Maplewood Marketplace Sale Reflects Economic Development Success

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: 02.07.17

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As the ink dries on the paperwork for the sale of Maplewood Marketplace in downtown Sylvania, Mayor Craig Stough and members of Sylvania City Council can take a moment to reflect on the project. “This is a success story for the city,” Mayor Stough remarked.

Under the then Mayor James Seney, the city acquired the run down vacant building in 1994 for $200,000, invested in its renovation, and leased the space. The city invested $1,244,000 in the building since they purchased it and has collected over $800,000 in rent.

In 2015, the city began to solicit offers on the fully leased building and has had five legitimate offers since that time. The mayor and city council members accepted what they deemed to be the best offer of $1.1 million at the Jan. 17 Sylvania City Council meeting. “The Maplewood Marketplace is now a viable part of our downtown. It is time to return this property into private hands and consider it a success story for the involvement of city government,” Stough said.

“The city has the long term perspective and vision to identify and assemble important property parcels as they become available, clear those properties of old structures as needed and make them ready for private redevelopment. This has been a successful strategy for bringing new development to several properties in and around downtown, and allows the city to help guide how the properties are redeveloped and used,” Mayor Stough offered.

“And the city is prudent with its resources. We buy properties at the right price and are prudent, good stewards of our resources,” emphasized Sylvania’s Economic Development Director Bill Sanford. “There certainly has been strong economic development implications because of the city’s decision to purchase significant properties,” he pointed out.

“Some years ago, the city acquired the two duplexes next to the Sylvania Heritage Center Museum primarily to insure additional parking for the Maplewood Marketplace. The availability of parking was a big reason Interrupt Marketing relocated to the Marketplace. This is just another example of economic development at work,” he added.

Some of the properties the city has purchased, readied for development and sold to private developers, investors or end users in the past 20 years include the Main Street Post Office building, the former Sterling store that now houses Element 112, the properties for the Wingate Hotel, the Root Office Building and the River Centre Clinic. Most recently, the city purchased the Koepfer home on Maplewood Avenue next to the municipal parking lot, primarily to expand the parking, which has been completed. In addition, a private developer acquired the home and is renovating it for commercial use.

The city currently maintains the deeds for the land that comprises the SOMO district and the Baptist Church on Holland-Sylvania Road. “Our purpose is not to hang on to real estate but to wait for the right development,” Sanford noted.

From donuts to clean cars Young entrepreneur is passionate about the car wash business

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: 01.03.17

Steve Vogiatzis is right at home behind the counter at White Water Car Wash.
Steve Vogiatzis is right at home behind the counter at White Water Car Wash.

For the last four years, the
White Water Car Wash
5409 Monroe St.
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For the last four years, the
White Water Car Wash
5409 Monroe St.

has been under the ownership of Steve Vogiatzis. The young entrepreneur grew up working in his parents’ Café Donuts just across and down the street. He had been making donuts since he was 12 years old and was sure he was headed for culinary school. However, his career path took a turn when he also began working at the nearby White Water Car Wash in the morning before going the bakery in the late afternoon.

“I didn’t know anything about this business when I first started, but I found this to be where I wanted to be. I am passionate about this business,” he admitted. “I worked with the former owner, Bob Stough, and learned from him as I slowly took over the ownership.”

Happy with his choice, Vogiatzis looks forward to adding a second car wash to his portfolio when the time is right.

“My staff and I take pride in what we do and the service we offer,” he said. “I enjoy working with our customers many of whom have been coming here for years. We have built a loyal customer base.”

He added, “And, we never know what to expect. Every day is different as we are very weather dependent.”

According to Vogiatzis, White Water Car Wash has been in operation since 1988 and uses only clean water for its car washes. The facility employs a staff of 12 and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Seniors can enjoy a special rate on Monday and Tuesday and Ladies have their day on Wednesdays. Customers can choose from four packages starting with the basic exterior car wash for $10. The Exterior Plus for $12, offers an exterior wash and wax, an under carriage wash to remove salt and road grime, and tire dressing.

