Marketplace Changes: July 2023

Toledo native Ella Lynn Dudek returned to Northwest Ohio after several years in the catering business in Hollywood. Her new restaurant in Sylvania’s Mayberry Square, Backstage Eats & Drinks, offers a showbiz flair to classic diner offerings. The location formerly housed the Sunset Cantina and My Way Cantina. 5680 Mayberry Square N., Sylvania. 419-517-1033. Backstage Eats & Drinks is on Facebook.

Bertha Mae’s Kitchen is now open in downtown Toledo. The menu boasts, offering the “best catfish in town.” 840 N. Summit St. 419-386-1244. Bertha Mae’s Kitchen is on Facebook.

Bob’s Discount Furniture: Home Furniture & Mattress Store. 5221 Monroe St. in Toledo, in the shopping center in front of Target. 860-812-1111.

Brew House Coffee and Bake Shop has opened in downtown Toledo’s Fort Industry Square. Similar to the Maumee location, the downtown shop will offer coffee, tea, baked goods and a food menu. With speakeasy-themed decor, Brew House also offers cocktails. 114 N. Summit, Toledo.

The Waterville-based Buffalo Rock Brewing Company has acquired a former fire station in Oregon, at Seaman and Wynn, for use as a second brewery. Rehab and reconstruction of the property is expected to take about a year. When the Oregon brewery opens, there may also be rooms to let for travelers seeking a unique experience in a fire station brewery. The old fire station was Oregon’s first public building. 5002 Seaman Rd., Oregon. 567-952-0392.

Another unique home dining option has made the pecking order with a delivery-only chicken and biscuits menu. Cluck Baby items are made at Fowl & Fodder and available through DoorDash.

Everyday People Cafe in Bowling Green is operating under new ownership, with a focus on brunch. 309 S. Main St., Suite D. 419-353-0136.

Fleetwood’s Tap Room at Hensville has scaled back its summer hours, now opening primarily for special events, like concerts, post-game fireworks and DJ nights. A complete schedule of summer open hours can be found on Fleetwood’s website. 28 N. St. Clair. 419-724-2337.

Inspired Lumber Workshop is now open near Cricket West. The membership-based community woodshop and creative space offers workshops, directed projects, studio time and gift cards. 3156 W. Central Ave., Toledo. 419-754-1408.

Jake & Cooper’s Bark Park is now open in Oregon, near the Eastern Community YMCA. The nearly two-acre park requires membership to enter – applications and details about membership fees can be found on the Park’s website. The park is open every day, from dawn to dusk. 2960 Pickle Rd., Oregon. 419-407-6960.

Jikoni Toledo, a food truck serving East African foods, is now open for business. Scheduled locations for Jikoni, which means kitchen in Swahili, are updated on the website. Chef Tom Otieno also offers catering services and cooking classes. 419-280-4755. 

Local Roots Juice Co. will be opening its second location this fall, just steps away from downtown Sylvania. The shop will offer juice, smoothies, bowls, toast, and a variety of products for health cleanses.  5441 Main St., Sylvania. 567-331-8037.

The Stone’s Throw Tavern & Grill in Bowling Green has closed its restaurant. The space will be changing hands and will re-open as Guajillo’s Cocina Mexicana, which is currently operating in the old Dairy Queen Building. 176 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green. 419-806-4866.  More info can be found on Guajillo’s Facebook page or at

Tabby and Fido’s, a cat cafe, is now open in Bowling Green. A rotating menagerie of up to 10 cats are available to visit with during appointments. The cats and kittens are available for adoption and cafe proceeds benefit the Wood County Humane Society. Other available services include twice-monthly cat yoga, kiddie story time, private parties and a cat lounge membership that includes free tea and coffee. Appointments, in 50 minute blocks, must be booked in advance on the website. $10 for non-members, $5 for children under 3. 300 N. Main Street, BG.

Twin Oast Brewing has acquired Catawba Island Brewing. This helps Twin Oast fulfill its farm-to-fermenter vision. The Catawba Island Brewing facility will be used for production and distribution. 3630 NE Catawba Rd., Catawba Island. 419-573-6126.

Welcome OM Sound Healing & Wellness is now open for business in Waterville. Julie Spears is a certified sound healer and Reiki practitioner using crystal bowls and tuning forks to enhance wellness. The sound healing therapy is said to reduce stress, anxiety and pain while enhancing feelings of calm and meditation. Treatment is available through private in-home or in-office sessions. 40 W. Second St., Waterville. 419-350-2266. Welcome OM is on Facebook


Bravo! Italian Kitchen at the Franklin Park Mall has closed its doors.

Luscious Bath Bomb Boutique in Sylvania’s Saxon Square, closed its doors in May.

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