Locally Grown Made in Toledo: Great Businesses, Great People

. August 17, 2017.
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Some businesses are nearly synonymous with Toledo. Others are up-and-coming, paving a new path to success. Despite diverse practices and professions, all of these locally-owned businesses have one thing in common— they love this city. Home is where the heart is, and we’re glad their roots are planted firmly in Toledo.

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Gini Behrendt

Owner of Flying Rhino Coffee
(formerly Flying Rhino Coffee & Chocolate)
436 13th St., 419-244-6100. Flyingrhinocoffee.com
7:30am-1pm, Monday-Friday.
On Saturdays, visit Gini at the Toledo Farmer’s Market (8am-2pm in the summer, 9am-1pm in the winter).
Since 2005.

Are you a first-generation business?
I am a first-generation owner and will celebrate 12 years in October 2017. We were glass artists. Ralph Behrendt was a glass blower with his own studio (first one built downtown) and I was a lampwork glass bead and jewelry maker, and also did some fused glass jewelry. We both did art shows all around the eastern-half of the US. After Katrina hit, we started seeing the signs of an economic downturn. The art shows were starting to slow down. So we got proactive and changed careers.

Ralph was already a home roaster in coffee and playing in chocolate. He wanted to make both of those our next business. So off we went. We bought a turn of the century designed coffee roaster, took some classes, and off we went. The first place we started selling coffee was at the Toledo Farmers’ Market in 2005.
Why did you choose Toledo as the home for your business?
We were already living in downtown Toledo. Ralph (born & raised in Toledo) moved downtown in 1990. He was one of the few to begin living in downtown. I joined him in 1998. Although born and raised in Michigan, I came from a 200-acre goat dairy in North Carolina. We owned a small warehouse and it was natural to begin this business right where we were.
How has Toledo changed since you started your business? What ongoing changes do you see?
When we started, we were the second business to be craft roasting coffee. Grounds for Thought in Bowling Green was the first and had been in business for many years. People in general were not savvy to specialty coffee in this area. When we sold coffee at the farmers’ market everyone wanted the dark roast.

Now, people are more educated about specialty coffee and we sell more medium roasts than dark. Also, several other craft coffee roasters have joined the scene and this helps educate more people, which in the end help us all.
Describe yourself in five words or less.
Friendly, eager, positive, grounded, and inquisitive.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
Never believe you are stuck in a box. Be willing to go after what you want. The unknown only stays that way until you make it a known.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
Listening to others and helping them see the next step on their evolution/journey. To watch someone walk away from a conversation with a lightness in their step and the promise of possibility is one of the greatest gifts I could ever receive. This coffee business has allowed me to love a lot of people over the years. Coffee is the vehicle to practice what I love the most.
A perfect day in Toledo means…
Connecting with others, sharing hugs, eating great meals, connecting to nature via the parks or the Zoo, feeling the local and non-local art at the museum, listening/watching live performances of all kinds… Any of these would make it a great day in Toledo. There is so much to connect to here. One only has to pick up a paper, get on the Internet, or talk to friends to find fun things to be involved in.
My favorite annual event is…
Flower Day Weekend at the Toledo Farmers’ Market. Mostly because I’m so connected to the market. What I love the most is the explosion of color from all the flowers that show up. It’s intoxicating and such visual eye candy!
One thing I’ve always meant to do in Toledo, but haven’t, is…
I would like to travel around Ohio more. I’ve been so wrapped up in being in Toledo for 19 years that I’m not very familiar with what is around Toledo. So I would like to camp more, visit more countryside, etc.
Do you brag about Toledo?
Having come to Toledo as an outsider, I was shocked to hear many say how awful it was and how they couldn’t wait to get out of it. This was not my experience at all. I brag about Toledo a lot. I am saturated with Toledo. Anyone who says that is simply not plugging in to Toledo. Toledo is vibrant, caring, and diverse with most accepting of the diversity. We certainly have our problems like any other city, but this community has stepped up to the plate to support those in need no matter what the issue. I’m proud of that.
What changes have you seen in your industry?
Like any master craft skill, once people learn they could do it, it explodes. I’ve seen many craft coffee roasters enter the industry across the country. There is a love affair with it. And rightly so. When you can make something, be it edible or not, and you love what you are doing, that love is infused into the product and the customer can feel it on a visceral level. I have watched it over and over. Craft artisans are doing just that. It is a wonderful way to work.

And on the other side, I have also watched how new ways of brewing or roasting coffee has popped up on the scene. Some of it becomes part of the culture while others have their field day and then drop off in popularity.

But the best change I have seen is that the farmers who are growing the coffee have become more educated about good sustainable practices, caring for their workers with better living conditions and quality of life, and have raised themselves up to be respectable producers. I absolutely love this.
Have you ever considered a different career?
Many times. Craft coffee roasting is my sixth career and, I dare say, there will be another one at some point. I’m not afraid to change. In fact I look forward to it. It keeps me young and moving forward. I don’t believe in staying in one place for the rest of my life. 😉
My business makes an impact because…
When someone drinks a cup, they feel good. Mostly because they know me. Ralph & I wanted to stay small because of that very thing. We never wanted to be big. We were artisans first. We loved the craft. We wanted the intimacy with the coffee (& chocolate). I carry that sentiment to this very day.
What’s the most important part of your day?
Talking with my customers throughout the morning. Sharing over a cup of coffee.
What do you love most about your job?
The people I meet.
My most prized possession is…
I am not attached to anything physical. I actually prefer a Zen life although you wouldn’t know it by the amount of “stuff” I have in my warehouse. That will hopefully be remedied soon. So I guess my most prized possession would be my connection to the Divine within me. That relationship is the part of my life that I hold most dear.
Customers can make my life easier by…
Sharing their love of my coffee and bringing them to the Toledo Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. I don’t like to sell in the stores, because the bagged coffee gets old on the shelves. We built our reputation on fresh roasted which means the bag you pick up from me will have been roasted within the week.

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Dr. Jennifer Ludwig

Of HLS Orthodontics (Sylvania Orthodontics)
6407 Monroe St., 419-882-1017. Perfectbraces.com
1-7pm, Monday.
8am-5:30pm, Tuesday-Thursday.
Some Saturdays.
Since 1981.

Why did you choose Toledo as the home for your business?
Toledo is my hometown.
How has Toledo changed since you started your business? What ongoing changes do you see?
Downtown is revitalizing, suburbs growing.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
Integrity.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
Being grateful for the good in life.
One thing I’ve always meant to do in Toledo, but haven’t, is…
Visit the Great Lakes Museum.
What changes have you seen in your industry?
Technology makes it more accurate and comfortable.
My business makes an impact because …
We enhance smiles, support the community, employ dozens and love Toledo.
What do you love most about your job?
Everyday I meet someone new and learn more about patients already in our care.
My most prized possession is…
My family.
Customers can make my life easier by…
Brushing and flossing.

