July 23, 2014


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Town and Country Flowers open house on Saturday

Be certain to visit the open house at Town and Country Flowers, 121 S. Main St., Bluffton, during Saturday's Bluffton Fall Festival.

Connie Kruse of Town and Country said that the shop will have a drawing for a fall silk wreath and will be serving fresh apple cider during the event.


Citizens National Bank customer appreciation day Friday

Citizens National Bank, 102 S. Main St., Bluffton, will hold a customer appreciation day Friday, Sept. 20.

The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It features free pulled pork sandwiches, brats, chips and cookies. Plus, customers may enter to win door prizes including a grill package.



Jeanne's Kitchen expands with morning hours and fresh homemade pastries

Jeanne's Kitchen, 112 Vine St., is now open at 8 a.m. serving coffee and assorted fresh homemade pastries, according to Jeanne Previte, owner.

Samantha Erter of Kenton and a graduate of Columbus Culinary at Bradford School, Columbus, is Jeanne's pastry chef. 


15 years later, The Black Lab Trading Co., an anchor on Main Street

What started as a family adventure in 1998 turned into 15 years of an established business in downtown Bluffton. That family adventure is The Black Lab Trading Co.

Ben Sprunger bought the historic building located 121 N. Main St., that has housed many businesses over the 100-plus years. Some of these businesses include an opera house, general mercantile store, Basinger's Furniture, Jan’s and others. 


Manager's special at Kirtland: 2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS

Jim Kinn announces a new manager's special at Kirtland's Auto Sales, 302 N. Main St. Bluffton.

The vehicles is a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS listed at $13,995. It has only 36,046 miles on it. 

For complete information on this manager's special open the printer-friendly attachment at the bottom of this story.


Christian bookstore opens in former Deer Creek Shoppes

Bluffton’s newest retail shop – Timeless Treasures Christian Books and Gifts – opened Monday at 124 N. Main St.

Owners Jeanne and Ed Conner first opened the business in 1996 in their home at 2794 County Road 313, Bluffton.

Their move to the former Deer Creek Shoppes, fills an empty storefront on Main Street and provides a new retail shop for downtown Bluffton.

The business is a full-service Christian bookstore and offers grave monuments and markers, bereavement gifts and memorial videos for funeral homes and for special occasions, according to Jeanne Conner.


Mustard Seed Cafe has new hours; fall menu starts Sept. 21; will be open for diner in October

This week Mustard Seed Café, 562 N. Main St., Bluffton, announces new hours. During the week the café will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed Tuesdays). On Saturday and Sunday, hours will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, a new fall menu will be offered, including fresh autumn produce, old favorites and the signature house-made baked goods. 

In October Mustard Seed will open for dinner.  Watch for Friday and Saturday evening hours.


Citizens National Bank customer appreciation day Sept. 20

Area residents and businesses are invited to the Customer Appreciation Day celebration on Friday, Sept. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bluffton office located at 102 S. Main St.  Free pulled pork sandwiches, brats, chips and cookies will be served. Attendees may also enter to win a grand prize tailgate package.

The celebration is a way for Citizens National Bank to thank its customers for their contribution to the bank's success.


New owners for The Dough Hook, but it's all in the family

Bluffton’s Main Street meat market, bakery and deli, The Dough Hook, has new owners, but, as they say, “It’s all in the family.”

Sharon and John Calvelage retired at the end of August and the new owners are their daughter and son-in-law, Marlena and Shawn Ballinger. The Calvelages took over the shop in October 2008. 


J. Bankert Bookkeeping can help you stay on top of your paperwork

J. Bankert Bookkeeping, LLC, asks Icon viewers, "Can you keep up with your paperwork?" 

If not, contact Bankert for bookkeeping assistance. Contact Julie Bankert, 419-348-3812 or e-mail julie@jbankertcpb.com