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We hope you enjoy learning about our town and discovering why those of us who live and work here think it is the BEST small town in America. “Welcome to the City of Oberlin! The City of Oberlin is a unique and friendly community where everyone from all walks of life is welcome— and we have something for everyone! From our restaurants and cafés offering a wide range of cuisine, to our many small retail shops, Oberlin’s historic Downtown should not be missed. Also, as home to the renowned Oberlin College, you can experience Oberlin’s extraordinary college-town charm with a visit to the Allen Memorial Art Museum, a walk through Tappan Square or by catching a concert in Finney Chapel— all open to the public. There are also a number of historical landmarks and tours available, as well as many parks and recreation options, including the Northcoast Inland Bike Trail running through town. We hope you’ll explore all that Oberlin has to offer and we are honored to have you in our wonderful City. It’s a Great Day to be in Oberlin!” - Rob Hillard, Oberlin City Manager Welcome! The Oberlin Business Partnership (OBP) is a community organization comprised of partners – businesses, non-profits, the city, college, and individuals – who give their time, energy, and expertise to advance and promote the sustainable growth and prosperity of the Oberlin Community. OBP advocates for our partners; provides leadership on important issues; and delivers cost-saving and educational services, which benefit our partners. Our vision for Oberlin is that it is a center of community and economic prosperity; an excellent location for business as well as an entertainment and learning destination; our citycenter (the downtown) presents an inviting appearance which enhances the civic, cultural, and economic vitality of the entire community. We hope you will agree that we are well on our way to achieving our vision!

Welcome to Oberlin and Oberlin College! Oberlin’s campus is like no other—here, you’ll find a top-ranked liberal arts college, a prestigious music conservatory, and one of the best academic art museums in the country, all situated in a vibrant and vital small town. We hope you will take time to explore our campus, where dozens of performances, sporting events, lectures, and exhibits are open to the public each week. To see what is happening, visit us online at Enjoy your visit! - Tita Reed, Special Assistant to the President for Community and Government Affairs, Oberlin College


- Larry Funk, President, Oberlin Business Partnership Board of Trustees

OBERLIN…A small town with BIG opportunities! We hope you enjoy learning about our town and discovering why those of us who live and work here think it is the best small town in America. Some of the characteristics that help make it the best include: • unparalleled cultural opportunities in art, music, and theater; • history and heritage imbued in social justice; • a safe and vibrant city center—the Historic Downtown; • a variety of parks and recreation areas; • locally owned independent businesses and restaurants; • an internationally acclaimed college and conservatory of music; • excellent public schools with an International Baccalaureate Program; • a senior retirement community offering a vibrant lifestyle for independent living; • city government that understand the importance of and acts to ensure environmental sustainability; • a close-knit community and so much more!


TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome to Oberlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 3 About Oberlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 6 & 7 City Departments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 9 & 10 City Parks and Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 12 & 13 Oberlin Heritage Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 14 & 15 Martin Luther King Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 17 Oberlin Community Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 18 History of First Church in Oberlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 21 Downtown Shopping & Dining Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 24 & 25 Outside of Downtown Shopping & Dining Map . . . . . . . . . . .Page 26 & 27 Oberlin Public Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 28 Mercy Allen Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 29 Oberlin Early Education Center & Oberlin Kids . . . . . . . . . . . Page 30 Oberlin College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 33 Common Ground . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 37 Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 37 Churches and Nonprofits in Oberlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 39 Annual Oberlin Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 41 OBP Partners Listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 42 Frank Lloyd Wright House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 43 Important Phone Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 46 Oberlin Public Library & The Bridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 47 Recycling in Oberlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 47 Oberlin Cable Co-op & POWER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 50 Oberlin Business Partnership, 23 East College Street, Oberlin, OH 44074 | 440-774-6262 |

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About Oberlin Ohio Magazine and agree that Oberlin is one of Ohio’s most charming places to live and makes for the perfect day trip destination. Oberlin was voted one of the state’s “Best Hometowns” by Ohio Magazine—A town proud of its roots with beauty all around, from the architecture to the streets. Oberlin is a progressive small town of approximately 8,400 residents, a close-knit community, a rich history, and a lively arts and cultural scene. Oberlin has always been a leader in societal progress. Oberlin College was the first American higher education institution to admit female and black students. Today, it’s a safe haven for creative souls to blossom and there is always some sort of community event going on. About half an hour from Cleveland, it is a liberal college town with a vibrant young community. The Little Town Near Cleveland That Might Just Be The Most Unique Town In The World Oberlin, Ohio, is featured in The Town that Started the Civil War by historian Nat Brandt, and has a history steeped in rebellion, political drama, and the fight for equality. Oberlin’s history makes it one of the most important and unique towns in the United States and the world, and its present makes it somewhere you’ll want to visit every weekend. On a crisp autumn day in Ohio, 1858, two Kentucky slave hunters were closing in on a runaway slave named John Price. Federal law said they had the right to bring the man back across state lines. But to the people of Oberlin, Ohio, the law was wrong and they were willing to prove it with their sweat and blood. A small army of students, farmers, former slaves, a bookstore owner, a professor, a preacher, and a cobbler risked their lives to rescue a man they did not know and ignited a furious conflict with a wavering U.S. government. From its first blows to the controversial trials that followed, the Oberlin Rescue was an act of uncommon heroism and courage and a true battle for the conscience of a land. ‘The Rescuers’ became local celebrities. It is this event which is credited with being so divisive that Oberlin became know as “the town that started the Civil War”.


Oberlin College was dedicated to coeducation and un-segregated higher education. Oberlin College accepted both men and women, and both black and white students. White women were enrolled alongside white men from 1837, and African-American men and women from the 1850s. Mary Jane Patterson was the first African-American woman in the world to earn a bachelor’s degree. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1862. (See detailed information about Oberlin College – The first Illumination in Oberlin was a celebration of the election of Abraham Lincoln in November 1860. A series of lanterns were lit across the town. As an abolitionist town with a large black population, Lincoln’s election was a huge victory. It became a college tradition in 1903, and now occurs annually during Commencement, with tens of thousands of lanterns lighting the campus and surroundings. Oberlin has an unusually diverse array of good, reasonably-priced food for a small Midwestern town. The Feve is a favorite of both locals and those in-the-know who are passing through. Their brunches are famous - delicious and affordable. Check out Lorenzo’s Pizzeria for unbelievably delicious Italian cuisine and fabulous pizzas. Try Agave Burrito Bar & Tequilaria for amazing organic mix-and-matchstyle Mexican/American cuisine. It is well known that college students require a regular caffeine hit...

About Oberlin so there are plenty of places to hunker down with a book or laptop and sip delicious coffee. The Local, and Slow Train Cafe have the best coffee in town. The Local is a New York-style basement cafe, and slays the latte competition. Slow Train Cafe has a bit more room to move (or, rather, to not move for several hours). Try the lavender scones with your mocha, or have a drink from their well-stocked bar. ( (www. ( ( (www. Find local organic produce at the Oberlin Farmers Market. One benefit of being surrounded by farm country is the amazing produce! Local farmers sell their produce at this weekly market. Because many small farms produce food only seasonally, you’ll always get something different or unique at the market. The farmers market is a great way to get a taste of the town’s culture. (Both literally and figuratively.) During May through October, you’ll find it open every Saturday downtown, in front of the Oberlin Public Library. In the winter months, you’ll find it open every Saturday inside Eastwood Elementary School. ( ( Public graffiti has become part of local culture in Tappan Square. There is a story that in 1882, 39 students rolled a seven-ton glacial rock from nearby Plum Creek to Tappan Square as a practical joke. There are now three boulder-sized rocks there, placed in 1882 and 1898, which frequently have been repainted since the 1960s. They are now public collaborative artworks in the truest sense: anyone can paint these boulders at any time. They’ve seen everything from political protests to marriage proposals. So if you are planning a trip to Oberlin, pack a can of spray paint!

