Two local companies merge to form Miller-Danberry Commercial Realty LLC

by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Kurt Miller, president of Miller Diversified, Inc., Tim Schlachter, president of Miller-Danberry Commercial Realty LLC, Jerry Miller, CCIM, vice president of Miller Diversified, Inc. and Lynn Fruth, CEO of The Danberry Co.

Two of the leading commercial real estate firms in northwest Ohio, Danberry Commercial and Miller Diversified Realty Corp., a have signed a definitive agreement to merge their commercial real estate brokerage and property management operations. The new combined business will be named Miller-Danberry Commercial Realty LLC, and the merger will be completed by the end of the first quarter.

Danberry Commercial is the commercial brokerage arm of The Danberry Co., which was formed in 1962 and ranks among the top 100 independent real estate brokerages in the nation. Miller Diversified Realty Corp. is a business unit of Miller Diversified, Inc., established in 1920, and is one of the foremost commercial real estate development, construction and brokerage companies in the region. The merger will serve to combine the strengths and resources of these two companies into a recognized leader of commercial real estate services in Northwest Ohio.

“This business combination underscores the commitment of our two companies to build the premier commercial real estate brokerage and property management company in northwest Ohio,” said Kurt Miller, president of Miller Diversified, Inc. “Our two companies share the same core values and are committed to the same high level of client attention and service. We have worked extremely well together over the years, and a combination of our businesses just made sense.”

Lynn Fruth, CEO of The Danberry Co., stated, “Combining our commercial brokerage and property management businesses creates a single firm with capabilities that are unmatched in the region. Not only will we have the strongest brokerage company in the market, but also we will have construction and development resources available to serve our customers’ needs. We are extremely excited about the expanded full-service platform we are creating.”

Tim Schlachter will serve as president of the new company, and the firm will initially operate under the brokerage license of Jerry Miller.

“This new platform will greatly enhance our capabilities, to the mutual benefit of our clients, agents and support staff,” Schlachter said. “In our role as trusted advisor, having the depth of experience, resources and knowledge we collectively possess, serves to help us provide insight and action steps to achieving the goals of our clients.”

He added, “We have very strong and beneficial relationships in the development and construction communities and we will be able to leverage our existing relationships in these industries. This new relationship with the Millers will serve to further enhance those resources.

Miller Diversified
Miller Diversified, with its headquarters in Maumee, is an integrated real estate company providing commercial, industrial and residential development, construction and brokerage services.

Danberry Co.
The Danberry Co. is one of the oldest real estate brokerage firms in the region. It has been locally owned and operated in the Toledo area since 1962. Today, Danberry serves the region with over 200 licensed real estate agents and seven offices. While Danberry is best known as a residential real estate brokerage, it is a full service company including commercial sales and leasing, property management, nationwide relocation and auction services.



Skincare line now offered in NW Ohio

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Sany Dash and her assistant Rebecca White arranged the new line of skincare products for introduction to the community.

A new beauty product brand, Sany Skincare, made its northwest Ohio debut on Feb. 6 with a community party featuring the products. The event was held at the Sylvania Area Family Services Center.

Sany Dash, CEO of Sany Skincare Inc. said, “Finally, after three years of hard work, dedication, intensive research and development, we are able to embark on this new skin care journey, and introduce Sany Skincare to the people. We are excited to see our vision take off and grow our brand into something we are hopeful will be unparalleled, and that will leave our customers feeling elated in a multitude of ways. In addition, just as important as it is to create a company that fosters satisfaction, strong bonds with customers and happiness, we want to use our platform to enrich the lives of middle America by bringing jobs back to northwest Ohio.”

Dash added, “We are looking toward the future where we will be investing in building a manufacturing plant in northwest Ohio as well as opening a large customer service center. We all have our own version of the American dream. Whatever your American dream is, we at Sany Skincare want to be there to help make it come true.”

