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In 1997, Amy Mibb fell in love at first sight - with Mandy Curl's handiwork.

That year, Mibb discovered Curl's knack for sewing, fashioning and patching together fabrics into wearable art was a talent she could not live without.


If the idea of heavy traffic and crowded stores steals your holiday cheer and you long for the chance to select a handmade gift in a peaceful setting, consider a drive to Cardinal Hill Candles in Rochester.

Thanks to the determination of one family and the dedication of some outstanding employees, Springfield manufacturer Nudo Products Inc., has grown from humble beginnings.


Plagued by dry skin, Jamie Schall searched for a soap that would leave her clean but not irritate her skin. That search eventually led her to start her own business -- Sakura Soapworks.

If you are a carnivore and a locavore - meat-eater who prefers to consume locally processed food whenever possible - you will want to make sure Turasky Meats tops your list of favorite shopping venues. The independently owned retailer and wholesaler specializes in providing local restaurants, grocers and individuals with the highest quality meat products available.


"Donuts. Is there anything they can't do?" - Homer Simpson

The classic sauce that Sicilian grandmothers let simmer on the stovetop for hours is just a twist of a lid away, and it has its roots in Springfield. About six years ago, Joe Jannazzo decided to market the family sauce made famous at the Track Shack at Third and Laurel streets.

You are pulling out of your driveway, preparing to drive the same pot-holed path you speed along every day. In your head, you make a list of tasks yet to be accomplished before the sun sets.

A novelty giveaway at a 2001 national convention in Springfield spawned nationwide sales of the unique confection.

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