Rainbow Flowers set to close

at the end of the year

Rainbow Flowers owner Mary Wessel has announced after 35 years in the floral business, as of Tuesday, Dec. 31, she will retire and close her shop.

"I've put in my time. It's time to move on," said Wessel, who says she hopes to have more time to spend with her husband and her family.

Wessel expresses her gratitude to the many customers she has had throughout the years.

At this point there are no plans to sell the business. According to Wessel, if someone did want to purchase the business, it would be the inventory only, as the building sits on her family farm and she does not want to lease or rent.

Former Metropolis resident launches Summit Heating and Air

Justin Lange filed an assumed name publication in October for his business, Summit Heating and Air, located in west Paducah. If his name sounds familiar, that is because he is the son of Jeff and Jackie Lange, formerly of Metropolis. Lange is a 2010 graduate of Massac County High School and grew up attending First Baptist Church.

"I spent a lot of time in the community in my teens and into my twenties working with churches in the area -- mostly with youth and children. I moved away for four years, but realized how much I missed my community, so I moved back," said Lange.

Lange went to trade school in Olney, obtaining certificates in HVAC/R and Industrial Maintenance, moved back to metropolis, worked with a general contractor, building basements and custom framed houses, and went to WKCTC for another year of HVAC/R training. In total, he has had two years of school and one year of hands-on experience.

"My business plan as an owner of an HVAC company is to not only be honest and work on the customers behalf, but also try to educate my client base on how their unit operates. I am extremely transparent when it comes to explaining what is wrong with their system and give them all the options rather than tell them what they are going to do and give them little to no options," said Lange.

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