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December 7, 2019

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14 new member in 12 months

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce continues growth

During the last 12 months, the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) has welcomed 14 new members.

 “Great networking and communication opportunities are our number one attraction and, in turn, our members provide fantastic support for our events and programs,” said Paula Scott, Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce CEO. 

“And while the majority of our members are based in Bluffton, we have very active members from other communities including Arlington, Findlay, Lima, Ottawa and Pandora.”


Downtown Bluffton Christmas open house weekend

Lots of reasons to come downtown and shop local

Check out the flyer listing sales items at bottom of this story -
Bluffton Downtown Merchants invite Icon viewers to a downtown Christmas open house Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 2.

Each participating business has an assortment of specials and discount items.

See the flyer in the attachments at the bottom of this story for specific sale events. The flyer was mailed to postal patrons in the Bluffton area this week.


New music program at Mercy Health - St. Rita's

Music therapy has been recognized as an effective form of reducing anxiety and stress. For example, many studies have supported the findings of listening to music prior to a surgery because it reduces the need for using sedative medication.

Now, musicians from the community can help provide comfort and healing to patients and all those who enter the doors of Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center. It is all thanks to a donation from St. Rita’s Volunteer/Auxiliary Resources; a baby grand piano now resides in the lobby of the facility.


Major development plans for Ada industrial park

Distillery, bar and restaurant and hemp greenhouse

FROM ADA ICON - Two 1992 Ada High School classmates, Troy Erickson and Billy Watterson, using the name Ada Boyz Holdings, LLC, intend to develop a distillery with a bar and restaurant and a greenhouse for growing hemp on a site in the Ada industrial park, bordering State Route 81.

The intended land purchase required action in two special Ada meetings. First, Ada council, passed an ordinance on Oct. 17, transferring the property to the Ada Community Improvement Corp. (CIC). Next, CIC on Oct. 23 passed a motion entering a real estate agreement with Ada Boyz Holdings, LLC.


Citizens National Bank offers 2020 economic forecast events

Citizens National Bank will host a series of free seminars featuring Robert J. Morgan, Senior Consultant with Austin Associates, LLC.

Local business owners are invited to hear Morgan present his economic forecast for 2020. He will discuss current market conditions and what he expects to see in regards to unemployment, housing and the challenges facing business owners in the upcoming year.


Village Cut 'N Curl now has three partners

Lynda Best, Lori Steffen and Janis Badertscher

Village Cut ‘N Curl, 212 Cherry St., Bluffton, now has three owners, according to Lynda Best.

The three are Best, Lori Steffen and Janis Badertscher. Lynda worked with Janis and Lori’s salon at Hair Quarters for three months following the May 2 flood, which closed Cut 'N Curl for remodeling.

According to Lynda, after working so well during that period, the three decided to become partners at the newly remodeled Village Cut 'N Curl.

A grand reopening is set for 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3. Ron and Sue Epp of Bluffton own the building.