On Main Street

Suzanne Ostebo of Herbal Ways and Jan Ostebo of Central Computer Repair, are new business owners on Waterville's Main Street. (Karen Larsen photo)

Suzanne Ostebo of Herbal Ways and Jan Ostebo of Central Computer Repair, are new business owners on Waterville’s Main Street. (Karen Larsen photo)


| Compiled by Karen Larsen |

This is an occasional column that highlights business news in Waterville and smaller Douglas County communities. If you have business news that you would like to appear in this column, please email larsen@empire-press.com.

Spring is here and for many local businesses that means opening for the season, or becoming busier. Here is some of what business owners have to report:

There are two new businesses located at the former location of Waterville Parlor on Locust Street. Jan Ostebo, who has opened a business called Central Computer Repair, is doing setup, maintenance, virus removal, backup and more. He also offers free diagnosis and estimates. For those with smartphone woes, Ostebo has recently been certified by Google as a smartphone educator. He can be reached at 888-3825 or 415-9926.

Suzanne Ostebo is a certified master herbalist and has opened a business called Herbal Ways. She offers a free initial consultation for those who want to find natural answers to aches, pains, allergies, depression, migraines, colds, flu and more. Ostebo will be hosting a free class for doTERRA, an essential oils company, called Essential Oils 101 beginning at 1 p.m. May 3. RSVP by

calling (206) 271-7744.

The first Farmers Market held at Farmer’s Hall in November was so successful that another has been planned and will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12. A number of area small businesses, including Funky Junk, Urban Prairie, Sweet Olive Tree and Signs Etcetera will be present selling unique goods. Sharina Weber will be selling homemade soaps and Jeanette Coppersmith will be selling Silpada Jewelry and knitted items. The Checkered Tablecloth will be offering lunch and the ladies from Jack’s Resort will be selling baked goods. The Waterville Swim Team will also be doing a fundraising raffle. Farmer’s Hall is located along Highway 2, across from the grain silos in Farmer.

The Waterville Historic Hotel will reopen for the season on April 25 and will stay open until the end of October. The hotel has a new website with images of all the rooms together with descriptions and prices. The second floor library has been completed. Check it out on the hotel website at www.watervillehotel.com.

On April 1, The Blue Rooster reopened for spring, summer and fall. Lots of local artists are featured in the gallery, and Amy Larsen’s art show, “It’s All About Trees,” will be on display through May.  Bruce Clark continues to brew French press coffee with all the various coffee combinations. The cold drink selection includes smoothies, root beer floats, ice cream sundaes and iced tea and coffee. Cathy Clark is baking maple bars, cinnamon rolls, scones, cookies and various breads.

Kimberly Gormley of Signs Etcetera said that she has been busy for the past few weeks working on truck lettering and race car lettering. Gormley has a new shop and more room to spread out projects, which means a lot more projects. Right now she is gearing up for the Farmers Market and has many new sign designs to offer there. As always, if you want something personalized, just let her know. You can check out most of her signage on the Signs Etcetera Facebook page. 

Kenner Automotive is open again after a couple of months off. Steve Kenner will be in the shop Monday through Friday to meet your repair needs.

Greg Day of Oldedays Firearms is currently having a “No Sales Tax” sale. He will pay the tax on all in-stock firearms sold between April 1 and April 15. Hurry in for the best selection.