Each Sany Skincare product, made in the U.S., is paraben- and cruelty-free, and features the brand’s signature key ingredients-coconut and olive oil. These ingredients encapsulate ancient beauty secrets from Asia, the charm of the Mediterranean Basin, and combine with the achievements of modern science to help attain more beautiful, youthful looking skin without undergoing aggressive and invasive procedures. Sany Skincare’s philosophy and anthem to women and men all around the world, of all ages and ethnicities, is to “feel beautiful every day, and to be proud of who you are in your own skin.”

Sany Skincare products include Silky Contour Serum, Youthful Face CONTOUR Crème, Tangerine Luxe Moisturizing Mask, Youthful Eye Contour Crème, Buffing Exfoliating Cleanser, Natural Versatile Deodorant and Neck & Décolletage Firming Lifting Crème.

“Our motto is ‘Feel Beautiful Every Day’ and our mission is to help every one feel beautiful every day,” Dash offered.

Dash intends to expand with additional anti-aging skincare products and will debut an ultra chic new men’s skincare line in mid 2017. She also plans to introduce a new cosmetic line in early 2018.

Dash, who is involved with several IT businesses, decided to turn her attention to skincare products at the encouragement of her friends and associates who had read her blogs about good skin health.

First-of-its-kind Indoor Auto Auction features ‘Anything on Wheels’

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Mike Jones looks over the 1970 Jeep Wagoneer and the 2003 Mini Cooper that will be on the auction block.

“Anything on wheels can be auctioned during our inaugural Indoor Auto Auction,” reported Mike Jones, the owner of
Michigan Technical Resource Park
8000 Yankee Rd. in neighboring
Ottawa Lake, Mich.

According to Jones, Mark Oberly of Mark Oberly Auction Service, will call the sale on
Saturday, March 11 at 10 a.m.

“We are opening up the 400 seat auditorium for this first-ever auction. Everything to be sold will be wheeled in one at a time to center stage, where hundreds of potential buyers in theater-style seats will be able to see the exterior. Thanks to technology, they will also be able to view the interior on the big screen above the sale item,” he explained.

“Vehicles of all kinds have started to come in,” Jones noted. “We have several motorcycles, classic cars, boats and an airplane will be registered for the sale,” he said. “We are hoping to have a variety of classic cars and trucks, hot rods, commercial trucks, ATVs, agriculture equipment, boats on trailers and more. We are also hoping to have automotive collectables such as license plates and other items, including ‘mantiques’ and more available for sale,” Jones said.

While vehicles can be registered any time,
check in begins March 7 through March 10
from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and
on sale day from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

If you want to sell a vehicle, an insertion fee of $50 will be charged at registration and there is a buyers’ and sellers’ fee of 7.5 percent. “All registered vehicles will be stored in a gated, secured parking area,” Jones promised.

Potential buyers will have the opportunity to preview all the registered vehicles on Friday, March 10 from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m.

According to Oberly, owners can register their vehicle or collections with a reserve.

During the auction, food and beverages will be available.
Each potential buyer will also be eligible to receive a variety of prizes and give-a-ways donated from local merchants.
In addition, a driving simulator, developed by building tenant Bill Bales, will be available for guests to try during the auction.

According to marketing director and co-host Melissa Prielipp, each registered vehicle will be posted on Facebook along with a descriptive write-up. “The more time a vehicle is on Facebook, the more exposure this will bring,” she said.



“We Love Small Businesses” Contest!

GenoaBank and Sylvania AdVantage/Boomers & Beyond are partnering to recognize outstanding Sylvania-area small businesses and the contribution they make to the community. Give a local business a chance to win an advertising package with the Sylvania AdVantage and Boomers & Beyond newspapers valued at over $3,000.00.

To nominate your favorite,


to tell us what makes this Sylvania-area business special!

The top three finalists will be featured in the Sylvania AdVantage April 18th issue,
and then the community will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite!


The 2017 HBA House & Home Show has it all!

