Mark Pieper offers a little bit of everything
By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
The business on the corner of County Road 20 and Highway 10, or 28329 Azure Road, Cushing, has reopened and it brings to the community a little bit of everything.
While still a work in progress, Hilltop Sports Center has been open since May 1. Owner Mark Pieper has lots of ideas and he will be adding them as the store grows.
Pieper came to the Cushing area in about 1980, to do road work in the Enchanted Lakes area.
“I loved it here. I stayed,” he said.
When Pieper purchased the corner in question, it already had a bait store on the premises. He rented the business to others for about six years. That business recently moved to another location and, with little remodeling, Pieper opened Hilltop Sports Center.
“I am offering general store items to the lakes area,” he said. “I wanted to open a hardware store, but felt I needed a larger building to do it right.”
Pieper is selling a small line of hardware items such as tools and painting supplies (no paint), nails and screws, saw blades and tape and more.
In one section of his general store, Pieper has bait and tackle. His future remodeling plans include moving the bait tanks to give him more room for shelves and an expanded inventory.
In another section of the building, he sells household items such as cleaning supplies, picnic and barbecue needs, bird seed and grass seed. Fertilizer, lawn tools and hoses are also available.
Pieper also offers auto, boat and trailer supplies, along with electrical and plumbing materials.
For the boaters, he offers sunglasses, bug repellent and suntan lotion.
For the weekenders who forgot items, he has toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, shampoo and soaps.
Pieper didn’t forget the dogs and cats for he has stocked food for them, too.
For those who need a larger tool for that big job, Pieper will be renting log splitters, jack hammers, carpet cleaners, power washers, air compressors, dollies, augers, ladders and more.
“I would love to add a bit of lumber to my inventory, too,” he said. “That way, if someone cuts a piece of wood wrong, they won’t have to go all the way into town to pick up another.”
Pieper has not abandoned his Hilltop Landscaping business, which he opened in 1980. He specializes in rock work, stairs, trees and shrubs. He will install a patio, sod a yard or erect a retaining wall.
With lots of space at Hilltop Sports Center, he will continue to store boats on site, shrink wrapping them for protection. Pieper also installs lifts and docks in the spring and removes them before winter.
There is still more space and he is currently creating a mini putt putt golf course. He will be landscaping it with various ideas from his landscaping business to give people ideas for their own yards and showing off what he can create.
For more information, contact Hilltop Sports Center at (320) 749-2055.