Bennett Management Corp. celebrates 50 years in business

By FLTN Staff

Fifty years ago, founder of Bennett Management Corp. (BMC), Bob Bennett, saw enormous potential in an 11-year-old company we know today as Burger King. Bob was very intrigued by the founder’s new concept in food service. Bennett Management grew from the first restaurant opened in Kalamazoo, Mich. in 1966 to 26 Burger King restaurants, operating in the tri-state area of Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. The family- owned business has been a franchisee of Burger King Corporation for 50 years. They are headquartered in Arrowhead Park, Maumee.

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Functionally Active Fitness in Sylvania celebrates 5 year anniversary

At Functionally Active Fitness, owner Eric Lemkin has organized his gym into a sort of small, personal classroom. For him, it’s all about the personal touch, giving every attendee an experience that will stick and work for their own situation, and with class sizes of 4-10 people, it’s allowed him to maintain a high level of one on one attention with his clients. Those clients include athletes and inexperienced alike—pretty much anyone looking to do some corrective fitness and work some change in themselves. Weight loss, a fight against diabetes, athletic training, it’s all addressed in this gym. For full interview click on video:

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So I bought my husband a pair of sexy underwear and…

By Theresa Marie Abec, FLTN Columnist-

Let me back up just a little…the theme of this column is love is a choice not a feeling.

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Pinnacle Plastic Products in Bowling Green lands contract to replace seats in Cincinnati Reds Stadium

By Chris Galford-

The latest anniversary of Pinnacle Plastic Products in Bowling Green will see their presence brought to one of the truly American pastimes, thanks to a new account with the owner of the Cincinnati Reds Great American Ballpark.

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New Chick-fil-A in Holland opens strong, with Q1 sales 15 percent higher than anticipated

By Chris Galford

Most businesses have their pre-startup expectations, but in every regard, Holland’s new Chick-fil-A, and its owner/operator Justin Amburgey have blown their own expectations out of the water. In the last three months their efforts have put sales and patronage at a 15 percent heavier growth than even Chick-fil-A’s corporate researchers expected, according to Justin.

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Toledo Trap & Skeet offers opportunities for gun education

At Toledo Trap & Skeet, owner Mike Philbin has set up a range friendly to the beginner and experienced gun enthusiast alike. In addition to offering two indoor pistol ranges for practice, the store also supplies everything a beginner or first timer might need, proceeding to work them through the practices of safe gun handling, proper mounting and shooting. It’s only the regulars that should worry about bringing their own shotgun, but for anyone, there’s packages available to go shooting at $35/person. Click on video for full interview:

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It’s as simple as A-B-C

By Peggy Dumas, FLTN Columnist-

For the almost 40 years that I have been in the fitness and wellness industry, the one statement that comes across from almost everyone I know that has lost weight is: “Why do I struggle to maintain that weight loss?”

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American Floors and Interiors among fastest growing companies in inner city US

By Chris Galford-

In a contest run by Fortune Magazine, Toledo’s own American Floors and Interior has been named the 11th fastest growing company located in an inner city, following a nationwide hunt. What’s more, according to its president, Gary Johnson, it’s the number one company in the contest’s construction category.

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Holland Discount Pharmacy: Keeping the neighborhood drug store alive in the modern age

By Chris Galford

It is the nature of the modern business world that going big is all too often the driving force. There are those who manage to remain independent in the face of industry standards, though, and even thrive in that independence. The Holland Discount Pharmacy, run by Bilal Salim, is one of those success stories, filling an oft-overlooked niche.

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Customized weight loss program to bring balance

By FLTN Staff

“Wow!” is really the only way to describe what’s going on at Fairwood Health & Body Transition in Toledo. “If you have 12 weeks, we can help you lose 30-50 pounds, or more,” assured Jason Peisley, D.C., Clinic Director. “This is not a fad diet or an exercise program. To really lose and keep weight off, finding the underlying health conditions that have caused you to gain weight is key,” he stated. “Then, we help you balance your body back to health while melting cellulite with our amazing body contouring services,” he added.

