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Meet the local businesses of

Downtown Findlay Call Barbara at 419-672-8137 Spring  Summer  Fall  Holiday editions

Full service salon for 30 years in downtown Findlay.

Now hosting over 50 vendors!

Lisa & Greg Hoekstra


LIVING SOUL • Hand-Crafted Jewelry • Personal Styling • Wearable Art

• Accessories • Fair Trade • Eclectic Gifts

HOME LIVING • Re Purposed Objects • Art Deco

• Unique Vintage • Comic, Collectibles, Novelties


NEW LOCATION! 404 S Main St. • Findlay, OH •

We specialize in COLOR, CUTTING, STYLING, MANICURES AND PEDICURES. Come let our very experienced and educated stylists take care of your beauty needs.


212 E. Sandusky St. Findaly, OH 45840

Open: Monday-Saturday

Rieck’s Frame Shop

Cindy VanderVlucht, Owner & Custom Framer

- Specializing in Custom Framing Design for Artwork, Military (and all types of) memorabilia in shadow box format - Skilled Conservation Framing with 30 years of experience - Framing with all acid-free and UV filtering materials to protect your art and objects from fading or other damage - Quotes offered upon request - Experienced with both residential and commercial customers

Shop Hours: Tues. - Fri. 10 am - 2 pm for walk-ins. (All other hours by appointment; call for desired time)

115 Ely Ave. | Findlay, OH | 419.348.6335


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Volume 10 • Issue 2 MAR/APR 2020

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Win one of two Game Night Baskets! Each basket includes four fun board or card games and assorted snacks. You’ll have everything you need to host your own rockin game night!

Basket 1 features Pairzi, donated by Smarty Pants in Findlay, a card and dice game that’s all about speed and appropriate for ages 6-96. You’ll also find the Cake Off Game, for ages 5+, Sequence, the State Capitals edition, for ages 7+, and Family Feud, Platinum Edition board game, for ages 8+. Basket 2 features three games donated by Post Board Gaming in Findlay, Pass the Pandas, a fast and fun dice game for ages 6+, Spot It, for ages 6+, and Roll For It, for ages 8+., and 60 Second What’s Your Story for ages 12-99. To win one of the two Game Night Baskets— each valued around $65— visit through April 15 and click on our giveaway. The winner will be notified in late April. Shop Smarty Pants and Post Board Gaming in Findlay for a selection of fun games!

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findlayites’ favorite FINDS By Kay Mathias

From cool products to top notch services, delicious food and drink to interesting places to visit, find out what your neighbors are loving around town this month.

Dietsch Brothers 400 West Main Cross, Findlay 1217 Tiffin Avenue, Findlay. “We like coming here because it is a great way to share time together at a place with the best ice cream around. Our favorite is the black cherry ice cream and sundaes.” Jeff Estep and son Brady Estep (age 2) of Findlay Children’s sundae $2 and adult sundaes up to $3.75.

Findlay Hancock County Public Library 206 Broadway Street Findlay “We love coming to the library for the variety of books, movies and activities available for kids and adults!” - Marie Theresa Ellerbrock (grandma), Marie Sherman (mom) and Olivia Sherman (age 4) of Findlay and Carey

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Jac and Do’s 1201 W. Trenton Ave. and 1905 Tiffin Ave. “We love coming here at least once a month because our whole family enjoys it. They have the best thin crust, a large assortment of toppings and the price is affordable.” Katie and Dennis Diem of Deshler Pizza prices range from $4.50 to $26.50 depending on size and toppings.

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Kalahari Resort Sensory-Friendly Kalahari Resorts has made its Sandusky property “Sensory Friendly” with the help of Sensory City, a Bostonbased nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families and children with disabilities. Kalahari is certifying its employees in sensory awareness and solutions to help accommodate adults, youth and children with sensory needs such as autism, ADHD, Down syndrome, PTSD, dementia, etc. This will be the first resort in the Midwest to be fully “Sensory Friendly Certified.” Kalahari has created a sensory room where individuals who experience sensory overload can enter to retreat from overstimulation. Upon request, the Kalahari staff will supply sensory kits, safety kits and comfort kits to guests.

New KFC: It’s Finger Lickin Good

A new Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant opened at 1225 Tiffin Avenue in Findlay in mid-December. Store manager Audrey Ivey said “Customer feedback has been good so far.” KFC, 1225 Tiffin Ave. Hours: Monday-Sunday, 10:30am- 10pm. 419.408.3349. - KM

Hancock Park District to Reclaim Wetlands Beginning this summer, the Hancock Park District will begin reclaiming approximately 100 acres, formerly leased as marginal farmland, at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The district received two grants totaling close to $1.4 million for the project, including $651,800 from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and $753,000 from H2Ohio. The projects, which will be completed by 2021, will have long-term benefits of nutrient reduction for Aurand Run and the Blanchard River, as well as providing a wetland habitat for breeding birds and a migratory stopover. “This is a great educational project with high visibility,” says Chad Carroll, Hancock Park District Natural Resource Manager. “The end result will be to teach the importance of wetlands and all the critters and plants associated with them.”

