Business of the Month Archives

The Shoebox Gaming Pub, opened in 2015 and owned by John and Janice Wessel, is a trendy gaming pub located behind Wessel’s grocery store. Its name is a tribute to the community’s history with wooden shoes.

The gaming pub has a surprising amount of space and people are often surprised at the easy layout and comfortable environment. The Shoebox is divided into three distinct areas: a bar, a large gaming room, and, as an extension to the bar, a backroom lounge that has a unique, comfortable swing. You can reserve this room for your private parties or business meetings.

Although the business and gaming industry might be relatively new to the community, the Shoebox building has quite a history of its own over the past 60+ years. The building was originally built for the modern dry cleaners business, and was the location for many other businesses since.

With the popularity of the gaming business, the Wessel family decided to use this building for yet another business, and its small size gave way to naming it “The Shoebox.” As the business has grown, so too has the revenues of the Village of Teutopolis, the state of Illinois, as well as the local charitable organizations to which thousands of dollars have been donated. According to John Wessel, “It’s all about our great patrons, our wonderful staff, and The Shoebox’s unique, cozy atmosphere.”

The Shoebox is open from 7 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday; Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to midnight.

Jim Apke started his lawn care business, Hillside Lawn and Landscape, in April 2003. What started out as a hobby has grown into a full service lawn and landscape business. Hillside Lawn and Landscape provides Lawn care to residential and commercial properties throughout Effingham County. Other services include landscaping, shrub trimming, mulching, seeding, leaf cleanup and deliveries of rock, sand and topsoil.
To learn more about Hillside Lawn and Landscape or to inquire about lawn service, contact Jim Apke at 217-254-4470.

Originally established in 1898 as both a furniture and casket store, Habing Furniture has been successful throughout four generations of family ownership.

B. G. Habing and his uncle John Eggerman started out fashioning handmade caskets along with household furnishings. Today, brothers Jerry Habing and David Habing run the business along with their sister, Sarah, and nephew, Jake Habing.

Habing Furniture has maintained a steady volume of sales despite continued fluctuations in the furniture industry. To offset the disruption in furniture foot traffic caused by online shopping, Habing Furniture has expanded its offerings in the flooring market.

Even though more than half of their market is through carpet, hardwood, linoleum, vinyl sheeting and vinyl tile, David mentioned that is a specialty service customers are surprised to learn they offer. An area that has really taken off is their line of luxury vinyl, which is not affected by moisture, resists fading and comes in a wide array of incredibly realistic applications.

Striving to build strong relationships with their customers Habing Furniture offers free estimates, measuring and delivery to customers within a 30-40 mile radius. In addition, they also provide plenty of high quality product options with popular brands such as Armstrong, Shaw, Mohawk, Lane, Marshfield (replacement for Mastercraft), Southern Motion, Liberty Bedroom and Serta.

To learn more about Habing Furniture, visit their store at 115 E. Main Street in Teutopolis.

Tom Mette started Performance Lawn and Power in 1987 after many years of doing repairs and craftsman work. Just like many new businesses, it was tough starting out. However, Tom’s skills and willingness to take risks, along with some wise business guidance, things really began taking off for Performance Lawn and Power.

Performance Lawn and Power is a Cub Cabet and Husqvarna dealer. They sell and service lawn products, honor manufacturer warranties and keep a large supply of replacement parts in stock. In addition, they receive and stock replacement parts for popular brand-named equipment like Craftsman. Lawn mower sales have been the biggest part of their business, especially with the variety of types of mowers available – from zero turn mowers to lawn tractors.

Another growing part of the business includes battery-powered units and other outdoor equipment needs such as blowers, tillers, chainsaws, pressure washers, generators and more.Performance Lawn and Power serves customers from Teutopolis, Effingham, Newton, Olney, Louisville, Altamont, St. Elmo and more.

To learn more about Performance Lawn and Power, visit them online at, call 857-3717, or stop by their location at 1311 W. Main Street in Teutopolis.

What began as a harness company in 1904, Brumleve Industries has evolved through three generations of family ownership. Today, Brumleve Industries manufactures a full line of Brumleve Tarping Systems, Load Locker aluminum storage boxes, awnings, water jet services and custom metal fabrication in aluminum, steel, and stainless steel.

In 1904 Louis G. Brumleve started a harness shop on Main St. in Teutopolis. The building was located where the Post Office is presently built. His primary business was making harnesses for work horses used on the farm and as a mode of transportation. The Company was known as Louis Brumleve Co. He moved his operation to 115 West Main St. in 1909 where he continued to make and repair harness and horse collars.

