January 9, 2014
Good Morning Logan County! I am so glad to be here. I hope each of you are coping with this extreme record breaking cold. I know that living in a 15 room home is a bit costly when it comes to heating. We are insulating all of the ceilings now. Thank goodness for Farmers Hardware just two blocks away. I have just about bought them out of insulation and I am needing more.
Talking about Farmers Hardware brings a smile to my face. I have always liked good hardware stores and Russellville and Logan County have a real jewel. Started in the 1940’s in what was then the center of town; it was later moved to the edge of town and the Bethel Shopping Center. (At the time that was the big shopping center of the county.) In 2004 the hardware store was moved to its’ current location in the heart of Russellville at 101 Bethel Street. (Across from Walgreens Drug Store and by the viaduct.)
Farmers Hardware is noted for its’ great service. Jeff Harper is the fourth owner. There are 11 employees. Jeff’s two boys, Mat and Ryan, also help sometimes. When talking about the store everyone asked me to mention Dan Clark who worked for the store some 27 years. He was typical of the good service the store is known for.
Angela Jones, Tracy Robertson, Terry Christian and Ryan Colston are typical of the good service the store is known for. Even two of the customers got in on the act and volunteered that they liked to buy from a local owned store where you know the owner and the staff who are full time employees and know where things are in the store. One lady who overheard my interview volunteered that she traveled 10 miles to get to the store because, “ it has such good service and actually helps customers.”
I recommend stopping in and getting to know the great people who make Farmers Hardware such a special and refreshing store to shop in.
While I am mentioning businesses I love to talk about the Bethel Dipper another true institution in Logan County. Nancy Powell and Debbie Wilson have been there off and on since they finished school. The food is very good and very reasonably priced. I love the hamburgers, fries and milk shakes. The service is excellent. (I just wish the straws were larger for the milkshakes. I just about pucker out drinking one.) The Bethel Dipper is a very special ole time “dairy dip” window only type establishment but it is definitely worth the trip.
If you have never been to Federal Grove in Auburn then you need to make a visit. It is a great historic plantation on the main street of the town. It is also a bed and breakfast and has one of if not the best restaurants in the county. The menu offers all homemade foods. No doubt the restaurant has some of the best cooks to be found. The management offers a warm and friendly atmosphere and once you visit you will always want to come back. Their annual maple syrup festival is right around the corner and it is one of the best . People from all over Kentucky and Tennessee will be attending. Call for more information. The phone number is 542-6106. (I wish I was there right now.)
I will be giving my ten 2014 predictions next week . I hope you will tune in again next Friday and see the predictions which I believe will come true. Till then best regards and good night Mrs. Calabash.