Looking to get out of the house and spend some time in the sun while summer's still here? We've complied a list of local events you can still look forward to during summer 2020.
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A quick call to the Mayor's office confirms this rumor to be false.
So what's to come of the $995,000 building according to its online, 2018 listing?
There's plenty of room for speculation while the Ohio Business Review reaches out to city officials to learn more.
La Piazza offered classic Italian meals & cocktails served in an upscale setting with rustic touches, a bar and a patio since 1992, closing its doors in February of 2018.
La Piazza was launched by Michael and Jennifer Anticoli on North Market Street in Troy. The Anticoli’s had a long standing restaurant history; Michael being the last operating member of his family’s 87-year italian eatery lineage.
Michael Anticoli’s grandparents opened a restaurant called The Rendezvous in 1931 on Fifth Street in Dayton. The restaurant was in operation in East Dayton for two decades before it was renamed Anticoli’s. A few years later, the business moved to Salem Avenue north of town.
So what’s to come of this vacant space that marks the end of the Anticoli restaurant lineage?
The Cheesecake Factory.
The Cheesecake Factory chain offers an extensive American menu, a menu that is well-known for its 20-page, 233-item massivity. While the quantity may make us question the food’s quality, employees of the Cheesecake Factory report all dishes, but the cheesecake which comes to the restaurant premade and frozen, are made fresh and from scratch.
The Cheesecake Factory joins a few other well-known chains located in Troy: Penn Station East Coast Subs, Skyline Chili, Bob Evans, Ruby Tuesday, Fazoli’s and Chick-Fil-A. However, Troy’s Public Square has yet to house a chain restaurant, making The Cheesecake Factory the first of its kind in the downtown area.
The Miami County Bugle Caller reports a few unique-to-the area quirks that will help bring some city Troy charm to this restaurant that can otherwise be found across the nation, namely, a Spicy Strawberry Donut Cheesecake flavor, made famous by the Troy High School Marching Band.
Eric Fee owns a couple of funeral homes in Darke County. He grew up a pastor’s son, and his family has always done “things like this”, meaning philanthropic work and helping the community his whole life.
“It’s kind of been ingrained in me to extend a hand,” Eric said. “I couldn’t do it myself, it's pretty much a wonderful community involvement.”
His family has been putting on Christmas dinner since the late 70s.
Q: Bring us back to the Christmas dinner and then walk us through what you’ve done, all your philanthropic campaigns.
A: The Fee’s Christmas dinner was started in 1978 or 79, Eric said. His father noticed that many were going without, or had no one to spend Christmas with.
Around 500 to 600 people gather in Darke County every year.
“The support around here is amazing. You ask and they want to know what they can do to help”.
Eric’s father is slowly retiring, and in response, community businesses have taken over the Christmas dinner, donating time, money and resources to continue to make the dinner possible.
Eric has also been involved in the Blessing Boxes you may have seen around Darke County. There are currently three Blessing Boxes. Anyone can leave supplies as they are able and take from the box as needed. The campaign was launched around eight months to a year ago, Eric said. “I tell you what, it's never been empty. I go out there and there’s people putting a hundred dollars worth of groceries in there.”
Eric has also put great efforts into helping those affected by the tornadoes in Gatlinburg. The community filled a 53-foot semi trailer. “Top to bottom, front to back, we barely got the doors shut.”
Eric helped provide water to those helping with, and those who had been affected by, the Dayton tornadoes as well.
“Just showed them some Darke County love, some community love.”
“That brings us to the tornadoes in Nashville.”
Eric worked to then provide supplies to this community, but admits he thought the community might be tired of his requests. He got a hold of a 6 x 8 trailer. He recalls, “ If I could just get that filled with some water and supply, that’d be great.”
Within an hour, it was full.
Eric then got a 6 x 17 foot trailer.
It was filled within the day.
“As much as I ask of this community, they’re still giving and giving and giving and giving.”
The community came together to then fill a 53-foot trailer full of supplies.
After the first trip down to Nashville, Eric and the community were no longer able to make additional trips back with the outbreak of COVID-19.
They then decided to use the supplies to help Darke County.