Joseph L Brumleve, oldest son of Louis, came into the business in 1932 and worked with his father as a harness maker. Claude Brumleve, also Louis’s son, came into the business in 1938. In 1943 Claude left for the navy and returned to the business in 1946. In 1948 Joe and Claude became partners in the business and the name was changed to Brumleve Harness and Canvas. The primary business was harness making and canvas covers. Another addition to the business was the sale of hardware and work shoes.

In 1977, Don J Brumleve, the son of Joseph, came into the family business. In 1978 the name was changed to Brumleve Canvas Products. The leather goods, hardware and shoe lines were sold off to make room for the expanding canvas business. These included truck and trailer tarps, boat covers, and awnings, as well as custom canvas items. Also in 1978, Joseph retired from the firm but still remained associated with the operation. Claude retired in 1982. In 1986 with the expanding lines of products and the addition of a tent, table, and chair rental service, the company was incorporated and became Brumleve Canvas Products, Inc.

In 1990 the company expanded its facilities with the construction of a building located at 1317 West Main St, Teutopolis, to accommodate the expansion of the parts production and a new line of metal fabrication, Load Locker Storage Boxes. The name was once again changed to Brumleve Industries, Inc.. Then in 1997, an office/showroom, parts room, warehouse, and more production area was added and the entire operation moved to the 1317 W. Main Street location.

With the changes in technology, in 2002 a plasma cutting table was incorporated into the parts production. In 2007, electric tarps became a part of the tarpaulin line. In 2011 the tent, table and chair rental business was sold, and in 2012 a water jet was purchased to amplify metal fabrication. Today, Brumleve Industries employs approximately 20 full-time skilled craftsmen.
Michael Brumleve joined the business in 2015 and looks forward to continuing the success of Brumleve Industries into the future, along side his parents, Don and Joan.

To learn more about Brumleve Industries, visit

Sister-owned business keeps family and friendship at the center of their business. The Cuttin’ Corner Hair & Spa is owned by sisters, Lora Westendorf and Pam Westfall.

Lora was the first to enter the beauty profession. She started out her career working in a variety of salons before convincing her sister Pam to join her in starting up their own salon. In 1986, they opened the doors to the business of their dreams.

The Cuttin’ Corner first began operating at 216 W. Main Street. Thanks to their wonderful, steady and growing client base, they needed to expand. In 2005, they relocated the business to 205 S. Pearl Street. This new location allowed them to grow to employ 6 stylists.

Born and raised in Teutopolis, both sisters cherish and appreciate being a part of the community. And, they make sure their customers know that they are part of their family, especially their “regulars.” One of the unique things about The Cuttin’ Corner is that they have a calendar with the birthdays of most of their regular clients. All of the stylists join in welcoming the client with a very special greeting. And, if you are a “first-time” visitor to the salon, friendly faces, happy smiles and a welcoming message greet you on the wall that reinforces the focus of family and friendship.

Lora and Pam also extend that sense of family to include their stylists. There is a fun and collaborative camaraderie in the salon. And, each year as an entire team, they attend a trade show in Chicago or Nashville. It is fun bonding and brainstorming time spent together.
The Cuttin’ Corner Hair and Spa offers a full variety of services including hair cuts, styling, color and highlights, perms, brazilian blow-outs (hair-smoothing treatments), waxing, manicures and pedicures, make-up application and permanent make-up treatments. Permanent make-up treatment is the newest service offered.

To learn more about the Cuttin’ Corner Hair and Spa, visit their Facebook page, or call them for an appointment at 217-857-3918.

Community Support Systems, also known as CSS, is a not-for-profit organization in Teutopolis that focuses on providing a variety of services for individuals with an array of disabilities. CSS started in 1962 as a day program and has grown into a multi-program platform that annually serves over 3,000 infants, children, and adults with disabilities.

CSS began with a simple purpose. “Parents wanted something better for their kids,” said Andy Kistler, Executive Director of Community Support Systems.

“That is at the center of why we are here,” noted Tonya Blair, Administrative Secretary.

Community Support Systems has four main areas of focus: family support, employment, rehabilitation, and residential services.

CSS offers three influential programs that correspond with family support. These programs are Child and Family Connections (CFC), All Babies Can (ABC), and Parent Training and Information Center (PTIC).

Child and Family Connections (CFC) offers infants and their families screening, evaluation, and services for children 0-3 years old. The goal of CFC is to be proactive in guiding children with developmental delays to reach their true potential. This program is also offered to families in need in Bond, Christian, Clay, Crawford, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Macoupin, Montgomery, and Richland counties.

