Best of Springfield (OH) 2019

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he Best of Springfield magazine – now in its fifth year – is a showcase of everything that makes our community great. Dining, entertainment, recreation, quality of life…it’s all here! This year we expanded to 40 different “Best Of Springfield” categories covering a wide range of businesses and industries. If the online voting is any indication, we’ll add even more categories next year. More than 3500 ballots were cast naming hundreds of different local businesses as your favorite in the various categories. The open-ended nature of the voting allowed voters to “write in” their winner with the only limitation being that the business is located in Clark County. Voting in many of the categories was very tight with some of the winners overtaking their competition in the final days of voting. In each category you will see one winner – “The Best of the Best” – along with the second and third place finishers. The winners will receive a special framed plaque designating them as “The Best of the Best 2019”, and window clings announcing the designation to their clients and customers. This contest would not have been possible without you, the voters. Thank you for sharing your opinion on what makes Springfield great. And to the winners, congratulations on your achievement and we hope you wear your new title proudly! We would like to thank our sponsors who help make this a great community event: Our Presenting Sponsor, Clark, Schaefer Hackett - Our Awards Sponsor, Mercy Health - and our Premier Sponsor, Security National Bank.

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Pizza .............................................................7 Steak..............................................................7 International Food ...............................7 Restaurant (Dine-In) ..........................7 Lunch Spot ...............................................8 Cheap Eats ...............................................8 Deli ................................................................8 Food Truck ...............................................8 Coffee House ....................................... 10 Sweets & Pastries ............................... 10 New Business ...................................... 10 Bar/Brew Pub .......................................12 Bartender .................................................12 Cocktail ....................................................12 Golf Course ............................................18 Local Event .............................................18 Recreation Location .........................18 Kids Fun ...................................................18 Farmers Market Vendor ................20 Historic Landmark ...........................20 Place to take Visitors ......................20 Best Band/DJ........................................21 Instagram Location ..........................21 High School Fans ...............................21 Gym/Yoga Studio.............................. 23 Salon/Spa ............................................... 23 Tattoo Shop .......................................... 23 Financial Services Firm ................26 Realtor/Real Estate Office.................26 Employer ................................................26 Customer Service ..............................26 Physician .................................................31 Dental Professional ..........................31 Assisted Living ....................................31 Contractor .............................................33 Landscaping/Lawn Care ..............33 Auto/Truck Dealer............................33 Auto Repair............................................33 Springfield Gifts.................................. 35 Florist......................................................... 35

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Lois Lenski .............................................13 Where to Eat.....................................14-15 Women’s Town Club Story........... 19 Antique Capital.............................24-25 Downtown Springfield..............27-28 The Last Word...................................... 37 Trending in Springfield...........39-40


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FROM PIZZA AND CHEAP EATS, TO FINE DINING AND SWEET TREATS, SPRINGFIELD HAS SOMETHING TO OFFER EVERYONE!

FOOD & FUN • BAR | BREW PUB • COCKTAIL • BARTENDER • STEAK • CHEAP EATS • LUNCH SPOT • DELI • COFFEE HOUSE • RESTAURANT • FOOD TRUCK • INTERNATIONAL FOOD • PIZZA • SWEETS & PASTRIES

You can never have too many great places to eat. Greater Springfield has a huge variety of dining options for a community of our size. National chains, local favorites, comfort food, greasy spoon, pub grub, farm fresh, ethnic, bistro – you name, we got it! You will find our diverse dining options “clustered” in a few key locations around Greater Springfield. Most of our national chains are situated on Bechtle Avenue – or as we like to call it, “41 Crossing.” You’ll find some of our local favorites including Ridgewood Café, Mike & Rosy’s Deli and Cecil & Lime Café adjacent to Wittenberg University’s scenic campus. Still more local faves can be found downtown where Seasons Bistro, Fountain on Main, Hickory Inn, Un Mundo, Stella Bleu Bistro and Mela Urban Bistro – among others – reside. A quick trip east out of downtown reveals still more national chains, and some great ethnic choices including Los Mariachis and Linardos Villa. Food trucks are all the rage nationwide, and Greater Springfield is no exception. You’ll find a diverse variety of food trucks at local events, festivals and downtown where they regularly congregate at National Road Commons. We added a few different dining-related categories this time around including International Food, Burger and Cheap Eats. Let us know if we missed any of your favorite “foodie” categories!

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best pizza

best steak

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Texas Roadhouse is a steakhouse serving American fare with a Southwestern spin amid Texas-themed decor.

2 019 Topping the pizza list for the THIRD year in a row is The Hickory Inn. The Hickory Inn has proudly been serving the Springfield community for 70 years since first opening in 1947. With a wide variety menu and a full bar, we’re sure to have something for everyone.

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Stop in to enjoy favorites such as their award winning fall off the bones ribs, tender steaks and the delicious cactus blossom.

Hickory has always been famous for its great pizza with 16 specialty pies - including the fantastic Pesto Chicken and White Greek - that are sure to please any pizza lover!

Texas Roadhouse | 1750 N Bechtle Ave • 937.322.6500 • texasroadhouse.com

The Hickory Inn | 652 N Limestone St • 937.323.1779 •

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2nd place

3rd place

2nd place

3rd place

O’Conners Irish Pub 2200 N Limestone St 937.717.6915 oconnersirishpub.com

Short Stop 1411 Moorefield Rd 937.399.7265 shortstoprestaurant.com

The Hickory Inn

O’Conners Irish Pub

652 N Limestone St 937.323.1779 thehickoryinn.com

2200 N Limestone St 937.717.6915 oconnersirishpub.com

best international food

LO S M A R I A C H I S This upbeat eatery offers familiar Mexican food and a full bar with margaritas by the glass or pitcher.

best restaurant (dine-in)

SEASONS BISTRO

INTERNATIONAL FOOD

Family Owned. Seasonal Cuisine. Locally Sourced. - This says it all!

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This recent customer review from Yelp! really says it all: “Love Los!! Always friendly and the food is always on point!! Chips and queso came out quickly, margaritas were never empty, we left very satisfied!”

Seasons Bistro offers excellent service, food and a unique, sophisticated atmosphere. With the seasonally changing menu, artwork, colors and flowers, they offer an experience that never gets old. Stop in for a creative, and delicious meal!

Los Mariachis | 1815 E Main St · 937.324.2066 · mymariachis. com

Seasons Bistro & Grille | 28 S Limestone St · 937.521.1200 · seasonsbistroandgrille.com

2nd place

3rd place

2nd place

3rd place

Casa del Sabor 1200 Vester Ave 937.342.9441

Guerra’s Krazy Taco

O’Conners Irish Pub 2200 N Limestone St 937.717.6915 oconnersirishpub.com

Texas Roadhouse 1750 N Bechtle Ave 937.322.6500 texasroadhouse.com

229 N Belmont Ave 937.325.0799 krazytacoguerra.com

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best lunch spot

best cheap eats

O’C O N N E R ’S

GUERRA’S KRAZY TACO

LUNCH SPOT

O’Conner’s continues to pop up in 2 019 a number of our “Best of Springfield” categories because they have delicious food, a great atmosphere, nice beer selections and one of the best patios around!

CHEAP EATS

Named best cheap eats for the second 2 019 year in a row, Guerra’s Krazy Taco has quickly become a Springfield Go-To. You’ll see Guerra’s on all kinds of “best taco joint” lists not just regionally, but nationally! The owner himself, Felix Guerra, prepares the incredible tacos, continuously changing his vast and unique menu, giving everyone plenty of options and variety.

We have to admit it’s hard to beat a pub that offers dozens of beer selections, a great outdoor bar/patio, TV’s everywhere. Don’t underestimate their eclectic menu that includes traditional Irish favorites.

We personally recommend the Wild Lucy, the OMG and the Hot Mess. And don’t forget the homemade margaritas!

