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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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ER1New ceiling at historic 720 Main Street.

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The installation of the new ceiling at 720 Main Street, the future home of the Eudora Community Museum, is nearly complete. The new ceiling consists of beautifully stained pine wood-paneling, sometimes referred to as bead-board or car-siding. The new ceiling has been installed with the intent to replicate the original ceiling that existed at the 130+ year old building. The original bead-board ceiling was removed earlier in 2014 in order to make significant structural improvements to the building. Efforts were made to restore the wood from the original ceiling, but splintering of the wood made the restoration efforts impossible.

The installation of the new ceiling has been led primarily by local contractor Tim Summers. Summers, known of his mastery of wood-working, has generously donated all of his labor towards the installation of the ceiling. “I like these kind of projects and serving the community in ways like this” Summers said of his significant volunteer work.  Summers has been assisted by volunteers Benny Dean, Bill Gordon, Jim Harris, Leonard Hollmann and Bob Slapar with this project. Summers and all volunteers installing the ceiling have donated hundreds of hours of labor and saved the Eudora Area Historical Society thousands of dollars towards this project.

The Eudora Community Museum will open to the public at 720 Main Street in the spring of 2015.


ER2New ceiling at historic 720 Main Street. 

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Shop Eudora First


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The annual Shop Eudora First giveaway is kicking up in time for the holiday season.  Similar to the way it was last year, you can obtain a raffle ticket each day at one of the participating sponsors just by going into their business.  You can earn additional tickets for the drawing for every $20 you spend at that business.  This year, the early bird $25 Visa Gift Card prize will be given away on December 2.  Another $25 Visa Gift Card will be given away on December 12.  The Grand Prize, a $150 Visa Gift Card will be drawn on December 19, right in time for your Eudora shopping spree.

2015 particpating businesses are: Heads or Nails Family Salon, Cutter’s Smokehouse, Eudora Wine and Spirits, Auburn Pharmacy, Gene’s Heartland Foods and 3 Chix Salon. 3 Chix Salon was formerly Hair, Nail and Tanning Company and recently moved to 924 Locust St.

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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 ( should be up and running very soon.

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Two people were injured in an early morning rollover accident on K-10 near the Church street exit. Eudora firefighters were called to the scene around 3:30 AM Sunday morning. The accident occurred on the east bound side of K-10 with the car coming to rest on it’s side in the median.

A Lawrence Journal-World report stated that the driver, a 20-year-old male and a 24-year-old female passenger, were wearing seat belts at the time of the rollover accident and were able to get out of the vehicle on their own. Both were transported to Kansas City area hospitals with serious injuries.

The Eudora Fire department described road conditions to be extremely slippery at the time.

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