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An Ada business since 1986, Carol Slane Florist is Business of the Year

By Paula Scott

At the recent annual luncheon hosted by the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, Business of the Year honors were awarded to Carol Slane Florist. The shop has served customers in Ada since 1986, when Carol Slane came to the village at the encouragement of customers at her home-based business. Her daughter Shannan Brown now runs the business in the big white house at 410 S Main St.

Brown’s parents, husband and staff members Sandy Turner and Paula Braun were at the luncheon at the Inn at Ohio Northern University. The Icon asked Brown for a history of the shop and learned that Carol Slane opened the shop “ the week before Valentine's Day, which wasn't her wisest move–but it ended up being a good move. She hit the ground running and never looked back.”

Later that year, when Carol said she needed a new bookkeeper, Shannan said she could help “temporarily.” At the time, she was about to graduate from high school. After going to college for a while, she decided that the flower shop was where she wanted to be: “I love the people–we've got the greatest customers. I enjoy the flowers and the creative aspect of it.”


Marketing your freezer beef 

By Kate Hornyak
OSU Extension-Delaware County with Mark  Badertscher, OSU Extension-Hardin County

HARDIN COUNTY– Are you raising what your freezer beef customers want? 

Global supply chain issues, high input costs, and disquiet concern of inflation are all taking a toll  on our livestock producers’ return on investments. Meanwhile, direct marketing beef continues to rise, allowing the “farm to table” theory to become more profitable per head.

Bluffton Farmers Market invites vendors to April 3 organizational meeting

The Bluffton Farmers Market is excited to announce the upcoming vendors meeting, which will take place at 7:00 p.m. on April 3 on the third floor of the Bluffton Town Hall. The meeting is open to all interested vendors.

2022 Ohio honey production report

Ohio honey production for 2022 totaled 1.25 million pounds, up 22 percent from 2021. This estimate included honey from producers with 5 or more colonies.

Yields from Ohio’s 19,000 honey producing colonies averaged 66 pounds in 2022, up 2 pounds from the previous year. Ohio honey price averaged $3.48 per pound, down 16 cents per pound from last year. Value  of production totaled $4.36 million, up 17 percent from 2021. Honey stocks totaled 464 thousand pounds, up 19 percent from 2021. 

2023 Ada chamber honors Carol Slane Florist, Wynn Hauenstein and Hays Insurance

On Wednesday, March 15, the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce hosted members at its annual luncheon at the Inn at Ohio Northern University. The event included a state of the chamber update, three awards including the Business of the Year and a benefit plan presentation by SOCA (Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance).

GROB apprenticeship tours wrap up on March 11

GROB, a European manufacturer of high-quality production systems and universal machining centers that is located in Bluffton, has one more apprenticeship tour left before applications close on April 2.

The tour is from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 11. 

This event features a presentation about the program, Q&A with training staff and a facility tour led by current apprentices. Registration is required as spots are limited.

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Apply for the apprenticeship program at