Meet a MAC Member: Trailside Rentals

Trailside RentalsIt is evident that the High Trestle Trail is one of Madrid’s highlights; that said, it is important to make the trail accessible to everyone in the community.

Trailside Rentals is a service that “gets people on the trail who might not be able to otherwise,” says owner, Dave Johnson. Trailside Rentals was opened by Dave Johnson and Becky Roorda in 2011, coinciding with the opening of the High Trestle Trail.

Bikes have been a long-time hobby for Dave, and he offers full-service bike repair as well as rentals of bikes, recumbent trikes, tandem trikes, gravel bikes, kids bikes, tag-a-longs, and small child Burley trailers. They are open from late April through mid-October.

In addition to the bike shop, a Guest House service is also available for people passing through town, whether for biking expeditions or otherwise.

In addition to promoting the trail and enabling others to enjoy it, Trailside Rentals wants to promote traffic in Madrid. By encouraging use of the trail, the owners hope to stimulate interest in Madrid as a whole, thereby promoting other businesses.

Walking into Trailside Rentals, customers are sure to see a large map, covered in pins, on the wall. Dave and Becky explain that each pin represents a person that has visited the shop to hit the trails. There’s hardly a location that isn’t emphasized by a pin. The best part about being a small business in Madrid, according to Becky, is meeting the variety of people that come to enjoy the trail.

Meet the Candidates Public Forum

Residents of Madrid will have the opportunity to learn more about Madrid’s candidates for At Large and Third Ward councilperson at a public forum on Tuesday, September 18 in the Ministry Hall at Madrid E Free Church from 7-9 p.m.

This will be a moderator-led forum with questions being submitted prior to the event and by filling out a card at the forum.

Submit your questions to Don Lincoln at donlincoln@windstream.net.

This event is sponsored and organized by the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC) and The Madrid Register-News.

For additional information contact Jennifer Williams at The Madrid Register-News at 515-795-2730 or email Jennifer@wilcoxprinting.com.

Frey’s Pumpkin Patch Opens for 2018

Frey’s Pumpkin Patch is now open for the 2018 season!

Hours
Monday-Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.
Weekends: 9 am to 5:30 pm

Indian corn, gourds and pumpkins are available for sale. Located 1.5 miles south of Madrid along Hwy 17.

Meet a MAC Member: Jordan and Mahoney Law Firm, PC

Jordan and Mahoney lawyerJordan and Mahoney Law firm, P.C. is a family firm that was established in 1960, when Richard T. Jordan and Robert E. Mahoney merged their practices. The firm has three locations, and its office in Madrid began in 1981.

Jordan and Mahoney is a general practice firm. There are six available attorneys within the firm with a wide variety of practice areas. At the Madrid office, the services offered include divorce, business planning, estate planning, and real estate. The firm itself spans a number of other areas of practice. The firm is also concerned with community support, and is actively involved in local organizations such as Madrid High School After Prom, Madrid Labor Days, Madrid Action Committee, and others.

Meredith Mahoney Nerem is one of the attorneys at the Madrid location. She has an all-encompassing family law practice with extensive trial and settlement experience. When asked what the benefits of being a small business in the Madrid community are, she explained that she enjoyed the “face to face, personal aspect.” She also noted, “We interact with our clients not only in business but, also, in the community.” In addition, Meredith appreciates the more relaxed feel.

Meet a MAC Member: Global Wellness

The Global Wellness Chiropractic Clinic has provided its services to the Madrid community since 1990. The mission of the business is “To help as many people benefit from and understand chiropractic to a level that they refer their family and friends to benefit from chiropractic.”

In addition to providing chiropractic to the community, Global Wellness also provides its services in sports medicine and by providing thorough sports physicals. Dr. Paul L. Peters, who has been practicing chiropractic for over 28 years, emphasizes the clinic’s dedication to the principles of chiropractic and simultaneous pursuit of cutting edge innovation.

While sticking to its principles, the clinic has undergone some recent changes. The practice is expanding, and the clinic is always seeking ways to make care more affordable to the community. Dr. Brett was also welcomed on staff.

Dr. Peters says that he loves the Madrid community, and he enjoys both living and operating a small business in it. He likes the unique position of Madrid “because we’re a small community with access to the bigger community.” He also expressed that he appreciates being close to other small businesses in town, and that he likes being able to welcome his clients by name.

 

 

Meet a MAC Member: MAC Diversified Enterprises

MAC Diversified EnterpriseThose that have been familiar with the Madrid area for some time may wonder what has happened to the little grey house that once stood on Kennedy street. The answer: a business was born. About a year ago, Chad and Mary Carpenter began MAC Diversified Enterprises, which is a family owned welding and fabrication business. MAC Diversified Enterprises offers metal repairs and fabrication. A mobile service is also available, making things more convenient for the customer.

