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AREA MAGAZINE & COMMUNITY GUIDE This is an Image Builders Marketing, Inc.™ Trademark Publication Created and produced for the City of Medina. CITY OF MEDINA Dennis Hanwell, Mayor 132 North Elmwood Medina, Ohio 44256 330-725-8861 Copyright ©2019, All rights reserved. Image Builders Marketing, Inc. 440-346-4482





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THIS PAGE (top): Pansies fill the flowerbeds on Medina Square in the spring with our beautiful gazebo providing a lovely gathering place for residents.


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From the Mayor

Welcome to the 2019 Medina Magazine!

It is our pleasure to present you with the 12th annual Medina Area Magazine and Community Guide. It is an exciting time in Medina as we have just completed our Bicentennial celebration. We are now beginning a yearlong salute to Medina being recognized as one of “Ohio’s Best Hometowns” by Ohio Magazine. This magazine is brought to you free-of-charge as a result of many generous sponsorships from local businesses and organizations throughout our fine community. In turn, please support these local businesses. Medina continues to be a very special place to live, work, and visit. The activities, shopping, and Mayor Dennis Hanwell various eateries in our downtown draw visitors from near and far. We are blessed with numerous cultural activities and events throughout the year on our Public Square. The surrounding historic buildings help to create a family environment that is enjoyed by all. We are additionally blessed with excellent schools, parks and recreational activities, the Medina County Library, and health facilities all of which enhance and improve the quality of life for our residents, workers and visitors. We are pleased to see the two-year North Court Street construction and beautification project draw to a close. Projects such as this help us to draw new businesses to Medina. The expansion of the Main Street Medina District and a new


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Community Revitalization District will also help to attract redevelopment such as the Raymond Building and the restoration of the historic Farmers Exchange. Our success has been due in large part to our positive customer service model in all our city services and our search for perpetual improvement in all we do. We are thankful for all the positive growth Medina has experienced over the years, and we look to continue to improve in our service to the Medina community. If you have any questions or we may assist you in any way, please contact us at Medina City Hall. We look forward to serving you. For more information, please visit our website at Sincerely, Dennis Hanwell Mayor

City Overview The City of Medina:

A Culture of Caring By Ken McEntee

As alarmed Americans focused on televised reports of an explosion at the Pentagon, United Airlines Flight 93 banked leftward over Medina County, navigating an unscheduled U-turn back east toward Shanksville, Pa. Passengers of that doomed airplane, one of four flown in the September 11, 2001 attack on America, have been immortalized, along with others who perished that day, in a new monument appropriately erected adjacent to Medina’s Fire Station No. 1. The Medina 9/11 Memorial, dedicated on July 28, 2018, features a nine-foot section of a steel I-beam from the World Trade Center’s fallen Twin Towers. The project, says Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell, was conceived almost 10 years ago by Medina Rotarian Bill Cohen and former Mayor Jane Leaver, both whom have since passed on. “Bill had found out from some associates in New York that pieces of the Twin Towers were available for entities to acquire for free if they could provide the transportation,” Hanwell says. The infamous section of American history was stored at Standard Welding and Steel Products for years while the city and the Rotary Club of Medina searched for a site on which to erect the memorial. The memorial includes a scale outline of the Twin Towers, a pavilion, a list of Flight 93 passengers and displays that recall the story of the flight and the 9/11 attacks. “The horseshoe shaped sidewalk is symbolic of the flight’s U-turn over Medina County,” Hanwell explains. “Because a number of firefighters were lost on 9/11, this seems to be the right place for this. The city and the Rotary feel that this

FOR WHICH IT STANDS: Those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 will never be forgotten.

event was so significant for our country, and we’re concerned that if we don’t continue to pass this information along to future generations, then sooner or later it’s going to be forgotten.” It may be the most moving and thought-provoking addition to Medina’s landscape in 2018, but the 9/11 Memorial is hardly the only new thing in the town that is still best known for its quaint, old fashioned Public Square and the historical Downtown district that surrounds it.

Business Friendly “Development and redevelopment is going strong in Medina,” says Kimberly Marshall, the city’s economic development director, who identifies more than 25 local


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businesses that have opened or expanded during the first nine months of the year. “We had more than $116 million invested in commercial and industrial expansion and new businesses in 2017,” Hanwell says. “And we thought we were doing very well in 2016, when we had $37 million in business investments. The investment in 2017 resulted in close to 500 new jobs.” One thing that keeps business owners and operators interested in Medina, Hanwell and Marshall agree, is the city’s practical approach to helping businesses to succeed. “Whether it’s collaboration and cooperation within the city Kimberly Marshall, Medina Economic government or working with other Development Director businesses and organizations, we do business a little different from a lot of other cities,” the mayor says. For example, he says, “When a local business wants

CLOTHES CALL: When the North Court Street reconstruction project took the frontage that served North Court Laundry, Joe and Sue Paoletta began the search for a new location. After considering several sites, they finally decided to relocate the laundry to 739 West Liberty Street. Still calling it North Court Laundry, friends and family joined city officials for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the new full-service laundry facility that even includes a dog washing station.

to meet with us about an expansion or another matter, instead of expecting them to pack everybody in a car and come to us, we’re happy to take our team to them. Going out to their facility is a lot more convenient for them.

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We do whatever we can to keep construction projects on schedule, even if it means doing an inspection after hours or on a weekend. Sometimes companies have a specific window of time to get a project completed so it won’t interfere with their normal production schedule. We do whatever we can to help them meet that time frame. I think cooperating with people makes a world of difference.” That philosophy, Hanwell said, helped to keep Carlisle Brake & Friction in town, along with a 158,000 square foot expansion that resulted in as many as 70 new jobs and $3 million in annual payroll. “We were competing with locations in Oklahoma and Indiana,” he recalls. “They asked me what makes Medina different.” Part of the answer involved the city’s rail line. Through a consortium, local businesses that use the line contribute an annual maintenance fee. Recognizing that the consortium had more than enough funds to cover repairs for at least a year or two, the city waived the annual fee of $17,500 for 2018 and 2019. “I asked them whether any other government ever said they had enough money and gave something back,” Hanwell says. “They said, ‘You’re right. Nobody has ever done anything like that.’” Hanwell adds that the city also offers attractive tax incentives on top of having one of the lowest municipal income tax rates in Ohio, at 1.25%. “A lot of cities raised their local tax rates after the state reduced its local government funding,” he said. “We held ours steady and so far, we’ve been able to manage with it.

GRILLIN' AGAIN!!: When Dan's Dogs suddenly closed in late May, 2018, the 27-year-old diner at 111 West Liberty Street, made a welcome comeback when it reopened under new ownership on July 6.


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If we can hold on through 2021 and 2022, when bond payments for our recreation center and a water line from Avon Lake drop off the books, we’re going to be in very good shape.”

Old and New Two other major industrial projects in progress also will utilize the city’s rail line, Marshall says. One is a new half-million square foot facility being constructed by Ravago Americas LLC on land recently annexed to the city near Lake and West Smith roads. The subsidiary of a Belgian company, Ravago Americas distributes plastic resins, Marshall said. The $45 million facility is scheduled to open in 2019. Spray Products Corp., a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer


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of aerosol and liquid consumer products, purchased the former Valspar Corp. plant on Lake Road. Meanwhile, the Farmers Exchange, one of the city’s most recognizable and historical structures, is soon expected to undergo a complete restoration into a residential, retail and restaurant complex, Marshall said. “The Farmer’s Exchange was actually the economic engine of Medina back when it was a farming community,” she said. “Unfortunately, the building fell into a bad condition over the years and wasn’t safe.” Hanwell said there is a large demand for apartments within a walkable distance to Public Square. The Square and the Downtown area drew a variety of new businesses in 2018, Marshall said, while the retail district surrounding the newly widened Route 42 also has been active. The bulk of the project was completed this past November.

IT WAS A LONG SUMMER: The newly widened Route 42 has just been completed and will welcome residents and vistors to the city with center islands with flower pots and decorative canopy lights.

“We wanted to make it more of a boulevard,” Hanwell said. “We put center islands with flower pots and decorative canopy lights. It’s going to be a very nice entrance as people are approaching the Square.”

Health Services A major development for 2019 and beyond, the mayor hopes, will be the return of maternity services to Medina. In 2017, the Cleveland Clinic closed the maternity facility at its Medina Hospital. Following a September change in state law that allows publicly-owned MetroHealth System to operate outside of Cuyahoga County, the mayor said he is working with that organization to open a maternity facility — and possibly other services in Medina. “It isn’t good for our residents to have to go all the way to Akron or Fairview Park for birthing services,” Hanwell says. “We talked with other hospital systems in the region to bring maternity services back to Medina, but were turned down by all of them. We’re continuing to talk with MetroHealth, and I believe there is a strong possibility that they are going to come to our area. I think competition is a good thing, so if MetroHealth wants to come here and open an entire array of services, the city will support them.”

Best Hometown Recently, Marshall says, the city learned that it has been selected as one of the five best hometowns in the state for 2018-2019 by Ohio Magazine. The designated towns were evaluated for community spirit, education, entertainment, health and safety, business environment and culture and heritage, the magazine said.


Made in Medina Made in Medina County Provides Information on High Quality Career Opportunities

celebrating 150 years City of Medina 1/2V page Made in Medina

Made in Medina County’s mission is to raise awareness and educate residents, students and businesses as to the economic importance and career opportunities of our manufacturing industry. Now entering its fifth year, Made in Medina County (MiMC) continues to grow and provide a venue featuring Medina County manufacturers and a world renowned speak- Mayor Dennis Hanwell makes er. Under the leadership of decorative liturgical candle molds Kimberly Marshall, Economic at Medina’s oldest manufacturer, Root Candles, under the watchful Development Director for the eyes of Root Candle President Brad City of Medina and Medina Root and the Medina Bee. Root Candles is celebrating its 150th County Economic Developanniversary. ment Corporation Executive Director Bethany Dentler, a committee made up of the county’s major cities, chambers of commerce, local Ohio Means Jobs representatives, all high school and Career Center officials, Leadership Medina County and representatives from the manufacturing sector meet regularly to produce the day-long Expo every other year and a Made in Medina County Day that provides tours of Medina County manufacturers on the off years of the expo. The 2015 Expo speaker was Thomas Frey, renowned Futurist, and in 2017 the keynote speaker was from one

During a tour of awarding-winning Medina company Fire-Dex, Councilman Paul Rose examines fire retardant fabric used to make the H41 Interceptor Particulate Blocking Hood that protects firemen from potentially carcinogenic particles.


