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Blooming inspiration in Oak Harbor

Melissa Topey • Nov 7, 2013 at 5:20 PM

A local bed and breakfast offers a beautiful retreat for crafters and businesses alike.

Abby Heckman, with her husband, Greg, created Inspiration Inn Bloom to be a unique bed and breakfast inn for scrapbookers and crafters.

“A lot of people have a lot of things to scrapbook but no time,” Abby Heckman said “This is a place where you can sit and not feel you have to do something because you are at home.”

Heckman, an avid scrapbooker, saw a lot of these singular B&B’s in her travels to Michigan. There were only a few in Ohio, she realized. So she decided to host hands-on weekend sleepovers. The couple in September opened Inspiration Inn Bloom on West Bloom Road. Gatherings can be booked at any time but become all-inclusive with catered meals starting Friday evening through Sunday.

The inn is a cedar home of wood and glass. It is large at 7,200 square-feet, but comfortable. There are 22 guest bedrooms; all designed with a different theme, such as Nautical Nook, Color Me Happy and Cozy Cottage.

“This is a great space to create in,” Heckman said.

A 6-foot table with a craft light and comfortable chairs allows crafters to work for hours on end.

There is a small scrapbooking store that carries kits, card stock, tape, glue and other incidental supplies in case a guest runs out or has forgotten a much-needed item.

“A lot of people stay up until 3 a.m. while some people get up at 5 a.m.,” Heckman said “There is always coffee made.”

Novices can take lessons from Rebecca Cross, who is also a representative for scrapbooking supply company Close to My Heart.

“These are classes for people just starting to scrapbook,” Cross said. “I want to teach people to preserve their memories in the best possible ways.”

Different classes are offered each week, from making scrapbooking pages, cards and home decor-like picture frames.

Cross also teaches how to properly use Cricut, a machine scrapbookers use to cut supplies. Clients taking a break can walk the trails of the inn’s 53 acres. Making sure guests have everything they want is hostess Shannon Wroblewski.

Making sure guests have nothing but time to scrapbook and make friends is part of her job as well, she said. “Late at night I might serve snacks and treats like root beer floats and cookies,” Wroblewski said. “Guests can expect a weekend of being pampered.”

A pool is available for the summer months and an outdoor fire pit for the cold months.

Massages, manicures and pedicures are available during the weekends at an additional cost. The space can also be used for business meetings, retreats and parties. “In December I have a lot of requests to host Christmas parties,” Heckman said.

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