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November 22, 2017

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Sheena and Tom Dotson purchase Leiber Garage

“This purchase adds to our total company business making us a one-stop shop.”

Sheena and Tom Dotson of Tommy’s Tires, expanded their businesses recently by purchasing a long-established Bluffton vehicle repair business, Leiber Garage.

“We want Leiber’s to be part of our family of businesses as we continue to invest in the Bluffton community,” said Tom Dotson. “This purchase adds to our total company business making us a one-stop shop.”



Here's Family True Value Hardware's bargains of the month

Jeff Kantner of Family True Value Hardware, 109 N. Main St., announced his May bargains of the month:

• Verona Sling-back stacking chair, $16.99
• Verona round glass-top bistro table, $19.99
• Hardwood lump charcoal, 20 lb., $11.99
• Weed B Gon, rebate, $9.99
• Neverlink heavy-duty garden hose, 50 feet, $14.99
• Scott’s turf builder, rebate, $16.99|• Miracle Gro, flower food or plant food, rebate, $5.99


R COOP opens this weekend

R COOP opens for the season this weekend, according to Jane Shaw.

The seasonal store, featuring old, new and repurposed decorative items for inside and out, is located two miles north of Bluffton at 2168 Road R, Pandora.

This weekend's hours are Friday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The shop will be open Fridays, 10 to 5 and Saturdays, 10-1 and by appointments.
Check out R Coop on FB for more details.

CLICK HERE to visit its Facebook page.


Zimmerlys sell Common Grounds

New owners will reopen by May 13

Coffee’s on!

Well, very soon.

Bluffton’s coffee shop at the corner of Main and Cherry has new owners. It is closed during a renovation period, but promises a soft re-opening by Saturday, May 13, or sooner.

The new owners are Samantha “Sam” Erter and Jessi and Luke Davis. The three have known each other since their school days in Kenton.

The three are purchasing the coffee shop and building at 101 S. Main St., from previous owners, Phil and Sharon Zimmerly. The Zimmerly’s owned the coffee shop for the past nine years, purchasing it from Whole Bean S Corp.


The Sports Warehouse anniversary celebration Friday-Saturday

Lots of door prizes given away; ribbon cutting Friday at 9:30 a.m.

The Sports Warehouse, 111 N. Main St., will hold a ribbon cutting at 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 5, ito celebrate the store's first anniversary under its owner, Natalie Mueller.

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the ribbon cutting.

During the anniversary celebration store hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Everyone who stops in either of these days can enter to win a door prize," said Mueller.


Pit stop in Ada

Pit stop.  Dan Crawfis, Ottawa, of 5 Star Ag, fillers 'er up at a filling station in Ada. He's spraying wheat fields this time of year and getting the weeds out of corn fields prior to planting.

The John Deere sprayer uses diesel fuel, costing close to $400 for a fill up. 5 Star Ag, of Pandora, sprays about 25,000 acres. (Monty Siekerman photo)


Joanna Gratz is a Trades of Hope partner

A fair-trade certified company

Bluffton resident, Joanna Gratz, is now a partner with Trades of Hope, a mission-based company, as a Compassionate Entrepreneur (CE).

Trades of Hope is a fair-trade certified company that empowers women around the world out of abuse, trafficking, and extreme poverty by creating sustainable business opportunities for them.


New Leaf has your lawn and garden needs

New Leaf Landscape and Garden Center, 0395 State Route 235, north of Ada, has all your needs for spring lawns and gardens.

The center has a large selection of nursery stock, flowering plants, trees and shrubs, perennials, vegetable seeds and plants, garden supplies and mulches and soils.

Hour are:
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday Noon to 4 p.m.


Bluffton, Beaverdam, Ada McDonald's has special offer on tax relief day

Lewis Family McDonald’s is giving people a break on tax day. Participating locations will be offering a special promotion for its guests on Tuesday, April 18. Customers who buy a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with Cheese can get the second for just 18 cents.
“Our customers look forward to our tax day special every year,” said Jerry Lewis, local McDonald’s owner/operator. “This promotion is just another way we offer great value.”


Bluffton's art place

Part 2 of the series on Gallery 323

This is the second part of a two-part series on the reopening of Gallery 323. Selected photos of current art for sale are at the bottom of this story.

Bluffton’s newest downtown retail store offers items shoppers will discover only in Bluffton – art by local artists.

The store, Gallery 323, originally opened ahead of the Christmas season in 2014. The idea for the business was to highlight area artists by providing them with a location to sell their work.