JUNE 2021 | VOL. 5, ISSUE 3
A New Era at Beulah Park
Beulah Park Living’s new urbanism community has more than left the starting gates in being a place for Grove City residents to call home.
CHAMBER NEWS We:Lead Has a New Book Club! Letter from the Director Member Spotlight Member Anniversaries
Summer Success Tips McKnight Group says Goodbye after 45 years Farmers Market Kicks Off a New Season
GROVE CITY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Open for business ... and making memories.
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CHAMBER NEWS WE:LEAD June News
Beulah Park Historical Timeline
A Taste of Yum 2021
Summer Success Tips
A New Era at Beulah Park
CITY DEMOGRAPHICS Population: 42,400 Median Age: 39.7 Population Over 18: 79% Population Over 65: 17% Number of Households: 16,197 Average Home Price: $189,268 Median Income Per Household: $74,451
Letter from the Director Encouraging note from Director, Shawn Conrad.
Member Recognition Welcome new and celebrate current members.
Want to learn more about the demographics of Grove City? Visit: GroveCityOhio.Gov/about-us-and-tourism/community-information
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Your Board President Ed Fleming
Kay Anderson Katy Antry Rachel Kutay Nick Connaughton
VP at Large Lisa Zeigler
VP of Finance Shelley Davis Past President Wayne Coakley
It sure feels like summer is here, and with that the need to be outdoors! I hope that you are enjoying some breaths of fresh air and that your world is beginning to feel a little more normal.
President Elect Trent Soles
Letter from the Director
The Chamber is excited to be putting together our summer and fall events. Farmers’ Market is underway and had a fantastic first couple of weeks. Each week as more and more produce becomes available our Market visitors will see more choices for fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers and other goodies. As always, you’ll find jams, jellies, baked goods, sauces and so much more. Please join us on Saturday mornings from 8:00a until noon! As you dig into the magazine you’ll read about our amazing ‘A Taste of Grove City’ with winners in four different categories – Pizza, Restaurant, Burgers and Sweet Treats – hundreds and hundreds of votes were tallied and the winners are ….guess you’ll have to keep reading to find out!
Shelley Davis Marc Fleming Dan Havener Dave Heinrich Heather Miller Chris Moscato Zack Roybal Dylon Sparks
Staff Executive Director Shawn Conrad Events Manager Marilyn Reiner Administrative Assistant Heather Brokaw Marketing and Communications KatBro Consulting Ltd.
We celebrated our small businesses during ‘Small Business Week’ by sending some encouragement from our larger members. Please get your teams registered for the July 12th golf outing at Hickory Hills https://www.gcchamber.org/chamber-golfouting/ Invite a faithful customer or some of your employees that went above and beyond the call during the pandemic to join you for a day on the links. And last but not least – we may have some really special surprises as Arts in the Alley gets closer, we think our members and our community are going to be excited. Enjoy the magazine, and as always thank you for your faithful support of the Chamber and of our amazing community. -Shawn CHAMBER BUSINESS CONNECTION JUNE 2021 | 5
CELEBRATING YEARS WITH GCACC
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Healthmarkets The Counseling and Wellness Center
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Manbevers Construction USO Ohio Heritage Cycles McClaskie Insurance Agency State Farm Trapper John’s Canoeing
Cultivate The Farm Table on 62 Broadway Fireplace and Decor E.E. Ward Moving & Storage
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JUNE NEWS Wine Event Recap WE:LEAD made its return to in-person get togethers by hosting a Wine, Sip and Chat evening at Plum Run Winery in April. A variety of wines were available for sample, in addition to learning a few things about these different types of wines. Dave from Plum Run gave a Wine 101-type presentation, including the how-to behind a wine slushie. But beyond wine, there was socializing. The evening provided a much-needed chance to unwind and socialize with other women in business, with roughly 20 in attendance. For some this may have been the first chance to be around non-family or work colleagues in what’s felt like ages. There isn’t currently an in-person gathering on the calendar yet, but keep up with our website and newsletter so you’re first to know when a WE:LEAD social event is planned. A special thanks to Plum Run Winery for their hospitality. Book Club News and Event To continue engaging and providing personal and professional development between get-togethers, WE:LEAD has established a book club. The WE:LEAD Book Club is based in a Facebook group where members can join and then freely chat about the current book. Group leaders and members would love to have more join in for more robust and exciting conversation about this book and future books. The current book is The Art of Extreme Self-Care by Cheryl Richardson. With 12 practical strategies, the book is meant to be an action-based guide that will also challenge you to alter behavior that gets you in trouble, and thus upgrading your life. The book is available from a variety of locations including the local library, online, and likely in stores (unless