HomeReader's ChoiceReader's Choice 2014!

Reader’s Choice 2014!

Accolades – the highest compliment one can get from a co-worker, friend or customer. It’s that pat on the back, thumbs up and applause for a job well done. At MLiving we asked you, our readers, to vote for the best in a variety of areas – from medicine to parks. You responded and here we unveil those companies and individuals who go above and beyond. Our sincere congratulations!


Retirement Community

Genesis Village

2429 S. Reynolds Rd. 419-720-1286 | www.genesisvillage.org

Runner Up: Waterside – Monclova

Influential Caregiver

Hospice of Northwest Ohio

800 S. Detroit Ave. 419-661-4001 | www.hospicenwo.org

Runner Up: Ebeid Hospice Residence

Assisted Living Center

The Glendale Assisted Living

5020 Ryan Rd. 419-389-0800 | www.glendaleassistedliving.com

Runner Up: Oakleaf Village

Memory Care Center

Foundation Park Alzheimer’s Care Center

1621 S. Byrne Rd. 419-385-3958 | www.foundationpark.com

Runner Up: ProMedica Goerlich Center

Massage Therapist

Joani Donovan

Ultimate Body Mind Spirit Massage Therapy Toledo 3450 W. Central Ave. 419-367-1417 | www.ubmsmassage.com

Runner Up: Sr. Maryann Sydlowski

Local Pharmacy



Runner Up: Kroger Pharmacy

General Practice Physician

Dr. Joseph Peyton

Maumee Medical Partners Ltd. 111 Clinton St., Maumee 419-893-7671 Dr Joe Peyton attended Morehead State University with a BS in Science. He is a graduate of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and is Board Certified in Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualifications in both Geriatric Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Care from the American Board of Family Medicine. Peyton is a Certified Medical Director for Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing Facilities and Hospice. He has received the Outstanding Family Physician Award in 2013 from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr Peyton is licensed in Ohio and Michigan with offices in both states. He enjoys spending time on his farm in Michigan and has 3 children – Lindsay, Taylor, and Grant.

RUNNER UP: Elizabeth Hoffman ProMedica Physicians


Heather Harris

Abs & Apples LLC www.facebook.com/pages/Abs-Apples-LLC/110797957470 www.absandapples.wix.com/absandapples

Runner Up: Sue Barchick


Andrew Clark D.P. M.

609 Ford St, Maumee 419-893-5539 | www.toledopodiatrist.com

Runner Up: Thomas McCabe


Dr. Clint Keifer

Great Lakes Audiology 3780 King Rd. #2C 419-327-2273 | www.glaudiology.com Dr. Clint D. Keifer, audiologist/owner at Great Lakes Audiology, is a U.S. Army veteran who graduated from Western Michigan University (2003) and was named Presidential Scholar. He earned his Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) from Ohio State University in 2007 and moved to the Toledo area with his wife, Laura, to be closer to family. Opening his own practice in 2012 allowed him to deliver exceptional patient care without limitation. He currently volunteers as a board member of the Ohio Academy of Audiology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Clint enjoys many activities including woodworking, drawing/painting, running, kayaking, and camping with his wife and newborn twins.

RUNNER UP: Northwest Ohio Hearing Clinic


St. Luke’s Hospital

5901 Monclova Rd., Maumee 419-893-5911 | www.stlukeshospital.com

Runner Up: St. Anne Mercy Hospital


Dr. John Kruszewski

Pinnacle Eye Group 3723 King Rd., Sylvania 419-843-2020 | www.pinnacleeyegroup.com

Runner Up: Jason Ofori, Vision Group

Aquatics Instructor

Jennifer Schrickel

Central Park West Wellness 3130 Central Park West Dr., Suite A 419-841-9622 | www.cpwhc.com

Runner Up: YMCA

Fitness Trainer

Joel Cousino

Central Park West Wellness 3130 Central Park West Dr., Suite A 419-841-9622 | www.cpwhc.com

