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Editor................................... Amy M. Orr Contributors..............Sylvia Marbach Ashley Olson Amy Schlichter

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Tara Steffen Holly Wuebker Advertising.............. Raelene Hirschy Sharon Roberts

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SNAPPING FAMILY

PORTRAITS & FRAMING NATURE’S ART Article by Sylvia Marbach Photos by Tara Steffen

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rom a young age, Tara Steffen was fascinated with art and photography. “I got my first camera when I was seven or eight,” she remembers, “and it was a Holly Hobby camera.”

“He taught me all about light and shadowing, and how to draw. And, that was the basics for photography.

Tara lived in Berne as a child and attended South Adams until she was 14. “I always liked art. I loved Mr. (Ted) Schwartz; he was my favorite teacher.

Tara’s next encounter with a camera was years later after her first son was born. When that camera broke, Tara was crushed because she’d lost a number of baby pictures.

“I really enjoyed learning from him. I miss him a lot.”

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“My husband felt so bad, he went out and bought me a new camera, right then and there. I’ve had a camera ever since.” The skills that Tara now uses in her own photography business have been self-taught. She explains, “I read a lot on the Internet. I watch YouTube tutorials a lot – they’re very beneficial. “I also see what other people do, as far as their photography. I think, How did they do

that? How did they get that color? How did they get that light? “Then, I start researching it to figure out how to do the same thing.” Tara has also learned a lot from “trial and error.” She explains, “If I took a bad picture, I learned from it for future attempts. Maybe I needed to set the camera on a tripod so it wouldn’t shake – just little things I kept learning and teaching myself.

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Tara has picked up tricks of the trade from other photographers. “There were photographers out there that I really admired. I knew they knew how to take pictures. Their photography is excellent, and that’s why I started to watch and see how they were doings things. “And, expertise is really what you gain,” Tara continues. “I don’t want to be just like them, but I want my level of photography to be where theirs is.” It wasn’t necessarily Tara’s intent, at first, to become a photographer. She was already employed and otherwise very busy – as the mother of six. “Other people really pushed me into it,” she says. “I was taking pictures of my own kids and putting them on my blog. I was just starting to get into Facebook.” Friends noticed Tara’s photos and asked if she would take photos of their kids. Tara began photographing for friends and family. Her earlier learning, combined with experience, has allowed her to flourish as a photographer. “I can hardly look at the old pictures now,” she admits, “because you just grow so much over the years. You learn more, get more experience, and you just get better and better.” Quality isn’t only about technique. Tara has also made improvements in her equipment. “I actually started with a Kodak EASYSHARE camera. It took really good pictures outside, but as I started taking more and more pictures, I knew I was going to have to get something better.”

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Tara’s next camera was an improvement but still performed poorly in low light. “So, I went with the Canon 5D,” she says. “I was so excited because I found it at a discount. After I got it, I went to put my lenses on it, but most of them didn’t fit. I was floored.

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“But, in the end, I found I had two lenses that worked. They were prime lenses. Now that’s all I own – prime lenses. With these, the focus is so sharp that, even if it’s a distance picture, you can still zoom in well enough that you can crop it way down and get a very, very nice picture.” Over time, Tara saw an exponential increase in the success of her business, which she dubbed Tara Steffen Fotos – she chose the foreign spelling of “photo” in honor of a Nicaraguan child she sponsors. Tara realized there would be some real benefits to pursuing photography full-time. “My goal was to just do photography, to forget working outside our home. It was a nice little income, and it got me outside of the house; but now, I see enough people on a daily or weekly basis. I don’t feel like I need to get out of the house anymore. “It’s nice to be independent, and to be home for the kids. I want to be there for them, and I want to take pictures of them.” Two of Tara’s six boys are students at South Adams. The other four have finished high school, and two of these are now married. Tara says she’s noticed a few changes in herself since she began picking up the camera as an entrepreneur. “If you’re a photographer,” she explains,

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Tara doesn’t claim to have a specialty. Rather, she says, “I love shooting everything and anyone. I cover weddings, seniors, babies, and families.” Tara has done some commercial photography, too, and sells prints of nature close-ups and scenic landscapes. Although Tara’s business is growing, her ambitions are still pretty small. “You always want to have more clients, or someday, get a new, nicer camera, but I feel like I’ve done so much already in my life. My life is so full, and it’s so blessed that I could just be happy being done right now, and everything would be good. “I don’t focus on the future too much. Everyday, you do what you need to do that day, and you try to do it a little bit better. That’s how I look at life, in general.”

