Just thirty minutes outside of Toledo is a unique restaurant in Grand Rapids, Ohio. LaRoe’s of Grand Rapids, opened by Dave LaRoe, has been serving delicious cuisine in both a casual and formal atmosphere for forty years.
Contributors: Stephen Vasquez - Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Holly Kemler - Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority
Early this fall, a delegation including thirteen representatives from eight area firms took the new American Airlines’ nonstop service to Charlotte, North Carolina out of Toledo Express Airport for an intercity visit. The visit was organized by the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, as an opportunity for our members to learn about the economic prosperity of Charlotte and generate new ideas for our area.
Charlotte was of particular interest for many reasons but most of all to showcase the new direct route from Toledo Express to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, which opens the business community in the Toledo Region to many exciting opportunities. The city was also chosen because of existing relationships between the Charlotte and Toledo Chambers of Commerce and between Toledo Region businesses with those in the Charlotte area. These relationships played a crucial role in securing the new route and this trip was the next step in strengthening those relationships and creating new ones.
Knight Insurance Group has been insuring the Toledo Region for more than 150 years! Headquartered on Erie Street in Downtown Toledo, the agency has big plans for 2018.
In mid-2017, the firm announced its plan to acquire the Denver Wholesale Florist shop located next to its current office. It is a win-win for both businesses. In a sweeping plan to renovate, Knight will xpand its office next door, create loft- style living on the top floor, and beautified parking lot that is a focal point as visitors enter downtown Toledo from the interstate. These renovation plans will help Knight continue itslegacy of excellence as the acquisition provides the necessary space to expand its personal Private Client Group and middle-market business department.
The expansion also shows Knight’s commitment to the Warehouse District, a bustling and rejuvenated neighborhood within the downtown. Knight has long supported the Toledo Warehouse District Association, with Diane Keil-Hipp, COO, as its president for the last ten years, and Ken Knight as a long-time board member. Knight has been the major sponsor of Wander the Warehouse District, the annual open house tour, for 15 years.
Owners: Cheryl and Elissa Schmidt
Established: 1988 (mother/daughter)
Location: Levis Commons, Perrysburg
Taste of Toledo is owned by mother-daughter duo Cheryl and Elissa Schmidt. It was created as a corporate gift basket service. Celebrating 30 years in 2018, the company was started to inspire businesses in Toledo to shop local instead of ordering from out of town gift services.
Three years ago the Schmidts made the decision to move their store from Holland to Perrysburg. They now carry gifts for all occasions, including Ohio wines, gourmet wine baskets and a large selection of unique gifts. Their primary focus continues to be gift baskets filled with Toledo and Ohio foods.
Offering both local and nationwide delivery, Taste of Toledo is a perfect option for everyone on your list this holiday season.
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By: Leslie Bailey, The Pinnacle
The Pinnacle is proud to announce its twentieth year as the leading special events venue in Northwest Ohio. In an era when hospitality companies come and go, The Pinnacle has achieved two decades of innovation and steady growth. The company will commemorate the occasion with specials for all events booked for 2018.
The Pinnacle began operations in December of 1997 when Tom Thees first opened the doors. Tom’s nephew Mark Thees and his wife Liz, purchased The Pinnacle in 2004. This makes The Pinnacle a locally owned and operated family business. When you consider the Management Staff and their loyal Team Members, they have over 200 years experience providing the perfect destination and atmosphere for the Toledo community to receive the highest level attention to detail for events and special occasions.
Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has been a national program that encourages charitable activity at the start of the holiday season. Toledo Community Foundation supports local nonprofits in this effort by promoting the program and encouraging donations. With over 2,500 nonprofits in the Toledo Region, there are more than enough opportunities for you to kick off this holiday season with the spirit of giving.
This year, #GivingTuesdayNWO is on November 28, 2017. For the second year in a row, Toledo Community Foundation and The Blade have partnered to make a matching grant opportunity available to any eligible local participating nonprofit organization and one $5,000 award to one area nonprofit organization who participates in #GivingTuesdayNWO. More information can be found on the TCF website.
“Toledo Community Foundation and The Blade have partnered to support local nonprofits in this effort by promoting the program and encouraging donations. Every contribution absolutely makes a difference! And we encourage everyone to please consider a #GivingTuesday contribution to the nonprofit organization that you believe in.”
Contributors: Bill Wersell, Emily Dammeyer
In the Toledo Region we know that It Matters Where You Make It, which is why we also know it is important to support our local small businesses. The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday. Celebrate our community’s makers by kicking-off your holiday shopping spree with locally made goods and services.
We get it-there is a BIG game that day, but whether you are wearing Scarlet & Gray or Maize & Blue we can at least agree that the 419 is home and small businesses make our community thrive. We encourage you to shop small all weekend long and support our local economy throughout the year.
By: Jeraldine Stewart, Owner, Jera’s Heavenly Sweet
Owners: Jeraldine Stewart (Jera) and her husband William Stewart
Location: One Seagate Suite Place 107, Toledo, OH 43604
After ten years of being a local home based baker and building a following by word of mouth with the food truck crowd, Jera says she was blessed with an exciting new location in the Fifth Third bank building on Summit Street. The bakery officially celebrated their Grand Opening on July 10th, 2017.
Owners: Raja and Jessica Salfiti
Grand Opening: Summer 2017
Location: 3332 W Central Avenue, Toledo, OH
Have you checked out Fuzzy’s Taco on Central Avenue? Opened by University of Toledo alumni Raja and Jessica Salfiti, the restaurant serves fresh, handmade Baja-style Mexican food. With indoor and outdoor patio seating, head over to grab a bite, because after all, “It’s Taco O’Clock Somewhere.”
By: Alexandria Moran, Marketing Director Applied Imaging
For 30 years, Applied Imaging has helped businesses become more efficient in how they communicate and manage information flow. Though Applied Imaging got its start selling and leasing copiers, printers, and fax machines, it has grown to offer so much more. From Managed IT services to Document Management, the staff at Applied Imaging does what it takes to be the most respected regional technology provider. They have found success by following the mission and passion of the company and it’s leader, John Lowery. It’s the passion for service, for people and business. After opening a new office in downtown Toledo this summer, the people at Applied Imaging are excited to bring their service, care and culture to local businesses here in Ohio.