Allan Schauer has relocated and downsized his longtime automotive repair shop, Allan Automotive Repair, in preparation for retirement.
Allan’s is now at 718 E. Omaha St., just down the street from Johnson Machine-NAPA Auto Parts Store, which is convenient, Schauer said.
“As it so happens, we’re a NAPA Auto Care Center, as well,” he said. “We’ve been open for about a month and a half, and we’ve been very busy.”
Schauer eventually plans to turn the shop over to two longtime service technicians he refers to as “his boys.”
He declined to name the two employees. “We’ll just call them the same guys you knew and loved before,” he said with a laugh.
Schauer sold the old place at 410 Maple Ave. to Tim Hamilton, owner of Sand Scripts, a stone engraving, etched glass and awards shop.
Sand Scripts was one of several small businesses needing to move from the Gate City Building on Second Street, which was torn down to make way for a new Black Hills Federal Credit Union building downtown.
Schauer said the new place is considerably smaller than the old shop. He describes occasional visits with Hamilton at the previous place as bittersweet.
“It’s kind of hard for me to walk in there, because I built that building from scratch,” he said. “We just don’t need that much space anymore.”
Contact Allan Automotive Repair at 605-348-1994 for more information.
Massage therapist rebrands
Stacey Twiggs has added to her repertoire of certified skills as a massage therapist.
Armed with new certification in sports and injury rehabilitation, Twiggs recently renamed and moved her business to reflect her new focus.
What was known as Lost Art Massage on Kansas City Street is now called Black Hills Sports Massage at 2902 W. Main St., Suite 5 in west Rapid City.
A native of Oregon who moved to Rapid City in 1996, Twiggs and other therapists are subletting space from New Hope Massage at that location, right across the street from the National Guard camp.
Twiggs, a licensed massage therapist, began her practice on Jackson Boulevard in 2013.
She is focusing more and more on sports and injury rehabilitation therapy because of her participation in martial arts, particularly Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
"I'm gearing my office to my demographic," she said. "Sports and medical injury rehab is a big part of it."
She is open by appointment. Call 605-593-7206 or check out her Facebook page or her website: blackhillssportsmassage.massagetherapy.com.
Dan and Jill O’Brien have made the preservation and restoration of the buffalo to the grasslands of the Great Plains their life’s priority.
Their Wild Idea Buffalo Company of Rapid City is a reflection of those goals, they say.
“By returning the bison to their native homeland, we're not only re-wilding a threatened ecosystem, we are keeping prairies intact with carbon stored safely underground and producing the healthiest red meat on the planet," Dan O’Brien said in a release announcing Wild Idea Buffalo Company as recipient of the Rapid City Sustainability Award.
The company was recognized for its promotion of land stewardship, local foods and the consumption of healthy protein with the production of buffalo. Jill and Dan O’Brien received the award at last Monday’s Rapid City Council meeting.
"Wild Idea is being recognized with the Rapid City Sustainability Award because of their level of consciousness in creating a sustainable product that benefits land use and preserves our natural resources," said Eirik Heikes of the Sustainability Committee, which recognizes businesses, organizations, groups or individuals demonstrating positive environmental, economic and social practices
"They have crafted a national brand and tell a wonderful, compelling story about our region while creating jobs and commerce,” Heikes said.
“They even share recipes." Heikes added.
New Dollar General
The first of three new Dollar General stores in the area celebrated its grand opening Saturday at 12000 Sturgis Road in Summerset.
Other Dollar General stores are finishing construction and expected to open soon on St. Patrick Street in Rapid City and on Lazelle Street in Sturgis.
According to a release from the company, Dollar General stores employ approximately six to 10 people, depending on the need. Check out dollargeneral.com for more information.