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September 28, 2016


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A Bluffton you never knew: Why Lawn Avenue was once called Mill Street

Note: The Icon acquired a manuscript titled “A Brief History of Bluffton’s Industrial Developments.” This publication was prepared by the classes in Marketing and Small Business Administration from Bluffton College, under the director of Dr. Howard Raid. Publication date is May 1959. We’ve updated some current addresses so viewers may identify locations mentioned. The manuscript was given to the Icon by the Ropp Triplett family.

“Uncle Billy” Lewis Brickyard
1840s to 1900


Stratton Greenhouses spring open house this weekend

It's time to get serious about spring flowers and veggies.

Stratton's Greenhouses will hold a spring open house Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1, at the greenhouses located at 9915 Lincoln Highway, Bluffton.

According to Susie and Steve Stratton, "We have an entire line of vegetables, proven winner plants, wave petunias, trees and shrubs for all your landscaping needs."

The open house includes drawings, food and special offers.


Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Co. expanding to Lima

Bluffton-based Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Co. is announcing plans to open a Lima store in the fall of 2016.

The store, co-anchoring a newly-constructed retail plaza at 435 S. Eastown Rd., will be the company’s fifth location overall, and second corporate store alongside the flagship location in downtown Bluffton.

Co-founder and CEO Pete Suter said the newest location is the result of a history of strong ties between the Shirley’s brand and the Lima community.


Shaw features repurposed items at the R Coop

Jane Shaw has opened a new business in a chicken coop behind her home at 2168 Rd R, Bluffton. The R Coop features lawn, garden and floral items for inside and outside. Most are unique items that Shaw has repurposed. 

The seasonal store hours are Thursday 1-7, Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-1.

Shaw and her husband, Steve, owned and operated Deer Creek Antiques, Bluffton.



Jazzercise presents new muscle-pumping dance fitness workout

Jazzercise has introduced a new class format to the mix, that’s packed with muscle carving sets and short, intense cardio bursts, according to Chase Eikenbary, local owner and instructor.

The name of this new circuit-based feel-it-everywhere workout is Flip Fusion. It’s where heavy strength training and short cardio bursts collide in a class that works long after the workout is over. It’s designed to pump up muscle, while keeping a consistently high heart rate to maintain calorie burn for hours.


Bluffton Pediatrics creates digital connection

Have you ever called a medical practice to make an appointment or ask a question, only to find that they have closed for the day? Ever wished you could fill out the paperwork in advance, rather than juggling it and your child in the waiting room?


Citizens National Bank hosts Financial Fair on Friday

Each Citizens National Bank branch will host a Financial Fair on Friday, April 29, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in celebration of Community Banking Month.

This fun educational event will feature information about CNB’s newest products as well as games and prizes. The bank’s tech experts will be on hand to answer questions regarding CNB’s mobile banking products and business banking officers and mortgage lenders will be available to discuss business and home loan needs. Cake will be served.


Bluffton's Ten Thousand Villages invites you to help in an Arbor Day tree planting project

Ten Thousand Villages, fair trade retailer at 115 S. Main St., will participate in a nationwide campaign to plant 10,000 trees in our national forests.

The program, started April 14 and runs through May 1, will invite customers to donate $1 to plant a tree in a national forest through the Arbor Day Foundation.

Ten Thousand Villages in Bluffton hopes customers will partner to plant 150 trees on behalf of our community. Ten Thousand Villages corporate offices based in Akron, Pa., will donate 1,000 trees to kick-off the campaign.


Ribbon cutting recognizes Fortman Insurance on Friday

Fortman Insurance, 115 N. Main St., Bluffton, will hold a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 22. The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce will conduct the ribbon cutting.

The event is in recognition of the company ownership being passed from one generation to the next.


40% off one item when purchased during Town & Country Flowers Cash Mob

Pass it on – Bluffton Cash Mobs are back - on Thursday.
This month's Cash Mob host (Thursday, April 21) is Town and Country Flowers, 121 S. Main St., Bluffton, with cash mob hours from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
During cash mob hours the store will offer 40 percent off one item purchased, according to Connie Kruse.
In addition, anyone attending the Cash Mob may sign up for a $50 shopping spree at the store. 
Town and Country Flowers
121 S. Main St.