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Contact information ................. 2 2011 Buyer’s Edge Schedule .... 2

Bethel Fall Fest .......................... 4 “Charley’s Aunt” fall play ........ 5 Parts of Speech.......................... 6 Burrton teacher recognized ..... 7

Sedgwick farm awarded.......... 8 Crossword Puzzle...................... 9 Hearth and Home...................... 10 Sudoku Puzzle ........................... 11

Classified .................................... 12 Cluttered Mind .......................... 13 Business Guide .......................... 14 Buyer’s Edge Scrambler ............ 15

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She fights the good fight

Catherine Blocher perseveres in a tough economy for her customers and town

BY D ON R ATZLAFF

The Buyer’s Edge C

atherine Blocher wears her passions on her sleeve. Whether it be serv-ing her customers, pursuing her love of crafts, or supporting the Newton community, her energy and determination are conta-gious.

Blocher’s passions come together most clearly at Cre-ation Station, the crafts and art supply business Blocher started six years ago, and this summer moved to a new location in the mall at 301 N. Meridian, New-ton.

“I love my business, I love what I’m doing,” Blocher said. “And I love people. On those days that I don’t see very many, it’s tough on me because I don’t get that interaction.” The last comment belies Blocher’s reality: Passion does-n’t automatically translate into economic success. The story of Creation Station epitomizes the experience of many small-busi-ness entrepreneurs who are bat-tling to hang on during a slow economy.

Getting started

Blocher started her business

six years ago, when the owner of the local downtown scrapbook-ing store decided to close. Blocher was an employee there at the time.

“When she decided to close her business, (husband) David and I said, OK, let’s do this,” she said.

So she opened Creation Sta-

tion at 519 N. Main, which was one of the few spaces available downtown.

“I signed a lease with a piddly

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D ON R ATZLAFF / B UYER S E DGE

A challenging economy prompted Catherine Blocher to relocate of her business to a smaller store in the mall at 301 N. Meridian this summer. “That’s the one exciting thing about my cutomers—they have continued to follow me,” she said. “It’s been a little harder for them to find me here on Meridian because it’s no longer ‘Second Main Street.’ But they still want to know here I am.”

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