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BOM is the bomb in Harmony


Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in Harmony Home & Garden

Co-owner of Boutique on Main, Katie Lewis, stands next to some of the unique items for sale at Boutique on Main in Harmony, Minn. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Boutique on Main, otherwise known as BOM, is one of the newest and neatest shops located on the main street of Harmony, Minn.

Katie Lewis and Kelly Grabau have loved doing different types of crafts for several years and spent many weekends at craft shows and art shows selling their items. With all of the time and work involved in going to craft shows, the two began thinking about finding a permanent home for their crafts.

“We have been do-it-yourselfers forever,” states Lewis and said the two “decided to keep it all in one place and not drag it around” from place to place, so they began looking for a building to rent in the area. They chose a building with character on Harmony’s main street and found the footings of their new brick and mortar business.

Grabau and Lewis received the keys to the building on October 15, 2015, opened the doors two weeks later, and held their grand opening on October 31. They have been pretty busy, with local residents and businesses being very supportive.

“It’s obviously the winter slow months, but we still get people that trickle in,” states Lewis, saying, “we had a good November and December” and they anticipate the arrival of spring, which will increase traffic in the store even further.

Lewis states that most things in the store are “hand-made or vintage”, but they do also carry some antiques and other items. “A few people have some consignment stuff, but for the most part it’s all stuff that we have made,” she adds.

A few of the many treasured finds at Boutique on Main include scarves and wood signs made by Lewis, as well as pieces of furniture she has refurbished. Grabau makes the jewelry and home decor pieces located throughout Boutique on Main.

A family member of Grabau’s makes homemade soap from goat’s milk, which you can find on the shelves along with soy candles that have intriguing scents, like Lemon Cheesecake, Lilac, and Love Spell. Doilies, hand-made purses and hats, and many other one-of-a-kind items are awaiting your visit.

Boutique on Main also carries Young Living essential oils. On February 27, at 3 p.m., they will be holding a class on the basics of essential oils and how to use them. They hope to have one class each month and “everyone will get a goody bag to take home with them” after the class, states Lewis. With a large back room, there is an o .....
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Recycling 101 - 2.8.16

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator Today’s tin cans, as we know them, are not made of tin, but are actually made of steel. Tin cans that were really made of tin were being used in the early 1800s to keep foods from spoiling as ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in All Home & Garden

This article is scheduled to be published near the end of January, but it is still not too late to modify some of your recycling habits. I am quite sure that a majority of the residents of Fillmore County who recycle, do so quite well. Some, inclu ..... 
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Sharps and meds disposal

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in All Home & Garden

Questions concerning the proper disposal of used sharps and unwanted medicine are frequently asked. Today we will review safe methods to dispose of these items correctly. Hypodermic needles, lancets, and syringes that are used for injecting insul ..... 
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Recycling 101 12.21.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Keep America Beautiful, one of the stronger supporters of recycling has recently informed us of the Top 10 Things to Recycle in Your Home. Here they are. In your home office, office paper. In your bedroom, tissue boxes and magazines. In your bath ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator Reduce... Reuse... Recycle. Most of us realize if we are going to recycle correctly, we must also reduce and reuse. Today’s article will deal mostly with the reduce part, and will have very ..... 
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Recycling 101 ... 11.16.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator On September 22, Minneapolis based WCCO shared three interesting statements with us that I would like to pass on to you at this time. (1) A new survey by Yale University estimates that Americ ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Nov 9th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

On November 15, America Recycles Day will be observed throughout the United States. This marks the seventeenth year of this celebration. There will be very few parades, special foods eaten, or speeches given. However, it a day when each of us sho ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Oct 26th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

The residents of Fillmore County took advantage of a beautiful autumn day to participate in the Household Hazardous Waste Collection on October 6. Nearly three hundred households contributed to the cause, dropping off all kinds of nasty stuff they ..... 
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