O’Conners Irish Pub | 2200 N Limestone St · 937.717.6915 · oconnersirishpub.com

Guerra’s Krazy Tacos | 229 N Belmont Ave · 937.325.0799 · krazytacoguerra.com

2nd place

3rd place

2nd place

3rd place

Salato Deli 40 N Fountain Ave 937.342.3938 salatodeli.com

Mike & Rosy’s Deli 330 W McCreight Ave 937.390.3511 mikeandrosysdeli.com

Olympic Coney Island 2039 N Bechtle Ave 937.505.6377 facebook.com/ OlympicConeyIsland

Speakeasy Ramen 365 Ludlow Ave 937.324.3722 facebook.com/speakeasyy

best deli

best food truck

M I K E & RO SY ’S D E L I

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Mike & Rosy’s is a Springfield institution 2 019 and a Wittenburg University tradition. Founded nearly 40 years ago by Bob Rosencrans (“Rosy”) and Mike Wagner, Mike & Rosy’s Deli is one of the oldest locally owned and operated restaurants.

FOOD TRUCK

EAT - short for Everything Always Tasty 2 019 - is a veteran of the Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition, and has appeared at just about every local event and festival you can name. EAT has quickly become a favorite of Springfield and the surrounding area with their made-from-scratch dishes. Their menu changes daily based on the weather and season, but they pride themselves on using the freshest local ingredients in all of their food.

Their unique steamed deli sandwiches and tasty soups set them apart from the competition. They continue to be one of the destinations to go when visiting Springfield. Mike & Rosy’s Deli | 330 W McCreight Ave · 937.390.3511 · mikeandrosysdeli.com

EAT | 937.605.8417 · facebook.com/EverythingAlwaysTasty

2nd place

3rd place

2nd place

3rd place

Salato Deli

Our Hero 2983 Derr Rd · 937.399.8644 1802 E Main St · 937.717.5421 1020 N Plum St · 937.322.9180

The Painted Pepper 937.969.0877 facebook.com/paintedpepper

Christian Brothers Meat Company 937.604.9943

40 N Fountain Ave 937.342.3938 salatodeli.com

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best coffee house

2nd place

S C O U T ’S CA F E COFFEE

HOUSE For the second year in a row, Scout’s Cafe has been named Best Coffee 2 019 House in Clark County. Scout’s Cafe located in Northridge has quickly become a popular destination for coffee, espresso drinks, tea, smoothies and frozen drinks.

Customers rave about the quality of their drinks, their great customer service and the sense of community they have created. Sounds like a pretty good mix to us!

Winan’s 32 N Fountain Ave 937.717.0268

3rd place Coffee Expressions 1111 N Plum St #1 937.323.5282

Scout’s Café | 1399 Moorefield Rd · 937.505.0660 · facebook.com/scoutscafe

best sweets & pastries 2nd place

L E T O R T E D O LC I SWEETS & PASTRIES

Stop in to experience this European style bakery with an American flair and try some of their fresh pastries, breads and cakes. Le Torte Dolci bakes everything fresh daily in small batches using local ingredients.

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This review says it all: “This place is stellar!!! I felt like I was stepping into a shop in Paris. The cheese danishes were the best I have ever tasted. Cannot wait to go back. I am so glad my office is in walking distance!!!”

Schuler’s Bakery 457 E Main St 937.323.4909 2968 Derr Road 1911 South Limestone St

3rd place D Sweets Cookies & Gifts 1605 E Main St 937.450.3502 facebook.com/dsweetstoyou

Le Torte Dolci | 36B N Fountain Ave · 937.617.2253· letortedolci.com

best new business

2nd place

STELLA BLEU BISTRO NEW BUSINESS

Voted best new business, Stella Bleu Bistro is off to a great start! Experience a unique fine dining experience in a freshly renovated space in the historic Bushnell Building.

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Salato Deli 40 N Fountain Ave 937.342.3938 salatodeli.com

Customers are raving about the beautiful space, excellent services and amazing food and cocktails. Be sure to book your reservation and give it a try for yourself!

3rd place

STELLA BLEU BISTRO | 20 N Fountain Ave · 937.717.0478 · stellableubistro.com

Speakeasy Ramen 365 Ludlow Ave 937.324.3722 facebook.com/speakeasyy

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The SOCA self-funded medical plan. A big opportunity for small employers. The Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance (SOCA) teamed up with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to create a health program that can lead to more rate stability -- and it could offer potential savings for groups with 50 or fewer employees. This self-funded multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA) lets smaller employers join together to share in the overall claims risk. By being part of a larger, self-funded pool, employers have financial protection backed by Anthem’s stop loss coverage. In addition to financial protection, this innovative alternative offers:  Competitive rates  Fixed, predictable monthly payments  A variety of plan designs  Anthem’s broad Blue Access PPO provider network and Essential Rx formulary  Coverage for claims run-out/terminal liability coverage  Expanded wellness offerings  Specially discounted rates on SOCA-exclusive specialty products including dental, vision, life, optional life, and disability insurance Learn more about the SOCA Benefit Plan. Call 1-844-MED-OHIO or visit 844MedOhio.com, or ask your Chamber of Commerce for a referral to a participating broker.

For information on this program and a listing of member brokers who sell it, please contact Kathy McPommell at the Chamber of Greater Springfield: 937.325.7621 ext. 312, or kmcpommell@greaterspringfield.com Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Community Insurance Company. Independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. SOCABPAD rev. 06/18

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best bar | brew pub

2nd place

M O T H E R S T E WA R T ’ S B R E W I N G C O . BAR/ BREW PUB

If you haven’t been to Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company, you need to make plans to go today! It is hard to beat the spectacular outdoor beer garden. The park like setting includes ample seating with games and activities for the whole family.

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O’Conners Irish Pub 2200 N Limestone St 937.717.6915 oconnersirishpub.com

3rd place

Step inside to enjoy live music and a friendly atmosphere. Don’t forget to try all of the great, locally crafted beers! Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co | 109 W North St · 937.717.0618 · motherstewartsbrewing.com

Station1 325 N Fountain Ave 937.324.3354 stationonespringfield.com

best bartender 2nd place

L I N D S E Y FA R L E Y BARTENDER 2 019 Since the Best of Springfield competition debuted four years ago, one thing has been consistent: O’Conner’s Irish Pub has always had a finalist (or two!) in the Best Bartender category. They’ve also had a few winners – and this year is no exception. Lindsey Farley carries on that tradition by mixing a great cocktail, providing top-notch service, and doing it with a smile. What more could you ask for?

O’Conners Irish Pub | 2200 N. Limestone St · 937.717.6915 · oconnersirishpub.com

Joe Clark – Buckeye Sports Lodge 126 W High St 937.324.3400 thebuckeyesportslodge.com

3rd place Allison Sebastinas – O’Conners Irish Pub 2200 N. Limestone St 937.717.6915 oconnersirishpub.com

best cocktail

2nd place

O’CONNERS IRISH PUB COCKTAIL

When you start with 24 taps and a spacious outdoor patio, you know it is going to be a fun time! Add in a great team of bartenders and you end up winning the best cocktails!

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Try a few of our favorites - Emerald Martini, Irish Wolfhound and O’Conners High Ball. O’Conners Irish Pub | 2200 N Limestone St · 937.717.6915 · oconnersirishpub.com

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Speakeasy Ramen 365 Ludlow Ave 937.324.3722 facebook.com/speakeasyy

3rd place Seasons Bistro & Grille 28 S Limestone St 937.521.1200 seasonsbistroandgrille.com


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ach year the Chamber honors a Springfield native with inclusion into our “Springfield Hall of Honor” - also known as the “Big Dreamers.” The honoree is remembered with a special banner that hangs in the Commerce Pointe Atrium along with such luminaries as Asa Bushnell, Caro Bayley Bosca, John Legend, William Whiteley, Lillian Gish, A.B. Graham, and Jonathan Winters. This year the Chamber’s Executive Committee has chosen Newbery Medal-winning author and illustrator of picture books and children’s literature, Lois Lenski. Ms. Lenski is one of the more celebrated members of Springfield’s “Lost Generation,” a passionate group of artists, writers, actors, and other creatives who moved to New York City or Chicago between 1900 and 1920. This group includes the famous illustrators

BY KEVIN ROSE

Historian, The Turner Foundation

Coles Phillips and Walter Tittle, photographer Berenice Abbott, actresses Lillian and Dorothy Gish, publisher William Warder Norton, and writers W.R. Burnett and Sherwood Anderson. These individuals shifted the paradigms in their respective fields, forever altering our nation’s understanding of what was possible in art, photography, literature, and cinema. I cannot think of a group of people who better exemplify the Chamber’s “Big Dreamers” designation. Ms. Lenski was born at her parents’ house on Cedar Street, just a short walk from Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church where her father served as minister, preaching each Sunday in German. She was born on the exact same day – October 14, 1893 – as Lillian Gish. In case you are curious, only three people were born in Springfield that day.