North Baltimore Theatre Reopens

Thanks to a local entrepreneur, the Virginia Theatre in North Baltimore reopened its doors in February, after closing in 2018 despite its more than 80 year history. Shawn Benjamin, the new owner, was motivated to reopen the theatre by nostalgia and a sense of community. The ticket and concession prices remain extremely reasonable, and the theatre is available for rental for parties and events. Virginia Theatre, 119 N. Main Street, North Baltimore. - LWP

Open Arms Hosts a Fundraiser “Chefs Take a Stand to End Domestic Violence” is a fundraising and food tasting event being planned to benefit Open Arms in Findlay. It will take place on Friday, April 24, from 5-8pm at the Old Millstream Centre at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. Hancock County’s best home cooks, restaurant chefs and bakers will concoct kid-inspired dishes and desserts to tempt all palates. In the past year, Open Arms provides services to approximately 12,000 Hancock County residents. Come out and support this non-profit!

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The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, in collaboration with the United Way of Hancock County, is hosting Community Conversations 2020, a dialogue with members of the community to determine strengths and weaknesses and a path forward. “We talked with more than 1,000 Hancock County residents in 2017 and we’re hoping to build off of that in 2020,” said Brian Treece, program director at The Community Foundation. “(In 2017) the community gave us five priority areas--housing; mental health/substance abuse; transportation; safety; and workforce/financial stability. Now, we want to talk specifically about those areas and what residents think can and should be done with these community priorities.” Community Conversations 2020 will take place March 29-April 5 throughout Hancock County. The Community Foundation and United Way are seeking groups of 8-12 people to participate in the conversations, which typically last 60-90 minutes. Visit cc2020 to learn more about how to get involved.

Findlay Superintendent to Step Down Ed Kurt, superintendent of Findlay City Schools, is stepping down, at the end of July, after 6 years in Findlay, from his position at to return as superintendent of his former school district, Margaretta Local Schools. According to Kurt, the move is in line with his “true priorities of faith, family and then career” as it will bring him within 10 miles of five of his six grandchildren. Kurt implemented several programs and initiatives during his tenure in Findlay, including trauma-informed care and Leader in Me. “I am excited about the direction that Findlay City Schools is heading,” he wrote, “and I am thankful for the opportunity to serve … and work with such great people.” The Findlay school board has launched a search for a new superintendent.

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Garlock President/CEO of AAA Findlay

After a successful 29 year career in banking, Pat Garlock took the helm of AAA Findlay in 2015. AAA Findlay has been part of the Findlay community since 1938 and currently has 16,000 members. In addition to being a world leader in emergency services, AAA offers a wide-range of insurance products, financial services, travel planning (a full service travel agency), travel money cards and abundant discounts and perks.

What inspired you to become a business leader? I’ve always been very independent and full of dreams. My mom made us believe we could do whatever we set our hearts and minds to. My dad raised my sisters and I to never let our gender be an excuse or stop us from doing any job. He taught us to work on our own cars, plow the fields and mow the lawn. He was way ahead of the women’s movement! What are the most important traits in a leader? All leaders are better leaders if they started at the bottom and worked their way up. It’s also important to be organized and on task. And I believe the best leaders and employees are not motivated by money, but by doing the right thing.


Director, Millstream Career Center Business Owner, Trends! on Main Pam heads the Millstream Career Center that serves high school students from four school districts and provides them with 16 career field options. She’s worked in education since 1994. She also owns Trends! on Main, a local boutique that opened in 2007, which sells jewelry, handbags, scarfs, clothing and formal wear. She and her staff shop all over the country to find the latest fashions to bring back to Northwest Ohio.

What inspired you to become an education leader and to start your own business? I’ve always loved education as my mother worked as a teacher/tutor at St. Michael School where she founded both their kindergarten readiness and kindergarten programs. She inspired me to work hard and be dedicated to the students in our community. I’ve always loved retail too, but as a mother of four and educator, nights and weekends were difficult. By owning my own store, I can be the buyer and hire young ladies to work the hours that are not conducive to my schedule. Although it is hard work and sometimes I am a bit overscheduled, I am proud to be a business owner.

What do you like best about doing business in Findlay/Hancock County? The people— the customers and the friendship I have built with so many people. We love our downtown! What are the most important traits in an entrepreneur/leader? You have to be organized and willing to do what it takes to get the job done. You have to relinquish control and allow others to share ideas. Many times ideas come from those around me and I have to trust them and support them. I see myself more as a guide and facilitator vs. a "boss." I’m blessed by those I get to share my hopes and dreams with. What do you love the most about what you do? Every day is different. I am surrounded by good people who want to work hard to better those around them. It doesn't get any better than that!

