Dan Wehmer - Publisher's Pen

Dan Wehmer

For years, we’ve watched the slow exodus of businesses from the Seymour square.

Most of them are of the mom-and-pop variety, which is the backbone and fabric of a local economy.

This month, we’re watching the opposite occur.

And that’s a good thing.

Three doors down from the Citizen office is a new business in the former home of the Old Hickory Cafe.

About a month ago, Kathy Day sold her building, and the process immediately began for the new tenants to open their doors.

The end result is a joint business venture.

Inside the building are the Broncs & Babes Boutique and Steph’s Cakes & More.

Operators of Broncs & Babes are the sister-in-law duo of Caley and Shelby Inman.

If you want to know more about their product lines, which are quite diverse, visit the Facebook page of the business or simply stop by.

Stephanie Essary operates Steph’s Cakes & More.

Years ago, she had a similar business on the east edge of town in the former Uncle Rooster’s building.

If you need something sweet, it’s the perfect stop.

The business also offers daily lunch specials and a diverse food menu.

The businesses opened Monday.

As I worked at the office Sunday afternoon, I saw the girls had their husbands hanging signs atop the building, preparing for the next day’s opening.

Monday afternoon, I stopped in for lunch.

For only $5.25, Stephanie served me with a turkey-bacon panini, bowl of potato soup, slice of homemade bread and a pickle.

Yes, for $5.25!

Later this month, we’ll have a story on both.

Until then, stop by for yourself.

Both will be open during the festival.

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Sticking with the theme of new business in Seymour’s downtown, the Seymour Tire Shop, a joint venture of Myron Fann and his niece, Kaley Julian, is very close to opening its doors.

I saw Fann at the Rusty Spurs Cafe on Sunday, who said they are about a week out from opening.

New window graphics recently were added.

The front part of the building has been remodeled.

This week, Fann said he expects the final pieces of tire equipment to arrive.

The Seymour Tire Shop is located on North Commercial Street, across from Seymour City Hall and just south of the railroad tracks. The business will offer new and used tires, as well as all types of tire-related services.

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Reading time, two minutes:

• Free home-schoolers.

• During this week’s Seymour Apple Festival, there will be two groups set up outside the Citizen office on the west side of the city square.

The first will be the Sharks’ swim team of the Seymour YMCA, a group led by Scott Hepko. The Sharks are selling Dippin’ Dots, a unique ice-creamy treat that looks like B.B.s and tastes wonderful. Price for the Dippin’ Dots is $3.50, and they come in more than 10 different flavors, Hepko said.

All proceeds will benefit the Sharks. They will be on the north side of our front door.

On the south side of the door will be the Seymour Historical Society, represented by Helen Lamb and Delores Matney, who in my mind are the lifeblood of the organization.

For sale will be the society’s new 2020 calendar, which focuses on historic churches in the Seymour area. Price tag of the calendar is $5.

Other items also will be for sale, including several books, old calendars and a few other things.

The society gals will be in front of the office for all three days of the festival, while the Sharks won’t set up until after school dismisses at noon on Friday. After that, there will be a constant “Shark” presence, peddling their cool treats.

• The festival marks the debut of the new city restrooms on the east side of the square.

Built by Brian Fletcher of Applied Environmental Consulting, the project was started about two months ago and will be completed early Thursday morning.

The project adds eight public toilets to the downtown at a price tag of about $31,500.

For the festival, a couple of portable toilets will be added to the site to ensure plenty of public restrooms.

• If you want to know any of the rules for contests at this week’s three-day festival, be sure to see our 12-page insert inside this newspaper or on our website: www.webstecountycitizen.com at  http://digital.webstercountycitizen.com/AppleFestival

Use the guide as your festival reference.

On the back page is the festival’s schedule of events.

Dan Wehmer is the Citizen’s editor, publisher and owner. He can be reached at 417-935-2257 or via e-mail at citizen@webstercountycitizen.com.

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