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Ms. Lenski was thrice nominated for the Newbery Medal, given for the most distinguished contribution to American children’s literature, which she won in 1946 for her children’s novel Strawberry Girl. In her 47-year career, she helped write or illustrate more than 98 books, including some of my children’s favorite books today. Ms. Lenski never forgot her hometown. Beginning in 1952, she gifted a significant collection of her original art and books to Warder Public Library, now the Clark County Public Library. The library honored her on October 14, 1953, her 60th birthday, by renaming the children’s reading room the Lois Lenski Room for Boys and Girls.


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ne of the best things about traveling is experiencing local cuisine. Greater Springfield offers “foodies” an impressive array of options from seasonal menus and French bistro-style, to great steaks and some of the best pizza in Ohio. No trip to Springfield is complete without lunch at O’Conner’s Irish Pub and you’ll never forgive yourself if you don’t grab a macaron at Le Torte Dolci downtown!

fine dining x Cecil & Lime Café 227 E Cecil Street 937.322.7950

x Mela Urban Bistro 100 S Fountain Ave 937.471.9009 Sakura Japanese Restaurant 1781 N Bechtle Ave 937.399.1888 x Seasons Bistro & Grille 28 S Limestone St 937.521.1200 seasonsbistroandgrille.com x Simon Kenton Inn Publik House 4690 Urbana Road 937.399.9950 simonkentoninn.com Stella Bleu Bistro 20 N Fountain Ave 937.717.0478 stellableubistro.com The Dock 250 W Main St Enon, Ohio 45323 937.864.5011 thedockenon.com

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Yamato Steak House of Japan 3467 E National Rd (Route 40) 937.325.7338 yamatosteak.net

El Toro 2017 N Bechtle Ave 937.342.9015 2100 S Limestone St 937.325.7898 eltorobarandgrill.com

casual dining

The Fountain on Main 14 E Main St Suite 101 937.327.0078 thefountainonmain.com

571 Grill & Draft House 12389 Milton Carlisle Rd New Carlisle, OH 937.845.0089

x Buckeye Sports Lodge 126 W High St 937.324.3400 Carriage Inn 25 Grand Valley Dr Enon, Ohio 45323 937.864.1307

Grille Time Express 1013 N Bechtle Ave 937.450.4602 grilltimeexpress.net x Guerra’s Krazy Taco 229 N Belmont Ave 937.325.0799 Hibachi Grill 1071 N Bechtle Ave 937.323.8878

Casa Del Sazon 1200 Vester Ave 937.342.9441 China Buffet 1909 E Main St 937.323.8488 x Coffee Expressions 1111 N Plum St 937.323.5282 Collier’s Family Restaurant 2800 W First St (State Route 41) 937.323.5000 http://colliersfamilyrestaurant. com.ybsitecenter.com/springfield-oh-menu.htm FindYourUnwind.com

Hickory Inn 652 N Limestone St 937.323.1779 x Keg’n Cork 1115 Mitchell Blvd 937.390.2571 Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken x 410 West Columbia Street 937.324.1938 x 1902 South Limestone Street 937.322.8091 x 301 E Home Rd 937.399.483

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x Le Torte Dolci 36B N Fountain Ave 937.617.2253 Linardo’s Villa 2230 E Main St 937.323.3011 linardosvilla.com Los Mariachis 1815 E Main St 937.324.2066 mymariachis.com McMurray’s Irish Pub 625 N Limestone St 937.323.7900 The Meadows 4105 E National Rd 937.323.4646 meadowsrestaurant.com Mel-O-Dee 2350 S Dayton-Lakeview Rd New Carlisle, Ohio 45344 937.849.1378 melodeerestaurant.com Mic’s Italian Restaurant 2384 Mechanicsburg Rd 937.399.5074 x Mike & Rosy’s Deli & The Press Box 330 W McCreight Ave 937.390.3511 mikeandrosysdeli.com x Mikey’s Pizza 406 W Harding Rd 937.398-1700


O’Conner’s Irish Pub 2200 N Limestone St 937.717.6915 oconnersirishpub.com

Tavernette Inn 111 W Main Street Medway, Ohio 45341 937.849.0423

Olympic Coney Island 2039 N Bechtle Ave 937.505.6377

Teaberries Country Café 1600 E Leffel Lane 937.325.3030

Our Hero 2983 Derr Road 937.399.8644 1802 E Main St 937.717.5421 1020 N Plum St 937.322.9180 Rapid Fired Pizza 1200 N Bechtle Ave 937.505.3478 rapidfiredpizza.com x Ridgewood Café 1647 N Plum Street 937.390.1119 x Rudy’s Smokehouse BBQ 2222 S Limestone Street 937.324.0884 rudyssmokehouse.com Sake Japanese Steakhouse 1985 N Bechtle Avenue 937.342.8885 Schuler’s Bakery x 457 E Main St 937.323.4900 x 1911 S Limestone St 937.323.4900 x 2968 Derr Road 937.323.4900 Scouts Cafe 1399 Moorefield Rd. 937.505.0660 Salato Deli 40 N Fountain Ave 937.342.3938 salatodeli.com Short Stop 1411 Moorefield Rd 937.399.7265 shortstoprestaurant.com Simply Delicious 1105 N Plum St 937.324.3600 x Speakeasy Ramen 365 Ludlow Ave 937.324.3722 x Station One 325 N Fountain Ave. 937.324.3354 stationonespringfield.com Taqueria Senor Piquin 337 W Columbia St 937.323.8480

x Tropical Smoothie Café 233 E Home Rd 937.42.1883 tropicalsmoothiecafe.com Un Mundo Café 117 S Fountain Ave 937.323.8355 unmundocafe.com x Winan’s Chocolates & Coffee 32 N Fountain Ave. 937.717.0268 winanscandies.com x Young’s Jersey Dairy & Golden Jersey Inn 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd 937.324.0629 youngsdairy.com

national chains

Applebee’s 1800 W First Street 937.322.6700 Bob Evans 40 W Leffel Lane 937.324.0041 1600 W First Street 937.323.9151

Dunkin’ Donuts 1931 S Limestone St 937.504.7534

x Texas Roadhouse 1750 N Bechtle Ave 937.322.6500

Fazoli 2534 E Main St 937.322.9697

Tim Horton’s 2000 E Main St 937.717.5984

El Speedy Gonzalez 1100 Upper Valley Pike 937.322.9697 Five Guys Burgers & Fries 1994 North Bechtle Avenue 937.399.5000 x Fricker’s 1616 Upper Valley Pike 937.325.2200 Frisch’s Big Boy 2201 East Main Street 937.325.5571 1831 North Bechtle Avenue 937.399.2937 Golden Corral 1740 N Bechtle Ave 937.525.2240 goldencorral.com x Honeybaked Ham Company & Café 2001 N Bechtle Ave 937.399.2777 Hothead Burritos 2953 Derr Road 937.342.9902 3459 E National Road 937.327.9077