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of most successful business ventures in our nation, The Walt Disney Corporation. Circle your calendar for Friday, October 4, 2019 and the next MiMC Expo featuring John Ratzenberger. An Emmy-nominated actor, screenwriter, director, producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, and the only actor to voice a character in every Pixar film, Ratzenberger traveled throughout the country visiting factory towns on the Travel Channel show John Ratzenberger’s Made in America. John created “Nuts Bolts and Thingamajigs”, a foundation that creates and funds manufacturing summer camps and scholarships nationwide to inspire the next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs. In 2017, he was appointed to the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. Tickets to hear Mr. Ratzenberger will go on sale in the summer, but the manufacturing expo is free to the public. Medina is extremely proud of its manufacturing and business sectors that provide high quality jobs for its residents. A great place to work and live are just two of the categories that have earned the City of Medina the Ohio Magazine’s distinction of being one of Ohio’s five “Best Hometowns” for 2019. Please join us in celebrating all that makes Medina a great hometown!

Spray Products is Thrilled to Join the Medina Business Community! Spray Products is a leading manufacturer of aerosol and liquid consumer products for a variety of companies including those in the automotive, institutional, and industrial fields. After initiating our search for a new manufacturing and distribution facility, we were overwhelmed by the resources that Medina offers and the enthusiasm of the regional economic development organizations that supported our opening. We look forward to learning more about this vibrant business community and how we can support Medina’s continued growth. Get to Know Spray: • Founded in 1958 by the father of current President Bart Bastian. • Services all phases of production from research/development and formulation, through manufacturing, packaging, and distribution. • Corporate office located in Conshohocken PA, manufacturing facilities located in Medina, OH and Plymouth Meeting, PA and distribution warehouses located in California, Pennsylvania and Ohio. And Spray Products is Hiring! Learn more at their website, – click on the Careers link.

ABC Supply Medina caters to the professional builder and contractor, delivering the products and expert service that make it easier for them to grow their businesses. We specialize in steep-slope roofing, siding, windows, entry doors and gutters and stock the brands you trust, including Owens Corning, GAF, CertainTeed, TAMKO, Simonton, Vinylmax, Atrium, Pella, Anderson and Therma-Tru. We offer covered ground drops, rooftop deliveries and two-man roof loads. Contact an ABC Supply representative to discuss your next project.

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Made in Medina

Sandridge Food Corporation Sandridge Food Corporation manufactures fresh, slow-cooked entrees, side dishes, deli salads, soups, sauces and dips for the foodservice and retail sectors across the nation. We are built on a foundation of core values, hard work and


Ohio’s Hometown Favorite! proudly made in medina


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forward thinking — the result of an evolutionary process that originated in the 1960s when Vincent R. Sandridge set out to start his own fresh refrigerated food company in Medina, Ohio. Since its inception, Sandridge has grown to be a recognized leader in taste, technology and food safety in the North American refrigerated foods industry. Our HPP technology, sous vide technology, and European style kettle cooking technology make us a leader in fresh chilled foods. Many of our neighbors are familiar with our long-standing Grandma’s Original Recipe® Deli Salads, which can be found in supermarket deli departments throughout northeast Ohio. We are pleased to be able to help you enjoy family gatherings. We are honored to recently have been awarded the 2018 Medina County Business Award, and participate in several community associations, including Feeding Medina County. We are proud to be members of the Medina Community for over 50 years.

Chamber of Commerce The Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce The Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce is

passionate about helping business grow. Through a focus on business advocacy, education and member services, the chamber works daily to promote, engage, connect and develop business in our region. The Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of events that fill our annual calendar. From regular networking to special meetings for business advocacy, the opportunities to connect, learn and grow appear endless. This year, the Chamber was honored to host our Jaclyn Ringstmeier, Hall of Fame ceremony. This featured Executive Director event only happens every 3-5 years. The Hall of Fame is designed to honor those that have provided outstanding service to the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce by furthering its goals and having provided outstanding service to the growth and progress of the business community. The 2018 class joined a distinguished and special group of people that have made an indelible mark on the Medina Community. The Greater Medina Chamber is strong because of our outstanding and dedicated members and this wonderful community that we call home. We welcome new members, ideas and solutions. For more information on how to become a part of this remarkable organization, please visit our website at

Proud to call Medina home since 1947.

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GREAT FOR BUSINESS: 2018 honorees (R to L) Tad Coleman, Bill Bittner, Gary Hallman, George Paidas, Barbara Dzur, & Lloyd Vaughn.



About the Medina City Schools

Claggett Middle School Student Leaders

The Medina City School District encompasses

approximately 52 square miles, including the City of Medina, Medina and Montville Townships and a portion

The University of Akron Medina

Start College & Save Money! The University of Akron Medina offers affordable credit courses, workforce development courses and customized training to help students and area businesses achieve their goals. Student Success is very important to us! UA Medina provides many services to help students success, including: • Academic Advising • Accessibility • Career Services

• Financial Aid/Scholarships • Tutoring • Veterans Services

To learn more, schedule a personal campus visit today!

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of Lafayette Township. The District’s current enrollment is approximately 6,800 students. Facilities include seven elementary schools: Eliza Northrop Elementary, Ella Canavan Elementary, Garfield Elementary, Aaron Sable, Heritage Elementary, H.G. Blake Superintendent Elementary, Ralph E. Waite Elementary and Sidney Fenn Elementary; two middle schools: A.I. Root Middle School and Claggett Middle School; and Medina High School. The dedicated staff of Medina City Schools works hard every day to provide our students with the opportunity to achieve success. The District’s mission statement is: The Medina City School District prepares students for an everchanging future by: ● Providing a student-centered learning environment to help students reach their maximum potential ● Instilling in them an enthusiasm for life-long learning ● Engaging in collaborative partnerships with our families, community and world Because of this mission, our students continue to excel in academics, athletics and the arts. Our teachers are on the cutting edge of using instructional methods that extend student learning both in the classroom and beyond through the use of technology and inquiry-based learning at all grade levels. These provide for the most optimal educational experience for our students and are keys to our success. During the 2016-2017 school year, the District worked

to complete a 5-Year Strategic Plan which was launched in June of 2017. This plan is the road map for the District as we continue to move Medina City Schools forward. The process included members of the community, staff, students and parents where feedback was collected and reviewed by committees in each focus area ultimately helping administration develop the plan. Throughout the 2017-2018 year, the City of Medina, Medina County and the Medina City Schools celebrated their Bicentennial Anniversary. The kick-off of the yearlong celebration began with the 2017 Candlelight Walk and ran throughout the year, commencing at the Annual Candlelight Walk this past November. October 2018 was the month of celebration for Medina City Schools. There were many events that lead up to the month involving staff, students, parents and other community members. It

THE RIGHT NOTES: the Medina Musical Bees perform during football games.

was a great opportunity for us to recognize and celebrate the longevity of our school district. The Medina City School District takes great pride in contributing to the overall health and vitality of the community and believes that strong schools make for a strong community. For more information about the Medina City Schools or to view the current 5-Year Strategic Plan, please visit the district website at Proud to Be a Medina Bee!

St. Francis Xavier Catholic School

St. Francis Xavier School

Students study, release butterflies St. Francis Xavier School incorporates faith education while building learners in a strong foundation of science, technology, religion, engineering, the arts and math. This fall, students applied those principles by studying the lifecycle of butterflies and learning respect for creation. With the opening of the school’s new X-STREAM Launch Lab, parent Mickie Getz brought monarch butterfly eggs into a space where students could monitor their progress. Kindergartners got to release 12 newly hatched butterflies. Using Launch Lab resources, students programmed robots to tell the four stages of a butterfly’s lifecycle, and engaged in a schoolwide butterfly art project. Students leading the daily broadcast show read updates and aired a live release of the last butterfly. For more information about St. Francis Xavier School, visit www. or call 330-725-4968.


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Cuyahoga Community College’s (Tri-C®) Brunswick

University Center offers affordable higher education to Medina County residents. Located next to Brunswick High School and the recreation center, Brunswick University Center (BUC) is easily accessible from I-71 and Route 303. Students can enroll in courses and complete their transferrable associate degree by attending day, As an extension of Tri-C’s evening and online classes. Western Campus in Parma, BUC offers support services to new Program offerings also students to guide them through include college coursework their academic journey: for high school students • Admissions, Registration and (College Credit Plus), Enrollment Services/Counseling workforce training in the • Financial Aid and Scholarships manufacturing trades, and • Transfer Center Services career and professional • Career Services development classes in • Admissions Testing • Tutoring payroll certification, ISO, • Computer Lab Lean Six Sigma and Quality • College Credit Plus Advising as well as a Frontline • Veteran’s Benefit Services Manager certificate Hours for these services and the program. latest course schedule can be In addition, Franklin found at University and Tiffin under “Hours of Operation.” University courses are Walk-ins are welcomed, but appointments with counselors are offered on site. These local preferred. Call 216-987-3997 to partnerships allow students schedule an appointment today. to move seamlessly from community college classes into four-year university coursework while staying close to home. Students can complete bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice – Justice Administration; Business Administration and Management & Leadership; and Accounting and Forensic Accounting. Appointments can be made with university representatives during their office hours at the center. For more information, visit

START NOW! Learn what you need Earn what you deserve Save more than you think • 216-987-3997 Brunswick University Center | 3605 Center Road | Brunswick, Ohio 44212 18-1326

Medina Business & Community Leaders

Profiling some of Medina’s most recognizable faces FIRST ROW, (left to right, seated): Donna Casey, Director of Marketing, Altenheim Senior Living; Lisa Puto, Owner, Crossroads Financial; Jeff & Jill Risner, Owners, The Echelon of Medina; Ralph (Gene) Tolliver, Founder and Linda Ankney, Owner & Vice President, Gene’s Refrigeration. SECOND ROW: Evangelene Brown, Owner, Salon Evangelene; Janet Gommel, Howard Hanna; John Hausman, Community Relations Liaison, Cuyahoga Community College; Kimberly Marshall, Economic Development Director, City of Medina; Dennis Hanwell, Mayor, City of Medina; Dr. Kate Cartwright, Owner, and Dr. Karry Rogus, South Court Dental; Sifu Kamille Louis, Owner, Combat CFMA; Sheri Smith, Manager, PSE Credit Union. THIRD ROW: Dr. Sal Frangiamore, Summa Health Center; Don Green and Steven Walbolt, Owner, MDG Flooring America; Sarah Eisenmann,