The Full Service package for $21
(includes interior and exterior cleaning and washing)

The Premium Service package for $24
(also offers an exterior wash and wax, window wiping, under carriage and tire dressing, full interior vacuuming and cleaning and even air freshener)

(Exterior services include bug removal, snow and salt removal, wax and towel drying.
Vacuuming is part of the interior services along with dashboard, cup holder and window cleaning and trash removal.
Tire dressing includes brake dust removal, rim cleaning and waxing and wipe down along with tire shine)

whitewatersylvania.com

 

White Water Car Wash
5409 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43623
(419) 882-4073

 

Eidi Properties moves into new, larger office suite

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: 01.03.17

The Eidi Properties team L-R: Sarah Christ, receptionist; Eric Warden, maintenance supervisor; Mike Cartell, director of marketing; Doug Flick, director of real estate; Carol Peate, accountant; Ramy Eidi, CEO/owner; Robert Ruiz, vice president; Robert Sauer, CPA; Sarah Pierce, portfolio manager; Nicoline Hart, office manager; and Tyler Chamberlin, CPA, enjoy the new office space.

The Eidi Properties group has a new headquarters in the St. James Plaza, 6725 W. Central Ave. “We had outgrown our other space just down the hall, which was about one-third of the size of this new space,” noted Ramy Eidi, president and CEO. “We were busting out of that office. When we had to add two desks for new people in the reception area, I knew it was time for us to relocate.”

The Eidi team moved into their 4,200 square-foot office suite the end of October following construction.

“I adopted this design from a real estate investor’s office in California that I had visited,” he said.

The space, designed by Timothy O’Brien of Benchmark, has an open feel for multiple work stations ringed by offices with full windows facing the workspace to allow for total transparency according to Eidi. “Everybody knows what everyone is doing and we all stay on the same page,” he stated. “We also have the room we need. Many times, we will have several different meetings going on at the same time, which would have been impossible in our old space.”

Eidi, a Northview graduate, said he learned about business by working with his father, Danny, a true entrepreneur who owned several establishments including Braurer’s Delicatessen and the Beverly Hills Cafe. “I learned how to make and manage money and a lot about business from him,” Eidi recalled. “While I was in school though, he really wanted me to be a doctor, but when he realized how much I enjoyed real estate, he encouraged me to stay on this route.”

While attending The University of Toledo, Eidi began operating a small tavern on Airport Highway, which he sold and parlayed into his first shopping center. “Over the years, we have bought and sold over 50 shopping centers,” Eidi reported. “Right now, we have 28 centers with 450 national, regional and local commercial tenants.”

He continued, “We have a great team and we have a good understanding of this business. We have a well experienced and great staff to support our real estate holdings. This allows us to make business decisions in a timely manner. And, we have a good relationship with all of our tenants from the nationally based to the ‘ma and pa’ business owners.”

Eidi also stated, “We invest in our tenants and do everything we can to make our tenants successful. If they do well and are successful, we are successful.”

According to Eidi, his company works with several third party contractors. “We outsource property maintenance, landscaping and snow removal. However, we maintain our own construction department and do all tenant buildouts,” he said. “We have done over $2 million in buildouts just this year.”

Eidi added, “My father was right when he said real estate investing was a good route to take. It allows me the freedom to control my own destiny. And, it is fun and I love what I do.”

Savvy Sylvanian …Visits with a local culinary legend

by Mary Helen Darah
PUBLICATION DATE: 12.13.16

For Chef Juan Nanez, of Sautter's Market in Sylvania, good food is a way to bring family and friends together and to make people happy.
For Chef Juan Nanez, of Sautter’s Market in Sylvania, good food is a way to bring family and friends together and to make people happy.

I recently had the chance to visit with Juan Nanez of Sautter’s Market in Sylvania, located at 5519 Main St. Before our visit, a few individuals told me that the native Venezuelan could be a tad difficult to understand. Obviously, these people were not fellow “foodies.” People who are passionate about food share a common language. Within minutes of being in Chef Juan’s presence, his love of food, people, family and his “art” were easily expressed.

