Mixologist of the Month Jesse Davis
What’s your Favorite Thing to Do During Downtime?
If I’m not working, I’m with family, either on the golf course or hunting.
What’s your Favorite Part of Craft Chophouse & Lounge?
The close-knit family of employees. It’s one of the best things about this place; it really makes it shine.
What Inspired You to Get into this Industry?
You get to throw a party every day. You’re providing an experience for guests and connecting with folks daily. Few industries provide the freedom and rewards of this business. We get to try and test new items all the time. It’s fast-paced and always evolving, and allows me to evolve and grow with the business.
What’s Something People Should Know About Craft Chophouse & Lounge:
We are a completely scratch restaurant. All sauces, syrups, entrées, and cocktails are made from scratch.
What’s your Drink of Choice?
A Smoked Churchill Manhattan.
Tell us About Catering at Craft Chophouse & Lounge:
We offer full catering services—from 20 people pick-up orders to 300-guest weddings. Each event is crafted to provide an experience in line of the event.
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to do in September
Due to the possibility of cancellations, please check event websites & social media posts before attending.
2Sidewalk Arts Festival
Downtown • Sioux Falls 9 a.m.
Grab your friends, lace up your walking shoes, and make your way to the 60th Annual Sidewalk Arts Festival.
The outdoor event showcases over 300 vendor booths, featuring the region’s best folk art, fine art, and craft artisans. Enjoy more activities suited for kids, as well as enjoy live entertainment, food vendors, and a beer garden.
MORE INFO: WASHINGTONPAVILION.ORG.
South Dakota Film Festival
Capitol Theatre • Aberdeen • Time vary
Experience the magic of cinema on the big screen at the annual South Dakota Film Festival. Over the four-day festival, watch various short films created by filmmakers located around the Great Plains region and partake in engaging discussions. Purchase your tickets online.
Ribs, Rods, & Rock N’ Roll
Main Street • Vermillion • Times vary
Indulge in local barbecued ribs from over 30 teams across the midwest at Ribs, Rods & Rock N’ Roll
The community event features a kids activity area, corn hole tournament, music, dancing, old fashioned root beer, cotton candy, and of course, ribs.
MORE INFO: SDBBQ.US.
*All photos for 6 Things are submitted by the event or its promoter unless otherwise noted.
MORE INFO: SOUTHDAKOTAFILMFEST.ORG.
4The Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival
Main Street Square Rapid City • 10 a.m.
Celebrate the upcoming harvest season in Main Street Square at the 15th Annual Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival. Venture down for a day of fall fun, including a giant pumpkin weigh-off, a pumpkin catapult, the Kidz Zone, pumpkin painting, hayrides, vendors, and more.
MORE INFO: MAINSTREETSQUARE.ORG.
5Buffalo Roundup & Arts Festival
Custer State Park • Custer • Time vary
Feel the earth shake at this year's Buffalo Roundup & Arts Festival. Pack your binoculars and cameras to capture the thunder of more than 1,3000 buffalo. Enjoy the accompanying Art Festival showcasing local artists’ work, food, and entertainment.
MORE INFO: GFP.SD.GOV/BUFFALO-ROUNDUP.
6Light The Night
Falls Park • Sioux Falls • 5:30 p.m.
Light The Night is a night dedicated to celebrating, honoring, and remembering those touched by cancer. Enjoy a family-friendly event filled with activities, food trucks, and music, followed by a ceremony and one-mile walk with meaningful lanterns held high. The evening ends with a celebration of fireworks.
MORE INFO: LIGHTTHENIGHT.ORG.
+BIG BUCK NATIONALS
Brown County Speedway, Aberdeen. 7 p.m. More info: facebook.com.
+ABERDEEN AREA OUT OF THE DARKNESS COMMUNITY WALK
Odde Ice Center, Aberdeen. 10 a.m. More info: supporting.afsp.org.
+SOUTH DAKOTA FILM FESTIVAL
Capitol Theatre, Aberdeen. Times vary. More info: southdakotafilmfest.org.
+ABERDEEN WINGS HOCKEY
Odde Ice Center, Aberdeen. 7 p.m. More info: visitaberdeensd.com.
Dacotah Prairie Museum, Aberdeen. 11 a.m. More info: visitaberdeensd.com.
+RONCALLI MARCHING BAND FESTIVAL
Downtown, Aberdeen. 9:30 a.m. More info: visitaberdeensd.com.
+PHEASANT PHESTIVAL PUP CRAWL
Downtown, Aberdeen. 4 p.m. More info: visitaberdeensd.com.
+BULL HAULERS BRAWL
Husett's Speedway, Brandon. 7 p.m. More info: husetsspeedway. com.
9-10 & 16-17
+FALL PARADE OF HOMES
Locations vary, Brandon. Times vary. More info: members.brandonvalleychamber com
+MIDWEST MAXX DADDY CHAMPIONSHIP
University Plains Speedway, Brookings. Times vary. More info: facebook.com.
+727TH DAV POKER RUN
Dacotah Bank Center, Brookings. 10 a.m. More info: visitbrookingssd.com.
+YELLOW & BLUE BLOCK PARTY
South Dakota State University, Brookings. 5 p.m. More info: visitbrookingssd.com.
+COMING OUT CONCERT ENCORE!
Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center. 7 p.m. More info: rainbowchorus.org.
10, 14, 24
+PARTY ON THE PORCH
McCrory Gardens, Brookings. 12 p.m. More info: sdstate.edu.
+GLIDE & SLIDE
Larson Ice Center, Brookings. 4 p.m. More Info: visitbrookingssd. com.
+2023 WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON
Dacotah Bank Center, Brookings. 11:30 a.m. More Info: brookingschamber.org.
+JACK 15 ROAD RACE
Locations vary, Brookings. 8:30 a.m. More Info: prairiestriders.net.
+OKTOBERFEST BEER, BINGO, + HEADSHOTS
Wooden Legs, Brookings. 4:20 p.m. More info: brookingschamber.org.
+MUSIC & DANCE IN THE GARDENS
McCrory Gardens, Brookings. 6 p.m. More info: sdstate.edu.
+RED DIRT ROAD AT SKINNERS PUB
Skinner’s Pub, Brookings. 9:30 p.m. More info: facebook.com.
University Plains Speedway, Brookings. Times vary. More info: facebook.com.
+THE OAK RIDGE BOYS
Dacotah Bank Center, Brookings. 7:30 p.m. More info: dacotahbankcenter.com.
Beacon, Custer. 7 p.m. More info: custerbeacon.com.
+STUDEBAKER CAR SHOW
Downtown, Custer. 10 a.m. More info: custersd.com.
+MICKELSON TRAIL TREK
Mickelson Trail, Custer. Times vary. More info: custersd.
+BUFFALO ROUNDUP & ARTS FESTIVAL
Custer State Park, Custer. Times vary. More info: custerresorts.com.
Outlaw Square, Deadwood. 6 p.m. More info: outlawsquare.com.
Mountain Grand, Deadwood. 8 p.m. More info: deadwoodmountaingrand.com.