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General Manager, Gerber Collision & Glass; Dr. Thomas Chi, Ohio Eye Care Consultants; Jaclyn Ringstmeier, Executive Director, Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce; Teresa Rodgers, Owner, Encore Nail Studio; Dr. Alex Mellion, Owner, Mellion Orthodontics. FOURTH ROW: Chuck Steward, General Manager, Medina Auto Mall; Brad Root, Owner, Root Candles; Mark Herwick, President & Brandon Rapp, Owner & CEO, Homestead Insurance; Aaron Sable, Superintendent, Medina City Schools. Missing from Photo: Dr. Charles Pfister, Pfister Orthodontics; Sam Livingston, Marathon Group. Cover Photo Location: The Echelon of Medina, 635 North Huntington Dr., Medina. Photographer: Andrea Bartel, Beverly David Photography.


omfort, care and community are hallmarks of the Echelon of Medina Senior Living Experience. A unique Senior Living Community that is close to the heart of historic Medina, The Echelon caters to the evolving needs of older adults. Opening in the Fall of 2018, The Echelon is set on changing the common conception of aging, instead believing that aging is something to aspire to. By design, The Echelon does not compromise. It will be the first of its kind to combine the best of the health and hospitality fields and include both a 90-suite independent living community and a 98-suite assisted living/ secure memory and specialty care community all within walking distance. Seniors will be able to “age in place� without having to worry about leaving the community because their needs become too great. Seamless continuity, from independent living to assisted living provides familiar comfort and minimal discomforts to the residents. Luxury amenities at the Echelon of Medina include an oldfashioned English pub, a Himalayan salt massage room, a therapeutic pool, a lush green plant wall and a pet friendly bark park. Concierge services will be available for transportation within the local Medina area and to appointments as necessary. Through this abundance of amenities and personalized services, residents will experience a higher quality of life.

Physician oversight in a Wellness Center, in addition to proprietary technology to enhance the level of personalized physical and medical oversight, directed by a nurse practitioner, will be available. Monitoring systems will be in place within both buildings to allow the clinical team to react quickly to medical emergencies throughout the entire campus. The Echelon of Medina will lead the way in providing healthy, home-cooked, organic meals that are as clean, healthy and whole as possible. Fresh fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef and pastureraised, free-range chicken are all locally sourced. Same address, high quality cuisine, thoughtful environment and personalized care are abundant at The Echelon of Medina. Elegance, Excellence, Enrichment, Encouragement and Enjoyment are all present at The ECHELON OF MEDINA each and every day.

Jeff & Jill Risner, Owners

For more information on The Echelon of Medina please call us at 330-591-2777, visit or stop by 635 North Huntington Street, Medina 44256 for a tour!


COMBAT CFMA Center of Functional Martial Arts

• Martial Arts for Adults • Martial Arts for Kids • Women’s Self-Defense • Tai Chi - Qi Gong • Law Enforcement Training COMBAT CFMA is a dynamic martial arts school located on Public Square in Medina. Students receive top quality martial arts training. Programs are available for people of all ages regardless of experience. The focus is on empowering people with effective combat and practical self-defense skills as well as helping them improve their health and fitness level. EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE “Real Martial Arts for Real Life” “We are not a belt factory, tournament school, nor an exhibition art”, says Sifu Kamille Louis. “In today’s environment many people come to us because they want to learn how to protect themselves and their family if they encounter a real life confrontation. Our Jeet Kune Do, Kali Combat, and Jiu Jitsu are for real. Our system is comprehensive, functional, and practical. We teach a true combat art in a safe controlled environment while having fun.” SIFU KAMILLE LOUIS “Owner & Head Instructor” Sifu Louis is a Grand Master with over 35 years of martial arts experience. He is certified in 10 different arts including JKD, Filipino Kali, Arnis, Silat, FMA, Wing Chun, San Shou, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Jiu Jitsu. A certified instructor under world renowned Guro Dan Inosanto, Bruce Lee’s long time student and friend, Sifu Louis continues to train and pass the knowledge to all of his students.

No Contracts! No Hidden Fees!

Sifu Kamille Louis

TEAM LOUIS “Benefits of Being a Part of Team Louis” • Self-Defense • Fitness • Health • Confidence • Discipline • Focus • Respect • Leadership • Social Skills • Fun • Friends

Stop in to observe or try a free class! Visit our Website! Check us out on Facebook and YouTube! • Phone: 216-410-7475 60 Public Square, Lower Level • Medina, OH 20

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Ralph (Gene) Tolliver, founder of Gene’s Refrigeration, was born and raised in Naoma, WV. He worked cutting timber in exchange for a ride to Cleveland and left home at the age of 17 with only $10.00 that his father gave him. By stating he was 18 instead of 17, he successfully landed a job at GM and often held at least two jobs. During one of his second jobs (at Parma Community Hospital) he decided to study heating and cooling. After completing the mailorder courses, he purchased a pickup truck with a ladder rack and started working on refrigeration units in bars in Brunswick. Gene developed many suggestions for the GM plant. The first being eliminating the 300 window air conditioner units and replacing them with two 200-ton rooftop units…both of which are still functioning at the GM plant to this day.

Carrier and Gene’s Refrigeration is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer to this day, having earned the Carrier President’s Award in 2017 and 2018. The President’s Award is Carrier’s highest dealer honor that recognizes dealers who exemplify leadership and management, customer satisfaction, expertise, business growth and operational excellence. Some things will never change, however. You can still reach Gene’s at the same number from 1959…330-225-6650 and Gene has instilled his values into every one of his employees. They currently employ about 30-40 service technicians, installers, and office staff. As they prepare to celebrate their 60th “Diamond” Anniversary, they are excited for continued growth, providing the absolute best customer service, involvement with local communities and the virtues that Gene has put in place.

In 1959, Gene officially started Gene’s Refrigeration out of his home in Brunswick, OH and by 1961, he hired his first employee. The company and his family continued to grow and in 1975, he relocated his family to a house on Norwalk Road in Medina. By 1985, Gene had to build another building to house the business, and chose to build on his property right next to the house, which is the current location. Since then, the building has had two additional add-ons to accommodate the growth of the business. One of the additions houses their in-house duct line so that they can custom fabricate the duct work in each home. In 2010, Gene transferred ownership of the business to two of his four children, Keith Tolliver and Linda (Tolliver) Ankney. Over the years, the business has continued to grow and evolve. They now offer heating, cooling, plumbing and electric repairs as well as installations and new construction. In 1984, Gene partnered with

L to R: Ralph (Gene) Tolliver, Founder; Linda Ankney, Owner & Vice President; Keith Tolliver, Owner & President.

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At South Court Dental, you will find state-of-the-art dentistry in the comfort of a family practice. Offering a wide variety of general dental services, this team has the ability to meet the needs of your entire family.


Get to Know South Court Dental General Dentistry and Orthodontic Services for the Entire Family Get to know South Court Dental, a team of experienced dental practitioners who will treat you like family. This staff of eight women, led by general dentists Dr. Kate Cartwright and Dr. Karry Rogus, values high-quality, reliable dentistry. They treat children and adults at South Court Dental, and offer a variety of services, including orthodontics. “We are privileged to care for so many families in Medina,” says Dr. Cartwright. “Earning and keeping their trust means everything to us.”

Dr. Kate Cartwright, owner, and Dr. Karry Rogus

South Court Dental is located one mile south of the Medina square on South Court Street. To schedule your appointment call 330-725-0581 or visit


Sam Livingston and Marathon Group Powered by eXp Realty


oining the Marine Corps at 17 years old, Sam entered adulthood in an environment forged in discipline and perseverance. He built upon that foundation and soon realized that the skills he acquired in the military fostered an entrepreneurial spirit that translates perfectly into his career as a full time RealtorÂŽ at eXp Realty. Sam left the active duty Marine Corps in 1997 and joined the reserves. He has deployed several times domestically and to Afghanistan and Iraq before fully retiring from service in 2013. While a reservist he spent 17 years as career firefighter and Paramedic for the City of Cleveland and became a Realtor in 2006. He resigned from Cleveland Fire to fully enjoy his real estate business. He has lived in Medina for the past 9 years raising his three sons with his wife, Christine.

some of the most innovative tools being used in real estate today. This complements his personal approach in each transaction and attracts the perfect client for Sam. As the leading national, cloud-based real estate brokerage, eXp Realty provides 24/7 access to collaborative tools, training and socialization in a virtual campus environment. It is one of the fastest growing real estate brokerage firms in North America. As a public traded company, eXp World Holdings uniquely offers real estate professionals within its ranks opportunities to earn company stock for production and contributions to overall company growth.

Sam has been a Realtor for more than 12 years and for 8 of those years he was chasing deals, transactions and the next big thing in real estate on one of the largest teams in Ohio. Even though there was much success with that process, Sam found it extremely unfulfilling. He felt that there was a shift in the focus of the team. What once was taking care of the client transformed to building the status of the team and worrying about rankings. There was no passion and the personal connections were no longer personal. He wanted success beyond the team numbers and statistics...he wanted to build a business based on relationships rather than transactions. Sam has found that his Medina business is fully based on community and the relationships built in each transaction. He has partnered with eXp Realty LLC in order to provide consumers the best real estate experience possible from each client’s personal perspective. eXp Realty is changing the way agents, brokers and consumers work together in an adaptive, sustainable environment. The partnership has provided Sam with

Realtor Sam Livingston

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Dr. Zach, Dr. Joe and Dr. Alex

Mellion Orthodontics


“Generations of Smiles”

he family orthodontic practice of Mellion Orthodontics takes great pride in the family atmosphere that they have created over the past 30 years. In fact, the tradition of quality care and service provided to their patients has led to multiple generations of families placing their trust in the care of Drs. Zachary, Alex, and Joseph Mellion. A blend of experience and knowledge, along with the invigoration of a fresh perspective on leading-edge advancements in the field of orthodontics sets Mellion Orthodontics apart. They provide a unique service with two generations of orthodontists, especially as a family. All three doctors complement each other in a way that can only exist between a father and two sons, and this allows them to communicate and solve even the most complex issues. Drs. Zach, Alex, and Joe are orthodontic specialists, which means that they completed an accredited orthodontic residency program after dental school. As orthodontists, they are experts on growth, facial development, teeth and jaw alignment and are uniquely qualified in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of orthodontic problems. Mellion Orthodontics provides orthodontic treatment for both children and adults, including

individuals that require special needs, cleft palate treatment, TMJ therapy, and complex multidisciplinary care. At Mellion Orthodontics, they understand that esthetics play an important role in the decision to pursue orthodontic treatment so they offer different options to make you look great during your treatment. They offer metal braces, clear ceramic braces, and Invisalign clear aligners! Truly getting to know each individual patient is something each doctor and every team member strives to achieve while making a positive impact. It is not uncommon to find the doctors and the entire office team at a school, sporting, or community event supporting their patients and volunteering to give back to the community. In fact, this is a philosophy reflected in their commitment to local schools, charities, and community organizations. Drs. Zach, Alex, and Joe are members of the Medina and Fairlawn Chambers of Commerce and are actively involved in their local and state dental societies. Drs. Zach and Alex are Assistant Clinical Professors in the Department of Orthodontics at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine and all of the doctors serve on the Craniofacial Team at Akron Children’s Hospital.