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Neighbors Against NEXUS bands Ohio residents together to fight the NEXUS Pipeline

By Chris Galford-

Many people kick off the new year with resolutions, but few with as far-reaching aims as those of the Neighbors Against NEXUS, a group of northwest Ohio residents aiming to block the proposed NEXUS pipeline. The project’s lead developers, DTE Energy Co. and Spectra Energy Corp., sent homeowners letters in August of last year, seeking permission for their surveyors to establish rights-of-way, but since then, there has been a groundswell against the project.

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Getting along with family after a parent dies

By John Baldwin, FLTN Columnist-

Remember those blissful summer reunions brimming with prized family recipes and boisterous laughter, or treasured holidays with the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all savoring rich memories? You thought your family closeness would always hold strong, tethered by love and unity. But with the loss of one parent or both, you may now realize something is lacking in your communication and your togetherness.

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Changing how you perceive the role of your investment advisor

By Jeffery Bucher and Kevin Bucher, FLT News Columnists

On the surface, when people think of an investment advisor, financial planner or retirement planner, they think of someone that’s going to assist them with making the selections of their stocks, bonds and mutual funds. As you transition into the retirement stage, there are many other important areas of retirement that also need to be considered. Selecting the right retirement guide that will help in all of these areas is crucial for you to have a fulfilling retirement.

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Students from Cassandra School of Ballet Participate in Russian National Ballet Theater’s Educational Program

Students from the Cassandra School of Ballet participated in a Master Ballet Class offered as part of the educational outreach of the Russian National Ballet Theatre.

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Cardiac rehab for life

By Cindy Binkley, FLTN Columnist-

February is American Heart Month. 1.1 millionpeople suffer a heart attack each year in the United States; 660,000 are new events and 450,000 are recurrences. When you suffer from a heart attack, heart disease or are recovering from heart surgery, cardiac rehab is often part of your recovery. Cardiac rehab is a personalized exercise and educational program designed to help you return to a normal, active lifestyle, while reducing your risk for future heart problems.

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What do low oil prices mean for investors?

By Lori Cannon, FLTN Columnist-

As you’ve no doubt noticed, your trips to the gas station have been a lot more pleasant these past several months. There’s not much doubt that low oil prices have been welcome to you as a driver. But when oil is cheap, is that good for you as an investor?

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MADE IN OHIO: Irving Equipment in Triffin gears up for $4 million expansion

By Chris Galford

Irving Equipment is moving on up in the Triffin area, expanding their operating space by around 32000 square feet. Though they have done well on the six acres they already had, the nature of their business is one of spacious projects—that business being the concrete pump business. Essentially, they take various sized trucks and retrofit them with concrete pumps, which are then used for basements, hospitals, dam projects, and pretty much anything where those concrete foundations need to be laid. The largest private supplier of concrete pumps, service and parts in the United States, Irving Equipment also handles boom repairs, rollovers and wrecks for those using these trucks. Click on Video for full interview:

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The ABCDEs of melanoma detection

By Dr. Hope Mitchell, FLTN Columnist-
Brown spots and moles on the skin usually are harmless—but not always. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults ages 25-29 and the second most common form of cancer for young people 15-29 years old. It kills an estimated 8,790 people in the U.S. annually. It can develop from an existing mole or “de novo”—that is suddenly, where you have never seen a mole. It is very important to get to know your skin and to recognize any changes in your moles.

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State Rep. Barbara Sears outlines latest health care changes affecting business owners

By Wendy Cornett-

Recent changes in the Affordable Care Act and legislative changes will mainly impact smaller businesses, particularly those with two to 50 employees, said Barbara Sears, State Rep. District 47 and Senior Vice President of Employee Benefits at Roemer Insurance in Toledo.

