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Auburn Pharmacy 2015-07-24

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Early Friday morning, someone broke into Auburn Pharmacy near 15th and Church Streets . According to the Eudora Police Department, the burglary happened around 3:45 AM.

“Someone broke the window out of the front of the building, entered it and took several medications,” Eudora Police Chief Bill Edwards said. “The people at Auburn Pharmacy believe the person knew just where to go to get a key to get in the drug lockers.”

Edwards said that multiple medications were taken in the theft. He told us that police were investigating and looking at camera footage from nearby businesses to obtain the identity of anyone involved.

“We found evidence that the thief left to the east.,’ Edwards disclosed. “We found containers and other items from the store that were dropped along the way.”

Megan Hedden, Head Pharmacist at Auburn Pharmacy, was happy that it occurred when no one was in the building.

“Something like this makes you question your safety,” Hedden said. “We’re thankful that no one was here when it happened.”

Hedden said that the Pharmacy will be reviewing their security system and strengthening store security policies very quickly. She also added that the Pharmacy is open and there are no issues with being able to fill prescriptions.

“We only had three or four issues with filling prescriptions this morning,” she said. “Our customers have been very kind and understanding.” She said that there were no issues with filling prescriptions by midday Friday.

Hedden declined to state what types of medications were stolen nor the value of drugs taken.

Both the Police Department and the pharmacy asked that anyone with information about the burglary to call the Eudora Police Department through the city main number at 785-542-3121.

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Pam Treft Staab at the Eudora Market on MainPam Treft Staab at the Eudora Market on Main

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Downtown Eudora was hopping Saturday morning, and a good part of the foot traffic was due to something new: Eudora Market on Main, an indoor farmers’ market located at 724 Main. The market is the brainchild of a couple of local gardeners, Pam Trefz Staab and Heather McPeek. Its hours are 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday morning, but the pair hope to increase the hours to include weekdays.

Shoppers were sipping coffee and chatting while they shopped for vegetables, meat, honey, gifts, and, sweet treats in the historic building that most recently photo-16-500x373housed Cami Cakes. The building has been in the Trefz family for many years, and old timers probably remember Trefz Variety Store that opened at 1915. Pam Trefz Staab is excited to have the space being used in a way that will reach many in the community.

“I wanted to find a place for small producers and artists without a lot of overhead,” said Staab. “We hope to offer cooking classes, and in January we plan to have a pasta bar where people can eat in or carry out.” Local chefs Julia and Eric Ireland will be in charge of the pasta bar.

The vendors at the market this December are diverse. Among them are Dale and Vicky Hofer with their regular honey as well as cinnamon honey (which is to die for, by the way), Jean Reynolds with homemade pies and peanut brittle, and Jamie and Keith Knabe with frozen all-natural beef, sausage and turkey. Meredith and Dan Snyder, who hope to open Grandma’s Magic Kitchen directly across the street before too long, bring a wonderful selection of baked goods. Staab is there with her organic, aquaponic lettuce that she grows locally with her brother Fred Trefz. Heather McPeek has fall squash and lovely flower arrangements. There is truly something for everyone.

“This is just the fourth Saturday for the market and it’s growing every week,” said McPeek.

Stop by the market on a Saturday morning before Christmas, and keep your eyes on this publication so you will know when other events in the building start taking shape.

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Photo compliments of Paige Lee Photography

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Eudora might not be the vacation capital of the world, but it now has a beautiful B &B for those who might need a cozy spot to spend a night or two. Sweet Acres Inn Bed & Breakfast, owned by Robert and Sue Howig, is located at 103 E. 7th (7th & Elm). Sue Howig believes the B & B will be the perfect spot for wedding parties, special anniversary celebrations, those attending events in the area or even for groups of women who want to spend a weekend scrapbooking or just hanging out.

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The eclectic house with a variety of unique decor has three rooms to rent and plenty of other space for guests to enjoy: sitting rooms, porches, a sunroom, a theater room with an amazing sound system and gardens galore. Two of the rooms are named after women who each lived in the house at one time (Clara’s Room and Nora’s Room) and the large suite is called Paschal’s Room in honor of Eudora’s founder, Paschal Fish.

The original part of the house, built in 1905, was small with just two bedrooms and little living space. Rob and his son lived in it before Sue and Rob married. Shortly after their marriage in 2003, the additions to the house began. Sue’s cousin, Gordon Fitzsimmons, helped them create the beautiful and spacious home in which the Howigs have lived since 2005.

“It was a ‘design as you go’ addition,” Sue said with a laugh. “I wanted wide staircases so we started with that. The house just got bigger and bigger.”

Each room in the house has its own personality. Each is comfortable and inviting. The Howigs, along with Sue’s daughter Katherine Overfield, shopped at antique stores and thrift stores to find interesting pieces of decor to fill the many rooms. Some of their favorite pieces were purchased at The Filling Station gift shop right in Eudora.

1382206_1498195443783371_7756920816224650008_n“We’d buy all this stuff and then we’d sit around at night trying to figure out what to do with everything,” remarked Sue.

One of the main draws of a B & B is the delicious breakfast that greets guests in the morning. Sue serves up things like Belgium waffles, pancakes and omelets in Sweet Acres’ dining room. She is spending time researching recipes for those with food allergies so that she can accommodate all her guests’ needs.

In the future Sue hopes to add a little gift shop to the B & B. And she hopes that many people will come and enjoy the peaceful setting that Sweet Acres Inn Bed and Breakfast offers.

