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Bubbles Blog Lines from the Lake

Hello to the Crystal Fish Friends! If you know the Crystal Fish, then you must know of me. After all the store is kinda named after me LOL, I’m Bubbles and I think it’s about time that I let you know my side of the story—A Fish Tale, if you will, BTW I think I’m pretty funny.

My first blog post is dedicated to Miss Mary though. Let me tell you about Mary…

You knew her as Mary, Linda and Donna’s mom, she was Nanny to her granddaughter Amber, she was Nanster to Tim and Nanny to the rest of the team at TCFG. Her laughter, wit, fun and smile were unforgettable, her love for all things in the shop was apparent. She always thanked me for looking over things from my perch on the wall. But her love for all of you, our wonderful Fish Friends, was heartwarming, and those are memories we will keep forever in our hearts.

Mary had a sassy side, so I know where Linda gets it! Speaking of sassy…if you haven’t watched the Linda and Jenn Comedy Show on Fridays at 4 on Facebook be sure to tune in.

It’s a great time with a review of what “floated” in this week to the store, giveaways, and more! You don’t want to miss it!

Summer is here and the store is packed with so much goodness to please even the hardest FISH to buy for! Also as of May 14th, I have my own area in the store! Bubbles Bath and Body Boutique is now open! Not only do we have soaps & lotions galore, but we also have these new mist hand sanitizers that are FINTASTIC! Linda has also brought in Scent Chips, the original wax melts, which not only make the store smell lovely, but you can create your own box and customize the scent! I already made my own flavor:

  • MIMOSA (because BUBBLES)
  • PINK SUGAR (because I’m Sweet)
  • CHERRY (because Linda and Tim brought me to Life)

Come by and let the girls at TCFG help you create a scent for YOUR Own Custom Blend!!!

I’m hoping as summer is here, I will see more of you in the store! Please say Hi and I’ll shake my fin at you! Thank you for reading my new BLOG and come back soon for more Lines from the Lake!



Our Mary 

Mary Magdalene McLaughlin Lonchar

Mary Magdalene McLaughlin Lonchar, 88, of Branson, Missouri, died May 25, 2022. She was born Dec. 19, 1933, to Irene Borgetti and John Cudora McLaughlin in Danville, Pennsylvania.

Mary spent most of her life working in the retail industry. She was a buyer for Ramsey’s Department Stores in Joplin, Missouri and Pittsburg, Kansas, and a manager or consultant for several shops in Branson, including The Pottery Shop and The Crystal Fish.

Mary loved to travel and visited 49 states, Canada, Mexico, several Caribbean islands, England and Italy. Her favorite fictional character was Mickey Mouse and she went to Disneyland and Disney World several times to visit him. She enjoyed swimming, boating, ice skating and bowling. She was a talented seamstress and needleworker.

Mary grew up in Shamokin, Pennsylvania. She attended Catholic schools and graduated from St. Edward High School. She treasured her lifelong friendships from school and was the main organizer of the Class of 1951’s anniversary reunions. She formed enduring friendships through her jobs, volunteering as a Girl Scout leader, and while visiting family and friends in California, Pennsylvania and Canada.

She is survived by her daughters: Donna Lonchar of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Linda Lonchar Cherry and husband, Tim, of Branson; and her granddaughter, Amber Lonchar Cherry of Branson.