Whether your dream is to replace your windows, create a backyard oasis, upgrade your kitchen,
remodel or finally build the home you’ve always wanted…
the HBA House & Home Show has it all!

February 17-19, 2017
SeaGate Convention Centre
401 Jefferson Ave, Toledo

+ Showcase Home +
Visit the all new 2017 Showcase Home!
Walk through this inspiring display of the latest design trends, current home technologies and outdoor features.

+ Meet the Experts +
Join us in the stage area for presentations by our exhibitors on various topics throughout the show.

+ Kids Zone +
While mom and dad work on creating their dream home, the little ones can discover their dreams, too!
Bring them by the Kids Zone to meet Belle and Cinderella or a Storm Trooper and Rey presented by Laurel’s Princess Parties, see a magic show with Pattrick the Magician, build with Lowe’s and snap a photo in the construction equipment display by CAT.

Friday  3pm – 8pm
Saturday  10am – 8pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm

$10 at the Door
$7 in Advance @ The Anderson’s 

 or the Seagate Box Office

Kids 12 and Under – Free

There is plenty of parking in the downtown area including the SeaGate Centre parking garage. Prices vary and are set by the individual lots and garages.

For all the details visit:

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Sylvania Community Arts Commission continues to grow

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Sylvania Community Arts Commission Executive Director Jennifer Archer and her assistant Sadaf Sediqe arrange some of the products they offer for sale in their new office in the Sylvania Historical Village.

For the past five years, the Sylvania Community Arts Commission has been on a growth path under the leadership of Executive Director, Jennifer Archer. In addition to the children’s theater program, the Sylvania Community Orchestra and Maple & Main Art Fair, several innovative programs have made their way to Sylvania’s ‘center stage’. Public art has become a focal point from the two outdoor murals to the yarn art and Main Street banners flying from lightposts. Also, some of the newest programs are the Tree City Film Festival including Shorties U, a film workshop for students and the Tree City Playhouse, which brings performance art to the fore. The inception of the Red Bird Art District and its First Friday Art Walk shines a spotlight on many art forms and emphasizes a sense of community by bringing people from all walks of life into downtown businesses and restaurants for the monthly event.

What once was a quiet, but focused and determined organization is evolving into an energetic and dynamic force in Sylvania.

Two years ago, Sadaf Sediqe joined Archer in a part time position. “Art has always been my passion,” Sediqe noted. “My parents and I escaped Afghanistan and fled to Kuwait when I was very young. Art became very important to me then. It was even more important when we moved to the United States as a 10-year-old as a means to communicate and express myself in my new home.”

Sediqe received her undergraduate degree in arts education from The University of Toledo and spent four years teaching art at the Toledo Islamic Academy. “I realized that while I really liked teaching, there was more that I wanted to do,” she offered. “I felt that arts advocacy was what I could do to really make a difference.”

To that end, Sediqe returned to school and received a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration.

“I’m still teaching art part time,” she said. “But, I am now also advocating for art through the Arts Commission and helping Jennifer in other ways. I love getting students involved with the community through the arts, which is what the SCAC allows us to do. This offers me the best of both worlds.”

According to Archer, “I could not do this job with all of our growth and development without Sadaf. We work closely on all that we do especially now that we have our new office space. And while we are very dependent on our board, many committee members and volunteers for all of our events and programs, it is very important to have a staff member be part of each of those. Sadaf and I continue to look for additional ways to share responsibilities so we can continue to grow.”

Archer has been the guiding force of the Sylvania Community Arts Commission for the past five years. She joined the organization on April 1, a few weeks before the inaugural Maple & Main Art Fair in June, 2012, and the celebration of local artist Walter Chapman’s 100th birthday.

“It was an exciting challenge from the minute I started the job,” Archer remembered. “My family and I have made many corporate moves because of my husband, Steve’s job. We had lived in Sylvania for three years and one of my friends from that time and I reconnected when we moved back to Sylvania in 2010. She was active on the Arts Commission and told me of the job opening when the former director moved out of town.”

