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After tea cakes, my grandmother’s buttermilk pie comes in as a close second as the dessert that tops my memory list. We ate Sunday dinner at her house often. A short trip after church, but we always hurried home to change out of our Sunday clothes first.

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Metal Market, Inc. is owned and operated by Roland Anderson. The business has served the Fort Payne area for nearly 20 years.

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Those who spend time and money on fine paintings should know that these precious purchases could be easily compromised due to environmental hazards or improper care.

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It might surprise you just how long pigs have been around. In fact, the pig dates back 40 million years to fossils, which indicate that wild “porcine” animals roamed, forests and swamps in Europe and Asia.

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Beverly Keel conquered a challenge that 160 million Americans are faced with– she lost her excess weight. Keel had been overweight most of her life and never dreamed that one day she would be an athlete or the director of a fitness center.

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It is commonly said that spiders are never more than 10 feet away from us. This makes spiders masters at disguising their presence. Whether we like it or not, we share our homes with these eight-legged arachnids. Occasionally, they make themselves known and send the homes occupants running. …

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Princesses and Rock Star Infant and Children’s Clothing Store is owned and operated by Lisa Marie Lyons. Previously she operated the business as a consignment shop, but she is now buying the previously-owned merchandise outright for resale.

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Monkey Bread is a pull-apart bread often served at holidays for breakfast or with the main meal. Over the years creative cooks have taken the original recipe and created many new versions and even made it easier to prepare.

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Tena Cryer is originally from Texarkana, Texas, but she is known for many things around DeKalb County. Her mother-in-law was Dessie Newberry-Brown, who owned a well known restaurant in Mentone for many years. Cryer and her husband, Mike, quit their jobs and came to Mentone and worked at the …

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The kitchen pantry is usually the last place to get cleaned and organized. All too commonly we shut the door and say we’ll organize it another day. Organizing a kitchen pantry can be made easier with items generally used to organize other areas of the home.

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Tonya Haas opened Myrtle Jane’s 12 years ago. Within one year of opening the business in Fort Payne, the store had to be remodeled to add on an additional 1,500 square feet. Now Haas is opening a second Myrtle Jane’s.

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Velveeta Cheese is a pasteurized process cheese spread product with a heritage of cooking versatility that began in 1928 when Kraft purchased the Velveeta Cheese Company of Monroe, NY, maker of Swiss-type cheeses.

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Martha Harris goes to work every day. What makes this seemingly normal activity inspirational is that she is 84 years of age. This is also remarkable because she didn’t begin her employment until she was retirement age.

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There are many stories as to the origin of peanut butter. In the 15th century, Africans ground peanuts into stews. Creamy Chinese peanut sauces are centuries old. “Peanut porridge” kept many Civil War soldiers alive.

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Last week, this column gave the history of the grandfather clock and how it came to be called by this family reference. Commonly, people refer to a grandmother clock as a grandfather clock because they are so similar. The disguise is in the height.

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Thanks to the support of the community, many businesses across DeKalb County are succeeding and growing. In 2018 and 2019, this column featured over 100 local businesses, and today it takes a look at some of them to see where they are today and what’s new.

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The grandfather clock has been around since the late 1600s. The first one that is known of was made by British clockmaker William Clement. They have passed the test of time as they are still found in homes around the world. They may still be purchased online and in some furniture stores today.

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Pat Diehl opened a new store named Pier 35 Antiques and More on Aug. 1. The store is located at 1907 Scenic Drive East in Fort Payne. The name is reminiscent of the popular décor store named Pier 1 Imports and is fittingly named since it is located adjacent to Highway 35.

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Many people probably never believed society would have reached the level of crime that it has reached in our day. Crimes both in public and at personal residences have escalated quickly over the last decade.

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When school starts, most people feel summer is over and thoughts of fall come to mind. However, the extreme heat we experience everyday let’s us know that the weather is not fall made yet.

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“My House” when translated to Spanish is Mi Casita. Javier and Veronica Rodriguez have owned and operated the Fort Payne Mi Casita Mexican Restaurant since October 8, 1992. The restaurant is a family-operation with some nine different relatives working at the establishment along with non-fam…

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Cheryl Goodnight can be found most days working at the Fort Payne Verizon Wireless location as a sales rep. What makes her unique at what she does is her age. At fifty years old she is more tech-savvy than most of her peers.

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Few people live in mansions and this has many homeowners complaining about their homes feeling too small. Using these disguises can make a tiny house feel grander.