+FAIR IN THE SQUARE
Outlaw Square, Deadwood. 3 p.m. More info: outlawsquare.com.
+STAIND Mountain Grand, Deadwood. 8 p.m. More info: deadwoodmountaingrand.com.
+DEADWOOD JAM Outlaw Square, Deadwood. Times vary. More info: deadwoodjam.com.
+KARL DENISON’S TINY UNIVERSE
Outlaw Square, Deadwood. 12 p.m. More info: outlawsquare.com.
+DEADWOOD’S CRAFT BEER FEST: HOPS & HOGS
Main Street, Deadwood. Times vary. More info: deadwood.com.
+SKID ROW & BUCKCHERRY
Mountain Grand, Deadwood. 8 p.m. More info: deadwoodmountaingrand. com.
3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
Fleurish Flower Farm, Elk Point. 5 p.m. More info: fleurishflowerfarm. org.
Royal River Casino, Flandreau. 8 p.m. More info: royalrivercasino.com.
+1880 TRAIN OLD WEST SHOOTOUT
1880 Train, Hill City. 5 p.m. More info: 1880train.com.
+HILL CITY TROLLEY ON THE TRAIL
Mickelson Trail, Hill City. Times vary. More info: visithillcitysd.com.
+BLACK HILLS POLKAPALOOZA
Palmer Gulch, Hill City. Times vary. More info: palmergulch.com.
+1880 TRAIN WINE EXPRESS
1880 Train, Hill City. Times vary. More info: 1880train.com.
+2ND ANNUAL HOBO STEW BENEFIT
South Dakota Railroad Museum, Hill City. TBD. More info: visithillcitysd.com.
+BLACK HILLS FILM FESTIVAL
Hill City High School, Hill City. Times vary. More info: blackhillsfilmfestival.org.
+1880 TRAIN OKTOBERFEST EXPRESS
1880 Train, Hill City. 2:30 p.m. More info: 1880train.com.
+ANNUAL SOUTHERN HILLS TRIATHLON
Angostura Recreation Area, Hot Springs. 7:30 a.m. More info: thesouthernhillstri.com.
+SOUTH DAKOTA STATE FAIR
South Dakota State Fairgrounds, Huron. Times vary. More info: sdstatefair.com.
+LAUGH IN LEAD COMEDY FESTIVAL
Historic Homestake Opera House, Lead. Times vary. More info: homestakeoperahouse.org.
+MENNO PIONEER POWER SHOW
Pioneer Acres, Menno. Times vary. More info: pioneeracres.com.
+SOUTH DAKOTA STATE KIDS PEDAL PULL
Corn Palace, Mitchell. 10 a.m. More info: cornpalace.com.
+RAISE EM RANK YEAR-END BULL RIDING FINALS
Corn Palace, Mitchell. Times vary. More info: cornpalace.com.
PIERRE/FORT PIERRE 9
+WALK OF HOPE
Hyde Stadium, Pierre. 9 a.m. More info: facebook.com.
Pierre Players Community Theatre, Pierre. Times vary. More info: pierreplayers.com.
+STIRLING FAMILY RANCH RODEO
Stanley County Fairgrounds, Fort Pierre. 2 p.m. More info: fortpierre. com.
Main Street, Platte. All day. More info: plattesd.org.
RAPID CITY 1-3
+SYNESTHESIA MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL
Bulldog Creek Campground, Rapid City. Times vary. More info: facebook.com.
+JELLY ROLL: BACKROAD BAPTISM
The Monument, Rapid City. 7 p.m. More info: themonument.live.
Holiday Inn Resort, Deadwood. 8 p.m. More info: deadwoodmountaingrand.com.
+MONSTER TRUCK NITRO TOUR
Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City. 7:30 p.m. More info: monstertrucktour.com.
The Monument, Rapid City. 7 p.m. More info: themonument.live.
+JUNKIN’ MARKET DAYS FALL EVENT
The Monument, Rapid City. Times vary. More info: facebook.com.
+THE GREAT DOWNTOWN PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Main Street Square, Rapid City. 10 a.m. More info: mainstreetsquare.org.
The Monument, Rapid City. 7 p.m. More info: themonument.live.
The Monument, Rapid City. 7 p.m. More info: themonument.live.
+CRUISER CAR SHOW & STREET FAIR
Main Street Square, Rapid City. 2 p.m. More info: mainstreetsquare. org.
+PHAT CAT SWINGER
The Monument, Rapid City. 7 p.m. More info: themonument.live.
Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Sioux Falls. 7:30 p.m. More info: dennysanfordpremiercenter.com.
+GREATEST SHOW ON H2O
Catfish Bay, Sioux Falls. Times vary. More info: catfishbay.com.
+3RD ANNUAL DOWNTOWN PORK SHOWDOWN
Downtown, Sioux Falls. Times vary. More info: dtsf.com.
+LEVITT AT THE FALLS
Levitt, Sioux Falls. 7 p.m. More info: levittsiouxfalls.org.
8th & Railroad Center, Sioux Falls. 7 a.m. More info: lifelight.org.
+END OF SUMMER BEACH PARTY WITH SURFIN SAFARI
The Social, Sioux Falls. 5 p.m. More info: facebook.com.
+FALL JUNK FEST AT THE NEST
The Nest, Sioux Falls. 8:30 a.m. More info: facebook.com.
+COMING OUT CONCERT ENCORE!
First Congregational Church. 6 p.m. More info: rainbowchorus.org.
Downtown, Sioux Falls. Times vary. More info: washingtonpavilion .org.
+50TH SEASON KICKOFF PARTY
Scheels Iceplex, Sioux Falls, 12 p.m. More info: siouxfallsflyers.com.
Fawick Park, Sioux Falls. 1 p.m. More info: siouxfallssistercities.com.
Sanford Pentagon, Sioux Falls. 6:30 p.m. More info: jakeowen.net.
+SOUTH DAKOTA AERIAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Downtown, Sioux Falls. Times vary. More info: sdaerialarts.com.
+DAKOTA DACHSHUND DAY
Unify Center, Sioux Falls. 12 p.m. More info: dakotadachshundrescue. org.
+CULTURECON 2023 Convention Center, Sioux Falls. All Day. More info: dennysanfordpremiercenter.com.
Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Sioux Falls. 7 p.m. More info: dennysanfordpremiercenter.com.
+WHEELER WALKER JR.
The District, Sioux Falls. 8 p.m. More info: thedistrictsf.com.
+COOKIES, CORKS, & BREWS
The District, Sioux Falls. 5:30 p.m.. More info: gsdakotahorizons.org.
+REMEDY’S 7TH ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST
Remedy Brewing Company, Sioux Falls. 12 p.m. More info: facebook.com.
Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls. Times vary. More info: washingtonpavilion.org
Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls. Times vary. More info: washingtonpavilion.org.
Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Sioux Falls. Times vary. More info: dennysanfordpremiercenter.com.
+THE LITTLE MERMAID
Orpheum Theatre Center, Sioux Falls. 7 p.m. More info: thepremiereplayhouse.com.
