A Business Community of Entrepreneurs

Travelers with business savvy marvel at Lemmon. Though the city has just 1,200 residents and ranches have consolidated in the country, storekeepers and entrepreneurs keep finding new and interesting ways to grow. Carl and Kylee Kimmerle, who arrived from Utah to live on land homesteaded by Kylee’s great-grandfather, started a new butcher shop called LemmonMade. The Kimmerles quickly gained a reputation for beef jerky, breakfast sausage and other specialties. Kate Westphal, who grew up on a nearby ranch, came home to work as an R.N. at the nursing home and then started Romancin’ the Range, a boutique with western fashions and her own handcrafted leather jewelry. Matt Johnson is the new owner of Benny’s, a popular restaurant. He says it’s a challenge to run a steakhouse when many diners are ranchers who raise some of the world’s best beef. “You gotta start with the good stuff,” he laughs. His steak sandwich is actually a delicious sirloin coulotte. Johnson also serves chislic, but not the lamb variety found across East River. He grills cubes of — you guessed it — beef sirloin ball tip.

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