other WE:LEAD readers have bought all the copies…). Use this link to join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1094222724388030 Book Club members are invited to read at their own pace and share their thoughts in the Facebook group. However members will want to be prepared to discuss the book by June 16’s special carry-out dinner and Zoom call event. Here are the details: Limited to 30 participants, StoryPoint will offer a pick-up meal (chicken kabobs, rice, pina colada cake) between 4:30 and 5:30 pm on June 16. To participate in pick-up you’ll need to register and make a donation to The Women’s Refuge (monetary or items from a select list, such as toiletry items or new twin-sized bedding). The Zoom session is scheduled to start at 5:30 pm. The following links will get you signed up for Zoom and the dinner: Registration Link: https://business.gcchamber.org/events/details/we-lead-book-club-dinner-discussion-2922 Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvcemuqDgqGNM0ZpaBuqLFyaLohj2CESrR Refuge Monetary Donation Link: https://www.classy.org/give/238592/#!/donation/checkout The Book Club plans to follow a quarterly schedule and would love to hear your suggestions for future books. Though the first book focuses on self-care, the goal is to change up the topics and themes of books which could include, but is not limited to, leadership, empowerment, women leaders, or something purely for fun. Group members can feel free to contribute book ideas within the group posts or can send a private message to the group.
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Hometown Dollars Returns for Summer! It’s after June 1, which means Hometown Dollars has made its summer comeback! Sales are officially open and we anticipate another great turn-out; we quickly had many businesses jump on board to participate this time around and imagine certificates will once again sell quickly. Thanks to our partnership with the City of Grove City, we’re very excited to bring this program back for another round of gift certificates that will double a customer’s money, put money in your pockets and drive business to your doors. We want as many customers and businesses to benefit as possible, so this time we are limiting the number of certificates (all valued at $25) to 2 per household. Customers should also know that certificates have no cash-back option and must be used in one transaction. Visit: www.gcchamber.org/dollars/ for a full and up-to-date list of all participants and other details or visit https://business.gcchamber.org/ store/ to order your certificates online. Our first-ever Hometown Dollars back in November 2020 was a huge success not only in how quickly certificates sold, but hearing from participating businesses. Many benefitted from the financial boost and also found their new loyal customers who came to “try them out” and have continued to come back—a win, win! We’re excited to see how this second round goes and look forward to hearing about the many new place customers tried, and of course the many new loyal customers participating businesses gained.
Chamber Open Coming Next Month The annual Chamber Open golf outing will tee off next month on Monday July 12 at Hickory Hills Golf Club. Golfers can look forward to a full day of golf, food, and socializing. This year will see the return of the shotgun start, occurring at 10 am, and we’re excited to offer more chances to network and socialize with those outside of your ‘team bubble’. Lunch will be provided and golfers will also receive goodie bags. Prizes don’t end at the goodie bags as there will be a silent auction in person and ready for your bid. We’ll also, of course, recognize our winning team and individuals—so be sure to come to play! Need a little guidance in your game? Each team will have the opportunity to purchase a pre-filled bag of ‘advantage’ items for $50. Included will be 4 mulligans, 8’ string to be used one time only on each par 3 hole, and a special tee allowing a male player to tee off one time from the ladies’ tee or a female player (or team) to take one shot off of their score. Mulligans, strings, and Pink Tee cannot be used on proximity shots or Hole In one prizes. They are to be used for scoring purposes only. This would make not only a great office or team outing, but would be a fun way to show appreciation to some of your top customers, clients, or other business partners. Hickory Hills is a great course for all skill levels, so don’t sit out of a good time just because you’re “a little rusty”. We do have non-golfing opportunities to get in the fun and get your name in the conversation, including but not limited to: sponsorships, donating silent auction prizes and dropping off goodie bag items. To learn more about these, or even other opportunities, give Marilyn a call at (614) 875-9762. Ready to sign up your team? Visit our website to register and we’ll see you on July 12! www.gcchamber.org/chamber-golf-outing/ CHAMBER BUSINESS CONNECTION JUNE 2021 | 9
