BROKEN BOW—Longtime Broken Bow establishment—the Arrow Mini Mall—has recently undergone a facelift and renovation thanks to new owners JB and Raschelle Ross. A ribbon cutting, open house, and business after hours were celebrated on Wednesday afternoon as community members recalled the original ribbon cutting in 1987 and the transition of businesses through the years.
Before the mini mall, the space (932 South E) had previously served as a tire shop, feed store, and furniture store/auction house. Tammy Hendrickson with the Custer County Museum and Historical Society said the building was originally opened in April 1929 as a filling station and garage. The filling station and garage changed ownership over the years including the Talbots and McDuffees.
The Ross family purchased the space from Bump and Cindy Markham in January 2018 and decided to give it an update. JB Ross said the price was right and knew the space could use a renovation. The family used local contractors to modernize the electric, ceilings, lighting, insulation, painting, bathrooms, walls, and the couple brought back the walkway connecting the mini mall and the Arrow Hotel.
“[We] really enjoy it, I’m glad there’s a lot of people here. We also forgot to mention this morning that we did all local contractors. We tried to shop everything locally. And for the treats today, we got everything from both of the stores. We really want to bring the community together and keep it going because this place was kind of dying down and we just needed to freshen it up!” Raschelle Ross said. “[We] just thank everybody for coming.”
Posted on the walls, shoppers can view past Custer County Chief articles and pictures telling the story of the mini mall.
Three businesses currently occupy the Arrow Mini Mall including Eberle Boot and Saddle, which has been in the location for about 30 years. China Garden opened in 2001 and is now reopen for business after having been closed for a few months. Earlier this week Grace and Gratitude Floral opened as a brand new business in town.
One empty office space is currently available and another space is set to be available next year. Raschelle said the country store will be open next year for the Christmas season as well. Call 308-870-1252 for more information and congratulations to the Ross family and the Arrow Mini Mall businesses!