Archived Issue January, 2012
Featured Stories

Mindful Eating Coach - Dr. Ellen Cullman

Mindful Eating Coach Teaches Mind-Body Awareness, One Bite at a Time

Mindful Eating Coach - Dr. Ellen Cullman

By Bev Berens

“It wasn’t about controlling what I ate. It was about maintaining awareness of my mind-body experiences and sensations while I ate and then kindly respecting it. You can be free to eat anything you want and at the same time learn to help yourself, to understand yourself and to be compassionate with yourself,”

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Mobile Care Group - Heather Folk

Entrepreneur operates multi-disciplined mobile health care unit

Mobile Care Group - Heather Folk

By ASBR Staff

The Sylvania-based business’ staff of licensed physicians transport medical equipment directly to facilities or residences to provide clients with dental, eye, foot, ear, psychiatric care and more.

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Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association of Ann Arbor - Kris and Amy Magers

Ann Arbor sports facility offers self defense, martial arts opportunities

Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association of Ann Arbor - Kris and Amy Magers

By Bev Berens

“We see a change, especially with kids and teenagers. Some of them haven’t really gotten into sports or anything and they will come into our school and this is the thing that starts to bring them out of their shell,”

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Schmuckers Restaurant - Doug Schmucker

Specialty pies, home-cooked meals draw customers to Schmucker’s Restaurant in Toledo

Schmuckers Restaurant - Doug Schmucker

By Bonnie Gretzner

“My grandfather started with the belief if you serve quality food at a reasonable price and made sure that customer didn’t go away hungry, they would be back. We’re still doing that today,”

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Pisanellos Pizza - Martin Wilson

Waterville businessman is very proud of his pizza

Pisanellos Pizza - Martin Wilson

By Dawn Wolfe

“We have our own special sauce and spice mix – it’s really good,” Martin said, “and our cheese is one of the best blends around – it’s made from cheeses from all over the country.” In addition to making “great pizzas,” Martin said that he markets pretty aggressively, including doing door-to-door flyers and sponsoring the local schools’ sports teams.

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Perrysburg Clean Blinds Plus - Ed Rantanen

Perrysburg Clean Blinds Plus cleans and restores window treatments

Perrysburg Clean Blinds Plus - Ed Rantanen

By Lisa Wolfe

“Some customers are afraid the blinds will not withstand cleaning, but I use a gentle process, am very careful and they always come out looking great.”

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Harold Jaffe Jewelry - Ivan and Jeff Jaffe

Toledo jeweler was born and bred in the business

Harold Jaffe Jewelry - Ivan and Jeff Jaffe

By Dawn Wolfe

“I love hearing the family histories – about how this ring was given to someone’s great aunt or grandmother and then passed down to her.”

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Brown Automotive Group - Rob Brown

Family car dealership serves Toledo for 85 years through ups and down

Brown Automotive Group - Rob Brown

By ASBR Staff

With the upgrades made to diesel fuel and technology, “You won’t be able to tell whether it’s gas or diesel,” Robb said. Diesel also provides better fuel economy and easier overall maintenance.

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Gem Appraisal Laboratory Ltd. - Jim O’Bryant

Gemstone appraiser finds value in protecting, guiding clients

Gem Appraisal Laboratory Ltd. - Jim O’Bryant

By Bev Berens

“Jewelry appraisal is something that everybody expects a jeweler to do. But many jewelers are not gemologists, and they are not trained in the theory of appraising to put the proper value on a piece based on the purpose of the appraisal.”

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Durdel's Music - Fred Shuman

Toledo music store owners carry on sixty-five year tradition

Durdel's Music - Fred Shuman

By Dawn Wolfe

“The store was originally called a “studio” because that let people know there was teaching going on – and that’s still a big part of what we do today. I’ve always felt that lessons are our real contribution to the community,” he said.

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Lazy Boy Furniture

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Toledo help clients ‘Live Life More Comfortably”

Lazy Boy Furniture

By Bev Berens

“Customers can get a much better look than they think they can from Lazy Boy. We have better choices in style and fabric than in the past. Customers often only think of La-Z-Boy as a chair company but they really make all kinds of products,”

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Community Partners

Jesse Duckworth

High school principal empowers parents and youth through music, books and workshops

Jesse Duckworth

By Bev Berens

“I feel what I do is bigger than music. I want to do more than show up and sing some songs. I want to meet as many needs as I can. I want to speak with some parents, I want to reach the youth through ministry meetings or one and two-day workshops,”

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Pet Supplies Plus - Bob Miller

After seventeen years, this Pet Supplies Plus manager is still going strong – and helping animals

Pet Supplies Plus - Bob Miller

By Bev Berens

“About twenty years ago, in the days when the large specialty retail concept was just getting started,” Bob explained, “some gentlemen who were sales reps in the industry came up with this concept. It’s a smaller, more compact concept than some of the other specialty pet supplies retailers out there, but we carry pretty much everything you may need. The founders had a strong grocery background, and you can see that in our stores’ layouts – our stores are extraordinarily shoppable.”

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