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Dr. Laurence Baibak (center), Dr. Tom Dalagiannis (left), Dr. Jeff Kesler (right), owners of

Arrowhead Plastic Surgeons, Inc.

1360 Arrowhead Rd., Maumee.
419-887-7000 | arrowheadsurgeons.com
8am-5pm, Monday-Thursday.
8am-noon, Friday.

Dr. Kesler:

Describe yourself in five words or less:
Passionate. Hardworking. Loyal. Kind.
What is the most important lesson learned from your parents?
Mom taught me to work hard, be honest and not to whine.
My favorite annual event is…
The Taste of the Nation.  It feeds kids right here at home.
I always brag about Toledo because….
It is a great place to raise a family.  Excellent location with lots of wonderful things to do nearby.
What’s the most important part of your day?
Changing the lives of patients every day.  

Dr. Baibak:

What’s your business’s story?
Dr. George Baibak, Dr. Kelleher, and Dr. Sullivan started the practice in 1950 and brought in new partners over the years. I trained briefly under my father, Dr. George Baibak, who is now retired. I am now part owner with my partners Dr. Dalagiannis and Dr. Kesler, all Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons.
Why did you choose Toledo as the home for your business?
I was raised in Toledo, Ohio and went to school, including college, here in Toledo. My parents were involved with the community, including charities like Mom’s House, St. Francis de Sales H.S. and Cherry Street Mission. I still feel connected to the Toledo community.
How has Toledo changed since your business began?
Toledo has grown and its citizens seem to be focusing on connecting further with one another through community events like Food Truck Fridays, Farmer’s Markets, charity 5K’s, and the like. Cultural events such as Octoberfest and the Polish Festival help us celebrate our differences while learning about our common community roots. People are getting more educated about choosing Board Certified Plastic Surgeons for their cosmetic needs.
Describe yourself in five words or less.
Loving, devout, ethical, moral, family.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
Honesty is paramount.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
Doing as much as I can with my family.
A perfect day in Toledo means…
Sunny weather, smiling patients, quiet beepers and pagers, and a home-cooked meal shared with family.
My favorite annual event is…
A Night to Remember.
One thing I’ve always meant to do in Toledo, but haven’t, is…
Take a glass-blowing class at the Toledo Museum of Art, like my father does.
I always brag about Toledo’s…
Charity house for single mothers called Mom’s House. My own mother was a big contributor to it, and the cause has a special place in my heart.
What changes have you seen in your industry?
Patients do much more research online. This can be both beneficial and detrimental. The biggest change is competition from non-Plastic surgeons doing cosmetic procedures or from “cosmetic surgeons” who aren’t Board Certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgery.
Have you ever considered a different career?
I thought about being an orthopedic surgeon, once, but I often dream about what life would have been like if I were a farmer.
My business makes an impact because….
We help people move on from whatever they are “stuck” on, so they can meet their fullest potential and feel on the outside the way they feel on the inside.
What’s the most important part of your day?
Making a patient feel important and at ease.
What do you love most about your job?
Getting a compliment from a patient that shows me I helped them.
My most prized possession is….
My broken plastic rosary, which I carry everywhere. Why? It was my mother’s, and I watched her carry it everywhere while I was growing up.
Customers can make my life easier by…
Being compliant with instructions and always keeping lines of communication open. If you have questions – ASK! If you have concerns, come back to me, and I’ll help you with them.

Dr. Dalagiannis:

What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
Nothing in life worth having comes easily.
A perfect day in Toledo means…
Taking a walk through the metro park with my wife and kids.
What changes have you seen in your industry?
We are being swamped with non-plastic surgeons performing cosmetic procedures.
What’s the most important part of your day?
Coming home to my beautiful family.
What do you love most about your job?
Being able to change people’s lives in a way that nobody else can.

 

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Holly Egan manager of

Libbey Factory Outlet

205 S. Erie St. | 419-254-5000 | retail.libbey.com
9:30am-5:30pm, Monday-Friday. 8am-5pm, Saturday. 10am-5pm. Sunday.

How has Toledo changed since your business began?
Toledo has changed so much since we’ve been at this location. We’ve witnessed the coming and going of the Erie St. Market, the opening and closing of the Antique Store next door and now we are witnessing the revitalization of the entire Downtown area. It’s exciting to watch the transformation.
Describe yourself in five words or less:
Creative, Compassionate, Open-minded.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
Hard work pays off.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
I’m passionate about buying local.
My favorite annual event is…
The Applebutter Festival. Fall is my favorite season!
One thing I’ve always meant to do in Toledo, but haven’t, is…
Toledo Flavors Warehouse District Food Tour.
I always brag about Toledo’s:
Restaurants.
What changes have you seen in your industry?
More and more people are entertaining at home instead of going out.
Have you ever considered a different career?
No.
My business makes an impact because…
Our customers use our products for everyday occasions like drinking a cup of coffee to life’s greatest events such as their wedding.
What do you love most about your job?
The people I work with every day.
My most prized possession is…
My son.
Customers can make my life easier by…
Shopping in-store or online and telling their friends and family about the great products and deals at the Libbey Factory Outlet.

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Pamela J. Lloyd-Camp owner of