The Rotary Club of Oberlin represents a cross-section of Oberlin’s business and professional men and women. It is nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. The main objective of Rotary is SERVICE – in the community, the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians assist with community service projects to address many critical issues such as children at risk, poverty, hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. Rotary also supports programs for youth, education, and international exchanges for students, teachers, other professionals, and vocational and career development. We encourage you to join us in “Service Above Self.” You are welcome to attend our Rotary meeting held every Friday at noon.


Oberlin hasn’t forgotten its roots and remains a town that’s safe for, and welcoming to immigrants and refugees. Oberlin is one of few sanctuary cities in the area, honoring Oberlin’s stated commitment to social justice, diversity, and inclusion, while extending its history of providing refuge for those seeking freedom.



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LOVE Located in the heart of northeastern Ohio, Oberlin has a natural charm that new cities hope to recreate. We’d love you to come out and see everything that Oberlin has to offer! WANT TO LEARN MORE? Go to or come visit us!

City Departments The Oberlin City Charter was adopted by the voters in 1954 and went into effect on the first day of January, 1955. Oberlin is governed by the Council-Manager form of government. City Council is comprised of seven residents elected at-large to two-year terms. Council hires a City Manager to administer the day-to-day activities of the City. The Council also appoints a Finance Director, Law Director, and City Clerk. Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Oberlin City Hall at 85 South Main Street. Residents are welcome to attend and are encouraged to participate in meetings. Council meetings are streamed live on the internet. Oberlin has numerous citizen boards and commissions that advise the City Council. A list of Council members and contact information is at www. Oberlin is a full service City offering police and fire protection, utilities, recreation, recycling, a cemetery and numerous parks, as well as other Public Works services. Information for each of these departments is on the City’s website: THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT. The Finance Department provides residents of Oberlin with timely and accurate accounting of the City’s receipts and disbursements. The Finance Director oversees the duties of the accounting, income tax administration, utility billing, cash management and investments, debt management, payroll administration, fixed asset reporting, and other financial customer service. For questions regarding Finance/Utilities call the Finance Department at (440) 775-7211 or (440) 775-7214.

OBERLIN PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT. This department maintains the City’s built and natural infrastructure through the coordinated efforts of six divisions: Administration; Engineering; General Maintenance; Building & Grounds; Water; and Waste Water. Properly maintained and well-operated infrastructure positively affects our residents’ quality of life and our business ability to thrive. For more information, please visit the City’s website at or call us at 440-775-7218. Buildings and Grounds Division – Primarily responsible for maintaining the City’s Buildings, Parks and Westwood Cemetery. Contact this division at 440-774-2820. Engineering Division – The City’s Engineer and Information Systems Manager plan, design, bid and oversee the construction of the City’s capital improvement projects. Contact this division at 440-7760037.


OBERLIN MUNICIPAL LIGHT and POWER SYSTEM. Oberlin Municipal Light and Power System (OMLPS) is a community-owned, not-for-profit electric utility created in 1934 to provide high quality, affordable services tailored to the unique needs of the Oberlin area. The municipal-owned and operated electric system provides local, reliable electric service and its priorities are directed by the community through the Oberlin City Council. OMLPS manages and maintains Oberlin’s distribution lines, substations, metering and generating plant with local employees. With a concern for the environment, OMLPS has procured long-term power resources providing Oberlin with 85% renewable energy for its customers. In addition, Oberlin has an Energy Services Division which works with its contracted energy efficiency partner, Efficiency Smart providing efficiency solutions for the Oberlin community. Oberlin Municipal Light and Power System, 440-775-7261.

City Departments General Maintenance Division – This division has multiple areas of responsibility including: Streets; Sanitary & Storm Sewer Collection; Recycling, Refuse and Composting Collection and the City’s Central Garage. Contact this division at 440-775-7270. Oberlin Water Division. Oberlin has operated a public water supply since 1887. Today, the City Water Division maintains over 40 miles of water line and operates a 2.25 million gallon a day water treatment facility serving nearly 3,000 homes and businesses. The treatment plant is located at 43885 Parsons Road, along the Black River. The river supplies most of the water to the plant, supplemented by the Oberlin reservoir and two elevated storage tanks. The plant is Ohio EPA-licensed to treat 2.25 million gallons per day and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The high quality drinking water produced by Oberlin consistently meets all water quality regulations. Water information is available by contacting the Water Division at (440) 775-7290 or the Water Environment Protection Facility at 440-775-7280. FIRE DEPARTMENT. The Oberlin Fire Department provides fire-rescue services to the City of Oberlin and New Russia Township. It also performs building inspections and code enforcement, issues fire code permits, reviews fire protection systems for proposed construction, conducts fire safety education programs for schools and businesses, and maintains control of hazardous materials. The Department also performs home fire safety and smoke detector inspections to residents free of charge. Telephone: 440.774.3211


POLICE DEPARTMENT. The Oberlin Police Department has 17 full-time sworn officers, 1 part-time sworn officer and 16 civilian employees. The Department additionally has an Auxiliary Police unit and a Police Explorer post. Specialized units include investigations, juvenile, crime prevention, drug education, drug enforcement, K-9 unit and bicycle patrol. For a small agency, the Oberlin Police Department has excellent technical equipment, vehicles, facilities, and training opportunities. 440-774-1061. PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT. The Planning and Development Department provides a wide range of important services to the community and to people or businesses interested in Oberlin. The Department is comprised of four operating divisions - Planning, Economic Development, Building, and Recreation. The Department maintains the Comprehensive Plan and is responsible for managing the development process including the administration of the Zoning Code, Subdivision Regulations, Sign and Building Codes. The Department also undertakes business attraction and retention efforts, community development projects, and grant programs. Building contact: 440-774-3428; Planning Contact: 440-7757182; Economic Development contact: 440-775-7257.In addition the Department provides recreational programming to the community.

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City Parks and Recreation RECREATION. There are many recreational opportunities within the City of Oberlin including recreation programs, 14 parks and reservoirs, and bike and walking trails. The Oberlin Recreation Complex on West Hamilton Street has baseball/ softball and soccer fields and Lorain County Metro Parks operates Splash Zone, an indoor-outdoor swimming pool/water park and fitness center there as well. Oberlin College extends memberships to the public at its athletic facility that offers access to an indoor swimming pool, tennis and racquetball courts, weight rooms, and gymnasiums. THE CITY OF OBERLIN RECREATION COMPLEX includes five (5) Baseball/Softball fields, four (4) of which are lighted and eight (8) Soccer fields with adjacent green space on a 77-acre site. Amenities include a concession stand/restroom building, two (2) picnic pavilions and a lighted paved parking lot and a Lighting Prediction and Warning System to protect park users. On the eastern third of the Recreation Complex is Splash Zone, operated by Lorain County Metroparks. The Don J. Pease Memorial Bike Path Path, a 3.1 mile paved bike and walking path, cuts diagonally across the City. A .6 mile extension links the path to the City’s Recreation Complex on Hamilton Street the Bike Path is part of the North Coast Inland Trail, a 13.1 mile route between Kipton and Elyria owned and operated by the Lorain County Metroparks outside of City limits. Check out the extensive list of recreational opportunities at Contact: 440-775-7254. Depot Park. 264 S. Main Street is a 4-acre park with a children’s playground and Oberlin’s Fitness Zone, outdoor exercise stations.


East College Street Courtyard. 43 E. College St. is a ¼-acre park with benches and a grassy area. Legion Field. 425 S. Professor St. is 2.6 acres of green space adjacent to the fire station and is a community garden run by the Zion Community Development Corporation. Martin Luther King Jr. Park. See page 17. Morgan Street Reservoir. 199 Morgan St. is a 12.5-acre park with a walking trail around the perimeter that connects to the Oberlin College Arboretum. Fishing is permitted. Park Street Park. 40 S. Park St. is a 5.58-acre park with two basketball courts, a playground, horseshoes pit, and a former baseball diamond with green space.

