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First National Bank offers Social Security workshop Nov. 4

Do you go into a frenzy when you think about retirement?
Do I have enough money to retire?
Will Social Security be available?
When should I collect Social Security?

First National Bank and First National Financial Services will hold a Social Security workshop Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Findlay Inn and Conference Center located at 200 E. Main Cross Street in Findlay.


Main Street Mexican restaurant will reopen under new ownership

The former Tu Pubelo Mexican Restaurant has a new owner.

Don Jose Mexican Restaurant will reopen in the 142 N. Main St., location in late October, according to Rafael Arciga of Lima, the new owner.

Arciga grew up in California in a family that operated five Mexican restaurants. He said that he is very excited about opening the restaurant in Bluffton. He and his wife, Venecia, will operate it.

“We will offer an authentic Mexican menu,” he said. “We will also be open for breakfasts and we will offer delivery services.”


Ideal Images joins Childers Media Group, Lima

Ideal Images, specializing in promotional products, signs, custom apparel, embroidery, screen printing, and graphic design has now joined with Childers Media Group of Lima. 

The business began its roots in 2011 in Bluffton providing custom embroidery, team and corporate apparel and t-shirts. 

Ideal Images is still committed to its original patrons in Bluffton and maintains a meeting and pick up/drop off location at the Black Lab Trading Co., 121 N. Main St.


Part 3 - A Bluffton you never knew - Bluffton Turned Goods Co.


The Bluffton Turned Goods was established sometime around 1875 along the line of the Nickel Plate Railroad with a switch-track leading into the works. (This was directly east of the railroad on East College Avenue.)

This building was the same one used by the Bluffton Cement Block Company later. Two very active men who shouldered the responsibility of this business were Cal Balmer born in Allen County, and A. B. Swinehart.


Former Owlsburg bar will become a family restaurant - corner of 235 and Old 30

By Monty Siekerman

FROM THE ADA ICON - Owlsburg - once a school,  a church, a tractor dealership, and most recently a bar - gets a new lease on life as a family restaurant.

New owner David "Rico" Rodriguez plans to open Cherico's Restaurant at the corner of State Route 235 and Old Route 30. Target date for opening is November.

A major renovation is underway on the structure, probably 150 years old, with efforts to save some of the past handiwork such as the yellow pine floor and the stamped tile ceiling made of tin.


Friday open house for Bluffon office of Wessler Engineering

Concerning his work as a project engineer Ryan Brauen says he likes to look at the big picture.

In his case, that picture includes lots of water.

Wessler Engineering will host an open house from 2 to 5 p.m., Friday. The event is open to the public. A Bluffton chamber ribbon cutting takes place at 5 p.m.

Earlier this year Bluffton native Brauen returned home to open an office of Wessler Engineering in the rear  (Suite D) of the former Bluffton News building, 103 N. Main St.


Bluffton businesses show university students their products and services

Nearly 20 Bluffton businesses will introduce themselves to Bluffton University students during a Sept. 17 university business showcase.

The annual fall event, sponsored by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, is a way to give businesses a chance to display their services and products to university students.

The showcase takes place in Marbeck Center, the student dining area, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Each participating business has a table and offers students lots of give-aways in addition to showing its services and products.


30% off entire store; 60% off clearance items at Thursday's Ten Thousand Villages cash mob

Ten Thousand Villages, 115 N. Main St., hosts the Thursday, Sept. 17, Bluffton downtown cash mob.

Watch for the "Cash Mob" banner hanging in front of the store as a reminder.

According to Aphaphanh Nussbaum, store manager, the cash mob features 60% off clearance items and 30% off the entire store including coffee, tea, chocolate and dried fruit. Hours are 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

In addition, all visitors to the store during cash mob hours may register for a $50 shopping spree.


Rock the tan party at Polished on Wednesday - $1 tans from 7-11 p.m.

Polished Nail and Body Salon, 415 N. Main St., will hold a "Rock the Tan!" party from 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, according to Joan Frederick.

During the special hours you can stop in and tan for only $1. In addition, you may enter to win one month tanning, Mystic tans and lotions.

For more details call Joan at 419-358-0001.



Touch of Sun on North Main reopens with new owners

A Van Wert couple has purchased the Touch of Sun Tanning, 324 N. Main St., and it is now open for business.

Christopher and JJ Joseph are the new owners and the business is renamed JJ’s Touch of Sun Tanning. Joy Duden is the manager of the store.

JJ’s Touch of Sun Tanning offers Level I and Level II tanning beds. In addition, a stand-up tanning bed will be added soon. In addition to tanning, the business carries a lotion bar and offers Hempz and Australian Gold products.