Supplies were, and still are, going to help those isolated in their homes, the elderly and the disabled.
Eric says a lot of the time, the people they’re trying to help are scared.
“These people don’t even want to come to the door. So a lot of times, we just set it at the door and walk away, ring the doorbell.”
Eric believed they had enough supplies to last a week. He then put the campaign on social media.
“It just blew up again. Everyone wanted to donate money. It was just amazing to see that.”
Four pallets of meat were donated by Landes Fresh Meat. “Big, huge pallets," Eric said.
Wayne Hospital and United Way have also contributed. Eric estimates they have enough supplies to continue for another month.
They’ve been delivering pizza to health care workers, those on the frontlines, with the help of Bohndox Concessions.
“It shows that when we want to, we can come together, join together, no matter what our political views, or religious views -- or anything. We’re coming together to love this community.”
Q: Tell us about Loure and Jeremy Bohn.
A: “ I tell you what, they’re such a blessing,” Eric said. “They have big hearts. I can’t say enough about them.”
It was Eric's family and the Bohn's that started this journey of giving.
Loure owns Suds in a Bucket Cleaning Service and her husband, Jeremy owns Bohndox Concessions and operates a few food trucks.
The two have been working 12 hours a day, and Loure takes calls from those shut in their homes -- and she’s due to have a baby in three weeks.
Q: How many people are you visiting and what are you delivering?
A: Eric said they’ve served several hundred people, but haven’t really been keeping track with how busy they’ve all been.
The boxes they deliver have meat, eggs, bread, cleaning and hygiene supplies, canned food and even fresh fruits.
Eric put out the word that they were in need of boxes to deliver supplies.
"Lewisburg Container said, hey we have some boxes for you. It ended up being like a thousand boxes."
Eric then put out the word that they needed eggs.
“And people were delivering eggs, which is great. And then here we go, we hear a truck pull up, and there were 900-something dozen eggs. And they said if you need more, just let us know. We’ll deliver them.”
Eric said they’ll have a limitless supply due to the generosity of Cal Mane.
Brookdale in Greenville has been making hot meals on Friday, and a group of people pick them up and deliver them.
“It’s everyone pulling together, it’s been amazing to see -- I don’t want to miss anybody,” Eric said.
Q: You have a strong presence on social media, do you think that’s helped your campaigns?
A: “I just want to get the word out, and next thing I know I look down and there’s been 22,000 views.”
Those who help spread the word play a vital role. Those who pray help as well, Eric says.
Q: What can we expect of you in 2020?
A: Two years ago First Responder Day was started.
“It’s just a full day of thanking them for what they do.”
Expect this celebration again this year, Eric said. There’s concerts, snacks and dances with the kids.
The Christmas dinner will be in full swing as well.
Eric says forming this group into a nonprofit is also in the future.
“We have hundreds of volunteers at our hands that would just jump right in.”
Q: How can people help?
A: Prayer, Eric says, and getting the word out. Keep an eye out on your neighbors and those who may be unable to leave their home.
“I truthfully believe with all my heart that on the other side of this, we are going to be so much better. Our community is going to get on the other side of this healthier, spiritually and emotionally. We’re going to see what this community is all about. I believe on the other side of this we’re going to be so much stronger as a community.”
Click the button below to donate to the Darke County community's endeavors.
As we work to keep distance and spend more time at home, small and local businesses are certain to be negatively effected.
Without the patronage of the community, sales will be lower for many restaurants, book stores, bars, retail stores, gyms & studios and other service providers — for some, the pandemic could mean permanent closure.
The National Federation of Independent Business reported around 44% of small business owners to be somewhat or very concerned about the negative impacts COVID-19 may have on them.
So how can we support local and small businesses while practicing social distancing?
1. Order take out or have food delivered.
Although Governor DeWine has mandated the closure of all bars and restaurants, take out and delivery is permitted.
Instead of regularly visiting your large, nearby grocery chain for the essentials, have dinner delivered to your home — or pick up take out (it’ll be a nice little trip out of the house, too).
Many meals can be frozen and warmed later.
2. Buy a gift card and save it for a later date.
You might not want, or have the option to go to a yoga class, the salon or your neighborhood boutique.