City Parks and Recreation Parsons Road Upland Reservoir. 43885 Parsons Rd. has 43.6 acres of water for fishing with adjacent picnic and sledding area. Fishing is permitted. Boats with electric motors only are permitted. Swimming is not permitted. Roadside Park. 825 E. Lorain St. is 5.7 acres with a picnic area. Bill Long & Scott & Olivia Carson Nature Preserve. 214 Pyle R. is a 22-acre Nature Preserve which includes a 13 acre reservoir. Fishing is permitted. Swimming & boating are not allowed. Spring Street Park. 100 Spring St. A 12-acre park with green space and woodlands adjacent to the Bike Path. It includes two picnic shelters, a gazebo and a large playground.

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Wright Memorial Park. 17 W. Vine St. A 1.9-acre park with green space and a Veteran’s Memorial.

Oberlin Heritage Center The Oberlin Heritage Center’s mission is to preserve and share Oberlin’s unique heritage and to make our community a better place to live, learn, work and visit. Office and Museum Store Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm Group Tours and Outreach Programs may be arranged for other times and must be reserved three weeks in advance. Oberlin Heritage Center 73½ South Professor Street Oberlin, OH 44074 (440) 774-1700

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Oberlin Heritage Center Small Town, Big Stories. Oberlin’s history is full of “ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” Whether it was John Mercer Langston studying to become Ohio’s first African American lawyer, Lucy Stone fighting for the same pay as male school teachers, John Watson sheltering freedom seekers after their journey from slavery, or Charles Martin Hall discovering the process for mass producing aluminum, Oberlin’s historic triumphs and struggles continue to inspire people today. The Oberlin Heritage Center (OHC) offers an array of guided tours, themed history walks, educational programs, and special events for audiences of all ages, from near and far. The Heritage Center also offers outreach programs and public presentations at many locations, step on guides for bus tours, research services, volunteer opportunities and so much more. This community-based non-profit originated in 1903 as the “Village Improvement Society” and has evolved over the years to become a dynamic organization whose mission is “to preserve and share Oberlin’s unique heritage and to make our community a better place to live, learn, work and visit.” OHC is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Heritage Center’s members, staff, volunteers, student interns and 18-member Board of Trustees recognize the importance of both preserving the past and improving our community for the future. OHC’s campus is conveniently located off of South Professor and Vine Streets near the Conservatory of Music. It includes three beautifully preserved historic buildings: the Monroe House (headquarters), the Little Red Schoolhouse, and the Jewett House, as well as the attractive green space and walkway system that link to downtown Oberlin, adjacent residential neighborhoods and Oberlin College.


Come visit the Heritage Center soon! Stop in our office for visitor and community information. Register for a tour or history walk. Browse the website at or give us a call at 440774-1700. Check out OHC’s lively calendar of events and make plans to attend – most are free and open to the public. Become an OHC member or a Facebook friend, or subscribe to our free e-newsletter by sending an e-mail to

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Park The people of Oberlin feel a great connection to America’s foremost civil rights leader, Martin Luther King. In the years prior to his assassination, King was a frequent visitor to our city. His first time in Oberlin came in February 1957, mere months after waging a 381-day bus boycott with the Montgomery Improvement Association in Alabama. Another notable visit came in October 1964 after he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. King spoke to a crowd of 2,500 at Finney Chapel, focusing on America’s path to racial integration. In 1965 King was named an honorary alumnus of Oberlin College, awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree as he delivered the commencement address to graduating seniors. Each year, a remembrance ceremony is held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. park located on Vine Street. “I can never come to this campus without a deep sense of appreciation and gratitude for all that this great institution has done for the cultural, political, and social life of our nation and the world. By all standards of measurement, Oberlin is one of the great colleges, not only of our nation, but of the world,” he said.

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Oberlin Community Services Founded in 1955, Oberlin Community Services (OCS) is a responsive community organization providing direct assistance, referrals, and other services to Oberlin and southern Lorain County residents who need help meeting basic needs. Our staff is small but remarkably dedicated and efficient. By the measure of clients served, we are the largest “safety-net” agency in our service area. We are dedicated to our clients and strive to ensure their long-term well-being. Area residents continue to face job loss and medical emergencies, and other life challenges leading to many families facing economic hardships. OCS can provide food and other necessary goods, vouchers for otherwise unaffordable prescription drugs or transportation, utility assistance when there is threat of shut-offs, and rent or mortgage assistance to avoid evictions and homelessness. OCS is a part of a United Way of Greater Lorain County Collaborative with twelve other agencies working to prevent these problems and create longer-term solutions through personal counseling, job advice and training, and careful case management. We engage closely with our clients and develop an ongoing relationship with them. Our goal is to contribute to the success of every family or individual in need that visits us. OCS Available Services Our service region includes the City of Oberlin and ten nearby townships, villages and cities: Brighton, Camden, Carlisle, Huntington, Lagrange, New Russia, Penfield, Pittsfield, Rochester, and Wellington. Many of the services are in collaboration with other agencies. Please visit our website or contact us for more information on our services.


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• Operate a daily choice food pantry for area residents • Provide fresh, organic produce from the OCS garden and cooking/nutrition classes for clients • Coordinate daily home delivery of food to low income and home bound residents • Support clients with casework including counseling, problem assessment, guidance with forms for employment and various assistance programs and services from other agencies • Provide awareness and training through our Job Club • Provide financial management classes to area residents • Facilitate adult basic literacy, GED training and financial management classes • Arrange and provide tutoring and after school programming for area students • Provide tax clinics and preparation • Provide emergency financial assistance for area residents • Avert utility shutoffs and assist with re-connections for area residents • Prevent homelessness by assisting with rent/mortgage payments • Provide gas vouchers to enable transportation assistance to appointments and interviews • Assist area residents with vouchers to cover the cost of prescription drugs • Offer opportunities for court-ordered community service • Host Holiday Helping Hands, connecting donations and gifts to needy area families • Facilitate community collaboration with networking events for area agencies and leaders • Coordinate volunteers for OCS and other agency programs Contact us: 285 S. Professor St, Oberlin OH • Phone: 440.774.6579 Fax: 440.776.0505 Web:

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Located in the Oberlin Industrial Park at 300 Creekside Drive 440-774-2981

History of First Church in Oberlin The History of the First Church. The Meeting House of The First Church in Oberlin, United Church of Christ was built between 1842 and 1844. At the time of its construction, it was the largest auditorium between New York and Chicago. It has been on the National Register of Historic Buildings since 1978. It was the ultimate expression of the will of those colonists who founded Oberlin in 1833. The Meeting House was the center of civic life in Oberlin, which became a center of reform in antebellum America. It attracted the most famous preacher in the country, Charles Grandison Finney. The Collegiate Institute admitted men and women regardless of color. By 1860, 20% of the community was AfricanAmerican as people of color elected to move to a place where their children could get an education. All of Oberlin’s institutions were integrated: the church, the college, the schools, the business community. It also attracted many strong women who took the education offered, demanded more, and then committed themselves to abolition, women’s rights, moral reform, and universal suffrage. This building is the only structure in Oberlin still standing that witnessed the remarkable history of reform that is now Oberlin’s legacy. It is even more important that the Meeting House was an experiment in equality, one of the few places of worship in the nation where blacks and whites sat intermingled in the pews and sang together in the choir. The Meeting House was built with local materials, local labor, and required significant sacrifice on the part of the community. Robert Fletcher, author of the most comprehensive work on the early history of Oberlin, described it in this way: “We really have no idea how much it cost because very little money was involved. Oberlin masons, teamsters, blacksmiths, tinsmiths, carpenters and cabinet makers donated part or all of their time. Others gave bricks, stone, timber, hardware and paint.” It is important to remember that donors to this building were both black and white.