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The Rotary Club of Perrysburg hosts 31st annual Light the Night Silent Auction

On Feb. 7, 2015 the Rotary Club of Perrysburg—a collection of about 120 members in the Perrysburg area—gathered together for its 31st Light the Night Silent Auction, to support charities both locally and abroad.
“Tonight is our biggest fundraising event of the year: it’s Light the Night,” said Rotary Club of Perrysburg president Jonathan Ahlberg. “It’s a great event. We have about 260, 270 people here tonight.”
According to Rick Thielen, chairman of the auction, the beneficiaries of awards include the Way Public Library, the End Polio Now foundation, the Rotary Club’s own foundation—the charitable arm of the club—and the Perrysburg High School Athletic Complex currently under construction.
For both recipients and members, though, the benefits are many. Dawn Schmidt, president of Independent Evaluators also noted: “Being in Rotary, all your good deeds come back full circle.”
Meanwhile, Dave Wise, partner at Spengler Nathanson P.L.L. said of the organization: “They’ve probably given over $1 million to local charities and international functions.”
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Honoring our Vietnam veterans

By Megan Coyle-Stamos, FLTN Columnist-

Coyle Funeral and Cremation Services is offering a series of lunch and learns, in partnership with Heroes in Action over the next several months. The educational seminars are designed to honor those Vietnam veterans and their families in a very special way, as well as share the burial benefits they are entitled to from the government. As Coyle’s president, I will also discuss the monies provided from the government to help funeral funding, what is the family’s responsibility, and how we can work together to fill in any gaps. We will briefly discuss how preplanning funeral, burial and cremation arrangements can help minimize the emotional and financial concerns.

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End sale prices for homes higher in winter

By Engelo Rumora, FLTN Columnist-

Hello again from the team at Ohio Cashflow and Ohio Cashflow Realty. February brings us the celebration of love and it also marks one month closer to spring. If you’re considering selling your home, don’t wait. It is true that fewer homes are available for sale in the colder months, but there are just as many buyers as ever.

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Uniquely romantic Belamere Suites hotel amongst top 10 romantic in America

According to Trip Advisor, one of the most romantic spots in America is right next door. This year, Belamere Suites was named the 10th most romantic hotels in America, and with its inimitable flavor in the business, it’s not hard to see why.
“We’re in the romance field of hospitality,” said owner John Kranjec.
For one thing, the hotel goes all out for its guests—candles, rose petals and champagne for anniversaries, lending its lobby to weddings, for example. Yet it is the room by room that really sets them apart, with Jacuzzi tubs in every room, two person showers and actual, personal swimming pools—kept at 92 degrees—in many rooms. Click on video for full interview:

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What is functional medicine?

By Taryn Powell

In many American doctors’ offices, patients find themselves given treatments for symptoms, while the primary cause of a problem goes unchecked.

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As 25th anniversary looms, Mancino’s Pizza and Grinders in Holland showcases quality food, specials

By Chris Galford

Mancino’s is a well-known name in the Midwest, but the one in Holland, Ohio, has been a staple of the area since 1990 — and though it has seen its share of ups and downs alike, it’s still going strong 25 years later. For the past few years the credit for that fact is owed to Amie Secord.

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Cancer survivor credits Renegade Fitness with assist in recovery

As Renegade Fitness approaches its four year anniversary, the effects of their gym’s personal touch is beginning to show itself in their community. Take Amber Beham, cancer survivor. She has been coming to Renegade Fitness since before the birth of her second child. Its helped her drop baby weight, helped her maintain nutritional habits and, above all else, helped her keep pushing forward when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Though she was told to stay away from any hotbed of germs, the dedication Renegade Fitness’s trainers have to their clients saw them come to Amber’s home just to drop off weight supplies so she could keep fighting forward on her own terms.

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Instilling eye drops: The easy way!

By Dr. Roxanna Potter

Many people require the use of eye drops, and for many different reasons. From over-the-counter drops to relieve dryness to prescription drops to treat eye diseases like glaucoma, eye drops can be beneficial to eye health in many ways. Unfortunately, putting drops in one’s eyes is not as easy for some people as it is for others. There are some easy methods, however, and instilling eye drops is something that even the most squeamish of patients can master.

