Local Favs

by Pat Nowak Photos Jonathan Miksanek

Why shop at a locally owned business first? Studies have proven that far more of the money spent at local businesses is reinvested in your community. This supports other local businesses. It creates a unique diversity which helps each city, town and village maintain a community presence and identity. Shopping local is environmentally friendly, can be a part of weekly family fun, and creates less traffic.

When asked to name our favorite restaurant, store or salon it is usually an exceptional local favorite.  Northwest Ohio is blessed with an abundance of local businesses that add to the community character of this area.

The owners of distinctive shops, quaint restaurants and soothing salons dot the landscape and invest their life savings in the business so they have an investment in the long-term health of the community. They support local charity and play a vital role in the ongoing vitality of the area.

So when you think of shopping, try that new boutique, or coffee shop or visit that insurance professional who lives in your neighborhood – you may find a pleasant experience, make local friends and support the economy in your area.


Living from the Heart  LLC

Sue McMahon PCC, BCC

Professional Certified Coach – Board Certified Coach

Office: 419.472.9967

Email: CoachSue@LivingFromTheHeart.info

Give me a short recap of your  business mission statement: Living from the Heart LLC offers coaching services, – a thought-provoking process and creative partnership that boldly challenges, inspires, and empowers courageous transformation for individuals and organizations. I provide my clients with the tools and support for overcoming limiting beliefs, creating momentum for change, and finding more life balance and fulfillment. I  challenge my clients to align with a more authentic and truthful life despite feeling powerless at times as they are forced into new situations or unforeseen circumstances. I empower my clients to embrace a life shaped by personal choice, learning to trust and live from their heart!

What should people know about your business that is special? There are numbers of unqualified and inexperienced people out there calling themselves coaches. I also want to educate the public regarding the distinction of a professional coach. Because coaching remains a self-regulated profession there is no requirement for coaches to be trained, credentialed, or aligned with a coaching organization that upholds the integrity of the profession by aligning with a Code of Ethics and with the oversight of an Ethics IRB. LFTH represents the highest quality in professional coaching, demonstrating industry standards of excellence in qualification, and competence.

Why should people shop at local businesses? Just as in any other community in the world, there is a rich and deep diversity of human spirit that fills our NW Ohio community. I believe that as human beings we are much more alike than we are different, connected by hearts that share core values. Being connected to others in our local area allows for community building and allows us to feel supported and cared about as a human being.


Vertical Mobility of Toledo LLC

Scott Macy

Phone: 419-214-7460

Email: WeCare@VerticalMobilityToledo.com

What is your mission? The mission of Vertical Mobility of Toledo LLC is to provide commercial and residential services in the elevator industry. Our focus is integrity, accountability and honesty as core values while providing superior customer care at a competitive price.

Why is your business special? People should know we are special because we are small in size but big in customer service. We take care of the little things and strive with helping the customer save money.

Why should people shop local? People should shop at local businesses to help the community. Shopping local keeps money and jobs from going elsewhere. When those resources are kept here the trickle down effect is very beneficial to the local economy.


Reeb Funeral  Home

John K. Watkins II

5712 N. Main Street Sylvania, OH 43560

Phone: 419-882-2033

Website: www.reebfuneralhome.com

Email: reebfuneralhome@bex.net

Why should people shop local? Reeb Funeral Home, a family owned and operated business, has been serving Sylvania, Toledo and southern Michigan since the 1930’s and is located in the historical downtown area of Sylvania.  We believe supporting local businesses promotes local prosperity and strengthens the economic base of Sylvania. As a locally owned business we value your business and treat you like a family member.

Why is your business special? Reeb Funeral Home has an experienced staff that can assist family members with the smallest, most personalized funeral detail to truly represent their loved one.  Our building offers a comforting environment to serve the family’s needs with one of the area’s largest rooms for family and friends to gather for visitation and a funeral service. Smaller rooms can also be made available. Our large, well-lit parking lot is easily accessible from three streets.  It is our goal to offer compassionate, sincere service to help the family plan a personalized ceremony at a competitive price. We also offer pre-arrangement options to ease the burden on the family at the time of need.

What is your mission statement? At Reeb Funeral Home we believe in the City of Sylvania. We purchased the land on the corner of Maplewood and Main Street and partnered with the City of Sylvania in creating a park in historical downtown Sylvania that provides green space and a stage for downtown events.  We work with the Sylvania Area Chamber, the City of Sylvania and other organizations to provide parking for the many downtown community events.