So, inspired by the revivals and commitment to evangelism, and because of its remarkable qualities, The Meeting House became a place where people gathered: to listen, to learn, to consider, to discuss, to agitate, to laugh, to cry, to celebrate, to mourn, to commemorate. Clearly, the ability to convene for regular community conversations in the Meeting House contributed to Oberlin’s outstanding record of achievement in reform. Today - The First Church in Oberlin United Church of Christ. No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome in our church. Professional staff include Pastor Rev. David T. Hill, Commissioned Minister of Faith Formation and Youth, Brandy Bring and Director of Music William E. Davis III.


The Oberlin Society, the community’s government, initially thought of the Meeting House purely as a site for evangelism. However, it didn’t take long to realize that the splendid acoustics and monumental size made it the perfect place to pursue the reform that was becoming dear to the colonists: abolition. The variety of uses widened considerably after the Civil War. In 1882, people purchased tickets to hear Mark Twain entertain. Matthew Arnold visited later in that decade. Many famous speakers came to enlighten and challenge. To name just a few: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Helen Keller, Jack London, Booker T Washington, Rutherford B Hayes, William McKinley, Woodrow Wilson, William Jennings Bryan, Samuel Gompers, Horace Greeley, Clara Barton, Jane Addams, Martin Luther King.


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Dr. Paul J. Alton Optometrist Providing Eye Care in Lorain County for over 20 years

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Lessons • Instruments • Musical Accessories

Ade’s Place & Alake Gallery 16 S. Main St. | Oberlin, OH 44074

• Oils & Incense • Nag Champa • Afikan Masks • Afrikan Antiques • Textiles • Tapestries/Rugs • Ethnic Skin Care • Herbs


Ben Franklin Store & MindFair Books 13 West College Street, Downtown Oberlin

Toys • Games • Fabric & Yarn • Custom Framing New & Used Books • Classic Variety “An Investment in Knowledge Always Pays the Best Interest.” - Ben Franklin


Green Circle Growers was founded almost 50 years ago with an innovative spirit and vision to grow the green thumb lifestyle. Today we continue that legacy with integrity, diligence, and a dedication to grow beautiful, dependable, and easy-care plants that people will love. We believe that every day can be better with plants.


Mercy Allen Hospital


Tappan Square


58 Welcome to

The City of Oberlin-Downtown

DOWNTOWN SHOPPING, DINING & ATTRACTIONS India Garden 65 E. College St Cowhaus Creamery 55 College St #1

Slow Train Café & Music House 55 E. College St #3 774.7570 Dave’s Cosmic Subs 55 E. College St #4 Kim’s Grocery & Carryout 23 Eric Nord Way #3 Wild Mango 9 S. Main St Black River Café 15 S. Main St

GOVERNMENT/ NON PROFIT Oberlin Business Partnership 23 E. College St 774.6262

Oberlin Public Library 65 S. Main St 775.4790

Oberlin City Hall 85 S. Main St 775.1531

SHOPPING AND SERVICES Oberlin Cable Co-op 27 E. College St 775.4001


Infinite Monkey Comics & Games 65 E. College St

The Feve

Ohio Educational Credit Union 55 E. College St #2 775.0037

18 S. Main St 774.7827 30 S. Main St 774.1978 Blue Rooster Bake House 38 S. Main St Oberlin Kitchen 51 S. Main St

Lorenzo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant 52½ S. Main St 775.0118

The Oberlin Market 22 Carpenter Ct. Mandarin Chinese Restaurant 82 S. Main St Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant 84 S. Main St

The Local Coffee & Tea 23 S. Main St DOWN 774.1866

Aladdin’s Eatery 5 W. College St 774.5282

Agave Burrito Bar & Tequilaria 19 W. College St 774.7336 Red Chinese Bistro 27 W. College St

Northwest Bank

49 S. Main St, 775.1361

The Tuck Shop 53 S. Main St 774.8825

The UPS Store

55 S. Main St, 774.7447 Jodi Estelle’s Salon 61 S. Main St

Midas Auto Service 90 S. Main St 774.5566 Campbell House Antiques 95 S. Main St The Velvet Turtle 5 S. Main St, #301

Herrick Jewelry 7 W. College St 774.4461

Ben Franklin & MindFair Books 13 W. College St 774.5711

Mavrich & Mavrich Insurance 5 S. Main St. 209 775-3743

Carlyle Gift Shop

H&R Block 5 S. Main St. 204 366-6691

Lydia’s Nail Salon 21 W. College St

Verite Glass & Studio 11 S. Main St Ade’s Place 16 S. Main St

17 W. College St 775.3871

Gibson’s Bakery & Food Mart 23 W. College St Cobbler Candle & Gift Shop 25 W. College St

Bead Paradise

HOTEL/B&B The Buckeye & The Frog B&B 771 Elm St (404) 219.1980

The Hotel at Oberlin 7 N. Main St 775.7001

ATTRACTIONS The Apollo Theater 19 E. College St East College St Courtyard 43 E. College St Baron Art Gallery 65 E. College St #5

Credo Music

65 E. College St #7 774.3658 Martin Luther King, Jr. Park 17 E. Vine St Hall Auditorium 67 N. Main St Allen Memorial Art Museum 87 N. Main St

New Union Center for the Arts 39 S. Main St 774.2166

Northern Ohio Youth Orchestras 39 S. Main St 775.3059

Ginko Gallery & Studio 19 S. Main St

29 W. College St 775.2233

Oberlin Choristers 39 S. Main St

Swerve Bike Shop 23 S. Main St

Oberlin Bookstore 37 W. College St

The MAD Factory 39 S. Main St #310

Workshop Art Gallery 24 S. Main St

Adeva Salon & Spa

Firelands Assoc. for the Visual Arts

Watson Hardware 26 S. Main St 775.1731

Ratsy’s Store 27 S. Main St 775.1980

As Found Gallery 29 S. Main St

Ottica Eyecare 32 S. Main St 775.2010

Modern Beauty Salon 40 S. Main St

5 W. College St UP 775.4247

Woodshed Lesson Studio & Store

15½ W. College St UP 775.1808

39 S. Main St #210 774.2166 Park Street Park 40 S. Park St

Oberlin Heritage Center

Hanson Records 25½ W. College St UP

73 ½ S. Professor St 774.1700

Rosen-Jones Photography Studio

Oberlin Conservatory of Music 77 W. College St

29½ W. College St UP 935.6342

Sperry Gorske Agency 21 S. Main St. 774-4331

Wright Memorial Park 187 W. Vine St






Historical Westwood Cemetery












City Recreational Complex





Greater Oberlin

Ace Hardware Bike Service Station Adventure Cycling Underground Railroad Route Rider on his way into Oberlin to explore Underground Railroad history. Right: Common Ground Canopy Tour



EAST LORAIN Oberlin College Tappan Square










14910 Rt. 58, Ste. 4 774.3461

McDonalds 265 S. Main St

Puffer’s Floral Shoppe 13 E. Vine St

Quick & Delicious 311 S. Main St

Gardenscapes by Joanna

Pappy Bob’s BBQ 14858 St Rt. 58 Pizza Hut 14920 St Rt. 58 S. Sterks of Oberlin 580 W. Lorain St Domino’s Pizza 155 S. Main St East of Chicago Pizza 175 S. Main St


15365 Gifford Rd 935.5074

Dollar General 544 W. College St

Splash Zone 95 W. Hamilton St

Totally Floored Flooring America 45380 US Rt. 20 #A

Oberlin College Bowling Lanes 180 W. Lorain St


ACE Hardware

Common Ground

CVS Pharmacy 297 S. Main St

Morgan Street Reservoir 199 Morgan St

Main Street Antiques 335 S. Main St

Westwood Cemetery 455 Morgan St

East Oberlin Nursery 43974 St Rt. 511

Frank Lloyd Wright House 534 Morgan St

Gary’s Body Shop

Underground Railroad Center 291 S. Main St

291 S. Main St 775.4223

14301 St Rt. 58 775.1914

14240 Baird Rd. 965.5551

Child Garden 14910 St Rt. 58

Parsons Rd. Upland Reservoir 43885 Parsons Rd.