1521 W North St 937.325.4678 1525 N Limestone St 937.390.1502 x Tropical Smoothie Café 233 East Home Road 937.342.1883 Wendy’s 305 W. Columbia Street 937.325.1833

food trucks

Christian Brothers Meat Company ChristianBrosMeatCompany 937.604.9943 BBQ EAT-Everything Always Tasty EverythingAlwaysTasty 937.605.3417 Fresh, gourmet sandwiches, salads & taco Painted Pepper paintedpepper 937.969.0877 Southwestern themed cuisine Thai1On Thai Food Freddies Franks & Burgers 937.206.5571 Hamburgers & Hot Dogs

10 Tuttle Road 937.325.4139

O’Charley’s 1830 N Bechtle Ave 937.342.1248

x Buffalo Wild Wings 1960 N Bechtle Ave 937.390.9464

x Olive Garden 1630 N Bechtle Ave 937.323.4566

Fosterias 5/5 937.853.7811 American Comfort

Panera Bread 1950 N Bechtle Ave 937.390.1600

Bistro de Mohr BistroDeMohr 937.239.4864 eclectic menu

x Cassano’s Pizza King 901 N Bechtle Ave 2133 E Main St 1718 N Limestone St 2123 S Limestone St 888.294.5464 Chipotle 1930 N Bechtle Avenue 937.390.0287 Cracker Barrel 105 W Leffel Lane 937.325.8221 Dairy Queen 721 N Bechtle Ave 937.325.9572 215 E Home Rd 937.399.1812 2745 E Main 937.325.6251 FindYourUnwind.com FindYourUnwind.com

Penn Station-East Coast Subs 2075 N Bechtle Ave 937.390.9520 Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen 2134 S Limestone St 937.717.0280 x Red Lobster 1898 W First St 937.323.8051 x Rooster’s Wings & Brew 1720 N Bechtle Ave 937.717.5409 Steak’n Shake 1741 No Bechtle Ave 937.325.1944

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x Mom Andrasik’s Hungarian Cabbage Rolls momandrasiks 937.605.6358 Sweet Concessions 937.360.4680 Cinnamon rolls and cinnamon desserts Shannon’s Southern Style Sweet Tea shannonsweettea 937.206.2401 Sweet Tea


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When an emergency happens, you need immediate medical attention. That why we’re opening Mercy Health — Dayton Springfield Emergency Center on Tuesday, October 1. As your newest option for medical care, we offer a full service emergency room with care for all ages including strokes, chest pains, respiratory problems, head injuries, abdominal pain and sports-related orthopaedic injuries. This facility offers a variety of imaging services and a full-service lab. With a convenient location, faster service, a highly-rated staff and quality care, we offer the care you need when you need it.

To find out more visit mercy.com.

A Catholic health care ministry serving Ohio and Kentucky

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ACTIVITIES

find your unwind

STRETCHING YOUR DOLLAR FAR IS ONE OF THE MANY BENEFITS OF LIVING IN SPRINGFIELD.

ENTERTAINMENT/ ACTIVITIES • MARKET VENDOR • GOLF COURSES • HISTORIC LANDMARK • LOCAL EVENT • LOCAL BAND/DJ • INSTAGRAM PICTURE • VISITORS SPOT • RECREATION • PLACE FOR KIDS FUN • HIGH SCHOOL FANS

World class attractions in one of the most affordable cities in the country. One of the great things about living in Springfield is how far your dollar stretches. We’re one of the most affordable cities in the country, and that extends to our entertainment and lifestyle options. Not only that, but many of our local amenities – like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House, the Hartman Rock Garden and the Smithsonian-affiliate Springfield Museum of Art – are truly world-class attractions. Where else can you experience a six-week long, free Summer Arts Festival in a beautiful natural amphitheater setting? Kayak in whitewater runs through an urban core? Sail on a 2,100-acre lake? Enjoy Broadway productions in a state-of-the-art performing arts center? And “buy local” at a diverse and energetic Farmers Market? Only in Springfield of course! Springfield is an outdoor recreation hub featuring miles of scenic bike trails, paddling and sailing opportunities, hiking and running trails and a new cliff climbing destination – Mad River Gorge. So get out there and enjoy everything Springfield has to offer. And as our Greater Springfield CVB likes to say: #FindYourUnwind!

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best golf course

best local event

W I N DY K N O L L

SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL

GOLF COURSE

LOCAL EVENT

Windy Knoll Golf Club is built on the 2 019 site of the former Windy Knoll Horse Farm, a world-class facility that was home to Avatar, Native Uproar and other Derby-quality horses. Legend has it that Four-Ten, one of the more well known horses from the farm, is buried beneath what is now the 12th hole.

Shortly after sunrise, from mid2 019 June through mid-July, rows of lawn chairs begin appearing between the limestone cliffs of Veterans Park. It’s the time-honored method for reserving a prime spot for a great evening of entertainment!

The course was built in 2001, not all that long ago, but the incorporation of elements from horse farm days, along with the rolling terrain, give the Scottish linksquality layout a unique feel and playing experience here in Central Ohio that is reminiscent of classic courses.

For more than 50 years the Springfield Arts Council has been providing the community with the country’s longest-running, FREE, community arts festival. Local, regional and national acts take the stage over a fiveweek run making the Summer Arts Festival the place to be in Springfield!

Windy Knoll Golf Club | 500 Roscommon Dr · 937.390.8898 · windyknollgolfclub.com

Summer Arts Festival | Veterans Park · 937.324.2712 · springfieldartscouncil.org

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3rd place

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Reid Park Golf Course 1325 S Bird Rd 937.324.7725 golfreidpark.com

Springfield Country Club 2315 Signal Hill Rd 937.399.4215 springfieldccoh.org

Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition 1.800.757.1677 springfieldfoodtruck.com

Springfield Farmers Market 937.207.1950 facebook.com/ SpringfieldFarmMarket

best place for kids fun

best recreation location B U C K C R E E K S T. PA R K

YOUNG’S JERSEY DAIRY

RECREATION

PLACE FOR KIDS FUN

Buck Creek State Park is surrounded 2 019 by rich agricultural lands and is rich in Ohio history. The park’s recreational facilities surround a 2,120-acre lake and offer endless water-related opportunities.

Best place for kids fun... How about the 2 019 best place for everyone’s fun! Beyond their world-renowned ice cream, what’s fun to do at Young’s? How ‘bout everything! Explore their working Dairy Farm, pet the friendly goats and watch them milk cows daily.

Twenty-six air conditioned cottages are available to rent in a wooded area and there are more than 100 campsites at the park. The lake is open to all boating and water skiing is permitted at the park. Common game fish include walleye, bass and pan fish. 7.5 miles of trails are open to hiking, horse-back riding and snowmobiles. Picnic areas are spread throughout.

Then enjoy a round of miniature golf, hit the batting cages or driving range, take a spin on the barrel ride, or shoot down Cowvin’s Fast Slide. And don’t forget to check the Young’s events calendar. They host dozens of fun events that make this one of the most visited destinations in Ohio! Young’s Jersey Dairy | 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd · 937.325.0629 · youngsdairy.com

Buck Creek State Park | 1976 Buck Creek Ln · 937.322.5284 · parks.ohiodnr.gov/buckcreek

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Snyder Park 1900 Park St 937.328.7275 ntprd.org/snyder-park

NTPRD Chiller 301 W Main St 937.323.7465 ntprdchiller.com

Splash Zone Waterpark

Snyder Park

300 Eagle City Road 937.324.7665 ntprd.org/splash-zone

1900 Park St 937.328.7275 ntprd.org/snyder-park

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THE WOMEN’S TOWN CLUB OF SPRINGFIELD

honorary president for life, and her name is in the Founders’ Roll of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. This beautiful historic mansion, built in 1852, and situated just minutes from downtown, is the oldest contributing property of the Springfield East High Street Historical District which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. According to architectural historian Kevin Rose, “This house exemplifies East High Street’s remarkable story, adapting to the needs and fashions of changing times.” Today the Woman’s Town Club in approaching their 100th anniversary and their inspiration, Clementine, stands in the form of a bronze statue in the side yard of the building.

he Woman’s Town Club of Springfield, Ohio, was founded in 1922 to provide local women with a center for social and civic activities. Their clubhouse, the Clementine Berry Buchwalter home, the former 805 East High Street residence of Clementine and Captain Edward Buchwalter, a Union Captain in the American Civil War, and President of Superior Drill Company, President of American Seeding Machine Company and first President of The Citizens National Bank of Springfield. Clementine Berry Buchwalter opened her residence to the local women for gatherings. Out of this grew the foundation of the Ohio Federation of Women’s Clubs. The house would provide hospitality for decades of club parties originated by women from all over the United States. Clemintine organized the Ohio Federation of Women’s Clubs, of which she was made

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best farmers market vendor

2nd place

L E T O R T E D O LC I FARM MARKET VENDOR

Le Torte Dolci has come back again to win best farmers market vendor 2 019 for the second year in a row! The head chef and co-owner Lisa Freeman has developed the recipes for their pastries, breads and cakes by incorporating concepts and ideas from Europe with her own techniques. The results are delicious!

