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Ohio Town Develops Own'Scent-Sibility'

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

BEDFORD, Ohio —  A local business owner is hoping for at least a whiff of success from her unusual fundraising tool: special fragrances inspired by this Cleveland suburb.

Valerie Allen, owner of A Desirable Fragrance Bar, has developed "The Spirit of Bedford," a women's perfume and a men's version that she said are based on the likes and personalities of the city's top couple.

"It's sort of a musky, forest-type, masculine scent," said Mayor Daniel Pocek to describe his signature fragrance. His wife, Christy, inspired an oriental floral scent for women, creator Allen said.

Allen graduated from Bedford High School and said she came up with the scents to raise dollars for a scholarship fund for the school's students. Five dollars is being donated for each one-ounce bottle sold for $25.

The labels feature the city's patriotic trademark _ the marching trio from "Spirit of '76," the familiar painting by Bedford native Archibald Willard. The Poceks are autographing the first 50 bottles.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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