Two businesses recently opened their doors in Fayette.

Written by David Green.

Lanzcove Tanning

After Rashell Covey and Tonya Lantz got to know each other through their children, they discovered something they had in common: They were both tired of driving a few miles in order to get a tan.

They contacted Charity Slyker to see if she was interested in selling her closed tanning salon and the deal was made. The two women combined their last names to create a new business, Lanzcove Tanning.

They’re currently using two beds and a booth from Slyker’s operation, but there are new bulbs in the equipment. The women expect to buy a new, updated bed in the future.

Despite the slower summer season, Lanzcove is currently open seven days a week and they’re offering a free tan to new customers.

In addition to tanning, Lanzcove offers massage, by appointment only, with massage therapist Carrol Portala.

The business is located at 112 W. Main St. in Fayette. The phone number is 419/237-2084.

The Saw Shop

When Verl Morningstar decided to close his Husqvarna saw sales and repair shop at Harrison Lake, Norm and Lisa Dickman saw an opportunity.

The Dickmans purchased the business and operated at the lake for a few months, but earlier this month they moved to a new location in Fayette.

“The primary reason for the move is for traffic,” Lisa said.

The business is located at the back of the former MRI building, east of Ridgeville Elevator. Between the elevator and Circle K, and with a new store soon to open across the street, the Dickmans think they have a good location and they’ve seen a large increase in customers.

Norm and Lisa didn’t just bring Verl’s store to town, they also brought along the repair man, Jeff Burkholder.

Burkholder said Verl’s carried a variety of equipment over the years, but he’s most impressed with the quality of Husqvarna. A full line of Husqvarna equipment is available, including saws, blowers, tillers, mowers, utility vehicles and more. 

The Dickmans are grateful for the help of Verl and Pat Morningstar, along with Lisa’s father, Mike Dominique, who helped  set up the business.

A grand opening is planned Aug. 5 and 6.

The Saw Shop can be reached by calling 419/237-2707.

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