Black Hills Fox Business: The OWN & Himalayan Kitchen

This week we talked to a business owner who is giving women a sense of "freedom through connection" and a platform with her creative space.

The vision for Sam Schmeltzer's business came to life in 2014 after she as a business owner was in search for part time space, something that was affordable and a place where she could hold meetings outside her home.

Schmeltzer, CEO & Founder of The Own, says "As I started kind of looking around, their was other women like me in Rapid and in the Black Hills Area that needed space and that needed just kind of that community of people that knew what entrepreneurial lifestyle was like. So I always say that people come for a need, they have a need to fill but then they stay for the community."

The OWN offers a common space available to rent for $50 per month as well as a conference room available for $10 per hour. There you have other people to bounce ideas off of, a peaceful place to work, and access to tools and administrative services available month to month --- all of which you can cancel at any time for flexibility sake. Schmeltzer says although health and wellness are popular clientele in women's entrepreneurship, she sees all types of services come through the space.

"I always say that people come for a need. They have a need that they are looking to fill but then they stay for the community," she said.

The OWN is located on the second floor above Murphy's Pub and Grill downtown and if you're in need of a space to do your work, you can visit their website at

... and another owner has brought the taste of his own culture to the area.

The "Coming Soon" sign has come down at Himalayan Kitchen on Mount Rushmore Road. Nurbu Sherpa of Nepal has been in Rapid City for nearly 8 years now and decided to open up a larger restaurant than he had before.

Sherpa says, "as our population is growing and as the people are liking our food, I wanted to get a larger space, larger dining experience."

Along with his brother Milan who serves as a chef whipping up cuisine from back home, Sherpa says the Himalayan Kitchen's goal is to provide a dining experience similar to India's. The response has been good so far and they are happy to leave customers with a good taste.

"It's fantastic, I've heard so many good thing about it and I wanted to come here and check it out and I'm really glad I did," said one customer.

Himalayan kitchen does carry out and deliveries. They're open for lunch 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week.