More photos of Sweet Acres can be found on its Facebook page (Sweet Acres Inn Bed and Breakfast.) The website (www.sweetacresinn.com) should be up and running very soon.

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One of the many new Eudora businesses about to open up is Eudora Prime Martial Arts. The school is located at 104 W. 20th Street, Suite 2 which is in the new building just to the south of K-10.  The school is owned by Ron and Lara Covert of Lawrence and will offer classes that teach Taekwondo and other martial arts techniques.  There will also be ATA Fit classes for adults along with cardio kickboxing.

“Our programs start with kids as young as 3 years old,” Ron Covert said.”Our ATA Tigers program serves kids 3 – 6. We then have our kids program which run ages 7 -13 and we have classes for teens and adults as well.”

Covert said that they want to work with parents and kids to tailor a program and classes that will help improve them not only physically but mentally as well.

“We will sit down with parents and the students to assess their goals and learn what they want to accomplish,” Covert explained. “We help teach self confidence, self discipline and self defense. I can promise you they will get that.”

Prime1Covert is no slouch when it comes to Martial Arts. Both he and his 12-year-old daughter Claire are experts in Martial Arts.

“Claire at just 12 is already a Level 1 instructor with over 400 hours of of assistant teaching experience,” Covert said. “She’s ranked in the Top 10 in the world for forms, weapons and sparring.”  Covert is a Level 3 instructor he himself has a number 1 world ranking in weapons.

“Between the two of us, we have 16 Kansas titles, 8 District titles and 6 Top 10 World finishes.”

Covert’s desire is to help bring the Martial Arts to this part of the area. Covert said that the new location is Eudora is deigned to serve students from the east side of Lawrence all the way to the Kansas City metropolitan area. Covert has been affiliated with the Prime Martial Arts on the west side of Lawrence for several years and wanted to expand the arts to under-served areas to the east. His goal is to serve those from not only Eudora, but Linwood, De Soto and those near the K-10 corridor in Johnson County.

Prime Martial Arts is dedicated to the community as well. They, along with the businesses in the new Westerhouse building recently held a Trunk or Treat at Halloween to entertain kids and they plan on camps, pot luck dinners and a variety of family centered activities in the near future.

“The atmosphere will be where everyone wants to be involved,” Cover stated. “Our goal is to have a giant family.”

Classes at the new school start on December 1.  On Sunday November 16, the studio will be open for tours from Noon to 4:00 PM where you can sign up kids and adults for classes. The School is offering some special promotions for the first 50 students as well. You can find out details about these promotions via their Facebook page via email primeeudora@gmail.com or by calling the school directly at 785-760-3339.  Classes will initially be offered on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings plus Saturdays, with the plan to expand to 5-6 days a week in the future.

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Downtown Eudora

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Many changes are coming to downtown Eudora.  Several businesses have moved in or are moving to different locations.

Eudora has seen two new businesses open up over the summer months. Indie Olive, a personalized stationary and greeting card company has opened up at 706 Main Street.  Next door to them, Red Door Event has opened up at 704 Main in what previously was Penny Annie’s Candy Shoppe.  Red Door Event specializes in event and Wedding Production. They also feature floral and interior decor.

Also, another business is giving it a second go of it in downtown. The Filling Station, operated by Anita Mitts has once again opened up shop. The business started up in late 2011 and shutdown in April 2012.  The Filling Station is located at 726 1/2 Main where Free State Guns and Tactical Weapons was located.

While not officially a change in business, ownership of the old Masonic building has changed hands. Joe and Susan Pelzel bought the Masonic building at 726 Main (next door to the Filling Station). The building is the home for the Black Cat Cafe downtown. Joe Pelzel told us that he intends to have the Black Cat Cafe stay as a tenant for the foreseeable future.

“This is a long term project,” Pelzel said. “Our thoughts are to turn the upstairs portion into either office space or lofts. There is a lot of work to be done on the building so we don’t have an exact time table as of now, but we intend Black Cat to stay right where they are.”

(Editor’s Note:  Joe Pelzel is a photojournalist for Eudorareporter.com)

There are some moves coming as well.  Hair Nail and Tanning will be moving out of their location at 800 Main Street (the Old Pyle Meat Company) and heading over to 924 Locust, right behind the old Mexiquisto’s/Annabelle’s building.  According to their Facebook page, they are downsizing the business with the move. While they will continue to hair and nails, tanning will not be available in the new smaller location.

800 Main won’t be empty for very long. Moving into the building will be Cami’s Cake Company. The business which opened up at 724 Main in early 2011, will be taking over the space come November 1.

“We have some work to do to get ready,” owner Cami SanRomani said, “but we hope to be up and running very soon after (the move).”

SanRomani also announced via Facebook, that she plans on being able to take more orders, be open more regularly and eventually have coffee and pastries available on a daily basis.

“We are planning on getting a Kickstarter ready to fund the coffee shop portion. We need funding for equipment, staff, etc.,” SanRomani told us.  Kickstarter is a crowd funding campaign where interested people invest in projects, ideas and businesses.

While we haven’t had the opportunity yet to check out all the details, we have received reports that a place called “Grandma’s Kitchen” will also be opening on the other side of the street at 727 Main Street. We hope to learn more details of this business soon as well.

With all the business moves going on and the addition of the Eudora Area Historical Society Museum to downtown as well, it looks like the scene in downtown Eudora may be very different by Christmas time. We plan on trying to feature many of these businesses very soon and show off the changing face of downtown Eudora.

With all the new businesses popping up or moving that are centered around wedding planning, could Eudora become the wedding planning capital of east central Kansas?….hmmmm……

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