Business Growth: I am Topeka

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I Am Topeka: Rich Tarwater, Tarwater Farm & Home Supply

By SHALYN MURPHY Photo by DAVID VINCENT Since opening in 1978, Tarwater Farm & Home Supply has made excellent customer service their first priority. This singular focus has steered the…

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I Am Topeka: Dr. Shekhar Challa, Kansas Medical Clinic

By SHALYN MURPHY Photo by DAVID VINCENT Serial entrepreneur Dr. Shekhar Challa approaches every potential business idea with two essential questions—Is there a need? Does it solve a problem? These…

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I Am Topeka: Marne & Eric Craver, Happy Basset Brewing Co.

By SHALYN MURPHY Photo by DAVID VINCENT When Eric Craver started brewing his own craft beer at age 19, little did he realize that he was actually brewin a future…

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I AM TOPEKA Profiles

TK shares the stories of people who understand the importance of embracing the place where you live and work. Michel’ Cole, Westar John Levin, Lindyspring Systems Caleb Asher, Sprout Communications…

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I AM TOPEKA: From the Publisher

IT ALL STARTED for me at a lunch. You know those lunches—you go, you listen, you eat chicken—but this one I knew was going to be a bit more fun…

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I AM TOPEKA: Michel’ Cole, Westar Energey

By SHALYN MURPHY Photos by JD MELTON “Always leave the campground cleaner than you found it.” The Boy Scout’s No. 1 rule is an unexpected mantra for Westar Energy’s vice…

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I AM TOPEKA: John Levin, Lindyspring Systems

By SHALYN MURPHY Photos by JD MELTON In 1957, 19-year-old John Levin was running the Standard Oil service station at 29th and Topeka Boulevard, and although John sold the most…

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I AM TOPEKA: Caleb Asher, Sprout Communications

By SHALYN MURPHY Photos by JD MELTON After living and working in Topeka for more than 10 years, an exciting job opportunity in Austin, Texas, caused Caleb Asher and his…