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Hunting business expands with new lodge – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

HUDSON — Richard Blakeslee, owner of Triple Creek Outfitters near St. John, has put more than 17 years into building a business out of his passion for hunting and fishing and all things outdoors Kansas.

With a multi-faceted operation that offers other hunters everything from entertainment to housing in south-central Kansas, one might think Blakeslee has achieved his goals. A recent expansion to the business, which is now on three different television shows featuring hunting land in five counties, shows that the sky, or the next hunting season, seems not to have any limits for the outdoors enthusiast.

“For 20 plus years ago I guided with bird dogs with other hunters,” Blakeslee said. “I always wanted my own business. Love for outdoors, bird dogs, is what got me doing it. I like to share my passion with others.”

Triple Creek Outfitters opened a new 6,000-square-foot hunting lodge located near Hudson,

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‘Pathway to wealth’: Topeka incubator program aims to help residents of public housing achieve business ownership – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

Heather Crowley has always had a passion for food.

Whipping up meals or baking sweet treats offered opportunities growing up for her to bond with her parents. Her dad “could throw anything together,” she said, and her mom loved to bake.

After escaping an abusive relationship that had caused Crowley to lose some of herself and the things she enjoys, food brought her home.

“I was very much in the arts scene and doing all of that stuff. Food gave me an outlet to create masterpieces,” she said. “I found my creative skill. I was able to hone that into baking cakes.”

In 2012, Crowley completed Washburn Tech’s culinary arts program. And in 2014, she began showcasing some of her culinary creations on Facebook.

“But never really saw it as something,” she said. “It was just kind of a hobby.”

That started to change a couple years ago after Crowley

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Josh Rouse: Trophy Bass Company among Kansas-based businesses worth patronizing during pandemic – Sports – The Topeka Capital-Journal

With the effects of COVID-19 leaching onto both our residents’ health and paycheck, it is more important now than ever to shop locally for your hunting and fishing gear.

Luckily, you can purchase some of that gear directly from the makers, and many manufacturers of sporting goods reside right here in the Sunflower State.

Trophy Bass Company, based out of Overland Park, is one of the state’s most successful fishing lure retailers and sponsors anglers from the youth and high school circuit all the way to the pros.

Lenexa native Casey Scanlon, a pro angler on the FLW Tour and guide on Lake of the Ozarks, co-owns the company alongside fellow Kansas native Travis Perret and promotes the company’s products during tournaments. Perret, who also fishes competitively, said the pairing was meant to be.

“I’ve been fishing bass tournaments for the last 15 years or so,” Perrett said. “I met

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New business owner inspired by grandmother’s baking – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

HAVILAND — Lela’s Bakery & Coffeehouse, owned by Madi Schneider, opened for a special preview event Monday in Haviland.

The purpose of this event was to get people in the door to try some baked goods that will be for sale, get to know the new owner and see all of the renovations to the building.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect going into tonight, but I was hopeful that there would be a good turnout, and I was pleasantly surprised,” Schneider said. “It was so encouraging to see how excited people are about what’s going on at Lela’s.”

Schneider baked all day to make eight dozen cookies, 60 cinnamon rolls and two dozen miniature loaves of banana bread for guests at the event, and by 8 p.m., there were only a few cookies left. Some of the baked goods were vegan, dairy-free or gluten-free to ensure there was something

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