Dollar Tree 14910 St Rt. 58

Oberlin Golf & Country Club 200 Pyle Rd.

Advance Auto Parts 14911 St Rt. 58

Nature Preserve 214 Pyle Rd.

331 E. Lorain St 774.6351

Goodwill 14910 St Rt. 58 #5

Legion Field/Community Gardens 425 S. Professor St

Deichlers Auto & Tire Works

The Shoe Department 14910 St Rt. 58 #6

Spring Street Park 100 Spring St

Go Green Garden Center

Walmart 46440 US Rt. 20 774.6720

Country Skateland 45841 St Rt. 58

58 Storage

550 South Main St 574.6749

Oberlin IGA

422 E. Lorain St 774.4777 461 E. Lorain St 775.4670

Depot Park 246 S. Main St

GOVERNMENT/ NON PROFIT Kendal at Oberlin 600 Kendal Dr. 800.548.9469

Oberlin Community Services 285 S. Professor St 774.6579

Oberlin High School 281 N. Pleasant St

Lorain County JVS 15181 St Rt. 58

Mercy Allen Hospital 200 W. Lorain St 775.9106

HOTEL/B&B 1930 Hallauer House B&B 14945 Hallauer Rd.

Oberlin Recreation Complex W. Hamilton St



Profits stay within the community—helping to support our police, fire and public services. Local businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms. Local businesses provide jobs and typically donate more than large corporations to local non-profits. Independently-owned small businesses provide jobs within the community.



Oberlin Public Schools OBERLIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. The mission of The Oberlin City Schools is to set the standard of excellence in public education by motivating students to be inquiring and knowledgeable world citizens. Oberlin’s public school district offers a variety of opportunities while providing an exceptionally well-rounded education. The District places emphasis on academic rigor and the value of the arts. Oberlin schools are recognized by ACT as a Regional Red Quail District and were awarded an Outstanding Support of Music Education by the NAMM Foundation. Oberlin school district is the first in the state of Ohio (and one of the first in the nation) to be authorized to offer the highly regarded International Baccalaureate curriculum in all grades, for all students. Almost 90% of Oberlin High School graduates attend college upon graduation, and those who qualify for admission to Oberlin College receive full four-year tuition scholarships. For more information about Oberlin Schools, go to or call the Superintendent’s Office at 440-776-4550

Come and see our beautiful modern facility!


Eastwood Elementary School 198 East College Street Grades: Pre-Kindergarten – 2nd Grade 440-775-3473

500 seat capacity with ability to split and have 2-250 seat capacity events Additional rental amenities include, New Russia Twp Complex our Meeting Room for up to 50 people, 46300 Butternut Ridge Road garden pergola, pavilions and Oberlin, Ohio picnic shelter

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Prospect Elementary School 36 South Prospect Street Grades: 3 – 5 440-774-4421 Langston Middle School 150 North Pleasant Street Grades: 6 – 8 440-775-7961 Oberlin High School 281 North Pleasant Street Grades: 9 – 12 440-774-1295

Mercy Allen Hospital

Mercy Health — Ready Care Walk-in care that’s ready when you are EXTENDED HOURS AND LOWER COSTS

• Often costs less than an urgent or emergency care visit

LOCATIONS Mercy Health — Avon Ready Care 1480 Center Road, Suite B Avon, OH 44011 Mercy Health — Lorain Ready Care Mercy Medical Office Building 3600 Kolbe Road, Suite 106 Lorain, OH 44053 Mercy Health — Oberlin Ready Care 319 West Lorain Street Oberlin, OH 44074 Mercy Health — Elyria Ready Care 1120 E. Broad Street Elyria, OH 44035

CARE FOR MANY CONDITIONS • Allergies • Childhood illnesses • Colds and coughs • Minor skin infections • Sore throats • Urinary tract infections

WELL-CARE SERVICES • Health screenings • School, sport and camp physicals • Flu shots and other vaccinations


Learn more: 844-462-3806

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Built in 1906-1907, Mercy Allen Hospital is located at 200 West Lorain St. The idea for a medical facility was championed by Oberlin College president John Barrows. Shortly after his death, a fundraising effort began with proponents knocking on doors asking for $5 per resident. On Aug. 17, 1907, Oberlin Hospital opened with eight beds in a two-story home on Cedar Street. In 1910 the hospital’s Women’s Auxiliary started a fund drive for a larger facility. In four years they raised enough to purchase the hospital’s current site. Dudley Allen, a third-generation physician, pledged to raise construction funds but died before his dream could be realized. His widow, Elisabeth, carried on the campaign. The two contributed a total of $150,000. In 1925, Allen Memorial Hospital opened with 25 beds. Oberlin College operated the hospital until 1954, when the city took ownership. Faced with financial hardship, the hospital merged with the Oberlin Clinic in 2000 but still suffered for lack of operating cash. Community Health Partners, today known as Mercy, purchased the property. Today the facility has a modern emergency room and 25 beds for inpatient care.


• Daytime, evening and weekend walk-ins

Oberlin Early Education Center & Oberlin Kids What is OberlinKids? The city of Oberlin, community and educational organizations came together to help ensure that our children are entering kindergarten prepared, healthy and ready to learn. The OberlinKids collaborative includes up to 15 community partners and endeavors to identify each child and family’s needs, and put them on track to be ready for kindergarten...ready to learn. What is ready to learn? • Having basic needs met; • Being developmentally ready; • The family is supported and they support the child; • The family & child participate in transition to kindergarten activities How does OberlinKids help children be ready to learn? Children and their families participate in annual play-based developmental and social-emotional screenings called Snapshots. Families have access to free literacy kits, play groups, parent cafés, family dinner nights, family fun events, as well as Lorain County Imagination Library. If there is an identified need or concern, OberlinKids supports the family in attaining appropriate evaluations and/or services. Is your child eligible for OberlinKids? OberlinKids has no income or ability restrictions. If you answer yes to the following questions then you are most likely eligible for OberlinKids free programming. ● Do you have a child age birth to kindergarten? ● Is your child likely to attend Oberlin City Schools? It is free to sign up for OberlinKids. Just go online to or call Jenn Keathley at 440935-5287. OberlinKids’ goal is to have EVERY Oberlin child 0-5 registered in OberlinKids!


Oberlin Early Childhood Center (OECC) is a high-quality early learning center that nurtures the healthy growth of young children ages six weeks to kindergarten. At OECC we know that every child learns, reacts, creates and processes differently. We focus on educating, caring and nurturing the whole child in creative ways that help them become healthy, eager and well-rounded learners. OECC fosters creative play and learning indoors and out in our beautiful 16,000 square-foot building sitting on 4.5 acres of land filled with trees, grass and flowers to engage the senses and spark imagination. Our staff routinely attend specialized training and continuing education. We expose young learners to healthy lifestyle choices through physical activity, fresh homemade meals, gardening and cooking. We also offer music, dance, and art programs. Support for OECC parents and families is readily available through OberlinKids, a community collaborative providing developmental screenings for all OECC children, necessary follow-up and referrals, family support and connection to services. A sliding fee scale, tuition assistance, and acceptance of ODJFS Child Care Subsidy makes OECC affordable. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Debbie Marvin, Assistant Director at 440.774.8193 or

I have a child age birth to kindergarten

JOIN Ages birth - 5

My child is likely to attend Oberlin schools FREE On Track to Kindergarten programming, screenings, play groups, birthday gifts, parent support, and much more. Sign up online or call Jenn Keathley at 440.935.5287.

