Sandra’s Quick Stop, owned by Terry and Sandra Zook, received the Regional Business of Excellence Award representing the Retail category. Sandra's Quick Stop is a combination convenience store and truck stop with a pizza franchise inside.
Community Involvement - Is a major corporate sponsor of the Anderson County Fair and livestock purchaser, major sponsor of Cornstock, and donates to the Anderson County Hospital Golf Tournament, library reading programs, G-Town Smokin' Showdown and Greeley Smokeoff sponsor. Sandra's also donates to the Kincaid Fair, Richmond Fair, Rotary Radio Auction, Harris Fire Department. Most every fundraiser is helped by Sandra's, and her personal favorite is sponsoring the Christian Youth Rodeo Association.
Leadership - Sandra serves on the Anderson County Economic Development Board of Directors and E-Community Board, and is an active member of the Garnett Area Chamber of Commerce.
Employee Retention - Sandra treats her employees like family and encourages her employees to do the same. If an employee needs off, another one is happy to help out. While the convenience store industry tends to have high turnover rates, Sandra's Quick Stop has a very, very low rate of turnover in employees.
In 2012 the local Simple Simons restaurant faced closure. The community really likes their Simple Simons and it was a very sad situation overall. So Sandra took a leap of faith and purchased the franchise and moved it to her station and added a drive-up component as well as delivery service. Today many people have dine inside too, keeping a pizza tradition alive and well in Garnett, Kansas.
Sandra serves on the Anderson County Economic Development Board of Directors and E-Community Board, and is an active member of the Garnett Area Chamber of Commerce.
Of the 16 employees that work at Sandra's Quick Stop, 8 are full-time and 8 are part-time. Ten of them are women, while 6 are men. While this company is relatively new in its 5-years and growing, the quality of this business and the spirit in which Sandra Zook displays in the community is outstanding and proof is in the fact that this business has received not only Business of the Year by the local Chamber of Commerce but through Kansas BPW, recognizing Sandra's woman-owned business success. Sandra and her family continue to expand their business portfolio as she has created the 6th Avenue Boutique & Bronze and recent purchase of a liquor store. "Sandra and Terry are prime examples of home grown entrepreneurship at its best, right here in Garnett, Kansas!", said City Manager Joyce Martin upon nominating them for the Business Appreciation Awards.
Guest Home Estates VII, owned by the Lightning Creek Investment Group, received the Regional Business of Excellence Award representing the Hospital/Non-Profit category. Guest Homes Estates is a 30-bed facility, constructed in 2007, that provides 24-hour medical care, housekeeping and laundry services, 3 home cooked meals daily and snack service. Guest Home Estates offers assisted living in a warm and friendly environment. They understand that placing a loved one in the care of strangers can be difficult and their goal is to allay all fears and doubts by providing friendly service in a family atmosphere. More than just staff members, they are family and Guest Home Estates is a place to call home.
Community Involvement - Guest Homes Estates Provides dessert for Senior Center Dessert Month, sponsor of Autism Golf Tournament, WINGS Walk sponsor, Women's Health Fair sponsor, Special Olympics sponsor. They give an annual medical scholarship to a high school senior, work with the school on a pen pal program with Guest Home residents, and donate food for Booster Club events.
Leadership Program - Sheila Wilson, Operator of the facility is currently serves as the Kansas Center for Assisted Living President of District 2, a National Center for Assisted Living State Leader, and GHE has shift leaders - CMA and CNA Leads.
Guest home Estates is the proud home of 9 current United States veterans in which they celebrate with a yearly veteran recognition. They have veterans representing WWII and Korea.
"Guest Home Estates in Garnett stays constantly full occupancy with a waiting list. This is due to the reputation of being a place that is considered "just like home". We see how staff and residents interact and are amazed at the relationships and quality of care.
Guest Home Estates provides an essential quality of life element that Garnett is very grateful for and they do it with style, dignity and grace. They invested in our community years ago, but the care they give provides priceless value to many,” said City Manager Joyce Martin..
24963 NE Highway 169 (Jct. US 169 & US 59), Garnett - 785.448.6602
806 W. 4th Avenue, Garnett