Taking a look at Poland/Bowling Green businesses

Monday, July 1, 2024
IVY JACOBS PHOTO - “Lord Douglas.”

The 2024 Clay County Community Tours, a testament to the impact of the Wabash Valley Community Foundation grant opportunities, shone a spotlight on the resilience and innovation of small businesses in the Poland/Bowling Green area.

The Thursday event was held at Clayshire Castle, 8780 County Road 75 North, Bowling Green, a truly unique bed and breakfast event center that stands out in the area for its [unique features].

Owners Mary Jo and Doug Smock, in their roles as hosts ‘Lord Douglas and Lady Josephine’, personally guided visitors through the facility, sharing their passion for the modern medieval amenities at every turn.

Rhetta Jean’s Cafe, 3998 North Bowling Green Poland Road, provided dinner, and the restaurant’s origin story was shared.

Other presenters included Dirt Worx and Perkins Construction before Thrive West Central gave their presentation.

Thrive West Central connects West Central Indiana citizens to services and resources to improve their quality of life.


• Whether needing aging services,

• caring for an aging loved one,

• funding a business startup,

• needing transportation, or

• help with developing a community,

The goal of Thrive is to help “you reach your goals.” Thrive’s goal is to work with local and federal organizations to support the needs of the people of West Central Indiana. Thrive has served Clay, Montgomery, Parke, Put- nam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo Counties for 55 years.

To discover more about the services and resources offered by Thrive West Central, visit their website at thrivewestcentral.com.

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