“We are the hub and it is our job to coordinate services for a child who needs developmental services,” said Kistler. “We coordinate services with area providers to make sure the children, and their families, get what they need.”

All Babies Can (ABC) provides families with children prenatal to age three the opportunity to gain valuable parenting knowledge as well as free developmental, social-emotional, health, vision and hearing screenings every 6 months. ABC services are offered to families in Crawford, Jasper, Lawrence, and Richland Counties.

The Parent Training and Information Center (PTIC) serves nearly every county in Illinois outside the Chicagoland area and acts as a mentoring and information center for families who have a child with a delay or disability.

CSS also offers individuals with disabilities employment options. “The eventual goal is to have individuals working in the community” said Kistler. There are several options that assist individuals to work towards that goal. The first option is Developmental Training. CSS has two Developmental Training Centers in Teutopolis, one located on Harvester Street and the other on Main Street. The Harvester location teaches individuals work skills one period per day and focuses on classroom activities the rest of the day. In contrast, at the Main Street location, individuals work for the full day. At both locations, individuals get paid for the work they do. Paid work is supported through contracts with local businesses.

Another option towards community employment is their janitorial crews. “We have three janitorial crews” said Kistler. These are small groups of individuals, along with a staff person, that clean area businesses. There are two crews that work out of the Teutopolis office and one that works out of the Olney location. CSS also has two contracts with IDOT to maintain the I-57 Green Creek and I-70 Nation Trail rest areas. This is a 365 day a year contract with two shifts a day starting at 6 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m.

Community Employment is the wave of the future and Community Support Systems is a leader in the State when it comes to assisting individuals with disabilities find community employment. CSS places individuals into a community jobs within its eight county service area. When an individual expresses a desire to work in the community, they are assigned a job coach that helps them make their dream a reality. CSS is very thankful for the outstanding partnerships we have formed with many forward-thinking businesses that support this program.

Everyone who receives rehabilitation services from CSS is appointed a case manager who works closely with each consumer to identify their individual needs/wants for their future. Case managers work hard to assess an individuals strengths and weaknesses in order to better improve their general skill set.

“A lot of what we do is assess the skill set of individuals,” said Kistler. “Our case managers outline assessments and make plans, goals, and objectives for participants to work towards achieving.”

This plan of action is known as ISP – Individual Service Plan – and varies for each individual. “Not everyone’s needs are the same,” said Blair. “We identify needs and implement the best-suited ISP.”

One popular rehabilitation service among school-aged children with disabilities is the opportunity to attend their annual Summer Day Camp.

“Through cooperative efforts around our area, funds are provided for individuals to attend the summer camp,” noted Kistler. “It just becomes a lot of fun because it is a good time to get together with other individuals that share the same abilities.” Activities during the camp can involve touring a local plant or facility, going to the pool, bowling, or enjoying a movie or arts and crafts days.

CSS provides residential facilities to 40 individuals in both Teutopolis and Effingham. “We also have fifteen individuals who are living independently that we check in on as needed,” said Kistler. CSS currently has one 16-bed group home that will be downsized an 8 bed home in the near future, allowing more comfort and privacy for the residents. The plan to add two more 4-bed residences to their list of homes for the eight people who would be displaced by this downsizing.

“We all have one common goal, to better this community of individuals and everyone in Teutopolis just rallies around that,” noted Kistler.

“Teutopolis has been nothing but supportive to CSS and I am glad we are here.”

Future plans for CSS will continue to focus on the importance of the surrounding communities and the mission of Community Support Systems.

“It is our hope to bring more members of the community into our operations. We cannot expect the local community to embrace integration without opening our doors to family, friends and guests.,” explained Kistler. “The push is to fully integrate our program participants in the community. I would personally like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to know more about Community Support Systems to stop by for a visit. My door is always open.”

To learn more about Community Support Systems and the services they offer, visit them online at or on Facebook at