The Medina office is located at 3623 Reserve Commons Drive and can be reached by calling 330-725-6146. For more information, please visit or find Mellion Orthodontics on Facebook and Instagram


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family run business located right here in Medina, MDG Flooring America has offered full service flooring since 2001 to retail, contractor and new construction consumers. They specialize in custom floors, showers and backsplashes, offering a 5,000 square foot showroom and knowledgeable sales consultants to help you choose exactly what you’re looking for. The company offers an extensive selection of flooring and custom work. Whether you are looking for budget-friendly selections or customization, MDG strives to accommodate the individual needs of each and every client. Flooring options include carpet, vinyl, luxury vinyl, laminate, ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, hardwood, cork and bamboo. Maintaining your floor with the correct cleaning product is also important and using the correct products will help to maintain your warranty. MDG carries professional cleaning products for ceramic, hardwood, laminate, and resilient floors. Pet stain and odor remover and carpet spot cleaner are also available. MDG’s showroom is ever-changing with new displays and products. The company stays current on new floor trends and available

options by attending multiple, nationally-based educational seminars and shows each year. As a testament to their selection, service, and willingness to exceed customer expectations, many clients have returned or referred friends and family to MDG and they consider that the best compliment they could receive. The company is proud of their reputation as a locally owned and operated, second generation family business. As part of the Flooring America co-op, MDG has the buying power to offer you competitive prices and is excited to be part of the growth of Medina’s business sector and community. Stop in to their beautiful showroom today! Don Green, Vice President & Steven Walbolt, President

Contact MDG Flooring America today for your FREE estimate at 330-725-5252. Visit them at 3182 Pearl Road, Suite C in Medina or online at



ltenheim Therapy Rehab Center and Shurmer Place Memory Assisted Living Community have officially opened. The Therapy Rehab Center’s new address is 15653 Pearl Road in Strongsville and is Altenheim’s new front door. This new state-of-the-art wellness facility is solely dedicated to rehabilitation in 32 private rooms, with private bathrooms, and roll in showers. The features include a two-story Welcome Center, room service, hospitality kitchen, and dining room. In addition, a 4000-square foot gym with the latest inpatient rehabilitation equipment and a spectacular HydroWorx 300 Water Therapy unit, will be located adjacent to an outdoor therapeutic courtyard to prepare residents for their transition home. The Memory Assisted Living secured community has 38 beautifully appointed private apartment suites, nestled within six households, complete with private dining areas and enclosed four seasons rooms. There are also enclosed courtyards for outside planned activities Donna Casey, Director of Marketing provided by certified staff. For more information, visit



hy is Encore Nail Salon different? Owner Teresa tells us it’s reasons such as a ventilation system attached to every manicure desk and pedicure chair, the metal implements are sterilized in an autoclave, and, for services with regular polish, you keep the bottle! Encore also believes customer service is just as important as delivering great nail services. For example, they utilize software that ensures appointments are not double-booked. Let Encore pamper your fingers and toes in their comfortable, serene environment. Encore Nail Studio offers natural nail services (manicures and pedicures) and nail enhancements (acrylics, dip acrylics, Polygel). Encore’s owner, Teresa Rodgers, is a licensed advanced manicurist with Your the Ohio Board of Cosmetology and Photo from lives close by in Montville Township cover photo with her husband Richard and their Labrador Retriever, Winston. shoot will go Stop by and visit, you’ll see why Encore Nail Studio is Medina’s most advanced nail salon!


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omestead Insurance Agency Inc. is a professional agency with a personal touch. With over 70 years of experience in Medina County and the insurance industry, Homestead can be trusted to complete an analysis of your insurance needs and design a responsible protection program for you. Located at 1324 Pearl Road in Brunswick, we offer a variety of professional insurance services and policies as an independent agency. We represent various outstanding carriers in our industry. Brandon Rapp (CEO) and Mark Herwick (President) represent the following products that include, but are not limited to: auto, home, motorcycle, recreational vehicles, and all types of commercial insurance. Homestead also specializes in the sale of life, health, annuities, long-term care, medicare supplements advantage plans, medicare prescription drug plans, Your new and disability income. Our ‘17 photo from goal at Homestead is to provide you, the customer, cover photo with the best coverage at shoot will go the lowest premium, while here building a long-standing relationship with excellent, Brandon Rapp, Owner & CEO and Mark Herwick, Pres. personal service.


elping buyers and sellers maneuver through the intricacies of buying and/or selling a home has changed over the last 20 years that Janet Gommel has been in the real estate business. Janet believes it’s important for Realtors® to adapt in order to best serve clients. Tools that were used 15, 10 or even 5 years ago to market homes are completely different today. Janet and her team stay current and are well-informed in regards to real estate, lending and title services. “Our clients and customers are the most important part of every sale,” commented Janet. “My team takes pride in delivering personal and professional service to each individual Your we represent.” When not working with buyers Photo from and sellers, Janet is involved in the cover photo community with the Children’s Free shoot will go Care Fund, the Medina County Fair, here church, and the Ray Biegel Memorial Tournament - to help raise funds for Janet Gommel, Licensed Real the Medina Special Olympics. Estate Professional

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edina Auto Mall, located at I-71 & Rt. 18, treats the needs of each individual customer with paramount concern. The experienced sales staff, auto service team and body shop at Medina Auto Mall sincerely enjoys the challenge of meeting and exceeding your high expectations each and every time you visit. Everyone at Medina Auto Mall would just simply like to say THANK YOU for being a customer and allowing us to demonstrate our commitment to excellence. You are the reason for our success and we appreciate it! Medina Auto Mall is your one stop for a new Cadillac, Buick, GMC, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, or used car. The service department is ready when you need them and their body shop makes a ton of friends by “accident”. General Manager Chuck Steward says, “Come check us out, we love what we do and you’ll love what we do, too!”

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he Doctors at Ohio Eye Care Consultants, Thomas Chi, M.D., Amy Fernandez, O.D., Sara Prusinski, O.D., and Cassie Bremke, O.D. are dedicated to providing the highest quality of service. They have extensive specialty training to assist you with all your eye care and vision needs by utilizing the latest technology and equipment. The friendly and knowledgeable staff and opticians at Ohio Eye Care Consultants are devoted to providing excellent patient care. Ohio Eye Care Consultants offers patients of all ages a full range of services from comprehensive eye examinations to advanced medical treatment and surgical procedures including cataract and glaucoma surgery. They strive to Your be the most comprehensive eye care Photo from center for all your vision needs. Ohio Eye Care has locations in Medina and Wadsworth, both offering convenient evening appointment times, with the Medina office offering Saturday appointments as well.

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Ohio Eye Care Consultants - 3583 Reserve Commons Dr., Medina • 330-722-8300 1 Park Center, Ste. 106, Wadsworth • 330-334-1300


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hat started more than 60 years ago as a credit union for the Parma school teachers is now a thriving not-for-profit bank that offers Cuyahoga and Medina County residents financial services

PSE Credit Union, conveniently located at 3845 Pearl Road in Medina Township, offers all the same services as a bank, “but with lower loan rates, higher savings interest rates and lower fees,” says Branch Manager Sheri Smith. This family-oriented institution now includes over 20,000 members throughout Cuyahoga and Medina Counties and makes educating kids about finances a core part of its mission. “As part of our commitment to kids, we take our mascot Pennie the PSE Puppy into schools and teach kids as young as kindergartners to save money through our Pennie Club,” says Smith.

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alvatore J. Frangiamore, M.D., a native of northeast Ohio, is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in disorders of the shoulder, knee, elbow and sports-related injuries. He completed his orthopedic surgical residency at the Cleveland Clinic and a sports medicine and shoulder fellowship at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. During his time he provided medical care for the Cleveland Indians Organization and U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams and continues to serve as team physician for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. Currently, he is a team physician for the Akron RubberDucks, the Cleveland Indians baseball organization AA affiliate. Dr. Frangiamore travels throughout the U.S. and abroad to present his Your extensive research on shoulder, knee, Photo from elbow and sports-related injuries. His cover photo published work has earned industry accolades, including the American shoot will go Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Neer here Award – considered the highest honor in shoulder and elbow research. Salvatore J. Frangiamore, M.D. Visit to learn more.



ounder A.I. Root began candle-making through his interest in beekeeping. In the 19th century, he pioneered beekeeping advances, leading the movement to standardize beekeeping equipment. Because of his nationally-known Airline Honey, his popular book, “The ABCs of Bee Culture,” and his magazine for beekeepers, “Gleanings In Bee Culture,” A.I. Root was known as “The Bee Man” the world over. Today, Root Candles is actively involved in advancing the knowledge and science of beekeeping for the strength of its business and the health of our world. Root Candles relies on healthy and productive bee colonies, and supports Project Apis m., whose mission is funding and research to enhance the health and vitality of honey bee colonies while improving crop production. This partnership is an investment that will keep Root’s business strong, while also supporting beekeepers, agricultural producers, and those who want to eat healthy, affordable food…a legacy that would make A.I. Root proud. As Root Candles looks to the future, please join them in celebrating their 150-year love affair with the honeybee.

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GERBER COLLISION AND GLASS Formerly Schade’s Auto Body


erber Collision, formerly Schade’s Auto Body, has over 400 shops across the United States and is excited to become part of Northeast Ohio, and more specifically, Medina County. In the same fashion that Schade’s Auto Body has in the past, Gerber Collision prides themselves with outstanding customer service and a lifetime warranty on repairs. Sarah Schade Eisenmann and Bob Schade will still be operating this location, both are excited for the opportunity for growth within their shop. Gerber Collision, formerly Schade’s, will continue to be a staple in the community as active members of the chamber of commerce and supporter of various community groups. Gerber Collision looks forward to serving you for many years to come.

