Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

May 18, 2014

Tim Preston: Small businesses, a boutique and bunches of berries: 5/18/14

Tim Preston
The Independent

ASHLAND — Time is, once again, was working against me late last week, so this will be another one of those “turn and burn” columns that tend to get me in trouble.

I’ll start with a quick report. I had a great time Thursday morning at the 17th annual Northeast Kentucky Small Business Awards, where newly opened catering company CAB’s Catering provided the breakfast. I spoke briefly to the catering company’s top guy, Cory Boggs, who explained they are at 2757 Winchester Ave. in Ashland (across from Tudor’s Biscuit World), but have not yet had a chance to put a sign out.

Boggs, 22, seems like an ambitious young man, and I was pleasantly surprised to hear his mother and father both work for the young catering company. Before parting ways, I also had to ask about a rather unusual ham biscuit on the morning’s buffet. I had spent more time than you can imagine trying to determine if he had used molasses, or possibly some form of apple butter, on the biscuits, only to learn the “complex” component was a simple brown sugar glaze.

If you’re looking for a new caterer and want to give a young entrepreneur a chance to prove himself, visit cabscatering.com, email cabscatering@yahoo.com, find the Facebook page or call (606) 325-CABS (2227).

It was also a nice experience to see so many familiar faces at the small-business awards ceremony, which was at the Boyd County Community Center. Despite the criticisms and concerns of this newspaper at the time the building was purchased, everyone I spoke to agreed the facility is an excellent asset for the community and was an outstanding investment and development on behalf of the county’s elected officials.

Berry good

A couple of years ago, my wife and I were out taking a Sunday drive in our old car when we passed by a place way out in the country with pick-your-own berries. Unfortunately, we were told we’d arrived literally a day too late to get any of the raspberries on the farm that season (although it turns out that wasn’t exactly the case).

Anyway, I was thrilled last week to receive notice that Mark and Dawn Sexton, owners of 4 Got N Tymes Farm, are now operating the McCarty family’s farm on top of the big hill between Cannonsburg and Catlettsburg, as McCarty’s 4 Got N Tymes Greenhouse.

“This year’s extreme and lengthy cold weather has delayed the strawberry crop by about a month,” Sexton said in a report filed by Harry Wiley, who did such a good job with the information I’m going to save a few minutes and just repeat most of it word for word.

“While the strawberries will be ready soon, Sexton and his wife, Dawn, and Tim and Jan Moore have purchased McCarty’s Greenhouse and renamed it McCarty's 4 Got N Tymes Greenhouse and are busy selling a large variety of flowers, hanging baskets, planters, Boston ferns and the hard-to-find large Macho ferns. Sexton says the greenhouse has one of the best selections of vegetable plants in the area, including some varieties that are not normally found here,” Wiley reported.

The greenhouse, at 4510 Cannonsburg Road, less than 3.5 miles from Walmart and near Tarpin Ridge, opens at 9:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday (staying open until dark) and welcomes customers from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. While they won’t have any you-pick berries at the greenhouse, they will have berries from the farm for sale there.

Wiley advised the original 4 Got N Tymes Farm (where they grow the you-pick raspberries and other goodies) is on Ky. 3 south of Ashland. From I-64 at the Flying J truck stop, go 17 miles then turn right at the farm’s sign onto Little Cat Fork Road; the farm is 2.7 miles up Little Cat Road. The farm is open all week long from 9 a.m. until dark. There are creekside picnic tables and a shelter house at the farm.

I’m planning to visit the farm and the greenhouse for a feature story when I get a call from the owner saying it is time to do some picking. For more information, call (606) 465-4501 or 465-4502.

 A Boutique

Obviously, I don’t spend a lot of time shopping in boutiques, although I’ve written before about how much I like Carolyn Runyon’s A Boutique, in a great old house on Carter Avenue. As a self-confessed fashion idiot, I need to clarify it is the the boutique’s environment, as well as the owner’s welcoming attitude, that appeal to me. I’ve also joked I hope my wife never finds the place, as I’m sure she would find lots and lots of things she would want to buy there.

A Boutique at 1616 Carter Ave. was last week’s Ashland Alliance Business of the Week.

“A Boutique, Ashland’s source for unique and stylish clothing and accessories for ladies of all ages, opened for business on Nov. 17, 1992, with owners Carolyn and Julie Runyon,” according to the announcement. “It has been in business for 22 years at the same location. A Boutique is located in an historic brick home with lots of charm and vintage woodwork. The popular Brighton line of accessories, including handbags, footwear and jewelry, is a favorite with their customers. You can also find designer clothing by Sharon Young, 6 X Six and A LA Carte, to name a few. For a unique sophisticated look, there is no better place to shop.”

A Boutique is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call (606) 324-1082.

Going out

Some time back, I adopted a policy of not writing about business closings, and it seems I’ve been breaking my own rules from that day forward. In this case, it is a longstanding business that needs to let people know it isn’t going away entirely, and has some great deals for customers as part of the closing process.

 Business owner Winnie Thacker sent a note saying, “After 16 years, The Scrapbook General Store will be going out of business. Because the economy, it is with sadness that I am closing my doors. I will continue to hold my Wild Wacky Weekend Retreats at Carter Caves State Resort Park in November and March.

“Over the next few weeks all merchandise and store fixtures will be sold. Please stop by and pick out your favorite supplies. At this time I will only be accepting cash and credit cards. All fixtures will be sold on a cash basis only.”

The shop is at 1803 Argillite Road in Flatwoods. For more information, call (606) 836-7033.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at (606) 326-2651.