My kids and I have been enjoying his culinary creations since his days as owner of Juan’s Fine Pastries. I read the parenting books. I know it’s not wise to bribe your children with food. That being said, I honestly believe my children’s outstanding report cards from Sylvania Schools were boosted by academic celebrations that included Chef Juan’s chocolate Buckeyes, famous breads and fruit tarts. I was sad when his business closed, but I was thrilled when I found him creating his gourmet goodies at Sautter’s.

Although he no longer bakes bread, he now offers everything from mouth-watering entrees to unforgettable desserts. “I now focus on seasonal food more than anything. We always have salmon, which must be eaten fresh, dinner items and of course desserts.” The day I visited, the glass case was filled with his beautiful, culinary treasures that looked like a work of art. There was salmon with pomegranate and squash with lemon, orange vinaigrette, mango salsa, paella and a meatloaf that was anything but ordinary. My mom used to describe her meatloaf as “not pretty but it gets the job done.”  Chef Juan took meatloaf to a whole new level. His was stuffed with boiled eggs, asparagus and roasted bell peppers–colorful and tasty.

I asked him about his childhood in Venezuela and his face lit up. “Food was everything,” he recalled. “Mom cooked daily and dad cooked for fun. We never bought anything pre-made. Food is tradition. Food is happiness. I like to see people happy. I come from a poor country where I have seen little kids eat out of the garbage bins. I think this is why I have been known to take people in for dinner. I appreciate people and food and its beauty.”

I also learned that the chef has a few hidden talents and a secret vice. “I do oil paintings, I love it, and I shouldn’t tell you this, but my secret pleasure is to eat Oreo cookies,” he shared. I once ate three of his cookies in a 12-minute time frame so I didn’t judge. Chef Juan also enjoys his three children and is proud of their accomplishments. In the future, he plans to continue creating at Sautter’s where he has established relationships with his clientele. “People come back to the store with memories of their parents buying my challah bread every Friday. It is all about the relationships in life and enjoying what you do. When you have passion and enjoy what you do, it makes people happy. That is what is it all about.”

BURGER KING® returns to Sylvania

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: 12.13.16

 

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Bennett Management Corp. Vice President of Operations Mark Peterson, President and CEO Emily Bennett join General Manager Barb Hertz and District Manager Patti Bradish at the new store.

 

The BURGER KING® restaurant on Monroe Street at U.S. 23 has re-opened after a seven-year hiatus. “The trade area has changed and this was the right time to refresh the property and reopen the restaurant,” said Bennett Management Corp. President Emily Bennett. “We have had lots of requests from people living in the area suggesting we consider bringing our BURGER KING® restaurant back. This is a great, highly visible location with easy access.”

According to Bennett’s Vice President of Operations Mark Peterson, the renovation took four and a half weeks to complete. “We redid the exterior along with the dining room, restrooms and upgraded the kitchen according to the BURGER KING® 2020 image,” he reported.

The refreshed dining room with its updated color scheme can accommodate seating for 61 patrons who enjoy the BURGER KING® favorites along with the different limited-time specials. Those menu items include the popular breakfast favorites available from the 6 a.m. opening through 10:30 a.m., the fully loaded CROSSAN’WICH®, pancakes, french toast sticks, CHEESY TOTS™ and more. BURGER KING® has also introduced the BK Joe, a new coffee blend, which Peterson describes as “fabulous.” The WHOPPER®, the original chicken,  fish or rib sandwiches, chicken nuggets and more make up the core menu items, which are available from opening at 6 a.m. through closing at 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends.

The newly opened Sylvania BURGER KING® is one of 25 restaurants owned by the Bennett Management Co., a franchise owner since 1965.

According to Bennett, her late husband, Bob, the company founder, loved the area and felt strongly about giving back to the community. “He created a very positive corporate culture and lived the company motto, ‘People Pleasing People.’ This is what we credit to the ongoing success of the company for 52 years,” Bennett emphasized.