Pals Electric, Inc. was established in Teutopolis in 1979. Since then, the business has not only seen a transition of ownership, but also an impressive amount of growth. Starting the company as a one-man contractor, Mike concentrated mostly on commercial and residential projects, while building positive and trusting relationships with his customers. His son, Matt, began working with him in 1994. After some post high school coursework, Matt decided to enroll in a rigorous apprenticeship program through IBEW. He graduated from the program and was eventually announced as sole owner and president of Pals Electric. Matt and his dad continued to work side by side up until a couple of years ago when Mike retired. Since coming back to the family business, Matt has over-tripled the size of Pals Electric. “In 1979 it was just my father,” said Matt Pals. “Today we have over thirty employees.” When asked if he plans to see Pals Electric, Inc. grow even more, Matt simply answered, “Definitely.” The team at Pals Electric is made up of 22 field technicians, 3 project estimators, a project manager, a shop foreman, two office and administration employees, as well as Matt’s nephew who works part time.
Pals Electric focuses mostly on the commercial, industrial, agricultural, and renewable energy fields. They typically span a service area of a 100-mile radius of Effingham County. However, they have completed projects in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky, and Georgia. Pals Electric also focuses on partnering with businesses and corporations within the field. They are a full line dealer for Briggs & Stratton® Generators, and they hold dealership status for Blue Star Power Systems. When new markets become relevant in the industry, Pals Electric jumps right in. “We are electricians that think outside of the box,” said Matt. Like most of his employees, Matt was born and raised in Teutopolis, and he understands the hard work that goes into creating and doing business in the area.He attributes the success of Pals to the employees who work there. “I didn’t do anything special, I just found the right people,” he said. “This community has the hardest working individuals you will ever meet.”

Teutopolis State Bank opened its doors on August 1, 1905. Through the efforts of community members H.H. Hardiek, Barney Niemeyer, John L. Runde, J. H. Uptmor, H.J. Weber, and B. H. Wernsing, banking in Teutopolis was established. Originally named Bank of Teutopolis, the institution was reorganized in 1913 as Teutopolis State Bank, a state chartered bank. The bank has seen three different locations in Teutopolis since it was first founded in 1905. Currently, Teutopolis State Bank is located at 106 East Main Street. In 1997, a second banking facility, Sigel Community Bank, was erected in Sigel, Illinois.Even though the home of Teutopolis State Bank has shifted and changed, the mission has always stayed the same. “We are here to meet all of the financial needs of the people in the area,” said Jerry Runde, a loan officer at Teutopolis State Bank. “We have a pretty wide service area, but primarily, most of our customers come from Teutopolis and Effingham.“ Runde, like many of his colleagues, lives in Teutopolis and has early memories of his experiences at Teutopolis State Bank. “I remember coming in here as a kid and going up to the tellers and getting your Smarties® when you make a deposit,” recalled Runde. “It’s just been the heart and soul of town since as long as I can remember.”
The relationships fostered through the hard work of the employees have created a friendly banking experience that customers are sure to recognize. “We are very customer service driven and we pride ourselves on the fact that every time somebody walks through the bank, we greet them, we say hi, we know them, and they know us,” said Runde. “The atmosphere here is great.” Teutopolis State Bank currently employs forty-one people at the Teutopolis location and is headed by President, Hank Koester. Sister branch, Sigel Community Bank, has a smaller staff of seven. Assistant Cashier Judy Wells has been a member of Teutopolis State Bank’s personnel since 1968. “The bank is a strong pillar in the community and we try to help the community as much as we can,” said Wells. “The bank itself has generously given back to a lot of the local non-profit organizations, to the schools, and to the Village,” said Runde. “We like to give back to the communities that have helped us succeed in the past.” Schools, churches, park districts, hospitals and businesses throughout Teutopolis, Sigel, and Effingham have benefited from the generosity of Teutopolis State Bank and its employees and personnel. This commitment to community is a standard at Teutopolis State Bank and will continue to be for years to come.

It all started in 1892, when Henry J. Weber opened the H.J. Weber Company in Teutopolis and started a family tradition that would last for four generations. Originally Weber’s was opened as a men’s clothing store, selling hats as well as shoes. Once Henry’s son, Charles F., joined the business, the addition of clocks, watches, and jewelry made its way into Weber’s. Charles’ sons, Henry L. and Don, took over the company in 1950 after the passing of their father. It was the decision of Henry L. and Don to separate Weber’s Clothing and Jewelry into two separate stores in 1988. Henry’s son, Tony, began working at the store in 1978 and became owner of Weber’s clothing in 2004.
Today, as you walk through the front door of Weber’s Clothing and Jewelry you are reminded of a time when shopping was more about the experience rather than the sale. “We serve our customers as best we can with good one on one service,” said Tony Weber, owner of Weber’s Clothing. “Customers come to expect that when they shop in a smaller store, compared to the big box stores.”
Once you get past the extensive selection of suits (which can be conveniently tailored by the in-house seamstress Diana), you will find many choices in accessories and footwear. Whether you are looking for a casual, comfortable, or formal style, Weber’s Clothing is committed to helping their customers find exactly what they want. Just a quick step up the stairs in the middle of the store and you will be warmly welcomed into Weber’s Jewelry. Brothers, Kurt and Kevin Weber took over co-ownership of the jewelry store in 1996 after their father, Don, passed away. Kurt handles most of the sales relationships, along with a staff of 7, including his brother and co-owner, Kevin, who works primarily with repairs and design. “I do mostly jewelry repair and design work, if I keep that up then it makes it easier for everyone else to do their jobs,” said Kevin Weber. When asked what made Weber’s Clothing and Jewelry such a special place in Teutopolis, Kurt simply answered. “We’ve been here so long taking care of people in every aspect of the business, you just don’t see that very many places anymore.”

