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Quality hospital care Mercy Allen Hospital provides a wide variety of healthcare services to our friends and neighbors in southern Lorain County. From diagnostics and emergency services to inpatient and skilled nursing care, we’ve earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. That means you have access to high-quality care right here in your own backyard.

More than caring Our commitment to the community extends beyond the quality care we provide. We give nearly $1 million a day in community benefit to provide care for the underserved and support organizations that help to make Oberlin a great place to live.

The backbone of Oberlin's economy is many locally and independently-owned businesses that provide products, services and dining experiences that are unique to Oberlin.

Oberlin is a great place to learn.

Welcome to Oberlin Founded together in 1833, Oberlin, the community and the college, has a shared tradition of welcoming diverse ideas and people. Oberlinians are proud of the many organizations, events, programs and qualities that make this a great place to live - at any age! Oberlin has a synergy that exists between its small-town pace and all its offerings, including a rich diversity of music, art, history, and cuisine from around the world. The Oberlin Business Partnership and Oberlin City Schools work closely with the City and the College to ensure that together, we continually position ourselves as a single, strong community full of hometown pride.

Oberlin is a great place to live, play and shop. Oberlin's charming,

tree-lined streets are filled with beautifully preserved 19th century homes, and its historic downtown is a thriving mix of unique shops and varied restaurants. Oberlin is a great

place for recreation with 12 parks and a beautiful bike path. During the spring and summer, Tappan Square, in the center of town, is the site of many evening concerts, a Juneteenth Festival, and other events unique to Oberlin. Oberlin College's Finney Chapel annually welcomes to its stage renowned musicians and lecturers from all over the world. The Apollo Theater offers first-run movies in an historic movie house with state-of-the-art technology.

Oberlin is a great place to do business. Hometown pride

encompasses the many businesses that call Oberlin home. They work cooperatively with a variety of organizations in Northeast Ohio, Lorain County and here in Oberlin to support and grow our local commercial and industrial economy. Oberlin is home to corporations whose products are shipped around the world and innovative businesses that are developing cutting-edge technologies.

Oberlin City Schools offer a variety of opportunities that belie its size. It was the first district in the state of Ohio, and one of the first in the nation, to be fully authorized to offer the highly regarded International Baccalaureate curriculum in all grades, for all students. Combined with the outstanding academic resources of Oberlin College and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, multifaceted students can continue to learn and grow. Because of the strong music programs offered at all grade levels and continued community support, Oberlin was named one of the “Best Communities for Music Educationâ€? in 2014, 2015, 2016 and again this year. Reflecting upon the past, celebrating achievements, exploring opportunities for the present and looking forward to a promising future for Oberlin. New development, innovation in environmental sustainability and cooperation with organizations in and around Oberlin makes this a truly great time to be a part of our unified community‌ making Oberlin a great place to live, Rob Hillard, work, play and City Manager, City of Oberlin learn!

ON THE COVER: Area business and community leaders, see special section starting on page 11. COVER LOCATION: The Hotel at Oberlin. A sustainably built hotel nestled in the heart of downtown Oberlin, Ohio overlooking historical Tappan Square and just steps from Oberlin College. For more information, go to thehotelatoberlin.com PHOTOGRAPHER: Michael Ciu, Studio Q Photography.





This is an Image Builders Marketing Inc.™ Trademark Publication created and produced for the City of Oberlin, Ohio and the Oberlin Business Partnership. City of Oberlin City Manager, Rob Hillard Oberlin City Hall 85 South Main St., Oberlin, OH 44074 440-775-1531 www.cityofoberlin.com Oberlin Business Partnership 13 South Main St., 2nd floor, Oberlin, OH 44074 440-774-6262 www.oberlin.org

Contents 1 Welcome to oberlin

3 City Overview

7 Oberlin Business


8 Education 11 Business &

Community Leaders

14 Health & Wellness

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16 Homes &

Real Estate


Community Information

20 Oberlin Street Map 21 lorain county

metro parks Map

23 Dining Guide 24 Advertiser Index

Image is Everything! Image Builders Marketing, Inc. would like to extend a special thank you to all the business organizations and individuals who take an active and enthusiastic role in the Oberlin Magazine & Community Guide, especially our advertisers who provide the support to make this a successful community project. Please note that for ease of reference, we have supplied an advertiser index at the end of the magazine. Whether you are new to the area or have lived here for a lifetime, we hope that you enjoy the informative features contained within and will keep it as a buyer’s guide and a reference for community information and phone numbers. Please enjoy your complimentary copy of the 2017-2018 Oberlin Magazine & Community Guide. Bernice Kaldy, Publisher


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City Overview

Only in Oberlin The City of Oberlin is a unique and friendly

community where everyone is welcome from all walks of life. Oberlin is known as a culturally diverse, progressive town that offers small town charm, with a rich historic background and the amenities of one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. In 1833, Presbyterian ministers John Shipherd and Philo Stewart journeyed from the City of Elyria in search of a place to establish a moral community and college. The two founded the City of Oberlin and Oberlin College jointly, and the community soon made history as an integrated community and as part of the abolitionist movement. As such, Oberlin College was the first institution of higher education in the United States to admit African-American students in 1835 and the first institution to admit women in 1837. Oberlin has since maintained its position as a champion of progressive issues, including civil rights, fair housing, and climate change. Today, Oberlin boasts a small town atmosphere with something for everyone. Its historic downtown is home to many independently owned restaurants and cafés offering a wide range of cuisine. From burgers and tator tots at The Feve, to the locally sourced ingredients at Agave Burrito Bar & Tequilaria, to the expertly crafted coffee, tea and espresso at Slow Train Café, Oberlin’s restaurant scene is sure to please everyone’s palette. The downtown area also features many small retail shops where you can find everything from everyday essentials to

