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Toby Boyce, president and broker for C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co., began his career as professional writer and winning influence with folks. He continues to do just that working with buyer and sellers throughout greater Delaware County. Toby has been a professional real estate agent since 2006 working mostly within residential real estate while doing some commercial and rental management as well. Toby grew up in Danville, Ohio, learning the lessons of hard-work and the value of a hand shake. He continued his education at Mount Union College (Bachelor's of Arts) and Heidelberg College (Master's of Business Administration) in business.
Ruby Tuesday Sold to Investment Group, Why You Should Care

Ruby Tuesday Sold to Investment Group, Why You Should Care

News broke Tuesday, that NRD Capital group has acquired the entire Ruby Tuesday franchise for $2.40 per share – estimated to be $335 Million – in a release from Ruby Tuesday.

“Our focus at NRD is investing in quality restaurant companies and providing strategic and operational expertise to create sustainable value.  With a well-established brand, differentiated from other casual dining restaurants by its Garden Bar, we see significant opportunities to drive value for Ruby Tuesday,” said Aziz Hashim, founder of NRD. “We are excited to be part of the Company’s next chapter. As a private company, we will be able to take a long-term view on Ruby Tuesday, allowing us to make an investments in people, product, and customer experience, without public company constraints. This approach will enable us to reward everyone involved in our success, in addition to our investors.”

This on the heels of New Albany based Bob Evans Farms selling for an estimated $475 million net proceeds to private-equity group Golden Gate Capital.

Why Should I Care?

To put it bluntly, because more than the dollars you spend at these establishments their business practices will determine what type of food you are putting into your body. We expect “junk” food when we buy certain things but in the fast-casual market there is an assumption that means better quality.

However, most of these franchises are publicly traded companies – so it becomes the impossible task of serving two masters – the stock holders and the restaurant diners. And one has more influence at the corporate level, which is what led Bob Evans to radically shift approaches near the end before just selling the restaurant division off Golden Gate.

So the Investors Are Different How?

Assuming that these are not the hostile takeovers of the 1980s, we believe that NRD and Golden Gate are adding marquee pieces to their brand mix and have the knowledge and expertise to add to the restaurants they are buying. So in the long-run they can focus on improving the experience without having to worry about investor input.

Hopefully in the long-run we’ll see these chains become better.

American Men: So Alone

American Men: So Alone

The Present – and Future – of American Men

Funny. I have thousands of Facebook friends, thousands of Twitter followers, and hundreds of friends or whatever on other media channels.

But as I sit here today crying softly in the corner of a packed Starbucks, I feel so alone.

It isn’t the Facebook, Twitter, or any social media person that I reach out to it was a friend. You know those people you break bread with, those people that you can call at the last minute and they’ll show up at your door.

Friends are Bigger Than I Thought

“The U.S. surgeon general says isolation is a bigger American health problem than cancer or heart disease,” said On Point host Tom Ashbrook.

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As much as I love the cuddle time with baby, it could also be leading to an early death for me. [toby boyce]
That’s the thing. I KNOW thousands maybe even tens of thousands of people. But how many friends do I truly have …

I listened to the On Point interview and realized that it was me – and I’m sure millions of other men. I still list “best friends” I haven’t seen in 5-10 years. We are so busy taking care of our lives and being good husbands and good fathers that we don’t foster those relationships and it “isn’t cool” to just reach out on the phone and say “hi”. (Sorry, not a millennial so calling before texting is okay).

But it goes further than just “friends”. It adversly effects our entire life. With less friends, you do less socializing and going out, so more likely to grab fast food on the way home and increase your waist line. Sometimes the “hermit” lifestyle sounds good but we don’t associate them as the picture of health. And we comment on how quickly a lot of married men pass away within a short-time of their spouse. Why? He died of a broken heart. But what is a broken heart? Loneliness. Is that what you want for the rest of your life?

Where Did My Friends Come From?

You’ll notice a change in tone to this story, as I sat here at Starbucks, Oxford Automotive’s owner James Church came in and stopped to talk with me for a few minutes. Nothing deep, just a hello and how is business type thing. But that was enough to change my spirit. I am still sad, but I know that I’m not alone and that makes it so much easier to be sad …if that makes any sense at all.