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s liaison for community relations at Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus in Parma and Brunswick University Center, John Hausman works to create strong relationships between the College and local communities and institutions. Some of that work has resulted in Western Campus hosting the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Rib ‘n’ Rock and Parma’s Run/Walk for the Pierogis, which supports Tri-C scholarships. Previously, Hausman served the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization as its director of community involvement. Hausman also served the City of Cleveland in its Department of Community Development. He worked to conserve and expand the housing stock; revitalize commercial areas; acquire and market vacant land; improve the quality of human services; and develop neighborhood strategies. He also served on Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Operations Your Efficiency Task Force. Photo from Originally from Medina, Hausman cover photo attended Xavier University and graduated shoot will go magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in political science. He earned his master’s here in public administration from Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs. John Hausman, Community Relations Liaison to Campus President

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rossroads Home Loans is a locally owned broker wholesaler headquartered in Medina County. Crossroads provides cutting edge technology resulting in a streamlined lending process and fast approvals. The simple application process allows you the option to call, text 330-321-6400 or click to apply online at making the average clear to close in an unheard of 5-7 days! Crossroads provides fast, no nonsense lending with a team of originators, processors & underwriting executives with access to over 100 lenders and industry experts locally and nationwide. “We receive 5 star reviews. Because we are a true broker, we can answer all of your questions and offer you the best product and pricing in the industry. National and local wholesale lenders compete for our business so you can sit back and relax.” says Puto. Lisa began working in the lending industry Your in 1995 as an originator and has served as a Regional Director/Vice President for major Photo from national and local mortgage retail and cover photo wholesale banks. Serving as the president of shoot goes Crossroads Home Loans for the past 8 years, here she specializes in all loan products, and is most proud of her extensive knowledge in VA, New Construction & Purchase Origination. Crossroads Financial of NE Ohio, LLC NMLS 252654 MB 803916

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Health & Wellness Akron • Barberton • Green Hudson • Medina • Wadsworth

Helping You or simply have an active lifestyle, Get Back in don’t let a problem with your bones, joints, cartilage, ligaments, muscles or tendons keep you on the Game the sidelines. The Summa Health Your Summa Orthopedic Institute has Strongsville 2016 enhanced logos: specialists in all areas of orthopedic care. We offer Health Orthopedic customized treatment options, including the latest nonsurgical Care Team and surgical approaches, for both Whether you’re an athlete

recent and chronic injuries. Our readmission and complication rates are better than national standards. And our providers, many of whom are area natives and have deep roots in the community, are committed to making patient care their top priority.

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An MVP in Treating Sports-Related Injuries Salvatore J. Frangiamore, M.D., a proud Northeast Ohio native and Summa Health fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, restores damaged joints, ligaments and bones through minimally invasive techniques. All to keep his patients active and healthy. Saying that Dr. Frangiamore is a sports fanatic may be an understatement. While completing his orthopedic surgical residency at the Cleveland Clinic, he provided medical care for the Cleveland Indians Organization. He also served the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams during a sports medicine and shoulder fellowship at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. Today, Dr. Frangiamore remains just as active. He is a team physician Dr. Frangiamore is a member for the Akron RubberDucks – the of the Summa Health Orthopedic Institute, which Cleveland Indians AA affiliate – and continues to serve as team specializes in the diagnosis physician for the U.S. Ski and and treatment of sportsSnowboard Association.  related injuries such as: “I have been involved in sports • Sprains and strains my whole life,” says Dr. Frangiamore. • Overuse injuries causing “Being able to combine my joint or back pain professional work with my passion • Tendonitis and tendinosis for sports is a unique and gratifying • Dislocations or fractures experience. • Stress fractures Dr. Frangiamore's published • Arthritis work has earned industry accolades, including the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Neer Award – considered the highest honor in shoulder and elbow research. For a same day/next day appointment with Dr. Frangiamore or another member of the Summa Health orthopedic care team, call 800-237-8662 or visit


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Compassionate Care for Expectant Mothers At Southwest General Health Center, we are dedicated to providing outstanding, family-centered care to provide you with an optimal birth experience. Having a baby is an exciting time, and Southwest General is here to help you every step of the way. Before you deliver your baby at Southwest General, our maternity coordinator looks forward to meeting with you to develop a customized Birth Plan that reflects your wants and needs and that supports an exceptional experience for Your Birthing Journey. Parents who choose to deliver their baby at Southwest General

can have peace of mind knowing that mom and baby will receive care from a friendly, experienced staff of medical professionals. Helping patients welcome new members to their family is one of the most joyous services we provide, and our compassionate staff is honored to play a role in this exciting journey. We offer numerous maternity services designed to help parents both before and after the baby is born, including prenatal and family life programs. Expectant parents are encouraged to meet with our maternity coordinator to learn more about our Maternity Services and to take a free tour of our facilities so they can make an informed decision when choosing a hospital. To request an appointment with the maternity coordinator, call 440-816-5050. Southwest General. Get Better Here.

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2011 with one office and one vision -- to transform lives through healthy skin. Fast forward to now, Dr. Garcia and Apex Skin now have 7 locations across Northeast Ohio, but the mission remains the same. “This isn’t just what I do for a living; it’s my passion,” Dr. Garcia says. “My life is focused on helping people come out of difficult situations with confidence and a smile.” The Apex advantage includes same day appointments and short wait times. Each Apex Skin location is staffed with board-certified dermatologists selected for their skill and focus on patient experience. Dr. Lauren Karpinski of Apex Skin Medina, who focuses on general dermatology and cosmetic dermatology says of her approach, “I get to the root of the problem and solve it collaboratively with patients, so they take an active role in their health care. Our number one priority is making sure patients are happy with their care.” To schedule a same-day appointment, call 833-279SKIN (7546) or visit

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Services provide a truly family-friendly environment for moms-to-be, dads and family members, so you all can welcome your new baby into the world. You also can expect: • Your Birthing Journey – a personalized Birth Plan to allow for a deeper focus on you and your baby • Private, comfortable rooms for moms with family-friendly amenities • Kangaroo Care to promote bonding with your baby and breastfeeding support • Neonatal nurse practitioners from University Hospitals (UH) Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital • 24-hour on-site coverage by board-certified obstetricians and anesthesiologists Learn more about our Maternity Services. To request a call from our maternity coordinator or to find an OB/GYN, call 440-252-4536. Or visit

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Many of us are still unclear why Himalayan salt is any better than other choices we may have. When used in cooking Himalayan salt has many benefits. The Echelon uses Himalayan salt exclusively in their communities because it packs a hearty 80+ minerals, helps to balance PH levels, and has less sodium per teaspoon than “regular” table salt just to name a few. The table salt that is widely used in most cooking and processing is void of nutritional value and lacks beneficial trace elements. Many people are unaware that common table salt is processed and dried at 1200ºF, a process that disrupts its natural chemical structure! Himalayan salt contains iodine, magnesium, zinc, iron and calcium, the 5 minerals in which the U.S. population is most deficient. When used in an external manner (i.e. salt rocks and rooms) research shows that Himalayan salt can be used for relaxation, to calm and detoxify your body, while also

supporting your immune, nervous, and lymphatic systems. Others report that benefits include reduced stress, reduced inflammation and better sleeping patterns. Negative ions, which are emitted from the rocks when warmed are masters of purifying the air and also assist with increasing lung capacity. At their latest community “The Echelon” they have decided to not only use Himalayan salt for cooking, but have also included a Himalayan Salt Room that will be available for residents and their families! At the end of the day, no matter what your motive, the space will be “stress free”, super inviting, and will be a great place to sit, relax, and have a cup of tea on us! For more information on The Echelon of Medina, visit

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years. Luxury vinyl floors can now give you the look of hardwood and ceramic flooring with the benefits of easy cleanup and maintenance. Choices include the look of stone, with or without grout lines and wood looks that include oak, hickory, maple, pine, acacia and distressed barn wood. Some styles have a smooth transition between the boards, while others have painted beveled edges to define each plank. Some wood styles also have the option to be glued down while adding in grout joints. There are many benefits of having a luxury vinyl floor. The most common benefit is that most of the products offer a waterproof warranty. This gives the consumer the option of putting a wood look floor in

areas where the chances of water spilling on the floor are common and can damage the wood. Some of these areas are the bathroom, laundry or kitchen, and with vinyl, you won’t have the worry of water damage or accidents. Another benefit is that luxury vinyl flooring has very simple maintenance procedures. Dust mopping and using professional grade cleaning products with a microfiber mop make cleaning a breeze.

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Realtors are Your Advocate in the Real Estate Process Buying a home is often the largest financial transaction we can undertake. It is a huge financial commitment and there are significant choices throughout the process. Navigating a transaction is typically foreign territory for most when selling or buying. The Realtor® is often

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Some luxury vinyl flooring options are made of a rigid core. There is very minimal expansion and contraction, which does not need to be regulated with heat and cooling. This benefit allows installation in sunrooms that do not have controlled climates. These types of flooring also have an added wear layer that can be made up of urethane or aluminum dioxide. Some have additional additives to help make them even more stain, scuff and scratch resistant. Adding on this benefit makes them a great choice for consumers that have busy households with children and pets. Installation methods entail either gluing them down or a floating click system. The look you are after will determine which method is best for your project. Subfloor conditions need to be considered when you make your selection. Most click system flooring options will hide slight subfloor imperfections, which can be evaluated by having a free onsite review of your current floors. — MDG Flooring America is a locally owned and operated family run business with a great reputation. Being part of the Flooring America co-op helps to give them the buying power to be competitively priced. Professionally trained sales associates are ready to help with all your flooring needs. Stop in today at 3182 Pearl Road in Medina to discuss how they can help you, or visit


Main Street Medina

Around the Square F


or two centuries, the Medina Square has been the heart of our community for shopping, dining, learning, government, and celebration. The Historic District features numerous independently owned restaurants, over 40 boutique shops, and many one-of-a-kind attractions nestled in a majestic setting of authentic Americana, teaming with nostalgia. Founded in 2007, Main Street Medina is a non-profit organization whose mission is to lead the effort for preservation, economic sustainability, and continued evolution of the historic district as the heart of the community. We’re proud to be one of nearly 30 programs in the State of Ohio, and over 1,000 programs nationwide, who are improving our hometowns one building and one business at a time. Our focus is fostering outstanding quality of life experiences in Medina, to ensure a vibrant community. We work toward this goal by improving the local economy with shop local initiatives, heritage tourism, targeted marketing and promotional activities, facilitating historic preservation/restoration projects in the district, and offering networking partnerships between members and district businesses. Visit for more information, and please follow us on Facebook to get the latest news and event information.