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unique collectables, as well as salons, yoga studios, music lessons, a photography studio, bakeries and more. The

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Over 85% renewable power sources supplying City electricity utility

Commercial and residential energy efficiency programs

Reduction in community carbon emissions by 50% in the last 6 years

Purchased hybrid hydraulic drive refuse and recycling trucks

Committed to being a climate positive community by 2050




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charming, tree-lined downtown area is completely walkable and bicycle friendly and is a central hub for locals and visitors alike. Oberlin College provides residents and visitors many unique cultural and arts opportunities that are open to the public, including lectures, plays, operas, films and concerts. The Conservatory hosts a number of recitals throughout the year, while the renowned Allen Art Museum presents innovative exhibitions of both classic and contemporary artists. Oberlin College owns the century-old Apollo Theater, which offers first-run films in a newly renovated historic theater. The Apollo also hosts special screenings of cult classics, such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, complete with a live interactive floorshow! In addition to Oberlin College, Oberlin residents also have excellent educational opportunities, beginning with the Oberlin City Schools. Oberlin Schools showcase a proud tradition of high standards and achievement, as demonstrated with Oberlin being one of the few districts in Ohio to participate in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, which challenges students to excel both personally and academically. Students in Oberlin also have the opportunity to focus on vocational learning at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School and nearby Lorain County Community College, which also offers associate’s degree programs, and bachelor’s and master’s degree programs through its University Partnership. This allows students to obtain advanced degrees from Ohio universities without leaving home.

The City of Oberlin strives to create a high quality of life for its residents by providing excellent services, including curbside refuse/recycling, street maintenance, water and wastewater processing, and by operating our own municipal power utility, the Oberlin Municipal Light and Power System (OMLPS). OMLPS offers reliable and affordable power to the City’s residential and commercial customers, while emphasizing a continued commitment to environmental sustainability. OMLPS has established long-term partnerships to supply the City with 85% renewable energy from many sources, including Ohio landfill gas generation, wind power in northwest Ohio, hydro generation on the Ohio River and solar power from Oberlin College. Oberlin’s safety services also play a vital role in the Oberlin community, with our Police and Fire Departments providing first-rate emergency services. The Fire Department provides fire-rescue and EMT services to the City of Oberlin and New Russia Township, in addition to conducting building inspections, code enforcement and fire safety education for schools and businesses. The Police Department has 17 fulltime sworn patrol officers and operates specialized units in investigations, juveniles, crime prevention, drug education, drug enforcement, bicycle patrol as well as a K-9 unit, Auxiliary Patrol unit and Police Explorer post. To ensure the safety and security of the community, patrol officers and firefighters undergo continual training to remain current in their fields, and both departments have excellent equipment. Residents and visitors can also enjoy the many parks and recreational opportunities the City of Oberlin has to offer. Park goers can join in a pick-up basketball game in Park Street Park, play on the playground at Spring Street Park or reflect on Oberlin’s rich history at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, which features monuments commemorating Martin Luther King Jr., the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue of 1858, John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, and the Tuskegee Airmen.  Continued on page 6

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For outdoor fun, the large Recreation Complex on West Hamilton Street includes lighted baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, and playground and picnic areas. Additionally, the City attracts recreational fishing in the Parsons Road and Morgan Street Reservoirs, while the Don J. Pease Memorial Bike Path, part of the North Coast Inland Trail that cuts diagonally through the City, attracts runners and cyclists from across the county. Nature lovers can also venture to the Oberlin College Arboretum on the southernmost point of campus or take a stroll through the 22-acre Bill Long Nature Preserve/Scott and Olive Carson Nature Preserve on PyleSouth Amherst Road. The City is home to fun and exciting events unique to Oberlin as well. In addition to summer concerts on Tappan Square or the annual Halloween Parade, Oberlin celebrates its artistic nature with the annual Big Parade, which highlights costumes and floats of the utmost creativity, and the annual Chalk Walk, which invites master artists and all those with a creative disposition to fill the downtown sidewalks with chalk drawings of all kinds. The City also recognizes its history with the annual Juneteenth Celebration, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and features memorial services, tours, picnics and a festival on Tappan Square.

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The City has much to offer its residents and visitors with its strong sense of history, a thriving business community, renowned institutions, outstanding schools, as well as excellent City services and recreational programs and events that provide a distinct way of life here in Oberlin. The City of Oberlin welcomes everyone to discover all of the BIG opportunities this small town has to offer!

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Oberlin Bookstore, the official bookstore of Oberlin College, has everything you need for your college experience.


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Oberlin Business Partnership

Working Together for Sustainable Community Growth and Prosperity The Oberlin Business Partnership (OBP) is a

community organization comprised of partners – businesses, non-profits, the city, college, and individuals – who give their time, energy, and expertise to advance and promote the sustainable growth and prosperity of the Oberlin Community.

OBERLIN is a BIG minded small town!