Franciscan Care Center Institutes Area’s First Enhanced Inpatient Cardiac Rehab Program

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: 12.13.16

Ahed T. Nahhas, MD, FACC,  FSCAI, ABVM
Ahed T. Nahhas, MD, FACC,
FSCAI, ABVM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christina Miller, CNP
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Franciscan Care Center, a CHI Living Community, on Holland-Sylvania Road has implemented an Enhanced Inpatient Cardiac Rehab program.  Believed to be the first in the area, the program is under the direction of a board-certified cardiologist and is designed to help improve the well-being of individuals who have experienced an acute cardiac event.  A team approach is used to maximize performance, to achieve optimal independence and to get an individual back to their normal lifestyle in the transition from the hospital to home.

Cardiologist Ahed T. Nahhas, MD, FACC, FSCAI, ABVM and Christina Miller, CNP from The Toledo Clinic Department of Cardiology are working with the Franciscan Care Center Cardiac Rehab Team. One advantage of the program is that Dr. Nahhas and Ms. Miller take time from their office and hospital schedules to see patients right on the Franciscan Care Center campus.  “We are coming here to make a difference and to improve cardiac care,” said Dr. Nahhas. According to Dr. Nahhas, he knows of no other program in the area that provides the intense oversight and education that the new Franciscan Care Center Enhanced Inpatient Cardiac Rehab Program provides.

“It’s important after a person experiences an acute cardiac event that the patient and their families implement a healthy lifestyle.  Our Enhanced Inpatient Cardiac Rehab program encourages patients to explore all aspects affecting heart health and get professional support in their recovery as well to help reduce risk factors for future heart problems,” said Jill Schlievert, Administrator of Franciscan Care Center.

The Enhanced Inpatient Cardiac Rehab program is centered on cardiac education, development of an exercise program, heart wholesome meals, healthy lifestyle changes, medication management and home safety. Cardiac education is provided by licensed nurses, therapy professionals and nurse practitioners on topics that range from healthy lifestyle changes to stress release.

Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  Under the guidance of the cardiac program, residents work with Franciscan Care Center Rehabilitation services on physically improving their health through therapy and an exercise program.  Therapists assess and develop an individual’s program based on overall health i.e. high blood pressure or severe heart disease and their physical activity level.  They instruct them how to be active at home, at work and during recreation.

Franciscan Care Center’s registered dietitian sets up a heart healthy meal plan while participants are staying at the center. The dietitian also provides assistance in teaching and training residents how to eat heart healthy when they leave.  Education is provided on diet choices, cooking at home and foods to avoid when eating out.

Medication management is an important part of cardiac rehab.  The Cardiac Rehab program works with residents to help them learn to safely administer their own medications as well as advise them on what to do should symptoms present themselves.  The clinical team also monitors each resident’s meal for any adverse food and drug interaction.

Another unique part of the program is a home evaluation. The evaluation is performed prior to discharge and recommendations are made as to any equipment or home modifications that may be necessary. Education is provided on how to accomplish common household chores with the use of any adaptive equipment, if required.  Referrals may also be made for temporary home health services or any further outpatient therapy services that may be needed at FCC.

An important part of the cardiac rehab program is patient education. Discussions range from how to handle stress to facing their personal emotions after a cardiac incident.  It helps residents face issues such as quitting smoking and limiting alcohol consumption.  It takes into consideration any other correlating health issues a resident may need to consider such as diabetes or being overweight.

“Our goal is that over time the lifestyle changes residents make during their stay at Franciscan Care Center will become routine and encourages them to have an active, healthy lifestyle that helps reduce the risk for future heart disease,” explained Ms. Schlievert.

Franciscan Care Center, located at:
4111 Holland-Sylvania Road,

offers skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. Those interested in the new program can call: 419/882-6582.

