New reasons to visit Lennox: Country music, archery and a new diner

This paid piece is sponsored by the Lincoln County Economic Development Association.

Main Street in Lennox is starting to look at lot different.

The community of more than 2,100 has added multiple new businesses recently, from a Sunshine Foods and Ace Hardware to local one-of-a-kind attractions.

South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame

The South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame chose Lennox as its permanent home in 2015.

“We picked Lennox because it’s a rural community and we wanted to keep with our roots, which was classic country,” board chair Wini Iverson said.

The space is filled with memorabilia and tributes to the more than 120 South Dakotans who have been inducted for their contributions to country music.

“And we’ve got a lot we still have to put up yet,” Iverson said. “We’ve got totes and totes of memorabilia in the basement.”

There are free monthly concerts and the museum donates instruments to area schools.

Tours also are free but by appointment only for now. Call 605-310-2441.

Archery Shak

Mark and Melinda Franklin opened Archery Shak on Main Street in Lennox in April after running a similar business in Minnesota.

He competes in the sport. She drives a school bus in Lennox and liked the idea of having something else for kids to do.

“It’s going really well,” Melinda Franklin said. “We’ve had a lot of impact on a lot of people in town I didn’t even realize were into archery that much. They’ve just been coming through the doors.”

A membership grants 24-hour access. Equipment also can be rented, which includes an introductory lesson. Their plan is to eventually have 22 lanes accommodating 44 people as well as a retail area.

“A lot of people like it because if they work at night and want to unwind they can come in and shoot,” Franklin said.

While members can use the space any time, the owners are there Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday from 12 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Bum Steer

Brothers Kevin and John Trierweiler are giving Lennox a new place to eat.

They opened The Bum Steer in July.

“You’re going to find good homemade food,” Kevin Trierweiler said.

The menu includes diner classics like burgers and chicken strips, breakfast and an ice cream menu featuring malts.

“The goal is to turn it into a 50s-style restaurant, a classic diner,” Trierweiler said, adding there are plans to remodel and change some décor.

“We wanted to be able to support the community so they would support us,” he said.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

New reasons to visit Lennox: Country music, archery and a new diner

Main Street in Lennox is starting to look at lot different.

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