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Winter Wellness: Keeping Your Sickness to a Minimum


As a new year kicks off, many people will make resolutions. Keeping some resolutions can be difficult, but many are attainable by taking small steps.

We talked to some local business on how to set and achieve attainable New Year goals related to wellness.

Winter Blues

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that happens as seasons come and go. Often referred to as “winter blues,” it affects many.

Katie Roth (Port), Oil City YMCA’s Wellness Director, suggests movement and exercise as a great way to combat depression. When people use their bodies to exercise and move, endorphins are released and can boost your mood and improve  your attitude.

“The social aspect of exercise is a huge part of the YMCA culture and can also positively impact individual’s moods and help to combat seasonal depression,” Katie said. “A lot of our group exercise classes are like little families—people laugh, talk and exercise together in community.”

Mental and physical health are integrally connected, illustrating how exercise can positively influence an individual’s mental health and lead to a more productive happy person.

Nourishing Your Body

Staying mentally healthy is one way people can resolve to avoid sickness in the New Year, but fending off the cold and flu are also important aspects of staying healthy. One important way to keep yourself from getting sick is to nourish your body.

Ashley Sheffer (Cowles), owner of Core Goods in Oil City, supports the idea of keeping healthy by eating fresh and whole food.

“Incorporating wholesome food in your diet can help keep your whole body in balance and feel better throughout the winter,” she said. “Instead of focusing on what not to eat, I encourage people to simply try to add nourishing items when they can—like vegetables, nuts and seeds, or whole grains.”

Simple Habits

Sometimes, simply adding small things to your life each day can make a difference.

“It might sound cliché but I am a firm believer in washing your hands, it makes a huge difference in staying healthy,” Katie said.

Daily habits, such as taking quality supplements or incorporating essential oils into your routine can have a huge impact in the long run,” said Calvin Bickel, owner of God’s Little Garden and Cranberry Wellness Center.

Despite the impending cold, snow, and wind that the winter brings, there are affective ways to keep your mind and body in shape even in the winter.

Keep those sick days away by staying mentally and physically healthy through movement that supports your lifestyle, and keep the cold and flu bugs away by nourishing your body, washing your hands, and adding simple habits to your daily routine. These tips will help to keep those sick days to a minimum and combat both the winter blues and sniffles.

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s January 2020 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

FLEX Member Highlight: Ashley Sheffer


Ashley pictured with Co-Owner Shaun Alcorn

Congratulations to FLEX member Ashley Sheffer, owner of Core Goods in Oil City. Core Goods was awarded a $5,000 grant through the Get on the Trail Business Plan Contest, sponsored by the Oil Region Alliance.

Core Goods is a store that sells bulk foods, produce, grab and go items and more. 

Ashley wrote a concept paper and business plan, and presented her ideas to a panel of judges before being awarded the grand prize in the contest. Ashley’s plans include expanding the number of bulk bins in the store, as well as installing a filtered water station and adding a supply of reusable containers, all to offer more for trail users.

This article was published in the Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs Exchange’s (FLEX) November 2019 edition of the FLEX Your Ideas (FYI) Newsletter.

Cross Pollination is Good For Business


If you have ever watched a bee visit flower to flower in your garden, you understand how this species is vital for the garden’s life. This same principal should be applied to the community of business and development. Cross pollination is essential in our region as small businesses struggle to prosper and evolve to the needs of the consumer.

Located in the southern tier of Venango County, Emlenton is a community like many others in our region that requires connectivity to other businesses for survival.

One business, The Barnard House Bed and Breakfast, is striving to promote the special qualities that make the valley unique.

A Mother’s Day Tea themed “Women Celebrating Women” and planned for May 11 has been uniquely created by 11 regional businesses found in Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Sharon and Venango Counties. These 11 businesses are owned or co-owned by women.

When businesses share in the development and creation of an event, there is so much more to offer the consumer. The Mother’s Day Tea is beautifully set in an aesthetic and intimate atmosphere along the river. The event will feature items prepared by Chef Don Ras and 70% of the foods served will be regionally grown and produced.

It is their hope that other businesses in our region will continue cross pollination in other venues. To learn more about this style of networking or to make a reservation for this event, please call (724) 867-2261.

The 11 business involved in this event include: Core Goods, DiVani Chocolatier, Do The Macarona, Going With The Grain, Grateful Life Farm, Mirakai Farm, Plot Twist Farm, Sandra Jackson Photography, Stella’s Sundries, The Singing Sparrow, and The Barnard House Bed ‘n Breakfast.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s April 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Divani Chocolatier & Core Goods


Two of our members—Divani Chocolatier in Foxburg and Core Goods in Oil City—are working together this Valentine’s Day. On Sunday, February 10, from 12 to 3 p.m. at Core Goods, you can enjoy samples of chocolate covered strawberries from Divani, and place an order for strawberries that will be made fresh and delivered on February 14.

For people unable to attend on the 10th, Core Goods will have forms available leading up to the event, so chocolate covered strawberries can still be ordered.

In December, Core Goods started selling “Bliss Bites” from Divani, which are dark chocolate bites  filled with organic nuts.

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