CHAMBER FOUNDATION & EDUCATION NEWS Educational Partner + A Foundation Scholarship = Savings The price tag on higher or continuing education isn’t changing itself, which is why we’re proud to have a couple ways to lower the cost. We have two educational partners, both Central Ohio education leaders, who offer generous (though different) discounts including on tuition and other fees. We also have the scholarship program of the Chamber Foundation, with Affiliate scholarships available nearly year ‘round with four deadlines. Have you met Franklin University and Ohio Dominican University, our educational partners? Read on to learn more, or click here to view videos each university provided us: https://www. gcchamber.org/education/ Franklin University Educational Partnership We love hearing more are beginning to take advantage of this partnership program with Franklin University. Two of the highlights of this program include a 20% discount on tuition and free textbooks. The savings add up, and scholarships from the Chamber Foundation as previously mentioned can help further offset costs. Franklin also routinely adds additional courses, certificates and even entire degree programs. Recently members were sent a survey to gauge educational needs of their employees and business, so we imagine Franklin will only continue to strive to serve members’ educational needs. If it’s been a while since you’ve looked through Franklin’s offerings, we suggest you check again—it’s completely possible there’s something new and it might be perfect for you or a team member. Click here to learn more about our partnership with Franklin University: https://www.franklin. edu/grovecitychamber Educational Partnership with Ohio Dominican University We have another partnership with another university in the area, meaning more options and opportunities. One unique element is the corporate cohort should a business meet the minimum requirement of 15 employees (we would suggest checking on the status of some of the in-person ‘perks’ since we’re still technically in a pandemic as this is written…). Ohio Dominican options are business-oriented but vary enough to cater to a variety of businesses. There are several different discount potentials depending on the option chosen, some including a certain number of free classes. ODU also mentions a generous credit transfer policy, so if you or an employee took classes or began a degree program elsewhere they will gladly work with you to make the most of you what you’ve got. Our partnership-specific information with Ohio Dominican is online as a PDF, so we advise visiting our education webpage and then clicking on the ODU option: https://www.gcchamber.org/education/
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CHAMBER FOUNDATION & EDUCATION NEWS First Quarter Scholarship Recipients
Future Scholarship Dates
The Grove City Chamber Foundation has awarded its high school scholarships and the first of the 2021 affiliate scholarships. Applications for these scholarships were due in March and then were awarded in May. The students receiving scholarships represent a variety of academic and career field interests. High school scholarships are awarded to members of the high school class of 2021 who reside in the South-Western City School District. Affiliate scholarships are awarded to employees or family members of Chamber member businesses. Three additional opportunities for affiliate scholarship remain in 2021 (July 1, September 17, December 17). Below we recognize our scholarship recipients and our many generous sponsors who make these scholarships possible: Thank you Eldorado Gaming-Scioto Downs for your support in 2021 Eldorado Gaming-Scioto Downs Recipients Drew Hutchinson Ugonna Obiawu Joseph Lepard Jeremiah Bane Thank you Credit Union of Ohio for your support in 2021 Credit Union of Ohio Recipients Jessica Huckelberry Rachel Forney
Opportunities for 2021 Foundation Scholarships still remain for two types. The Renewing Scholarship, which is for students currently enrolled in a post-secondary program whose primary residence is within the South-Western City School District, or have received a prior scholarship from the Chamber Foundation. The second is the Affiliate Scholarship, which is for employees or family members of a Chamber member business who are enrolled in an education program that will result in some form of degree or certificate. Here are the deadlines: July 1: Renewing Scholarship Affiliate Scholarships, second of four deadlines. September 17: Affiliate Scholarship, third of four deadlines. December 17: Affiliate Scholarship, final deadline of 2021
Thank you WesBanco for your support in 2021 WesBanco Recipients Caleb Schall Dylan Boso Thank you ToolTex for your 2021 Scholarship ToolTex Scholarship Recipient Alec Olshefski Thank you to the Reiner family for your memorial scholarship Fred Jahn Reiner memorial Scholarship Recipient Nicholas Issac Heart of the Foundation Scholarship in the name of Shirley Spellman Heart of the Foundation Scholarship in the name of Shirley Spellman Recipient Laney Hoyt Foundation scholarship Recipient Ireland Hester Chamber Affiliate Scholarship recipients Hailey Kimmel Jackson Phillips Liam Wilson
Jeremiah Bane and Family
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Laney Hoyt with the Shirley Spellman Family Laney received the Heart of the Foundation scholarship in the name of Shirley Spellman
Jessica Huckelberry with Cindy Walker of Credit Union of Ohio
Caleb Schall with Charlene McFarland of Wesbanco
Nicholas Isaac with the Reiner Family Reiner Memorial Scholarship
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Alex Olshefski with Paul Spurgeon of Tool
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ship Spring 2021 Recipients!
