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If you’re seeking peace and quiet, I have just the spot. It’s Collins River Camp, Ramp & RV Park located in the secluded Rock Island countryside.
New campground owners Tim and Faith Vick have an engaging story of how they came to buy the 21-acre campground nestled beside the comforting flow of the Collins River.
“I decided to sell everything I own to buy this campground,” said Tim. “We had lived on Smithville Highway across from Ace Fence and it just got to the point where I had to get away from that road. It was something all the time and at all hours of the night. Since we moved out here, we love it. It’s so much more serene. I’ve been in a better mood since we’ve been here.”
Added Faith, “Tim and I grew up as camping people so we’re just tickled with this.”
The Vicks bought the campground from Vernice Dunlap, who had operated very quietly for around 10 years. It was such a quiet operation, the guy who does business reporting for the newspaper had no idea it existed. But Tim and Faith want to have a different strategy.
“We want everyone to know we’re here,” said Tim.
If you want to stay in primitive fashion along the river in a tent, there are 14 campsites available. The campsites come with a firepit and picnic table, but not the modern luxury of electricity. RVs can also park in one of those campsites but no utility hookups are available. The campsites are $18 per night.
If you want to camp in an RV and enjoy running water and TV, there are 12 RV sites with full hookups. You can rent the sites for as long as you like. They are $30 per night, $150 per week, and $300 per month.
“At a state park, you can only rent for a maximum of two weeks and then you have to leave,” said Tim. “You can rent here for as long as you like.”
Said Faith, “We get a lot of referrals from the state park. It’s only four miles away. When they get full, they will send people to us.”
A bath house with two showers is available, along with kayak, canoe, and pontoon boat rentals. The campground is pet friendly and it’s a great place to enjoy musky fishing as the Collins River has gained a reputation as one of the best musky fishing holes in the South.
“The main thing has been staying on top of the mowing and making sure everything is clean and looks nice,” said Tim. “It’s a great place for people right here in Warren County if they’re looking for a spot to get away and relax.”
If you want to get a glimpse of the campground, Saturday, May 14 will be an opportune time. That’s when Tim and Faith are holding a grand opening celebration from 3 to 7 p.m., complete with live music from Three Blind Mice and a food trailer with concessions.
The campground is located at 4178 Hennessee Bridge Road. It can be reached at 686-4468 or 273-3964.

Come and get Tastes of Home

The food trailer located in front of the bowling alley has reopened its windows with new owners and a new name. The three co-owners have discovered if you grill it, they will come.
Holly Bain, Jennifer Juniper and Grant Kirby have opened Tastes of Home. They’ve been greeted by a mad rush of customers eager to try their made-to-order cooking.
Desserts like homemade banana pudding and chess pie have been wildly successful, while the Philly cheesesteak and hand-patted burgers have been popular sandwiches.
The three are all former Lowe’s employees who had a craving to enter the food service business. So they said goodbye to home improvement and hello to meatloaf sandwiches.
“Jennifer and I would go out to lunch once a month and this is something that came up at one of those lunches,” said Holly.
Quipped Jennifer, “It was the most expensive lunch I’ve ever had.”
Grant said he started to think about owning a food trailer about five years ago and had gradually been working toward that goal.
“I love to cook so this is right up my alley,” said Grant. “The busier, the better.”
The food trailer was formerly operated at that location by Jack Eslick and Marty Forsythe and was called The Sweet Shop. Jack decided to take a job right here at the Standard in our advertising department and Marty returned to home health so the food trailer came available. Along with buying the trailer itself, the three also got all of The Sweet Shop’s tasty recipes.
Tastes of Home posted a perfect health department score of 100 and they encourage anyone to make a call-in order at 259-3346 if they want their food ready when they arrive.
“We don’t cook it until they order it,” said Jennifer. “It’s all made fresh.”
Senior citizens and members of the military get a 10 percent discount every day and all three co-owners wear red on Fridays to signify their support for the military.
“We want to remember everyone who is deployed because that’s important,” said Jennifer.
Customers might want to try The Arnie. It’s a drink that’s half sweet tea and half lemonade. Whole pies are also available, but those orders are requested one day in advance.
Tastes of Home opens at 11 a.m. Monday thru Friday. It will be open next weekend on Saturday night, May 7, for Back to the Strip Night.
“Anyone who wants to get away from the traffic for a minute can come here and get something to eat,” said Holly. “We’ll have a classic combo special and they can turn on Hobson Street and get right back to The Strip.”

Gift shop ready to bloom

Chas Badger is in the process of opening a charming gift shop and garden center on Viola Road. She has a grand opening planned for this coming Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“I’m trying to offer some different items, some unique items, you can’t get anywhere else in town,” said Chas of her business named Badger’s Garden & Gift Shop.
One of those interesting items is an air plant. This is a plant that amazingly grows without soil.
“You just have to water it occasionally,” said Chas. “You can dunk it, run it under a faucet, or spray it.”
Another neat item is her terrariums. These are glass containers which are made into plant environments and can be placed on a shelf or hung from the ceiling.
Another item is handmade jewelry from Hawaii. Chas said she met the jewelry maker on Instagram and decided to carry her work.
There are cookie cutters made in Vermont, candles from Georgia, and custom wreaths Chas makes herself. She says the gift shop will be seasonal with gourds, pumpkins and mums in the fall, and a healthy supply of Christmas décor for the holidays.
When it comes to the garden center, Chas will carry different plants than your standard begonias and petunias. She has experience working in a greenhouse and has also worked as a floral designer. She said she would like to add a greenhouse behind the business so she can propagate her own plants. She has Heirloom seeds available for vegetables and flowers.
Badger’s Garden & Gift Shop is located at 6179 Viola Road, which is just past Mt. Zion Road if you’re traveling from McMinnville. The phone number is 743-9984.
After opening next weekend, regular business hours will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday thru Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

STAR has new manager

STAR Physical Therapy is proud to welcome Darin Payne as the manager of its clinic at 3087 Sparta Highway. The center is located in the basement of Pinnacle Orthopaedics.
Darin is an experienced physical therapist who is dedicated to improving a patient’s quality of life through advanced techniques. He has a doctorate of physical therapy degree and has amassed hundreds of hours of continuing education.
Darin is married with three children and enjoys golfing in his free time. If you are dealing with pain, call Payne. Darin that is. The STAR clinic can be reached at 668-1595.

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