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There’s a new store in uptown Shelby and I stopped by for a visit this week. It’s called The Smile Shop and it’s run by Don and Lena Tronson. We all know the Tronsons in Shelby…Don’s retired from the Army and along with his wife, Lena, he’s put together a hobby and craft store. They have items for scrap booking, beads, yarn, embroidery floss, buttons, models, paint, glitter, military coins, hats, & patches. I salute the Tronsons for not only venturing into a new business during these challenging economic times but also for their support of our military men and women serving our country. They have reserved a window in the front of the store just for pictures of all military men and women that are serving us. Folks are encouraged to bring in a picture of their service son, daughter, husband, wife, relative and they’ll frame it and place it on their front window. And Don has graciously offered to help our veterans replace their lost medals and ribbons at NO COST! Don’s done a couple of tours of ‘Nam and he’s one of the most interesting guys I’ve ever talked with. As for the future, the Smile Shop is going to be carrying RC cars, planes, helicopters and trains not to mention the hot wheels they have in stock now. It’s was more than apparent to me that Don is not only proud of his service to the  country but that he also wants to “give back” and the Smile Shop certainly fits the bill. They’re right on the main drag, 215 Main Street. And if you’re a military man or woman who would like to place your lost medals and ribbons, simply ask Don. He’ll be more than happy to do it for you at no cost. Thank you Don and Lena for believing in Shelby and in America. And by the way, “keep on smilin’.

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