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.
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.
“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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You can’t get gas for your car at The Filling Station, 726 1/2 Main in downtown Eudora, but you sure can find a lot of other things. Housed in a historic building that was a blacksmith shop in Eudora’s early days (and still has the cool barn doors in the back to prove it), it’s the perfect spot for the eclectic gift shop owned by Tim and Anita Mitts.
The shop is full of unique gifts that range from antique furniture to home decor to interesting pieces of art created by local craftsmen. It is all arranged in an eye-pleasing way that makes one want to browse through every nook and cranny of the store. The Mitts love having the opportunity to showcase the goods made by folks right here in this area.
“A good percentage of our things are either made by local crafters or provided by local vendors,” said Anita. “We are very excited about this as it provides for some unique gift ideas, but also provides a means for local crafters and vendors to sell their products.”
When Tim Mitts runs the store on Friday afternoons, he always asks customers what they’d like to see in the store and then tries to fill that need.
“A perfect example is the popcorn,” Tim said as he pointed to a display of beautifully bagged gourmet popcorn. “A woman said that there was no place in town to buy popcorn now that Penny Annie’s is closed. So we got popcorn.”
Anita added, “We continue to change as we grow by asking and listening to our customers for ideas and how better to serve them. We know that small towns can be a challenge for new businesses but we are committed to grow by providing great customer service and providing products at a fair price.”
The Mitts, who have been in the area for about 35 years, love small town life. They enjoy meeting the people who come into The Filling Station, as well as providing a place where local folks can run into each other.
“One of the great things about Eudora customers is that they love to chat, talk about the past, and about what is going on today,” said Anita. “People bump into each other that they know and end up being in the store for an hour getting caught up. That does not happen in a big box store in a large metro area, and it’s fun to be a part of it.”
The Filling Station isn’t the only new thing happening in downtown Eudora. Tim and Anita are excited that there are other new businesses are starting up: two bakeries, a brewery, a couple of eating establishments, an event planning business, a printing company, and a bed and breakfast to name a few.
The Filling Station is currently open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons and from 10:00 to 6:00 on Saturdays. Each week they have new things for sale. Check the store’s Facebook page to keep up with the current gifts, pieces of furniture and unique home decor. Don’t let the holiday season pass without a trip to The Filling Station right here in Eudora!
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Put out your sign and they will come. At least that’s how it seemed to Diane Elmer when she passed inspection and put the OPEN sign on the door of Heads or Nails Family Salon, 713 Main St., almost 5 years ago. Her first day of business was March 30, 2009, and she was swamped with customers from noon to 9 pm that very day.
“People just came,” said Elmer. “People I didn’t even know. That entire first week I was booked solid. Eudora has been so supportive of me.”
Diane Elmer wasn’t a novice when she opened the shop in Eudora. She’s been in the business of cosmetology since 1980. Prior to opening Heads or Nails she worked in a salon in Lenexa. Reading the book The Secret made her stop and think about what she really wanted to be doing with her life, and she realized that opening her own shop had always been her dream. Since she grew up in Linwood, she was familiar with Eudora and decided to pursue starting her business here.
“I prayed about it,” explained Elmer, “and I knew I wanted to be in a small town. Eudora was a perfect fit.”
And she is perfect for the job. “I absolutely adore people. And I like being able to give good services at reasonable prices,” she said.
Besides giving haircuts, manicures, pedicures, perms, hair color and even eyebrow and eyelash dyeing (really!), Elmer enjoys being a listening ear to her clients. She feels a special bond with her clients and tries to work with them to get just the style they want. And if someone isn’t happy with the result? The client just needs to let Elmer know and she’ll do her best to get it right. It’s this old fashioned service that has surely helped her salon become a Eudora business success story.
While she loves her job, work isn’t always easy for Diane Elmer. She deals daily with a painful bladder syndrome called Interstitial Cystitis, and has to go for weekly treatments. It’s a disease that has no cure and often doesn’t respond well to treatment. The disease causes her to occasionally take some time off work, but while it may slow her down it’s not going to keep her from doing what she loves. She has plans to be in business for a long time.
“If it wasn’t for my health, I’d be open 6 days a week, 12 hours a day,” laughed Elmer. Though she can’t do the twelve hour days, she is open five days a week and takes clients by appointment only. Her hours vary, depending on the needs of clients. Sometimes working early in the morning and other times staying late into the evening, she tries hard to accommodate her clients’ schedules.
The community has been supportive of Heads or Nails, and Elmer has in turn been supportive of the community. She can be counted on for her support for such projects as the All Night Prom, the Horse Thief Run and Open Hearts Preschool trivia night.
To celebrate 5 years in business, April is Customer Appreciation Month at Heads or Nails. During the month of April clients will receive $5 off of services like perms, highlights, low lights, etc. or $2 off a haircut. Elmer will have weekly drawings for $20 gift certificates, and a drawing for a large basket of products at the end of the month.
Heads or Nails salon can be reached at 785-690-7272.