Runner Up: Gregg Schwartz – American Home Fitness



2053 N. 14th St. 419-241-7218 | www.ymcatoledo.org

Runner Up: Planet Fitness

Physical Therapist

Flower Hospital

5200 Harroun Rd. 419-824-1444 | www.promedica.org/flower-hospital

Runner Up: Holiday Park

Rehab Facility

Central Park West Wellness

3130 Central Park West Dr., Suite A 419-841-9622 | www.cpwhc.com

Runner Up: Wildwood Lifestyle Center


High Point Animal Hospital

6020 Manley Rd., Maumee 419-865-3611 | www.highpointanimalhospitals.com

Runner Up: Holly Farms Animal Care Center


Best for Dinner

Real Seafood Company

22 Main St. 419-697-4400 | www.realseafoodcotoledo.com

Runner Up: Black Pearl

Best for Lunch

Glendale Garden Cafe

2521 Glendale Ave. 419-382-1011 | www.ggardencafe.com

Runner Up: Olive Garden

ML Boomer Discount



Runner Up: Bob Evans

Best Breakfast

Classic Cafe

6742 W. Sylvania Ave. 419-882-3465 | www.facebook.com/SylvaniaClassicCafe

Runner Up: Scrambler Marie’s

Place to Meet for Cocktails

Ciao Ristorante

6064 Monroe St. 419-882-2334 | www.ciaorestaurant.com

Runner Up: Mancy’s


News Station

WTVG-Channel 13

4247 Dorr St. 419-531-1313 | www.13abc.com

Runner Up: WTOL – Channel 11

News Personality

Diane Larson

WTVG 4247 Dorr St. 419-531-1313 | www.13abc.com

Runner Up: Jerry Anderson, WTOL

Radio Personality

Fred LeFebvre

1370 WSPD 125 S. Superior St. 419-244-8321 | www.wspd.com/onair/fred-695/ He started in radio in 1977 in Celina, OH and moved to Toledo in February 1980 to work at what was then Hillebrand owned WMHE 92.5, which later became KISS-FM. He has worked as a morning show host and also had roles in production, promotions, sales, and management throughout the years. He began doing mornings at KISS-FM as part of original Breakfast Club with Jim Biggins, Mark Olson, and Shannon Bauer in late 80’s and has been part of a morning show ever since. Fred has two Lake Erie West awards, has produced 3 cd’s , and been active in numerous charities over his 35 years in Toledo. Fred was part of the original group that started the Northwest Ohio Rib Off when it was downtown, and is an honorary chairman for the Reeves Northrup Bike To The Bay for MS. In his spare time he enjoys reading, movies, live music in the area, and staying current on local politics. For last 9 years he’s been host of Fred LeFebvre and Morning News on 1370 WSPD which was a finalist this year for NAB Station Of Year.

RUNNER UP: Shores & Steele

Local Celebrity

Jerry Anderson

WTOL News 730 N. Summit St. 419-248-1111 | www.toledonewsnow.com

Runner Up: Tony Packo


Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

One Maritime Plaza, Room 600 419-259-7500 | www.kaptur.house.gov

Runner Up: Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson


Toledo Symphony Orchestra

1838 Parkwood Ave. # 310 419-241-1272 | www.toledosymphony.com

Runner Up: Chris Shutters

Car Dealership

Yark Automotive Group

6019 W. Central Ave. (866) 390-8894 | www.yarkauto.com

Runner Up: Dave White

Grocery Store



Runner Up: Churchill’s


Huntington Bank


Runner Up: PNC Bank


Bill Takacs

Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A. 3516 Granite Circle 419-516-0303 | www.gallonlaw.com Since 1955, Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A., has protected the rights of injury victims and their families. It was started as a labor law firm representing union workers. Throughout the years, the firm expanded into other areas of practice, but has remained focused on helping people who need representation against powerful corporations such as insurance companies and negligent manufacturers. With more than 300 years of accumulated experience, they are prepared to fight for your right to compensation for your losses. GTB&S has its main office in Toledo and with offices also located in Ann Arbor, Defiance, Findlay, Fremont, Lima and Sandusky. Bill Takacs began practicing law in 1976 and joined GTB&S in 1978. Bill is the Managing Partner of the law firm and also practices in the Workers’ Compensation and Social Security sections. Bill’s tireless commitment to people who have been injured or wronged has earned him a reputation as a strong advocate and highly successful in protecting his clients’ rights. “I practice law because I derive a great sense of personal satisfaction in helping people who otherwise are not in a position to help themselves. Hopefully, at the end of every day I can tell myself that I have made a positive difference in someone’s life.”

RUNNER UP: Pete Rost

Financial Advisor

Russ Karban

Savage and Associates 4427 Talmadge Rd. 419-475-8665 | www.savageandassociates.com Russ Karban, Vice President and Managing Executive has been a member of Savage and Associates since 1990. His focus involves two primary markets, the retirement plan arena for businesses and investment management for individuals. Russ also has management responsibilities centered on the strategic direction and management of the investment department within Savage and Associates. Karban earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Toledo with a major in Finance. In May 2015, he received recognition from industry media source Financial Times as one of Financial Times 2015 Top 401 Retirement Plan Advisors. Russ and his wife, Amny, live in Sylvania, Ohio with their four children, Jared, Jimmy, and Kaitlyn and Jack. Russ is an active member of St. Joseph, Sylvania parish and many charity organizations.