Small town Americana is alive and well in Oberlin. A new idea of an American downtown has emerged. Gone are the days of a downtown area with only a post office, market, and police department. What has taken the place of this outdated

Progress through Partnerships When the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce was formed 29 years ago, our local leaders

focused on working together to provide programs and services to support business growth. Today, the County Chamber continues to build upon that foundation by fostering relationships and acting as a liaison to bring companies and organizations together, continuing to be the voice for business growth and prosperity, encouraging entrepreneurship and educational priorities, and helping to provide a healthy place to live, work, play and raise a family. Our 600member organization continues to be one of the largest chambers in Northeast Ohio, and we are proud to provide top-notch networking, cost savings programs and educational opportunities to our new and established members. For information on our programs or to join, go to www.loraincountychamber.com

notion is a unique and eclectic downtown area full of energy, entertainment and accessibility for people of all ages. Our historic downtown has become a central gathering place for residents and visitors. There is rich history and culture attached to our city and historic downtown. There are places to shop, unwind, dine, attend festivals, enjoy music and so much more. We hope you enjoy shopping, dining, and exploring our BIG minded small town!

Oberlin A BIG minded small town; a progressive, close-knit community with a rich history and a lively arts and cultural scene. Visit oberlin.org; cityofoberlin.com; facebook.com/oberlinbusinesspartnership; oberlinheritagecenter.org; and oberlin.edu/events to see the variety of things to do while in Oberlin. Keeping you informed and in touch! Oberlin.org • 440.774.6262




The World Runs Through Oberlin City Schools More than 1,000 students from preschool through grade 12 attend the district's schools: Eastwood Elementary, Prospect Elementary, Langston Middle, Oberlin High and Lorain County JVS. Students benefit from small class sizes and world languages, art, music and physical education are taught at all levels. Technology is used for research, enrichment, remediation, collaboration and to address specific individual learning needs, including online coursework and blended scheduling. Students flourish under the broad scope of cultural, academic, arts and athletic programs offered. The district provides a worldly view of education, going beyond schools and encompassing the entire community. Instruction, student services and activities in the Oberlin Schools include the full range of features to be found in most high-performing districts. In addition, the schools offer a number of extra opportunities for students: • •

Oberlin High School Marching Band.

• Science, technology, engineering and mathematics instruction (STEM) • After-school, summer and weekend tutoring by teachers and by students from Oberlin College • Competitive sports programs at the middle school and high school levels • Full tuition William Robinson scholarships to Oberlin College for resident graduates of Oberlin High School who qualify for admission to Oberlin College • Preschool classes rated five stars in the state of Ohio’s “Step Up to Quality” program • Full-day, tuition-free kindergarten

International Baccalaureate World Schools from Pre-K through 12 World languages in all grades, including Spanish in Elementary Schools (SITES) and Mandarin at the middle and high school levels

Eastwood Kindergarten students proudly wear their SITES (Spanish In The Elementary School) shirts to celebrate their first year in the program.


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Senior IB Art Students showcase their art (above) and Oberlin City Schools was awarded 2017 Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). Prospect and Langston Orchestra members performed Spring Concert.

• Full-day preschool program • Services for students with disabilities Oberlin City Schools was the first public school district in Ohio authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World District in Pre-K through 12. This highly-regarded preparation results in the highest college acceptance rates, and IB graduates typically receive more advanced standing (credit) and scholarships. This is just one of the remarkable benefits enhancing education in the Oberlin City Schools. Oberlin High School has been named as one of the top 500 High Schools for low income students by Newsweek Magazine. Oberlin High School was recognized by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the MetLife Foundation as a “Breakthrough School,” where schools are identified, recognized and showcased that serve a large number of students living in poverty and are high achieving

or dramatically improving student achievement. The Oberlin City Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. It is one of just 476 districts nationwide to receive the award in 2016. Districts that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs. Oberlin Schools ~ setting the standard for excellence in public education by motivating students to be inquiring and knowledgeable world citizens.

Dr. David Hall, Superintendent, Oberlin City Schools

Lorain County JVS Inspires Learners The Lorain County Joint Vocational School offers

career-technical training for high school students from 13 Lorain County School Districts in the following career areas: Building Trades, Business & Marketing, Culinary, Manufacturing & Pre-Engineering, Transportation, Community Service, and Healthcare. Program options are also available for 9th and 10th grade students. Students receive individualized, hands-on learning experiences in over 23 programs. Programs offer

advanced academics and college credit, industry certifications, and a connection to local employers. Annually, hundreds of adults receive comprehensive training and retraining for new jobs or advancement opportunities in the JVS Adult Career Center. The programs and services are designed to help adults obtain the confidence and skills they need to reach their career goals or just enjoy the experience of learning something new.

For more information, visit www.lcjvs.com.

Dr. Glenn Faircloth, Superintendent



Education LCCC Wellington Center Offers Up

Personal Experience on Convenient Campus The Lorain County Community College Wellington Center offers residents of southern Lorain County a chance to pursue higher education with the added convenience of being close to home. The facility boasts a personal, smaller atmosphere that focuses on general education and business courses. Many high school students who don’t have access to college classes in their high schools enroll at LCCC to challenge themselves. “For

many students, starting college at Wellington is an easy transition,” said Amy Szmania, Wellington Center coordinator. Student Services offer help with admissions, placement assessments, academic advisement, course registration, tutoring and more. Additionally a 20-station computer lab and six computers in the lobby are free and open to the public. The 10,000 square-foot facility features study and conference rooms, as well as space rental for community organizations. The Wellington Center is located at 151






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Commerce Drive. To learn more, visit www.lorainccc.edu/wellington or call 440-647-1776.

