Monthly Luncheons

Join us for our monthly networking luncheons!

Each month, our members are invited to a FREE networking luncheon on the third Wednesday of each month (except April). The luncheons are from 11:30am to 1:00pm and are held at the Montgomery Event Venue, except in December when we meet at the Elms Hotel and Spa for our holiday luncheon. The luncheons are sponsored by various businesses and organizations in our community. Dollar donations are accepted at the door to benefit a local non-profit. Plus, there are door prizes at each luncheon too. An average of 100-125 people attend, so it’s a great opportunity to meet other business people in our community!

The November Chamber Luncheon on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 was well attended, with many first time visitors joining the group. The City of Excelsior Springs was the luncheon sponsor and had a wrap lunch prepared for attendees from Willow Spring Mercantile. The Chamber Business of the Month was Payne Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast.

Sharon Powell, Mayor
Mayor Sharon Powell, City of Excelsior Springs

Mayor Sharon Powell addressed the crowd on behalf of the City, highlighting many of the accomplishments the City has had over this past year. With funding money for recovery efforts coming in, the first round provided equipment to be installed in all city buildings to eliminate air-borne disease. They also used these funds to support local nonprofits to assure their services would not be hindered.

In addition to funding shovel ready projects, the City also obtained funding in the amount of $32.5M  for the Safe Streets and Sidewalks program that will improve access to our school campuses and the westside business district. This project strives to connect the east and west sides of town. They also received a Savings America’s Treasures grant to address life-safety concerns in the Hall and to avoid collapse of the Hall of Springs.

The Excelsior Springs Fire Department has received Ambulance Reporting Software, Fire Standard Operating Procedures update, Emergency vehicle maintenance, upgrades to the fire station lobby, replacement of furniture and a stove that was not working. Metal detectors were installed for court, along with narcotics test kits. The Police Department has received support to improve their ability to investigate/file felony cases, video equipment for the detention facility, painting the police station, and installing a fence at the police parking lot.

Here’s a list of projects that found funding over the past year:

  • Safe Streets and Sidewalks – $32.5M
  • Century Park pond rehabilitation – $500K
  • Fishing River Watershed Study – $350K
  • Replacement of Regent St. Bridge – $1.5M
  • Replacement of low water bridge on Main St. – $5M
  • Hall of Waters restoration – $39,350K

There are still funding requests out for restoration of the Hall of Waters and the public is being asked to complete a survey on the property for future funding requests. Also relining of the sewer lines that are failing in four neighborhoods.

Mark Spohn, Payne Jailhouse
Mark Spohn, owner, Payne Jailhouse B&B

Business of the Month was the Payne Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast. Owner Mark Spohn shared the beloved history of the property and the ups and downs that it has had over time. After two and a half years of restoration efforts, the first people stayed in 2016. Since then, Spohn has made successful partnerships with other air b&bs and has seen an uptick of local families utilizing the downtown.

Guests staying at the Bed and Breakfast eat in the old jail and are encouraged to leave notes on the walls, which showcase signatures from across the state and areas of the world. Mark, also known as the Warden, takes pleasure in telling guests stories of the people who live here and the area. Mark has started an Instagram page with videos showing him making breakfast. He ended asking the group his tagline, “Have you booked your room?”

In addition to those presentations, it was also announced that the Excelsior Springs Hospital is taking reservations for their annual Tree of Life, Slightly Off Broadway Theatre will have their last show of the season, the City is in need of residents to take a survey for the future of the property, and guests were encouraged to reserve for the December Chamber Luncheon quickly, as there is limited seating.

Lindsay Hall announced the Miracle on Regent Street on December 7th, Holly Jolly Lights trolley tours on December 9th, Shop with a Cop, day trips to and from the City, gift certificates for wine tours, and encouraged groups to book the Chamber’s Star Shuttle for holiday parties.

Next month’s luncheon will take place at the Elms Hotel & Spa. It will be the holiday luncheon. There the Chamber will also present business awards that are currently being sought on the Chamber’s website:

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