Dylan Boso with Charlene McFarland of Wesbanco
Ireland Hester, Scholarship Recipient
Joseph Lepard, Scholarship Recipient
Jackson Phillips with Greg Dawkins of GCACC Foundation
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The Farmers’ Market kicked off its 2021 season last month on Saturday May 15. The in-person market will be open from 8 am to noon and located in Grove City’s Town Center off of Broadway, 3444 Park St. The market will be open every Saturday through September 11. A variety of local products will be available, with vendors ranging from returning favorites to new additions. A sampling of products include produce, fresh flowers, canned or jarred products, meats, and even baked goods. Produce and floral availability will vary based on Ohio’s growing seasons, so patrons are encouraged to shop weekly so to not miss out. Now into June, it could be any time when some of our favorite produce makes its summer return. In addition to the traditional walk-through market, some vendors will offer some form of pre-order or online shopping. Each vendor’s plans will vary, so patrons are encouraged to directly contact vendors. Vendors with an online or pre-order plan can be found here: https://www.gcchamber.org/2021-farmers-online-vendors/ This year’s Market sponsors include Mount Carmel Grove City, Beulah Park, Sanderson Automotive Service, Hirth Norris Garrison, Newcomer, Wright Graphic Design, WesBanco, Better Business Bureau-Central Ohio, and Heritage Cycle’s support of bicycle racks.
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Longtime McKnight Group Employee Retires Submitted to us courtesy of The McKnight Group. Dan’s final day with the McKnight Group was April 30. It is with a bittersweet heart that The McKnight Group announces the retirement of one of our longtime employees, and dear friends, Dan Doyle. Dan’s career with The McKnight Group spans over 45 years, during which he’s not only made a lasting impression, but also had a big impact on many lives. He’s held in high respect as Superintendent by his immediate co-workers, as well as Sub – Contractors he’s worked with over the decades. Known as a hard worker, a great friend, and a great teacher, Dan is considered to be one of the cornerstones to the legacy that The McKnight Group has established, and everyone has their share of good memories of their time working with Dan, with many stories to tell! During his tenure with TMG, Dan has accrued a great many accomplishments, and with over 40 projects under his belt he’s leaving behind an impressive legacy. Dan started as a laborer who worked hard and moved his way up to superintendent never leaving hard work or lending a helping hand behind. To Dan, the most rewarding part of his job is to look back on what he’s accomplished, and whom the projects he’s worked on served, and while Dan’s hard work touched the lives of many people across more than 14 states, here locally we may thank him for his work on many projects in Grove City, Central Ohio and many other states. As Dan retires, we all wish him the very best. As a former employee, he will be remembered as a good superintendent, a good man, and a loyal employee. Any company would be blessed to have more employees like Dan Doyle!
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A New Era at Beulah Park is Off to the Races. Beulah Park as a horse racetrack held its last race in May 2014, but Beulah Park Living’s new urbanism community has more than left the starting gates in being a place for Grove City residents to call home. The ribbon was cut for Beulah Place and grand opening celebrations held on May 3, 2021, the date as the final race in 2014, and the first groundbreaking in 2019. (See the timeline for full chronological order of events) New Urbanism The phrase might have the word ‘new’ in it, but the concept behind New Urbanism is anything but new. This approach is based on how neighborhoods, towns, and communities have been built for centuries: close walking proximity between homes, shopping, and public spaces. Sarah Backiewicz, Beulah Park Director, explained how this concept fits into Grove City and more specifically the space that is Beulah Park being a ‘perfect’ fit for this concept. “Mayor Stage had the vision to redevelop the former racetrack into a residential community that would enhance connectivity to existing neighborhoods as well as rejuvenate the historic Town Center,” Sarah explained via email. “The concept of New Urbanism was a logical fit that would allow for emphasis on the central park and open spaces surrounded by diverse residential housing, while including walkable work and commercial supporting facilities.”