From left: Sandy Gasper and Amy Szmania of the LCCC Wellington Center.

Artistic Excellence Abounds at Oberlin College and Conservatory its founding in 1833, Oberlin’s halls have resonated with the voices and performances of history. Called a “cradle of modern thought, beacon of culture” by Northern Ohio Live magazine, Oberlin has enriched the community through music and art, theater and dance, and inquiry and intellect, thus enlivening and enriching the human experience. Every year, Oberlin College, the Conservatory of Music, and Allen Memorial Art Museum present an extraordinary range of events and more than 500 concerts, many of which are free to attend. Plan your next outing online at Carmen Ambar, Oberlin oberlin.edu/artsguide.

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First Row (seated, left to right): Natalie Deem, Customer Experience Manager, Premier Toyota; Charles Horton, President, Custom Cleaning Services; Jodie Smith, CEO & Owner, Jodi Estelle’s Hair Design. Second Row: Ralph Potts, General Manager, Oberlin Cable Co-Op; Janet Haar, Executive Director, Oberlin Business Partnership; Dr. David Hall, Superintendent, Oberlin City Schools; Stephanie Wiersma, CEO, Lorain County Health & Dentistry. Third Row: Joseph Sober, Past President, Mercy Allen Hospital; Rob Hillard, City Manager, City of Oberlin; Jim Barnhart, Executive Chef, 1833 Restaurant at The Hotel at Oberlin. Missing from Photo: Tony Gallo, President, Lorain County Chamber of Commerce; Carrie Handy, Planning & Development Director, City of Oberlin; Dr. Glenn Faircloth, Superintendent, Lorain County JVS.

Photo Location: The Hotel at Oberlin.

Photographer: Michael Ciu,

Studio Q Photography.





harles A. Horton, President of Custom Cleaning Service, began his career in the cleaning industry in 1982 as a management consultant for the ServiceMaster Clean Company corporate office in Illinois. He soon decided to be his own boss and became a franchise owner in 1984. After many years with ServiceMaster, Charles has moved on to lead his own commercial and residential cleaning service company, Custom Cleaning Service, although his mission of superior quality and service remains the same. Custom Cleaning Service is a locally-owned and operated company that employs 55 people. Charles and his staff take pride in the cleaning service they provide to both residential and commercial customers. Besides office cleaning, residential maid service Your and carpet and upholstery cleaning, Photo from Custom Cleaning Service specializes in disaster restoration, including flood and cover photo fire relief. With over 30 years of excellent shoot goes service in Lorain County, you can trust here your cleaning to the experts at Custom Cleaning Service. Charles A. Horton, Owner



odiEstelle’s Hair Design is dedicated to serving clients using the highest quality products and latest techniques. They take pride in providing excellent customer service by staying on top of the latest trends, giving thorough consultations, and guaranteeing their services so that clients always leave feeling good. JodiEstelle’s offers a wide range of services for hair, nails, and skin. They also have wonderful packages that make for amazing gifts to loved ones or for pampering yourself! The salon carries several high-quality product lines, including Aquage, Moroccanoil and Lanza, the certified organic healing line, as well as providing Keratin Smoothing Your Treatments by Keratherapy, and their Photo from line of products for frizz-free hair. Find out more about JodiEstelle’s including their list of services, a photo gallery and reviews from happy clients on Facebook at facebook.com/ JodiEstelle’s Hair Design.

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Jodie Smith, CEO & Owner

Please call Custom Cleaning Service at 440-774-1222 or 800-434-3888 www.customcleaningbyhorton.com • 305 Artino Street

JodiEstelle’s Hair Design is located at 61 S. Main Street, next to Oberlin Public Library • 440-774-5002




orain County Health & Dentistry (LCH&D) is a private, independent, non-profit Community Health Center operating since 2002 under the direction of CEO Stephanie Wiersma. With a mission to improve the community’s health, particularly for those most in need, LCH&D provides primary and preventive health care of the highest quality to persons of all ages at six locations in Lorain, Elyria, Oberlin and Amherst. Services include pediatrics, OB/women’s health, adult & family medicine, podiatry, optometry, integrated behavioral health, general and pediatric dentistry. Lorain County Health & Dentistry accepts insurance including Medicaid and Medicare, and discounts fees for qualifying insured and uninsured persons. LCH&D works closely with community partners to expand Your its reach in the most vulnerable Photo from neighborhoods to improve the health of the community. cover photo Ms. Wiersma is past Chair of the Board shoot goes of Directors of the Ohio Association here of Community Health Centers and presently serves on its Executive and Policy Committees. Stephanie Wiersma, CEO Visit Lorain County Health & Dentistry in Oberlin at 260 S. Main St. 440-240-1655 • www.lorainhealth-dentistry.org


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amily practitioner Israel Cajigas, MD, is a compassionate and caring physician at Mercy Health - Oberlin Primary Care. Dr. Cajigas enjoys working with, and treating, a wide range of patients and their conditions and serving as a partner and advocate for their health. The Mercy Health Oberlin Primary Care team also includes Helmut Jungschaffer, MD, Deon Regis, MD, Mindy Riedy, CNP, Nicole Maddock, CNP, and Stephanie Fortney, NP-C providing high-quality care. The office also offers extended evening and weekend hours with shorter wait times and lower costs compared to urgent care or ER visit with Mercy Health - Oberlin Walkin Care. From walk-in care and same-day appointments to chronic health conditions, the Mercy Health Oberlin Primary Care team is here for you and your family.