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or Roger Locker, of Portland, Indiana, the gift business is something that he grew to love and has been working on for many years. What started out as a side business housed in a barn has flourished into a fulltime gift shop that employs two friends, in addition to Roger and his wife Angie. Several years ago, Roger was selling cleaning equipment for a family-owned

company just east of Indianapolis. The business was struggling, and after Roger had worked there for seventeen years, all non-family employees were suddenly let go. Roger saw this as an opportunity to focus on growing his part-time gift business. So, he began working more at the shop and also attended antique shows and craft fairs around Indiana. He would travel to

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Indianapolis to set up a tent for a show, or visit an arts and crafts mall, in order to promote his business and sell his inventory. As with most companies, there were peaks and valleys. Roger found his business picked up significantly around the holidays. He noticed a steady increase in traffic around Christmas, Valentine’s

Day, and Mother’s Day, and he realized he could do more to build his company. In 2005, Roger moved the business to its current location at 204 West Votaw Street in Portland – his beloved hometown. He was a 1969 graduate of Jay County High School. After relocating the shop, known as Locker’s Touch of Country Gifts, to a


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Roger purchased a storage barn and placed it next door to the facility to house more stock. “It makes it convenient to just walk around the corner,” he says. Angie, a recently retired French teacher of 36 years, assists Roger in the shop and “acts as his support system.” For the Lockers, who celebrated their second wedding anniversary in September, the unique gift shop is not just about inviting others to stop by and purchase gifts for loved ones. It’s about the experience and the business “family” – the Lockers building relationships with their employees and customers. Employees Jackie Brown and Emily Daugherty have been with Locker’s for several years. Emily and Roger grew up just down the road from each other as kids and were country neighbors. Jackie says the Lockers are “like family” to her. And, like a family, everyone pitches in when needed. The Lockers have seven grandkids and one on the way. They recently purchased a large motor home and have been using it enjoy time with grandchildren – whether they take it tailgating or go out for ice cream. As the holidays approach, Angie and Roger plan to take the motor home when they go Christmas shopping and when they stock up for holiday shoppers at the store.

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video frequently and replaying a clip over and over until she understood the concept. Then, she moved on to the next clip. Becki prefers thicker yarns because they knit together more quickly. Sometimes, it’s difficult to switch colors and still get a project to look right because yarn thickness needs to match between one color to the next, or it could throw off the pattern and overall finished look. With the knack for knitting under her belt, Becki decided to learn crocheting earlier this

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1st

Christmas at the Museum

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Jay Co. Historical Museum Portland, Indiana (260) 726-7168

Annual Artist Member Exhibit / Sale Continues 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wassenberg Art Center Van Wert, Ohio (419) 238-6837

Seven Oaks Gift Shoppe Open 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. VW Co. Historical Museum Van Wert, Ohio (419) 203-5779

SONOS Handbell Choir 3:00 p.m. Niswonger Perf. Arts Center Van Wert, Ohio (419) 238-6722

Ouabache Wonderland of Lights Continues 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Ouabache State Park Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-0926

Holiday Lights at the Fair Continues

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Van Wert County Fairgrounds Van Wert, Ohio (419) 238-1214

Tree Lighting

6:00 p.m. Adams Co. Courthouse Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-4758

Christmas Lighting Ceremony

7:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2145

2nd

Cozy Christan Readers 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

Moms Support Group 1:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2145

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Poetry Coterie

Library Bookworms

Feel the Warmth of Christmas

5th

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Downtown Dunkirk, Indiana (765) 768-1041

Visit with Santa Claus 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

Musical Monday 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Wells County Library Ossian, Indiana (260) 622-4691

3rd

Blood Pressure Checks 8:15 a.m. McDonald’s Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2327

Senior BINGO 8:30 a.m. McDonald’s Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2327

Toddler Candy Cane Hunt 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. City Gym Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6069

Blood Pressure Checks Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion Berne, Indiana (260) 589-4496

LEGO Club

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adams Public Library Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7270

4th

Needles, Hooks & Pins 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adams Public Library Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7270