On the Rise 4177 Dialton Rd 937.964.1402 ontherisefarm.org

3rd place Oats & Doughs 937.342.3802 facebook.com/oatsndoughs

We recommend an assortment of macarons or a cheese danish. Yum! Le Torte Dolci | 36B N Fountain Ave · 937.617.2253 · letortedolci.com

best historic landmark

2nd place

W E STC OT T H O U S E HISTORIC LANDMARK

The Westcott House, the product of arguably the most important 2 019 architect of the modern era, Frank Lloyd Wright, was designed in 1906 and built in 1908. The house deteriorated over the subsequent decades and was saved from a looming demolition in 2001, then underwent a multimillion-dollar restoration that brought this beautiful complex to its original glory.

The Westcott House not only embodies Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative Prairie School architectural design but also extended Wright’s concept of relating the building to its site by means of a terrace, a lily pond, gardens, and other landscape elements.

Heritage Center 117 S Fountain Ave 937.324.0657 heritage.center

3rd place Pennsylvania House 1311 W Main St 937.322.7668 pennsylvaniahousemuseum.info

Westcott House | 85 S Greenmount Ave · 937.327.9291 · westcotthouse.org

best place to take visitors

2nd place

YOUNG’S JERSEY DAIRY VISITOR SITE

Mother Stewart’s Brewing 109 W North St 937.717.0618 motherstewartsbrewing.com

Young’s Jersey Dairy now attracts more than 1.2M annual visitors 2 019 from all over Ohio, and the world. Young’s is a family tradition for many generations of families and the entire business is based on a simple idea: family fun.

3rd place

From the delicious ice cream made right on the farm, the home cooked meals at The Golden Jersey Inn and the family activities and events, Young’s continues to be a popular Clark County destination.

Heritage Center 117 S Fountain Ave 937.324.0657 heritage.center

Young’s Jersey Dairy | 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd · 937.325.0629 · youngsdairy.com

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best band | dj

2nd place

DJ CHILL BAND/DJ

Two years running at best DJ! The DJ who has revolutionized the DJ 2 019 scene in Springfield and beyond! DJ Chill entertains clients and guests with genres ranging from country, hip hop, dance, pop and radio music, to oldies. His Not So Loud Silent Parties are a must-do experience that allows everyone to experience this new and exciting type of event for themselves. Christopher Chilton is not only a talented DJ but also a dedicated community member- as a local firefighter he cares about doing good, spreading love and giving back.

DJ EZ Ezell Proctor 937.869.3729

3rd place The Temps 937.631.5977 thetempslive.com

DJ Chill | 937.631.0986 • facebook.com/iamvdjchill

best place for instagram pic

2nd place

S N Y D E R PA R K INSTAGRAM PICTURE

One of our community’s largest parks, Snyder Park connects your family to 212 acres of nature and recreation right in your community. Iconic landmarks like Old Stone Bridge, placid lagoons and the boathouse offer a great backdrop to your instagram pictures!

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3rd place Downtown 937.325.7621 visitgreaterspringfield.com/ downtown-springfield

Immerse yourself in the best free fun Clark County has to offer! Snyder Park | 1900 Park St · 937.329.7275 · ntprd.org/snyder-park

best high school fans

2nd place

K E N TO N R I D G E H I G H S C H O O L HIGH SCHOOL FANS

We all know that “fans” is short for “fanatics,” right? And we all know 2 019 that high school sports seem to matter just a little bit more in Ohio, right? That means we should be ground zero for great fans! The fans at KR do it right supporting the Cougars through thick and thin, packing home games, and traveling strong to road games. To top it off, they may just have the Best Damned Band in the County! Kenton Ridge High School | 4444 Middle Urbana Rd • 937.390.1274 • nelsd.org

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Buck Creek State Park 1976 Buck Creek Ln 937.322.5284 parks.ohiocnr.gov/buckcreek

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Springfield High School 701 E Home Rd 937.505.4320 scsdoh.org

3rd place Shawnee High School 1675 E Possum Rd 937.325.9296 clark-shawnee.k12.oh.us


THE

best

service

service & industry • ASSISTED LIVING • AUTO REPAIR • AUTO, TRUCK, MOTORCYCLE DEALERSHIP • CONTRACTOR • DENTIST • EMPLOYER • FINANCE | FINANCE SERVICE • GYM | YOGA • PHYSICIAN • LANDSCAPING/ LAWN SERVICE • SALON & SPA • TATTOO SHOP • REALTOR • SPRINGFIELD GIFTS • FLORIST • HIGH SCHOOL FANS • CUSTOMER SERVICE

BEING THE BEST TAKES HARD WORK!

Springfield has a real sense of momentum as businesses both big and small call our community “home.” Over the past ten years we have witnessed more than $400M of investment in our downtown. From healthcare and insurance, to retail and personal services, we are in the midst of a renaissance. The common thread in all these projects is the quality of our local workforce. In addition to these developments, large-scale employers including Topre America and Silfex have decided to make Springfield their home base. These skilled manufacturing companies not only bring hundreds of good paying jobs to our community, but they provide fuel for our small businesses to grow, and prosper. This year we shine a light on our community’s employers, employees, service providers and industry professionals including Best Employer, Best Customer Service, Best Physician, Best Dentist, Best Financial Services Provider, Best Assisted Living Facility, Best Realtor, Best Contractor, and Best Landscaper. Congratulations to all the finalists, and winners. It’s your hard work every day that helps make our community great!

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best gym | yoga studio

2nd place

S P R I N G F I E L D H E A LT H & F I T N E S S Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. Springfield Health and Fitness Center is like no health club you have ever seen. There is space and equipment available to accommodate every kind of client wanting to get in shape or improve performance.

GYM | FITNESS 2 019

Planet Fitness 1503 N Bechtle Ave 937.324.2314 planetfitness.com

3rd place

Springfield Health & Fitness has become the place to be with an atmosphere that is welcoming and has curated programs that are accessible and resourceful. Located in the old News-Sun Building, Springfield Health & Fitness is easily one of the coolest amenities in our resurgent downtown.

Springfield Family YMCA 300 S Limestone St 937.323.3781 springfield-ymca.org

Springfield Health & Fitness | 202 N Limestone St • 937.325.9770 springfieldhealthandfitness.com

best salon | spa

2nd place

S T U D I O B S A LO N & S PA With a tagline like “Be where it’s all about you,” you can’t go wrong when you visit TaBetha and her talented squad.

SALON | SPA 2 019

Hair Junkies 1721 N Limestone St 937.399.1800 facebook.com/ hairjunkies1721

Everyone deserves to indulge a little (guys you do, too!) and there’s nowhere better to treat yourself than at Studio B Salon & Spa. From hair services and nails, to facials and massages, you can find a treatment that fits you and your needs. Treat yourself!