Boyd’s Retro Candy

954 Phillips Ave. | 419-720-7387
boydsretrocandy.com
11am-7pm, Monday-Thursday.
11am-8pm, Friday.
10am-8pm, Saturday.

Why did you choose Toledo as the home for your business?
My family has been in Toledo since 1864.
How has Toledo changed since you started your business? What ongoing changes do you see?
Toledo has been through the hardship of the economic downturn of 2008 when many lost their jobs and homes and has stayed determined to recover. The hard working citizens have rebounded and are continuing to prosper.
Describe yourself in five words or less.
I’m a serious, multitasker, who is seldom still.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
I learned to work hard even when I’m tired and to do my work carefully.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
The fact that candy of one’s childhood is food for the soul. I am passionate about providing candy memories for our children, as times seem to be hard, and those special candy memories will give them joyful remembrances when they are adults trying to cope with all their responsibilities. I am passionate about providing the candy that will give those remembrances to adults who are having to cope with hardship and losses.
A perfect day in Toledo means…
The wonderful warm days and cool evenings we’ve been having this summer. Everyone is so relaxed and happy.
My favorite annual event is…
The Old West End Festival.
One thing I’ve always meant to do in Toledo but haven’t is….
Canoe down the Maumee.
I always brag about how Toledo is…
A big country town and good place to raise a family.
What changes have you seen in your industry?
In my industry I’ve seen a lot of price increases and discontinuation. Candy I could purchase in 2007 has doubled in price due to first transportation cost increases and then sugar price increases. This has also led to many of the old time favorites being discontinued. I was especially sorry to hear Black Jack gum would no longer be made as the machinery was destroyed.
Have you ever considered a different career?
I’ve had many career experiences through the years, but being a small business owner has used all my experience and been the best.
My business makes an impact because…
It is one of a kind.
What’s the most important part of your day?
The morning when I place candy orders.
What do you love most about your job?
I love being a pantry queen who can order a case of E Fruitti Hot Dogs.
My most prized possession is….
My family who helps me in many ways with the store, from working in the store to advertising the store.
Customers can make my life easier by…
Continuing to come in and let us know what they want us to stock for them and understanding when I can’t order something as every supplier has a minimum and sometimes I just can’t meet the minimum or add another supplier as there is just so much cash flow and I won’t take on debt. If I can’t pay for it, I won’t order it.

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Jeff Jaffe owner of

Harold Jaffe Jewelers

4211 Talmadge Rd. | 419-472-4480
haroldjaffe.com
10am-7pm, Monday & Thursday.
10am-6pm, Tuesday-Wednesday &
Friday. 10am-5pm, Saturday.

Are you a first-generation business? If your business has been around for awhile, who started it and when?
Our Dad, Harold, in November 1946.
How has Toledo changed since you started your business? What ongoing changes do you see?
The landscape has certainly changed, but the people are consistently warm and friendly.
Describe yourself in five words or less.
Good natured curmudgeon.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
Treat everyone the way you would want to be treated and always do the right thing.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
Always passionate about good jewelry and good music.
A perfect day in Toledo means…
I woke up!
My favorite annual event is…
The Art Tatum Jazz Heritage Festival. I’m hoping to see it happen again.
I always brag about Toledo’s:
People, art scene, music history and talent.
What changes have you seen in your industry?
Ever evolving fashion trends, technology (for good or bad).
Have you ever considered a different career?
I wanted to be a brain surgeon… yesterday.
My business makes an impact because…
We make people happy every day of the year with our incredible staff.
What’s the most important part of your day?
Any time we do make someone happy…
What do you love most about your job?
See above.
My most prized possession is…
My family and reputation.
Customers can make my life easier by…
Shopping locally.

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Jon Frankel, DDS owner of

Frankel Dentistry

Toledo: 5012 Talmadge Rd. | 419-474-9611
7:30am-8pm, Monday-Tuesday. 7:30am-5pm,
Wednesday-Thursday. 7:30am-2:30pm,
Friday. 8am-noon, Sunday.
Maumee: 4359 Keystone Dr., 419-893-0221.
8am-5pm, Monday-Wednesday. 8am-7pm,
Thursday. 8am-2:30pm, Friday. 8am-noon, Sunday.
jonfrankeldentistry.com

What’s your business’s story?
My father, Sheldon Frankel established Frankel Dentistry in 1946. We have been committed to caring for the dental needs of the Toledo area with innovation and the highest standard of patient care for over 70 years.
Why did you choose Toledo as the home for your business?
Family brought my father to Toledo. Our dental family keeps us here.
How has Toledo changed since you started your business? What ongoing changes do you see?
Technology has been great for dentistry. Veneers, same day crowns and dental implants to restore and replace missing teeth are examples. An expanded understanding of dental disease can be seen in the number of beautiful, healthy smiles.
Describe yourself in five words or less.
Always strive to improve.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
Whatever you do, do it well.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
Providing the best dental experience possible for my patients is my focus.
A perfect day in Toledo means...
There is nothing better than spending time with my family and my patients.
My favorite annual event is…
An annual golf outing with family and friends.
One thing I’ve always meant to do in Toledo, but haven’t, is…
Kayak on the Maumee River.
I always brag about Toledo’s:
Great people. Toledoans are good people.
What changes have you seen in your industry?
Fortunately, my Dad was an innovator. We have been in the forefront of dental technology for decades. Frankel Dentistry was the first dental practice to use electric hand-pieces. He placed dental implants over 50 years ago. We have always embraced change. It defines us.
Have you ever considered a different career?
Professional tennis player was a consideration but being a dentist is my calling.
My business makes an impact because…
A healthy mouth promotes a healthy body. The quality of life enhanced through dentistry.
What’s the most important part of your day?
Morning meeting is when we plan our day. Streamlining the experience for our patients and making healthy smiles quick and easy.
What do you love most about your job?
Giving beautiful healthy smiles to my patients.
Customers can make my life easier by…
Brushing, flossing and scheduling preventative dental visits at least twice a year.

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Laurie & Joe Gross owners of

Gross Electric

2807 N. Reynolds Rd. | 419-537-1818
grosselectric.com
9am-6pm, Monday-Friday.
9am-5pm, Saturday.

What’s your business’s story?
We are a third-generation family-owned and operated business. It was started by our grandfather, George (Joe) Gross, in 1910.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
Have fun, and have integrity in all of your business dealings.
A perfect day in Toledo means…
Morning golf, afternoon sailing on Lake Erie.
My favorite annual event is…
Crosby Arts Festival preview night.
I always brag about Toledo’s:
Proximity to water. The reasonable cost of living. Close to Detroit for sports and concerts.
What changes have you seen in your industry?
There are no local companies anymore. In the lighting business, there are no locally owned companies, only box stores. On the electrical supply side, there is one locally owned distributor, all the others are chains with no local ties to the community.
Have you ever considered a different career?
No, owning your own business is both equally rewarding and exhausting.
My business makes an impact because…
We are local, and our employees get to see the projects we work on all the time. Also because we are involved with local charities and causes we care about.
What do you love most about your job?
That we are involved in new construction and remodeling of businesses and homes. It’s cool to see the transformations take place, and know we were involved.
Customers can make my life easier by…
Realizing that electrical supplies and lighting fixtures are never a matter of life and death.

