Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

Article Contributed by Julia Eppehimer “The beauty of being a bookseller is that you don’t have to be a literary critic; all you have to do to books is enjoy them.” So said Christopher Morley in his work, “The Haunted Bookshop,” a piece that inspired Off the Beaten Path Bookstore owner Holly Richardson to open […]

Farmer Brown’s Beef and Moooore

Article Contributed by Julia Eppehimer In New York City, hot dog stands grace every corner. In Miami, vendors stand on sidewalks and call out their wares. And in Lakewood, NY Farmer Brown’s Beef and Moooore provides a fun eating venue for locals. “We’ve been in different places and seen food stands,” Jeremy Hirliman explained. “We […]

The Art Loft

Article Contributed by Julia Eppehimer When a 100-year-old lumber mill goes up for sale, it’s time to buy it; even with no idea what to do with it. “We knew we could do something, but we didn’t know exactly what,” Art Loft owner Warren Beyer said. “I knew when we moved in, I thought, we […]

Vinewood Acres Sugar Shack

Article Contributed by Julia Eppehimer “Every human being should do everything they can in the sphere of their influence to help humanity.” That’s the motto that Sugar Shack owner Gail Black lives by. And it’s because her friends lived by it too, that the Sugar Shack was opened 23 years ago. Guarded by fields of […]

Shutt’s Saw & Mower

Article Contributed by Julia Eppehimer Most people enjoy going to work to get away from the family. Dan Schutt goes to work with his family. “It’s pretty cool, I’ve worked my whole life with my dad,” Dan said. “And now my son’s here, I’m going to work my whole life with my son.” He’s also […]

Troyer Farms

Article Contributed by Julia Eppehimer With the picturesque pond and rolling hills that surround the 5-bay greenhouse full of flowers, it’s easy to forget all the hard work that goes into Troyer’s Greenhouse. For the past 15 years, Luke and Tina Troyer have poured their time and energy into the business, which has grown vastly […]

Abres Acres

Article Contributed by Julia Eppehimer “I grew up on a dairy farm,” Susan Abers, co-owner of Abers Acres said. She met her husband when they were both in a 4-H Club and both brought a cow of the same name to the fair. “We thought we were going to be dairy farmers,” she said. Well, […]

ACME the Appliance Store

Article Contributed by Julia Eppehimer In 1958 Acme The Appliance Store opened its doors. For more than 50 years the store on E. 2nd St. has been an area resource for appliances and repairs. In 2010, Dan and Beth Hocking took over ownership of the business and have worked to expand on the products and […]

Girton’s Flowers and Gifts

“We don’t sell flowers, we sell emotion,” Susan Carlson, owner of Girton’s Flowers and Gifts says. She sits surrounded by flowers and decorations, sunlight pouring through the large windows in the front of the shop. “They’ve done studies that show just having flowers in your office makes people happy,” Susan says. She does her best […]

ROBO Enterprises

Contributing Writer Katrina Fuller Laughter and joy abound on this happiest occasion; a crowd of people gather outside the building and bustle out from inside, arms loaded with prizes, hot dogs and more. A large banner drapes against the wall, bathed in sunlight. “Happy 50th Anniversary ROBO!” it proclaims, celebrating a well-earned milestone in ROBO Enterprises […]