Our Chamber Member Spotlight is on Elaine Greer, owner of Switch Track Mall in Dearborn, Missouri!
Q: Give us some background on yourself/your business. Share some unique facts and business history. How many years have you been in business?
A: I retired from my Nurse Practitioner business 12-31-2016. Took a trip to Florida to babysit my grandchildren and had time for my husband and I to talk about the vacant building in Dearborn. My elderly cousin in Lees Summit had quite the display of HO gauge model trains in his basement and I wondered what would happen to them when he passed. We visited about how it would be neat to have the trains on display for everyone to enjoy them instead of being put in a box and auctioned off. When we got home, we visited with my cousin and he was open to the idea of transporting them up here if we had the building. Then I wondered what we would do with the remainder of the space in the building. I thought it would be a good place for the area people to have an ongoing garage sale for those that wanted to participate.
We opened May 3, 2017, and thanks to several people in our church that helped transport the train from Lees Summit, we finally got things up and going. We have been full most of the time of booths for people to sell their items, and also for people to buy items. We at one time had a train club that met once a month until Covid hit. We have packaged snacks that are for sale as well as soda and water. There is a small meeting room also.
Q: What are your business’s core values, goals, and overall mission?
A: We welcome people to come in and have meetings for free. We have had painting parties and sewing and quilting lessons. We just want to be a friendly place to stop by and look around. You may find something you can’t live without!!
Q: What products or services do you offer companies or individuals?
A: Companies or individuals can rent a space to sell their products or display their products for a small fee. We are cheaper than most antique vendor areas.
Q: What accomplishments are you most proud of?
A: Some of the accomplishments that I have started is honoring Earl Seymour, whom the first trains belonged to as well as the World War II veterans as well as all veterans. I like to honor people when they are still alive. I also started Reminisce Day, when we honor someone in the community that has made a big impact on the community. The first year we honored Lu Durham. Second year – Cassity Bus Company. 3rd year – Nash Gas Company. 4th Year – Louis Buntin. This year we plan to honor three people – one from each town area which is all a part of the North Platte Community. I am also a part of the Betterment committee which is more active that in the past, and our committee tries to think of things to enhance the community in whatever way possible.
Q: What do you see for the future of your business?
A: It is our thoughts that the mall will be busier when the Main Street Pizza and Bistro is open which we hope will bring more people off the highway into town. We will see what happens.
Q: How can people keep up to date on what’s happening at your organization?
A: People can go to our Facebook page and watch what is new in the mall or come by and visit with us. We are open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Wednesday through Saturdays. That is open to change, but there is a phone number on the door if you need something at other times.
Q: What are some reasons you enjoy being a member of the Chamber of Commerce?
A: I like to be a member of the Chamber as I feel a person needs to be forward thinking if you want to progress. If you don’t move forward, you generally fall backwards. Our small towns have personalities that draw people to them. We want to help make them as nice as we can with what we have.
Q: What does being a part of the North Platte Community mean to you?
A: Being a part of the Chamber is a way to be involved and voice opinions to a group of like minded people.
Q: Anything else you want the community to know about your business?
A: I am open to ideas of what I could do to make anything better for my business as well as the town. I would really be happy for more people to be involved and and thankful for what we have going as far as the Chamber and the individual town betterment committees. It is great when we can come together with ideas and see things happen.