3rd place

Studio B Salon & Spa | 306 N Limestone St • 937.460.7244 • studiob.salon

20 W Columbia St 937.460.7217 facebook.com/ BombshellBeautyParlor937

best tattoo shop

Bombshell Beauty

2nd place

F L E S H T O FA N TA S Y Flesh to Fantasy Tattoo Emporium is a family friendly studio that offers a knowledgeable, welcoming staff and multiple award winning, published artists.

TATTOO SHOP 2 019

If you are looking for eye catching black and grey or vibrant color tattoos in an array of styles then this is the place for you! Flesh To Fantasy | 1629 E Main St • 937.505.9705 • fleshtofantasy.com

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Rose City 1145 N Bechtle Ave 937.505-9406 rosecitytattoo.com

3rd place American Tattoo Collective 2210 E Main St 937.505.3743 facebook.com/ Americantattoocollective


antique capital midwest of the

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reater Springfield is often referred to as, “the antiques capital of the Midwest.” While that’s pretty good, we’d argue that we may be, “the antiques capital of the United States!” How so, you ask? Well here goes… We are home to the Heart of Ohio antique mall. At 116,000 sq. ft., Heart of Ohio is not only the country’s largest antique mall, but also the best. There you will find more than 1400 dealer booths and showcases featuring everything from fine furniture and retro décor, to architectural items and vintage accessories. Insider tip: block out at least 3-4 hours to do Heart of Ohio right, and grab lunch at their café!

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ANNUAL EVENTS

SPRINGFIELD ANTIQUE EXTRAVAGANZA A favorite source for thousands of collectors and dealers for over 25 years. Twice a year, in May and September, the Market holds its famous Extravaganza. Wear your walking shoes and prepare for a day of fun shopping at over 2,000 dealers who’ll be set up in a dozen buildings and outdoors across the entire Clark County Fairgrounds. Inside tip: Arrive during the “early bird” hours on Friday to get first crack at all the best pieces. THIRD FULL WEEKEND IN MAY & SEPTEMBER CLARK COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS 4401 S. CHARLESTON PIKE I-70 @ EXIT 59 937.325.0053 SPRINGFIELDANTIQUESHOW.COM

SPRINGFIELD ANTIQUE SHOW & FLEA MARKET The Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market has been considered one of America’s top events for over 40 years. Held 7 times per year at the Clark County Fairgrounds it has consistently produced great antiques, vintage and flea market finds. THIRD FULL WEEKEND IN MARCH, APRIL, JUNE, AUGUST, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER & DECEMBER CLARK COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS 4401 S. CHARLESTON PIKE I-70 @ EXIT 59 937.325.0053 SPRINGFIELDANTIQUESHOW.COM FACEBOOK.COM/ SPRINGFIELDANTIQUESHOW

FACEBOOK.COM/ SPRINGFIELDANTIQUESHOW

KEY ATTRACTIONS HEART OF OHIO ANTIQUE CENTER Clocking in at about 116,000 sq. ft., Springfield’s Heart of Ohio Antique Center is the country’s largest indoor antique mall featuring over 1,400 dealers spanning virtually every genre of collecting. If you can’t find it at Heart of Ohio, chances are it doesn’t exist! 4785 E. NATIONAL RD. 937.324.2188

SPRINGFIELD ANTIQUE CENTER Over 75,000 square feet of sale space all on the ground floor with an ever-changing, large inventory at both buildings. A spacious lobby with couches, television, and vending, perfect for tired travelers. 1735 TITUS RD. 937.324.8448

937.327.9143 VINTAGEDEPOTSHOP.COM

SPRINGFIELDANTIQUE.COM

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VINTAGE DEPOT Vintage Depot is a family owned and operated antique store with an eclectic mix of vintage collectibles. Stop by any weekend or schedule an appointment to see what’s been tucked away for you! 2905 E. HIGH ST.

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best financial services firm SECURITY NATIONAL BANK

best realtor | real estate office

COLDWELL BANKER

FINANCIAL SERVICES

REALTOR REAL ESTATE

Security National Bank provides 2 019 businesses and personal banking clients with unparalleled service and exceptional banking solutions.

Coldwell Banker Heritage - Your Perfect 2 019 Partner, Right at Home! Locally owned and globally connected, their philosophy is simple; honesty and integrity are the core of our success.

Aside from their exceptional services, Security National Bank is involved with many local events working to improve our community. They don’t just say “Invest with people you know and trust,” they work hard to earn it!

If you are looking for a positive, professional real estate experience, call the dedicated agents at Coldwell Banker Heritage today. Coldwell Banker Heritage | 331 Mt Vernon Ave · 937.322.0352 · www.coldwellbankerishome.co

Security National Bank | 40 S Limestone St · 937.324.6800 · securitynationalbank.com

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3rd place

Wright-Patt Credit Union 2097 N Bechtle Ave 937.912.7000 wpcu.coop

PNC 2222 N Limestone St 937.328.7330 pnc.com

Real Estate II 1140 E Home Rd 937.390.3119 realestateii.com

Always Sunny 1219 W First St 937.505.9233 alwayssunny.net

best employer

best customer services

M E R C Y H E A LT H

NORTH SPRING DENTAL

EMPLOYER

CUSTOMER SERVICE

Mercy Health is a mission-driven 2 019 organization committed to making every patient’s life better — mind, body and spirit. Whether working in the medical field, business or administration, each of our regional and corporate employees play a vital role.

This review says it all: “Outstanding 2 019 customer service and great with kids! I scheduled my appointment followed by my 5 year old son’s appointment. While getting X-rays a technician took my 5 year old and 2 year old to draw pictures while they waited. Highly recommend!”

Mercy health is one of the largest employers in Clark County and Ohio. They work hard to ensure a positive experience for each of their employees.

North Spring Dental welcomes everyone with a great attitude and a smile, to make you feel at home. It is no wonder why they were voted best customer service.

MERCY HEALTH | 100 Medical Center Dr · 937.523.1000 · mercy.com

North Spring Dental | 4937 Middle Urbana Rd

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3rd place

2nd place

3rd place

Security National Bank 40 S Limestone St 937.324.6800 securitynationalbank.com

North Spring Dental 4937 Middle Urbana Rd 937.399.3800 northspringdental.com

Scout’s Cafe 1399 Moorefield Rd 937.505.0660 facebook.com/scoutscafe

O’Conners Irish Pub 2200 N Limestone St 937.717.6915 oconnersirishpub.com

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downtown SPRINGFIELD BY CHRIS SCHUTTE

f you haven’t visited downtown Springfield recently, you may not recognize it! Our downtown is truly in the midst of a renaissance. Retail is returning, restaurants are opening, events are happening, and infrastructure is being built. Most importantly, PEOPLE are coming back downtown! Here’s a look at recent developments and initiatives that are revitalizing our downtown:

• A 300 bay downtown parking garage with ground floor retail is under construction. This structure has been designed to mesh with the architectural profile of our downtown and will help attract more businesses downtown. • 34 town homes featuring open floor plans and custom finishes are being developed adjacent to National Road Commons. • A new retail/restaurant corridor has emerged on North Fountain with the additions of Salato Deli, Le Torte Dolci bakery, Champion City Guide + Supply and Stella Bleu Bistro.

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• CoHatch – a shared workspace and market – will be opening soon in the historic Myers Market building. • Two new murals and numerous signal box wraps have been completed with more public art planned. • A comprehensive downtown wayfinding project is underway. • A 36-unit, upscale apartment project in a historic building is planned. • Downtown events including MarketFest, First Friday, IndieCraft, MustardFest and Holiday in the City are bringing tens of thousands of attendees into our downtown core. • The DORA (Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area) is now in place which allows visitors to downtown to stroll the streets while they enjoy an adult beverage in DORA cups.

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his an exciting time to be in Springfield. Downtown is the heartbeat of our community, and it’s coming back in a big way!

