Owner Kim Moffitt wants to see it become a center for the community
By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
Kim Moffitt, Cushing, opened The Hub in Randall Jan. 19. Formerly an antique shop and later storage for a telecommunications business, it is now a community center offering exercise equipment, a tanning bed and Internet access.
“My passion is education consulting,” said the former Colorado resident who has a bachelor’s degree in both social work and psychology, a master’s degree in criminal justice and has her coursework done for her doctor of philosophy degree in sociology.
“I have created a computer area at The Hub to help those who find working with computers intimidating,” she said.
Moffitt said there are many people who need help navigating the application process online, help filling out forms and help submitting class work when attending online schools.
“Some schools assume everyone knows how to orient themselves through an online class,” she said. “Even some traditional classrooms have work that needs to be submitted via the Internet. If the student doesn’t know how to do that, I am here to help.”
Moffitt, who taught online classes for 10 years, has worked with many different learning management systems and said, with her background, she will be able to help others who are having trouble understanding the procedures.
The Hub has two computers for her clients to use, and WiFi for those who have trouble connecting to the Internet at home. The Hub also offers the use of a printer, fax and copier.
“If I hear there is a demand, I will offer computer classes in the future,” she said.
The computer area of The Hub is the first room one encounters when arriving. A few steps into the building brings her clients to the tanning bed area. Again, she is able to assist those who would like to try it, but don’t have any idea what to do.
Just past the tanning room is the exercise area. Moffitt has purchased two elliptical machines, a treadmill, bike, single-stack weight machine and an inversion table for those who like to hang upside down.
“I’ve heard it’s good for relieving headaches,” she said.
Moffitt has made it easy for her clients to have access to the exercise room by adding a key card entry system to the building. That way, members are able to come when they feel the need or when they have the time.
“I named this ‘The Hub’ because I plan it to be a meeting place and a center for the community,” she said. “It is the hub of all I have to offer.”
Moffitt and her husband, Todd, moved to the Cushing area from Colorado in 2010, and they purchased the former Bethany Lutheran Church to remodel and live in.
“We wanted to be closer to family,” she said. Moffitt’s father, Jerry Bottema, recently passed away and her mother, Corky, still lives in Pierz.
While living in Colorado, Moffitt worked with two Colorado colleges, teaching sociology and criminal justice online.
“Now that I live in Minnesota, I am unable to teach through that system of schools,” she said. “But, I still teach for Everest University in Florida and Colorado Technical College in Illinois.”
The Hub is open six days a week, closed on Tuesdays. The hours vary, due to her teaching schedule. Monday’s hours are from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For more information, contact Moffitt at (320) 749-2350.