Couple having a ‘blast’ with new business, home in Munden
They came to Munden banking on a simpler life.
What Shari and Doug Cornelson found in the former Munden State Bank building was space for a home, space for workshops, space for a new retail business aptly named Blasted Moments,
and space to enjoy their 11 grandchildren. “We wanted simple living,” said Shari. The couple previously lived in McPherson while they cared for her parents. “We had a huge house, with a huge yard, and the roar of the traffic never stopped.”
Today the Cornelsons can open the door to their home, open the door to their business, sit on the front sidewalk, and enjoy downtown Munden.
They share the business district with an insurance agency, beauty shop, ProHoe manufacturing business, and new Munden Community Center.
“It’s unique for us to live here,” says. Doug. “Our grandson from Denver visited and said ‘you can see the stars’.”
Glass etching, plasma cutting
While living in McPherson, Shari laughs that her husband kept coming home with unusual equipment.
“‘You’ll see,’ he told me. Little did I know he was bringing it home for me.” Doug saw Shari’s love of crafting, and urged her to try glass etching, using a sandblasting technique.
He drew on the skills of his former job, and bought a plasma cutter and built a powder coating booth to tint his metal creations.
Today their home and workshops and business all occupy different parts of a Munden business block: the former Munden State Bank, built in 1926, has been remodeled into their home. Three old bank vaults were converted into a pantry and closets. Some remodeling was limited to the rooms separated by 18” thick walls. The front of what was once a mechanic’s garage and gas station is their retail shop, open Wednesday through Saturday. The back of the garage is Shari’s workshop; another building has been claimed by Doug.
The couple creates some original items for sale; they also do custom jobs. Their merchandise ranges from handmade wall hangings to a porch swing made out of an old Ferris wheel.
Some of Doug’s metalwork pieces are flat; others are three-dimensional, like a trophy he recently created for a sporting event. Once the metal is cut, pieces are sandblasted for smoothness,
and then many are finished with a powder coat.
“We’ll try anything,” Doug says.
Blasted Moments is located at 101 North Main, Munden, Kans., 785-987- 5028, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Blasted-Moments-381873665283133/