According to Archer, she and the board were a good fit. “I grew up in the art world as my mother was a talented water colorist and an elementary art teacher in my school. I helped her in her class and at art shows through the years so I knew what it is to be supportive. I am creative and have a great appreciation for the arts even though I am not an artist,” she revealed.

Along with helping artists find ways to exhibit, display and market their work, Archer is also always looking for ways to expand the scope of the SCAC.

“The year after I started with the Arts Commission, I helped my brother, who is an independent filmmaker, with a film festival in Michigan. I came back inspired, as were SCAC board members, and launched the first Tree City Film Festival in 2013,” she remembered.

“I want to continue to grow what we already have and find new things, which fit our mission,” she said. “There is so much more to what the arts bring to life and so much more that we as an organization can do to help people embrace all of the arts.”

“I look forward to our doing even more amazing things,” she added.

Archer mentioned that the Sylvania Community Orchestra will perform March 5 at Lourdes Franciscan Center. “This is a great community event. We have over 50 musicians who play in the orchestra and offer free concerts for the community. This orchestra is truly a jewel and a great source of pride,” she said.

The fourth annual four-week Shorties U for students begins Feb. 25 featuring students who have grown out of the program returning to mentor new students. The shorties screening will be held April 30 at Northview High Schools Performing Arts Center.

The fifth annual Tree City Film Festival will be held March 25-26 at Olander Park’s Nederhouser Community Hall. The sixth annual Maple & Main Art Fair returns the first weekend in June.

The Savvy Sylvanian … is Floored

–by Mary Helen Darah

L-R: Co-owner Terry Knight, designer Lynn Magdich, bookkeeper Christy Konz, and co-owner Rick Knight, of Modern Floors.
L-R: Co-owner Terry Knight, designer Lynn Magdich, bookkeeper Christy Konz, and co-owner Rick Knight, of Modern Floors.

A visit with Modern Floors
I must admit, I was a tad disappointed when I went to visit Modern Floors, at 5808 Secor Rd. I yelled “Modern Floors!” and no one came out to get me. My disenchantment quickly faded upon meeting Terry Knight, co-owner of the company. I had the false impression that only upstart bands emerge from garages but Knight enlightened me that businesses may begin there as well.

“My father started a hardwood flooring business in 1959 and actually worked out of his garage and van,” he fondly recalled. “Our mother used to accompany him on jobs even when they were dating. She would hand him nails. As time went on, he began to offer additional flooring options. Dad continued to work out of the garage until a roll of carpet fell onto my mother’s shoulder. He decided they needed to go into a warehouse instead of the garage for safety reasons.”

When the family grew, so did the business. “We grew up installing flooring part-time with the guys in the summers in between sports and other activities,” stated Knight. “That blew into full-time work. In the early 80s, home building came to a halt. My dad decided to go into retail sales out of a small showroom. This current location was once a Sunoco gas station that I worked in. The owner was retiring and we went ahead and purchased it in 1986.”

Growing the business
Knight and his brother Rick began to take the business over from their father. “When this store was completed, it started growing in leaps and bounds,” he stated. “Our dad passed away in 2013, and we were already renting the building from him. We have people that come in and say that they bought carpet 30 years ago from my dad. We have a great deal of repeat business which means a lot to us.”

The brothers pride themselves on continuing the legacy of their father and feel a vital factor in their success is the relationships they maintain with their installers. “We are very close to all our subcontracted employees. No one has ever quit us,” stated Knight. “We understand the hard work they do. They do a perfect job for our customers. No one is afraid to see them come into their house.”

Other key staff members include a trusted bookkeeper, Christy Konz, a part-time sales person, Maryanne Skertic and a full-time interior designer, Lynn Magdich. The designer assists clients in their decision-making process. She must be one busy and patient person. As someone who takes far too long to order a coffee at Starbucks, I couldn’t imagine selecting from their numerous flooring options.