the same community,” Sarah said. “It is heartwarming to hear stories of multi-generations of the same family moving and building in Beulah Park.” And, family or not, being a walkable community is sure to inspire and strengthen community connections. Neighbors can bond (important after a year of ‘pandemic living’ where we were encouraged to remain apart) and have those friends-who-becamefamily connections all within walking distance. Town Center businesses can also look forward to growing foot traffic… Growing Businesses
Building a Community
With Beulah Park being a comfortable walk to Town Center, businesses in Town Center can look forward to Beulah Park’s growth translating to their own business potential.
When viewing the master plans for Beulah Park online (click here for that), one quick take-away is, as Sarah previously mentioned, the variety of housing options range from apartments, to larger family homes, to senior living options. One could truly call Beulah park home for years to come.
“The walkability will enhance the vitality of the Town Center and provide a community gem with the Central Park that will be enjoyed by all,” Sarah said.
An entire family across generations could also call Beulah Park home. The idea is for families to have easy access to each other— walk to grandma’s, ride bikes to Auntie’s, and so on. Sarah has already begun to see this type of family movement within Beulah Park. “There are countless memories of multi-generations of families gathering at the racetrack. Now, there is an opportunity to live in 16 | CHAMBER BUSINESS CONNECTION JUNE 2021
Beulah Park loves doing business locally and is eager to share with their new residents and other partners of the many options so close to home and in many cases, literally within walking distance. Sarah also shared with us that many new Beulah Park residents are also new to Central Ohio and Town Center has made for a great first taste of their new town. New residents are excited to have restaurants, shops, and other personal business needs all within walking distance.
FEATURED “For businesses, there is nothing quite like foot traffic.” Preserving History Beulah Park Living has made careful, and appealing, efforts to preserve the history and legacy of Beulah Park the racetrack. The track was a staple not only in the Grove City community landscape, but Central Ohio, and in the hearts of all who gathered.
“The walkability will enhance the vitality of the Town Center and provide a community gem with the Central Park that will be enjoyed by all,”
“Beulah Park Living repurposes the space to continue to serve as a gathering place with the massive central park, and further enhances quality of living and linkages to the surrounding community, especially the Town Center,” Sarah said. Whether viewed in person or photos, details of a horse racing legacy can be spotted throughout. From logos to the new “And They’re Off!” sculpture (official unveiling coming soon), there is no doubt the grounds knew racing. “Emphasis of the history helps to create a sense of place.”
Celebrating Victories After years of work (one which included a pandemic, and perhaps felt longer), it was at last time to celebrate a grand opening and cut the ribbon on the Beulah Place living community. Sarah and countless others put in the hours in their respective fields to complete this leg of the journey. But, when there’s a solid team full of great people, maybe it doesn’t always seem like ‘work’. “The team behind Beulah Park and Beulah Place are hands down some of the finest humans I have had the opportunity to work with during my career.” Sarah also extended her thanks to the many others who have made this project and progress possible, and the many Grove City-area entities who played a role. Looking Ahead There are still exciting developments to come at Beulah Park, which means the race isn’t over yet. Seeing how one upcoming event will be the official unveiling and dedication of the “And They’re Off!” sculpture, perhaps in a sense the race is still to begin as the community grows and the starting gates and stands are filled. But, however you perceive the time, Beulah Park is far from the long shot and is ready for many to join them in their successes in the winner’s circle. Beulah Park is indeed “off to the races”, so if you’d like to keep up with them or just learn more, visit their website: beulahparkliving. com/ Beulah Park can also be found on social media (@ beulahparkliving) on both Facebook and Instagram. They’re active so feel free to follow along and join their conversations!
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Beulah Park Historical Timeline 1923-2014:
Beulah Park was Ohio’s first thoroughbred racetrack and premier event center, offering live horse racing from October through to early May. From 1923-2014, it stood as a historic landmark for Columbus, Grove City and the state of Ohio.