 

 

Proceeds from sale of Demon Killer beers benefit River Centre Foundation

by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: 12.06.16

River Centre Gallery Creative Art Director Dani Fuller and River Centre Foundation President David Garner, Ph.D., talk about the generosity of Doug Glover of Redline Brewing Company. He is donating the proceeds from his specialty beer, Demon Killer, to the River Centre Foundation in appreciation of the success his wife experienced at the River Centre Clinic.
River Centre Gallery Creative Art Director Dani Fuller and River Centre Foundation President David Garner, Ph.D., talk about the generosity of Doug Glover of Redline Brewing Company. He is donating the proceeds from his specialty beer, Demon Killer, to the River Centre Foundation in appreciation of the success his wife experienced at the River Centre Clinic.

Doug Glover of Redline Brewing Co. in Burton, Mich., wanted to find a way to give back to the River Centre Clinic in gratitude for his wife’s recovery. He came up with a specialty line poppy seed ale appropriately called Demon Killer, whose flavors change depending on the season. He donates the proceeds of each sale to the River Centre Foundation.

The River Centre Gallery hosted the introduction of Demon Killer, sporting a label designed by Dani Fuller, the gallery’s creative art director. It was available for guests to sample at a recent First Friday Red Bird Art Walk. “It was wonderful to see people enjoying the art in the gallery, holding conversations and tasting the Demon Killer that was on tap for the evening,” noted David Garner, Ph.D., president of the River Centre Foundation. “And more than the fun of the evening, having Demon Killer in the gallery also pointed out the importance of this as an ongoing funding source for the River Centre Foundation allowing it to carryout its mission.”

He added, “Also, it is heartwarming to see someone give back and pay it forward to an organization that has made a dramatic impact on his family. This underscores the importance of the mission of the foundation.”

The River Centre Clinic, under Garner’s Leadership, established a $5,000 scholarship for needy patients to be awarded up to four times a year in appreciation for Redline Brewing Company’s generosity.

“Treatment is very expensive and this scholarship has been designed to provide treatment that is needed when resources have been depleted,” Garner stated. “It is tragic when a patient cannot complete his or her path to recovery.”

Called the Kally Scholarship, it is dedicated to a former patient who battled eating disorders and now celebrates recovery, and is in appreciation of her husband’s and her generous support.

The River Centre Foundation is a not-for-profit organization formed in 2001 to advance education, prevention, research, and treatment of eating disorders and to promote transformational personal meaning and self-acceptance through the creative arts. The foundation supports the River Centre Clinic, 5465 S. Main St., a specialized and cost-effective treatment center for individuals suffering from eating disorders.

The River Centre Gallery, 5679 N. Main St., which is owned by the River Centre Foundation, offers local, regional and national art and an array of gifts. Its mission is to exhibit and sell fine art by locally and nationally recognized artists and promote artistic self-expression on a community level. “Art can be healing, art can reflect inner pain, art can be the ultimate expression of joy and enlightenment,” gallery director Fuller noted.

“The gallery provides a positive environment to display creativity and expression, making this a complement to the clinic,” Garner added.

“We began with a psychiatric setting restoring patients to become functional; however, we recognized that patients thrive only if they feel truly fulfilled through developing a higher sense of meaning in their lives. We see the creative arts as a common bridge from uncommon experience stories to transformational personal meaning. We became interested in how art tells a story of the artists’ experiences, and their vision on the journey toward finding meaning in their lives. This message can be brought to those searching for meaning whether they begin in the depths of depression or the peaks of creative ecstasy,” noted Garner.

 

Miracle on Main launches holiday spirit in downtown Sylvania

by Jennifer Ruple
PUBLICATION DATE: 12.06.16

Jennifer Ruple and her mother, Carol Alexander, created this ‘Sylvania AdVantage’ wreath for the Sylvania Historical Village’s ‘Deck the Halls for History.’
Jennifer Ruple and her mother, Carol Alexander, created this ‘Sylvania AdVantage’ wreath for the Sylvania Historical Village’s ‘Deck the Halls for History.’