SIGN UP TODAY FOR A BRIGHTER TOMORROW OBERLINKIDS PARTNERS                                                                                                              317 E. COLLEGE ST., OBERLIN Child Care Resource Center,  City of Oberlin, Kendal Early Learning Center,  Lorain County Children and Family Council,  Lorain County Community Action Agency,  Lorain County General Health District,  Lorain County Health & Dentistry,  Oberlin Business Partnership, Oberlin City Schools,  Oberlin College Bonner Center for Service and Learning ,  Oberlin Community Services,     Oberlin  Early Childhood Center, Oberlin Public Library, OhioGuidestone, United Way of Greater Lorain County.



Experience all that Oberlin has to offer.


The fairy godmother in Oberlin Opera Theater’s 2017 production of Cendrillon.

Concerts. Exhibits. Performances. Lectures. See what’s happening at

Oberlin College From its founding in 1833, Oberlin College has been at the forefront of history. In 1835, Oberlin became the first college in America to adopt a policy to admit students of color. In 1841 it was the first to award degrees to women in a coeducational program. And by 1900, Oberlin had produced one-third of all African American college graduates in the United States. Oberlin comprises two main divisions: a distinctive College of Arts and Sciences, which enrolls about 2,300 students, and a world-renowned Conservatory of Music, with approximately 550 students. Offering more than 50 areas of study, Oberlin emphasizes both theoretical and hands-on learning. Forward-thinking students and faculty devise new ways to sustain the environment, compose original plays and music, and apply nanotechnology to research ovarian cancer. The Allen Memorial Art Museum, recognized among the five best college art museums in the country, houses more than 14,000 works of art, including high-profile pieces by Picasso, Warhol, Dali, and Renoir. Events and exhibits are always free. Oberlin also hosts 23 varsity athletic teams within the North Coast Athletic Conference, Division III. And all students can choose from among 175 clubs and organizations devoted to politics, community service, music, identity, and everything in between.


Finally, Oberlin presents more than 500 concerts, lectures, and performances each year—many of them free and open to the public. For much more, visit

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Firelands Association for the Visual Arts

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NEW UNION CENTER FOR THE ARTS Changing Lives through the Visual Arts since 1979


Exhibitions Classes and Workshops Uncommon Objects-FAVA’s Gallery Shop Open Tues–Sat 11–5 and Sun 1–5 440.774.7158 39 S. Main St, Oberlin

Family owned chocolatiers and bakers of fine confection since 1885.

Deli • Ice Cream • Grocery Open 364 days, 7am-11pm, 7 days a week

The Gibson Family

has served the Oberlin community since 1885, making baked goods, candy and ice cream, using the finest ingredients and crafting them by hand, on the current premises since 1905.

Today, the Gibson Family continues the tradition that their great great grandfather started, and intends to continue for generations to come.

Perfect Gifts for All Occasions Popcorn Custom Gift Baskets Popcorn Buffets

Homemade Peanut/ Cashew Brittle

Also Abdallah Chocolates, Salt Water Taffy 440-774-TUCK (8825)

53 South Main Street Oberlin. Ohio 44074 Monday- Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday 10am -3pm • Closed Sunday

Open Sundays in November & December 11am - 3pm

Open Christmas OpenSundays House in & December SatNovember 11/16 and Sun 11/17 - 3pm Special deals and hors d'oeuvres 11am both days

First United Methodist Church of Oberlin

Christmas Open House Sat 11/16 and Sun 11/17

Making a difference.

Special deals and hors d'oeuvres both days

45 South Professor, Oberlin 440-775-1178

For us, this isn’t a job. It’s our chance to bring dreams to life.

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We are a Christian congregation that values community, inclusivity, friendship, diversity, ritual, and social justice.

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Deposit and loan products offered by Northwest Bank. Northwest Bank is Member FDIC.


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A Lorain County JVS career-technical education gives teens and adults the skills they need for the workforce and prepares them for college. Over 23 high school programs are available offering college credit, valuable industry certifications, and a connection to local employers. The JVS Adult Career Center offers comprehensive education and training programs to individuals entering the job market, seeking a new career, or looking to upgrade their skills.

Apply Online for High School Programs Register Online for Adult Courses

36 | 2017 OBERLIN COMMUNITY BOOK 15181 State Route 58 Oberlin, Ohio 44074 440-774-1051

The Lorain County Joint Vocational School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex,disability or age in its programs and activities, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Common Ground

Your “One Stop Shop for Adventure” …only 8 minutes west of Downtown Oberlin! Common Ground offers experiences for all ages: • Earth Camp : Day Camp where Summer, Fun and Friends Meet for children ages 6-17 • Adventure Challenge : Action-based activities, including teambuilding and a High Ropes course • Canopy Tour : A thrilling zip line Treetop Adventure Go to our website at to learn more about what we have to offer or call 440.965.5551 We are located at 14240 Baird Rd. Oberlin, Ohio 44074.

Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice

Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice - “Advocating for Your Loved One”

Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice, a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of Ohio Living, is one of Ohio’s premier providers of home health and hospice services, recognized for quality, innovation, and a positive work environment. Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice provides services to more than 67,000 adults annually and operates two adult day centers. Services range from a variety of housing options to the full continuum of care to post-acute home health and hospice support for adults, wherever they live. Ohio Living Home Health and Hospice is a faith-based organization that allows advocates like Lou Ann Kutina to make a difference in the lives of patients and their families. Lou Ann understands that having a close network of service providers helps establish clear communications so that patients and their families know what to expect. She works personally with dozens of doctors and agencies to help smooth the transition between levels of care and ensure that everyone feels comfortable with the care they receive. You can call 440.775.9894 to explore all the ways we can help you care for your loved one.


Caring for your mother or father or other loved one can feel like traveling somewhere new without a map.


Churches and Nonprofits in Oberlin Oberlin is home to many churches representing a variety of beliefs. Our close-knit community comprises churches that work together to serve Oberlin’s diverse population. Oberlin is also home to many nonprofit organizations with wide-ranging missions to serve various populations within and around our community. East Oberlin Community Church 43709 Oberlin-Elyria Road 774-3443

Christ Episcopal Church 162 South Main Street 775-2501

First United Methodist Church 45 South Professor Street 775-1178

Christ Temple Apostolic Church 370 Lincoln Street 774-1909 Christian Missionary Alliance 125 South Pleasant Street 774-3537 Crossroads Christian Center 43824 State Rte 511 775-4451

Grace Lutheran Church 310 West Lorain Street 775-3271 Kipton Community Church 511 Church Street 774-4148 Mt. Zion Baptist Church 185 South Pleasant Street 775-3045

New Life Fellowship 43709 Oberlin Elyria Road 774-3443

Peace Community Church 44 East Lorain Street 774-3031

Oberlin Calvary Baptist Church 414 South Main Street 774-1551

Rust United Methodist Church 128 Groveland Street 774-4905

Oberlin Friends Meeting 600 Kendal Drive 574-9501

Sacred Heart Catholic Church 410 West Lorain Street 774-6791

Oberlin House of the Lord 251 Hollywood Street 774-2314 Oberlin Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 355 East Lorain Street 775-0355

Seventh-Day Adventist Church 99 South Park Street 774-1266 The First Church in Oberlin, United Church of Christ 106 North Main Street 775-1711

