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 By Drew Truitt    Business 

20 Years in Lake Wales - Yesterday's Treasures a Joy to Behold

Yesterday's Treasures owners Betty and William (Bill) Schermerhorn have collected for over 50 years mostly in New York state, and many of those finds are displayed and for sale at... — Updated 1/9/2020

 By Susan Craig    Business 

7 Tips for Talking Money with the Person You Love

Your relationship is about living a happy life together, not dollars and cents. A little financial planning may help you get there. There’s nothing more exciting than tying the... — Updated 1/8/2020


Wawa Credits Success to Valuing Employees, Servant Leadership

A Wawa convenience retail store manager who completes 25 years can retire a multimillionaire because of the company's lucrative profit-sharing program, according to George Wood,... — Updated 1/1/2020

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Florida Pickers: The Palomino Camaro

On the heels of a sale yesterday of a 1971 VW kit car featured in a previous Florida Pickers column in addition to the sale last week of a rare 1936 Buick Roadmaster I immediately... — Updated 12/26/2019


City Grant Helps Attract Downtown Seafood Restaurant

A City of Lake Wales incentive program to draw new restaurants to downtown has reeled in its first big catch. Melanie's Seafood Co. is scheduled to open in January at 120 Park... — Updated 12/26/2019


Polk State's Oguntola Assumes Chamber Reins at Annual Holiday Banquet

Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council Board Chairman Maryemma Bachelder celebrated a successful year at the annual holiday luncheon Dec. 6 as she... — Updated 12/14/2019

 By Susan Craig    Business

Beware of Retirement Sprawl

As we move through our career, we often accumulate a number of different retirement accounts: A traditional IRA here, a rollover IRA there, and two or three scattered 401(k)... — Updated 12/11/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Kathryn's Christian Books is a Family Affair for All Ages

Mission Statement: Lake Wales Care Center is a faith-based community service organization which demonstrates Christ's love by building bridges between people in need and people... — Updated 12/11/2019


Polk Business Groups Host International Trade Symposium

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and the Central Florida Development Council recently hosted the 5th annual international trade symposium Polk Goes Global. Javier Marin, CFDC... — Updated 12/5/2019


Publix Doubles Commitment to Help Alleviate Hunger

Since 2009, Publix has donated more than $2 billion in dairy, deli, meat, produce and fresh-baked goods to people in need. The company is now pledging an additional $2 billion in... — Updated 12/5/2019


Message from Lake Wales Main Street Executive Director

Can you see it? Can you feel it? Something's in the air and although the holidays are fast approaching, I am specifically referring to the Dover Kohl "Lake Wales Connected"... — Updated 12/5/2019


Shop Local Nov. 30 for Small Business Saturday

Following on the heels of Black Friday, local businesses are encouraging shoppers to participate in Small Business Saturday Nov. 30. Lake Wales Main Street Executive Director Karen... — Updated 11/27/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Polk Furniture Store Looking for New Owner

If you are are in the market for buying an existing business with plenty of goodwill and lots of potential look no further than Steve Seisel's Polk Furniture Store. A bargain at... — Updated 11/27/2019

 By Sean Mallott    Business

Four Polk Colleges Training Cybersecurity Experts and Analysts

As the nation struggles to train enough cybersecurity experts and analysts to fill a shortage that has grown by 50% since 2015, four Polk County colleges are offering courses and... — Updated 11/27/2019

 By Susan Craig    Business

Estate Planning Fundamentals

Plan for a long life and keep these vital documents up-to-date for your protection and the sake of those you love. The underlying goal of proper estate planning is to ensure the... — Updated 11/27/2019


Meet Florida Highwayman Artist Al Black at Pop-Up Event and Sale Nov. 21

Tilted Tiara events is hosting a Florida Highwaymen Pop-up Art Event and Sale Thursday, Nov. 21 in the Rhodesbilt Arcade in historic downtown Lake Wales. The one-day-only event,... — Updated 11/21/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

On . . . or off Your Rocker

To rock or not to rock. That is the question. I wish I could say I vividly recall my grandma knitting in her rocking chair as a prominent childhood memory. But I can't. Neither of... — Updated 11/14/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Stop by Junior's Fish Market for Friendly Service and Fresh Seafood

It's likely most everyone around town is familiar with Junior's Fish Market as much for owners Mike and Lisa Montella as the fresh-off-the-boat fish and seafood and prepared meals.... — Updated 11/13/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Florida Pickers: On . . . or Off Your Rocker

To rock or not to rock. That is the question. I wish I could say I vividly recall my grandma knitting in her rocking chair as a prominent childhood memory. But I can't. Neither of... — Updated 11/6/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

The Chevrolet Corvette: Love At First Flight

"Corvette" was an old term used to describe small warships that were first used in the 1670s by the French Navy. How it ended up the name for the model destined to become the fifth... — Updated 10/30/2019


Florida Poly to Boost Autonomous Vehicle Research with New Simulation Facility

Florida Polytechnic University will soon have a new simulation facility on campus dedicated to the testing and verification of autonomous vehicle technology in real-time. The... — Updated 10/30/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Meet Attorney Tonya Stewart, a Compassionate Advocate

Lake Wales is home to attorney Flora "Tonya" Stewart where she lives with her husband, Sam, and three children ages 3, 8 and 10. But she works here, too, and operates Tonya Stewart... — Updated 10/30/2019

 By Kevin Kieft    Business

A Strategy, a Plan, a Dream - Downtown

Downtowns are the heart of a town. To devote time, money, energy and dedication to a city's downtown is to embrace its essence. Therefore, it was with great enthusiasm that we at... — Updated 10/30/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Florida Pickers #3 - Model A Replica for 50th Anniversary and Other Vintage Finds

When Harry Met Henry... Well, not exactly. Because if in 1978 Harry J. Shay had actually met THE Henry Ford things may have turned out differently for Harry and his Model A &... — Updated 10/22/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Bizz Buzz: The Krafty Kitten

Stop in and be a part of Michele's fun crafting community at the new Krafty Kitten. The shop offers over 10,000 rubber stamps along with dies and the latest in cutting equipment.... — Updated 10/22/2019


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