Downtown will come alive with holiday spirit beginning Dec. 2 as the Miracle on Main Street weekend will be launched with the Red Bird First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 8-plus p.m. A variety of artists will exhibit their work in participating downtown shops along with a pop-up gallery in Kevin Charles Hair Artistry. The Art Walk continues on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, many of the downtown business owners will vie for the best dressed shop windows in the “Spirit of the Season” contest for Christmas displays. Participating businesses will have paper ballots available, which can be placed in the Snowman ballot bucket in front of the Sylvania AdVantage office, 5655 N. Main St. or shoppers can “like” their favorite decor on the Downtown Sylvania Association’s Facebook page.

The Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce will have a warming tent on Maplewood Avenue between Main and Summit streets throughout the weekend event. The tent will be decorated by Hafner Florist and is sponsored by Vin Devers Autohaus of Sylvania, Edward Jones, Modern Data, Meijer and Reeb Funeral Home. Adult beverages will be available for purchase on Friday evening and there will be live music and movies from 5 to 10 p.m.

The Art Walk continues on Saturday. In the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce’s warming tent, there will be family crafts, a hot cocoa bar sponsored by Metamora State Bank and a popcorn bar by GenoaBank so participants will be able to have drinks and eat watching the kid-appropriate movies The staff from Over the Rainbow Early Learning Center will have child-friendly crafts and activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be cookie decorating thanks to The Next Sweet Thing Bakery. Olaf from “Frozen” and Paw Patrol characters Chase and Marshall will also be on hand for children’s enjoyment.

There will be face painting from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kevin Charles Hair Artistry, 5633 N. Main St., and ornament making from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Beautiful Blooms by Jen, 5646 Summit St.

 

New this year is the Miracle on Main 5K run scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. with a “Santa’s Little Helper Kid Dash” at 5:30 p.m. The run starts at Maplewood Avenue and Main Street. Runners will head south past St. Joe’s, west past Lourdes University, north past Northview High School, west to Erie Street, east to Main Street, to the parade route-filled finish in downtown Sylvania. Run Toledo will handle the race. Funds from the race will benefit Olander Park. To register for the run visit runsignup.com/miracleonmainstreet5k.

The Festival of Lights Parade starts Sunday at 6 p.m.
and will feature Melissa Andrews of WTOL TV11 on the podium to introduce each of the parade participants including Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The jolly couple will lead the way to the lighting the Christmas tree in Maplewood Park. Then the will head to the Sylvania Historical Village to talk with boys and girls from 7 to 8 p.m.

Miracle on Main is sponsored by Dave White Chevrolet. The event is a collaboration with the Sylvania Community Arts Commission, the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Sylvania Association and the Sylvania Historical Village.

Savvy Sylvania … Makes a Visit to Walker Funeral Home

by Mary Helen Darah
PUBLICATION DATE: 11.15.16

L-R: Dave Latta, Walker President Keith Walker, and Ryan Hobbs of Walker Funeral Home on Sylvania Avenue.
L-R: Dave Latta, Walker President Keith Walker, and Ryan Hobbs of Walker Funeral Home on Sylvania Avenue.

I entered Walker Funeral Home, located at 5155 W. Sylvania Ave., for the first time without a heavy heart. I have entered its doors numerous times before to say my final goodbyes to a loved one or to comfort grieving friends and family. It has been my experience that fear stems from ignorance. Therefore, I was excited, and let’s be honest, curious, of learning more about the local business that has been helping residents honor their deceased loved ones since 1933.

I first spoke with Keith Walker, president of Walker Funeral Home and Crematory, whose grandfather opened Walker Funeral Home’s first location 83 years ago in downtown Toledo close to the Toledo Museum of Art. “My grandfather was a people person,” recalled Walker. “That is what this business is really all about. It’s building relationships with people when they need you the most. Honestly when I started in 1997 as president, I brought in a whole new team of talented, compassionate people. I started when we were assisting 130 families a year. Currently we serve 350 families a year at this location.”

From beginning to end

Walker team members are with families from the time of death to embalming and burial or cremation. “We handle the entire process,” stated Walker. “It’s what sets us apart. We send our own driver to pick up the deceased. We leave a rose on a pillow with a note that we will be taking care of their loved one. We use a handmade quilt, not a body bag, when we transfer their loved ones. Little details are important. We also have constant communication with families. If families call us with questions, we have failed. We want them to be informed through every step of the process and know they will be cared for.”

