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Spring 2014: “Greenhouse Gold” sneak peek!

Posted on March 7th, by admin in Businesses, Magazine, Places. No Comments

Greenhouse Gold
Arnold’s Greenhouse flourishes in LeRoy for more than 35 years

Know your grower, Rita Arnold likes to say.

At Arnold’s Greenhouse in LeRoy, that’s easy to do.

Despite its 70,000 square feet of greenhouses and retail space, all housing nearly 3,500 varieties of plants, Arnold’s isn’t your typical big-box operation. Rita and her husband, George, pride themselves on offering big-time quality and variety paired with small-town, independent values.

“We try to set ourselves apart as locally grown, so the consumer can have confidence,” Rita says. “And unlike other garden centers, we let the consumer go into each of our greenhouses. Because of that, we have the largest shopping area in the state.”

That scale, however, is just one element of what sets Arnold’s apart from the rest. Just ask George and Rita’s longtime customers.

“I love the selection of plants that they have. Every year … Read More »


Winter 2013 issue: “Cookie Heaven” sneak peek!

Posted on November 19th, by admin in Businesses, Magazine, People. No Comments

Cookie Heaven
Thousands of copper cookie cutters are sold at CopperGifts.com. Every single one of them is made right here in Southeast Kansas.

Flip on Food Network reruns, and you just might see the faces of Southeast Kansas locals Raymond and Beth Braman.

The Parsons-based Bramans have been featured on the network – twice, in fact – for their distinctive, handmade copper cookie cutters, sold on CopperGifts.com in thousands of different shapes.

“They filmed an episode of ‘Unwrapped’ here in around 2005, and a couple of years later they came for a Christmas special,” Beth says. “It was the last day of August and about 104 outside, and we’re all wearing Christmas sweaters with the house decorated for Christmas.”

The hard work – and sweat – paid off.

“I remember the big rush after the first show aired. It was just unbelievable,” she says. “We couldn’t … Read More »