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What do you love the most about what you do? AAA is like 5 or 6 businesses wrapped into one. It is hard to get bored around here. I also have an amazing team at AAA, and they make it fun. What are your future plans? As long as my passion for the job stays strong, I’ll be here. Also, my family is the most important part of my life, so spending time with them is a priority. Finally, I want to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa before I am too old. I told my dad back in the 1960s when we lived in Africa that I was going to climb that mountain someday. I want to keep that promise. What do you like best about doing business in Findlay/ Hancock County? We are big enough to have major corporations and mediumsized businesses here, yet small enough to have a true “hometown spirit.” We have leaders who work hard to make this a great place to live, and you don’t find that everywhere. • March/April •



Carriage House Gifts, Jewelry & Apparel AKA Patti Rae & Co. has been serving the Findlay area for some 50 years with the “love of fashion.” Enjoy browsing thru lovely fashions & exciting jewelry!

Jewelry & Apparel 1016 Tiffin Ave. Ste O Findlay, Ohio 45840


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Business Owner, Gillig Winery

Nikki owns and operates Gillig Winery, a family-owned winery offering its handcrafted wines produced and bottled on site. The winery also offers a bistro selection of food to enjoy. Before opening the winery, Nikki worked as a pharmacist.

we’ve built and lets me know that they are happy we are here. I love that we’ve created a place for people to come and enjoy a relaxing atmosphere, wine, food and each other.

What inspired you to start your own business? My husband, Trevor, and I have always had an “entrepreneurial spirit” and we wanted to start a business for a number of years. My passion for wine, and both of us wanting to produce and sell a product we could be proud of is what prompted us to open Gillig Winery.

What are your plans for the future? We have plans to continue to offer excellent customer service, wine and food. We love offering fun events such as wine and food pairings with other local businesses, craft nights and live music. We do have plans to enhance our outdoor area, expand our event space and, potentially, offer more catering services.

What are the most important traits in an entrepreneur? Being dedicated, determined, adaptable and resilient. What do you love the most about what you do? What I love and what makes me know I am where I’m supposed to be is when one of our guests compliments me on the business

What do you like best about doing business in Findlay/ Hancock County? The people. Our community has been very supportive of our business. I often tell people that we are only open and doing well because of the support and backing from our community. We wouldn’t choose to be anywhere else!

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Patti Rae is a seasoned retail entrepreneur who has been serving the Findlay area for more than 50 years with her “love of fashion.” She currently owns and operates Carriage House Gifts that offers a wide selection of women’s apparel and jewelry.

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? The opportunity was there. What are the most important traits in an entrepreneur? To be successful, you need to be outgoing, hard working and determined. What do you love the most about what you do? I love the creativity, the color awareness and the advertising aspects of owning a boutique.

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What do you like best about doing business in Findlay/ Hancock County? Findlay is a great community. It’s a large-small town. I just really love it here.



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Business Owner, Shimmery Belle Boutique

Shenna is an entrepreneur who launched a women’s clothing boutique with locations in downtown Findlay and Levis Commons in Perrysburg. She prides herself on offering “unique clothing and accessories at a price point everyone will love.” Previously she worked in the recruitment industry for ADP for 12 years developing and managing technology for branding.

What inspired you to start your own business? It was a lifelong dream of mine to have my own storefront. Through the years, I tossed around many ideas, but finally settled on a clothing boutique. When I travel, my favorite thing to do is visit little boutiques. What are the most important traits in an entrepreneur? You have to be able to wear many hats. From finances to inventory management to social media, I often do it all! Also, you have to be open to change and be fluid. If something isn’t working, throw it out the window and go back to the drawing board. What do you love the most about what you do? Building relationships and serving the amazing women in this

community. We have the ability to touch so many people, and that’s been a bright spot in my business. I also love being able to give back. So many people have supported us, so when we have the funds to do it, we try to make an impact by giving back.




What are your plans for the future? I’m gearing up for 2020 and working on my branding and social media strategy. I foresee a continued focus on the brick and mortar stores while gearing up for an increase in online sales. What do you like best about doing business in Findlay/Hancock County? There has been so much pride and work put into downtown Findlay and I couldn’t be more honored to have a business right in the heart of it. We have a lot of resources and support, and the downtown business owners are always willing to work together. There’s a true sense of community.



Owner, Dark Horse Restaurant and Olers Bar and Grille Neeli owns the Dark Horse restaurant that features many “from scratch” family recipes and she and her partner, Chris Keller, recently purchased the Tex-Mex restaurant Olers, which has been family-owned for 40 years. Neeli started working in her family’s restaurant business at age 18 and worked her way up to management and ownership. She double majored in business and marketing at the University of Findlay.

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? Working with family for so long, it became a way of life. When I was approached by my Dad to purchase, I couldn’t say no. This is all I knew, and being a small business owner is something that always interested me. What are the most important traits in an entrepreneur? A strong work ethic, which is something I definitely learned from working with my

Dad. Also, determination and passion, because owning a restaurant in this town is hard due to the overwhelming number of them. What do you love the most about what you do? I love the freedom to do what I want and be creative with the food we serve. Having two restaurants that are completely different opens up my creativity in my foody world! What are your plans for the future? Olers has the capability to bring new and exciting events to the community. We are planning to bring back the old bar at Olers and create a craft margarita bar.

