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Bremen, Ohio is located in Fairfield County about 30 miles southeast of Columbus.

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New Quilt Shop Stitches into the Fabric of Bremen

New Quilt Shop Opens: Photo courtesy of Images By Miss Mindy

Photo courtesy of Images By Miss Mindy

Main Street Quilters celebrated its official grand opening with a ribbon cutting and festivities Saturday, November 3rd. Mayor David Ray, Chamber of Commerce President, Connie Moyer, building owner Kelly Trip, along with store owner Susan Garber participated as the ribbon was officially cut. Mayor David Ray commented, " It is just great for the downtown that Kelley and Troy initially had enough foresight to invest in their young years in a monumental task like this. I think the success of the downtown businesses in a village that has died and is coming back, is to make it a destination location. This fits in perfect here." Later, Bremen Area Chamber of Commerce President Connie Moyer stated, " I believe that Susan has the personality for this shop. It is a perfect fit for her and a perfect fit for Bremen." She believes Garber has found her nitch in Bremen.

The Quilt shop offers a line of items that you may not see in the larger retailers such as high quality Quilt fabrics, books, patterns, kits, sewing notions, and gift items. Also offering brands such as Moda, Benartex, Michael Miller, P & B Textiles, Timeless Treasures and many more. There is a 12' Longarm Quilting Machine right on site for those who would like to get their project finished. The Quilt shop offers a variety of classes from beginner on up in a cozy, community atmosphere. Garber encourages and offers space for ladies to come and have an old fashioned quilting party if the need arises. Located on 111 Main street, Bremen, Main Street Quilters hours of operation are Tuesday - Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm. Their phone number is 569-4900. The Quilt shop is yet another piece of beautiful fabric being interwoven into Bremen's history.


New CPA in Bremen

Tracy Lecrone, new CPA in Bremen

On October 1, 2007 Tracy Lecrone, CPA opened the doors to his new office at 101 W. Main Street in Downtown Bremen. Chamber Board Members; Anna Marie Qualls, Eric Mahler, and Connie Moyer welcomed Tracy with a big tray of cookies from the Bremen Area Chamber of Commerce. Tracy holds the position of Treasurer with the Chamber, Moyer apologized to Tracy stating with a smile, "Sorry you have to pay for the tray, but that's the way the cookie crumbles." Tracy is offering personal & business tax returns, payroll, bookkeeping, and financial statement preparations. Please contact him at 740-503-2224 to arrange an appointment. Remember tax season is just around the corner!


Crafty Grannies Celebrates New Bremen Location

A sign-hanging and ribbon-cutting ceremony preceded the shop’s grand opening on June 30. On hand to celebrate the event were the owners as well as Bremen Area Chamber of Commerce President Connie Moyer and Mayor of Bremen, David Ray. Eager customers looked on and were treated afterwards to cake, cookies, and refreshments.

The “Too” in “Crafty Grannies Too” could easily be “Two”, since the proprietors also have a successful little shop in Somerset dubbed “Crafty Grannies”. The ladies who own the two shops are mother and daughter (and each grandmothers) Etta Bechtel and Laurie Knowlton. The two grannies are each creative – selling their own wares, which consist of jewelry, home décor, florals and more. Knowing that they cannot possibly fill one shop, let alone two, with the industry of their own hands, they have opened the doors to local crafters and antique dealers, and offer a wide variety, including gifts, household items, jewelry, glassware, florals, blankets, Native American items, candles and more. Handiwork in the shop includes, but is not limited to: knitting and crochet, woodworking, tole painting, beaded and mixed media jewelry. Greeting cards and helium balloons are also offered.

Connie Moyer, who spent Grand Opening Day serving refreshments, was excited about the newest addition to the Bremen family of businesses:

“Laurie and Etta chose to expand their Somerset business to our Village. Over 50 years ago Olive's Confectionary was located in this store which was a lunch counter also offering notions and necessities. The layout of “Crafty Grannies Too” is so unique. Laurie accented the hardwood floors and the beautiful tile ceiling by displaying current merchandise and old antiques to make this location so quaint. It is a walk down memory lane for those who were around in the "Good Old Days". I encourage the residents of Bremen to stop in and enjoy the atmosphere. There is certainly something for everyone.”

“Crafty Grannies Too” is located at 106 Main Street (in the former “Once Upon A Cottage” store front). Their hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM.

Gearing up for the Grand Opening

Gearing up for the
Grand Opening

Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting


Checkboard Bakery Grand Opening

A large group of local and area residents along with County and local officials were on hand May 12th for the grand opening of Bremen's newest business, the Checkerboard Bakery. Connie Moyer, President of the Bremen Area Chamber of Commerce introduced Father Kessler who opened this joyous occasion by asking a blessing on the owner, employees and all patrons who will pass through the door of the Bakery.

Moyer stated that Marilyn Stephenson, the owner of Checkerboard Bakery had a vision, and the Bremen community, working together provided the support she needed to fulfill this vision--whether in the planning, design, financing, labor, prayers or words of encouragement. Mayor David Ray acknowledged that the Bakery is another positive step towards the revitalization of the Bremen community.

Stephenson opened her comments by stating that all things are possible with God, and with tears in her eyes she graciously thanked her family, friends and everyone for being so supportive during the entire process. Jean Schmelzer had the gathered crowd follow her in chanting, "CCDC," that is "Cookie calories don't count." Then the efforts of the last three years were culminated with the official Cutting of the Ribbon ceremony. The ribbon was quite appropriately made of red checkered fabric, the trademark of the Bakery's products.

Close to four hundred well-wishers came through the new door at Checkerboard Bakery following the opening ceremonies where Marilyn and her staff had prepared lavish displays of available products to be sampled by all attending. Stephenson stated, "I just didn't expect the steady stream of people. I thought there would be quite a few people at the ribbon cutting, but never guessed there would be a line of people standing in the sun waiting to enter.

The Bremen community extends a huge thank you to Marilyn for choosing to remain in Bremen and make it the permanent home of the Checkerboard Bakery.

Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting


2008 Revitalization Steering Committee and Other Officers

  • Meets on an as needed basis.
  • Melissa Eaton, Westerman Companies
  • Connie Moyer, Bremen Chamber of Commerce President
  • Tracy LeCrone, CPA, Bremen Chamber of Commerce Treasurer
  • Jodi Motta, The Friendly Bremen Bank
  • Eric Mahler, Council President, McAuley Manufacturing
  • Dee Mowry, Bremen Historical Society
  • Annamarie Qualls, The Friendly Bremen Bank
  • David A. Ray, Superior Fibers
  • David Smith, Westerman Companies
  • Troy Tripp

Official Bremen Revitalization Photographer: Patrick Boch

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Village of Bremen
Downtown Revitalization Office
136 Marietta Rd., Bremen, OH 43107
(740) 569-9150