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MAIN EVENTS (clockwise from top left, opposite): charming store architecture on the west side of Medina Public Square; patriotic retail window in July; the annual Ice Festival draws thousands to the city every February; banners posted celebrate the City's bicentennial; kids draw on sidewalks during the Medina Chalkfest; the Gazebo lit up during the holidays; the Medina High School Marching Band.

It doesn’t get much more baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie than Medina, America’s Hometown since 1818. Visit soon for great shopping, dining, museums, history, special events, family fun, vibrant architecture, historic homes, beautiful parks, and much more.

Main Street Medina is generously supported by the City of Medina, Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce, Huntington National Bank, Life Care Center of Medina, Medina Community Design Committee, Miss Molly's Tea Room, Root Candles, Westfield Bank, Westfield Insurance Foundation, Wichert Insurance


Weddings, showers, parties, corporate gifts, special orders available to perfectly match any occasion!


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Parks & Recreation

Medina Community Recreation Center FACILITY HIGHLIGHTS The Medina Community Recreation Center (MCRC) is a 110,000 square foot facility attached to Medina High School. The facility is designed to enhance the quality of life and physical well being of the Medina community.

MEDINA COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTER 855 Weymouth Road (330) 721-6900 Director — Mike Wright

Field House

Leisure Pool • Water geyser, current channel, sprayground and play structures, 129 ft. waterslide, zero depth entry, lap lanes, hot water spa.

Competition Pool • 8 lap lanes, 25 meters

Aerobic Rooms • Two rooms conducive for a variety of programs including: aerobic, dance, martial arts, kettlebell, yoga & more • Mirrored walls, sound system, suspended wood flooring and newly stocked equipment area

Medina Community Recreation Center

Fitness Room • Over 60 pieces of cardiovascular fitness equipment including Woodway Treadmills, Precor Recumbent Bikes, Upright Bikes, Elliptical Trainer & Steppers, StarTrac Elliptical Trainers, Cybex Arc Trainers and Concept II Rowers • York and Magnum free weight equipment, benches, and dumbbells • 35 Stations of Cybex selectorized weight equipment

The Medina Rec Center offers a variety of aerobic classes for all skill levels (left). The Leisure Pool at the Medina Rec Center is a great place for families to connect (below).

• 24,056 square feet, newly resurfaced, 4 courts for basketball, volleyball, and other activities

Jogging/Walking Track •  One-twelfth mile track with 4 lanes for walking and jogging

Rascal Room (Child Activity Center) • A safe and fun child care alternative for parents and guardians using the MCRC • Children, ages 6 months to 8 years of age, may use the room for a maximum of 2 hours per visit • Patrons can purchase either a daily visit or punch card

Memberships • Annual memberships are available for both residents and non-residents • Many corporate & insurance discounts available • Payment plan options available

GENERAL FACILITY HOURS Monday – Friday 5:30 am – 10:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Note: Special Summer Hours. Visit the MCC website for exact times.

RENTALS Many areas of the MCRC are available for rent during operating and non-operating hours. Rental areas can be utilized for parties, special events, business meetings, and other activities.

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Medina City Parks A Liberty Park

Pavilion (grill), Playground, Natural Area

B Ray Mellert Park

Splash Pad & Multi-purpose Trail, Pavilion (electricity & grill), Playground, Restroom, Baseball Fields, Basketball Courts

C Memorial Park

Pavilion (electricity & grill), Dog Park, J.U.M.P. Playground, Disc Golf Course, Wooded Area, Outdoor Pool

D Uptown Park

Gazebo, Picnic Area, Band Concerts, Special Events. For information on renting the gazebo, call 330-722-9020 The City of Medina Parks Department, 785 E. Washington Street. For parks information and pavilion rentals please call 330-721-6950.

E Reagan Park

Pavilions (grills & electricity), Skate Park, Remote Control Car Track, Baseball Fields, Football Field, Basketball Court, Playground, Sledding Hills, Mountain Bike Trail, Walking Trail, Multi-purpose Trail.

F Huffman Cunningham Park

Pavilions (grill), Playgrounds, Soccer Fields, Walking Trail, Mountain Bike Trail.

G Sam Masi Park

Pavilion (grill), Playground, Miracle League Field, Tennis Court, Natural Area

H Roscoe Ewing Park

Pavilion (grill & electricity), Playground, Disc Golf Course, Multi-purpose Trail

I Kuehn-Todd Conservation Area Nature Trail J Sycamore Park

Nature Trail

K Jaycee Park

Pavilion (grill), Playground, Nature Area

L Ken Cleveland Park

Pavilion (grill), Tennis Court, Playground, Softball Field, Basketball Court

M Fred Greenwood Park

Splash Pad, Pavilion (grill & electricity), Playground, Softball Fields, Soccer Fields

N Stanbery & Maxine Nichols Park

Multi-purpose Trail, Nature Trail, Disc Golf Course, Natural Area


Community Information

Important Telephone Numbers EMERGENCY……….911 Medina Police (non-emergency) 330-725-7777 Medina Fire (non - emergency) 330-725-1772 Life Support Team (EMS) 911 Medina County Sheriff 330-725-0028

Medina Community Recreation Center 855 Weymouth Rd. 330-721-6901

Ward 2 Dennie Simpson 330-725-3302

Parks & Pavilion Reservations 330-721-6950

Ward 3 Eric M. Heffinger 330-887-2388

Medina Municipal Airport 2050 Medina Rd. 330-239-1606


Medina County Public Transit 330-723-9670

Mayor Dennis Hanwell 330-722-9020



City Hall 132 North Elmwood Ave. 330-725-8861

Council President John M. Coyne III 330-723-9998

Medina Municipal Court 135 North Elmwood Ave. 330-723-3287


Ward 1 Robert Starcher 234-755-2341

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Ward 4 Jim Shields 330-722-8402 At-Large Paul Rose Sr. 330-723-3459 At-Large Bill Lamb 330-725-6075 Clerk of Council Kathy Patton 330-722-9040

CITY DEPARTMENTS Office of the Mayor Administrative Office Manager Sherry Crow 330-722-9020 Building Department Dan Gladish 330-722-9030 Cemetery Department City of Medina Sexton James Hjort 330-722-9056 springgrovecemetery@ ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT Economic Development Director Kimberly Marshall 330-764-3319

Economic Development & Marketing Manager Barbara Dzur 330-722-9029 Engineering Department City Engineer Patrick Patton 330-722-9034

PLANNING & ZONING Community Development Director Jonathan Mendel 330-722-9023

FINANCE DEPARTMENT Finance Director Keith Dirham 330-722-9051

RECREATION CENTER MCRC Director Michael Wright 330-721-6901

FIRE DEPARTMENT Chief Bob Painter 330-725-1772 (non-emergency)

SERVICE DEPARTMENT Service Director Nino Piccoli 330-722-9082

LAW DEPARTMENT Law Director Greg Huber Administrative Assistant Kim Walter 330-722-9070 PARKS DEPARTMENT Medina City Parks Director Jansen Wehrley 855 Weymouth Rd. 330-721-6950

Police Department Chief Edward Kinney 330-725-7777 (non-emergency)

UTILITIES Armstrong Cable Service 877-277-5711 or 330-723-3536 Columbia Gas of Ohio 800-344-4077 First Energy (electricity) 800-633-4766 Medina City Water 330-722-9081


Begins at the Library! Medina County District Library has what you need, and a lot more for you to discover! Visit for free ebook, music, magazine and movie downloads. Need help getting started? Bring your mobile device to a library help desk and we’ll introduce you to our digital collection. Amidst all the technology MCDL maintains a focus on books. We help you find the best stories, popular book club titles and entertainment through reading. With books come author events for all ages. From children’s stage shows to teen writing workshops and author luncheons, we get you up close with interesting and inspiring authors. Go to for your next event. We also offer free meeting room use, passport photos and applications, Wi-Fi Hotspots to borrow and GED testing and classes. Library staff works diligently to improve the quality of life in Medina County. From book delivery to homebound seniors to educating parents about early literacy, MCDL’s reach is far beyond library buildings. Visit to discover all we have to offer!

The Book Store, 110 W. Washington Street


Community Information Medina County Sanitary Engineers (sewer) 330-723-9581 Frontier (phone) 330-764-7380 or 877-462-8188

OTHER IMPORTANT NUMBERS American Red Cross 330-535-6131 Bureau of Motor Vehicles 972 N. Court St. 330-725-4635 Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce 211 S. Court St. 330-723-8773 Main Street Medina 39 Public Square, Ste. 305 330-722-6186 Medina County Career Center 1101 W. Liberty St. 330-725-8461 Medina County District Library 210 S. Broadway St. 330-725-0588 Medina County Convention & Visitors Bureau 32 Public Square 330-722-5502

The Medina County Fair

U.S. Post Office 303 North Court St. 800-275-8777 or 330-722-6511

TOWNSHIP PHONE NUMBERS WITHIN ZIP CODE 44256 For information regarding community services outside of the City of Medina: POLICE & FIRE EMERGENCY DIAL 911 Granger Township 3717 Ridge Rd. 330-239-3611

Lafayette Township 6776 Wedgewood Rd. 330-725-6515 Medina Township 3799 Huffman Rd. 330-725-5713 Montville Township 6665 Wadsworth Rd. 330-725-8313 York Township 6609 Norwalk Rd. 330-722-0185

SCHOOLS Medina City School District 739 Weymouth Rd. 330-636-3200 Superintendent Aaron Sable 330-636-3010

PRE-SCHOOL, K-5 Eliza Northrop Elementary 950 E. Reagan Pkwy. 330-636-4600


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GRADES: K-5 Ella Canavan Elementary 825 Lawrence St. 330-636-4000 Garfield Elementary 234 S. Broadway St. 330-636-4200 H.G. Blake Elementary 4704 Lexington Ridge Dr. 330-636-3900 Heritage Elementary 833 Guilford Blvd. 330-636-4400 Ralph E. Waite Elementary 4765 Cobblestone Park Dr. 330-636-4500 Sidney Fenn Elementary 320 N. Spring Grove St. 330-636-4100