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Brinkman Owner, FASTSIGNS of Findlay

Josette owns FASTSIGNS of Findlay, formerly Signed by Josette, LLC, which provides solutions for business visibility needs, specializing in the signs and graphics industry. She started in the signs industry right out of college, working at various sign shops in Ohio, before launching her own business.


What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? My father was instrumental in my decision to go out on my own. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and came to me and said: “Kiddo, life is short. I am proof of that. You need to go start that sign shop.” That was all it took! What are the most important traits in an entrepreneur? Determination, grit and a whole lot of zeal.

What do you love the most about what you do? I love every aspect from the number crunching to strategic development, from creating signs to working with customers, and most importantly, determining the future of the business. What do you like best about doing business in Findlay/ Hancock County? It has a small-town feel with a big-city vibe. There is always something to do!

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Picking the Perfect Place Childcare and preschool guide

Leaving your baby— whether your baby is 6 weeks old or 3 years old— with another caregiver can be incredibly tough (or a big relief!). We compiled a list of some of the best local centers and schools that will allow your child to learn independence and flourish in a school setting.


Infant Care & Preschool Education

Canterbury Drive & E. Lincoln St. Now taking Infant Reservations for Fall 2020

CALL: 419-427-2721 For Information & Reservations or visit: Almost Home Infant Care & Preschool 801 E. Lincoln St., 419-427-2721.

Early Years Family Childcare Center

222 Center St., Findlay. 567-250-9040.

Almost home is an award-winning Early Years Family Child Care is a cradle program recognized for exceeding to school, family-oriented childcare center. state standards in curriculum Their goal is to promote learning through development, class sizes and teacher a child-centered hands-on environment to child ratios. They educate and Support thecare to ensure your children will enter school for infants, toddlers, preschoolers Findlay-Hancock and school children in a beautifulCounty with the skills and behaviors necessary be successful in future learning. They and Public peaceful, Library home-like setting. on March 17​th​!to strive to offer a safe, secure, and caring Almost home is a family-oriented center that library partners with all ofa their � The is re�uestin� � mill five-year environment for your children. The Center provides quality care for children 6-weeks best community resources to day-to provide levy renewal to support day of age up to age 5, as well as for ages a rich and meaningful educational operations of the library. 5-11 in need of before and school care, experience for your child. Happy, healthy children receiving best to cost the as well as summer care. � The levy renewal will the continue possible education is the very owner of a $100,000 home $1.50 per month foundation of what they do. or $18 per year.

Endorsed By: Support the Findlay-Hancock County Findlay-Hancock County Alliance Hancock Public County Democratic Party Library on March 17th! Hancock County Republican Party

The library is requesting a ½ mill five-year levy renewal to support day-to day operations of the library.

Paid for by Citizens for Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 14169 Co. Rd. 109, Van Buren, OH 45889. Jeff Winkle, Treasurer.

The levy renewal will continue to cost the owner of a $100,000 home $1.50 per month or $18 per year.

ENDORSED BY: Findlay-Hancock County Alliance, Hancock County Democratic Party, Hancock County Republican Party Paid for by Citizens for Findlay-Hancock County Public Library,1 4169 Co. Rd. 109, Van Buren, OH 45889. Jeff Winkle, Treasurer.

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local business profile Molly Maid of NW Ohio Findlay, Sandusky and Fremont Business Owner: Cyrus Connors Molly Maid of NW Ohio, established in 2013, provides professional cleaning services for local homes. As the “Maid for You,” Molly Maids gives busy families the gift of time by relieving them of the time-consuming task of cleaning. What do you love most about your job? Meeting our customers and

getting to know them. It is all about relationships. It is not just ability, but likeability, that is important. How do you become a better you?

A famous person once said that: “You can learn a lot by just listening.” That includes listening to our customers, our people, and our suppliers.

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What are you passionate about right now? Since my staff and teams are

women, I am passionate about helping reduce domestic violence. I have seen first-hand the impact on some of my people, and how it is such a downward spiral. I personally donate and my teams help raise funds and supplies for The Cocoon Shelter in Wood County.

What do you enjoy the most about doing business in Findlay/Hancock County? Findlay is a very well organized

and progressive city. People are very friendly and enthusiastic. There is a great assortment of places to eat and things to do. Also, Hancock County is very competitive with sales tax being the lowest in the region. Sales tax is required on cleaning services in the state of Ohio.

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Joseph Rowan

Owner of Vivir Modern Mexican

Impact: Bringing authentic Mexican cuisine to downtown dining

By Jessica Kempf

Joseph Rowan fell in love with the cuisine and culture of Mexico during a trip to Los Cabos. That culinary experience planted a seed that led to the creation of Vivir Modern Mexican. Vivir celebrated its one year anniversary in January, bringing authentic Mexican cuisine with premier ingredients to downtown Findlay. As a young entrepreneur, Joseph has learned the ins and outs of the business world through the experience of opening a restaurant. With a passion for his work and business savvy, he proves that hard work and determination pay off. A Findlay native, Joseph graduated from Arlington High School in 2009. He went on to attend Northern Kentucky University and Bowling Green State University, graduating with a degree in business administration and a minor in human resources. A skilled website and logo designer, he’s found those attributes to be incredibly useful as a small business owner. Joseph and his wife Melanie’s oneyear-old daughter, Eloise, was born just prior to the opening of Vivir.