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Bob & Theresa Hoen owners of

Hoen’s Garden Center & Landscaping

1710 Perrysburg-Holland Rd., Holland
419-865-6566 | hoensgardencenter.com
Open year round— hours change seasonally.

What’s your business’s story?
Bob’s father, Leo Hoen, and his uncle, William Hoen, started it in 1951.
How has Toledo changed since you started your business?
There is a lot less farmland. We see continued growth in the area.
Describe yourself in five words or less:
Dedicated, hard-working, passionate, strive to inspire others!
What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
Work ethic. We’ve been blessed to pass that onto our children as well.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
We are passionate about educating our customers. As a family owned business it has become our passion and mission to “Foster Knowledge and Ignite Passion in Gardeners of All Ages!”
I always brag about Toledo’s:
Restaurants.
What changes have you seen in your industry?
Gardening today is more of a product or service than a pastime. The gardening hobbyist has been replaced by a lifestyle consumer.
Have you ever considered a different career?
Never! We are privileged to do what we love each and every day!
What do you love most about your job?
Our customers’ success in their gardening experience!
My most prized possession is…
Our family! We are blessed to work with each other doing what we love. We have been given the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of those who walk through our doors each and every day, and we consider our customers as friends!

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Cesar Garcia managing partner of

Cocina de Carlos

Waterville:
205 Farnsworth Rd., Suite Q.
419-878-0261.
Perrysburg:
27072 Carronade Dr., Perrysburg.
419-872-0200.
11am-9pm, Sunday-Thursday.
11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday.
Downtown Toledo (Carlos Poco Loco):
1809 Adams St. | 419-214-1655
11am-9pm, Monday-Wednesday.
11am-1am, Thursday-Saturday.
cocinadecarlos.com

What’s your business’s story?
It is a first-generation business. Waterville is our second location, opened in July 2015. The first location opened in 2012, by Carlos Mendez.
Describe yourself in five words or less:
Friendly and open-minded to change.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
Definitely work ethic. If you keep a good, open attitude in everything you do, you will do good in life.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
Trying to make my customers fall in love with restaurant.
A perfect day in Toledo means…
Good weather to go kayaking or biking on one of the river trails.
My favorite annual event is…
Race for the Cure.
One thing I’ve always meant to do in Toledo, but haven’t, is …
Going to a Walleyes hockey game and go see the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.
I always brag about Toledo’s:
Our metroparks and the Toledo Zoo.
Have you ever considered a different career?
Yes, I was going to become a high school teacher and decided to open up a restaurant instead.
My business makes an impact because…
I think we are very well-liked in the local community. We get a lot of customers that tell me how much they appreciate having a place that they truly enjoy at a close distance from home. We are also very approachable when it comes to helping out the local community when it comes to fundraisers and donating our food.
What’s the most important part of your day?
Definitely 6-8pm dinner rush. That is the time I can see my customers and talk to them face-to-face.
What do you love most about your job?
Building that personal connection with customers and employees as we grow the business.
Customers can make my life easier by…
I would not change my customers for anything and there is nothing to change about them.

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Nicole Banker & Wade Banker, M.D., owners of

Luxe Laser Center

1500 Holland Rd. | Maumee
419-893-2775 | luxe-laser.com
9am-6pm, Monday-Tuesday & Friday.
9am-8pm, Wednesday-Thursday.
9am-1pm, Saturday.

What changes have you seen in your industry?
Technological advances are happening every day, and we can do things today that weren’t possible just a few years ago. It’s really amazing.
What do you love most about your job?
Patients are my favorite people. I love helping them get where they want to go.
Customers can make my life easier by…
Continuing to show such great support for our place. We truly appreciate it.
Why did you choose Toledo as the home for your business?
Toledo is a great area with some of the best people in the world. There’s such a great balance between big city benefits and small town feel. We love it here.

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Kim Van Tuinen owner of

Van Optical

5307 Monroe St. | 419-841-8550
vanoptical.com
10am-5pm, Monday,
Wednesday & Friday.
10am-7pm, Tuesday &
Thursday.
10am-4pm, Saturday.

What’s your business’s story?
We are a second-generation Toledo business which was started by my dad, Lou, in 1974.
Describe yourself in five words or less:
I am open-minded, adventurous, fun-loving and loyal.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
Proper work ethic and dedication.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
Supporting local businesses and glitter nail polish.
My favorite annual event is…
German American Festival— part of my heritage.
One thing I’ve always meant to do in Toledo, but haven’t, is:
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, but I plan to this year.
I always brag about Toledo’s:
Many attractions, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Toledo Zoo, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and professional sports.
What changes have you seen in your industry?
Increased online shopping.
Have you ever considered a different career?
Yes, I’m actually a licensed massage therapist.
My business makes an impact because
I’ve built the largest selection of frames in town and can fit anyone.
What’s the most important part of your day?
Coming home to my daughter… and an occasional “Happy Hour.”
What do you love most about your job?
I truly enjoy helping people look better, see better and feel better.

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Tony Rasczyk general manager of

Consign-It Home Interiors

6925 W. Central Ave. | 419-841-4663
consignittoledo.com
10am-6pm, Monday-Wednesday & Friday;
10am-8pm, Thursday. 10am-5pm,
Saturday. Noon-5pm, Sunday.
Closed major holidays.

Are you a first-generation business? If your business has been around for awhile, who started it and when?
We are a first generation business. We’ll be open 20 years in September. Michael Smith started the business, and I have been running the store for him since we opened Sept. 1997.
Describe yourself in five words or less.
I am respectful, open minded, multi-tasker, tolerant, and positive
What are you passionate about at the moment?
I am passionate about mental health. I’ve started a fundraiser, called Heart & Soul: Caring for our Community, to raise awareness for mental health and help erase the stigma associated with it, now approaching our 14th year raising over $300,000.
I always brag about Toledo because:
You can get anywhere in Toledo within 20 minutes.
What changes have you seen in your industry?
The internet, and trends. Since we started 20 years ago, what kind/style of furniture was popular 20 years ago is not as popular today. We’re competing against online companies, Craigslist too. Some of the newer trends are more distressed type furniture; the farmhouse look that is more rustic. People today aren’t as formal with their furniture as they were in the past. More people are mixing and matching styles as opposed to having everything match. Repurposing is also a big trend; using furniture for another purpose than what it was originally intended to be used for.
Our business makes an impact because . . .
We appeal to a wide variety of people. We have different styles for every taste in all different price points. We treat all people with respect and help people from within an hour of the store. We’re recycling to help make our planet greener.
What’s the most important part of your day?
Not only be able to help people find furniture that they’re shopping for in the store, but to also be able to keep finding more furniture to constantly bring into the store so that we keep the customer’s interest and keep them coming back to see what’s new.
What do you love most about your job?
It’s like Christmas every day. We are constantly getting in new items every day so our store is constantly changing with new furniture and accessories. We’re constantly in transition with rearranging new items and trying to merchandise the store. I also love that, in almost 20 years, we have many customers and consigners that still shop in our store and use our services. We wouldn’t be here without our customers.
Have you ever considered a different career?
At one time; real estate. I’ve always have been in some type of sales.