Your Photo from cover photo shoot goes here Israel Cajigas, M.D.

To schedule with a Mercy Health Physician in Oberlin, call 1-877-930-DOCS.



berlin Cable Co-op is proud to have served Oberlin area residents for 30 years. They are Ohio’s only community-owned, non-profit telecommunications company. Everything about Oberlin Cable Co-op is local! The revenue provided by Oberlin Cable Co-op’s services is only used to operate and maintain their network. Oberlin Cable Co-op’s cable TV services are now all digital and their four levels of internet service can meet the needs of any household or business. No long-term contracts, access to local technical support, and assistance by a friendly staff that you can count on are Oberlin Cable Co-op’s main goals. Whether you are new to Oberlin or have lived here for years, Oberlin Cable Co-op looks forward to being of service to you. Oberlin Cable Coop, your hometown choice for home entertainment and connection to the world!

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xperience the Difference”, encompassing the core values of serving others with integrity, innovation and uncommon performance portray Premier Toyota’s vision of success. As owner and president of the company, Bob Fisher is proud to lead a team dedicated to make a difference in the community where they live, work and play. Fisher began his automotive career as a “student of the industry” in Dover, NH selling Chevrolet and Honda vehicles. In 1993, he took over a failing Toyota store in Richmond, VA as General Manager and operating partner, quickly achieving their successful turnaround. Bob’s experience, innovation and commitment to customer service earned his nomination to represent the Toyota brand in Lorain County, Ohio, establishing Premier Toyota Scion of Amherst. Bob serves several local organizations Your including Leadership Lorain County, the Photo from Lorain County Chamber of Commerce cover photo and Mercy Hospital’s Board of Trustees. Bob states, “Experience the Difference” shoot goes simply means serving others in a fun, here friendly atmosphere with uncommon performance and integrity! L. Robert Fisher, Owner and President

You are invited to stop by the office at 27 East College Street, call 440-775-4001 or visit www.oberlin.net

Visit Premier Toyota at 47190 Cooper Foster Park Rd. in Amherst 440-985-6100 • www.premiertoyota.com

Chef Jim Barnhart, 1833 Restaurant at THE HOTEL AT OBERLIN

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he Hotel at Oberlin is a great choice for a weekend get-away, meeting, wedding or social event. This ecologically built hotel offers 70 modern guestrooms that include a large flat screen television, complimentary internet access, and crisp white linens, paired with custom made local amenities. Specializing in individualized events, the Hotel at Oberlin offers flexible state-of-the-art meeting space. 1833 Restaurant at The Hotel at Oberlin is the perfect place for both hotel and local guests to enjoy dining and unique beverages overlooking historic Tappan Square. Chef Jim Barnhart, a native of Lorain County, creates the vision of 1833 Restaurant with seasonally inspired menus showcasing locally sourced ingredients and regional artisan headshot products. Named after the year the Photo goes city and college were founded, 1833 here has a cool atmosphere with friendly staff. Offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, 1833 is the ideal gathering spot for colleagues, family Chef Jim Barnhart and friends. Visit The Hotel at Oberlin at 10 East College Street 440-775-7001 • www.thehotelatoberlin.com



tudio Q Photography, established in 2013 by Michael Ciu, is located in picturesque downtown Amherst, Ohio. This boutique photography studio is dedicated to providing a relaxed and creative environment for babies, families, high school seniors, pets, and more. In conjunction with their studio work, Studio Q Photography also provides group package portraits to several area schools and sports leagues, event photography, and corporate head shots. Studio Q Photography also has an archival division, Photo Res-Q, for photographic restoration services. Contact Studio Q Photography for all of your photographic needs! Michael Ciu, Owner

Studio Q Photography • 135 Park Ave., Amherst, Ohio 44001 440-320-1699 • ww.studioqinc.com www.cityofoberlin.com


Health & Wellness MERCY HEALTH

High-Quality, Accessible Care When you’re ill or injured, nothing is more important

Also, in Oberlin, Mercy Health - Allen Hospital provides a wide array of healthcare services ranging from diagnostics and emergency services to inpatient and skilled nursing care. Mercy Allen Hospital has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

From primary care and walk-in care to emergency care, Mercy Health is proud to offer the Oberlin community expert care, when and where you need it.

Mercy Health’s commitment to the community extends beyond the quality care they provide. Mercy Health provides nearly $1 million a day in community benefit to the communities they serve. For Oberlin, this extends to providing care for the underserved to supporting the various organizations which help to make Oberlin a great place to live.

Mercy Health Physicians in Oberlin provide the community with access to highly-qualified, compassionate family medicine and pediatric providers. The office offers same-day appointments and walk-in care with extended and weekend hours which fit your schedule.

Mercy Health is the largest health system in Ohio. Its hospitals rank among the best in quality, according to Ohio Hospital Compare. For more information, visit Mercy.com and get the latest on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MercyLorainRegion.

than easy access to high-quality, compassionate medical care, experts who listen patiently and advanced technology for accurate diagnosis.