The mission of Country Financial ® is to understand and serve customers to meet their financial security needs. Hank Niebrugge has been living out this mission in Teutopolis since 1994. As a young professional, transitioning from a factory work environment to a self-employed businessman was risky. Niebrugge worked hard and turned his new career path into a success. He also had the help of his assistant and friend, Amy Repking, who has been by his side in business from the beginning. Niebrugge understands the importance of the relationship between customers and local insurance agents. “I get to know my clients, and my clients get to know me,” said Niebrugge. “I am a professional in the insurance business, just like a doctor is a professional in their field.” Country Financial ® offers a variety of products and services. Whether you are planning for retirement, preparing to send your kids through college, or protecting your assets, Hank Niebrugge is a knowledgeable and caring professional who will ensure that your plans are in good hands.
“Each client is different,” said Niebrugge. “I fit the policies to my clients, because not one size fits all.” Outside of Country Financial ®, Niebrugge also shows his commitment to the Teutopolis community. Born in nearby Green Creek, Niebrugge, and his wife Deb, have called Teutopolis their hometown for over thirty years. As a member of St. Francis Church and the Knights of Columbus, Niebrugge has had the rewarding opportunity to be involved in a variety of community programs, organizations and events. In 2014, he was the coordinator for the 175th anniversary of Teutopolis, a celebration he enjoyed very much. “I love how tight-knit Teutopolis is,” said Niebrugge. “Knowing all of your neighbors, in my opinion, is the description of the perfect town.”

Webster Tire & Auto Service is celebrating their tenth year of business in Teutopolis.  Owner, Phil Webster, opened its doors in 2006 and has been watching it grow ever since. He has also enjoyed the experience of expanding his original location not once, but twice, since 2010.  In 2012, he realized the need for a service department with an adjoining office space.  Quick to follow this addition was a 10-bay full service shop that has been continually bombarded with customers needing routine maintenance or repairs. Webster’s passion for all things automotive has also led to the opening of Webster Transport, a vehicle transport service, as well as Tidy Town, the only car wash in Teutopolis. The mission of Webster Tire & Auto Service is to provide customers with safe and reliable vehicles they can count on. As a local business owner, he understands the value of his commitment to customer service. “Our business is not just a transaction,” said Webster. “We try to build relationships to keep customers coming back to us.” This concept is clear as Webster notes that owning a business in Teutopolis is special to him because of these relationships.
Community support is also a passion of Webster Tire & Auto Service.  For the past three years, Webster, has been fortunate enough to be involved with Wheels To Prosper, a national initiative focusing on the donation of vehicles to community members in need.  Webster, in conjunction with two other local businesses has had the pleasure of awarding ten individuals with vehicles in the past three years.  “It’s always a great opportunity when you can pay it forward,” said Webster.

The Kountry Kitchen has been a family owned restaurant since its establishment in Teutopolis in 1980. The original restaurant was first housed in the existing J.B. Esker office building on Main Street. It was there that Linda King opened the doors to the original Kountry Kitchen, formally known as King’s Kountry Kitchen. Together with her sister, Jackie, and their parents, King’s Kountry Kitchen transformed from a friendly hometown restaurant, to a Teutopolis staple. In 1988, Linda sold the restaurant to her sister Jackie, resulting in the new name, and eventually leading to the restaurant’s current home at 105 E. Main Street. Today, Stacey Hemmen, continues to carry on the family legacy since purchasing the business from her aunt in January of 2014. Hemmen has been working at the restaurant since she was twelve years old. From washing the dishes, to cooking the food, Hemmen has done it all. Her hopes for the restaurant are to be able to continue the long family history of ownership. Her favorite part of her role as owner is getting to know the customers.
The Kountry Kitchen is certainly a landmark in Teutopolis. On a busy Saturday morning, their small and friendly staff of eight is happy to serve an abundance of over 150 guests. On the off chance you haven’t dined at The Kountry Kitchen, be sure to order one of their classic favorites: fried chicken, cinnamon rolls, or a slice of apple pie. “Our goal is for people to have a place where they can come and leave in a better mood than when they came in,” said Hemmen.

