Plain Talk to host author Nathan Nash

Author Nathan Nash will be joining us at Plain Talk Books & Coffee on Saturday, April 14 at 11 am to celebrate his new book, "Looking into the Eyes of a Wayward Riddle."

Nash's book is about his experience adopting a six-year-old boy with developmental disorders.

"It's a must-read for anyone who has adopted, or is thinking of adopting, a child with developmental or behavior disorders," wrote author William Greenleaf about Nash's book. "But even parents with children unaffected by such disorders will empathize with Nate's plight as he navigates the medical, psychiatric, and legal challenge's associated with his adopted son's various symptoms."

Stop by and learn more about Mr. Nash and a topic that is near and dear to our hearts. Plain Talk is operated by Optimae LifeServices, a mental health care services provider, and provides jobs and job training to individuals with disabilities. We hope to see you over the lunch hour on Saturday!

Storefront rehab project progress

Come see the progress we've made on the storefront rehabilitation project at Raccoon Forks Trading Co. and Railroad Bill's Dining Car! Windows and doors were recently installed on the east and west storefronts, and the scaffolding has been removed. Renaissance Restoration, of Galena, Ill., is doing the work on the building (built c. 1920), which has also included rebuilding the façade with the building's original brick and repairing the architectural detailing. The project was inspired by our enthusiasm for history and preservation, and our belief that the outside of our stores should reflect the quality of our carefully curated antique collection and the classic diner experience to be found inside. Here is a look at before and after photos:

Introducing RFTC’s 20th-Century antiques room

Like 20th-Century antiques? Raccoon Forks Trading Company does, too! We like the era and its one-of-a-kind, hard-to-find styles so much we constructed a new room devoted solely to our carefully curated collection of 20th-Century antiques. From the rugs on the floor, to the paint color on the walls, to the items on display, a visit to our 20th-Century room will transport you back in time. The 20th-Century room features Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco, and American Arts & Crafts movement furniture, decorative items, collectibles and more.