GRADES: 6-8 A.I. Root Middle School 333 W. Sturbridge Dr. 330-636-3500 Claggett Middle School 420 East Union St. 330-636-3600

What are my Veterans Benefits? Veterans of the United States

GRADES: 9-12 Medina High School 777 East Union St. 330-636-3200 Evolve Academy 222 South Broadway St. 330-636-4213 Medina County Career Center 1101 W. Liberty St. 330-725-8461

HIGHLAND LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 3880 Ridge Rd Medina, OH 44256-7920 330-239-1901, 330-686-1901, 330-278-2727

CLOVERLEAF LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 8525 Friendsville Rd Lodi, OH 44254 330-948-2500

BUCKEYE LOCAL SCHOOLS 3044 Columbia Rd. Medina, Ohio 44256 330-722-8257

Uniformed Services may be eligible for a broad range of programs and services provided by The Federal Government and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as well as various State and local governments. In most cases, eligibility for most benefits is based upon discharge from active military service other than dishonorable conditions. State and local benefits can sometimes be more complex and have other criteria associated with their eligibility, such as residence requirements, VA Accredited Service Officer, grave markers and service connection for a disability, receipt of flags, notary service, transportation and veterans a certain medal or award and in some cases identification cards. income. In all cases, each veteran must be As stated, all veterans are reviewed individually assessed for eligibility independently from when applying for their earned benefits. If you have their peers. No two veterans are alike when any questions about Veterans Benefits, contact the it comes to Veterans Benefits. Although Medina County Veterans Service Office at 330-722several benefits can be cast across a broad 9368 or email us at veterans@medinacountyveterans. demographic of veterans there are those org or visit us at benefits that are specifically designed to help — Edward Zackery, Director, Medina County our most at risk Veterans. Veterans Service Office Federal Government (VA) Benefits: disability compensation, veterans pension, medical, education and training, vocational rehabilitation and employment, home loan and life insurance. State of Ohio Benefits: Ohio veterans homes (Ohio has two veterans’ homes in Georgetown and Sandusky), Ohio veterans bonus program, state tax exemptions, homestead exemption, military injury relief Services fund (MIRF), financial assistance Provided: (from county office), state VA Claims employment, Ohio educator Assistance: license fee elimination, Ohio Accredited Veterans Services Officers readily National Guard Scholarship available to assist Veterans Program, Ohio War Orphans and eligible family members Scholarship, The Ohio Promise on the VA claim’s process and recreation benefits such as from start to finish. disabled veteran recreational Financial Assistance: benefits, hunting & fishing eligible Veterans and/or licenses, boating licenses & Medina County family members may receive registration, camping at Ohio assistance with rent or Veterans Service State parks. mortgage, utilities and food. Office Medina County Benefits: 210 Northland Drive Transportation: to and from financial assistance program, Medina, OH 44256 the VA Medical Facilities in request for military records, Akron, Parma and Wade Park. Phone: (330) 722-9368 proper submission of claims to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs through a

Service for Those That Served and Their Families,

“Because We Are Family”

All Services Are Provided FREE of Charge!



Community Information

Medina County Health Department

Caring about the Health & Safety of Medina County You might be surprised by how often your life and safety have been affected by your local health department. From restaurant inspections, to outreach immunizations clinics, to car seat installations, our trained staff members are working to promote a healthy environment, healthy people, and a healthy community. All of our programs and special projects are in response to the needs of Medina County. Call us for more details, follow us on social media, or visit www. All departments can be reached by dialing 330723-9688 and selecting the appropriate option number listed. Health Center, Option 1 Community Health, Option 2 Environmental Health. Option 3 Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Option 4 Car seat safety check appointments, Option 5 Administrative Services, Option 6

Protecting Your Health Since 1918 • • • • • •

Comprehensive medical and dental care Inspections of food operations, pools & campgrounds Birth certificates for anyone born in Ohio Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Car seat safety installations Nationally Accredited since 2015

330-723-9688 Services are partially funded by your property tax health levy


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PRIVATE SCHOOLS St. Francis Xavier 612 East Washington St. 330-725-3345 Medina Christian Academy 3646 Medina Rd. 330-725-3227

PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES Cleveland State University 216-687-2000 Kent State University 330-672-3000

Medina County University Center The University of Akron 6300 Technology Lane 330-721-2210 University of Akron 330-972-7111

COMMUNITY COLLEGES Cuyahoga Community College 216-987-5000 Lakeland Community College 440-525-7000

2019 Community Events Events take place on or around Medina Public Square unless otherwise noted. Visit our community partners’ websites or Facebook pages for more information. Dates are subject to change. n First Friday Medina: First Friday of every month, 5 - 9pm, n 25th Annual Ice Festival: February 15 - 18, n Ladies Night Out: May 9, July 11, October 10, Thursday evenings, 5 - 8:30 pm, Lorain County Community College 440-365-5222

PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES Baldwin Wallace University 440-826-2900 Case Western Reserve University 216-368-2000 Hiram College 330-569-3211

John Carroll University 216-397-1886 Lake Erie College 440-352-3361 Notre Dame College 216-381-1680 Oberlin College 440-775-8121 Ursuline College 440-449-4200

n Medina Farmers’ Market: Saturdays, 9am - 1pm, May 18 October 22, n Kids Day of Safety & Play: Saturday, June 1, 11am - 2pm n Medina Community Band Concerts: Fridays, June & July at 8:30pm, n Jazz Under the Stars: June 1, July 5, August 3 & 24 Saturday evenings, 7 - 9pm, n Pizza Palooza: Saturday, June 15, 11am - 2pm, n Opera Under the Stars: Saturday, June 15, 7 - 9pm, n Garden Party: Saturday, June 22, 6 - 9pm, n Rockin’ the Court: Saturday, June 8, 4 - 7pm, www.facebook. com/SouthCourtHistoricNeighborhoodAssociationMedina/ n Medina County Arts Week: July 8 – 12, n Art in the Park: Sunday, July 21, 11am - 5pm, n 174th Medina County Fair: July 29 – August 4, County Fairgrounds, n An Affair on the Square: Sunday, August 11, 11am - 5pm, n Medina Fest: Saturday, August 24, 9am - 4pm, n Twilight Stroll: Saturday, September 21, 5 - 9pm, AssociationMedina/ n 35th Annual Medina Candlelight Walk: November 22 – 24, n Holiday Home Tour: Sunday, December 8, Noon to 5pm


Community Information

P laces of Worship Bethany Baptist Church 7040 Chatham Rd. 330-723-3224

First Christian Church 6101 Wooster Pike 330-723-7021

Buckeye Christian Assembly 3159 Columbia Rd. 330-764-4099

First Church of Christ Scientist 5147 River Styx Rd. 330-723-1616

Chatham Community Church 6423 Avon Lake Rd. 330-667-2351

Granger United Methodist Church 1235 Granger Rd. 330-239-2396

Chippewa Lake Baptist Church 5326 Chippewa Rd. 330-769-2790

Harvest Presbyterian Church 403 W. Washington St. 330-723-0770

Chippewa Road Church of God 5301 Chippewa Rd. 330-769-4262 Church at Stony Hill 2756 Stony Hill Rd. 330-239-9858 Church of Christ 4730 Sharon Copley Rd. 330-725-2201 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 4411 Windfall Rd. 330-723-5200 Connection Church 4588 Lexington Ridge Dr. 330-461-3964 Cornerstone Chapel 3939 Granger Rd. 330-723-3334 Covenant Word Fellowship 146 Highland Dr. 330-722-8411 Fellowship Baptist Church 901 W. Liberty St. 330-725-5571 First Baptist Church 3646 Medina Rd. 330-725-5853


Heartland Community Church 3400 Weymouth Rd. 330-725-1948

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Medina Assembly of God Church 830 W. Lafayette Rd. 330-725-4887

New Life Christian Fellowship 580 N. State Rd. 330-723-4443

Seventh-Day Adventist Church 3866 Medina Rd. 330-723-0250

Medina Bible Church 222 S. Broadway St. 330-722-4847

Poe United Methodist Church 6712 Wadsworth Rd. 330-722-0521

The Fountain of Grace Church 101 Public Square #1a 330-722-4847

Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church 3355 Medina Rd. 330-723-8293

True Faith Fellowship 4046 Medina Rd. 330-321-4247

Holy Martyrs Church 3100 S. Weymouth Rd. 330-722-6633

Medina Church of Christ 295 Forest Meadows Dr. 330-725-5910

Lafayette United Methodist Church 6201 Lafayette Rd. 330-725-6176

Medina Church of the Nazarene 6901 Wooster Pike (Rt.3) 330-722-7683

Liberty Baptist Fellowship 111 N. Broadway St. 330-722-7775

Medina Community Church 416 S. Broadway St. 330-723-5155

Lighthouse Baptist Fellowship 5301 Chippewa Rd. 330-769-0201

Medina Presbyterian Church 5020 Burgundy Bay Blvd. 330-723-1000

Living Hope Church 6288 Wooster Pike 330-725-7730

Medina United Methodist Church 260 S. Court St. 330-725-4943

Living Word Lutheran Church 3631 Hamilton Rd. 330-723-6046

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New Hope Christian Fellowship 815 N. Court St. 330-721-4594

Remsen Christian Church 1500 Remsen Rd. 330-239-1203 St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church 606 E. Washington 330-725-4968 St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church 400 N. Broadway 330-725-8885 St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish 317 E. Liberty 330-725-4131 Second Baptist Church 451 W. Bronson St. 330-722-0073

United Church of Christ Congregational 217 E. Liberty St. #B 330-725-4559 Unity of Medina Life Enrichment Center 787 Lafayette Rd. 330-764-7999 Waltz United Methodist Church 6259 Lake Rd. 330-722-1015 Weymouth Community Church 3398 S. Weymouth Rd. 330-723-1750 York United Methodist Church 6566 Norwalk Rd. 330-725-8147

Dining Guide A Cupcake a Day 115 W. Liberty St. 330-389-1247

The Bar & Grille at Bunker Hill 3060 Pearl Rd. 330-725-1400

Alexandris 2835 Medina Rd. 330-722-4139

Chill Artisan Ice Cream 11 Public Square 330-722-3035

Amuse Bistro 108 Public Square 330-722-6519

Chipotle Mexican Grill 899 N. Court St. 330-725-2303 Cin Dees Place 232 W. Smith Rd. 330-722-6700

