Not far from the intersection with Interstate 90, a couple of conspicuous construction projects on Haines Avenue in north Rapid City may have grabbed your attention.
On the east side of Haines north of Lindbergh Avenue, chain-link fencing just went up surrounding the site of what will be Rapid City’s second Maverik Adventure’s First Stop convenience store, joining another Maverik project going great guns at the corner of East North and Lacrosse streets.
Both stores are looking at a late summer-early fall openings, with another location in Sturgis set to begin building at a later date, a Maverik spokesman told me earlier this year.
On the other side of Haines, where separate buildings housing Sign & Trophy/Westex and the Haines Avenue Casino once stood, a new automated conveyor tunnel car wash to be called Rapid Wash is going up.
Owner John Parker of Custer splits time between the Black Hills and Colorado, where he owns three similar car washes, called Wash Works.
Parker said the location on Haines became his spot to build after a 2 1/2-year search took him to potential locations elsewhere in Rapid City and in Sturgis.
“I thought it was a good spot to bring something new to the area,” he said.
Parker said the washes will employ computer scanning technology to properly deploy the equipment to clean a vehicle top to bottom, from an undercarriage spray, to applying tire cleaners, to the closed-cell foam brushes which safely clean the car’s exterior without marring the finish.
“The closed-cell foam stays light even when it's wet, and it touches the car very lightly,” Parker said.
The wash will also include on-site recycling of 65 to 70 percent of the water, with the recycled and odor-filtered water used for cleaning the vehicle undercarriages.
Dryers will have a vehicle mostly dry when it emerges from the wash, which Parker said will take about 3 1/2 minutes from the time a car pulls into the lot.
Free vacuum machines will be available for sprucing up the interior and an automated floor-mat cleaner is also part of the care.
Parker is looking at a November opening for Rapid Wash.
Trading Post comes downtown
Broken Arrow Trading Company opened in mid-May at 615 Main St. in the former location of Mona Lisa’s on Main.
Mona Lisa’s, preparing to close later this year, moved next door to open up the spot for Broken Arrow.
Lydia Brewer, district manager for Broken Arrow Trading Company, said the stores are owned by Matt Stiener and currently based in Watertown.
Other locations in Hill City, Keystone, Wall, Deadwood and Sturgis, are more geared for seasonal tourist oriented goods, while the Rapid City store is stocked for year-round operation, including moccasins, purses, leather hats, sweaters, jackets and Black Hills Gold jewelry, Brewer said.
A big seller, Brewer said, is a selection of South Dakota-made wooden guns, designed to fire rubber bands.
“Those are more popular with the adults than the kids,” Brewer said
On the second floor, there is artist-in-residence spaces available, she said.
Check Broken Arrow’s Facebook page and website: brokenarrowtradingcompany.com for more information.
New web design business
Eighteen years after starting her first website design firm, Angela Wolter has returned to running her own digital advertising firm, DOT Marketing & Web Design in west Rapid City.
Wolter owned and operated In Touch Design in Sturgis for a short time starting in 1999, then got into telephone directory marketing, opening Gold Pages Publishing in 2001.
She sold her shares in the family-owned business in 2008, then worked with other digital marketing firms in Sioux Falls and Sioux City.
She moved back to the Black Hills in 2012 to help her sister with Gold Pages, then decided recently to open her own business again, which she describes as a full-service marketing firm specializing in digital website design, e-mail marketing, social media marketing and online advertising.
“I just decided I really wanted to stay with the digital thing. I was good at it,” she said.
She employs Johnathan Karol, a web developer, and Alissa Jorgensen, a BHSU student two years into her graphic design studies, in a small office owned by Executive Suites.
Wolter said the cozy work space actually enhances the trio’s creative power.
“We’re really tight in there. We can bounce ideas off each other all the time,” she said
Contact DOT Marketing and Web Design at 605-519-5740, or by email at Angela@dotMarketingSD.com.