Three Z Printing has been a family-owned and operated commercial printing company since 1978. The three “Zs” represents the three Zerrusen brothers who founded the company: Daniel, Bill and Kurt. While Daniel and Kurt have retired, Bill Zerrusen continues to lead Three Z, together with his three sons, Matt, Neil and Chad. At Three Z, they believe their people make the place. They currently employ over 400 people from Teutopolis and the surrounding areas, making them one of the largest employers in the community. Their talented, experienced people use their knowledge and expertise to ensure their customers get the highest quality results. Three Z’s mission is to work together to enhance the customer experience by providing cost-effective solutions, value-added technology and quality print services while adhering to our values of faith, family and community. As we enter the next generation of Three Z’s growth, we strive to strengthen our position as one of the largest family-owned commercial web printers in the U.S. by embracing new print technologies, expanding our client base, and improving all communication while encouraging personal growth” says their leadership team.
Their press room houses 17 web presses in a variety of sizes, allowing them to select the best fit for every job — and giving them a range of options for flexibility in scheduling. Beyond the pressroom, they also have a 150,000 square-foot paper warehouse, which is fully stocked with a wide range of paper types and weights, as well as full bindery equipment to achieve your finished product. They have completely renovated the look of the outside of their main office building. They have also gutted and remodeled the reception area along with the entire sales department. They just finished the renovation and remodel of the Accounting, IT, and Human Resources departments.

Runde Dental Clinic is a family-centered general dentistry practice, offering a full range of dental services such as preventative care, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Joseph Runde founded Runde Dental Clinic in 1947 after his service in the United States Naval Dental Corp. The practice was started in the Brumleve building located near the present-day Teutopolis State Bank. In 1950, he and his uncle, Henry Runde, MD, started the original Runde Clinic that included both medical and dental services under one roof. Dr. Gerald Runde joined his father at Runde Dental Clinic in 1981, and the practice has continued to grow over the years! In 1988, there was one registered dental hygienist. Now, the Clinic employs three hygienists that are incredibly valuable to the practice and are experts at what they do in order to take great care of the patients. The facility has also undergone several additions, with the final building expansion completed in 2012. Runde Dental Clinic has experienced changes in two very positive ways, with preventative dentistry and the use of technology. Preventative care is such an important part of the dental practice.
The team educates patients on the importance of regular cleanings and exams to help keep their natural teeth as long as possible throughout their lifetime. New technology has been a wonderful addition, too! Computers are used extensively to help with scheduling, bookkeeping, charting, viewing radiographs, communicating with other dental specialists, tracking trends, analyzing data, sending claims to insurance companies and more. The Runde family loves working and living in a small town! “I am very thankful for good health to continue my practice. I am also very grateful to this community and my terrific staff for their continued support!” says Dr. Runde. “Knowing our patients personally and professionally really helps to build a trusting relationship!” Dr. Gerald Runde resides in Teutopolis with his wife, Karen, who works as one of their hygienists and manages the office. In April of 2015, their daughter Lisa Bohn and her husband, Joe, moved back to Teutopolis from Madison, WI. They then had the opportunity to hire her on as their front desk specialist. Their son, Jerry and daughter Linda also both live in Teutopolis while their youngest daughter, Suzanne, lives in Decatur.

2016 marks Stevens Industries’ 60th anniversary and the company is celebrating with community and internal events. A Chamber of Commerce business after hours was well attended in March, and the company will be the Chamber’s spotlight business in June. Various celebratory events through the summer will bring together associates and families to commemorate the anniversary. From its beginnings as a residential cabinetry company in 1956, the company has grown to become the largest commercial casework manufacturer in North America. They credit their achievement to a focused path, and talented, passionate team members. Company founders and associates have dedicated themselves to innovation, technological advancement and beauty in functionality. In 2015 the company was recognized as one of the fastest growing wood manufacturers in the United States.
Woodworking Network noted that Stevens’ business strategies have been key to the company’s growth. President of Stevens Industries, Todd Wegman noted, “Research and development of new products, coupled with focus on employee education and skill enhancement have been the foundation for our success.” Stevens is 100-percent employee-owned, with more than 450 team members and nearly half a million square feet of production space. In addition to quality casework, architectural millwork and award-winning textured-woodgrain panels, they also offer specialty lines of laboratory casework and furniture, music and instrument storage, and childcare furniture. Stevens is committed to the pursuit of excellence in customer care, product innovation, community investment and respect for the environment. To learn more about Stevens Industries, visit