I will have to say that my best friends right now are through Terra Nova Community Church. And I don’t say that trying to get you to show up at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at 425 S Sandusky Street in #DelawareOH. (really, but here is a map if you need it). I say that because you have to be part of a group — and not “You’re From Delaware If” Facebok page — to build friendships and connections.

I mean you have to be out and talking to people. Put the damn phone down and do something like just sit in a coffee shop and smile at people that come in. You never know you may make their day and make a new friend. Or use that phone to stop sending messages to people and actually call them – unless they are a millennial you should text first, would not want to cross the etiquette line.

I mean it is a stretch. We have been taught that once we get married that means no more feeling vulnerable as you open up to someone. But we have to do it. Our lives depend on it.

I don’t have a call to action in this long-winded post. Just call an old-friend – or make a new friend – to say “hi.”

Foodie Friday: Fresh Start Cafe, Delaware

Foodie Friday: Fresh Start Cafe, Delaware

I have a new addiction. Well a new take on an old addiction. Donuts.

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A case full of donuts greets visitors to Fresh Start Cafe & Bakery in historic Delaware Ohio. [toby boyce]

I know that my doctor is not a fan, so I limit it to special days. So I pay a little more and enjoy the sweeter sides of things.

Fresh Start Cafe & Bakery has an amazing selection of freshly baked goods. Today, I enjoyed a vanilla cream-filled-cake donut with a chocolate coating (pictured in featured image) that cost $2.25. The coffee is from Crimson Cup so standard fare there.

We have been impressed with other baked goods from Fresh Start.

Fresh Start Bakery is located at 24 North Sandusky Street in historic downtown Delaware, Ohio and open Tuesday – Thursday 7-7; Friday and Saturday 7-9; Sunday 7-2 and closed on Monday.

Fresh Start Cafe & Bakery

Giving What You Can, Take What You Need in Delaware

Giving What You Can, Take What You Need in Delaware

Give What You Can …

How often do we throw away food? It drives me nuts. What if we all committed to sharing that extra $5-10 and purchased items that others could use and make a difference in our community?

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Redmen Box is located on East Winter Street in Delaware, Ohio and offers a “give what you can, take what you need” free donation service.

Well the Order of Redmen on East Winter Street has created a “Redmen Box” for people to do just that. A chance to share food with those less fortunate or a place to find food for those in need.

Sometimes it seems we miss the easiest way to make a difference because we are too caught up in making a big splash and not just helping. Reminds me of the quote attributed to President Harry Truman, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” President Harry Truman

Credit. Such a funny word. We grow up thinking that the person that makes things happen, gets the credit. Then we learn within only a matter of weeks working, we realize that the credit often goes to the person in charge – not the one doing the work. I used to laugh when my boss would say “I” instead of “we” and I’d guess that is part of why I always use “we” when talking. Ms. Delaware used to often ask “who else was with you?” but now she just realized it is the voices in my head and me.

I digress.

Does the homeless guy grabbing a bottle of corn care who donated it?

Does the Redmen organization care whether you pulled up in a Lexus or a Yugo to drop them off?

So why do you care?

Human Emotions to Good Deeds

C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co. donates 5% of every closing to a charity of the client’s choice. We don’t like to talk about it very much and usually don’t bring it up until closing. Why? I always felt like by publicizing the fact that we did the deed, would cheapen the deed in some way. This was something we wrestled with for years until Terra Nova Community Church’s Senior Pastor Jason Allison brought the point home. “The deed is still the same,” he started. “But the fact you wrestle with this question tells you where your heart is.”

whoa …

“The deed is still the same,” Jason Allison stated. “But the fact you wrestle with this question tells you where your heart is.”

This was supposed to be a quick post on the cool thing that the Redmen was doing. Suddenly we are diving deep into my psyche. But the reality is that what someone thinks doesn’t matter – what is in your heart is what matters.

I like what is in the Redmen’s heart.

Best Small Cities For Families

Best Small Cities For Families

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America Best Small Cities ranked Delaware 404th out of 900 in a recent study by NerdWallet. [toby boyce]
Delaware, Ohio, ranked in America’s “best small cities” according to Best Small Cities for Families at

This is an update and expansion of NerdWallets 2015 study in which no central Ohio cities ranked in the top 100. In 2017, Dublin (24) and Hilliard (63) landed in the top 100. While Upper Arlington (132), Grove City (182), Gahanna (209), Reynoldsburg (399), and Delaware (404) were ranked in the top 500.

