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Normal business earns unexpected shoutout from Ryan Seacrest | Local Business

NORMAL — The owners of a longstanding Normal business got a major surprise — and a business boost — after an unexpected shout-out from “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest. 

Seacrest was chatting during Sunday’s show with Normal native Leah Marlene, later named one of three finalists, about how much she wanted to land a spot in the finale so that she could bring the “Idol” cameras for a hometown visit. That’s when Seacrest namedropped The Garlic Press in uptown Normal. 

“I mean The Garlic Press has Leah’s Music Mix popcorn for sale,” he said. “Dorothy’s been there since 1976 running that shop.”

Seacrest was referring to Dorothy Bushnell, 90, who founded and co-owns the business at 108 W. North St. Her daughter, co-owner Sarah McManus, was watching the show and immediately jumped out of her chair in excitement. 

“I was just like ‘Oh my gosh, no way,’ and I loved that he said my mother’s…

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