But, you can support small businesses now by purchasing a gift card to use another day.
You’ll not only be helping business owners in your community, but doing something kind for yourself as well.
3. Order online.
One-third of all American small business plan to begin, or have began, providing their products online this year.
If businesses in your area participate in e-commerce, now is the perfect time to have something to delivered to your home.
Again, this can’t entirely be considered an act of philanthropy -- who doesn’t love receiving something in the mail?
It's important to shop local, now more than ever.
What did we forget? How are you supporting a small or local business during the pandemic?
Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.
By the end 2020, Midmark will have added 99 jobs to the community with a 73,000-square-foot expansion.
The corporations's 2017 expansion brought a technology, experience and business center to this manufacturer of medical, dental and veterinary equipment.
Midmark's latest expansion aimed to change how care is delivered by bringing together engineers, designers and experts to develop innovative means for caregivers to provide for their patients. Their most recent plan for expansion will help grow the company's manufacturing, shipping and receiving capabilities.
This new growth will also connect two preexisting structures.
Midmark will invest $4.5 million into this 73,000-square-foot expansion, as well as create 99 jobs over the next three years and invest around $500,000 in start-up costs.
The Ohio Business Review looks forward to Midmark's continued growth and all that is to come in the future.
Breaking bread is more than splitting an everything bagel with a friend.
Rooster Joe Coffee & Co,, dreamt up and established by Coldwater natives Michelle and Joe McClurg, does serve bagels -- but accomplishes so much more in doing so.
Like any gem, Rooster Joe is tucked away, nestled in on Sycamore Street in Coldwater, Ohio. It's modern, yet features all the best parts of a well loved home: wooden floors, natural light, a comfy blue couch and long table to share coffee and a meal with family (and those who are not yet family, but will certainly come to be).
Inside you'll find an eclectic mix of people. Those getting work done, chatting with a friend, discussing ideas and grand plans and those who've stopped in for a moment to breathe, all demonstrating a desire for communal space, and of course -- a good cup of coffee.
Above all, Rooster Joe Coffee & Co. highlights community. Well-wishes in the form of plants with cards offering a Congratulations! to Joe and Michelle find space wherever they can. Baristas smile and chat with customers who comment on how beautiful the eatery is. Desserts are brought in from Calico Cafe and baked goods travel a short way from RISE Bakehouse in Logan County, Ohio.
Breaking bread is certainly more than sharing a bagel, and carries implications of friendship, coming together and meaningful connection. Rooster Joe Coffee & Co. is sure to become the living room of the Coldwater community.
Photography by Jesse Darland
Article by Paige McCain
As the night of December 18 came to a close, $50,000 - on the dot - was raised for local families who could use a little extra love this holiday season.
Fort Recovery Radio hosted the fourth annual Christmas Gala Wednesday evening, serving those in the community who've found themselves in times of hardship.
The FR community came together to uplift multiple families - and not just those residing in this town of 1,400, showing that community stretches outside the Fort Recovery Corporation limits. This event, as it has for the past four years, offered opportunity to help one's neighbors and reflect on the blessings of living in an area where family goes beyond blood relation.
"What these families are going through often times brings them closer together, makes them stronger than they ever thought they could be," Jack Staugler, a key organizer of the Fort Recovery event posted on Facebook. "Yes, at this time of year especially, these very families find ways of counting blessings much greater than ours,"
The gala was broadcast starting 7 p.m., beginning with Mayor Dave Kaup challenging other local mayors to get involved. Entertainment included Pastor Q from Christ Chapel, the Fort Recovery show choir, Mary Help of Christians's choir "Sisters", the Lefevere kids and antics put on by the FR Radio team.
The event concluded with "The 12 Days of Christmas" sung by those present at the station.
While this Christmas carol was arguably dysfunctional, the way these individuals came together to uplift those who've fallen on hard times was anything but.
Last year, the night ended with approximately $39,000 having been raised. With this continued growth, its difficult not to anticipate what can be achieved by FR Radio and the community that rallies behind it in the years to come.
Check out their website or visit FR Radio on Facebook.