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Jim Holland

Opportunity continues to rise from the devastation of the October 2013 blizzard.

The Spearfish Economic Development Corporation is hosting an Open House on Wednesday for tours of another recently remodeled portion of the new Atlas Building at 120 Industrial Drive in the Spearfish Business & Industry Park.

The site was home to TMOne, a business process outsourcing call center, when the vicious storm blew up in much greater intensity than predicted.

The new building’s name comes from that blizzard, nicknamed Winter Storm Atlas by The Weather Channel cable TV network.

The building was one of many in the region that collapsed under the crushing weight of wet snow measured in feet. The storm took a horrific toll on area beef producers as well with thousands of cattle perishing in the storm.

The TMOne call center relocated to temporary digs at the Spearfish Recreation Center while the building was razed and rebuilt.

TMOne, since renamed Mass Markets, reopened its call center in 10,000 square feet of the 40,000-square-foot structure in November of 2015.

Wednesday’s open house is to show off another 10,000 square feet of newly completed space designed for traditional office use, according to SEDC executive director Kory Menken.

Another 20,000 square feet of high ceiling, light industrial space remains available for lease. The building could also see use as an innovation incubator for start-up technology and research companies, Menken said.

“Our goal was to keep the floor plan as flexible and universal as possible so that it could be leased by either a single-end user or by several individual tenants,” Menken said.

According to a release from SEDC, Wednesday’s open house is from 4 to 6 p.m. with appetizers and beverages served.

See SpearfishDevelopment.com for more information.

4 Paws Grooming and Daycare

Ashlee Schlatter needed more room to include doggie day care with her pet grooming business, so with the help of a realtor friend, she found a good fit in the new business strip mall at Vista Village in northeast Rapid City.

Her 4 Paws Grooming & Day Care is the first tenant to christen Vista Village at 544 Century Road, Suite 109, next door to Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken, On The Border Mexican Restaurant and the in-progress Sonic Drive-In.

Another tenant is preparing to open in the building, which is leased through by Century Development of Rapid City.

Schlatter moved from Omaha Street Plaza where she started her business more than three years ago.

Now she can offer day care for dogs as well as grooming for dogs and cats. The day care runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday, through Friday with no overnight care available.

“We’re excited to have doggy day care for our clients who need a place for their pet to go while they’re at work or going shopping,” Schlatter said.

The new location has easy access off of busy East North Street and is close to the major retail centers, including Rushmore Crossing and the Rushmore Mall.

The move has allowed her to add clients from Ellsworth Air Force Base and Rapid Valley.

“Everyone’s been very happy with the move, and it’s a nice location,” she said.

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Schlatter is the sole owner of the business and is looking to sell, according to a post on the 4 Paws Facebook page.

If the business does sell, she would like to stay on as a pet groomer.

“I like my clients and they like me,” she said. “And I love grooming,”

No paucity on paws

Continuing on the “paws” theme, another new pet store is nearing completion on the south side of Rapid City.

Linda Ingalls and her daughter, Bailey Stensby, owners of Healthy Paws Pet Store, are planning a Dec. 4 opening in their new, 3,300-square-foot store at 425 Bentley Lane, nestled just to the south of Pizza Ranch and Taco John’s near the intersection of S. Minnesota Street and Catron Boulevard.

They opened the store five years ago nearby at 36 E. Stumer Road, Suite 109, in the Black Hills Plaza by Walmart.

That 2,000-square-foot store has been doing well, but it was time to grow to a space more suited to their business, Linda said.

“We just decided it was time to maybe get a little bigger space and make our lives easier, because the back door isn’t big enough for a pallet. We off-load everything outside,” Linda said.

Healthy Paws is a pet boutique offering food for dogs and cats, along with treats and toys, including items for humans, such as photo frames and mugs. They also stock raw food for pets, she said

“Not too many people in town carry the raw food,” she said

Call Healthy Paws at 605-791-4141.

  Contact Jim Holland at 605-394-8429 or at jim.holland@rapidcityjournal.com.

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