Business Digest

BUSINESS DIGEST

March 15, 2006

Clarksville boutique to mark Earth Day

Nest, an independently owned boutique in Clarksville, will celebrate Earth Day from noon to 4 p.m. April 22.

Jeff Kaufman and Jody Cutler, owners of Roots Market, Great Sage and Bark, all on Clarksville Square Drive, opened the eco-friendly store 2 1/2 years ago. Nest offers products that support independent artists, fair-trade importing, organic farming and recycling.

The store sells clothing from organic fibers, handmade pottery, books on vegetarian cooking, ecology and parenting, and children's books, as well as fair-trade jewelry, candles, meditation accessories and other items.

Company representatives and artists will be available April 22 to talk with customers. Environmental organizations and other nonprofits will also be represented. A free raffle for a $200 shopping spree is planned, and free gifts and food samples from Roots will be distributed.

Ground broken for bank branch

Howard Bank broke ground yesterday for its new Maple Lawn branch at Johns Hopkins and Old Columbia roads, adjacent to the Maple Lawn Farms development, just south of Columbia.

The 3,200-square-foot branch will be similar to existing branches at Snowden River Parkway and Hickory Ridge, including a community room, drive-through lanes and other services.

The bank expects to open the Maple Lawn branch in the third quarter of the year. A branch on U.S. 40, near Centennial Lane, is to open in early 2007.

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