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Jamie McClung has worked in the Fort Payne school system since 2013. He is in the field of computer science and engineering concerned with robotics, which are devices that can move and react to sensory input.

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Children’s curiosity and impulsiveness induces them to explore, and seeing anything they are not familiar with piques their curiosity. Parents need to stay one step ahead of their little ones and realize the laundry room holds more hazards than it did when they were little.

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Life can get so hectic between family obligations and work. It seems all of the modern technology to make life “simpler” has not afforded couples more time to spend together. The divorce rate in America is at 50 percent and most marriages are now lasting only in the neighborhood of eight to …

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Whether you call it decoration, family gathering or family reunion, this is the time of year for families to get together. It’s a tradition — one that has lasted for many years and generations.

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When Roadside ‘Que started out in Fort Payne it was in a small food trailer parked on the side of the street in the downtown area. The response was so good that the business moved into a 1,500 square foot brick and mortar building located at 607 Gault Ave N, Suite A.

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Justin and Heather Christman come from different backgrounds but have blended well together in their marriage of 12 years. Justin is from Denver, Colorado and Heather is from Rainsville. The Christmans have two children, Everett, who is nine, and Parker, who is six.

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Disinfecting should be a routine. Whether or not anyone at home is sick, it is all about prevention. Since viruses are invisible, they wear a disguise and can sneak into our lives undetected until they make us sick.

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Regardless of where you live in this country, biscuits hot from the oven and generously spread with butter are always a treat. It used to be that the best biscuits could only be found at home, and they were made with buttermilk or sweet milk.

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Tommy and Nick McKee are brothers from Pisgah and are the owners of High 5 in Rainsville. The business has only been in operation for just a few months, but so far the parking lot stays full every day the store is open.

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Davy Willingham is a local entrepreneur who started out small and has steadily worked his way up in the business world. Willingham owns Body Vision Fitness & Aquatic Center in Rainsville, along with a shopping center where he rents space to other businesses.

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Everyone knows what they say about first impressions, and the entrance to a home definitely makes a first impression. Here are some ideas for making an entrance.

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The Small Business Administration reported in 2013 that there are more than 28.2 million businesses operating in the United States. These businesses created up to 63 percent of the jobs in the country in the years from 1993 to mid-2013. So, technically, small business is big business.

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I have learned even more about the decades old soda, Coca-Cola. I have already said it’s more than just a cool refreshing drink, but the “it’s” other use was as an ingredient in a recipe.

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Summer is the best time to find swimming pool foam, “noodles,” as they are known. While these adult floaties are perfect for buoyancy, they can also be disguised as various useful household items.

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Body Vision Fitness & Aquatic Center in Rainsville will have been helping people attain and retain physical fitness for 20 years in August 2019. The business is owned by Davy and Pam Willingham.

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Tim Smith worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority as a pipefitter for many years before early retirement at age 55 due to rheumatoid arthritis.

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Home interior designers are blunt when it comes to addressing what is classified as a décor dinosaur. No doubt they step on many homeowners' “toes” with the “no-no” list of what needs to be discarded. Here’s an updated inventory of what’s hot and what’s not. This list is helpful when it come…

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Dr. Anthony Vizzinia has served Fort Payne as a dentist for 30 years. His mission statement reads, “Our mission is to give every patient an extraordinary dental experience that they can’t wait to tell their family and friends about and look forward to their next appointment. Our office needs…

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The Fourth of July is usually celebrated with a cookout with family and friends. There’s BBQ, ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs and all the trimmings. What more could you want? Perhaps a dessert or two?

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Just about every home cook has at least one special dish they are “known for.” It could be called a signature dish, family favorite or legend, a personal creation or something that is just downright delicious that’s requested whenever family or friends get together.

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Is the tomato a fruit or a vegetable? It took the Supreme Court of our country to make the final decision.

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Whether a home is lacking a play area for the children, a man cave, an office, an in-home business such as a day-care, a family room, guest room, theater room, home-gym, or a mother-in-law apartment, the unfinished basement is the prefect blank canvas.

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Rainsville Janitorial is operated by Joshua "Josh" Jolley. The business was founded by Jolley’s step-father, Wayne Prevatt and is currently owned by Jolley’s mother, Vivan Prevatt. Rainsville Janitorial has served the DeKalb area for over 27 years. Their motto is: “We work hard so you don’t …

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Melissa Dorsey is an artist who is self-taught. She creates handmade products such as jewelry, handbags, cosmetic bags, shaving kit bags, hats and sandals.