OBERLIN NONPROFITS – a partial list of many! Apollo Outreach Initiative 985-8726 • Mission: to bring Oberlin College and community together through collaborative media-making and mentorship. Boys and Girls Club of Oberlin 775-2582 • Mission: to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Family Promise of Lorain County 774-6743 • Mission: to help address the needs of homeless families in Lorain County by providing shelter, meals, and support services to families without homes. Kendal Early Learning Center 775-9815 • Mission: to provide the families with a high-quality educational program founded on Kendal’s Quaker-based Values and Practices. League of Women Voters • Mission: to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity and the information to exercise their right to vote. Oberlin Business Partnership 774-6262 • Mission: to advance and promote the sustainable growth and prosperity of the Oberlin Community. We engage the time and talent of Oberlin stakeholders to accomplish our mission. Oberlin Community Services 774-6579 • Mission: to provide direct assistance, referrals, and other services to Oberlin and southern Lorain County residents and groups who need help meeting basic needs. Oberlin Early Childhood Center 774-8193 • Mission: to nurture the healthy growth of young children. Oberlin Heritage Center 774-1700 • Mission: to preserve and share Oberlin’s unique heritage and to make our community a better place to live, learn, work and visit. Rotary Club of Oberlin • Mission: to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. Senior Enrichment Services through Neighborhood Alliance 775-1504 • Mission: to provide home-delivered, hot noon meals five days a week to the frail, elderly and severely handicapped, and to offer programming and activities to enable seniors to continue to live independently and to socialize. The Salvation Army 774-3434 • Mission: to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Zion Community Development Corporation 774-1800 • Mission: to revitalize our neighborhoods through resident empowerment, public improvement, community development, education, and employment opportunity.


OBERLIN AREA CHURCHES Bethany Lutheran Church 231 East Hamilton 647-5300

We are your Community Foundation. Providing sustainable funding for organizations that touch your life every day…


Oberlin Community Services

Oberlin Business Partnership

Founded in 1980, the Community Foundation of Lorain County is made up of nearly 600 endowed Funds valued at approximately $120 million dollars. We wisely invest the Funds’ assets and a percentage of those earnings provides $4.6 annually in grant support to non-profit organizations in Lorain County. A gift to the Community Foundation is unlike any other gift. It will continue to grow and have lasting impact on our community...forever. We connect people who care with causes that matter.

Oberlin Heritage Center

Give the gift that keeps on giving. Make a donation to any Fund. Log on to Leave a legacy. Create your own endowed Fund today or with your estate. Find out how at



Oberlin Strong

Here to serve our community. Here to protect what matters most. Auto • Home • Life • Business Mavrich & Mavrich Insurance 5 South Main Street, Suite 209 Located in downtown Oberlin, Ohio 440-775-3743

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COMMUNITY EASTER EGG HUNT – Saturday before Easter Egg hunts for three age groups, pictures with the Easter Bunny. THE BIG PARADE – First Saturday in May Residents of all ages and college students come together in an imaginative community arts event. JUNETEENTH – The first ‘teenth’ weekend in June Juneteenth symbolizes the end of slavery and the beginning of freedom. It features presentations tours, picnics, a festival on Tappan Square on Saturday, and church services on Sunday. CHALK WALK – The third Saturday in June Master artists, local artists, children and adults use Oberlin sidewalks as canvases to make sidewalk creations. SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – Friday nights from the end of June to August – 7 to 9 p.m. Join family and friends to enjoy music on Tappan Square – FREE – Children enjoy romping with Peppy the Clown and dancing to the music. COMMUNITY PICNIC – One Friday night in July (Check for date and time.) Enjoy a picnic before the concert on one Friday night in July – 5:30 p.m. OBERLIN SUMMER THEATER FESTIVAL – Hall Auditorium Find more information at or call 440-774-8169. Performances run in rotating repertory. All performances are absolutely FREE to the public and are geared toward the entire family, including school-aged children. FAMILY FUN FAIR & CLASSIC CAR SHOW – First Saturday in August A perfect way to spend a summer day! Over 100 classic cars, live music, sidewalk sales, children’s activities, food, craft and product vendors, clowns, dunk tank, bouncy houses, bubble soccer, laser tag, and so much more! DOWNTOWN TRICK-OR-TREAT – Halloween Afternoon – Downtown Oberlin Come downtown with your little ghosts and goblins to receive treats from downtown merchants. OBERLIN HOLIDAY BAZAAR – November - the Saturday before Thanksgiving A family-friendly shopping and entertainment event. Pose with Santa and Mrs. Claus for keepsake pictures, face-painting, live music, craft and product vendors, door prizes, raffles, and much more! SANTA COMES TO TOWN ON THE FIRE TRUCK – Friday after Thanksgiving Santa arrives in town on the fire truck and lights the community holiday tree. Children visit with Santa and the Rotary Club of Oberlin provides chili, hot chocolate, and cookies! SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY – SHOP LOCAL FOR THE HOLIDAYS – Saturday after Thanksgiving Kick off the holiday shopping season by supporting our independent small businesses. Shopping Passport contest, refreshments, holiday specials.

Oberlin Business Partnership Partner Listing More information on each partner is in at ACCOMMODATIONS The Buckeye and The Frog B&B 219-1980 The Hotel at Oberlin - 775-7001 CHURCHES First Church in Oberlin – 775-1711 Peace Community Church – 774-3031 DINING Agave Burrito Bar & Tequiliara – 774-7336 Aladdin’s Eatery – 774-5282 Lorenzo’s Pizzeria – 775-0118 Oberlin Subway – 774-7827 Slow Train Café – 774-7570 The Feve – 774-1978 The Local Coffee & Tea – 774-1866


GOVERNMENT & EDUCATION The City of Oberlin – 775-1531 Lorain County JVS – 774-1051 New Russia Township – 775-7782 Oberlin City Schools – 774-1485 Oberlin College – 775-6200 Oberlin Early Childhood Center – 774-8193 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS Common Ground – 965-5551 Credo Chamber Music – 774-3658 FAVA – 774-2166 Kendal at Oberlin – 775-9810 League of Women Voters Lorain County Chamber of Commerce – 326-2554 Marble Institute of America – 250-9222 Mercy Allen Hospital – 776-7000 Oberlin by Design – 935-0370 Oberlin Community Services – 774-6579 Oberlin Heritage Center – 774-1700 Oberlin Public Library – 775-4790 The Salvation Army – 774-3434 United Way of Lorain County – 277-6530 SHOPPING & SERVICES ACE Hardware – 775-4223 Acoustik Musik, LTD – 775-3681 Adeva Salon & Spa – 775-4247

As You Wish Travel Agency – 452-6607 Bead Paradise II – 775-2233 Ben Franklin & Mind Share Books – 774-5711 Bickel Creative Services – 773-0119 Big Productions, Inc. – 775-0015 Business Advisory Services – 774-3704 Carlyle Gift and Flower Shop – 775-3871 Custom Cleaning Services – 774-1222 Gardenscapes by Joanna – 935-5074 Gary’s Body Shop – 775-1914 General Plug & Manufacturing – 800-289-7584 Locke’s Go Green Landscaping & Garden Center – 774-6981 Great Clips Oberlin – 774-3461 H&R Block – 366-6691 Herrick Jewelry – 774-4461 John Cole Accounting – 774-4534 Kurt Sarringhaus Co., L.P.A. – 775-1471 Lydia’s Nail Salon – 774-7111 Mavrich & Mavrich Insurance – 775-3743 Midas Auto Service Experts – 774-5566 Northshore Properties – 775-3354 Northwest Bank – 775-1361 Oberlin Cable Co-op – 775-4001 Oberlin Family Dental – 775-7645 Oberlin Hearing Care – 774-5819 Oberlin IGA – 774-6351 Oberlin Lakeside RV and Camp Ground – Oberlin Properties Group – 776-8969 Ohio Educational Credit Union – 775-0037 Ottica Eyecare – 775-2010 Perales Law – 574-0290 Pradnya Martz – Keller Williams – 935-8280 Ratsy’s Store – 775-1980 Republic Services – 774-5033 Rosen-Jones Photography – 935-6342 Route 58 Storage – 574-6749 Solutions in Sustainability – 262-305-7508 Sperry-Gorski Agency – 774-7570 Sustainable Community Associates – 774-4331 The Tuck Shop – 774-8825 The UPS Store – 774-7447 Watson’s Hardware – 775-1731 WOBL/WDLW Radio – 774-1320 Woodshed Lesson Studio & Store – 775-1808

