Moving and expanding

Apache Tactical is only about a year old, but the outdoor and sporting store is already outgrowing its space on Old School Way.

Renovations are underway on the long-empty theater space in Coachlight Square, proprietor Joe Jackson said. Moving there will give the store about 1,200-square feet more space.

Jackson expects to be able to offer more brands and greater variety of gear, from bow hunting and trapping supplies to firearm magazines and camping supplies.

“We’re still keeping it where it’s good, hard-to-find stuff, high-quality stuff,” he said.

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He does not yet have a move-in date. Jackson is putting almost daily work in to get the space ready.

Jackson expects the new store to resemble some popular chain outdoor stores on a small scale — and attract far-reaching customer interest.

But unlike a chain store, not only can customers be waited on by the owner but they can know he only sells what he would want to use himself, Jackson said.

Confidential close to home

Lucinda David knows how hard it can be to find a private ear in a small community.

So David, who has worked as a licensed clinical social worker for two decades in Columbus, is taking a gradual road toward retirement by opening a small practice, Blue Door Counseling, in Nashville.

David works with adults going through life transitions, she said.

Using a cognitive behavioral approach, she works to identify the source of their anger, anxiety or other life problems, and then create a plan of action to address it.

“My specialties are anxiety disorders and depression, but I also enjoy the work of anger management and stress management,” she said.

“It’s about good decision-making, and then having a behavioral change behind that,” she said.

Most of all, David stressed the confidentiality of her practice.

Especially in a small community, David said she worries that people don’t always reach out because they are worried someone else will find out or they will be permanently entered into a system.

David said she wants to be able to allay those fears for people so they can work through whatever life has thrown at them.

David currently gets most of her clients by word of mouth or through referrals but is always open to new clients, she said.

She can be reached at 812-669-2080 or She said any messages she receives are kept confidential.

Downtown working out

Among the offices and shops downtown, a personal trainer has carved out a small space for getting healthier.

Erica Weddle’s new effort was inspired in part by her experience as an athlete. When she decided to get back into that condition, she realized she could enjoy working with others to do the same.

Her business is currently located in Launch Brown County, a space created through the Brown County Chamber of Commerce to help new businesses get started.

The workout mats, small weights and other athletic items may seem a little out of place in an office space, but Weddle said part of her goal is to show people they can work out anywhere — even in the space by their desk.

In fact, a few feet of space not much bigger than a person is almost all someone needs if they want to work out, Weddle said. She focuses on exercises such as push-ups, sit ups and planks.

Weddle already has several interested clients but is open to more, she said. Her classes will be on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Contact Weddle at 812-343-3560 or

Moonpennies closing shop

After about 13 years as a Nashville merchant, Connie Percifield will be closing up shop.

Outside on the white picket fence, a sign stating “Retirement Sale” sums it up. Her Miss Moonpennies Emporium on Van Buren Street will not be closed immediately; she is gradually selling off her stock.

Though she had considered selling the store to another merchant — and has had at least one offer — she decided she did not want to see the store run by someone else.

“My husband and I grew up here, and I’ve always loved this area,” Percifield said. “I’ve just felt so lucky and fortunate to be able to come here and ‘play’ every day.”

“But, I’m going to be 66 years old in March, and retail is a lot of hours,” she said. “So, I want to play now, and enjoy what life I have left.”

Once she has officially retired, Percifield said she and her husband plan to spend time with family and simply enjoying themselves.

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Ben Kibbey is a Brown County transplant from the cornfields of central Ohio. He covers county government, business, outdoors, sports and general news.