+JUNKIN’ MARKET DAYS
Ramkota Exhibit Hall, Sioux Falls. 9 a.m. More info: facebook.com.
Convention Center, Sioux Falls. Times vary. More info: dennysanfordpremiercenter.com.
Sanford Pentagon, Sioux Falls. 7:30 p.m. More info: keloland.com.
The District, Sioux Falls. 7:30 p.m. More info: thedistrictsf.com.
+10TH ANNUAL BLACK HILLS BEER RUN
Spearfish City Park, Spearfish. All day. More info: blackhillsbadlands. com.
+STURGIS MUSTANG RALLY
Rally Pointe, Sturgis. Times vary. More info: sturgismustangrally.com.
+ANNUAL STURGIS OFF-ROAD RALLY
Rally Point, Sturgis. Times vary. More info: officialsturgisevents.com.
Locations vary, Sturgis. Times vary. More info: officialsturgisevents.com.
Prairie Pickers, Tulare. 10 a.m. More info: facebook.com.
+RIBS, RODS & ROCK
Main Street, Vermillion. Times vary. More info: sdbbq.us.
+WHEELIN’ TO WALL
Wall. Times vary. More info: wheelintowall.com.
Studio 212, Watertown. 6:30 p.m. More info: studio212watertownsd. com.
+NORTH COUNTRY FIBER FAIR
Codington County Extension Complex, Watertown. Times vary. More info: northcountryfiberfair.org.
Goss Opera House, Watertown. 6:30 p.m. More info: thegossoperahouse. com.
8-10, 14-17, 21-24, 28-30
+THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY
Olde Towne Dinner Theatre, Worthing. Times vary. More info: oldetownetheatre.org.
16 & 17, 23 & 24, 30
+MAZING ACRES FALL FESTIVAL
Mazing Acres Pumpkin Patch, Yankton. All day. More info: mazingacres.com.
+FREE ENTRANCE DAY IN NATIONAL PARKS
National Parks. All day. More info: nps.gov.
COUNTRY LIVING ENGINEERED SOLID
Reaves barndominiums are the perfect blend of rustic charm and modern comfort. With the added function of a hobby shop or workspace, these homes are engineered for you to live, work, and play all in the same place. Plus, Reaves will design a home to match your tastes, giving you the freedom to choose your floor plan and features. If you’re looking for something original, something that will stand for generations, you want something that’s engineered solid. You want Reaves.
Mel Cotton Mel Cotton meet the creative
“I feel like every decision I’ve ever made has led to this outcome,” said Mel Cotton, owner and curator of Rose and Eugene Presents.
After working at a non-profit art gallery while studying studio art and art history at South Dakota State University, Mel got a job as a photographer. Leaning into styling and lighting led to marketing, which led to management.
After nearly a decade of buying, selling, and marketing, Mel said she felt ready to make the leap to owning her own gallery.
In April of 2023, Mel and her husband, Les, opened Rose and Eugene Presents in downtown Sioux Falls in The Cascade at Falls Park
The driving force behind Rose and Eugene Presents lies in Mel’s firm belief in the power of art to shape local culture and enhance the community.
“Art is an expansive scope that shapes local culture, bolsters the economy, and fosters a sense of community,” explained Mel. “The sheer variety of styles and perspectives within the art world is nearly infinite.”
Witnessing the untapped potential of local creatives and the limited opportunities available to them, Mel says she knew there was a need for a platform that could rebalance the scale.
Thus, Rose and Eugene was born, with a focus on offering an array of creatives, a stage to display their work, and connecting likeminded individuals whose values align with the gallery’s ethos.
Read more about Sioux Falls’ newest gallery and its owner.written by Greta Smith & photos by Cailyn Patterson
The reason behind the name Rose and Eugene Presents is that…
Rose is my middle name and Eugene is my husband Les’s middle name. Both are family names. It’s both of us and neither of us, and it's kind of fresh and also has a history.
The pieces and products we carry are…
a curated selection that is primarily sourced from the Midwest, Great Plains, and Rocky Mountain regions. This includes a diverse range of items such as art, gifts, jewelry, skincare, and even pet supplies. Most of this goodness is crafted by passionate creatives and dedicated entrepreneurs right here in the Heartland. Rose and Eugene is a place where people can find items that truly express their individuality while supporting their community.
day-to-day at work is…
structured, yet fulfilling. One day a week is split between marketing and finances. The rest of the week is all about operations, customer service, and filling my dog Minnie’s snuggle quota. It doesn’t sound glamorous, but serving my customers and being surrounded by inspiring art and music makes every day rewarding. I love it and couldn’t see myself doing anything else.
My favorite place in Sioux Falls is…
after Rose and Eugene, my couch! I’m an ambivert, and love bringing high-vibe energy to my customers and clients. When it’s time to rest, I go hard.
The best part of my job is…
all of it! My customers, artists, and vendors are amazing. We’re a legit community, and have shared values and interests and truly enjoy supporting each other. My space is flooded with natural light, which allows me to bring botanical life into the space. I’m surrounded by inspiring art and music every day. Don’t even get me started about my neighborhood. I have the best neighbors in the most beautiful location.
Minnie Cotton serves as the Director of Barketing & Customer Relations. She’s shy, but loves cuddles!
How I would describe my style is…
artful. Eclectic. Bohemian. Granny-core. Gallery walls, plants, natural wood tones, color, covered tissue boxes.
Someone I admire is…
my ride-or-die, Les Cotton. Dr. Norman Gambill (RIP). Bob Dylan Kimberly Drew Spock . I’m sparked by fiercely independent, wildly unconventional passionate folks, and I admire people who are in a perpetual state of growth. The unstuck. People in motion.
My go-to coffee order is…
black coffee. My morning doesn’t start until The Daily from The Breaks Coffee Roasting Co. starts dripping. When I need a break from the gallery and I’m feeling fancy, I hit up my neighbors at La Luna Café. I’ve never taken the time to get to know specialty coffees, but I do like trying new things. Luna’s team is great at surprising me with caffeinated bangers. I couldn’t name a single beverage they’ve made me, but I’ve loved every one!
The process of how I curate is…
by emphasizing locally made items from surrounding areas while ensuring they aesthetically align with the gallery’s vibe and further display narratives. Most importantly I look for pieces that delight and support creativity, growth, belonging, or self-confidence.
My mission is… to celebrate Midwest creatives in a warm, inclusive space.
Something I want people to know about Rose and Eugene Presents is that…
we’re family owned and operated. We have all kinds of out-of-towners that wonder if Rose and Eugene is a franchise. It isn’t. We’re one little shop. I curate goods and handle the day-to-day, Mr. Cotton is in charge of all things brand-related in addition to being an expert gopher, and Minnie is our director of “barketing” and customer relations. Together we keep the doors open six days a week and ship treasures from our region across the continental United States.
My favorite products/pieces we carry include…
all of our prints, art supplies, and any fine artworks by artists Solomon Carlson and Cam Stalheim. Solomon’s pieces showcase stunning details and futuristic yet relatable imagery while Cam’s works are soft, sensual, and super-controlled, with a dash of campy humor. All must-sees.
