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BluesNEO Lunch Fills the Peppermill

The new group focuses on supporting local businesses.

The was packed Monday afternoon for the .

The group—the acronym stands for Business Ladies United Economically and Socially in North East Ohio—exists to support local businesses and help people in the region network. The event at the Peppermill was just the group’s second, and it seemed to be a success.

About 50 people had been served at the buffet lunch. Rep. Marlene Anielski, who organized the group, said she was pleased to see a mix of people in different professions, from realtors to a judge to a school superintendent.

“It’s a great networking opportunity, a chance to make new friends,” said Louise Ritley of Corporate Apartment Partners of America.

Barb Toman, a massage therapist at , agreed, saying she loves to support local business owners and meet new people. She was sitting at a table with Ritley and a few others she had never met before. All of the women at the table had stopped by the event in Independence the month before and decided to come back.

The Peppermill isn’t usually open for lunch on Mondays, but that could change if enough people want it, said owner Gus Gallucci. He said he’d like to do some similar events soon.

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