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The Daily Union Outlook 2014: The Places

The Daily Union Outlook 2014: The Places

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A Supplement to
 • Saturday, February 15, 2014
he Peo ple , Places , and Possibiliies  f o Po g ess
unction City has had its share of entrepre-neurs who have tried opening restaurants only to find their business plans couldn’t match the reality of a difficult market. Several new dining options have become available in the past few months that offer unique experiences designed for very specific clientele.Each of these places is very different, but they all have one thing in common — their leader-ship is operating with a very specific vision that addresses potential challenges. At Dillon’s, when the store remodeled, they added a small café area where people can grab a bite before shopping, at lunch, or even dinnertime. “We all know the rule — don’t shop while  you’re hungry,” said store manager Mike Tre-ichlelr.Down the street a couple blocks from Dillon’s the new FroYo Junction offers a family-friendly, kid-friendly environment that specializes in fro-zen yogurt deserts. Across town, upon the request of regular cus-tomers to its Abilene location, Ike’s Place Bar and Grill opened on Golden Belt Boulevard.The management and ownership of these new eateries say their establishments reflect a customer need in the community.“We are providing a real fun, safe, clean envi-ronment where people can come enjoy commu-nity interaction and a healthy desert treat,” said owner Kendall Schoenrock. He also anticipates the meeting space to be a space where busi-nesses can meet, birthday parties, social events, book clubs, family gatherings, and the like can meet.The FroYo Junction concept, where the con-sumer creates their own desert and pays by the  weight of it, was something he first experienced in Pennsylvania, but immediately saw the potential of it.“I watched all of these people come in and what I was most astounded with and what I found most remarkable was how happy the families were,” he said. “The kids would come in with huge smiles and enthusiasm and excitement over a product they could control. It  was their own experience, it was their own cre-ation they took so much pride in creating some-thing that was theirs.” A Junction City native, Schoenrock said he  was excited to bring this concept that he saw on the east coast back home.Over at Ike’s Place, the concept of the restau-rant that is tied to a historical figure is one that  was tested in Abilene and upon its success the ownership expanded east.“The reason we choose Junction City was
Story and photos by Gail Parsons
Entrepreneurs with  vision making it in JC
Kasey Hanney prepares a drink for a customer at Ike’s Place.
Finding  that
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 When Geary County Con- vention and Visitor’s Bureau Director Connie Hall talks glowingly about the area she has been a part of for so long, her passion is obvious. “We are a diamond in the rough here,” she says with a nod and confident smile. But for Hall, that means there’s work to be done.“There’s that persona and there’s the reality and then there’s the potential of what  we can become,” she said. “It’s about how we put them together. It takes everybody to get that. Hall believes it is time for Junction City and Geary County “to shine.” That’s one of the purposes of the CVB.“We must continue to pol-ish the stone and continue on,” she said.One way the CVB does that is by promoting the commu-nity around the country at conventions and other events. She calls their efforts “press-ing flesh” — in other words, shaking hands. And talking about the community is part of that. Hall said the key is to showcase the area in the “right light” to those attend-ing the conventions or events. “People in Chicago want to get out of the big city and have that touch of nature,” Hall said. “Why can’t they come here?”She said she tries to tie emotions to those she talks to.“I say, ‘wouldn’t you want to get out of the city lights and see the stars?’” she said. “We put an emotional value to that. We have a passion and belief in our community  when we are talking to them.” Events held here in Junc-tion City also expose the area to the world, including the National Bypane Fly-in and some fishing tournaments among other events.“It’s not hard to get excited about what Junction City and Geary County have because  you not only have a lot of stuff, but we have so many things of note, of worth, of excitement,” she said.Hall suggested people and big cities are re-creating “what we have naturally.”“So, why not tell them to not re-create if you don’t have to,” Hall added. “We have so much here.”However, perceptions of Kansas can be difficult to overcome when talking with
We believe ‘It is that good’ in Junction City
Tim Weideman • The Daily Union
Kan. Gov. Sam Brownback lifts a blue catfish from a boat’s live well when Brownback and about 30 state legislators spent the day fishing on Milford Lake to experience one of Kansas’s top fishing locations in 2013.
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Convention and Visitor’s Bureau working to make people know about JC, GC
“The ‘Wizard of Oz’ kept the image of Kansas in black and white. We tell people the ‘Wizard of Oz’ is a Hollywood creation and we are in living color.”
Director Geary County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
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