Progress 2014 is credit to all
Published: Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Every year since 2001 when we put together our first annual Progress Edition in Custer and Hill City we have been amazed at all the positive changes that have occurred in our Southern Hills communities in the past year. These editions are all made possible by the hard-working business people and community leaders in our area who work in conjunction and cooperation with our various city and governmental entities. We have a good mix of business and public officials working together to improve and enhance the lives of our Southern Hills residents.
In Custer we look around and see city officials gradually making improvements to the former elementary school which will be the permanent home of city offices and the YMCA sometime in the near future. In the meantime, the Custer Volunteer Fire Department is expanding its vehicle storage facilities in an adjacent corner building formerly occupied by Allen’s Home Furnishings. Unseen is a massive sewage re-line improvement project taking place under downtown area streets and other locations.
Custer County recently completed two major bridge projects, the Cheyenne River Bridge and 8th Street Bridge. Custer County Housing Authority continues to make positive strides in improving its image and rental operation.
On the other side of the county, the Town of Hermosa has completed a major water project. South of Custer the Southern Black Hills Rural Water System continues its march northward from Hot Springs and into Custer County.
Commercial buildings formerly vacant are now being occupied with up and running ventures. On the far west edge of the city is Mac’s Grub, the former home of Taco John’s. Just south on Highway 385 we have a new gun shop in a brand new building. Claude and Cristie Smith are at it again as they remodel the future home of another one of their food businesses in the 400 block of Mt. Rushmore Road.
Brian and Janet Boyer, owners of Buglin’ Bull Restaurant and Sports Bar, decided to diversify when they purchased the former MainStreet MarketPlace building just a couple buildings east of their present location. They plan to have a gift shop, bakery and coffee shop and ice cream store in their new building.
In Hill City, Prairie Berry, a family-owned business operated by Sandi Votja and Matt Keck, continues to expand with a new operation, Miner Brewing Co., a remodeled tasting room, a private venue in the former Mistletoe Ranch building and more wines and beers. The project, which started January 2012, should near completion in May. And in case you’re wondering, yes, the wines are still winning awards for excellence. They’re up to 775 now.
Two cabin operations have new owners. Both Cindy and Dave Dickmeyer, owners of Robins Roost Cabins, and Doug and Mary Klar, owners of Trails End Cabins, purchased their properties after vacationing in the area. The cabins aren’t the only things under new ownership. Slate Creek Grille was purchased by Patricia Cuny, Drake Peterson and Michelle Houdek weeks ago from former owners John and Kris Knapp, Pat and Lisa Wiederhold and Chad and Amy Lockhart.
There have also been many milestones in Hill City over the past year. Teddy Bear Town has reached over 9,000 teddy bears and the building Hill City Café calls home celebrates 100 years. As part of the celebration, the building went under a massive renovation and will re-open with a grand breakfast celebration.
It has been another year of great progress in the Southern Black Hills as we look forward to another successful tourism season, which already seems to be off to an early start. Congratulations to all who make good things happen in our area. Keep up the great work!
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