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Chuck Kreutz, owner of

Original Gino’s Pizza

3981 Monroe St. | 419-472-3567
originalginos.com
Five locations in NW Ohio.
9am-1am, Sunday-Thursday.
9am-4am, Friday-Saturday.

What’s your business’s story?
I purchased it in 1986 from the original owners because it was the best pizza in Toledo— and still is, today.
Describe yourself in five words or less:
Hard working, self driven.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
If you want something, you work for it.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
Eating healthy, staying healthy.
A perfect day in Toledo means…
Sunny day on the water, Lake Erie.
My favorite annual event is…
Summer— I look forward to this event every year!
One thing I’ve always meant to do in Toledo, but haven’t, is…
Retire.
I always brag about Toledo’s…
Fantastic restaurants.
What changes have you seen in your industry?
More clean, healthy ingredients and pizza toppings.
Have you ever considered a different career?
No— food industry is a fantastic career.
My business makes an impact because…
We are local and support local.
What’s the most important part of your day?
Breakfast— it prepares me for the rest of the day. I am definitely a morning person.
What do you love most about your job?
Meeting all the wonderful people in Toledo that have been enjoying Gino’s over 30 years.
Customers can make my life easier by…
Keeping a smile on their face.

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Jim & Chris Mack owners of

Hair Chiasso!

3421 Briarfield Blvd. | Maumee
419-491-0996 | hairchiasso.com
Noon-9pm, Monday. 10am-9pm, Tuesday-Thursday.
9am-7pm, Friday. 9am-4pm, Saturday. Noon-6pm, Sunday.

JIM MACK:

Have you ever considered a different career?
Owning a business is an adventure! The biggest and best part of the adventure is the opportunity to get acquainted with salon guests and potential new team members from all parts of the Greater Toledo area. Even so, any business adventure can be like playing a role in a movie… you may be loved, get stabbed or cut deep, but the alarm clock still goes off in the morning.
My most prized possession is…
My attitude. My positive attitude has been stamped and polished by enduring decades at the Jeep plant! Sometimes we can’t influence what happens, but we can always control how we react to it.
My business makes an impact because …
We are always interviewing, always hiring. Successful salon professionals need more than just great talent. Our mission is to continue with the real-life education of those salon professionals that demonstrate the tenacity to develop a great career.
Customers can make my life easier by…
One of our most important goals is for everyone to have a five-star experience when they visit Hair Chiasso! We always appreciate positive reviews from customers. However, we especially value the feedback from our guests that will help the team continuously improve your salon experience. Please don’t hesitate to call.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
I am focused on the continuous improvement of our facility. Hair Chiasso is barrier free throughout the building and easy to navigate for all salon guests. We believe that everyone should have easy access to all of our salon services.

CHRIS MACK:

Are you a first-generation business?
Yes, however my grandmother owned and operated Miss Ruby’s Cosmetology School downtown in the ‘60s and ‘70s. I believe that I inherited my grandmother’s entrepreneurial spirit.
I always brag about Toledo’s…
Metroparks… they are the best!
What changes have you seen in your industry?
The impact of technology… technology-minded salon companies require sales strategies and systems designed to grow their bottom line, give amazing guest experiences and create a career path for our future young professionals. Social media is a tremendous resource for communication in education, marketing, and displaying your creative work. The world is at your fingertips, and many salon guests love to make their reservations online at hairchiasso.com.
Describe yourself in five words or less…
Entrepreneur, creative, gritty & tough love.
Why did you choose Toledo as the home for your business?
I was born and raised in Toledo and believe strongly in living the dream wherever you are. My vision of creating a fun, safe, creative and rewarding salon environment for all who are willing, gives me the opportunity to give back to my profession and community!

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Valerie Mundt-Scott president of

Ventura’s Mexican Restaurant

7742 W. Bancroft St. | 419-841-7523
venturasmexican.com
11am-11pm, Monday-Thursday.
11am-midnight, Friday-Saturday.

What’s your business’s story?
My parents, Alfred and Adela Mundt established Ventura’s in 1984. Since opening, it has been managed by Alfred Mundt, Todd Pierson and me.
Why Toledo?
Because the people of Toledo love Mexican food, and a good margarita. It’s a great city!
My favorite annual event is…
The German American Festival.
One thing I’ve always meant to do in Toledo, but haven’t, is…
Dinner and drinks at Rockwell’s. I hear it’s delicious!
I always brag about Toledo’s:
Diversity of great locally owned restaurants, the Toledo Zoo and the Toledo Art Museum.
Have you ever considered a different career?
I always wanted to be an event coordinator, and be actively involved in the catering and baking aspects.
My business makes an impact because…
We make people happy!
What’s the most important part of your day?
Saying “Good morning” or “Have a great night,” to the many hard-working individuals that make Ventura’s the success that it is!
What do you love most about your job?
Seeing the smiling faces of our customers, and knowing that they are having a great time.

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Kyle Northrop owner of

Seann’s Anime and Comics

5805 Monroe St. | Sylvania
419-720-9544.
seanns.com
11am-6pm, Sunday-Monday.
10am-8pm, Tuesday-Friday.
10am-10pm, Saturday.

What’s your business’s story?
The business was founded by Seann Eschrich in 2010. I started here in 2011. It’s hard to remember a time when I wasn’t involved here.
Why did you choose Toledo as the home for your business?
I don’t think there was much thought put into it. Toledo is where Seann was from, and where I am from. It’s a natural fit.
How has Toledo changed since you started your business?
Toledo has changed a lot since we started. In our own neighborhood on Monroe St., there has been a lot of development from ProMedica as well as other small businesses. In other aspects of life, Toledo has developed as well. When we started, Toledo had one nerd-based convention in Glass City Con, and every other opportunity was out of town, either in Sandusky, or Bowling Green or in the Detroit area. Since we started, we have been a part of things like Fantasticon Toledo. The culture of fandom has grown too, things like Pokemon Go and the success of films and television programming that caters to a specific fandom have helped to grow the community.
Describe yourself in five words or less:
I’d need more than five.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
If you work hard, then the fun things you do will be more fun and more rewarding.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
Growth, in all aspects of life. Be it as a business owner, a friend or as a family member. I am passionate about improving myself in every way I can.
A perfect day in Toledo means…
A Hens or Walleye win, only one type of weather, whatever it is and no construction on the roadway. I’ll let you know when all these things happen at the same time.
My favorite annual event is…
Mud Hens opening day!
One thing I’ve always meant to do in Toledo, but haven’t, is…
I’ve been very lucky. I worked at IHeartMedia for a long time and that job afforded me the opportunity to experience everything in Toledo that I have wanted to do. It’s really cool to watch Toledo develop and new fun things become possible.
I always brag about Toledo’s:
Chili dogs, pizza, and the Mud Hens.
What changes have you seen in your industry?
The culture of fandom has become more pervasive. Brands like Batman and Superman and Spiderman and the Avengers are ubiquitous. More people are into more specific fandoms than ever before.
Have you ever considered a different career?
Does rockstar, professional athlete, or supervillain count? I’m not qualified for any of these.
My business makes an impact because…
Every day, someone walks in the door and sees something that makes them happy. I don’t sell books or toys, I sell feelings and stories. When people connect with something and have an emotional reaction or get drawn into a story that they fall in love with, I’ve done my job.
What’s the most important part of your day?
The first sale of the day. It sets the tone for my day.
What do you love most about your job?
One of the cool things I get to do is to introduce kids to characters that they connect with. When a kids eyes light up and they smile and say “That’s sooo cool” It makes me incredibly happy.
My most prized possession is…
It’s either my car or my comics. I can’t imagine a day without either thing.
Customers can make my life easier by…
Remembering that this is a business. I have to be able to make money on top of being able to have cool stuff. I can’t compete with the internet or the big box stores, because I’m not a big shop. My staff and I do the best we can, but not everything is in our control and a little understanding in a tough situation goes a long way. It’s easier to help someone when they remember where you are standing on the opposite side of the counter.

