Karin Nauber of the Independent News Herald has the answer as to the new owner of the old Mattress Factory building just south of Bertha. The newspaper’s July 7 headline reads: Former J and R Mattress Factory to be home of Amish Country Co-op. While not owned and operated by the Amish, some facets of the rumor where true.
Gary Richter (Richter Construction of Todd County as well as owner of C.A.R.s in Bertha), his wife, Cindy, and Bob and Mary Larson have joint ownership. The building, newly named Marlowson Event Center will offer regular booth space for Amish handicrafts, an event center and possibly space for consignment auctions. It’s set to open this month. Check out the front page of the Independent News Herald for all of the details.