What is your favorite place to eat in Findlay? Stix. What is your favorite local coffee shop? We Serve Coffee. That has been my office because it’s right down the alley from Vivir. A whirlwind learning experience Joseph learned that persistence is a key factor in getting things done. It took him about a year of knocking on doors and networking to get to the restaurant’s opening day. “In the business world, it’s not about sitting around and waiting, it’s about going out there and getting. I know that sounds super cliche, but that is exactly what you need to do,” he explains.

The restaurant’s first year has been a whirlwind, Joseph explains, adding, “We’ve made mistakes and we’ve learned from them. We have adapted. You can establish a menu to begin with not knowing how people will respond to it, and then you’ve got to listen to the people. They are the clientele, the ones you’re there for.”

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What is your favorite local ice cream place? Archie’s. Where is your favorite place to spend time outdoors in Findlay? The South Main neighborhood. We have walked the Donnell Park area a thousand times.

Watching ideas come to life Joseph enjoys watching ideas come to fruition quickly in the restaurant industry. “If we have an idea, we can initiate it the next day. And it’s just great to see that immediate response, whether the response is bad or good. You’re learning each time you’re doing something and you are adapting new products. Ultimately, that’s my favorite thing.” Cochinita pibil with red pickled onion is one example, a delicious creation that Joseph enjoys. “The flavors match so perfectly. We use the entire pork shoulder and it’s simmered in amazing spices all day. Then it’s paired with a house pickled red onion and cilantro. You don’t need a bunch of ingredients to make something delicious,” he says. Joseph’s passion for excellent food and gathering people together make Vivir a fun dining experience. With many new ideas to try, and a focus on his customers, Findlay is fortunate to have a passionate entrepreneur like Joseph Rowan in our midst. • March/April •


Dark Horse Restaurant

4136 N. Main St., Findlay 419-424-9201 “Tony’s Restaurant” on Facebook Open Monday-Saturday: 7am-10pm Sunday: 8am-3pm Over the river and north of town, a gem of a restaurant awaits. The Dark Horse Restaurant opened in 2006 promising the best breakfast in town; a big claim for an unassuming place— especially given the number of quality breakfast joints in Findlay! Such a bold statement was worth a thorough investigation. Comfortable dining And so it was on a cloudy winter morning that we visited the Dark Horse. The dining area is comprised of two large rooms, bench seating along the walls and tables of all sizes filled the space. White walls were accented with televisions, signs noting meal specials and some playful, diner-inspired décor. Black and white tables and chairs give the space a

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By Betsey Watson Mascaro retro feel while red accents liven up the look. Behind the bar, a solid red wall aids an additional vibrant pop of color. A trio sat at one table, two other tables had diners as well; three men chatted at the bar, all in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. As we sat down, our server buzzed over to the table and took our drink orders while reminding us that all breakfast orders needed to be in by 11am. As she left to retrieve our drinks, we looked at the menu. And what a menu it is! From breakfast sandwiches and hearty breakfasts to breakfast pizza and a section dubbed “Breakfast in Mexico,” the choices are impressive. Well-loved favorites appeared alongside Scotch eggs. Items usually found on Mexican restaurant menus (burritos, chimichangas and quesadillas) are recast with breakfast ingredients. Meanwhile, “Sides & Such” offered additional intriguing options

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including smaller portions of other meals. Our server visited the table several more times before we felt ready to make our selections. Before we did, however, we ordered a mimosa and a spicy Bloody Mary. Yep, Dark Horse has those, too. It’s also worth noting that the Dark Horse is not just a breakfast place. The restaurant serves food all day long, with a delicious menu of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, Italian specialties, sandwiches and burgers— a wonderful variety. Order breakfast by 11am Just before the clock struck 11am, our server visited one last time and we ordered a long list of items--Scotch eggs, a side of corned beef hash, a veggie omelet, a chicken chipotle omelet, and the chicken fried steak. Bread choices included sourdough, biscuits, and English muffin. With that tantalizing array of dishes, we ordered something for everyone— a vegetarian option, a Mexican dish, and a diner favorite. When our dishes arrived, Jeremy and I immediately commented on the generous portions. My omelet nearly filled the entire oval plate while his country fried steak was almost covered by a more than ample serving of gravy. And on every plate, large piles of hash browns filled the remaining empty space. Armed with a hearty appetite, we dug in. The corned beef hash offered classic texture, crispy edges, and saltiness that I remember from my childhood. Jeremy sliced open the Scotch egg to reveal its layers of



St. Patrick’ s Day GREEN BEER!

