
Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters serving Cowley & Sumner Counties
Home office: 103 E. 9th Suite 316 Winfield, KS 67156
Tel: (620)221-7766 Fax: (620)221-1229 Cell: (620)222-4428



Cowley County Conservation District Annual Meeting

The Cowley County Conservation District is hosting the 71st Annual Meeting and Dinner, February 8, 2018.  Please contact Amanda Scott @ (620) 221-1850 ext. 3 for information.












25th Anniversary Winfield Isle of Lights T-shirts for Sale

Long-sleeve and short-sleeve navy blue T-shirts are available for purchase at the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce.


Cash or check only.




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