The study looked at growth, affordability, prosperity, and family-friendliness of 944 communities with 25,000 – 75,000 residents and appear to use data set from 2010 to 2015.

What Happened to Delaware?

  1. Most of Delaware’s explosive growth was pre-2010. And the data set looked at changes in these numbers rather than just the raw numbers.
  2. Income Growth from 2010 to 2015 was actually a -2.57%.
  3. Extremely tight numbers, where Delaware scored a 51.47. While top-ranked Linton Hall, Va. was 74.55, just improving the final score by 5% would have moved Delaware up to a tie with Carpentersville, Ill. in 293rd place.

Cities, Delaware Summary

These are fun things to look at and when you are experiencing explosive growth can really make some noise. For example, one of the top-10 communities had experienced 47+% population growth from 2010-2015. Yikes! That’s an amazing growth amount that honestly I don’t know how you would make it work long term. Delaware’s growth was over 15-20 years and the growing pains keep popping up in places that are very expensive to get updated and finished.

How Property Management Can Reduce Tax Bills

How Property Management Can Reduce Tax Bills

One of the most rewarding transactions, I ever worked on was honestly one of the smallest. But it proved to be a major win-win for everyone involved.

I can literally see the eye’s rolling and bullpoop meeters exploding at this point. And I know — if this was Good Eats then there would be some flash-back to the number of times I’ve told clients that the “win-win” is like a participation trophy — looks good and sounds good but really means nothing.

Okay, so why is this not bull? Well lets start from the beginning.

The Players

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You get a tax break, while a non-profit enhances its appeal in your property. That is a win-win in my world. [Toby Boyce]
  • Non-Profit Organization. Group had a great location but building was sold and lease wasn’t renewed. So we had to find them a new home … and fast.
  • Building Owner. Ran into a business owner – actually another real estate company – that had extra space at a prime location in greater Columbus area.
  • Tenant Representative. In this case, C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co. made the connection between the tenant and landlord and stepped out of the discussion. Had the landlord not been a real estate company, we’d have stayed in to provide additional support and assistance.

That’s great Toby, but let’s get to the win-win …

The Win-Win

This building rents in the $12 – $15 per square foot range but the non-profits budget was closer to say $5 a foot. So it doesn’t take a very experienced negotiator to realize that this is a very challenging deal for anyone.

Now this is the section where I remind everyone that I am not a tax accountant and have not played one on TV. For your particular situation contact your tax professional – and if you don’t have one then I’d suggest checking out our list of recommended accountants.

At this point, let’s assume that the landlord has several leases at $15 per square foot in the building. That’s important because it provides proof that this is a viable lease rate if the IRS were to audit the books. Prepare a lease at $15 per square foot and in the lease the landlord agrees to donate $10 per square foot to the charity each month. Bam. Now we have a $15 lease for the landlord and a $5 lease for the charity.

This sounds more like a win-lose situation right now Toby …

Why Would “I” Do This Deal?

Win vs. Lose. So you don’t make as much money, does that automatically equate to a loss? But what if that loss actually becomes a way to reduce your tax liability? Now is it a loss? I don’t know about you but when I find ways to – legally – pay Uncle Sam less it is a win.

  • Landlord. Taxes suck and we all find ways to limit the amount we have to pay Uncle Sam. Well in this scenario, the landlord shows $5 per month income and gets a $10 per month tax deduction. Obviously, the landlord has to be in a situation where they don’t “need” the $10 per foot to keep the business solvent. But for others it can be a great way to reduce your overall income and build some great community good will working with local 501-C non-profit organizations.
  • Tenant. This is a no-brainer for them. They get a $15 address for $5 and depending on how the lease is structured can show an increase in donations to the organization which can help in grant funding.

So is this a no-brainer?

And I remind you again, I am NOT an accountant – find a list of those that are – and you need professional assistance for your particular situation.

Interested in Career in Real Estate?

Interested in Career in Real Estate?