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John Castillo owner of

Castillo Funeral Home & Cremation Service

1757 Tremainsville Rd. | 419-740-6151
celebratelifetoledo.com

What’s your business’s story?
I’m a first-time owner who worked at another Toledo funeral home for 35 years.
Why did you choose Toledo as the home for your business?
I was born and raised here.
How has Toledo changed since you started your business?
Slowly.
Describe yourself in five words or less:
I put “FUN” in funeral.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
Getting people to understand that most people want their life to be celebrated.
My favorite annual event is…
All the summer festivals, whether it be ethnic or church festivals.
I always brag about Toledo’s:
People.
Have you ever considered a different career?
Nope started when I was 15.
My business makes an impact because…
It is a family’s last time to celebrate a loved one’s life.
What do you love most about your job?
Serving families.
My most prized possession is...
My kid’s college degrees. It is my wife and I’s biggest accomplishment.
Customers can make my life easier by:
Pre-planning their funerals.

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John & Teresa (not pictured) Kranjec owners of

Belamere Suites Hotel

12200 Williams Rd. | Perrysburg | 419-874-2233
belameresuites.com

Why did you choose Toledo as the home for your business?
Toledo was a crossroads and had a diverse group of people to market to.
How has Toledo changed since you started your business? What ongoing changes do you see?
Toledo had demographically gotten smaller, but the surrounding areas have increased in popularity and influence.
Describe yourself in five words or less.
Determined, thick skinned , perfectionist, caring, hotelier.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
Staying the #1 most romantic hotel in America
My favorite annual event is…
Opening day at Mud Hens park. Spring has sprung and the Hens are on top of their game!!
My business makes an impact because…
Me and my fellow employees, past and present, care to the nth degree about our customers needs and wants!! Our former employees have passed on to our current employees the skills of dedication of genuine service above and beyond what customers are accustomed to in every aspect of the hospitality industry.
What’s the best part of your day?
When I read the customers reviews on TripAdvisor, Google and Yelp from our customers who have stayed with us.
Have you ever considered a different career?
No. I’ve owned hotels for 30 years and have crossed paths with many dedicated employees who understand that our customers deserve the best that we can offer them.
My most prized possessions are…
The multiple Toledo City Paper awards as best hotel, and our #1 ranking out of 85,000 hotels in America as the best romantic hotel in America for 2017. Also, 8th best in the world according to TripAdvisor!

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Tony Bilancini owner of

Swig

219 Louisiana Ave, Perrysburg.
419-873-6223 | swigrestaurant.com
11am-midnight, Monday-Thursday.
11am-2am, Friday-Saturday.
Noon-10pm, Sunday.

Describe yourself in five words or less:
Curious, nerdy, hungry.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
Be nice. Make friends. Share.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
Culinary Anthropology.
A perfect day in Toledo means…
Breaking bread and tipping a pint with friends.
One thing I’ve always meant to do in Toledo, but haven’t, is…
Glass blowing. I really want to get over to the folks at Gathered Glass Blowing.
I always brag about Toledo’s:
People. Toledo’s humor and camaraderie is infectious.
What’s the most important part of your day?
A smooch from my wife before we leave for work.
What do you love most about your job?
My staff. They are my family.
My most prized possession is….
My dog Gigi. She’s my buddy and is always down to share some eats and a beer (she drinks special beer for dogs)
My favorite annual event is…
Daylight Savings Time in the spring. Dark at 5PM sucks.

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Jesus Angel owner of

El Camino Real

2500 W. Sylvania Ave.
419-472-0700.
11am-9pm, Monday-Thursday.
11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday.
11am-9pm, Sunday.
elcaminorealtoledo.com

What’s the story behind your business?
El Camino Real is a first generation business and was founded by me in 2001.
Why did you choose Toledo as the home for your business?
I chose Toledo as the home for my business because Toledo was already my home for 30+ years and I believed Toledo provided a good market for my business.
Describe yourself in five words or less:
Hard working and a family man.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
Hard work always outmatches the easier route.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
I am passionate about my beautiful family. Especially my wife, children, and grandchildren.
My favorite annual event is:
The rib-off.
I always brag about…
The amount of quality local restaurants in the Toledo area.
What changes have you seen in your industry?
I’ve seen an increasing amount of Mexican restaurants, increasing costs for a variety of ingredients, and many new types of restaurants In the food business.
Have you ever considered a different career?
Not since founding my business.
What do you love most about your job?
The thing I love most about my job is speaking with the customers, especially with the regulars who have become a part of the El Camino Real family.

