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February 6, 2016

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Alice Essinger's Fresh Modern Fabric open house Saturday

Alice Essinger couldn’t find out-of-print fabric she needed for several quilting projects, so she started her own business.

The story of her Bluffton-based business, Fresh Modern Fabric, is more complicated than that, but it’s close.

Essinger operates an Etsy-based fabric business above the Bluffton Karate Center. The shop’s address is 103 ½ Vine St.


Can I have S'more?

Like S'mores? Then you'll love Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn flavor of the month. 

As Peter Suter says, "Hang out by the campfire with our S'mores popcorn."


Brendon Matthews named senior lender at First National

Brendon Matthews was promoted to senior lender at First National Bank, according to Todd Mason, of the bank.

Since joining First National Bank in 2006, Matthews has held various positions including loan officer and sales director. In his new role he will manage the loan department and credit function for the bank and will continue to service his small business customers.

Prior to First National Bank, he worked in several roles at Madison Community Bank, Anderson, Ind.


Amish cider, Amish candy and Buckeyes now available at Springfield Fireworks Gift Shop

Springfield Fireworks Gift Shop, 490 State Route 103, Bluffton, now offers Amish cider, Amish candy and Buckeyes, according to John Beagle.

The shop continues to also offer homemade fudge, Minnetonka moccasins, Durango boots and sterling silver jewelry, in addition to an assortment of other items.

Springfield Fireworks Gift Shop
490 SR 103

Open daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.



JJ's Touch of Sun Tanning - $60 unlimited spray tan all month

JJ's Touch of Sun Tanning, 324 N. Main St., Bluffton, is offering unlimited spray tanning for only $60 during October.

Call 419-358-9155 to take advantage of this special offer.

This offer expires on Oct. 31.


Fresh food box from The Dough Hook

Order your fresh food box today from The Dough Hook, 117 N. Main St., Bluffton.

Marlena Ballinger says that the $18 box includes a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables. Contact her at 419-369-4264 for details.



Community Health Professionals awarded accreditation

Community Health Accreditation Partner, Inc., (CHAP) has awarded accreditation under its standards of excellence to Community Health Professionals, Inc. for home health, hospice and private duty services.

By achieving CHAP Accreditation, Community Health Professionals has also been deemed to meet the Medicare Conditions of Participation and is certified as a Medicare provider. CHAP Accreditation demonstrates that the local nonprofit agency meets the industry’s highest nationally recognized standards.


Southgate Lanes cash mob offers $1 bowling Oct. 15

Southgate Lanes, 9700 N. Dixie Highway, Bluffton, will host the final Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce cash for of 2015.

The event is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15.

Derek Dukes said that the cash mob will include $1 games and happy hour prices.

In addition everyone who visits the bowling alley during the cash mob can enter for a $50 shopping spree at Southgate, or receive $50 worth of bowling.

The Bluffton chamber's cash mobs highlight a different member each month. The program is part of the chamber's effort to encourage shopping locally.


Gary Augburger says, "Snowblower season is coming. Be ready."

Gary Augsburger of Gary's Repair reminds Icon viewers that winter is coming.

Gary's Repair has several different snowblowers on sale now. 

Gary's Repair
2667 Road P
Pandora, OH 45877


Fall planting sale underway at New Leaf

New Leaf Landscape and Garden Center, 0395 State Route 235, Ada, has a fall planting sale underway.

(Check the ad at the bottom of this story for complete details.)

The sale includes:
• 25 to 50 percent off all potted shade and flowering trees
• 25 to 50 percent off specially-marked flowering shrubs, evergreens and perennials
• 10 percent off spring blooming bulbs
• 50 percent off fruit plants

New Leaf also has a large selection of fall decorating supplies and fall planting supplies.