Something that’s influencing me artistically right now is…
current events. The world is so heavy, so I’m doing what I can to create a warm, welcoming, and supportive space for everyone.
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THE LODGE AT DEADWOOD
Nestled at the north end of Deadwood, The Lodge at Deadwood has become a sought out destination for those exploring the Black Hills.
The resort recently undertook renovations to create a new era for the lodge with the recent addition of the Executive Suite
“Our Executive Suite provides a little bit of luxury right in the heart of the Black Hills,” said Patrick Sanders, director of sales and marketing.
The expansion stemmed from frequent full occupancy, says Sanders, but with the addition of 44 rooms and the Executive Suite, future and returning guests can experience the unique amenities the lodge has to offer.
“It gives an extra amenity and experience to offer people who’re wanting to take in the Black Hills for the first or fiftieth time,” shared Sanders. “It’s unique to the area and isn’t found anywhere else.”Written by Gabby Sudenga + photos by John Snyder
The long-awaited Executive Suite exudes a blend of sophistication, contemporary elegance, and subtle hints of rustic charm.
The color palette draws inspiration from the surrounding landscape, with earthy tones, light wood finishes, and gold accents.
Stretching over 2,000 square feet and two stories is a spacious living room, glass fireplace, master bedroom featuring a king size bed paired with a spa style bathroom, with a large soaking tub, walk-in shower, and an in-house kitchen.
Floor-to-ceiling windows encompass the main floor featuring a 300-degree panoramic view of Deadwood.
“The deck is also a show-stopper," added Sanders.
The expansive private deck opens up to a full view of Deadwood Park and is equipped with a fireplace and an outdoor television.
“It’s the perfect spot for gathering with friends and family, having a fire, or sipping cocktails,” said Sanders. “It’s overall a beautiful experience.”
“Our renovation consisted of taking off the existing wing the suite is in
and expanding straight out. We
didn’t want to disrupt our day-to-
day operations, so throughout the
entire construction process we
were still able to rent out rooms.”
According to Sanders, the Executive Suite is suitable for anything and everything. The Lodge at Deadwood as a whole welcomes anybody to enjoy the suite, from couples celebrating a wedding anniversary, to companies hosting a board mixer, to a bachelor party.
“It’s extremely dynamic in what it can host,” stated Sanders.
Other room options include standard double queens, queen deluxes, suites, standard king, and walk-out king rooms.
“The walk-out king rooms are also very unique to the Deadwood area,” said Sanders. “With those rooms, you’re able to pull your car right outside and have an outdoor entrance directly into your room.”
September 26 -
It’s showtime! Based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film, this hilarious musical tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes.
Great Seats Still Avaliable for Saturday and Sunday Performances!
“It brings a high-end feel to our
Guests, while still creating a
Warm and inviting atmosphere.”-Patrick Sanders
Sanders states that whether guests are coming in groups of five or 1,700, the lodge is prepared to cater to their needs.
The Lodge at Deadwood offers various meeting and event rooms such as boardrooms, small conference rooms, the Deadwood Grille, and the Pine Crest Ballroom
Pine Crest Ballroom can be divided into two or four separate event spaces, equipped with automated screens, garage doors, and on-site catering.
“We’re open to everyone, and we’ll work hard to provide the best experience possible for them,” said Sanders.
Wherever guests stay at the resort, they’ll have access to the on-site casino, restaurants, and indoor Water Playland for the kids.
“The Water Playland is a dedicated area where families can enjoy themselves away from the hustle and bustle of the casino,” said Sanders.Anthony Galbraith, General Manager
The Lodge at Deadwood offers a trolley service for guests itching to explore the Black Hills. The trolley transports guests to some of the most popular attractions in Deadwood:
The Adams Museum
Broken Boot Gold Mine
Historic Main Street
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Kids can sail the high seas on the pirate ship, slide ashore under the killer whale waterslide, or hop their way across the floating lily pads.
Adults can enjoy a friendly game of basketball on the indoor court or sit back and relax in the whirlpool.
“It’s nice to give kids an outlet to extend some of their energy so they’re not so taxing on their parents,” laughed Sanders.
The Lodge at Deadwood creates a memorable getaway for anyone looking to relax, recreate, or roam.
“We strive to provide an excellent dining experience from start to finish,” said Sanders. “Whether that’s when you pull into your free parking lot, to the casino, restaurants, front desk, or our gift shop, we provide an unforgettable stay whether you’re a regular or a first-time visitor.”
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In October of 2022, Plaza Azteca opened its doors to Sioux Falls as a home featuring the traditional flavors of Mexican cuisine.
“Our mission is to bring a different experience to the area,” explained general manager Victor Magana. “When people think of Mexican restaurants, they always have something specific in mind, but when they come here, it’s something completely different.”
Walking into Plaza Azteca, patrons are greeted by a modern and fresh atmosphere. The interior is encapsulated in sleek tile, black marble dining tables, and upbeat music.
The establishment prides itself on providing a clean and distinct dining experience, somewhere people can bring friends and family.
At the core of the eatery lies its expansive menu, featuring an array of authentic Mexican cuisine that caters to a wide range of palates.
From sizzling fajitas and cheesy enchiladas to traditional tacos and refreshing salads, each menu item is crafted with fresh, quality ingredients.
“Everything is made in house,” said Magana. “Everything down to our salsa is made fresh daily.”Written by Gabby Sudenga + photos by Cailyn Patterson
Every meal is served with complimentary chips and two homemade salsas, which Magana shared is a secret family recipe.
One of the highlights of Plaza Azteca’s menu is its Fresh Table Side Guacamole Brought and catered right before your eyes is a delectable side of creamy guacamole with jalepeños, tomatoes, onion, lime, salt, and cilantro.
Other highlighted menu items include the Enchiladas El Jefe, which includes three tortillas stuffed with carne asada, grilled corn and onions, covered with queso fresco, sour cream, and Plaza’s special corn sauce over a bed of Mexican rice.
Magana adds that their Sizzling Fajitas have become popular among new and returning customers. Choose between chicken, steak, shrimp, or a combination of all three with the Texas Fajitas.
All fajitas are served in a searing skillet with grilled bell peppers and onions, completed with a side of rice, beans, pico de gallo, sour cream, and fluffy flour tortillas.
“Our Birria Tacos have become a huge fan favorite and a personal favorite of mine,” shared Magana.
The Birria Tacos consist of three corn tortillas dipped in Birria style beef broth, stuffed with beef birria, queso Chihuahua, chopped onions, and cilantro. Extra Birria broth is served to provide extra flavor.
“Our founder, Ruben León, started Plaza Azteca out of his passion for the kitchen. He loved to cook and experiment with new things.”Enchiladas bandera
At our fall parade of apartments where you can tour a variety of homes online and in person on September, 9 from 10 am to 2 pm ! We’re opening more than 30 apartment, townhome and loft communities throughout the Sioux Falls area. Whether you’re in the market for luxury, affordable or any home in between, we have the perfect option for you.
