Editor’s note: It seems like Chamber member Amber Loy-Boston, owner of Cloud Nine Therapeutic Massage, is always on the go. We got lucky recently when we caught up with her for a few minutes, just long enough to ask a few questions about what made her decide to go into massage therapy, how she started her business, what led to all the other services, and what she sees in her future. Following is the result of that conversation.
Q: What led you to decide to go into business for yourself?
A: It was 2008. During a birthday party for my best friend’s son, the moment had come to break the news that we were moving to Florida. It was mentioned for me to go to massage therapy school to continue what Amber Ball had already pioneered seven years prior in Elwood.
The Elwood Chamber welcomed four new members to its board of directors this year. One of the members is Alicia Macke (formerly Hoose), an employee of Red Gold, an Elwood native, and a new bride. As a former Elwood entrepreneur, Alicia brings a perspective to the Chamber board that is as fresh as it is experienced. As her two-year term gets under way, we are eager to learn more about her and her ideas. A recent Q&A interview with Alicia provides a preview.
Q: Please tell us a bit about yourself.
A: I was born and raised in Elwood but moved to Frankton approximately two years ago. I graduated from Elwood High School and Indiana Business College, now known as Harrison College. I have two children, Preston and Ashlyn Hoose. I recently expanded my family and added two more kids - Jake and Anna Macke - when Jerry and I married March 11.
Serving as many as 60 different, delectable flavors, Taylor’s Dairy, 717 East Main Street, is an ice-cream lover’s paradise.
Just look at its list of specialties: Butter Pecan, Amaretto Cherry, Majestic Milky Way, Orange-Pineapple, Elephant Ear, Blueberry Muffintop, Birthday Cake, Caramel Coffee Latte, and something called Cow Tippin’ (vanilla ice cream with swirls of caramel and chunks of chocolate, with chocolate-shaped cows filled with caramel). And that’s just one sixth of Taylor’s current selection!
Tom Austin and Elwood are inseparable. Elwood is where Austin was born, where he grew up, went to school, got married, and worked his entire career – first as a teacher, then principal, and finally superintendent.
Elwood is in his blood, and that is why he is so well-suited to lead the Elwood Chamber of Commerce.
Austin has long valued chambers of commerce for the work they do for their communities – promoting local commerce, tourism and people. It’s the reason he maintained a membership in the Elwood Chamber on behalf of the Elwood Community School Corporation throughout his years as superintendent.
The Perfect Petal’s owner/operator, Kathy Deavers, has a passion for arranging flowers and has been doing it for years. When she finally decided to make her passion a commercial business this past September, she did so not only because she loves what she does, but she also did it as a sort of tribute to her mom and dad.
“I was making arrangements as gifts for family members,” Kathy said, “and my parents encouraged me to open a flower shop so others could enjoy my arrangements. They thought I had talent and should share it. So I did it in memory of my mom and dad.”
Wells Bowling Lanes, located east of Elwood on State Road 37, has been in operation since the spring of 1960. Owner Joe Wells said it all started because his father, Ed Wells, needed a place to bowl.
“Dad, who was a contractor, built it himself,” Joe recalls. “We were from Alexandria and the bowling center over there had eight lanes upstairs with pin boys. But Dad liked to bowl, and the only other place to bowl close by was a six-laner here in Elwood. So he decided to build one himself.”
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) dates back to 1899, organized to help veterans of the Spanish–American War and the Philippine Insurrection. Elwood’s first VFW post, No. 1421 – The Tinplate Post – formed in February 1926. But in 1932, it became the Harry E. Meade Post, honoring an Elwood soldier killed in action in Europe on Nov. 11, 1918, Armistice Day. The post reorganized in 1976 under the name, Elwood VFW Memorial Post 5782.
Walk into any of Updegraff’s three Elwood locations – all within a block of the other – and you’ll find yourself in the midst of a sea of home furnishings – sofas, chairs, recliners, tables, cabinets, bookcases, beds, lamps, desks, dining tables, clocks, accessories… everything!
Updegraff Furniture, in business for more than a quarter century, started small, explains Kelly Updegraff Cole, who owns the stores with her brother,D.J.
“D.J. opened a used furniture store on Ninth Street about 27 years ago and gradually got into selling new furniture,” Kelly said. “His first new furniture store was on B Street, next to the hospital.”
Elwood’s Louis Monroe American Legion Post 53 at 220 W. Main Street is among the state’s oldest Legion posts, forming in the fall of 1919, shortly after Congress chartered the national organization as a resource for World War I veterans.
Since then, the American Legion has evolved into one of the country’s most influential nonprofit groups, serving a membership that exceeds 2 million veterans.