May 3, 2014:
Final day of live horse racing at Beulah Park.
May 3, 2019:
Developers Falco, Smith and Kelley broke ground on the new 220-acre New Urbanism master-planned community (Beulah Park Living).
Groundbreaking ceremony was held at The Courtyards at Beulah Park [An Epcon Community]
The first residents officially moved to Beulah Park. [The Courtyards at Beulah Park]
The first lot at The Paddock was purchased for a custom new build home
The Model Home opened at The Grove at Beulah Park [A Pulte Community]
October 15, 2020:
Grove City and South-Western City Schools District officials took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for Brookpark Middle School. The middle schools will be approximately 120,000 square feet in size and will tentatively be complete for the 2022/23 school year.
Installation began on The Memorial Sculpture (named “And They’re Off”). This significant investment in public art pays homage and honor to the Beulah Park’s storied history.
May 3, 2021:
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Beulah Place
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Grove City Methodist Hospital (Located behind Target) The OhioHealth Grove City Methodist Hospital campus now includes heart and vascular care and primary care from OhioHealth Physician Group. It’s just another way we’re bringing your best health within reach.
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To learn more about the ways OhioHealth cares for Grove City, visit OhioHealth.com/GroveCity.
2021 Taste of Grove City certainly made for four weeks of yum. With each “specialty” having its own week—burgers, pizza, restaurants, and sweets, new customers could eat their way through the Grove City area. Many restaurants reported increased sales, increased in-person dining, sell-outs of select items, and finding their newest loyal fans. But, there was also a competition as the community was encouraged to vote online each week for their favorite of that week’s category. Burger Week brought victory for the Academy Grill and a runner-up award for Blu-Willy’s. The Academy Grill operates out of the SWCSD Career Academy where students learn first-hand how to operate a food establishment. After an anything-but-ordinary school year, it made for a nice reward as their year closes. Runner-up Blu-Willy’s could also find the award as light out of the darkness as in addition to the pandemic, their doors were temporarily closed in 2020 due to fire damage. Pizza Week brought some tough competition in a pizza town with types that could like comparing apples and oranges. But ultimately we recognized two long-standing, local favorites with Grandstand Pizza taking first and Zamarelli’s the runner-up. The local shops have a few other Central Ohio pizza titles under their belts and we’re glad we can add Taste of Grove City to their lists. Restaurant Week brought about all sorts of delicious options and cuisines representing different corners of the world. It was much to take in we ended up with three top finishers! Siam Hibachi took home the top spot while Blu-Willy’s and Mr.SouthernFlava tied for the runner-up position. The grand finale could only be a dessert course as the final week was all about the sweet treats. Capital City Cakes came in first while Mr.SouthernFlava finished runner-up in back-to-back weeks of recognition. Both eateries reported great sales (you can catch them toward the end of this article) and in what shouldn’t be a surprise, have found some new customers who are hooked on their desserts. Whether you were a diner, a restaurant operator, or wore both hats, we hope you found some fun, enjoyment, and business growth from this year’s A Taste of Grove City. It was great to hear community members trying new restaurants and finding new favorites, while restaurants reported some of their best days or weeks in over a year. And while the official Taste of Grove City is over, we hope you’ll continue the spirit all year long in dining and supporting local restaurants so they can keep serving delicious dishes for many years to come.
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Winner’s Corner One way or another, we managed to catch up with quite a few of award winners! Enjoy our photos and a few words from some of them: Zamarelli’s Pizza Palace “Our pepperoni and sausage is always a preferred topping for pizza. Naturally our handmade gnocchi is quite the hot item as well. Taste of Grove City has invited some new customers to try out our restaurant for the first time. We are proud to serve the community of Grove city for 58 years and give back to the community that has given so much to us in all these years. Grove City has the most loyal customers. We are grateful for all their support especially during these trying times for us all.”