Ups and downs

I asked Walker and two of his staff members, Ryan Hobbs, director of operations, licensed funeral director and embalmer, and Dave Latta, location manager, licensed funeral director and embalmer, what they felt was the most rewarding aspect of their chosen careers. “We get to care for the people that entrust us with their loved one,” stated Hobbs. “We have the autonomy to experience ourselves as caregivers. We do not provide ‘cookie cutter’ care. We have the freedom to uniquely care for them based on their individual religious, cultural and economic situations.”

Latta enjoys using his personal skills on the job. “I think people appreciate the sacredness of what we do,” he stated. “We have the task of telling their life story. We also help people transition from having a relationship in the physical realm to memory. The relationship has changed, not ended. It is rewarding to be with families in the middle of the night after they lose a loved one, and be the same face to greet them in the morning.”

Walker feels that funerals are an important psychological experience and he is rewarded by helping families acknowledge, commemorate and celebrate a life. “Every life is sacred and needs to be cherished and remembered,” said Walker.

According to Walker, one of the most difficult aspects of the job is the increasing loss of young people to heroin. “We have had two deaths in the last week, and both were in their early 20s,” stated Walker. “Earlier this year, we asked ourselves what we could do and took $50,000 out of our advertising budget to increase awareness. It wasn’t enough. Now we have a website (helpwithheroin.com) that connects people with the help they need whether they are a user or family member in need of help.”

No bad days allowed

The one thing that all men stressed is that they must be at their best at all times. “No matter what is going on in our lives, we show up at our best,” explained Hobbs. “Even if you think you’re having a tough day, theirs is worse and they need our compassion.”

Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “Every man dies the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” After spending time at Walker Funeral Home, I am comforted that there are people in the service of others that value every life and help families make those distinctions and celebrate and honor the memory of their loved ones.

Toledo Skin Institute opens in Regency Court

by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: 11.15.16

Tina Nandi, M.D.
Tina Nandi, M.D.

Tina Nandi, M.D., recently opened the Toledo Skin Institute at 2000 Regency Court, Suite 203. Dr. Nandi and her family relocated to northwest Ohio when her husband, Sumon Nandi, M.D., a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, accepted an assistant professorship at The University of Toledo.

“I had also considered affiliating with the University because of my interest in academics, but chose to open a practice with a medical dermatology focus in the Sylvania area,” she said.

“While many dermatologists may direct their energy toward aesthetic services, my emphasis is really on managing common, and often chronic, skin diseases.  A sound medical dermatologist can afford patients considerable improvement in quality of life with a thoughtful approach to treatment,” she reported.

“One of the things that resonated with me during my time as a faculty member in dermatology is that all hoofbeats do not come from horses—they may belong to a zebra!  In other words, it is important to consider the full range of skin diseases that may be presenting in my office, so the patient can benefit from an accurate diagnosis and treatment.  It is important to me that I personally consult with every patient who schedules a visit in my office, so he or she is reassured being under the direct care of a physician,” she added.

Dr. Nandi and her staff, dermatology medical assistants Andrea Noack and Melissa Meek and office manager Brittany McCartney hold clinic hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The clinic offers adult, pediatric, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology services.  According to Dr. Nandi, they plan to expand clinical days as the practice demands.

According to Dr. Nandi, she selected the name, “Toledo Skin Institute” to localize her practice and to emphasize the medical and academic approach she and her staff offer.  She said she wanted her office to be in a centralized location with easy access for patients.

Dr. Nandi received her medical degree at the Emory University School of Medicine and spent a year doing postdoctoral research in psoriasis epidemiology at the University of Utah. She is a graduate of the dermatology residency at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, where there has been a tradition of national excellence for psoriasis research. Most recently, she was faculty at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Mass., where she was honored to teach medical students and residents specializing in the field of dermatology.