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DORA Boundaries with Participating Bars & Restaurants N 1

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HOW IT WORKS

• DORA operates daily between noon and midnight. • DORA beverages can only be purchased from participating establishments. • Beverages from one DORA establishment cannot be taken into another DORA establishment or special event area which serves alcohol. • DORA beverages are not permitted at all retailers and restaurants, please check each individual location before entering. • One beverage is permitted per cup per use. No cans, glass bottles, or outside beverages are permitted. • You must stay within the DORA boundaries with your beverage. All cups must be disposed of within the DORA boundaries. • Must be 21 years or older. Beverages are not permitted in vehicles. Please drink responsibly.

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SPRINGFIELD, OHIO’S OFFICIAL VISITOR CENTER & RETAIL STORE

MONDAY- FRIDAY 10 AM - 6 PM SATURDAY 10 AM - 2 PM VISIT OUR NEW STORE FRONT

36 NORTH FOUNTAIN AVE.

FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS AND COUNTING,

WE ARE PROUD TO CALL SPRINGFIELD OUR HOME.

GLOBAL LEADER IN INDUSTRIAL CRANE & HOIST EQUIPMENT, SERVICE & TRAINING With more than 3,000 employees in the Americas and over 16,000 worldwide, Konecranes offers the latest in industrial overhead lifting technology, combined with the largest, most experienced Service network in the industry. We are working hard to lead the way towards safer, smarter, more productive lifting. And, we are committed to being the best partner that we can be in our efforts to lift the businesses and communities we serve. Contact us today for your lifting needs or to view our career opportunities. www.konecranesUSA.com

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best physician | medical professional

2nd place

DR. ASH AHMED HEALTHCARE PROVIDER

When this category was added to the 2018 Best Of Springfield competition there was little doubt of who would be voted Best Physician. Now two years running, Dr. Ash Ahmed is not only recognized for his use of the perfect amount of hair product, but again is recognized as the best physician.

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Dr. Thomas Ericksen – 1835 E High St 937.525.0100

3rd place

Dr. Ash Ahmed has been practicing medicine as a cardiologist for years in his hometown. Active in the community, this Springfield native and Catholic Central High School graduate has become a friendly face not only to patients but to Springfield residents.

Dr. Michael McKee – Family Physicians 247 S Burnett Rd 937.328.885

Dr. Ash Ahmed – Springfield Cardiology | 1174 E Home Rd • 937.398.0354 springfieldcardiology.us

best dental professional 2nd place

N O R T H S P R I N G D E N TA L DENTIST

Located on Middle Urbana Road, Dr. Afshan Ahmed and North Spring Dental have opened their brand new location, right across the street from the old office, and people couldn’t be more excited!

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“The new building is amazing and the equipment seems to be state of the art. The friendly staff was very informative and makes you feel at ease.” Schedule your dental exam to see what everyone is raving about.

Cochran Family Dentistry 253 Hampton Pl 937.399.9777 facebook.com/ CochranFamilyDentistry

3rd place Dr William Lord 727 N Limestone St 937.323.3775

North Spring Dental | 4937 Middle Urbana Rd 937.399.3800 • northspringdental.com

best assisted living

2nd place

OAKWO OD VILL AGE Nestled away on the north side of town, Oakwood Village sits on over 72 beautifully landscaped acres and offers gracious, affordable assisted living right here in our community.

ASSISTED LIVING 2 019

Oakwood Village has become a new home for many of it’s residents. Offering a variety of options from independent living to assisted living, Oakwood Village is dedicated to making their campus a fun and enjoyable living space. Oakwood Village | 1500 Villa Rd • 937.390.9000 mercy.com

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Villa Springfield 701 Villa Rd 937.399.5551 villaspringfield.com

3rd place Forest Glen Health Campus 2150 Montego Dr 937.390.9913 trilogyhs.com


Fairgrounds - Lake Property Cross Country Course Weddings - Trade Shows Event Facilities

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best contractor

best landscaping/lawn service

K APP CONSTRUCTION

G I L L A M L AW N C A R E

CONTRACTOR

Founded in 1985, Kapp Construction 2 019 has been a staple in the Springfield community for more than 34 years. Kapp takes pride in working closely with their customers to assure that their needs and wants are taken care of. The company is experienced in government, historical, industrial, housing builds and more!

LANDSCAPING LAWN

Winning Best Lawn Service for three 2 019 years in a row is Gillam Lawncare! The experienced team of professionals includes a Certified Landscape Technician, a Horticulturist and a Landscape Designer. After looking at their list of services and images of past projects, I think it’s time to add an outdoor kitchen and a patio bar with a water feature!

Additionally, with the help of Kapp workers and machinery, downtown is gifted with a beautiful, massive pine tree each winter as part of the Holiday in the City celebration!

Gillam Lawncare | 8885 Old Columbus Rd | South Vienna · 937.568.0072 · gillamlawncare.com

Kapp Construction | 329 Mt Vernon Ave • 937.324.0134 kappconstruction.com

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3rd place

2nd place

3rd place

Scanlan Construction 1115 N Limestone St 937.322.3700

Beedy Plumbing

Nature’s Own Landscaping 1744 Pembrook Rd 937.605.5254 naturesownlandscapes.com

Buena Vista Landscaping PO Box 333 | North Hampton 937.206.7444 buenavistalandscapes.com

2200 Southbury Dr 937.605.0177 beedyplumbing.com

best auto | truck dealer

JEFF WYLER

best auto repair

Z I M A AU TO M OT I V E

AUTO | TRUCK DEALER

Jeff Wyler has been voted Best Auto 2 019 | Truck Dealer for the third straight year. Rocking an incredible 4.4/5.0 stars after 3394 lifetime reviews on DealerRater.com, I can see why they are voted the best.

AUTO REPAIR

At Zima Automotive, they believe 2 019 one thing that sets them apart from the competition is their devotion to customer service. They are constantly looking for new ways to make their services more convenient for their customers to give them the best possible experience.

Jeff wyler offers fast and friendly service with sales professionals going above and beyond for their customers.

Zima is so passionate about providing exceptional service that they even teach their customers how to do preventative maintenance.

Jeff Wyler Springfield | 1501 Hillcrest Ave · 937.325.4601 · jeffwylerspringfield.com

ZIMA Automotive | 4800 Urbana Rd · 937.342.3911 · zimaautomotive.com

2nd place

3rd place

2nd place

3rd place

Bill Marine 415 E North St 937.325.7091 billmarine.com

Nick’s Auto Sales 440 N Limestone 937.325.3452 nicksusedcars.com

Roger’s Garage 4040 St Paris Pike 937.399.2760 rogersgarage.com

AAMCO 1215 W Columbia St 937.504.2760 aamcospringfieldoh.com

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BE BOLD. BE YOU.

FIND SUCCESS.

AT CLARK STATE! ENROLL NOW!

www.clarkstate.edu Springfield | Beavercreek | Bellefontaine | Xenia The career you want. The degree you need.

The Greater Springfield Community Improvement Corporation and Chamber of Commerce invite you to learn more about the advantages of locating or expanding your business in Springfield, Site Selection magazine’s #2 ranked metro area in the nation.

Visit our new website at expandgreaterspringfield.com.

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best springfield gifts

2nd place

C H A M P I O N C I T Y G U I D E & S U P P LY SPRINGFIELD GIFTS

Champion City Guide + Supply is the official visitor center and retail 2 019 store of Springfield, Ohio. The store features a unique mix of branded apparel, local artisan goods and locally produced products including Woeber Mustard, and Rue Chips. It’s the perfect spot to create your very own Springfield gift basket! Champion City Guide + Supply | 36 North Fountain Ave • 937.521.1948 • championcitysupply.com

Ash + Mantle 122 E Main St 937.207-0722 ashandmantle.com

3rd place HATCH Artist Studios 105 N Center St 937.561.8626 hatchartiststudios.com

best florist 2nd place

S C H N E I D E R ’ S F LO R I S T FLORIST

Schneider’s Florist is family owned and operated and committed to 2 019 offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. They always go the extra mile to make your floral gift perfect. Schneider’s works hard to be your first choice for flowers.