We are your Community Foundation.

The Power and Simplicity of Endowed Giving By Danielle M. Locke CAP®, Gift Planning Officer

Imagine making one gift to that keeps on giving forever!

THIS is the power of endowment. And it’s within reach for everyone. Donors simply make a permanent, tax-deductible donation to any Fund at the Community Foundation of Lorain County, now or at the time of passing. We invest the principal wisely and a percentage of the earnings are used to provide $4.7 million in grants and scholarships annually.

Founded in 1980, the Community Foundation of Lorain County is made up of more than 600 endowed Funds valued at approximately $122 million dollars. We wisely invest the Funds’ assets and a percentage of those earnings provides $5.8 million annually in grant support to non-profit organizations in Lorain County. Give the gift that keeps on giving. Make a donation to any Fund. Log on to Peoplewhocare.org/funds

Leave a legacy. Create your own endowed Fund today or with your estate. Find out how at Peoplewhocare.org/give

(440) 984-7390


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An endowment Fund can support any charitable passion, or benefit a specific organization like Community Resource Services or the schools. With a Donor Advised Fund, donors recommend the grants. Your gift will grow and make grants annually in your name…forever. Peoplewhocare.org

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LCH&D opens Oberlin site

Real People. Real Health. Real Care. Being healthy and staying healthy has much to do with having access to care and, particularly, access to primary and preventive care that is both affordable and effective. Issues that impact access include insurance (or cost), knowing where services are provided and having reliable transportation to get to the service provider. In Lorain County, many struggle to access a family doctor or dentist, largely for the reasons mentioned above. For vulnerable families, the local safety net is often the best answer. Lorain County Health & Dentistry is a private, non-profit, charitable organization serving as a large safety-net with a mission to care for all, regardless of ability to pay. While anyone can be our patient, LCH&D targets those most in need and reduces fees for qualifying persons at six convenient locations. Having high quality, accessible health care in local neighborhoods improves the community’s overall health and makes life better for all who live there. For appointments or more information, call 440-240-1655 or visit www.lorainhealthdentistry.org.

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Look Good, Feel Good • Organic Hair Products • Revolutionary Keratin Smoothing System • Aquage Products • Moroccan Oil • Full Service Hair and Nail Salon Hours: Monday: By appointment Tuesday & Thursday: 9-8 Wednesday: 9-5 Friday: 9-6 Saturday: 9-4 61 South Main St. - Next to Oberlin Public Library




Homes & Real Estate

Along with Location, Size Matters In real estate, the number one rule remains location, location, location. But the size of your house matters too, and “right-sizing” is a growing and rewarding trend in today’s housing market. Successful “right-sizers” take their time making this decision, and seek the opinions of several trusted professionals to help them in this once-in-a-lifetime endeavor. So should you! People often approach a trusted realtor in the middle of this process. However, your realtor could very well be the one that you should consult first, especially since the sale of your home is a major financial transaction and the timing of every step is critical. Consult with your realtor to learn not only

what your property is worth, but also to benefit from up-todate market information specific to your area. Realtors also have expertise in how to market your property to make sure it rates high on the list for prospective buyers to visit and tour. Often, realtors can serve as project managers, helping you prioritize key tasks, and break down what may seem overwhelming into smaller, manageable projects to accomplish your goal of selling your home and perhaps choosing another one. And you never know: realtors in your market may already know several buyers that are seeking the kind of house you own and are working on a timeline parallel to yours. Remember, too, that realtors do not get paid until after your asset is sold, so you can count on them being vested in your success until the very end! To learn more, contact Pradnya Martz at 440-935-8280 or Pradnya. Martz@gmail.com. Pradnya is a Realtor with Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West. She is also an architect and serves as the 2017 Director of Women-inArchitecture of AIACleveland. She is a long-time resident of Oberlin and lives in town with her husband and two children.


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Why Geothermal? Are you paying too much on your utility bills? Take control of your energy expenses by tapping into the savings in your own backyard. Geothermal systems provide four seasons of comfort that’s both efficient and environmentally friendly. A high efficiency gas furnace makes heat by burning fossil fuel, which can be a big disadvantage. A geothermal system doesn’t make its own heat; it simply collects heat from the earth and moves it to your home. When it’s hot outside, an air-source heat pump takes hot air from your home and moves it to the outside. As the outside air becomes warmer in summer, it becomes a major disadvantage for the system to dump heat from your home into the already hot outside air. Because of this, when cooling a home with an air-source heat pump, the system becomes least efficient when it needs to be most efficient. A geothermal heat pump system doesn’t have this problem as it exchanges the heat in your home with the cooler ground using its underground loop system. It simply doesn’t have to deal with high outside air temperatures the way that an air-source heat pump does. And, a geothermal system can be installed safely inside your home, with a loop buried underground. Unlike an air-source heat pump, there is no outdoor equipment exposed to the elements or the risk of vandalism. The result can be a big difference in your monthly home heating and cooling bills, saving you up to 80% over traditional heating and cooling. Count on JD Indoor Comfort for all your geothermal heating and cooling needs. They employ trained geothermal professionals offering expert-level consulting and energysaving evaluations, geothermal HVAC installation, ongoing service and emergency repair, routine maintenance and customer support. For more information, visit www.jdindoorcomfort.com or call 440-949-8758. www.cityofoberlin.com


Community Information

Allen Memorial Art Museum is 100 Years Old!

The Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College celebrated

Photo: Michael Ciu

100 years on June 12, 2017.

Important Phone Numbers Oberlin City Hall 85 South Main St. Oberlin, OH 44074 440-775-1531 www.cityofoberlin.com Emergency 911 Building Department 440-774-3428 City Manager 440-775-7206 Clerk of Courts 440-775-1751


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The museum houses one of the finest college art collections in the nation and continues to maintain its policy of free admission. In honor of the museum's centennial, the Second Century Campaign has been launched to provide support for critical museum needs and activities into its next hundred years. For hours, how to donate and more information on events, please visit www.oberlin.edu/amam.

Economic Development 440-775-7257

Planning & Development 440-775-7182

Finance Department 440-775-7213

Police (Non-Emergency) 440-774-1061

Fire Dept. (Non-Emergency) 440-774-3211

Public Works 440-775-7218

Law Department 440-774-8519

Building & Grounds 440-774-2820

Engineering 440-776-0037 General Maintenance 440-775-7270 Wastewater 440-775-7280 Water Department 440-775-7290 Recreation Department 440-775-7254 Senior Services 440-775-1504

Public Schools The Oberlin City Schools District Office 153 North Main St. 440-774-1458 440-774-4492 Fax Eastwood Elementary 198 East College 440-775-3473 440-774-7209 Fax Grades: PreK-2 Prospect Elementary 36 South Prospect 440-774-4421 440-775-2609 Fax Grades: 3-5

Langston Middle School 150 North Pleasant 440-775-7961 440-776-4520 Fax Grades: 6-8 Oberlin High School 281 North Pleasant 440-774-1295 440-774-5099 Fax Grades: 9-12 Pupil Services 153 North Main 440-776-4656 440-774-9050 Fax

Private/Career Technical Schools/ College Lorain County Community College 1995 N. Abbe Rd., Elyria 440-365-5222

Lorain County JVS 15181 State Rt. 58, Oberlin 440-986-6601

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J. Craig Snodgrass, CPA, CGFM Lorain County Auditor

226 Middle Avenue, 2nd Floor • Elyria, Ohio 44035 General ..................................... (440) 329-5207

Real Estate ............................. (440) 329-5212

Auditor Snodgrass ........ (440) 329-5170

Special Assessments ... (440) 329-5210

Appraisal ................................. (440) 329-5488

Tax Exemption .................. (440) 329-5739

Board of Revision ........... (440) 329-5269

Tax Map .................................... (440) 329-5757

Homestead ........................... (440) 329-5222

Owner Occupancy ........ (440) 329-5203

Licenses - Dog, Vendor, Junk Yard, Cigarette............................ (440) 329-5717

Weights & Measures.... (440) 329-5151

www.loraincounty.com/auditor • auditor @loraincounty.com

Tony Gallo, Lorain County Chamber president, Chef Jim Barnhart, GM Erica Todhunter, and Lorain County chamber members at the grand opening event for The Hotel at Oberlin.




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Community Information Lorain County Sheriff 440-323-1212

Oberlin Conservatory of Music 39 E. College St., Oberlin 440-775-8413

Oberlin Business Partnership 440-774-6262

Open Door Christian Schools 287 W. Ridge Rd., Elyria 440-322-6386

Oberlin Community Services 440-774-6579

Community Resources Destination Cleveland 800-321-1001 Lorain County Chamber of Commerce 440-328-2550 Lorain County Metro Parks 1-800-LCM-PARK

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Oberlin Post Office 440-776-9847 Oberlin Public Library 440-775-4790 Ohio State Patrol 877-772-8765

Ohio State Patrol-Lorain County Branch 440-365-5045

The Hotel at Oberlin 440-775-7001 Visit Lorain County 440-984-5282

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Lorain Lighthouse Shines Bright at 100 Oberlin Bookstore 37 West College Street Oberlin, OH 44074

P 440-774-7722 F 440-775-2532 www.oberlin.bncollege.com


The Lorain West Breakwater Lighthouse celebrated her 100th

Birthday on June 30, 2017 and she’s never shone brighter! The lighthouse, lovingly referred to by locals as the Jewel of the Port®, has been a welcoming beacon in the Lorain Harbor for nearly a century, capturing the hearts of Northcoast residents and visitors alike. Her history is as dazzling as the light herself: construction on Lorain’s jewel began in 1917, and she was staffed by National Lighthouse Keepers until the US Coast Guard took over in 1939. When the lighthouse was

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scheduled for demolition in 1965, a campaign to save the lighthouse began. Eventually, the lighthouse became the property of the Lorain Lighthouse Foundation, whose dedicated volunteers continue to maintain her today. This year, on June 30th, the lighthouse was named as a Lorain County Landmark. Upcoming centennial festivities include informative guided tours, captivating Sunset Wine Dinner Tours, and an Independence Day Picnic at the lighthouse - complete with fireworks display! More information on these and other lighthouse events may be found at www.lorainlighthouse.com.