KRA Builders, Inc. was founded in 1974. AKRA’s early years involved a variety of small commercial and residential projects around the Effingham, IL area. By the early 80’s AKRA had become a leader for commercial projects across Central Illinois. Akra has expanded its geographic scope throughout Illinois, Missouri, Ohio,Tennessee, Iowa, New York and North Carolina. To read more about their team go to

Home Farmers Mutual Insurance Company built their office building at 203 South Pearl Street in Teutopolis In June of 1992. Rebekah Deters is the office manager and Michael Durbin is their administrative assistant.The office is opened Monday through Thursday 9 to 4 and by appointment only on Friday and Saturday. Home Farmers Mutual Insurance Company writes home, auto, farm, small commercial and life insurance policies. Their present board of directors consists of Ed Niemerg, President, Roch Westendorf, Vice President, Rebekah Deters, Secretary-Treasurer, Ron Overbeck, Larry Garner, Michael (Mick) Deters, Karl Pruemer, and Dennis Buhnerkempe.

Dales Diesel Service Inc. was established by Dale Ruholl in 1986 as a full-service Class 8 semi truck and trailer repair facility. Dales Diesel Service Inc. is a true one stop shop. Not only do the provide service, they also sell Haulmark trailers, Arctic Cat ATV’s Arctic Cat Utvs and the popular Arctic Cat Wildcat. Dales Diesel Service Inc. repairs all makes of pick-ups as well as medium and heavy duty trucks in their main service facility. They are a PPG certified body shop and can handle any unfortunate accidents that might occur. Trailer repair is also a large part of their service facilities business. Dales Diesel Service has a goal to provide the best service; competitive pricing and the best follow up with our customers in the country.

Esker & Sons was founded in 1947, and operated for its first 25 years as a residential concrete contractor. Basements, driveways, and other aspects of the residential market continue to be a stronghold for their business. Today, J.B. Esker & Sons is a complete concrete construction company, highly qualified for the most intricate commercial or residential project. Their staff includes engineers and supervisors with a combined total of 150+ year’s experience. Visit their website at

Teutopolis Tire and Auto Repair was established in 1983 and is co-owned by John Buening and Don Croft. Teutopolis Tire and Auto Repair has evolved from a gas station at the four way stop in Teutopolis, to its present day location at 802 West Main Street, across from the Teutopolis High School. The business specializes in repairs and maintenance on cars and light trucks witch includes alignments, exhaust work, tune ups, brakes, transmission and front end work.
There are over 100 years of combined experience with the present work force of five full-time mechanics and three oil change and tire technicians. Farm and car tires are available, whether you are looking for new or used tires. Road service and repair of farm tires is a valuable service they offer to the farming community. The corporation has recently acquired a wrecker to their long list of services they perform. Contact Teutopolis Tire and Auto Repair at 217-857-6096 or visit their website at

Weber Bros. Equipment is located in the heart of Teutopolis, IL and has been serving the surrounding area since 1895. They first opened their doors in 1895 with Ben and William Weber. Their lines of quality appliances include: Amana, Crosley, Danby, Fisher & Paykel, Frigidaire, Maytag, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sharp. Weber Bros take pride in a knowledgeable service team, that can assist you with installation, delivery, and service after the sale. Weber Bros. offers sales, service, financing, and parts for all major brands we offer. Check out their online catalog at

Swagger Salon & Spa is located 111 N. Plum St., Teutopolis, IL. (formerly the Scissor Wizard). Melissa (Pals) Belford, owner, has been a licensed Nail Technician for 6 years and a certified Eyelash Specialist for 8 years. Ever since she started in the beauty industry, she has always wanted to own her own spa and is so glad that she was finally able to do so in her home town. Melissa absolutely loves what she does and finds it so rewarding to know that she helps people feel better about themselves. Her work lets her be creative and artistic and allows her to meet some really amazing people on a daily basis. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time at her home in Teutopolis with the loves of her life, husband Rick, her 2 year old son Colt and 9 month old daughter Cali.

Quatman Lumber is owned by Bill and Jim Quatman and they have been in business since 1947. Quatman Lumber sells Lumber, Dry Wall, and Building Materials including Roofing and Siding. They are located 116 S. Washington St., Teutopolis, IL. Any questions or information call 217-857-3444.

Meyer Rick Auto Body Inc. has been providing excellent auto body and collision repair services in Teutopolis, IL since 1988. Our owner, Rick Meyer, has over 30 years of experience. Together with Rick, our team of technicians offers their experienced knowledge to ensure quality repairs on your cars. Meyer Rick Auto Body has a complete collision repair facility, computerized paint matching, frame straightening, and night key dropur cars. Some truck accessories include: Bed liners, Bed covers, Nerf bars, Bug shields, Mud flaps, Brush guards, Hitched, Chrome accessories, and Window guards. Meyer Rick Auto Body Inc. is located 116 N. Automotive St., Teutopolis IL. For more information, call 217-857-6150.