1017 Pine St 937.323.4101 nettsfloral.com

3rd place Flower Craft

Schnieder’s Florist | 633 N Limestone • 937.323.4634 • springfieldohioflorist.com

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1156 N Bechtle Ave 937.325.3885 flowercraft1.com


CelebrAting our

We Are CAtholiC CentrAl.

year PRE-K THROUGH 12 • 937-325-9204, EXT.123 • WWW.CCIRISH.ORG

BE SAFE. Stay safe. Springfield’s Best Businesses Are Its Safest Businesses! Springfield-Clark County Safety Council members saved $134,000 in rebates and bonuses last year! You can’t put a price on workplace safety... but a safe workplace can save money and headaches. Be a part of workplace safety – Join our Safety Council by contacting Val Kelly at 325-7621 or by email at vkelly@greaterspringfield.com.

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SH OP LO CA L - BUY C HAMB E R employees, so not only can you participate, but your entire staff, as well. Whether you choose to take advantage of our various legislative and networking events, take part in one of our professional development seminars, sponsor an event, or serve as an ambassador or on a committee, your engagement will help you better develop your business and make valuable B2B connections. Our mission is simple – to support, promote, connect and attract business for the advancement of our community. Your Chamber team works hard to provide real benefits for you and your employees, and we appreciate your partnership in making Greater Springfield a great place to live, work and play. Remember, membership in the Chamber is an investment in your community and in Clark County’s future. THANK YOU again for being an integral part of that future!

ith members like you, we are able to provide a sustainable business community in Greater Springfield as well as foster growth and positive change. Only through your support can we continue to envision and help launch important community initiatives that lead the way for business attraction and growth. Your Chamber now features a SHOP LOCAL – BUY CHAMBER logo, and as a member you can use that logo on your own website and printed materials. Enclosed is a door cling for you to display proudly at your business location. This logo will tell customers that you are a Chamber Member and have made an important investment in our community. Did you know that 63% of consumers are more likely to purchase goods and services from a business if they know they are a member of the Chamber? That is 2 out of 3 customers and shows true membership value! At your Chamber, we strive to provide what you need to succeed. Your Chamber Membership extends to all your

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CHRIS SCHUTTE is Vice President

of Destination Marketing + Communications for the Chamber of Greater Springfield.

KELCIE WEBSTER is Marketing

Coordinator & Visitor Center Manager for the Greater Springfield CVB.

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Mike McDorman President & CEO, The Chamber of Greater Springfield

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C O N T R I B U T O R S

KEVIN ROSE Is a historian for The Turner Foundation.

ROD HATFIELD is an artist and

entrepreneur who provided many images used throughout this publciation.

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MOLLIE SMITH is a graphic designer with Olligraphics.


events best

Springfield is known for great annual events. Here are some of our favorites.

DECEMBER

Holiday in the City This traditional kick-off to the holiday season includes the grand illumination of downtown, more than a dozen food vendors, Santa’s arrival and a phenomenal fireworks display.

AUGUST

Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition

MarketFest

AUGUST

MarketFest is fall kick-off event held every August at the site of the weekly summer Farmers Market. There you’ll find live music, food trucks, a beer garden and 50+ great local vendors.

More than 40 food trucks roll into Springfield’s Veteran’s Park in August ready to please hungry festival attendees, compete for big prizes and raise funds for Rotarian causes.

CultureFest

Summer Arts Festival Ohio’s longest-running free community arts festival spans 6 weeks in June and July and features everything from national touring acts to community theatre.

September brings us music, dance, food and fun on City Hall Plaza. This free event celebrates Springfield’s diverse culture.

SEPTEMBER

JUNE + JULY

Clark County Fair

Fair at New Boston

SEPTEMBER

Over Labor Day weekend you can step 200 years back in time at the Fair at New Boston. Everything about this great event – including the period actors and food - creates the illusion of time travel to 1800. FindYourUnwind.com

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One of Ohio’s largest county fairs fills one week in July with livestock exhibitions, musical acts, midway entertainment, amusement rides, great food and much more.


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ere’s a quick look at what’s new – and what’s next – in Springfield. Check out VisitGreaterSpringfield.com for all the latest news on events and other local happenings.

1 COhatch The Market Restoring and repurposing one of the largest and oldest public markets, the former Myer’s Market building. A variety of Co-working options, private offices, meeting space, event space, a year round market to include local produce, meats and poultry, plus the finest baked goods and confections… all, under one roof.

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2 IndieCraft This event debuted in 2019 and was an overwhelming hit! More than 2500 attendees enjoyed live music from eight Indie bands on three stages, craft beer from twelve regional breweries and fantastic food from 6 local food trucks. IndieCraft will be back in May of 2020!


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4 Public Art Check out our two new murals: The Greetings From Springfield Mural and the Rose City Mural! Other public murals are located at the YMCA, the Regent Theater, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Clark County Solid Waste District. Also check out the If you are thinking of buying, selling or numerous signal box wraps have been completed to brighten relocating up downtown. and are looking for a full-time

MustardFest - a partnership between the Greater Springfield CVB, Woeber Mustard, and Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co. - has grown to a major downtown event bringing 3000+ attendees to enjoy kids activities, the Champion City Wiener Dog Race, Food Trucks, Vendors, German music and...yes... beer!

ATTENTION

ATTENTION BUYERS & SELLERS REALTOR, give me a call.

Thank you to all my family, customers & friends In helping me grow my business. Your Support Is Appreciated. BUYERS & SELLERS Thank You To All Our Veterans.

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WORK WHERE QUALITY TRULY MATTERS.

and areCo. looking for a full-time 25 relocating yrs Kissell Mortgage REALTOR, give me a call. 8 yrs-SCJVS Cell# 937-405-8050 Co-Founder (OPAI) Thank you to all my family, customers & lschutte@sbcglobal.net 19 yrs-Realtor www.lschutte.com friends In helping me grow my business.

A commitment to our customers. Your Support Is Appreciated. And to you. Thank You To All Our Veterans.

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ATTENTION BUYERS & SELLERS relocating and are looking for a full-time REALTOR, give me a call. Thank you to all my family, customers & friends In helping me grow my business. Your Support Is Appreciated. Thank You To All Our Veterans.

BUILT BY OUR CULTURE Our true strength is our team. No one comes close to our commitment, focus, and dependability. Our leadership is accessible and eager to hear from anyone in the organization. We speak openly, value honesty, and encourage problem solving at every level. And we take time to celebrate hard work and accomplishments with friends and families throughout the year. We’re a large company that never forgot our family business roots.

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New “Shop Local - Buy Chamber” window clings have been sent to all Chamber members in a packet which also includes your new Membership Directory. Place this new logo on your front door, or window, to let the community know that you support the Chamber’s endeavors. Why is it important to Shop Local?

• More of your money will be kept in your local economy. For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community. • You embrace what makes your community unique • You create local jobs • You nurture community • You conserve your tax dollars • You create more choice • You took advantage of their expertise • You invested in entrepreneurship • You made your community a destination

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Golf Course Directory

december 7th

downtown springfield

This year’s celebration includes: Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks AuroraMax Light Show Eat Street: Food Trucks Holiday Vendors

Santa’s Arrival & SantaLand at the Heritage Center The Grand Illumination Ice Carving Demonstrations

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5:00 pm 7:30 pm Festivities begin at

and conclude with the fireworks show at


(Good Taste Just Speaks For Itself.)

Wherever you live you’ll find that one gathering place where people come together to celebrate life’s moments, big or small. At Mela Urban Bistro, we invite you to experience the very finest in food, drink and hospitality that’s at the heart of Greater Springfield. Raise a glass, enjoy a creatively-prepared meal and make every moment matter with family, friends or that special someone. Because at Mela, we always serve up a fresh, friendly and inviting place to Celebrate Life. Start the celebration at 937.471.9009 or visit us online at MelaUrbanBistro.com. 100 S. Fountain Ave. Springfield, OH 45502 937.471.9009 melaurbanbistro.com

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