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Springfield residents start yard card business with a holiday treat

Dayton Daily News logo Dayton Daily News 11/28/2020 Natalie Jones
a group of people wearing costumes: Robyn Fell, left, and her son, Zan, with Kim Harris in a front yard that has been "Elfed" Tuesday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF © Bill Lackey Robyn Fell, left, and her son, Zan, with Kim Harris in a front yard that has been "Elfed" Tuesday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Two Springfield residents have started a yard card business with the hopes of expanding to a store front in the near future.

During the holiday season, the business is featuring an Elf set of yard cards where residents can “elf” their or their friends’ yards.

“We’re trying to go a step above the yard card scenario and we’ll be adding little gifts in with all of our yard cards and greetings,” Kim Harris, co-owner of A Sign of the Times said.

For $45, local residents will receive a 24-hour rental of elf signs and 12 candy canes hidden in their yard. For $55, they will receive the signs, candy canes and a hot cocoa set for the family to share.

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A Sign of the Times is offering services within 35 miles of Springfield including New Carlisle, Park Layne, Medway, South Vienna, South Charleston, St. Paris, Enon, Mechanicsburg, Fairborn, Beavercreek, Huber Heights, London and Dayton, Harris said.

“We figured this would be a good way to get our feet wet, to hop in and get ready for Valentine’s Day and graduation,” Harris said. “We’re excited.”

Harris owns the business with her long-time friend, Robyn Fell. They explained that they have plans to do yard cards for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and many more occasions.

“If you can dream it, then I think we will be able to produce it,” Fell said.

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The two friends decided to start the business after Fell decided to temporarily stop working as a nail tech at The Tribe Salon on Upper Valley Pike in Springfield.

Fell said she made the difficult decision to protect her son, Zan, who has autism and Smith-Magenis syndrome, from possible exposure to the coronavirus. She explained that Zan attends a day program where COVID-19 safety precautions are strict.

Fell added that having this business allows her son to have an outlet and to be employed.

The business owners said they hope to have a store front in Springfield featuring party supplies. They also said they are planning to do free yard cards to Clark County nursing home residents that are turning 100 years old.

“There’s just so many things we’re missing out on and this is one way to at least bring happiness to someone’s day,” Fell said.

For more information, call 937-206-7405 or search for A Sign of the Times on Facebook.

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