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Frank Bobroski owner of

The Sodbuster Bar

5758 N. Main St. | Sylvania
419-517-1045 | sodbusterbar.com
4pm-2:30pm, Monday-Saturday.
4pm-midnight, Sunday.

What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
I learned a lot from my parents, but I think the most important thing that I’ve learned is to treat people the way that you want to be treated.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
I am passionate about growing my business with co-owners Matthew Smith and Autumn Shock— making Sodbusters into the place to be when in Sylvania.
A perfect day in Toledo means…
85, sunny and spent with my beautiful fiance, Heather.
My favorite annual event is…
The Ohio State v. Michigan game.
One thing I’ve always meant to do in Toledo, but haven’t, is…
I’ve always wanted to be downtown on the water for the Fourth of July fireworks.
I always brag about Toledo’s:
Great people— I am proud of the people that represent Toledo, and all of the fun things to do within the city.
What changes have you seen in your industry?
Being in the bar business means staying on top of all the changing trends in beer/liquor industry— especially now that craft breweries have made such a positive presence in Toledo and the surrounding areas. I think you have to be willing to change with the times if you want to continue to succeed.
My business makes an impact because…
We might be a bar, but Sodbuster’s always strives to give back to the community – whether it be supporting local downtown events, hosting events/fundraisers for our patrons or lending a helpful hand to our neighbors or customers. We are always proud to be a part of something bigger.
What do you love most about your job?
I love that I own my business, and that I worked hard to get where I am at within it. Being an owner gives me a sense of pride about the work I do, helping me feel like it’s “more than just a job.” Plus, getting to make the big decisions has its perks.
My most prized possession is…
My home. When I bought it, it was nothing special and now it’s a great place to spend time with my family and friends. If I’m not working on building my business, I am working on making my home even greater.

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Joani Donovan LMT CKTP owner of

3D Wellness Toledo

4035 W. Central Ave. | 419-367-1417
3dwtoledo.com

Why did you choose Toledo as the home for your business?
It’s home— my family is here.
Describe yourself in five words or less.
Passionate. Funny. Caring. Adventurous.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
Give a good day’s work for a good day’s pay.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
Continually learning new things to help my clients— and my grand babies.
A perfect day in Toledo means…
Sun, cool temperatures and family.
My favorite annual event is…
The Victory Center Fashion Show.
One thing I’ve always meant to do in Toledo, but haven’t, is…
The Dragon Boat Races.
I always brag about Toledo’s…
Four seasons.
Have you ever considered a different career?
I already did. At the age of 40 I changed from hotels to massage.
My business makes an impact because…
I’m not your average massage therapist.  I’ve been referred to as a biomechanical therapist.
What’s the most important part of your day?
Every hour of every day— I have the best clients.
What do you love most about your job?
Clients.
Customers can make my life easier by…
Incorporating a wellness plan into their lives based on their lifestyle.
My most prized possession is….
My puppies. They’re so unconditional and funny.

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Dan & Beth (not pictured) Hafner owners of

Hafner Florist

5139 S. Main St., Sylvania | 419-885-7033 | hafnerflorist.com
8:30am-6pm, Monday-Friday. 9am-4pm, Saturday.

Are you a first-generation business? If you business has been around for awhile, who started it and when?
We opened Hafner Florist in May 1992. Dan and I worked in the floral industry prior to opening our own shop.
Why did you choose Toledo as the home for your business?
We never wanted to open our business anywhere but Toledo. I grew up in Maumee, my husband Dan in Toledo. We both went to school here. Our family and friends are here. Toledo is a great place to be.
How has Toledo changed since you started your business?
I worked at a florist downtown in the 80’s— there was Party in the Park on weekends; a few festivals and restaurants… but nothing like it is today. With the downtown revitalization, new event spaces, art and restaurant districts, Toledo is a really happening place.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
You have to work hard, respect everyone and always be kind.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
My two grandchildren, Harper and Helden.
My favorite annual event is…
Art on the Mall and nights at the Zoo.
I always brag about Toledo’s…
Zoo, the Toledo Museum of Art, our metroparks and the many different cultural festivals.
What changes have you seen in your industry?
Back in the day, you purchased flowers from your neighborhood florist. You had a relationship with them like you did your grocer. Now, with the internet, a lot of people order in that way. However, we love the relationships we build with our customers.
My business makes an impact because…
We help people express their feelings.
What do you love most about your job?
Making people happy and exceeding their expectations.

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Carmen Gauer-Wigmans owner of

Reve Salon and Spa

5633 Main St., Sylvania | 419-885-1140
revesalonandspa.com
8:30am-9pm, Monday-Friday.
8:30am-5pm, Saturday.
10am-4pm, Sunday.

Why did you choose Toledo as the home for your business?
I love being a local business that brings luxury to the area.
Describe yourself:
Hardworking. Loyal. Passionate about making people look and feel their best.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
Life.
A perfect day in Toledo means…
The sun is shining.
I always brag about Toledo’s…
Art museum.
What changes have you seen in your industry?
More focus on the business aspect.
Have you ever considered a different career?
No.
My business makes an impact because…
We are growing leaders.
What’s the most important part of your day?
Still maintain a degree of success.
What do you love most about your job?
Fulfillment.
My most prized possession is…
Not really a possession, but my family and my dogs.

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Walt Churchill Jr. owner of

Walt Churchill’s Market

3320 Briarfield Blvd. | Maumee | 419-794-4000
7am-9pm, Monday-Saturday. 8am-9pm, Sunday.
26625 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg. 419-872-6900.
7am-10pm, Monday-Sunday.
waltchurchillsmarket.com

Are you a first-generation business?
Walt Churchill Jr. is the third generation. Founded in 1917 by J.W. & Jim Churchill. In 1925, J.W. sold his share and took Walt Sr. as a partner. In 1937, Walt Sr. bought J.W.’s share. In 1998, Walt Sr. died and Walt Sr. Trust operated the business until 2003. Walt Jr. bought the company. Plans now are for WCM to become an ESOP.
How has Toledo changed since the beginnings of your business?
In 1917, there were mostly small stores, Tiedtke’s was the exception. There were 1500 small stores until the independent grocers dominated the market. After WWII, the chain store began to dominate the market. Currently, with The Andersons closing their four stores, the independent grocers are probably down to 10 percent market share. But I see good reasons to believe that the market could grow for the independent.
Describe yourself in five words or less:
Loves good food & serving customers.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
Try lots of things but use good judgment in what you try.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
Developing a great ESOP for my succession.
A perfect day in Toledo means…
Time to enjoy the many great opportunities we have.
My favorite annual event is…
Churchill’s Half Marathon.
One thing I’ve always meant to do in Toledo, but haven’t, is…
Run a restaurant.
I always brag about Toledo’s:
Museum of Art, Zoo and MetroParks.
What changes have you seen in your industry?
It is a lot easier to put a great meal on the table.
My business makes an impact because …
Our target customer likes really very good food.
What’s the most important part of your day?
Working with customers.
What do you love most about your job?
Following the ever progression of the business.
My most prized possession is…
My camera. I can capture what I see.
Customers can make my life easier by…
Being willing to try new products.

