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Small business knows its customers

Monday, April 14, 2008

Who among long-time Putnam County residents doesn't remember the Old Fleenor's drugstore and the soda fountain with delectable treats?

For those wanting to reminisce and those wanting to take a peek at a good thing need only stop by Treasures On The Square located at the corner of West Washington and Indiana streets in Greencastle.

After having a successful embroidering business out of state, Lynda Dunbar moved back to her hometown community and opened Treasures In The Cellar on West Walnut.

"We had a chance to move back to Greencastle and raise our sons in a smaller community and everything just worked out," says Lynda.

With no air-conditioning in the cellar location and the chance to move the business to the square, Treasures In The Cellar became Treasures On The Square.

"The best part about owning your own business is all the people you get to meet and get to know. I enjoy the people aspect," she says.

The café and gift shop is located at 2 West Washington Street.

"We serve food and have the soda fountain with several flavors of ice cream," says Lynda.

Starting at 8 a.m., customers can enjoy daily fresh baked bread or bagels which can be served with freshly made omelets. Or if breakfast isn't your thing, lunch is served all day long until five o'clock.

"All of our baking is done at the shop. We make all of our own soups and we do a lot of catering," she says.

An assortment of sandwiches and soups round out the menu options.

"One thing I have been toying with is a donut which tastes like they have been fried. Surely no calories there," she said.

Homemade brownies and breads along with homemade candy tempt the taste buds of all who stop in. For those who just want an old fashion soda like from the Old Fleenor's Drugstore, one trip is all you need to conger up those old memories.

The gift shop does offer things from local artists including Joyce Leer birdhouses, Mary Kerzman jewelry and wooden items made by Lynda's own parents Miriam and Gerald Durham. Miriam also provides floral displays.

Candles made in Indiana, floral arrangements, jewelry, purses gift baskets, embroidered items, homemade soaps are just a few of the numerous little odds and ends you might find on a journey around the shop.

"I am content with being here in business. It would be nice to have more downtown shops and restaurants," says Lynda.

"My husband Scott helps out on weekends and the boys: Kyle-16 and Elliot-12 help also," says Lynda.

She adds,"If I would play the lottery and win, because I like what I do, I would keep on doing it. Winning the lottery, would just make it easier."

To find out more about catering options for the office or for other occasions or to make reservations for larger groups of four or more, a quick phone call to them will help keep things running smoothly.

Treasures On The Square is located at 2 West Washington Street in Greencastle. Shop hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For any catering needs or to make a reservation call (765) 653-7403. Be sure to tell Lynda you heard the Buzz.

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Beth Arnold is a freelance contributor to the Banner-Graphic. Contact her at buzz aboutbizzness@yahoo.com