Antonio’s Pizza 3825 Pearl Rd. 330-725-1111 Applebee’s 4115 Pearl Rd. 330-723-2311

Circles on the Square Donuts 28 Public Square 330-952-2728

The Original Dan’s Dogs Diner Dave’s Cosmic Subs 1176 N.Court St. 330-722-7000

Dickey’s BBQ Pit 960 N. Court St. 330-723-2300

Denny’s 3105 Medina Rd. 330-722-1600

Diner 42 665 Lafayette Rd. 330-725-2777

Cool Beans Café 103 W. Liberty St. 330-723-7174

Asian Grill 1164 N. Court St. 330-764-3332 111 Bistro Medina 2736 Medina Rd. 330-952-1122 Bob Evans 4904 Grande Blvd. 330-721-1348 3049 Medina Rd. 330-725-3343 Brown Derby 5051 Eastpointe Dr. 330-721-1731

Buffalo Wild Wings 5050 Eastpointe Rd. 330-764-9464

Corkscrew Saloon 811 W. Liberty St. 330-725-0220 Courthouse Pizzeria 2 Public Square 330-952-1743 Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 133 Northland Dr. 330-722-0514 2895 Medina Rd. 330-723-2252 The Original Dan’s Dogs Diner 111 W. Liberty St. 330-952-2925

Bringing our favorite chocolates from around Ohio and the U.S. to our hometown of Medina

Stop in and see us on the Square 102 W Washington Street


We Cater! Call us for your Events!


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Dining Guide Continued Dominic’s Italian Restaurant 221 S. Jefferson St. 330-725-8424

Fiesta Jalapenos 4136 Pearl Rd. 330-723-9896

Don Tequila Mexican Restaurant 1158 N. Court St. 330-723-7917

Fresh Food Deli 2860 Medina Rd. 330-722-3660

Dragon Buffet 1201 N. Court St. 330-725-6155

Geppetto’s Pizza & Ribs 1038 N. Court St. 330-225-4100

Dunkin Donuts 2739 Medina Rd. 330-721-8271 1209 N. Court Street (330) 722-4040 East of Chicago Pizza 307 S. Court St. 330-723-0510 Eat ’n Park 1007 N. Court St. 330-723-6390 Eli’s Kitchen 115 Public Sq. 330-722-0511 Emi’s Taqueria 249 Lafayette Rd. 330-722-7528

Gionino’s Pizza 203 Lafayette Rd. 330-722-2727 Granite Grill at Shale Creek 5420 Wolff Rd. 330-723-8774 Guy’s Pizza Co. 800 Lafayette Rd. 330-723-7600 H2 Huth & Harris Wine Merchants 221 S. Court St. 330-805-3212 Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream 1050 S. Court 330-952-2313

Something's Popping


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Miss Molly's famous Strawberry Pretzel Salad; try it with their vegetable cornbread, and a cup of soup.

Happy Garden 3725 Medina Rd., #103 330-725-7099 Honey Bee Bakery 23 Public Square 330-725-0912 Hop Hing Chinese Restaurant 891 N. Court St. 330-722-6135 House of Hunan 18 Public Sq. 330-722-1899 Johnny J’s Pub & Grill 925 N. Court St. 330-721-0082

Lemonberry Frozen Yogurt 201 S. Court St. 330-721-0793 www.lemonberryfrozen Little Caesars 1174 N. Court St. 330-723-2012 Longhorn Steakhouse 4907 Grande Blvd. 330-721-4585 17 Public Square Restaurant & Pub 17 Public Sq. 330-952-2330 Marco’s 244 N. Court St. 330-725-0101

Johnny Malloy’s Sports Pub 1038 N. Court St. 330-723-4100

Marie’s Café 117 Public Sq. 330-725-3322

Jo Jo’s Sports Bar & Grill 221 S. Jefferson St. 330-722-5656

Master Pizza 2736 Medina Rd 330-723-9700

Lagerheads BBQ Smokehouse 2832 Abbeyville Rd. 330-725-1947

Michelle’s Place 144 N. Court St. 330-722-7198

Lager Heads Brewing Company 325 W. Smith Road 330-721-2337

Miss Molly’s Tea Room 140 W. Washington St. #6 330-725-6830

Mr. Hero 1029 N.Court St. 330-722-4376

Rockne’s 5121 Buehlers Drive 330-725-3663

NY Bagel Deli 3725 Medina Rd., Ste. 115 330-952-0985

Romeo’s Pizza 1100 N. Court St. 330-723-6111

On Tap 2736 Medina Rd. 330-725-1972

Rosehill Restaurant 7249 Wooster Pike 330-721-2111

Panda Kitchen 503 S. Court St. 330-725-2989

Ruby Tuesday 1001 N. Court St. 330-723-6206

Panera Bread 4065 Pearl Rd. 330-721-4728 Papa John’s Pizza 500 S. Court St. 330-725-7575 Pizza Hut 1008 N. Court St. 330-723-7233

Rustic Hills Country Club 5399 River Styx Rd. 330-725-4281 Santosuosso’s Pizza, Pasta & Vino 3725 Medina Rd. 330-764-9888

2777 Medina Rd. 330-722-9009 P.J. Marley’s 119 Public Sq. 330-722-6328 Project Sushi 3579 Medina Rd. 330-661-0017 Quaker Steak & Lube 4094 Pearl Rd. 330-723-5823

Dine on the patio at Corkscrew Saloon. Thyme2 113 W. Smith Rd. 330-764-4114 Timber Lodge 2809 Pearl Rd. 330-725-6288 Tokyo Hibachi & Sushi 1132 N. Court St. 330-952-2818 Tres Potrillos 3175 Medina Rd. 330-723-5600 www.trespotrillosmexican

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Twiisted Burgers & Sushi 985 Boardman Alley 330-661-0606 Waffle House 3190 Medina Rd. 330-725-1538

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Weymouth Country Club 3946 Weymouth Rd. 330-725-6297 Something’s Popping 47 Public Square 330-722-3088

Yours Truly 3725 Medina Rd. 330-722-5800

Spoke’s Café 406 South Broadway 330-725-1298

Every effort has been made to provide a complete and accurate restaurant listing. Please contact us in reference to corrections or additions for future publications.

Sully’s Irish Pub 117 W. Liberty St. 330-764-3333


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Castle Noel..........................p 41

Cocoa..................................p 51



Gerber Collision & Glass..........................p 13, 29 AUTO DEALERSHIP Medina Auto Mall..................... ................Inside front cover, p 28 CREDIT UNION PSE Credit Union............p 9, 29 BOOK STORE The Book Store...................p 16 CABLE/INTERNET/PHONE Armstrong............................p 6 CANDLES/GIFTS Root Candles..................p 3, 29

City of Medina................p 7, 10 COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES Cuyahoga Community College....................p 16, 17, 30 The University of Akron Medina................................p 14 COMPUTER SALES & SERVICE RizTech................................p 41 DENTISTS/ORTHODONTICS South Court Dental............p 23 DERMATOLOGY Apex Skin Medina..............p 32

EYE CARE Ohio Eye Care Consultants...................p 28, 31 FLOORING MDG Flooring America...................p 27, 35, 37 GIFTS/BOUTIQUE Candyapple Boutique........p 40 Miss Molly's Tea Room......p 41 GO KARTING

Candlelight Walk 2018

High Voltage Indoor Karting....................p 40

Holiday Inn Express...........p 53 INSURANCE Homestead Insurance....p 6, 28 Hunter Insurance................p 40 Wichert Insurance..............p 41 JEWELRY Medina Gem Co..................p 40 JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES

Bunker Hill Golf Course.....p 48

Inspired Designs by Elizabeth Anne..............p 40



Salon Evangelene...............p 26

Sweet Melissa Landscaping........................p 36

Medina County Health Department........................p 48

LIBRARY Medina County District Library.................................p 45



Gene's Refrigeration..........p 22

Sandridge Food Corporation........................p 12

HOSPITALS & MEDICAL FACILITIES Southwest General Health Center...............p 32, 33 Medina Area Magazine & Community Guide | 2019





Summa Health........................... ....................Back cover, p 29, 31

Spray Products...................p 11

MARTIAL ARTS Combat CFMA....................p 20 MASSAGE/HEALTH & WELLNESS Nature's Touch Wellness Center.................................p 40 MINIATURE GOLF Alien Vacation Mini Golf...p 41 MORTGAGE LOAN SERVICES Crossroads Home Loans.............................p 30, 37 MOVING & STORAGE Armbruster Moving & Storage............................p 40 NAIL SALON & SPA SERVICES Encore Nail Studio..........p 9, 27 NEWSPAPER/PRINT/ONLINE Medina Gazette..................p 53 ORGANIZATIONS Main Street Medina......p 38,39 ORTHODONTISTS Mellion Orthodontics.........p 25 Pfister Orthodontics...........p 21 PET FOOD MANUFACTURER Bil-Jac..................................p 13 PHOTOGRAPHER Beverly David Photography.......................p 30 PIZZA/CATERING Antonio's Pizza.....................p 1 POPCORN/GIFTS Something's Popping.........p 41

PRINTING/MARKETING/ GRAPHIC DESIGN Minuteman Press...............p 40 PROFESSIONAL BUILDING SUPPLIES ABC Supply.........................p 11 REAL ESTATE INVESTING Buckeye Property Ventures..............................p 36 REAL ESTATE/REALTORS



St. Francis Xavier Catholic School...................p 15

North Coast Sign and Lighting.......................p 53



Icandi Graphics...................p 49 SENIOR SERVICES Altenheim Senior Living.................p 27, 34

Marathon Group at eXp Realty..........p 24, 36, 37

The Echelon of Medina.....................p 19, 34

Janet Gommel Howard Hanna.............p 28, 37

Western Reserve Masonic Community..........p 34

REAL ESTATE/ TITLE SERVICES Transfer Title Agency Inc...p 41 RESTAURANTS Antonio's Pizza.....................p 1 The Corkscrew Saloon.......p 41 Dan's Dogs..........................p 39 Miss Molly's Tea Room......p 41

Firestorm Gear....................p 39 TENT, TABLE & CHAIR RENTALS Medina Tent Company.......p 16 VETERANS SERVICES Medina County Veterans Service Office.....................p 47 VISITORS BUREAU Medina County Convention & Visitors Bureau................p 8

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