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Shirley's expanding with fourth store - this one in Findlay

Fresh off its recent announcement of two franchise locations in the Toledo and Columbus areas, Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Company announced that its fourth Ohio store will open in Findlay this fall.

Franchisees Jennifer and Jason Swartzlander, of Bluffton, will own and operate a store in the Interstate Plaza, just off of I-75 on Trenton Avenue in Findlay. They say their deep connections to the community, belief in the Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn concept, and an ideal location made them confident in joining the Shirley’s family of franchisees.


Firecracker Friday cookout at First National Bank

First National Bank celebrates July 4th one day early with its annual Firecracker Friday Cookout (on July 3). The cookout includes hot dogs, chips, drinks and more.

Open to the public, the cookout is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the bank parking lot, 112 Cherry St., Bluffton.



Bluffton Farmers' Market vendor Anita Willow has a pie for you

500 pies a year.

That’s only an estimate of the number of pies Anita Willow, Bluffton Farmers’ Market vendor, bakes in a year. 

This is the 10th season as a Bluffton Farmers’ Market vendor for Willow of Arlington. 


What pie flavors might customers find - as these are in season or on a typical Saturday – at the market?

Here’s a sample list:


"Beat the Heat" sale underway at Stratton Greenhouses

Stratton's Greenhouses, 9915 Lincoln Highway, Bluffton, have a "Beat the Heat Sale," underway.

Susie Stratton asks: "Is your garden under water? Freshen things up with these specials."
• 10-inch hanging baskets - $10
• 12-inch hanging baskets - $15
• Burpee vegetables 4-inch and 6-inch pots (buy one, get one free)
• 209 carriers of Wave petunias - $6

Greenhouse hours:
Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


25% off coupon attached for new coral reef art from Ten Thousand Villages

Corl reef cut metal art and new fairly traded handcrafted ocean-inspired design are now featured at Ten Thousand Villages, 115 S. Main St., Bluffton, according to Aphaphanh Nussbaum, manager.

Receive 25 percent off one item when you present the coupon with purchase, which is a printer-friendly printout attachment below this story.

The coupon expires June 30, 2015.


Spectrum Salon first anniversary open house Wednesday

Spectrum Salon, 442 N. Main St., Bluffton, celebrates its first anniversary in business with an open house on Wednesday, June 10, according to Mandy Kinn, owner.

Click here for story announcing the shop's opening in 2014.

"We want to thank all our customers for their suppport in the past year," said Kinn. "The Wednesday open house offers snacks, drawings for prizes and an opportunity for everyone to see what we offer."


New Leaf has lots of Father's Day gift ideas

New Leaf Garden Center, 0395 State Route 235 Ada, has some great gardening gifts for 'Green Thumb Dads' on Father's Day.

These range from gift certificates to fruit trees, garden tools, berry plants, OSU and Michigan items, bird houses, bird baths and feeders, to trees, shrubs and rose bushes.

In addition New Leaf has a large selection of gardening supplies.

Open the attachment at the bottom of this story for more details.
New Leaf


There's a new item on the Common Grounds menu and no two are alike

The new phrase at Common Grounds is “break an egg.”

Actually two eggs.

This month the Main Street coffee shop added omelets to its breakfast fare. These are on the menu every Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings until 11 a.m., according to Phil Zimmerly, owner.

“You can create your own omelet,” said Zimmerly. He explained that customers have lots of choices.

For example: customers may choose any three of the following items for the custom-made omelet:
• Spinach, green peppers, red peppers, red onions, cheddar cheese or feta cheese.


Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn Co. announces two franchises

Westerville store to open in fall of 2015;
Maumee location transferred to local couple

Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Company is expanding to the Columbus area this fall, and is adding two area couples as its first franchisees.


The Dough Hook grilling for lunch on Wednesdays

The Dough Hook is grilling for lunch!

Marlena Ballinger of The Dough Hook, 117 N. Main St., Bluffton, said that the downtown meat market will grill for lunch on Wednesdays this summer.

The first grill is on Wednesday, June 3.

The menu includes:
• Hamburgers
• Cheeseburgers
• Brats
• Various salads and cold drinks.