MOUNT VERNON — Another new year has rolled around, and with it comes more new businesses as well business changes in Mount Vernon.
“A smorgasbord of goodies” is what can be found at TD Surplus, 8684 Columbus Road. Located at the former Pine Valley Landscape, TD Surplus offers deep discounts on a wide variety of items from diapers to car hitches.
Friends Tom Jackson and Dave Shoro opened the surplus outlet in early December, and business is off to a fine start for the two partners. “Business has been really good,” said Jackson, who recently retired and moved to Mount Vernon to be near his in-laws. “It’s been a steady flow of people. We’re well pleased.”
Overstock items, mostly brand new, from A-Z is what shoppers at TD Surplus will find. “It’s all bargain priced. You will be pleased,” said Jackson. Tools, household goods, lawn and garden items ... anything but the kitchen sink is available for the picking. “If you can think of it, we have it,” he said.
Hours of operation are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. They can also be reached at 392-1401.
Those looking for gluten-free baked goods now have an option in Mount Vernon with the opening of Lil Country Acre, 35 Public Square. Opening for business on Saturday, owner Valorie Kesman will serve up gluten-free breads, cakes, cupcakes, cookies and muffins. Kesman has been selling goods out of her home for a few years and will be opening a store location for the first time. Goods are baked in her home and transported to the store. Kesman admitted that if business goes well, she may consider moving to a larger facility where she can do her baking on-site.
Diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005, Kesman was forced to alter her diet to gluten-free products, to which her husband has also chosen to make the transition. Celiac Disease and other gluten intolerances make it difficult to consume products made with wheat, barley or rye derivatives. She now cooks with an all-purpose blend of bean flour, rice flour, sorghum, buckwheat and other flour mixtures. She is also a facilitator with the Newark Celiac Support Group.
In the store will be samples for tasting as well as information on gluten-free diets. Store hours at Lil Country Acre will be 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Friday and Saturday; 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday; and 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Kesman can also be reached at 323-6130 or 892-3738.
A new daycare business is now open in the Howard/Apple Valley area. Located in the former S&S Construction model home on U.S. 36, near the entrance of Apple Valley, is Journey Kids Daycare. Shannon Jarvis is administrator for the daycare facility which can enroll up to 38 students, 18 months old to fourth grade.
“So far, we’re doing great,” said Jarvis, as the daycare opened Dec. 19 and currently has 16 students enrolled. She is a certified teacher who has taught in the Mount Vernon City School District and has been at home with her children a few years before taking on the role of daycare administrator. Five other daycare employees comprise the staff.
Busing is available for those living in the East Knox School District as the daycare is a scheduled drop-off point on the district bus routes. A preschool curriculum is taught throughout each week as well as Bible lessons. Activity time is in abundance as there is a large indoor play area and a fenced-in outdoor play area. Snacks are also provided, and children are to bring their own packed lunch.
Hours of operation at Journey Kids Daycare are 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (740) 200-4450.
Recently moving from Martinsburg Road to 205 S. Mulberry St. is Kritterville ADS. Owned by Jim and Marge Gantt, this adult day-hab center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and provides a place of learning and activity for adults with a disability.
“They learn life skills, social skills, work on crafts and go on outings,” said administrator Jennifer Huffman of the clients at Kritterville. Also working on staff are day-hab specialists Victoria Best and Becky Stahlee. Animals are used for therapeutic purposes where clients learn how to care for them and get themselves in a routine of feeding and cleaning in the event they ever desire personal ownership. Animals on-site include rabbits, chinchillas, degus, a turtle, a guinea pig and an iguana.
“We have more space and better lighting here. And it’s more convenient for people to just stop in,” said Huffman of the new facility.