Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Business Deal Sparked After Golf Course Quip

Published in the 1/11/11 issue of the Suburban Journals

Business Deal Sparked After Golf Course Quip

What began as a quip on a golf course evolved into a business transaction for Jeff Herr and Mike Ogle.

One day on the links last year, Herr — owner of Cullop-Jennings Florist in Collinsville — jokingly suggested Ogle purchase his business.

Herr, who owned the shop for 18 years, was kidding at first, but the two got talking and realized they were on to something. Continue reading


January 11, 2011 Posted by | News Stories, Newspaper Writing, Sample Work | , , , , | Leave a comment

At Ashmann’s, Just ‘Ask Lenny’

100_0783Brief version published in the 8/9/09 issue of the Suburban Journals/Collinsville Herald
Extended version is as follows:

            He’s the go-to guy. He’s the one to ask about how to treat a wasp sting, how to test blood sugar and how to relieve a sunburn or rash. “Let me ask Lenny” is a common phrase heard throughout the aisles of Ashmann’s Pharmacy in Collinsville.
            Lenny Locus, owner of Ashmann’s for the past 11 years, has been a fixture in the store since 1967. It’s not his hard work or long hours that most notice – it’s that he is a people person. Continue reading

August 9, 2009 Posted by | Feature Stories, Newspaper Writing, Sample Work | , , , | 2 Comments