In addition to the new business, the Carpenters run Blades Lawn Care, which has been in business for 12 years.  Blades offers services in lawn care as well as in snow removal. The marriage of the two businesses enables employment year-round, not just when the grass is growing.

MAC Diversified Enterprises and Blades Lawn Care do more than offer their services to people in need of lawn care or welding services, though. Mary Carpenter explains that having a small local business means providing opportunities to locals, such as high schoolers looking for a part-time and summer job.

The best part about being a small business, Mary says, is “the personal relationship and the way that the business people in Madrid help each other out.” She went on to say that being a small business owner is “exhausting, but very rewarding,” and notes that those who work for their business, especially kids experiencing their first job, gain a good work ethic. While these businesses offer very tangible services, the benefits they provide go beyond that. They create opportunities for the local community.

Meet a MAC Member: City State Bank

City State Bank TeamCity State Bank is a family-owned business that has been a part of the Madrid community since 1934. It is a full service bank, which means it provides everything from commercial loans and home loans to checking and savings services. Including its Madrid location, City State Bank is located in seven different places in the Des Moines metro.

More than providing banking services to its customers, City State Bank is focused on community involvement. Dustin Andersen—VP, Madrid Branch Manager—notes that City State Bank is concerned with “using its resources for the betterment of the community.” A few examples of the ways in which the bank seeks to simply be involved in the community include the yearly cookouts and Santa appearances at Christmas time. Dustin explains, “We care about both customers and employees.”

The best part about being a small business in Madrid, he explains, is “getting to know each customer on a personal level. You’re not just a number.” Suzi Lincoln, who is a Relationship Officer for the bank, says that she appreciates the “family atmosphere” and the “long-lasting relationships” built through this business, as it exists in the Madrid community.

Meet a MAC Member: Dance Driven

Katie, owner of Dance DrivenDance Driven recently celebrated its 10th year as a business. Katie Waddell, director and owner of Dance Driven, began the business when she moved to the Madrid area. A mother of three, and secretary of the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce, Katie has had previous experience as an elementary and special education teacher, and also as a cheer instructor.

When the business first opened, there were 15 enrollments. Since, then, numbers have grown each year. This year, there were just over 500 enrollments. Katie mentioned that the business is on its third location due to growth.

Dance Driven offers instruction in ballet, point, tap, jazz, tumbling, and taekwondo. In addition, it holds a Daddy-Daughter dance each year, giving proceeds to the Madrid Easter egg hunt. A cancer fundraiser is also an annual event important to Dance Driven. Dance Driven is also planning to partner with Kids Create to host art classes. The business currently employs four instructors, two student helpers, and two office assistants.

When asked what she likes most about being a business in Madrid, Katie replied, “We have a lot of support from the community. I love the small-town atmosphere.”

Meet a MAC Member: Madrid Automotive

Madrid Automotive Owner RogerMadrid Automotive has been a business since the 70s, first under the name K-L Auto Parts. In 1986, Roger Peterson purchased the store. It has moved locations several times throughout the years, but has been in its current location since 1998.

Roger has lived in Madrid since third grade. In 1979, he purchased a gas station from his father in-law and called it Roger’s 66. Since then, he has been owner of several auto-related businesses.

Madrid Automotive is an independently owned business with a large supply of auto parts made available to its customers. Shelves are restocked nightly, thanks to shipments that come five days a week, so customers are sure to have whatever parts they need within a day or two. The business also offers small engine repairs for items such as lawn mowers and other small pieces of equipment.

Having been the owner of the business for over thirty years, Roger remarks, “I’ve enjoyed it, or I wouldn’t still be doing it!”

Roger, on his favorite part about being a small business owner in Madrid, says “Knowing my customers’ names. I get to treat them like my neighbors, because most of them are my neighbors.”

Meet a MAC Member: BOM Fitness and Wellness Coaching

BOM Fitness and Wellness Coaching is a 24/Jolynne BOM Fitness7 facility that offers full service fitness equipment, personal training, wellness coaching, and group fitness classes. Members have full-time access to equipment and can participate in many group classes free of extra charge.

In 2015, Jolynne Carlson held a grand re-opening for a gym that had existed for around 20 years. When she purchased the gym, she assessed what already existed and the potential for improvement and growth. The grand re-opening highlighted the upgrade of equipment and opportunities.

Jolynne has a passion for seeing people actively pursue their healthiest lifestyle, and loves that she gets to be a part of that process through BOM Fitness. “It’s a family down here,” she says, “Everyone is bonded through the goal of being healthy.”

When asked what she likes best about being a small business in Madrid, Jolynne explained the unique opportunities available in a small community. She expressed that she enjoys being able to be personally acquainted with her members, and how she loves witnessing each individual’s dedication and improvement.

“The other businesses in the community know you,” she noted, “Everyone is supporting everybody.”