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FEATURED Siam Hibachi What were some of your best-sellers during Taste of Grove City? They are hibachi entrees and curry on Thai cuisine dishes What kind of business boost has Taste of Grove City provided? We have a lot of new people who never tried us before stopping by and try us out in restaurants week. So we gained more new people. What makes you proud to be a restaurant in the Grove City area? Very nice area and very good community that people always help and support local businesses. Mr.SouthernFlava What were some of your best-sellers during Taste of Grove City? During main dish week our biggest seller was our smoked ribs and shrimp po’boy. The fish was also a popular dish during main dish week. During dessert week both our variety of cheesecake and banana pudding were best sellers. We started selling cheesecake for Taste of Grove City dessert week. It went so well we are keeping it on our menu. What kind of business boost has Taste of Grove City provided? We just hit our 6 month mark of being open so Taste of Grove City brought in new customers that were not aware of MrSouthernflava-A taste of the South.
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What makes you proud to be a restaurant in the Grove City area? I am proud to be a restaurant in Grove City because of the amount of support we receive from the community. Since we are a new restaurant we have had growing pains and our customers have been very patient with us when we needed it. Also, I have to mention that the Grove City community came through during our rough times by tipping the staff for doing curbside pick-up. That has helped our staff tremendously. Capital City Cakes What were some of your best-sellers during Taste of Grove City? Best sellers- Our Brownies- Buttercream, Fudge, Cookies-n-Cream, Peanut Butter Buckeye, German Chocolate and Turtle. Also, Cake Slices and Cake in a Cup, all flavors. Cupcakes - All flavors. Cookies - All Flavors. What kind of business boost has Taste of Grove City provided? We have had customers waiting to get in the store, with lines out the door. We haven’t seen that since before Covid! HALLELUJAH!!! What makes you proud to be a restaurant in the Grove City area? Serving these amazing families and other businesses and being the sweetest part of their celebrations. Our customers have said, “IT’S NOT A PARTY UNLESS THERE’S A CAPITAL CITY CAKES CAKE ON THE TABLE!” We love being a part of our communities’ celebrations, birthdays, weddings, baby reveals, anniversaries, etc. We get to go to all of their parties, even if we are not attending in person, our cakes are there making them smile.
No matter what kind of health care you need, receiving that care with empathy and compassion is essential to your recovery. That’s why we have nurses like James. He doesn’t provide deeply personal care because it’s his job. He does it because it’s who he is and what he was called to do. It’s his specialty.
BECAUSE COMPASSIONATE CARE IS MY SPECIALTY.
A Member of Trinity Health
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Summer Success Tips: Recharge and press ‘Play’
Sometimes… our gadgets have it made. Sure our smart phones might get dropped in unfortunate places, tablets have sticky fingerprints from kids, and our laptops receive daily replacement threats. But to recharge them we just plug them in to the nearest outlet or USB port. But as humans, it’s not that easy to recharge ourselves mind, body, and soul… and then personal lives and professional lives. We’re a little complicated sometimes which is why we’ve brought together a collection of other articles by other professionals in this field. Consider us your tour guides in this. There are countless paths to take, but for a summer fun theme we’ve chosen the path that is recharging your professional life through recreation, play, and even that magical word “vacation”. Stop #1: Play and Mental Health When was the last time you stopped and played or did something fun? Last night? Last weekend? Can’t remember? As the ‘Day 4’ content of this Well+Good article discusses, play and recreation play a vital role in our well-being and can lead to new growth and discovery. Sometimes our best ideas can even come to us when we’ve relaxed and are in a mindset of play or enjoyment. From the interviewee in this portion of the article: “I have ‘aha moments’ that in some cases contribute to problem-solving or shaping my work in some meaningful way. Rather than creating a punitive model of work only and no play, integrate recreation into your daily routine.” For those who will fully engage with this stop by reading the article, we worked only with ‘Day 4’ content though the rest could be beneficial as well. Day 4 content includes two other articles supporting the notion of making time for recreation, and how we may have some lost play time to make up because of pandemic schedule shifts last year. Read full article at https://www.wellandgood.com/how-tomake-your-mental-health-better/ Stop #2: Embrace Vacation and Recreation If the lack of a break makes us less productive, what can make it worse? According to this article, daydreaming