Closed Easter Sunday

708 Lima Ave - Findlay, Ohio 45840 (419) 423-2846

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708 Lima Ave - Findlay, Ohio 45840 (419) 423-2846

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Kid-Friendly: Definitely To Avoid a Wait: Call ahead or visit at on off-peak time Noise Level: Varies Bathroom Amenities: Clean Kids Menu: Yes Anything Healthy for Kids: Yes Food Allergy Concerns: Ask the server or chef for information on allergens. flavor— a hardboiled egg housed within a casing of sausage, battered then deep fried. The sausage was delicious— salty and crispy in all the best ways. (And, notably, it disappeared!) My veggie omelet was bursting with beautifully sautéed fresh veggies. During my pregnancy with Leland— eleven years ago— I lost my love of mushrooms, but the omelet reignited that former love with a whole new passion. Perfectly cooked and incredibly flavorful, those mushrooms also played a starring role in the chicken chipotle omelet, as a perfect balance to the spicy, smoky chipotle sauce. Jeremy’s chicken fried steak delivered on the Dark Horse promise of “Best Breakfast in Town” (aka B.B.I.T.) with crispy breading, tender steak and delectable sausage gravy. Jeremy’s opinion on the dish? Simply stated, “delicious.” High praise from a man who loves sausage gravy, sampling it wherever he visits! B.B.I.T. indeed The Dark Horse delivered on their bold claim. Not only did their food please my breakfast-loving husband, but I also loved it (a girl who prefers a strict diet of coffee and chocolate for breakfast. No, I’m not kidding). Those proclivities made us the perfect pair to test the Dark Horse’s claim of “Best Breakfast in Town.”


All calendar events are subject to change, cancellation and limited size. Calling ahead for confirmation is recommended.

march 1 SUNDAY Becoming the Woman You Were Meant to Be: A Mother-Daughter Tea Program - Teens and their moms are invited to enjoy tea and engaging presentations about their relationships. $5-$10. 1-4pm. Touches from the Heart Banquet Room, 136 South Main Street. 419-538-6666.

4 WEDNESDAY Music Makers - Families with future rock stars are welcome to take part in this fun music class. Singing, dancing, instruments, and even crafts, it’s all covered and fun. $5-$7. 11am-12:15pm. Findlay Central Church of Christ, 307 East Hardin St. 419-422-3306.

5 THURSDAY Chicken Dance - Adapted from the book by Tammi Sauer, Chicken Dance is a musical parable with characters that include two gutsy chickens, a domineering duck and an insecure cow. $170. 10amNoon. Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. 419-423-2787.

6 FRIDAY Drop & Date Studio - Children ages 4-12 are welcome to attend this class and explore a variety of different craft techniques and mediums, allowing parents a much-needed break in downtown Findlay. $15. 6-8pm. Awakening Minds Art, 317 South Main St. 419-302-3892.

11 WEDNESDAY All Abilities Night - An evening of hands-on play for children with all abilities. This evening is a night to connect families and allow children to learn and play in a sensory-friendly environment. 4:30-6pm. Children’s Museum of Findlay,1800 Tiffin Ave. 567-250-9616. Free Tales for Tots - A fun story time tailored for toddlers and preschoolers. Each session will feature a different story reader, activities, sign language, and songs! 10:4511:30am. Mazza Museum, 1000 N Main St. 419-434-4560. Free

17 TUESDAY Mornings with Mommy- Adults can mingle with each other and enjoy activities with their children including arts and crafts, sensory table, story time, music, educational toys, and a snack. Each session has a different theme. $5. 9:30-10:30am. Also on Monday, April 6 & 20. 935 W Bigelow Ave. 419-422-2641.

21 SATURDAY Family Series: Llama Llama LIVE! The Bay Area Children’s Theatre presents the childrens’ book favorite on stage, telling the story of a baby llama looking for a goodnight kiss from his Mama. $14$20. 2-4pm. Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. 419-423-2787.

Parent’s Night Out - Need a night out? Drop the kids off for this event where kids will complete crafts, part-take in small group activities, enjoy snacks and pizza, watch a movie, participate in gym games and more. $15-30. 5-8pm. Findlay YMCA, 300 E. Lincoln St. 419-422-4424.

22 SUNDAY 2020 Model Train Show - The train barn will be filled with tables occupied by vendors displaying and selling model and toy trains and railroad memorabilia. $4. 10am-4pm. Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation and Riverside Train, 12505 County Rd 99. 419-423-2995.

28 SATURDAY Family Night at the Museum- All ages are invited to join museum staff for a night at the museum! Explore how local history comes alive after dark! Hands-on exhibits, crafts, and games. Refreshments provided. Pre-reg required. 5-8pm. Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W. Sandusky St. 419-423-4433.

