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Springville is growing and flourishing

SPRINGVILLE — Last week, I enjoyed hearing about Jeanne Ellis’s fascinating history and the twists of fate that brought her to Springville. The Oasis Bed & Breakfast owner has been all over the world, both in and out of the military, seeing what different countries have to offer and experiencing life the way most of us can only dream of.

But she and her husband chose to settle down in Springville because of the close-knit community and down-home atmosphere offered in the village. “It bugs me when people say bad things about this town,” she offered, as we hung out at her bed and breakfast. “There is so much going on here and Springville has so much to give.”

I am glad that Jeanne was so frank with me; her words got me really thinking about the way Springville is perceived and made me even more thankful to be living in a place like this.

Small towns sometimes get a bad rap because they tend to be more close-knit, occasionally more conservative and often more tranquil. But that does not mean that they do not have a lot to offer and cannot attract visitors, welcome additional residents and become home to new businesses.

Case in point: Springville welcomed not just one, but two new enterprises to town this week. Olympia Sports opened a new location in the Tops Plaza on South Cascade Drive and Cindy Lou’s Frozen Yogurt hung out its shingle in the Springville Village Shopping Center, also on South Cascade Drive.

Attendees at Springville Area Chamber of Commerce meetings might be surprised to hear about how many people are interested in setting up shop in the village. The people of Springville are warm, inviting and enthusiastic about supporting small businesses.

So we join with the rest of the community in welcoming Cindy Lou’s and Olympia Sports to Springville and look forward with them to the future.

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