Plan your parade route by visiting ParadeOfApartmentsSF.com to narrow down your home search.
Apply for a home during the event for a chance to win a $500, $250 or $100 visa gift card to help with your moving costs! Some of our properties may run additional specials during the event, be sure to ask our on-site teams to learn more.
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» Azteca Salad
Grilled shrimp and chicken with mushrooms over shredded lettuce with avocado, pico de gallo, and shredded cheese.
» La Flaca Chopped Salad
Romaine and iceberg lettuce, onions, tomatoes, avocado, shredded cheese, and raspberry citrus vinaigrette, or avocado citrus vinaigrette.
» Spinach Enchiladas
Corn tortillas filled with spinach, topped with roasted poblano sauce, sour cream, queso fresco, served with a side of rice.
» Vegan Bowl
Bowl with soy meat, black beans, white rice, mushrooms, corn, poblano pepper, onion, and vegan gourmet cheese. Topped with guacamole and pico de gallo.
» Chimichangas Dinner
Two flour tortillas fried or soft, filled with shredded beef or chicken, cheese sauce, and sour cream. Served with a side of rice and beans.
» Burrito Pastor
One flour tortilla filled with grilled fork in al pastor marinade, pineapple, and grilled onions. Topped with cheese sauce, tomatillo sauce, and pico de gallo. Served with a side of rice and beans.
» Burrito Ruleta
One flour tortilla filled with your choice of grilled chicken or steak, onions, rice, and beans. Topped with cheese sauce, enchilada sauce, crema, and pico de gallo.
*Tacos are sold in groups of three. Comes with a side of rice and black beans.
» California Fish Tacos
Choice of flour or corn tortillas with grilled tilapia topped with red cabbage, and creamy chipotle sauce.
» Tacos De Pollo
Corn tortillas, grilled chicken, tomato, cilantro, shredded cheese and avocado, served with tomatillo sauce on the side.
For those with dietary preferences or restrictions, Plaza Azteca also has vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
Magana says that a meal isn’t complete without ordering a specialty margarita.
“Our margaritas are made with 100% fresh fruit, no margarita mix, and no sour mix,” he added.
Sip on a House Margarita with flavors ranging from the original lime, peach, or raspberry, or try a frozen version in strawberry or lime.
Other popular margaritas include the Pineapple Spicy Serrano, Tropical, or the Sangria-Rita . This frozen lime margarita is topped with a mini bottle of Stella Rosa Sangria and mixed berries, offering the perfect combination of sweetness and tartness.
“We constantly work on trying to upgrade our menu and bringing in fresh ideas from our main owner and co-owners.”plaza del mar
Did you know?
Plaza Azteca has their own Código Barrel-picked tequila, Código 1530 Blanco. Customers are able to add it to their margarita for an additional price.
Beyond the extensive menu, Plaza Azteca strives to provide excellent customer experience. The friendly and attentive staff members are ready to serve its customers in whatever way, whether it be up front or in the kitchen.
“We all work very hard to provide a genuine dining experience,” stated Magana.
According to Magana, he and his team have plans to open two additional locations in Sioux Falls in the near future.
As a result of the support received from the community, Magana and his team continue to provide an authentic dining experience for all.
“I would like to thank our customers and the people in the Sioux Falls community for being so kind. They keep us very busy,” laughed Magana.
When Brandon and Danielle Hoyer came to the decision to build their personal home, the two realized there was something beyond the project.
“That was the first time we were able to work together on a project from start to finish,” shared Danielle. “We realized quickly that we enjoyed that dynamic of working with your spouse, but we wanted to see if we could run it as a full-time gig.”
With more than 15 years of experience combined, the husband-wife duo created BH Construction & Homes, a design-focused custom home building business.
In collaboration, they offer the greater Sioux Falls area quality construction and design craftsmanship for custom homes.
“As a design driven custom home builder, our mission is to create unique, high quality, and personalized homes that align with our clients' visions and needs,” said Danielle.
From the moment of a home's conception, the Hoyers are with their clients every step of the way.WRITTEN BY GABBY SUDENGA + PHOTOS BY CAILYN PATTERSON
“WE ARE PUSHING 80 CUSTOM HOMES, & WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO CREATE MULTIPLE FOREVER HOMES FOR OUR CLIENTS.”
“We are very hands-on with our clients,” said Brandon. “We strive to maintain open and transparent communication throughout the entire home building process.”
Brandon continued to explain that he and Danielle take time to know their clients on a personal level.
“It’s important to us to treat each of our clients as individuals and cater to their unique wants and needs for each project,” added Danielle.
BH Construction & Homes boasts a diverse portfolio, including residential projects. When designing and constructing custom homes, they approach each endeavor with the same level of commitment and dedication as they did with their own home.
The Hoyer's most recent ongoing project is a part of the Nine Mile Lake Development
Located just north of Tea, the new development offers an opulent community and a connected lifestyle for individuals and families to enjoy.
The name itself is derived from the 22-acre manmade lake that serves as the centerpiece of the development, providing the neighborhood with stunning views and recreational activities.
The Apex led the development of the East Bank in 2007. Located on the former site of the Zip Feed Mill, it was the first LEED Gold Certified building in South Dakota.
The Apex is positioned to capture the views and vantage points of our great city.
With a connection point to The Bancorp Building, a stunning quartzite façade, multiple roof decks, conditioned parking and a grand lobby entrance, The Apex is a truly timeless building.
A 10-story office and retail building with luxury condos on floors 9 and 10.
The future home of companies like The Bancorp, ISG, Eide Bailly, and MarketBeat.
A 5,000 sq. ft 3rd floor connection to the original Cherapa Place which features conference, event, and roof top spaces.
Retail opportunities on the 1st floor along Reid Place
Opening September 2023
The Clark has Downtown’s first grocer/market/deli on its main level, with 124 modern mass-timber structure apartments rising five floors above.
- Units range from 548-1247 sqft
- Studio – 2 Bed/2 Bath + Den
- Private unit patios
- Stunning river views
- Community space
- Community roof deck
- Conditioned parking available
- Pet relief and dog run
Lofts opening Spring 2024
Embracing the surrounding natural landscape, the development is designed to give residents a waterfront view right from their doorstep.
BH Construction is known for their attention to detail, and the development features just that. Their various styles of twin homes and custom homes are thoughtfully designed with luxurious finishes, spacious layouts, and modern amenities that cater to the diverse needs of homeowners.
“This is a special development because there’s a variety of styles of lots, such as walk-outs, gardens, and flat slab on grade homes,” said Danielle. “That style of home has become popular for us, so we’ve had the opportunity to continue building those.”
The Thompson Place Twin Homes at Nine Mile will feature 20 beachfront lots and 22 additional lots featuring a concrete wall between them, ensuring ultimate privacy.
Beachfront lots will come with a private coved beach area, while non-water lots will have access to the public or neighborhood beach within the development.
“I STARTED IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY RIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL AND LEARNED EVERYTHING HANDS-ON.”