Family roles
The brothers have diverse and active roles in the business. “Rick and I do the buying, the bidding and we unload products. We are a small business. We don’t have an individual for every little thing that needs to be done. When Rick and I worked with my father, we decided to let each other do our thing. We know what needs to be done, and we do it. We truly got along. That being said, we don’t vacation together,” he joked.

“I was actually planning to be an architect. But I get satisfaction from dealing with people. We are honest even if we risk losing a sale. We are up-front with costs, and there are no surprises. When we finish a job, everyone is happy.”

Laying out the future
Modern Floors will continue to offer carpet, hardwood floors, luxury vinyl tile and planks, laminates, and the newest in floor covering at their infamous location. “We have no end date in mind,” stated Knight. “We plan on keeping our doors open for years to come and hope people continue to yell ‘Modern Floors’.” The catchy slogan is yelled out school bus windows when kids go by. Modern Floors was also named as one of the best reasons to come to Toledo by a local radio station.

I would love to replace the carpet that covers my stairs that has pattern that looks as though it was picked out by someone’s great-aunt with vision issues. This Savvy Sylvanian may once again be yelling “Modern Floors!” in the near future, and I’m sure that next time someone will come out and get me.

Right at Home, an in-home senior care service, opens in Sylvania

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Right at Home Care Coordinator Sabrena Stults and owner Trina Slatinksy welcome caregivers and guests to their new office.
Right at Home Care Coordinator Sabrena Stults and owner Trina Slatinksy welcome caregivers and guests to their new office.

Former nuclear medicine technologist, Trina Slatinsky, recently opened her new business, Right at Home, an in-home and assistance senior care service, at 5800 Monroe St., Building C. David Kerscher of The Danberry Co. Realtors, handled the leasing arrangements for the space.

“I had worked very closely with elderly patients through my career and found the relationships I formed with seniors to be heartwarming,” Slatinsky noted. “Thanks to those experiences, I knew I wanted to work with older people.”

When Slatinsky decided it was time to establish a business of her own, it made sense to her to look to the home health care industry combining her medical background with her enjoyment of working with older patients.

“Helping elderly people be comfortable and able to stay in their own homes seemed to be something I wanted to do,” she stated.

Slatinsky said she talked with representatives from several home health care companies. “I had to leave a message when I called Right at Home and when the representative called me back she explained that she had been playing bingo with one of the firm’s elderly clients. I knew right there and then, this was the company for me. Later, when I visited the corporate offices in Omaha and learned that the company put the safety and well being of its clients first, I knew this was a good fit,” she recounted.

The company, in business since 1995, has grown to 530 offices in the United States and is in eight countries worldwide.

According to Slatinsky, her staff of caregivers share her desire to help older patients and build relationships with each client. “We really do enjoy our clients and they also enjoy the relationships with us,” she said.

The Right at Home caregivers provide a variety of services from helping clients take their medications, reminding them to eat, taking them to appointments to light housekeeping duties, meal preparation and other daily activities along with basic peace-of-mind services including cognitive stimulation or respite care for family caregivers. Other services could include ambulatory assistance, wheelchair assistance, helping to get from bed and a chair or even getting dressed. “We provide the needed services in the comfort of a familiar environment,” Slatinsky said.

“We tailor our client families’ unique needs through our customized care plan,” she added.

Berkey family acquires landmark general store

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Sarah Parker and her mother, Robin Ford Parker, talk with Ed Weaver of Griswold Realty about their plans for the store.
Sarah Parker and her mother, Robin Ford Parker, talk with Ed Weaver of Griswold Realty about their plans for the store.

Robin Ford Parker is excited to be reviving a place she has fond childhood memories of.