Glendale Flowers and Gifts

Denise Lambes

5658 Mayberry Square Sylvania, Ohio 43560

Phone: 419-385-5785

Website: www.glendaleflowersandgifts.com

What is special about your business? We have a market feel to our shop that allows our customers to get creative and pick out flowers they like to make  a beautiful arrangement. Also, our passion and love of art and nature combine to create a vision for our clients. We believe that only flowers can communicate to those willing to listen with their eyes…

Why should people shop local? People should shop local because doing so supports the community and provides jobs that will keep monies flowing throughout the area.


Knight Insurance Group

Phone: 419-241-5133

Website: www.knightinsurance.com

What should people know about your business that is special? We have been in business since 1859!  That’s 156 years of insuring Toledoans treasured assets and providing sound insurance counsel.

Why should people shop at local businesses? Why do business with a faceless entity?  We offer online services at knightinsurance.com, so  you can have the best of both worlds: quick, 24/7 service AND comfort in talking with someone you know.

Provide a short recap of your business mission statement. We strive to be the Agency of Choice for our clients, carriers, and community.  Through relentless focus, exceptional standards, and enduring relationships, we will grow and thrive in a fun environment, delight our stakeholders, and be the best at what we do.

Walker Funeral Home

Keith Walker

5155 W. Sylvania Avenue Toledo, OH 43623

Phone: (419) 841-2422

Website: www.walkerfuneralhomes.com

What should people know about your business that is special? For over 75 years, our family has cared for the needs of our neighbors in Oak Harbor, Maumee, Genoa, Port Clinton, and Sylvania. As a family-owned funeral home, we’re part of the community, and our staff contributes their time and energy to local civic groups and charities.

Why should people use local businesses? As a local business we’ve established a reputation for compassionate, personal attention to the needs of families who have lost a loved one. Most local businesses make sure that your expectations are met, and even exceeded because they understand the needs of their community and strive to make a difference.

Provide a short recap of your business statement: When you experience the loss of a loved one, you can trust Walker to guide you through the arrangements necessary to create a meaningful ceremony that celebrates the unique life being honored. The staff is committed to providing your family with the highest quality care and service in your time of need, and we take pride in our responsibility to lighten your burden as you take the first steps toward healing.


Gulfstream Development Ltd.

J.P. Ankney

5580 Monroe St., Suite 101 Sylvania, OH 43560

Phone: 419-460-0321

Website: www.watersidehomes.com

What should people know about your business that is special? Gulfstream Development is introducing  a new property:  The Legends at Fallen Timbers Fairways.  The Legends is a community which will consist of 118 golf villas situated around a new 9 hole Par 3 Executive Golf Course. Villas will feature 3-car garages for golf carts, cars, or any other use. Floor plans will be the same Scholz Design plans made famous in our Waterside Communities in Monclova and will feature a golf villa community, with free golf for life. Why should people shop local? People should support local business in order to keep funding our local economy instead of somebody else’s. Provide a short recap of your business: Gulfstream Development is a residential development and construction company with projects in Sylvania, Monclova, Waterville, Whitehouse, and Maumee. hear

Hear-Rite, LLC

Michael DeYarman, BC-HIS


6600 Sylvania Ave., Ste. 17 Sylvania, OH 43560

Phone: 419-517-7794


Website: www.hear-rite-now.com

What should people know about your business that is special? While we are locally owned business, we are part of an international group of providers that allow our patients to have access to the same level of care we provide, and in most cases, at no additional charge.  I opened Hear-Rite in order to provide my patients with the highest level of care and attention needed to a achieve the best possible outcome with their hearing loss and hearing instruments.

Why should people shop at local businesses? Local businesses, such as Hear-Rite, have a  personal investment in the community.  We shop, go to church, participate in local organizations and get to know the people in our community.  The best part of opening our first office in Sylvania was the connection we have to so may of our patients and their families.

Give me a short recap of your business mission statement: Our mission is quite simple:  We believe that by providing exceptional care and service our patients achieve exceptional results!


Ryan Pharmacy

Timothy J. Ryan

3340 Dorr St.

Toledo, Ohio 43607

Phone: 419-531-2836 800-589-7926

Website: www.ryanpharmacy.com

Why is your business special? Ryan Pharmacy is special because we have been taking care of Toledo families for generations. We are in our 55th year of business and have taken care of 3 and 4 generations of families. We give the same personal touch that a family member would provide. Families trust us with their loved ones because we treat them like family.

Why should people shop local? People should shop locally to support your neighbors. Big box stores are sometimes multinational companies. Local businesses are owned and operated by your neighbors and friends. If you have problems with the big box stores, how do you resolve your problems?. With local businesses like ours, you can speak to the owners and managers who solve your problems, not by calling an 800 number.

What is your business mission statement? Our business mission statement is to treat our customers like we do our own family members, with care.


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