“It’s something unique,” said Brandon. “You’ll be able to kayak and canoe, which gives you the cabin or lake atmosphere without leaving the city.”
The modern designed twin homes have full stone fireplaces, spacious walk-in pantries, finished and heated garages, washer and dryer, luxurious tile walk-in showers, covered patios, and each unit will include a full landscaping package.
Tenants will have the option to choose between two variations of the townhomes: upgraded and base plans. The available base plans include various options for added upgrades and amenities.
BH Construction & Homes is providing three contrasting floor plans: the Ranch Floor Plan, Two-Story Floor Plan, and the Story-and-a-half Floor Plan
The ranch floor plan is approximately 2,300 square feet with an open layout where abundant natural light fills the space. The single level home features three bedrooms, an office space, a sunroom, and a design forward kitchen with a walk-in pantry.
The two-story floor spans over 2,3000 square feet and offers elevated and spacious living space with three bedrooms, office space, and a lofted area. The floor plan provides a balance between open gathering areas and private spaces.
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The story-and-a-half plan offers the best of both worlds at only 2,700 square feet. The versatile home features a main-level primary bedroom for added privacy, additional bedrooms, a flexible loft area, and three bathrooms.
As the entrepreneurial pair continue their work on Nine Mile, they’re also working on custom builds for current and new clients throughout the Tea and Sioux Falls area.
“We’ve always been open to building in and around the Sioux Falls area,” said Danielle.
For Brandon and Danielle, they hope to continue to take on more challenging and diverse projects in the coming years.
“Every project is a new opportunity for us to learn, grow, and improve our craft as custom home builders, and ultimately, we hope to make a positive impact on the lives of our clients and the community that we call home,” shared Danielle.
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a colorful couple
NICHOLS PAINTING CO.
Founded with a commitment to their trade, their city, and their clients, Nichols Painting Co. serves the city of Sioux Falls with high-quality custom painting services.
Owners Andrea and Sam Nichols hold strong backgrounds in different art mediums, and the husband and wife believe their degrees and experience have instilled a passion for design, color, and the quality of work.
When the pair met, they say they practically fell in love with paint brushes in their hands. Along with Andrea’s younger years growing up painting with her dad, the two gained valuable experience working at a large painting company, which led to their business endeavor today.
“Painting has been a part of our entire relationship,” shared Andrea.
As the Nichols were developing into their painting careers after college, Sam started to take hold of a passion for working in the housing industry.
“I started to get a love for learning a skill and a trade, while finding a tangible way to serve the community,” said Sam.
The young couple had fallen in love with the city of Sioux Falls, interacting with numerous communities, and residents who hold a unique pride in the city. Sam and Andrea thought providing their talents would be a new way to serve the area.written by Gabby Sudenga & photos by John Snyder
In 2020, the couple began their residential painting company. Over the past few years, Nichols Painting Co. has embarked on a journey of unwavering commitment to excellence.
“With our own business we could control more and be able to hone in on certain types of painting and quality of work,” explained Sam. “We’ve been able to slow things down and go from high production to high service.”
Nichols Painting Co. provides interior, exterior, cabinetry, trim, and front door painting services, as well as unique finishes such as limewashing and whitewashing.
“We love incorporating artistic finishes into our work. It really sets us apart from the average paint job of just a color change,” said Andrea.
With 20-plus years of experience combined, The Nichols are ready to help take their clients' homes to new heights of creativity and quality.
“Serving people in their homes is more personal,” said Andrea. “You’re in their space, especially on larger projects, and you’re a part of their daily lives. That's something Sam and I both love."
“we work hard to keep our jobsite clean & organized. a crucial part of a quality paint finish is a clean environment & space.”
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She continued, “Some paint jobs require a higher level of skill and prep work in order to achieve the final product. Our services take on that higher level of quality and are long-term. It’s what we want to be known and hired for.”
Over the years, the couple have painted a wide variety of homes, different architectural styles, and have gotten to know the different areas of the town.
As Andrea and Sam have grown, they say they have grown fonder of historic homes around town, particularly in McKennan Park.
“We’ve done so many homes all over the area, but we really love those neighborhoods with older established homes,” stated Andrea. “Every house is so different and holds its own charm and history.”
She adds that those homes hold an immense amount of character, and to be a part of updating and preserving the history the home holds is special.
This fall, Andrea & Sam are working to offer weekend classes to teach DIYers how to paint their cabinetry themselves with the use of professional finishes & products.
“My favorite project of mine was with a young family in the McKennan Park area. They had us paint the interior, including all the trim, cabinetry, walls, ceilings, and the whole exterior of their home. We were able to leave an impact on the house as a whole and update this hundred year home. It’s always satisfying to see those spaces after we’ve done our work there.”
“My favorite project was this past winter when we worked on a remodel with a local builder whose clients are bold with their decisions. It was a stunning remodel of the master bedroom, bathroom, and living space. They chose a ton of fun, bright, and bold colors that spoke to them and really brought personality and energy to their space.”
Sam attended Southeast Technical College, earning a degree in graphic design and Andrea attended the University of Sioux Falls, earning a degree in graphic design and a minor in business.
“Those clients are appreciative of the transformation that we do because they have an affinity for these homes,” said Sam. “We’re helping them curate these spaces for them to enjoy time with their family and friends, hosting events, or hanging out in a place that makes them happy.”
Want to elevate a space, but don’t know where to start? Nichols Painting Co. offers Color Consultations to help bring someone’s vision to life.
Choosing a color can be intimidating, but Andrea says she eases clients into the process.
“A Color Consultation is about an hour long session, and it initially starts with me meeting the clients and talking about their vision or the direction they want to go," explained Andrea.
“it ’s a lot of time together, but I think working with each other has made our marriage stronger. we ’ve had to work through a lot of projects & see the end results & enjoy that.
The consultation meets in the living space where Andrea will evaluate new and existing furniture and décor and pick out key colors that aid in the clients' direction.
“I typically put up a few samples and let them live with those colors for a while so they can make a strong final decision,” said Andrea. “I help them through the entire process, give them ideas, and my opinion, and do the work of getting samples for them.”
But what the couple enjoys most about their job is transforming the homes of their clients.
“We love to create a space, curate a room, or a surface that elicits an emotional response,” said Sam. “Painting is visual and accessible. Transforming a space can be great, but improving the quality of the painted finishes by going beyond a client’s expectations is incredibly rewarding.”
FISHER & CO. REAL ESTATEWritten by Gabby Sudenga + photos by Cailyn Patterson
At the heart of Fisher & Co. Real Estate are two bold sisters who bring their unique strengths to the table, forming a partnership that blends experience and knowledge.
With over 30 years in real estate combined, Danielle Konechne and Dana Fisher have crafted a narrative of success that reflects their dedication to serving their clients.
Previously known as Fisher Sisters Real Estate, the siblings wanted to reflect their mission of enhancing the lives of their clients into a new brand.