Meyer Rick Auto Body Inc. has been providing excellent auto body and collision repair services in Teutopolis, IL since 1988. Our owner, Rick Meyer, has over 30 years of experience. Together with Rick, our team of technicians offers their experienced knowledge to ensure quality repairs on your cars. Meyer Rick Auto Body has a complete collision repair facility, computerized paint matching, frame straightening, and night key dropur cars. Some truck accessories include: Bed liners, Bed covers, Nerf bars, Bug shields, Mud flaps, Brush guards, Hitched, Chrome accessories, and Window guards. Meyer Rick Auto Body Inc. is located 116 N. Automotive St., Teutopolis IL. For more information, call 217-857-6150.

Teutopolis Locker Service offers meat locker and storage services in Teutopolis, IL. Owned by Toby McMahon, Teutopolis Locker Service offers retail meat and custom processing. They have local farm-raised animals to ensure the freshness and quality of their products and also provide custom butchering service. They are located at 312 W Walnut. For more information, call 217-857-3319.

Designs Unlimited, Inc. was started in 2005 by Scott and Tina Brumleve. Designs Unlimited, Inc. provides apparel and apparel decoration with superior service, reliability, and accountability. Services include screen-printing, embroidery, promotional products, vinyl, and logo development.

Kremer Pharmacy, owned by Duane Kremer, is a full service pharmacy able to fill prescriptions, over-the-counter, and compounded medications. They accept almost all prescription plans and have a convenient drive thru or walk in service. Kremer Pharmacy is located next to to Runde Clinic. They are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:30pm and Saturday from 8:00am to 12:30pm.

Tebbe Plumbing is owned and operated by Jonathan Tebbe. He resides in rural Teutopolis with his wife Amanda and daughter Olivia. With over 10 years experience, Tebbe Plumbing specializes in Residential, Commercial, New Construction, and Repair work. They serve Effignham County and the surrounding areas. Tebbe Plumbing was started in October of 2010. Some commercial jobs on Tebbe Plumbing’s resume are: St Francis Township Building, Sigel Fire Station Building, Park Tower Apartment, and the Lincoln Fire District Building. For more information, check out the website at

Fun-Tronics was founded in 1976 by Steve Ebner of Maryland. Steve and his wife and partner Nancy have made Fun-Tronics a name that restorers know they can count on. In 2008, Steve sold Fun-Tronics to its new owners, Rod and Janet Heuerman of Teutopolis, IL. Rod has been restoring and collecting for about 10 years. Rod and Janet decided to buy and run Fun-Tronics so that restorers and collectors would still have a place to get their quality soda machine parts and decals. After buying Fun-Tronics and moving it to Illinois, Rod and Janet decided to put Fun-Tronics online. This would make it possible for restorers and collectors to see what Fun-Tronics has to offer and have the ability to order parts and decals anytime.

Schmid Auction Company is a full time auction company that specializes in farmland, real estate, multipar, farm equipment, construction equipment, estates, Commercial real estate and antiques. Schmid auction uses the latest technology to get the top value for the seller. The owner, Trent D. Schmid, is a 3rd generation auctioneer. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business from Illinois State University. Schmid Auction Company is a family owned business that has a passion for the auction method of marketing, honesty, and integrity. At many auctions, you will see Trent’s father, Richard D. Schmid who has been in the auction business since 1969, running the 2nd auction ring. Schmid Auction Co. has a complete professional staff from the beginning to the end. An auction is not just an action, it is a carefully planned and organized event from conception, marketing, and set-up, leading up to sale day.

Mainly You Salon & Spa, Inc. is owned by Tracy Bierman and located on Main St. Previously owned by Cheryl Rauch, Mainly You was purchased by Bierman in 2012, who was previously employed as a stylist at the salon. After being built in 1870, the building served many purposes including a general store, apt complex, and home to M&M Electric. It was then purchased by Cheryl and Andy Rauch who then restored it and converted it into a salon. Mainly You is a full service salon that employs 8 stylists, 1 massage therapist and 1 esthetician. Together, they offer the following services: hair services, manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, waxing, makeup, skin therapy, spray tanning, and permanent make up. Also offering services for groups, Mainly You specializes in services for wedding parties. For more information, including service rates and specials, like them on their Facebook page.