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She hopes to one day use the old barn to host


events and gatherings. “It’s a neat old barn,” she said. “It’s always had a


good roof on it, so it’s well preserved.” Eileen’s at Neer Farm opened in April of 2011. The farm cottage became a quaint shop where you’ll find all manner of gifts and home decor. A lovely garden further transformed the property into an area meant to be shared. “There are lots of birds and


other wildlife that visit the garden. It’s quite nice. It has been a source of peace,” she said. “You can get lost in your thoughts out there. It’s very good therapy.” Eileen is an Oklahoma Master


Gardener. She offers tours to accommodate programs for garden clubs who visit the farm. “Everyone has a gardening


style. Mine tends to be a little less formal.”


Eileen is proud of the fact that no


chemicals are used on the farm, which has been designated by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Eileen’s inventory emphasizes items


that are either American made, made in Oklahoma, locally produced or handcrafted. She can create gift baskets for holidays and special occasions. Visitors browse an assortment of made-in-Oklahoma


foods like salsas and jellies. They’ll also enjoy a selection of home decor and accents with a country charm like distressed furniture, windchimes and various garden items. The centerpiece of the business may well be Eileen’s


own unique line of Scentables soy-based candles. Each jar is handpoured by Eileen herself. Candles are available in two jar sizes and feature no


dyes or additives. There is a selection of scents from which to choose and the fragrance throw is exceptional. “The business has always been something I’ve wanted


to do,” she said. “As a mother you don’t always have time to do everything you want to do, but this was a dream of mine for many years and then the opportunity came along to purchase the candle company and learn how to make candles.”


Eileen’s candles quite popular and have developed quite


a loyal following. Along with being a member of the Made in Oklahoma Coalition, she gains additional visibility for her products by attending artisan shows and maintaining retail


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space at markets that offer such prod- ucts in Tulsa and Claremore. She can even offer custom labels


for special events such as weddings. “The business continues to


evolve,” said Eileen. “There doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to do everything I’d like to do.” Eileen’s at Neer Farm is


open 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thurs- day through Saturday from April through June and then again from September through Christmas. Special hours may be available by request by calling 918-244-6621. Visit online at


wwww.scentablescandles.com for more information on Eileen’s signature candle line. To visit the farm, travel


one mile north of Vinita on Highway 2. Turn left at the stoplight onto E250 Road and go west two miles before turning right and going a half-mile north on S4390 Road. Eileen’s will be on the right. “I’m not on the beaten path, but I think that’s part of


the charm,” Eileen says with a smile. “People appreciate having someplace to go that has some interesting things, plus it gives me an opportunity to share the farm. They can come out and bring the family. They don’t have to buy anything. We can just have a nice visit.” She added: “Planning the gift shop was something that


helped me pass the time and stay close to my husband while he was sick. I tried to keep myself busy while preparing for the future. We had a 19-year-old and I wanted to have a plan.” It helped having her late husband’s blessing. “Charlie was always supportive. He thought this would


be a nice idea. It made him happy I was staying in Okla- homa.”


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