“Our main goal was to improve the quality and status of our brand, matching the mission of our company,” said Fisher. “We aimed for it to be clean,
stately, aesthetically pleasing, and overall elevated. I think we’ve been able to achieve that.”
With the help of their director of operations, Jenny McMillen, the real estate company was able to take on their new persona.
“My strengths are organizing and checklists, so once I had our foundation I went to work with the building blocks,” said McMillen. “It was a lot of work, but very rewarding to see the final results.”
Fisher added, “She was able to take our ideas and put them into motion. We were able to use our own talent that’s local and in-house. Jenny is the backbone of our business.”
AWARD WINNING DUO
The sisters' goal and mission of their firm stand the test of time, stating that they’re committed to improving the lives of their clients and communities throughout the Sioux Falls area.
“We hold a high level of service and have a hands-on approach throughout the process,” said Fisher. “It’s very helpful since many people who are buying or selling a property are stressed or have busy lives.”
For Fisher and Konechne, buying or selling a home or property is more than just a transaction; it’s a life-changing experience for their clients.
This philosophy drives the pair to go the extra mile to understand their clients' distinct needs, preferences, and aspirations, allowing them to calm clients' nerves.
“When buyers and sellers meet with us, we discuss the challenges and benefits and help advise them,” shared Fisher. “We build a level of trust with expertise and strong skill sets and I think that puts our clients at ease.”
Konechne continued, “We’re not just selling a home. We’re helping people create and achieve a new lifestyle to make life easier. Sometimes people need more efficient space, or they need to downsize, or they’re combining households.”
“I’ve been with Dana & Danielle for eight years. Throughout that time, I’ve felt incredibly valued & that I make a difference, not only in their business, but in their personal lives.”
As well as selling real estate, the dynamic duo offers a concierge service, aiding in a smooth transaction for everyone.
“We’re a full spectrum-type of company,” said Konechne. “Whether our clients need contractors, help with movers, affiliates to come touch up details before listing a house, or a staging service. There are just many moving parts to everybody’s real estate needs.”
Fisher continued, “We often work with clients who want an advisor and someone to care for them and a high level of service.”
Every interaction is marked by professionalism, dedication, and a comprehensive understanding of the unique demands of the real estate market.
“Danielle and I know exactly how many homes or properties are on the market, how many are pending, what the average days on the market are, what price range is selling quickly, and what changes are taking place in Sioux Falls,” said Fisher.
“Every transaction is different, and there are many moving parts. Sometimes it can be challenging, but it’s worth it.”
This comprehensive understanding of the market is essential to netting the most amount of money and providing the best outcome and results for their clients.
“It’s helpful to have all of the market information, the comparable sales, and all of the data at their fingertips, so they can make the best decision for themselves right now,” explained Fisher.
Fisher and Konechne’s hands-on approach ensures that their clients feel supported throughout the process, which Konechne shares has garnered loyal clientele and numerous referrals.
The duo believes that transparency, open communication, and dedication are the cornerstones of a successful real estate journey.
They keep their clients informed at every step of the process, providing insights, and advice that empowers clients.
Get to know Dana:
• She has visited Uganda, Zambia, Haiti, & the Dominican Republic on mission trips with non-profit Christian organizations.
• She loves playing adult co-ed soccer & in women's soccer leagues.
Get to know Danielle:
• She sold real estate in Manhattan & the Hamptons before moving back home to Sioux Falls
• She temporarily lived in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.
• She served under Security Forces in the Air National Guard for six years.
In addition to providing their clients with top-of-the-line service, the siblings are not the only ones working behind the scenes. Fisher & Co. works with various affiliates throughout the Sioux Falls area.
“We work hard to build great relationships with our affiliates, so they help us make the process from listing to closing seamless,” said Konechne.
“We have fantastic people that we work with from tile companies, lenders, contractors, electricians, foundation experts,” Fisher continued. “We could not run our business without them.”
Throughout their real estate journey, Fisher and Konechne
have learned valuable skills and lessons that have allowed them to grow in their careers.
“We’ve learned so much over the years, and like any company we’ve made our fair share of mistakes,” said Fisher.
She continued, “We believe in the power of education. We’ve had many real estate coaches and mentors that have assisted with our growth, the value we offer, and our skills, and mindsets.”
“We have 30 years combined and we hope to have 50 more. It’s in our blood to do this and it's part of who we are now.”
MADISON GERAETSWRITTEN BY GABBY SUDENGA + PHOTOS BY CAILYN PATTERSON
Showplace Cabinetry says they are dedicated to offering and building beautiful custom cabinets for customers throughout the Sioux Falls metropolitan area, as well as the nation at large.
“We want to help ease the stress of building and remodeling and make the overall design process a breeze for our customers,” shared sales designer Madison Geraets
Since 2000, Showplace has been committed to providing homeowners with the “home of their dreams.”
“As a company, we want to ensure that our customers are taken care of when it comes to their cabinetry, whether it’s in their kitchen, bathroom, or any other room,” said Geraets.
Geraets works on a personal level with clients to help them find the best solution for their wants and needs when it comes to their homes.
Learn more about Geraets’s favorite spots in the Sioux Falls area.
SUMMER TIME PASTIMES
I love going to local breweries like Remedy Brewery Company, Covert Artisan Ales & Cellars, and WoodGrain Brewing Co. with my husband and puppy, Daisy. Sitting on a patio with a fruity sour is an amazing summer pastime of mine.
WINE & DINE
Maribella Ristorante is one of my favorite restaurants in Sioux Falls. The design is absolutely stunning, they treat their customers like family, and their wine is fantastic. The Nero is my favorite dish on the menu.
A great way to spend my Saturday morning is at the Falls Park Farmers’ Market. I love picking out fresh flowers, produce, and meat. I always top off my visit with a coffee from Cherrybean Coffee Co.
SATISFY YOUR APPETITE
La Luna Café has amazing lattes, and their food is always incredible. They have everything from burrito bowls to a Nutella Waffle. Nothing ever disappoints.
“SHOWPLACE CABINETRY IS A 100% EMPLOYEE-OWNED COMPANY. A CORE GROUP OF 10 PEOPLE HAD AN IDEA FOR A CABINETRY COMPANY THAT TOOK CARE OF THEIR EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS, ALL WHILE BEING LOCATED IN A SMALL TOWN IN SOUTH DAKOTA.”
5 FACTS ABOUT GERAETS
My husband and I recently added a six-monthold Golden Retriever, Daisy, to our family. She’s such a sweetheart, and loves meeting new people and getting attention from everyone.
I did an internship with Showplace Cabinetry in the summer of 2021 and absolutely fell in love with cabinetry and Showplace as a company. After graduating, I decided to come back and become a full time cabinet designer.
I attended South Dakota State University for interior design, and in May of 2022 I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts.
My husband and I have been married for a year, and I will always remember our wedding day as the best day of my life. We had an absolute blast, and I loved every minute of it.
From a very young age I have loved experiencing new architecture and design, so when I discovered that South Dakota State University had an interior design program, it made sense for me to pursue my passion. I’m very proud of myself for following my dreams and accomplishing my goals.