RUNNER UP: Edward Jones

Insurance Agent

Park Insurance

5749 Park Center Ct. 419-474-8135 | www.parkinsurance.com

Runner Up: Wayne Milewski,Savage and Associates

Place to see a sunset

Maumee Bay State Park

1400 State Park Rd., Oregon 419-836-7758 | www.parks.ohiodnr.gov/maumeebay

Runner Up: The Docks – Downtown Toledo

Favorite Place to take grandchildren

Toledo Zoo

2 Hippo Way 419-385-4040 | www.toledozoo.org

Runner Up: Cedar Point

Place to take a walk

Wildwood Preserve Metropark

5100 W. Central Ave 419-407-9700 | www.metroparkstoledo.com

Runner Up: Side Cut Metropark

Place to Walk your Dog

Side Cut Metropark

1025 W. River Rd., Maumee 419-407-9700 | www.metroparkstoledo.com

Runner Up: Dog Park

Funeral Home

Walker Funeral Home

Keith Walker | www.walkerfuneralhomes.com After working at a funeral home in North Toledo, Alvin W. Walker opened his first chapel on Monroe Street in 1933. It soon became the area’s leading funeral home, as Alvin was involved in community organizations, and because he treated every family as though it were his own. Alvin opened the Talmadge Park Chapel on Talmadge Road, and was joined in the family business by his son Gary in 1965, and his grandson Keith in 1993. The chapel was relocated to its current Sylvania location in 1995, and the family purchased the Maison-Dardenne Funeral Home in Maumee, renaming it Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home. This expansion of community service was followed by the acquisition of three other funeral homes in Ottawa County. Today, the Walkers and their professional staff serve Ohio families from five conveniently-located funeral chapels. Keith Walker is past president of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and has served as President of the Sylvania Rotary Club; and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce.

RUNNER UP: Reeb Funeral Home


Local Park

Side Cut Metropark

1025 W. River Rd., Maumee 419-407-9700 | www.metroparkstoledo.com

Runner Up: Olander Park

Daytime Activity Group

Movies at Levis Commons

2005 Hollenbeck Dr., Perrysburg 419-874-2154 | www.cinemark.com

Runner Up: YMCA




Runner Up: Black & White Cab

Local Sports’ Team

Toledo Mud Hens

406 Washington St. 419-725-4367 | www.milb.com

Runner Up: Toledo Walleye

Local Travel Destination

Ann Arbor, MI


Runner Up: Toledo Zoo

Best Green House

Hoen’s Garden Center and Landscaping

1710 Perrysburg Holland Rd, Holland 419-865-6566 | www.hoensgreenhouse.com

Runner Up: Whiteford Greenhouse

Best Golf Course

Bedford Hills Golf Club

6400 Jackman Rd., Temperance 734-854-4653 | www.bedfordhillsgolf.com

Runner Up: Ottawa Park Golf Course


Sylvania Branch Library

6749 Monroe St, Sylvania 419-882-2089 | www.web2.toledolibrary.org

Runner Up: Toledo Public – Main Branch

Place to Volunteer

Hospice of Northwest Ohio

800 S. Detroit Ave. 419-661-4001 | www.hospicenwo.org

Runner Up: Sisters of St. Francis

Local Way to Spend Time

Browsing Barnes and Noble

4940 Monroe St. 419-472-6164 | www.barnesandnoble.com

Runner Up: Levis Commons


Valentine Theatre

410 Adams St. 419-242-3490 | www.valentinetheatre.com

Runner Up: Village Players

Place to spend time with family

Toledo Museum of Art

2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000 | www.toledomuseum.org

Runner Up: Crosby Gardens Jazz Night

Place to relax in retirement/vacation



Runner Up: New Mexico

Antique Store

Maumee Antique Mall

On Q Dance Center LLC, 1552 S. Reynolds Rd., Maumee 419-893-2468 | www.maumeeantiquemall.com

Runner Up: Architectural Artifacts

Local Club

Toledo Ski Club

5250 Hill Ave., Toledo | www.toledoskiclub.net

Runner Up: Highland Meadows Golf Club

Continuing Education Program

Owens Community College

30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg 567-661-7000 | www.owens.edu

Runner Up:Lourdes Lifelong Learning

Bingo Hot Spot

Little Flower Catholic Church

5562 Dorr St. 419-537-6655 | www.littleflowertoledo.org

Runner Up: Somerset Hall

Summer Event

Toledo Zoo Concerts

2 Hippo Way 419-385-4040 | www.toledozoo.org

Runner Up: Black Swamp Arts Festival

Winter Event

Lights Before Christmas – Toledo Zoo

2 Hippo Way 419-385-4040 | www.toledozoo.org

Runner Up: Holidays in the Manor House

Senior Center

Sylvania Senior Center

7140 W. Sylvania Ave. 419-885-3913 | www.scsonline.org

Runner Up: M.L. Hunt Senior Center

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