about your vacation (that you may or may not take) just piles on. At this point, you can fight it, or embrace it. Similar to the previous stop/article, this article also embraces the point that employees who venture out on vacation or adequate breaks in the action will also return more energized. In the article, there is a link to a full study detailing these findings, but a key take-home quote from an interviewee: “Productivity, creativity and bringing new ideas forward [don’t come from] the person who’s working crazy hours. It’s someone who’s getting outside of their day-to-day.” The great news is if the goal is to break up the day-to-day more often, that can be accomplished without constant five-star vacations (although still not a bad idea, and the travel industry would love to have you!). Trying new activities with family, friends, or even co-workers can break that ‘daily grind’ rut and Grove City and Central Ohio has some great places for doing such. At the end of this, we’ll include some members who specialize in fun, recreation, and breaking your daily grind. Read full article at https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/ employee-relations/pages/summer-productivity-.aspx
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Stop #3: Handle the Burnout The past year-and-some-change has had many workers and business owners burning the candle from both ends in addition to any ‘usual’ burnout. We’re now halfway into 2021, but have we recovered ourselves—minds, bodies, souls, from 2020? This article covers some heavy-hitting statistics, from the percent of employees who would describe themselves as ‘burnt out’ (spoiler alert: Close to three-fourths!), to employees considering quitting their job due to burn out (spoiler alert: about a quarter). But despite the numbers, there are tools for handling burnout… though it mostly comes back to this (article’s words and we echo them): “Taking time off is key for employee well-being”. Like before, time off may look like an exciting vacation as many places reopen and ease travel restrictions. Or, it could be a staycation in which local businesses would love to host you. Read full article at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-taking-time-offcritical-address-employee-burnout-dan-schawbel/
Stop #5: Recharge in the Heart of it All Hopefully Stops 1-4 provided some food for thought on the importance of you and your employees taking time off and recharging through recreation. We’re using Stop 5 to share how Chamber member businesses can help you accomplish these rest, recreate, and recharge goals. Below are a few lists of members/ industries that came to mind, but we encourage you to use the Directory to browse beyond our lists: https://business.gcchamber. org/list Travel Agents 72Travel Compass Travel Agency RCW Vacations
Stop #4: Actually taking the Time Did we lose our ‘vacation culture’ in the pandemic? Or, did we ever have one? Maybe it’s time we re-discover or create it. Many of us are ready to dream, or are already dreaming, about our next great getaway. But what’s stopping us? Before everyone launches into a vacation culture frenzy, make sure there are plans in place so that the business back home keeps operating smoothly. Some probably already have policies in place that run like clockwork. Others may need to craft some policies, in which this article also covers. One final takeaway from this article is that our words matter. Negative time-off talk, or even the well-intended “I don’t know how we function without you” can be taken as a reason to not take time off. Read full article at https://www.gobankingrates.com/money/ jobs/how-to-transition-back-to-a-vacation-culture-in-the-postcovid-workplace/
Activities/Entertainment/Recreation Darby Creek Fields and Flowers Eldorado Scioto Downs Hickory Hills Golf Club Kickmaster LVL UP Sports Pinnacle Golf Club Putt n’ Play Family Fun Center The Rollhouse Skate America Trapper John’s Canoeing Hotels (Use this link to learn more, view their websites and even deals: https://business.gcchamber.org/list/ql/lodging-travel-15?o=alpha) Best Western Executive Inn (Jackpot Rd., Grove City) Candlewood Suites (Jackpot Rd., Grove City) Comfort Inn South (Marlane Dr., Grove City) Comfort Suites (Gantz Rd., Grove City) Courtyard by Marriott (Buckeye Place, Grove City) Drury Inn & Suites (Parkway Centre Dr., Grove City) Hampton Inn & Suite Scioto Downs (Scioto Downs) Hilton Garden Inn (Jackpot Rd., Grove City) Home2Suites and Tru by Hilton (Buckeye Pl., Grove City) La Quinta Inn (Jackpot Rd., Grove City) Quality Inn (Stringtown Rd., Grove City) Travelodge (Marlane Dr., Grove City) Woodspring Suites (Centerpoint Dr., Urbancrest) Grove City Ohio Parks & Recreation: https://www.grovecityohio.gov/parks-and-recreation/ CHAMBER BUSINESS CONNECTION JUNE 2021 | 25
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In this Summer issue we look at all the yummy foods The Taste of Grove City brought us for the month, we congratulate the recipients of the...
Published on May 28, 2021
In this Summer issue we look at all the yummy foods The Taste of Grove City brought us for the month, we congratulate the recipients of the...