Senior Christmas Carry-In & White Elephant BINGO 11:30 a.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion Berne, Indiana (260) 589-4496

Make & Take International Christmas Ornaments 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adams Public Library Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7270

LEGO Club

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wells County Library Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1612

LEGO Club

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

Weight Watchers Meeting 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2145

6th

Artists in Action

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Arts Commerce Visitors Center Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-5222

Holiday Toy & Gift Consigment Auction

3:00 p.m. Adams Co. Flower/Produce Auction Monroe, Indiana (260) 525-6000

Festival of Trees Preview Party 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Arts Commerce Visitors Center Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-5222

Susan Ashton Concert 7:30 p.m. Arts Place Portland, Indiana (260) 726-4809

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Just in the Nick of Time

Santa at the Pavilion

Dave Koz & Friends

7th

Seven Oaks Gift Shoppe Open

11th

7:30 p.m. Marsh Foundation Auditorium Van Wert, Ohio (419) 605-6708

Christmas Craft Show 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Community Building Bryant, Indiana (260) 997-6418

LEGO Club

10:30 a.m. Berne Public Library Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2809

Festival of Trees Open House Begins

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Arts Commerce Visitors Center Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-5222

It’s a Wonderful Life Seniors Program 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Woodcrest Auditorium Decatur, Indiana (260) 728-3989

Christmas at the Mansion Begins 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wells Co. Historical Museum Bluffton, Indiana (260) 543-2423

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion Berne, Indiana (260) 589-4496

2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. VW Co. Historical Museum Van Wert, Ohio (419) 203-5779

Christmas in the Park 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Willshire Park Willshire, Ohio (419) 495-2655

9th

Moms Support Group 1:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2145

Mayor’s Holiday Open House 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. City Hall Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1520

10th

8th Christmas at the Museum 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Jay Co. Historical Museum Portland, Indiana (260) 726-7168

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adams Public Library Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7270

12th

Christmas Open House Luncheon Noon - 1:00 p.m. Wells County Chamber Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-0510

Make & Take International Christmas Ornaments 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adams Public Library Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7270

Weight Watchers Meeting

iPad Club

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Christmas Open House

7:30 p.m. Niswonger Perf. Arts Center Van Wert, Ohio (419) 238-6722

Library Bookworms

Computer Club

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Wells County Library Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1612

Tony Orlando’s Great American Christmas

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

JL Trekkers

Circle X Toy & Tool Auction

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Downtown Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7251

Needles, Hooks & Pins

Blood Pressure Checks Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion Berne, Indiana (260) 589-4496

4:00 p.m. 818 W 250 N Winchester, Indiana (260) 726-6433

7:30 p.m. Niswonger Perf. Arts Center Van Wert, Ohio (419) 238-6722

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Wells County Library Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1612

Cookbook Club

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wells County Library Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1612

Holiday Open House 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Wells County Library Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1612

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2145

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Bailey’s Coffee Shop Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1612

13th

Artists in Action

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Arts Commerce Visitors Center Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-5222

Healthy & Easy Cooking 10:00 a.m. South Adams Senior Center Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8877

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Christmas Tree Walk 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Swiss Village Berne, Indiana (260) 589-3173

Senior BINGO

1:00 p.m. South Adams Senior Center Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8877

Christmas at the Museum

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7th Annual Cookie Walk 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. A Friend’s House Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-5556

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Jay Co. Historical Museum Portland, Indiana (260) 726-7168

Moms Support Group

Adams Co. Winter Market 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 4-H Dining Hall Monroe, Indiana (260) 724-3047

1:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2145

K123 Club

Christmas at the Cabin 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Limberlost State Site Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7428

3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

All Books Considered

Crafts & Cookies with Santa & Mrs. Claus 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2145

Saturday Night at the Village 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Swiss Village Berne, Indiana (260) 589-3173

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

Point of Grace Christmas 7:30 p.m. Niswonger Perf. Arts Center Van Wert, Ohio (419) 238-6722

16th

Blood Pressure Checks 12:30 p.m. South Adams Senior Center Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8877

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9:00 a.m. South Adams Senior Center Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8877

Seniors Theater Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Wells County Library Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1612

Make & Take International Christmas Ornaments 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adams Public Library Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7270

LEGO Club

Blood Pressure Checks

LEGO Club

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. City Gym Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6069

Santa at Seven Oaks

2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. VW Co. Historical Museum Van Wert, Ohio (419) 203-5779