“When I learned that this business was for sale through Ed Weaver’s sign, I started thinking about possibilities for me, my daughter Sarah and my sister, Nancy Pappas. We grew up coming to this store to buy candy and ice cream,” Parker remembered. “We decided that this would be something we could do,” she said. The store is located on Sylvania Metamora Road at the corner of St. Rt. 295.

“My family and I saw this store as a real opportunity. We are located on the main road in Berkey and at a major crossroads for people traveling to all of the local lakes in the area. We are also very convenient for those who live in the outlying area who need an item for a recipe or just would rather not make the drive to Sylvania or Toledo,” Parker pointed out.

According to Weaver, who works with Griswold Realty and was the listing agent for the business, “Mr. Moon owned the business for the past 33 years and was ready to retire. He had purchased the business from Jim Keeler who purchased the building and the business from Peter Janney, who founded the store in the 1920s.”

Known as Keeler’s Korner, the business began as a general store and has evolved into more of a convenience store providing customers with lottery tickets, beer, wine, soda pop and tobacco products along with basic

food items. “Mr. Moon also carried a large selection of DVDs, which he rented. We are in the process of selling those and will not be renting DVDs,” Parker emphasized.

However, Parker is planning to continue to add items people request. “We have a little bit of everything and we do sell a lot of flour, sugar, eggs and milk,” she reported. “Along with beer and cigarettes,” her daughter added.

The new owner has made several changes since taking over on Oct. 1. “We have coffee daily and fresh baked cookies supplied by Berkey resident Dorothy Bryan, who owns Cake Art Supplies in Toledo. We are talking with her about possibly adding pies and cakes in the future. We also have JoJo’s Pizza from Mayberry and deli sandwiches from the St. Mary’s Meat Locker. We have some fresh produce and we plan to offer locally grown produce when it’s available later in the season.”

High on the list of other planned additions is soft ice cream. “We want to get back to the old county store concept,” Parker said. “And, we will continue to add the items people want,.

“We have a lot of local support,” Parker said. “People here seem to be very happy that we bought the store.”

The Berkey General Store is open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the winter and will be open until 9 p.m. during the summer.

GenoaBank named ‘Top Workplace’ receives Five Stars ‘Superior’ rating

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff


GenoaBank, a locally owned, independent, community bank, has been awarded a 2016 Top Workplaces honor by The Blade. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC., a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. Oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “To be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet strict standards for organizational health. Who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day — the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together,” Claffey added. “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

“For 114 years we have never lost sight of our number one asset, our employees, who live our mission of delivering the best banking experience to our customers each and every day. We are proud to be recognized with this award, and will continue the bank’s commitment to providing a professional and supportive environment for our high achieving employees,” said Martin P. Sutter, Chairman, President/CEO of GenoaBank.

Rachael Paule, HR Manager for GenoaBank added, “Our success could not have been possible without the integrity, dedication, passion, and customer-centered focus of our employees. To all of our employees, who are the bedrock of the organization, GenoaBank would like to thank you for this great honor and congratulate you for a job well done.”

GenoaBank proved its strength, financial performance and soundness by being awarded the highest possible rating –Five Stars “Superior” – from the nation’s leading independent bank-rating firm BauerFinancial.

Five-Star Superior rating signifies that the Bank is one of the strongest financial institutions in the nation and is safe, financially sound and operating above its regulatory capital requirements.

Using a complex and rigorous scoring regimen, BauerFinancial presented its top rating to GenoaBank as a testament to its stability and strong management. To earn the Five Star “Superior” rating, GenoaBank needed to report not only impressive capital levels, but also a strong loan portfolio with negligible levels of delinquent loans, as well as other positive financial criteria.

“It is an honor to be recognized by BauerFinancial as one of its strongest community banks within Northwest Ohio. We are proud to have been recognized with a consistent 5-Star rating, and will continue to work hard to perform at this level for our shareholders and customers alike,” said Sutter. “In addition, we are extremely proud of our employees for their contribution that earned this recognition.”