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Ken Wanemacher general manager of

Appliance Center

Superstore: 321 Illinois Ave., Maumee. 9:30am-8pm,
Monday-Friday. 9am-8pm, Saturday. 11am-6pm, Sunday.
Outlet: 1035 Conant St., Maumee. 11am-7pm.
Monday-Friday. 10am-7pm. Saturday. 11am-5:30pm, Sunday.
Living Appliance Center (Coming Fall 2017):
5656 Monroe St. | Sylvania
419-PAY-LESS | shopAC.com

What’s your business’s story?
Appliance Center was started by Chuck Oswald in 1963. Chuck grew up in Toledo, attending Central Catholic High School and the University of Toledo. Chuck was working as a teenager for another small appliance store and fulfilled his dream of starting his own business by opening Appliance Center in 1963. Chuck’s son John Oswald and daughter Julie Abbey took over in the late 90’s.
How has Toledo changed since your business started?
When Appliance Center opened 54 years ago, there were over 40 local, independent appliance stores. All of them are now closed with the exception of Appliance Center Home Store, which continues to grow as we are proud to announce the opening of a second location on Monroe St. in 2017! Toledo continues to become more diverse and innovative as the years pass. With the transformation of downtown and the suburbs, this is an exciting time to be part of this great community.
Describe yourself in five words or less.
I love pizza and ice-cream.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
If you work hard in life, anything is possible. Don’t set limits in your mind for what you are capable of.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
Taking care of my family and being the best person I can be in any situation. When it comes to work, introducing Appliance Center to a whole new generation of customers.
A perfect day in Toledo means…
Enjoying everything Toledo has to offer.  The sense of pride and community involvement is contagious and I am proud to call Toledo home.
My favorite annual event is…
It’s hard to name just one. For me personally, summer vacation with my family, but a definite favorite is Ladies Night at Appliance Center, which is typically held in April to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Northwest Ohio. We invite local women into the store after-hours to have fun, win prizes and enjoy product samples and demos. Last year, we had a fashion show!
One thing I’ve always meant to do in Toledo, but haven’t, is…
Take a tour on the Sandpiper boat downtown.
I always brag about Toledo’s:
Downtown! So many fun things to do there and lots more in the future!
What changes have you seen in your industry?
The internet has changed so much for our industry. We have handled it wonderfully with our Facebook page and by making the in-store experience incredible for our guests.
Have you ever considered a different career?
Not since I started at Appliance Center (16 years ago), but I did also work for a radio station from 2001-2003 and that was a fun experience.
My business makes an impact because…
Our 140+ local employees are INCREDIBLE! We strive everyday to offer the best shopping experience in the area. That’s how we became Ohio’s Largest Furniture and Appliance Store!
What’s the most important part of your day?
Spending time with family of course.  Professionally, I would say making sure all of our customers are enjoying their time with us.
What do you love most about your job?
Every day is different, and I get to meet people from all over the community.
My most prized possession is…
I definitely value people and experiences over material things. Family is most important to me, because they will always be your support system in good times and bad.
Customers can make my life easier by…
Continuing to shop local.  It’s never been more important to spend your dollars with local businesses.  100% money stays right here in our awesome community!

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George Thompson owner of

Georgjz419 Fun Food & Spirits

1205 Adams St. | 419-842-4477
facebook.com/GeorgjzToledo
4pm-1am, Monday.
4pm-2:30am-Tuesday-Saturday.
1pm-midnight, Sunday.

Are you a first-generation business? If your business has been around for awhile, who started it and when?
No. My father had the Tally-Ho and my grandfather had Thompson’s Place. August 11 was our one year anniversary.
Why did you choose Toledo as the home for your business?
I have lived here all my life. I have made friends. Toledo has been very good to me.
How has Toledo changed since you started your business?
The growth in diversity has reached another level. Especially Adams Street— Toledo’s own Bourbon Street.
Describe yourself in five words or less.
Loving. Giving. Caring. Loyal. Integrity.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
Honor.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
To make a positive difference in people and community life.
A perfect day in Toledo means. . .
Spending time with friends and family.
My favorite annual event is. . .
All of the Adams Street events. Especially Pride!
One thing I’ve always meant to do in Toledo, but haven’t, is. . .
Streak down Adams Street.
I always brag about Toledo’s:
Growth and change for the better.
What changes have you seen in your industry?
Our open container law.
My business makes an impact because . . .
Everyone is welcome without prejudice.

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Vince “Extreme” Ceniceros owner of

Extreme Results

5201 Monroe St., 419-450-5509. er419.com
5am-8pm, Monday-Thursday. 5am-7pm, Friday.
7am-noon, Saturday. 9am-noon, Sunday.

Why did you choose Toledo as the home for your business?
I was born and raised in the east side of Toledo. I lived in the 05 Birmingham neighborhood on Caledonia my entire life, until seven years ago. I feel it is only right to give back to the community I came from.
How has Toledo changed since you started your business?
Downtown is definitely more attractive and populated which is awesome. City seem to be growing period. Trending with “Big Cities” as we should be instead being a year behind.
What ongoing changes do you see?
The roads are always changing and being improved along with lots of new businesses. Especially new restaurants and the opportunity for people to have healthier food choices there as well as already established restaurants.
Describe yourself in five words or less.
STRAIGHT THE FUCK UP.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your parents about life?
It doesn’t matter what you have seen or been through in life, you can always change. Sadly, a lesson they will never know they taught me.
What are you passionate about at the moment?
Serving as many people as I can with the truth, Extreme Results, and personal change.
A perfect day in Toledo means. . .
PEACE.
My favorite annual event is. . .
RACE FOR THE CURE.
One thing I’ve always meant to do in Toledo, but haven’t, is…
I have not seen a broadway show at the Valentine theatre, something I’ve always wanted to do.
I always brag about Toledo’s..
Smooth and perfect streets… LMFAO!
What changes have you seen in your industry?
There are a lot of overnight, overweight and unhealthy trainers who think they know everything without any hands on experiences. The fitness industry is flooded with overexposed photos and underexposed reality. There are so many highly overrated diets, supplements, scams, gyms, trainers, and coaches who steal, lie, and misinform people. This has people believing change is not possible. Too many people are made to believe fat is okay, disease is natural, and health and fitness are difficult, or on the contrary health can be fixed with a pill, wrap, drink, or shake.
Have you ever considered a different career?
NO.
My business makes an impact because…
It saves lives.
What’s the most important part of your day?
My own workout sessions and I truly believe personal growth should be incorporated in everyone’s day.
What do you love most about your job?
Literally, saving lives and helping people change their lives.
My most prized possession is…
The gift I was given to serve the truth. There’s not many people who serve honestly, truthfully, passionately and with compassion in
our world today. I serve the truth not to harm, hurt or gain but to inspire life change.
Customers can make my life easier by…
STFU AND TRAIN WITH NO EXCUSES.