Frank Lloyd Wright House THE WELTZHEIMER/JOHNSON HOUSE DESIGNED BY FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1947 and completed in 1949, the Weltzheimer/Johnson House is the first Usonian house in Ohio and one of only a handful open to the public across the nation. Usonian refers to a group of about 50 homes that Wright designed for middle-class life in post World War II America. These environmentally conscious homes were ahead of their time and free of previous architectural convention. Usonian homes are typically modest, single-story dwellings without garages, L-shaped to fit around a garden terrace, and constructed of native materials with flat roofs and large cantilevered overhangs for passive solar heating and cooling, natural lighting with clerestory windows, and radiant-floor heating. The Weltzheimer/Johnson House is a prime example of Usonian characteristics. Built of brick masonry and redwood, its distinct features include hundreds of stained croquet balls forming the roof dentil ornamentation. This circular motif is echoed in the shadow panel screens of the clerestory and the interior brick columns that separate the workspace from the living room. The Weltzheimer family lived in the house until 1963 when the property was sold to developers and remodeling efforts scarred the space. However, in 1968, Ellen H. Johnson, Oberlin professor of art history, purchased the home and began the restoration process. At her death in 1992, the house was given to Oberlin College to serve as a guesthouse for the art department and the Allen Memorial Art Museum.

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Important Phone Numbers FREQUENTLY NEEDED and IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS (All numbers are 440 area code unless otherwise listed.) Oberlin Public Schools Oberlin City Schools 774-1458 Oberlin High School 774-1295 Langston Middle School 775-7961 Prospect Elementary School 774-4421 Eastwood Elementary School 775-3473 Lorain County Joint Vocational School 774-1051 Oberlin College College of Arts & Administration 775-8411 Conservatory of Music 775-8200 Safety and Security 775-8444 Alumni Association 775-8692 Mudd Library 775-8285 Office of Communications 775-8474 Office of Public Programs 775-6785 Recreation Center 775-8519 Central Ticket Service 775-8169 The Arts/Music Allen Memorial Art Museum 775-8665 Apollo Theatre 774-3920 Credo Chamber Music 774-3658 Firelands Association for the Visual Arts 774-7158 Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra 775-3059 Oberlin Choristers 774-4079 Oberlin College Conservatory of Music 775-8200 Oberlin Public Library 775-4790 The Bridge Technology Center 774-3820 The MAD Factory 774-7062


Hospital Mercy Allen Hospital 775-1211 Animal Services Oasis Animal Shelter 775-4101 Partners with Paws 775-2056 Community Action to Save Strays 506-5014 Oberlin City Government 85 South Main Street - 775-1531 Oberlin Police Department 774-1061 Oberlin Fire Department 774-3211 City Manager 775-7206

Law Director 774-8519 Recreation Division 775-7254 Human Resources 775-7205 Planning and Development 775-7250 Building Division 774-3428 Economic Development Division 775-7257 Code Enforcement 774-3428 Finance Department 775-7213 Utilities and Billing 775-7211 Municipal Light and Power System 775-7260 Public Works Department 775-7218 Oberlin Municipal Court 775-1751 Recycling Coordinator 935-0096 Oberlin Connector Transit Service 800-406-7541; Transit Service Hearing Impaired 800-750-0750 Westwood Cemetery 774-2820 Township Governments Pittsfield Township 774-3828 New Russia Township 775-7782 Lorain County Government Lorain County Administration 329-5000 Lorain County Sheriff’s Office 329-3709 Lorain County Board of Elections 244-3186 Lorain County General Health District 322-6367 Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority 288-1600

Oberlin Public Library & The Bridge THE OBERLIN PUBLIC LIBRARY (OPL) The Oberlin Public Library’s mission is to inform, educate, inspire and entertain. OPL is a full service, community engaged resource. 65 South Main Street • Oberlin, Ohio 44074 (440) 775-4790 • (440) 774-2880 Fax Mon-Thur 10am - 8:30pm • Fri-Sat 10am - 6:00pm Sun 1:00pm - 5:00pm Get Directions:

THE BRIDGE, a division of the Oberlin Public Library, is a community technology center providing free internet and computer access and educational classes to help bridge the digital divide within the Oberlin community. The Bridge is open to the public six days a week offering all services free of charge.

Recycling in Oberlin

In addition to a refuse cart with a black lid, each residential property is provided with a 64-gallon cart with a blue lid for recyclables. Collection dates are Tuesdays and Fridays. Information on items permitted in the recyclable cart is found on the City’s website under Public Works, Refuse & Recycling. You can also email or call Lori at 440-935-0096 for more information. ACE Hardware, Oberlin IGA, and Walmart stores accept plastic grocery bags, newspaper bags dry cleaning bags, bread & produce bags, etc. ACE Hardware accepts molded Styrofoam pieces. The UPS Store accepts packing peanuts, airbag & bubble wrap. Advance Auto Parts accepts motor oil, brake, hydraulic, power steering and transmission fluids up to five gallons per drop. For your convenience when enjoying our downtown, containers for trash and recycling are positioned on the downtown streets.


The City of Oberlin is BIG on recycling because waste has a huge negative impact on the natural environment. Recycling saves resources, prevents pollution, supports public health, and creates jobs. It saves money, avoids landfills, and best of all, it’s easy. The Oberlin Paper Retriever program accepts paper in the green and yellow bins throughout Oberlin.

Oberlin Municipal Light and Power System (OMLPS) is your community-owned electric utility, providing high quality and affordable electricity to over 3,000 residential and commercial customers here in Oberlin. But we’re much more than a utility provider!


Qualifying residential appliances Qualifying LED lighting for small commercial customers Weatherization for all-electric homes

OMPLS supports and works with POWER (Providing Oberlin With Efficiency Responsibly) through the City’s Sustainable Reserve Fund, to improve energy efficiency in Oberlin’s homes, non-profit organizations and small businesses.

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”Bringing the World to You.” Oberlin Cable Co-op is proud to be Ohio’s only community-owned , non-profit telecommunications company. We are governed by a Board of Trustees elected by our subscribers and operated by a staff with over 30 plus years of experience in the industry. Our Non-Profit status allows us to invest all generated revenue into the operation of the Co-op allowing us to charge less expensive rates on services as compared to our for-profit counter-parts. We currently offer an All-Digital television service and the fastest High-Speed Internet service available in town. Everything about Oberlin Cable Co-op is local. Local ownership, local staff, local installation, and local technical support. The staff you talk to on the phone are the same people that come to your home when you need service. We are here to serve the Oberlin community. We invite you to stop in and see what we have to offer. You will be met with friendly smiles and an eagerness to be of service to you. Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 27 E. College Street · (440) 775-4001 ·



Providing Oberlin With Efficiency Responsibly (POWER) is a non-profit grassroots environmental justice organization whose purpose is to increase the energy efficiency of housing in Oberlin. POWER seeks to make low income individuals more Providing Oberlin with financially secure in the face of rising utility costs, improve quality of life of residents by creating a more comfortable Efficiency Responsibly the home, and reduce the amount of pollution and CO2 emitted by Oberlin housing. In addition to providing free home energy assessments, POWER is a one-stop shop for information and assistance in navigating available efficiency programs. Greg Jones is POWER’s local energy advocate. His job is to search out all local energy efficiency resources and make them more accessible to homeowners. This service is available to the whole community, regardless of income. The service is completely FREE. You can contact Greg at 440-935-0995. Greg will perform a walk through energy assessment of your home; help you identify and navigate available programs to help save you money; and help you locate and communicate with reliable contractors.

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