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Business

  • Shop provides sweet deals in Hodgenville

    Having made and sold 39,000 pounds of fudge last year, Sweet Shoppe owners Pat and Paula Durham certainly have a sweet deal going on in Hodgenville.

    “I make all the candy while Paula does mostly daycare (they own Kinderplay in Elizabethtown), and taking care of the business end of everything,” said Durham, 53. “Without her, I could never have done this.”

  • Capturing Images - Creating Memories

    The owner of a local photography business is striving to capture the precious moments of her clients’ lives through photography.

    Melanie Wells Photography is located at 216 North Lincoln Boulevard in Hodgenville. Their hours are from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. The studio takes a variety of pictures for people including weddings, birthdays, high school senior pictures and many more.

  • Salon aims to stand out

    Daniel Skaggs has been cutting, drying, styling, coloring, perming, braiding and treating hair for almost ten years. And although he is not new to LaRue County, his salon, The Best Little Hair House is new. The shop also offers manicures and pedicures.

    He gave the salon its unusual name because “who doesn’t love Dolly Parton!” a reference to a 1982 movie starring Parton with a name similar to the hair salon. The salon is located on Old Elizabethtown Road in the former location of Choice Kut shop.

  • Dreams of opening salon come true

    Going to a salon can, at times, be intimidating. But, you walk into the Diamond Salon, the atmosphere is relaxed and fun, all because two friends are having fun doing what they love.

    Signe Milby and Mandy Cissell worked together in a salon for 10 years when they decided it was time to open their own. They made plans to open their salon in Cissel’s basement on Stiles Ford Road. Before they could open up shop, Cissal’s home was damaged by the Leap Day tornado in 2012.

  • Shirley’s Fabrics is sewing miracles

    Shirley Jones has been sewing for herself since she was a teenager. She has been sewing for other people for more than 30 years.

    Shirley’s Fabrics in Hodgenville has been open for eight years. Before that, Jones did sewing in the back of her husband’s barbershop, Jones Barber Shop. When her husband died, she decided to continue working at the shop and expand to fill the barber shop space.

    Jones said others encouraged her to open the shop: “ ‘We can’t buy a spool of thread in Hodgenville’ they said. So I kept the shop.”

  • Floral and gift shop thrives on Golden Rule

    Nancy Polley Alexander credits the Golden Rule as the major reason her Hodgenville isbusiness, Nancy’s Gifts and Flowers, growing in both customers and space.

    “I treat them like I want to be treated and, as a result, I have a lot of return customers,” said Alexander, who moved into her current downtown site on Lincoln Boulevard in March.

    “I’ve got more room in my workroom now than I had in my whole shop before, and it’s all because of the support local people have given me,” she said.

  • Nail Art salon hits nail on the head with style

    After working as a nail technician at Nail Art nail salon in Lebanon Kentucky for 8 years, Helen Cheang decided she wanted to open a salon of her own.

    “I like it here in Hodgenville,” said Cheang. “It’s a small town and people are friendly.”

    Nail Art is a full-service nail salon, offering manicures, pedicures, massage, acrylics, airbrush nail art, gel polish and shellac, as well as a full line of OPI nail polish.

    Cheang said she’s had a lot of people come in for weddings and was busy for prom.

  • SNAP Fitness has new approach in Hodgenville

    By BOBBIE LANHAM

    Assistant manager and personal trainer Bryan Carroll is enthusiastic about the future of SNAP Fitness in Lincoln Plaza on Shawnee Drive in Hodgenville. The business is owned by Austin and Kayla McCown of Meade County.

    “We design the workout. All people have to do is show up,” said Carroll of the new boot camp approach to the gym membership. Carroll and his father, Mark Carroll, fitness managers, plan to add other features to the business.

  • Candy maker continues family legacy

    A local business owner is continuing her family’s heritage at her candy shop in Hodgenville.

    MAM Candy is a homemade candy store that is located at 218 North Lincoln Boulevard in Hodgenville. Their hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

    MAM Candy sells a wide variety of homemade candies including chocolates, bon-bons, bourbon balls, caramels, pulled cream candy, candy apples and much more. Everything in the store is homemade and contains no additives or preservatives.

  • Steampuff Vapors hopes to help smokers quit

    A Hodgenville store is providing a service that they hope will help cigarette smokers quit their bad habit.

    Steampuff Vapors is an electronic cigarette and vapor shop that is located on 104 East Main Street, Suite 103 in Hodgenville. Their hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

    The vapor store sells electronic cigarettes with more than 60 different e-juice flavors. The store also features a tasting bar with over 40 different flavors.