Basket Weaving Class

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Java Bean Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

8:30 a.m. McDonald’s Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2327

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adams Public Library Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7270

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Jay County Fairgrounds Portland, Indiana (260) 726-6433

19th

Senior BINGO

17th

Annual Farm Toy Show

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5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. City Gym Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6069

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion Berne, Indiana (260) 589-4496

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Paws & Claus

18th

Needles, Hooks & Pins 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

Senior Luncheon

12:00 p.m. South Adams Senior Center Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8877

Library Bookworms 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adams Public Library Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7270

Poetry Jam

Winter Wonderland

Candy/Cookie Exchange 6:00 p.m. City Gym Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6069

20th

Artists in Action

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Arts Commerce Visitors Center Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-5222

Ring Making Class

9:00 a.m. South Adams Senior Center Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8877

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21st

December Dash 5K 9:00 a.m. City Gym Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6069

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LEGO Club

10:30 a.m. Berne Public Library Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2809

Saturday Afternoon @ the Movies 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Wells County Library Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1612

23rd

Moms Support Group 1:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2145

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Wayne, eager to learn more about skin care. She was able to complete training in cosmetic laser treatments at her place of employment. In 2008, Rachelle and her husband, Dr. Craig E. Hanson, opened Solutions Skincare and Laser Center, LLC, in Decatur, Indiana. Rachelle says Solutions Skincare is a medical spa – the only one for over 100 miles – a cross between a medical clinic and a day spa.

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his past July 1st, The Tin Cupboard in Fort Recovery, Ohio, celebrated its ninth anniversary. The downtown restaurant serves soups, salads and sandwiches, as well as home-style dinners. For Gail Tobe, owner and operator, customer satisfaction and employee sustainability rank high at the top of her list. She can proudly say that there has been zero turnover in her company since she started it nine years ago.

Rita Pleihman, an employee, says that’s one thing she enjoys about her work – her wonderful boss. She also “looks forward to getting up in the morning to go to work. “You never know who you are going to meet, and there are always new stories, with people coming in from out of town.” Rita goes from table to table, filling orders, smiling and talking to everyone in the shop.

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Customers keep coming back to The Tin Cupboard, in part, because of the warm and friendly atmosphere. Rita remembers a gentleman from Dayton, Ohio, that would, “stop by on his way from Dayton to Celina, where he had a place on the lake. He just loved the atmosphere and the delicious food.”

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couldn’t bring herself to take it down. Instead, she encouraged families to bring in pictures of their loved ones and place them on the tree. Gail says that she polled her customers, asking whether she should remove the tree, and they voted to keep it. So, the tree stands year-round in The Tin Cupboard, “reminding us of our freedoms and the great country we live in.” Seasonal decorations and dream catchers also adorn the business, giving it a homey, old-fashioned “mom-and-pop shop” feel. “The girls do the decorating,” says Gail. And, they do a mighty fine job. The food served at The Tin Cupboard is definitely scrumptious, with many homemade items like desserts, sauces, wraps and pies. An overall, familyand kid-friendly environment, The Tin Cupboard has something for everyone’s taste buds, from their homemade apple dumplings to their turkey bacon wraps. Everything they offer is sure to be delicious. Hand-dipped ice cream is offered yearround, and their breadsticks are one of the many items that Fort Recovery high school student Samantha Garke loves to stop in for. She says, “The cheese sauce is my favorite.” Samantha and four of her classmates like to enjoy a quick treat at The TIn Cupboard, prior to heading home for the evening. Rita asks the students about their favorite items at the deli, and unanimous replies of “breadsticks” and “ice cream” ring through the air. The Tin Cupboard is especially wellknown for its homemade pies and desserts. The cherry pie is a favorite among customers.

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One thing many diners may not realize is that The Tin Cupboard offers catering for parties of all sizes. The restaurant caters to gatherings of fewer than ten people, while they’ve also served large receptions with over 650 people! Gail laughs. “No matter how big or small, we cater them all!”

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Diners at The Tin Cupboard enjoy homecooked meals, and the eatery also offers tasty soups and sandwiches. According to the staff, a regular customer once claimed the restaurant served “the best Reuben sandwiches in a three-state area.”