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I enjoy having a night out at Crawford’s Bar and Grill, whether I sit at the bar enjoying an Epiphany Martini, indulge in a steak dinner with my family, or join my friends for an Espresso Martini and Créme Brulee
DELIGHTFUL DATE NIGHTS
For an intimate night on the town, I recommend having a meal at Parker’s Bistro. Being seated in a little nook and having deep conversations with my husband over Wagyu is such a special way to spend a date night.
FRIDAY NIGHT TRADITION
It's always fun to try unique cocktails at Glacial Lakes Distillery on a Friday night. It's relaxing to sit on their outdoor patio, listening to live bands with friends, and soaking up the summer air.
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HOME AWAY FROM HOME
I grew up in rural South Dakota, so going to Wilde Prairie Winery in Brandon feels like a piece of home to me. Without having to drive too far outside of city limits, you can enjoy a wine tasting in a quaint, rustic barn.
I love finding little hole-in-the-wall restaurants in town, and Mama’s Ladas is one of the best. I love their chips and Fresh Guacamole, Beef Enchiladas, and fresh lemonade or sangria.
BEERS, BURGERS, & FRIES
JL Beers has my favorite burgers and fries in town. They also have a great selection of beers on tap. My husband and I love sitting at the bar, enjoying a great meal.
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Even as a high school student, Dr. Angela Gulbranson knew she wanted to work in the medical field. After shadowing some professionals on the job, she began to nurture a love for pediatrics.
More job shadowing brought her to a field of work she truly loved: optometry.
After completing optometry school at Indiana University, Gulbranson moved back to Sioux Falls
and opened Visions Eye Care + Therapy Center in 2004 on 69th Street.
In 2018, the company moved down the road and opened the doors on a new facility.
The clinic performs routine primary vision care for all ages, but Gulbranson’s early passion for pediatrics carried over into her practice, and the clinic specializes in pediatric vision care.
“We work with little kiddos that are having trouble reading, to concussion patients or stroke patients,” said Gulbranson.
Though Visions was started by Gulbranson, the business is a team effort. Dr. Jennifer Hupke and Dr. Ashley Gentrup share ownership of the company with Gulbranson, and optometrist Dr. Christian DeJongh has recently joined the team.
For the last 20 years, Gulbranson and her partners have been developing a curriculum of care that goes beyond primary vision care: Vision Therapy.
“Vision Therapy is a rehab program to help retrain the brain on how to use the eyes more efficiently,” said Gentrup.
Patients who benefit from Vision Therapy might be those who have learning-related vision issues, uncoordinated vision, developmental delays, or those who have endured a concussion. The process is similar to physical therapy or rehab.
“Every day is different. We’re always learning and growing, and there's always new treatments, & new ideas out there that we incorporate in.”
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“Therapy students of all ages visit our office weekly to build important visual skills for daily life,” explained Gentrup. “We help with headaches, double vision, loss of place with reading and blurry vision. Vision therapy enhances reading, sports performance, and visual comfort when looking at all distances." she said.
The clinic works with all kinds of disciplines and developmental delays, like down syndrome and autism. The doctors study the connection between vision and learning, treating patients in ways that will help them succeed.
“Everybody is special, and each program is individualized to what they need,” said Hupke.
The Optical Boutique is open to everyone, regardless of whether or not you have an exam.
In the Vision Therapy process, the patients undergo an evaluation that helps the therapists design their treatment program and work with them on a weekly basis.
“I feel like it’s evolving all the time,” Hupke expressed. Despite the challenges, Gulbranson expressed that it’s very gratifying to walk with a child through their specific issues and watch the therapy process change their life.
“People’s success stories are why I started doing it,” she stated. Though the clinic’s staff is small, Hupke says the doctors all share a love for kids and helping others, all while maintaining close working relationships with each other and with the people they serve.
“There’s an art to measuring up for a bifocal and getting the right adjustments so your glasses work properly.”
SAY HELLO TO DR. DEJONGH
We’re proud to announce the addition of Dr. DeJongh to our growing team. Dr. DeJongh received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry and specializes in the treatment of ocular and dry eye disease. Dr. DeJongh is now accepting appointments.
“Making sure the patient has a good experience from when they call for the exam, to the follow through on any services they might need, is essential,” she said.
The clinic also has its own in-house shop called the Optical Boutique, which contains specialty lenses, unique frames, and high quality brands.
From exams to therapy programs to the boutique, the doctors prioritize thoroughly caring for their patients.
“Meeting and working with people to make whatever they need better, even if it’s just a pair of glasses or contacts, is what we love to do,” said Gulbranson.
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“Helping people each day is the most rewarding thing.”
“Since 1941, Black Hills Federal Credit Union has been dedicated to providing the great success and excellent products you and your family need to succeed,” said Amber Zandstra, mortgage originator with BHFCU serving Rapid City and Spearfish.
For over 82 years, the credit union has helped members purchase vehicles, move into homes, insure assets, start businesses, retire comfortably, and more.
“Black Hills Federal Credit Union has products and services made to fit our members’ unique needs,” said Zandstra.
In the past nine years, Zandstra has helped members accomplish their home mortgage goals, ranging from purchasing a new home, refinancing to consolidate debt, to obtaining equity for home improvements.
“I love being able to help members with one of the largest purchases of their lives—their homes,” shared Zandstra. “I enjoy meeting and building friendships with our members. I couldn’t ask for a better career.”
Zandstra shares more about BHFCU's loan offers, the mortgage loan application process, and tips for first-time homebuyers.
What interested you in becoming a mortgage lender?
My mom worked for a credit union while I was growing up, so I was able to witness everyone she helped firsthand. I knew when I got older, I wanted to do something similar; I wanted to help people and make a difference in their lives. I went to college and graduated with a degree in business and immediately began working in the financial industry.
What type of mortgage loans does BHFCU offer?
At BHFCU, we offer secondary market lending and “in-house” lending. We offer conventional financing, government financing, and partner with the South Dakota Housing Association for the First Time Homebuyers program. Some of our unique products include conventional financing up to 100% LTV, single-close construction loans up to 100% LTV, land loans, and renovation loans.
What advice would you give first-time home buyers?
My best advice is to make sure you’re ready. A mortgage is a commitment, and you must be comfortable taking on the commitment a mortgage holds. Then I recommend setting up an appointment for an in-person pre-qualification. That way the entire process can be discussed from start to finish.
Where are your favorite local places to eat?
Spearfish has a lot to offer! I love Killian’s Food & Drink , Sawyer Brewing Co., Barbacoa's, Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant and Bar, Nonna’s Kitchen, and Steerfish Steak and Smoke. When I’m out and about in Deadwood, I love grabbing a bite at either FLYT Steakhouse or Legends Steakhouse
What can customers expect when working with you & BHFCU? Homeowners and future homeowners can expect that I’m committed to listening to their needs and utilizing my 12-plus years of mortgage knowledge to ensure a successful and clean mortgage loan transaction. I believe every member deserves the best care and service when purchasing or refinancing the home of their dreams.