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1833 Restaurant

Quick & Delicious 311 S. Main St. 440-774-1973

1833 Restaurant at The Hotel at Oberlin

Slow Train Café 55 E. College St., Ste. 3 440-774-7570

Dining Guide Sterk’s Brickyard Bar & Grill

1833 Restaurant (at The Hotel at Oberlin) 10 E. College St. 440-775-7001 Agave Burrito Bar & Tequilaria 19 W. College St. 440-774-7336 Aladdin’s Eatery 5 W. College St. 440-774-5282 Black River Café 15 S. Main St. 440-775-3663 Blue Rooster Bakehouse 38 S. Main St. 440-774-4833 Cowhaus Creamery 55 E. College St., Ste. 1 440-751-3010 Dave’s Cosmic Subs 55 E. College St., Ste. 4 Opening soon Dairy Twist 45721 US Rt. 20 440-774-8111 Domino’s Pizza 155 S. Main St. 440-774-3033

East of Chicago Pizza 175 S. Main St. 440-774-8820 The Feve 30 S. Main St. 440-897-2486 Gibson’s Bakery-Deli-Market 23 W. College St. 440-774-2401 India Garden Restaurant 65 E. College St. 440-774-7105 Kim's Grocery & Carryout 23 Eric Nord Way, #3 440-774-4962 Lorenzo’s Pizzeria 52½ S. Main St. 440-775-0118

Oberlin Kitchen 51 S. Main St. 440-774-2841 Oberlin Market 22 Carpenter Ct. 440-774-8401 Oberlin Subway 18 S. Main St. 440-774-7827 Pappy Bob's BBQ 14858 St. Rt. 58 440-775-4227 Pizza Hut 14920 St. Rt. 58 440-774-4444

Sterk's Brickyard Bar & Grill 580 W. Lorain St. 440-775-0020 www.brickyardbarandgrill.com The Local Coffee & Tea 23 S. Main St. 440-774-1866 Red Chinese Bistro 27 W. College St. 440-774-2988 Wild Mango 9 S. Main St. 440-774-8880

Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant 84 S. Main St. 440-774-7080 Mandarin Chinese Restaurant 82 S. Main St. 440-774-4500 McDonalds 265 S. Main St. 440-774-1314 Oberlin Farmers Market 69-85 S. Main St. Sat.9am-1pm, May-October

580 W. Lorain St., Oberlin


www.BrickyardBarandGrill.com www.cityofoberlin.com


Need a Hall for Your Special Day? Check out this Brand New Facility!

Advertiser Index Assessments/Appraisals/ Licenses/Taxes Lorain County Auditor................... p 19 www.loraincounty.com/auditor

Auto Dealership Premier Toyota............................ p 5, 13 www.premiertoyota.com

500 seat capacity with ability to split and have 2- 250 seat capacity events

To Make Reservations and For more information call

440-775-7782 New Russia Twp Complex

46300 Butternut Ridge Road

Oberlin, Ohio


Funeral Home Cowling Funeral Home.................. p 22 www.cowlingfuneralhomeoh.com

HAIR & NAIL SALON Jodi Estelle's Hair Design......... p 12, 15

Northwest Bank................................ p 5 www.northwest.com

Health & Dental Center

Books/Clothing/Gifts The Oberlin Bookstore................... p 22 www.oberlin.bncollege.com

Cable TV/Internet Oberlin Cable Co-Op.................. p 6, 13 www.oberlin.net

Lorain County HealthDentistry..................................... p 12, 15 www.lorainhealth-dentistry.org

Heating & Cooling JD Indoor Comfort.......................... p 17 www.jdindoorcomfort.com

Hospital/Medical Facility

Chambers of Commerce/ Main Street Association

Mercy Health.... Inside front cover, 12, 14 www.mercy.com

Lorain County Chamber of Commerce..................................... p 7 www.loraincountychamber.com

Hotel/Restaurant/ Event Center

Oberlin Business Partnership.......... p 7 www.oberlin.org

The Hotel at Oberlin.................. p 6, 13 www.thehotelatoberlin.com

Charitable Organization


Community Foundation of Lorain County............................. p 14 www.peoplewhocare.org

Studio Q Photography............. p 13, 24 www.studioqinc.com

City of Oberlin................................... p 3 www.cityofoberlin.com

Cleaning & Restoration

Realtor Pradnya Matz - Keller Williams........ p 16 www.pradnyamartz.com


Custom Cleaning Services........ p 12, 17 www.customcleaningbyhorton.com

1833 Restaurant at The Hotel at Oberlin...................................... p 6,13 www.thehotelatoberlin.com

Duraclean......................................... p 19 www.duracleanohio.com

Sterk's Brickyard Bar & Grill.......... p 23 www.brickyardbarandgrill.com

Colleges & Universities

School/Career & Technical

Lorain County Community College....................... p 10, Back cover www.lorainccc.edu Oberlin College & Conservatory................................... p 10 www.oberlin.edu

Event Center The Hotel at Oberlin.................. p 6, 13 www.thehotelatoberlin.com

Event Center/ Township Hall The Lodge at New Russia Township.......................................... p 24 www.newrussiatownship-oh.gov

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The Carlyle Shop............................. p 19 www.floristoberlinohio.com


City Government



Lorain County JVS............................. p 9 www.lcjvs.com

School/Public Oberlin City Schools......................... p 8 www.oberlinschools.net

Storage Facility Rt. 58 Storage.................................. p 17 www.58storage.com

Veterans Services Lorain County Veterans Service Office................ Inside back cover www.loraincountyveterans.com