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The Tin Cupboard has catered Red Hat club parties, birthday parties, business meetings and wedding receptions. The restaurant crew enjoys providing a delicious experience for those special occasion guests. It’s another great way to serve the community. Keep The Tin Cupboard in mind this holiday season. It is Gail’s mission to ensure that every guest has the best dining experience. The Tin Cupboard is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. While The Tin Cupboard is closed on Sundays, the restaurant is still available for parties and catered events. There is no charge to rent the facility – another friendly perk of the local business. All they ask is that you enjoy their special treats or homemade specialties when hosting a special event.

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s a young man, Daniel Geimer dreamed of owning his own business. It took years of hard work and training, but Dan realized his dream nearly two decades ago. Dan first began his career by answering an ad he saw in a Fort Wayne newspaper. He was hired as a manager trainee at Koerber

& Baber Jewelers, a store with locations at Southtown Mall and Glenbrook Square Mall. Koerber & Baber Jewelers, owned by the Zales Corporation, was part of the Zales’ guild division and a higher-end jewelry store. When he’d completed the manager training program, Daniel was recruited by

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Kay Jewelers, also located in Glenbrook Square, and managed for that store for eight years. Working for Kay’s, Daniel moved frequently, managing stores in Illinois and Indiana, before ending up at a North Carolina location. Dan, originally from Decatur, and his wife Jane, a Leo native, decided it was time to move back home to northeast Indiana.

At this time, a friend of Dan’s, who had worked with him at Kay Jewelers, had a job at Gulley’s Jewelers in Fort Wayne’s Southtown Mall. He told Dan that there was an opening at his store if Dan wanted the job. Dan accepted the position. While Dan was employed at Gulley’s for four years, the thought of starting his own business began to grow, until he decided that this was the path he really wanted to take.


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Dan opened the store in a downtown location where his business would grow and expand over the next 16 years. Daniel’s Jewelers’ beginnings were very small, with Dan doing mostly repair work on jewelry. Today, Dan’s store is located on the north side of Bluffton in the Inter Urban shopping plaza, where he carries a range of jewelry, including designer bridal sets and wedding bands. Dan takes pride in the fact that, in his store, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get something nice. If a customer needs a gift in the fifty-dollar range, Daniel’s has a large selection from which to choose. With the price of gold going through the roof, Dan has added new lines in different metals, such as sterling silver, Steel X (which is stainless steel), tungsten, titanium, and cobalt chrome, mostly used for men’s wedding bands. Dan carries a large variety of jewelry pieces from popular designers like Kate McCullar, Rego, Camelot, and Fantasy. He also sells Kameleon Jewelry, which has interchangeable faces that can be “popped” out and replaced with a different design. Dan says these pieces have been tested and have over 7,000 “pops” in them – and, that they hold tight until popped out for a new design. Daniel’s Jewelers also offers onpremises repair of most jewelry, ring resizing, custom-designed jewelry, and insurance appraisal services.

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Dan is a qualified gemologist and acquired this degree through the Gemological Institute of America. He also apprenticed to become a goldsmith. With his training and experience, Dan can create brand-new designs, or he can repair or recreate damaged family heirlooms. In the process of custom designing jewelry, Dan uses wax modeling. First, he creates a design. Then, he carves a model of the design out of wax. Once the wax model is completed, Dan sends the casting off to be filled with gold. When the gold pieces are returned, Dan polishes them and assembles them to complete his original design. He also sets gemstones into custom pieces. Jewelry is usually very sentimental to people, but sometimes, customers want to alter a piece to make it more modern or more personalized. Working on and repairing people’s jewelry is something Dan really enjoys about his job. He says that sometimes, when he’s working on something, and it just isn’t going quite right, he puts it aside for a bit, and then comes back to it. He laughs. “It usually comes together, then. I just had to put it down for a minute and walk away.” While Dan doesn’t travel to different countries to find gems, he attends gemstone tradeshows and deals strictly with reputable vendors.

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But, his customers become repeat customers because he genuinely cares about them and wants to help them find something special for a loved one – without breaking the bank. He wants the item purchased to be meaningful to his customer and to the person who will receive it. Dan says that his job is “really cool” because he gets to be a part of all the “happy stuff” in life. Most customers stop in because they are celebrating a milestone or some other special occasion, such as an engagement or a birthday. Dan enjoys helping people find the perfect Christmas or birthday gift. The jewelry business is a fun business to be in, he says.

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