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Perrysburgers welcomes new chef in Dana Doremus-Lynch

By Chris Galford- Perrysburgers is set for a grand reopening come March, this time with a new chef and manager: Dana Doremus-Lynch. With her will be coming a return to old-school Perrysburger, meaning a return to a full service restaurant …

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Allure The Art of Beauty opens doors and brings an Aveda-styled art to town

By Chris Galford-

As others were prepping for the Christmas rush, Allure The Art of Beauty was opening its doors and its salon chairs to the streets of Maumee. The result of collaboration by partners Jamie Verbryke, Jeannie Smith and Patty Saunders, this salon is part of the extended Aveda family, with all the advantages that entails.

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Serenity Health & Wellness Center and Spicy Tuna Sushi Bar & Grill sponsor 4th annual charity event

Over the course of two days, on Monday, Jan. 26 and Tuesday, Jan. 27, Serenity Health and Wellness Center united with Spicy Tuna Sushi Bar & Grill to give back to charity—and pamper participants as well. In the fourth annual Sexy Food, Sexy Body, Sexy Lifestyle event, the two organizations went all out with all you could eat sushi and wine-tasting, donating proceeds and gathering together community members to support the Hands 2 Help charity, a nonprofit supporting veterans, shelters, and providing health and wellness opportunities both in its community and abroad—most notably in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Click on video for full interview:

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ADA’s Children’s Dental Health Month puts focus on your child’s oral health

By Dr. Edward Posluszny, FLTN Columnist

How would you rate your child’s dental health? Is it difficult to get them to brush and floss? A struggle to limit sugary snacks and pop? A chore to schedule twice-yearly dentist visits?

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Arturo’s Fritz & Alfredo’s celebrates 1-year anniversary at new Holland location

By Chris Galford-

Call it chance or call it accident that made it happen, but one year ago this month, Arturo’s Fritz and Alfredo’s made its way into Holland with a mash-up of German and Mexican cuisine. The result of a transfer from the original Fritz and Alfredo’s — founded in 1992 — Arturo Cavazos’s restaurant is a family venture with some eclectic offerings.

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Dr. Clint D. Keifer and Great Lakes Audiology celebrate 2 years of ear care

By Chris Galford

Together, for the last two years, Dr. Clint D. Keifer and his practice at Great Lakes Audiology have helped patients take a curative journey down the auditory canal. With a fully staffed office of trained personnel dedicated to the comprehensive care of all things hearing related, theirs is a practice that also seeks to put to rest the notion of a one fix solution for complex troubles.

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NutriMost Toledo shares diversity in client success stories

NutriMost in Toledo claims to have cracked the code on weight loss. It’s not about intensity of workout, about straight up pound burning, about the starvation that many diets put people through—which results in weight loss many simply gain back over time. For NutriMost, it’s about maintaining hormonal balance so it’s all about fat burning, with the long term in sight. Their program teaches new behaviors, enlisting the mind itself as an ally, and the success stories are pouring in. “It’s not a diet. It’s a new lifestyle. It’s a new life,” said Emilee Lust, program specialist. Click on video for full interview:

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Creating “now space” in your mind

By Dr. Ellen Cullman, FLTN Columnist

Do you have days that feel like a marathon? Better yet, does every day seem like a marathon? Do your obligations and responsibilities of work, parenting, daily meals, household chores and necessary errands become tiresome, day-to-day hurdles? Then, consider how you fit eating into that lifestyle? Jumping too many hurdles on marathon days can whittle down time to enjoy preparing food and eating with an attentive pause. Yes, the American lifestyle is challenging. What is the answer?

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Amaya’s Fresh Mexican Grill in Maumee is keeping things fresh

By Chris Galford

The restaurant market in Toledo may be jam-packed, but in Amaya’s Fresh Mexican Grill the area may have found the freshness its palate deserves. Family-owned and operated by Tino Amaya, his brother Marcos, and their parents Larry and Sue, Amaya’s just opened its doors in May but is already coming forward with what Tino describes as an aggressive entry into the market.

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