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Jim Holland

Tim, Sheila and Alex Nold hope people will come to their soon-to-be-open coffee shop in Black Hawk for their morning brew and stay for the yummy pastries.

Tim’s wife, Sheila, and son, Alex, will open the doors at the Wired Woodsman Coffee Shop on Monday, Sept. 25, at 7211 Black Hawk Road near the intersection of Peaceful Pines Road and Sturgis Road.

Nold is a former big-company sales manager who started a hobby of Dutch oven cooking in 2012, eventually turning that avocation into a vocation, Old West Dutch Oven Catering.

The Nold’s had been catering out of a mobile trailer and needed a bigger kitchen. Tim settled on the former location of the Longhorn Restaurant on the south end of the BJ’s Country Store building.

That solved his kitchen needs, but what to do with the empty restaurant itself?

“The front part went with it, so we decided we better do something with it, since I’m paying the lease on it anyway,” Tim said.

They decided a coffee house would be the ticket in busy Black Hawk. Along with full-specialty coffees served for carryout orders, Alex, a barista, will offer a sit-down boutique coffee menu, “china cups, real silverware, the whole nine yards,” Nold said.

Adding a contrast to the china and silverware ambience will be a rustic barnwood interior with Bluegrass music playing in the background. Alex will also serve locally-roasted Dark Canyon Coffee exclusively, Tim said.

Nold will also offer Dutch oven pastries made fresh daily in the kitchen, including a longtime favorite, a German Chocolate Lava Cake, cake batter infused with dollops of frosting, poured over a coconut base and baked.

“We really think the fresh pastry is going to be a big draw,” Tim said.

Once the Wired Woodsman starts perking, hours will be 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

New Dollar General

Rapid City's newest Dollar General store is now open at 1137 E. Saint Patrick St. and celebrated its grand opening on Saturday.

The store joins other Dollar Generals in Rapid Valley, Box Elder and Summerset, with new stores soon to open in Sturgis, Hot Springs and Custer. 

New chamber director

Alexis (Lemmel) Nasser has been hired as executive director of the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Bureau, according to a news release.

Nasser is a graduate of Sturgis Brown High School and earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Black Hills State University.

Her current job is marketing and communications specialist with the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau.

Nasser’s first day at her new job will be Sept. 25. The Chamber receives nearly one-third of tourism sales tax revenues collected by the city of Sturgis. The chamber’s board of directors requested that Nasser be employed by the city in order to receive the city’s benefits package as a portion of the chamber’s annual allocation.

Nasser succeeds Heidi Kruse, who resigned after four years with the chamber to take a job with the Meade School District.

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Granite a Green Dealer

Granite Buick GMC of Rapid City is part of an exclusive group of General Motors dealers.

According to a release from GM, the dealership is one of 146 dealerships nationwide and the only one in South Dakota to be certified as a GM Green Dealer since the program started in 2014.

Green Dealers are judged on their environmental sustainability efforts. Granite ranked well in energy reduction, renewable energy use, water conservation efforts, recycling, maintenance of onsite natural habitats and community outreach, according to the release.

Among the green practices in place at the dealership located off of I-90 Exit 61, Granite uses geothermal heat generated and stored in the earth; uses high-efficiency LED lighting; recycles oil from the service department to build and repair South Dakota highways; filters water throughout the facility for return to the natural resource supply; and preserved wetlands for water fowl and birds on the property.

“We are really excited to provide eco-friendly practices to not only our community but also our state,” Troy Claymore, managing partner of Granite Buick GMC, said in the release.

New Knecht Home Center

Knecht Home Center in Spearfish broke ground for a new facility at 2905 4th Ave. on Thursday.

When completed, tentatively in May of 2018, The new Ace Hardware store and Knecht lumber yard will encompass more than 7 acres and include 74,000 square feet of covered storage, an expanded showroom and retail center, a drive-through lumber yard and garden center.

The additional space will allow for additional new products as well as the expansion of current product offerings and support staff, Spearfish center manager Brian Dodge, said in a news release.

Knecht is 100 percent employee owned and is part of the Mead Lumber Company, with 43 locations across Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming.

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

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