April 1 WEDNESDAY Open Gym for Little Ones Designed for children of any ability, preschool age and younger. The goal for this ministry is to enhance the physical, emotional and social development of young children through unstructured play. 9-10:30am. Trinity Lutheran Church Findlay, 935 W Bigelow Ave. 419-422-2641. Free

4 SATURDAY Findlay YMCA Easter Egg Hunt Bring the whole family out to the Riverside Park for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt! There will be 4,000 eggs filled with candy. Prizes will be awarded to those who find special eggs. 9am. Findlay YMCA, Riverside Park 231 McManness Ave. 419-422-4424. Free

8 WEDNESDAY Wildlife Wednesdays - Learn about the fascinating world of local wildlife and flora in this immersive demonstration. 11am-Noon. Children’s Museum of Findlay, 1800 Tiffin Ave. 567-250-9616. Free

11 SATURDAY Four Legs and Eggs - Why should humans have all the fun?! Enjoy an afternoon of egg hunting for four-legged and two-legged kiddos, as well as other family fun activities! Noon-3pm. Riverside Park Pool, 231 McManness Ave. 419-424-7176. Free

March 1 SUNDAY A Month of Sundays - Cooper is in the twilight of his days in a nursing home, enduring the painful visits from his family and bantering with his friend Aylott about how life can only be truly appreciated and survived if treated as a comedy in this bittersweet play. $15. 5-7pm. Fort Findlay Playhouse, 300 W Sandusky St. 419-423-7168

2 MONDAY Restaurant Week - Try out something new or support your favorites during dinner hours. Participating restaurants will be offering three-course meals at a set price throughout the week of March 2-8. $10$40. 4pm-11pm. Visit Findlay, 123 E Main Cross St. 419-422-3315.

19 THURSDAY University of Findlay Career Fair In the market to select a career? Come and peruse the vast selection of employers in attendance at the UF job fair. 10am-5pm. Alumni Memorial Union, 164 Frazer St. 419-434-5335. Free

21 SATURDAY Findlay Rotary Club’s 100th Anniversary Gala - Join Findlay Rotary for their Centennial Gala at the Hancock Hotel. Come, relax and have fun with friends. $75. 6-10pm. Hancock Hotel 631 S. Main St. 419-423-0631.

April 3 FRIDAY Albert Cummings - Inspired by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Cummings exploded on the blues-rock scene in the early 2000’s. Praised for his masterful guitar work, Albert has toured and performed with


Adult Activities

blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter and Buddy Guy. 7:30-9:30pm. $15-$20. Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. 419-423-2787. Craft Talk with Rebecca Schiff Rebecca Schiff is the author of the short story collection The Bed Moved (Knopf, 2016). Come and listen to her tips and tricks as a writer. Her stories have appeared in n+1, Electric Literature, The American Reader, Guernica, The Guardian, and Lenny Letter. 7:30-8:30pm. Bowling Green State University, 1001 E Wooster St. 419-372-9000. Free

4 SATURDAY The Findlay Music Festival - Celebrate with a variety of artists from different genres. Enjoy live music, delicious food and fun games. $40. Noon-10pm. The University of Findlay, 1000 N Main St. 800-472-9502. Spring Craft & Vendor Show - Over 60 vendors have gathered at this annual event dedicated to showing off the amazing talents of local artisans Raffle tickets and food available for purchase. 9am1pm. The Leipsic Community Center, 120 East Main St. 419-943-7400. Free

6 MONDAY Guest Artist: Naoki Hakutani, piano - Naoki Hakutani will be performing a moving recital on piano in this open public demonstration. 8-9pm. Bowling Green State University, 1001 E Wooster St. 419-372-9000. Free

7 TUESDAY Blanchard River Archaeology Club For all those fascinated with the world of the past and the precious artifacts left behind, this club will satisfy that curiosity. 1:30-4:30pm. Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712. Free Cardio Drumming - Cardio drumming is not only a lot of fun, but also a great workout! Spectrum partners with Get Right Nutrition Club and Journey at Christ Church to provide an inclusive and safe space to burn some calories, have fun, and feel good doing it! $5. 7-8pm. Journey At Christ Church 225, W. Bigelow Ave. 419-422-6662.


9 THURSDAY Homeschoolers in the Park Homeschoolers engage in hands-on projects and activities to learn about science and animals. Students will make friends and gain confidence, utilize problem-solving skills and independent thinking and have fun! $30. Times vary. Venue varies by session. • March/April •



ummer Camp GUIDE

It’s just starting to feel like spring has arrived, which, believe it or not, means summer isn’t far behind. What will your kids do once school is out? Now is the perfect time to start planning for an active, engaging summer.

Toledo Zoo

Camp dates: week-long camps (M-F) June 1 to August 7

2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH. 419-385-5721. Toledo Zoo Summer Camp adds animal adventure to any summer! With a wide variety of topics and age groups, there is sure to be a camp to pique the interest of your animal lover. Every camp session is led by trained Zoo staff and volunteers, a daily snack is provided and every camper receives two camp shirts and a reusable water bottle. Registration is now open, book your adventure today!

Camp times: Full-day, 9am-3pm. Half-day, 9am-noon. Ages: 4-15 years. Camp cost: $135-$300 for Zoo Members. $160-$350 for non-members.

The Y is a place where everyone belongs and can be themselves while engaging in new experiences, building new skills, and making new friends. They are committed to providing youth with a safe and positive environment. Their well-rounded summer programs and day camps are in the YMCA core values of honesty, respect, responsibility, caring, and faith while being intentional about fostering friendships, a sense of accomplishment, and belonging for all. Summer camps, available for a wide range of ages and with a variety of themes, help kids reach their full potential through fun physical activities, kids learn about themselves and grow in self-confidence as they develop new skills and meet new friends. On March 19, from 6-8pm, meet day camp staff, learn about the different camps the Y offers, and the Open Doors Scholarship Assistance program during the Day Camp Registration Information Session.

Camp times: 8:30am-4:30pm, or 8:30am-12:30pm. Ages: Grades K-12. Camp cost: Half-day specialty camps begin at $70 for members. Prices range through $165.




Camp dates: Week-long sessions begin with May 26-29 and end August 26-30.


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Findlay YMCA Day Camps

CELEBRATE WITH US! Wear GREEN for FREE skate rental!

Admission $5 & Skate rental $3

This community day camp at Camp Berry is offered to both boys and girls. There will be limited free bussing available to and from camp each day. Adults/parents are welcome to volunteer to be a day leader and enjoy the experience with their child. Attendees can expect to learn about nature, participate in numerous craft and woodworking activities, shoot bows and arrows, play games and much more. CAMP Dates: July 20-24 and July 27-31 Ages: Grades 1-5 (1st graders only come Wed-Fri) Cost: $70 until June 17 or $100 after June 17, $30 for 1st graders until June 17 or $40 after Staff to Camper Ratio: a den chief ratio of 1:15 and there will be additional staff at each program area

3430 N Main St., Findlay. 419-424-7176. Make this summer as cool as ice at The Cube with a slick assortment of fun offerings. Bring the kids out for public skate hours, or stop by for a drop-in hockey game every weekday beginning at noon. Wanna work out on the ice? The last Friday of every month is Fitness Friday, included with admission to the Children’s Museum of Findlay. Unsure of your kids’ skating ability? Sign them up for Learn-to-Skate lessons. And if you wear green to the St. Patrick’s Day Party on March 13, you’ll get a free skate rental! Stay up-to-date on offerings by following The Cube on social media at Public skate hours: 8am-noon, Monday through Thursday.Fee: $5, $3 for skate rental. Learn-to-Skate Lessons: 6-6:50pm, every Monday, May 4 through June 8, except Memorial Day, May 25. Fee: $40.

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MONDAYS: MAY 4, 11, 18, JUNE 1, 8 6:00-6:50pm Tots, Beginners, Intermediate and Adults!

$40 Includes 25 minute lesson, 25 minute practice time, and skate rental

All public skate schedules on FINDLAYOHIO.COM/RECREATION 3430 N. MAIN ST FINDLAY, OH 419-424-7176

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2100 Broad Ave., Findlay. 419-422-4356.

The Cube


Public Skate Friday 7-9:50pm

Black Swamp Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

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CONT’D FROM P17 Dance Night - No experience or partners necessary to learn fun social/ ballroom dance styles in a welcoming environment. Styles include waltz, foxtrot, twostep, rumba, cha-cha, modern jive, east coast swing, polka and salsa. $8-$35. 6-8:30pm. Findlay Elks Lodge, 900 W Melrose Ave. 419-422-2442.

9 THURSDAY Cooking for Adults - Ever wanted to learn how to cook? Well now is the time. Come and learn the basics with friends. Learn about recipes and sample different dishes. 18+. Registration required. 4:30-5:45. Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712. Free

10 FRIDAY Elsewhere Productions: ‘The Most Massive Woman Wins’- The BGSU Department of Theatre and Film’s Elsewhere Productions presents The Most Massive Woman Wins, by Madeleine George. The play, directed by Lauren Lash, is a comedy/drama that discusses people’s perception of body language. Bowling Green State University, 1001 E Wooster St. 419-372-9000. Free

14 TUESDAY TDGA April Handicap SeminarPlease join Tod Burhans, Marianne Reece, and Scott Gearig as they present the 2020 TDGA April Handicapping Seminar at Findlay Country Club. Learn the ins and outs of the new World Handicap System, take an exam to certify your club. 7:30-10:30. Findlay Country Club, 1500 Country Club Dr. 419-422-9263. Free

17 FRIDAY Classic Movie Night: Raiders of the Lost Ark- Film time starring Harrison Ford and Karen Allen in this classic adventure movie in search of powerful artifacts. Popcorn and refreshments are provided. 7-9pm. Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St. 419-423-4433. Free

18 SATURDAY Advanced Basket Weaving - Come and learn the ancient art of basket weaving in all its complex glory. $17.50. All day. FindlayHancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712.

19 SUNDAY Roaring 20’s Spring Market - In addition to offering some of our most popular gourmet dips and no-bake dessert mixes, this event has some great items to shop for just in time for spring, 20’s style! Noon-4pm. Findlay Event Center, 1400 6th St. 419-424-7137. Free

30 THURSDAY SHE LOVES ME - Amalia and Georg, two perfume clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends; Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know the anonymous pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! $15. 8pm. Fort Findlay Playhouse, 300 W Sandusky St. 419-423-7168.

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