C.G. Boyce is Looking for New, Experienced Agents

Do you dream of taking ownership of your career?
Working hard and being rewarded when the project is complete?
Watching the “HGTV” real estate shows you think “I could do that.”
Well now is your chance. Real estate prices have escalated and so has the earning potential!

What is C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co. Looking For:

  1. Licensed or willing to become licensed to sell real estate in Ohio. Tuition assistance available.
  2. No felonies. Division of real estate rules.
  3. High school graduate, college preferred. A motivated learner that is willing to do things they don’t want to do is more important than education.
  4. Self starter. You wake up every day unemployed and the quicker you get “hired” the more opportunities to make money.
  5. Ethical. We are a family-owned, family-first company and believe strongly in treating customers better than family.

Who is C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co.?

C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co was founded in 2015 and serves clients from a diverse community including residential, commercial, investment and property management. Our president has worked with local, regional, national, independent and branded franchises in more than a decade in the industry and blended his experiences to create a unique selling environment.
Apply today by sending your resume and cover letter via e-mail to Broker and President Toby Boyce.
‘Celebration of the Sun’ Events Coming to Perkins Observatory

‘Celebration of the Sun’ Events Coming to Perkins Observatory

Perkins Observatory to Hold Daytime ‘Celebration of the Sun’ Events July 8, 15, 22

Looking for a bright idea for summer family fun? For three weekends in July, Ohio Wesleyan University’s Perkins Observatory will host “Celebration of the Sun” daytime sky-watches. The Saturday-only programs will be held at 4 p.m. July 8, 15, and 22 at the observatory.

The “Celebration of the Sun” events replace the observatory’s Friday sky-watches for those three weeks, when the sun sets too late to schedule evening programs, said Tom Burns, director of the observatory. Weather permitting, Perkins staff and volunteers will help guests to view sunspots and solar prominence – explosions on the sun’s surface, using special telescopes and eclipse glasses from the observatory’s location at 3199 Columbus Pike — U.S. 23 — in southern Delaware, Ohio.

Burns cautions it is not safe for people to look at the sun without appropriate eye protection and the supervision of trained astronomers.

Other planned “Celebration of the Sun” activities include rocket launches, sundial demonstrations, views of a 1,000-yard model of the solar system, tours of the observatory, and, of course, the Perkins ghost story, Burns said.

This year’s “Celebration of the Sun” programs take on special significance because of the upcoming solar eclipse, he said.

On Aug. 21, starting at about 1:04 p.m., Central Ohio will experience a partial solar eclipse as the moon passes in front of the sun, Burns said. By 1:10 p.m., observers using safe viewing methods will see a tiny bite missing from the solar disk. By 2:30 p.m., the region will experience maximum eclipse, when more than 80 percent of the sun’s disk will be blocked. After 2:30 p.m., the moon will expose larger and larger parts of the sun until 3:52 p.m., when the eclipse is completed.

Over a narrow path between 50 miles and 70 miles wide, the eclipse will be total for up to 2.5 minutes, Burns said. That path, stretching from the west coast in Oregon to the east coast in South Carolina, will pass closest to Ohio in Tennessee and Kentucky.

“During totality, the outer atmosphere of the sun, called the corona, will be revealed,” Burns said. “The period of totality has been called the most beautiful and rare natural sight that humans can behold.”

The safest method for observing the eclipse is with eclipse glasses, Burns said. To help ensure local skywatchers are ready for the August event, Perkins Observatory is teaming up with area Half Price Books stores to sell eclipse glasses beginning June 5. The glasses will come with a brochure that includes eclipse times and safe, alternative methods for observing the phenomenon. Profits from selling the glasses will be used to make repairs to the nonprofit Perkins Observatory and to enhance its public activities.

Following the Saturday “Celebration of the Sun” events, the observatory will return to its regularly scheduled Friday evening programs on July 28. On that date and throughout May, June, and August, the observatory’s Friday skywatches will begin at 9 p.m. All programs will begin with a talk describing that night’s visible astronomical objects and a discussion of the upcoming solar eclipse. Weather permitting, guests also will observe the sky using the observatory’s 32-inch Schottland Telescope.

Reservations are strongly recommended for all Perkins Observatory events, as many programs sell out. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children (17 and under), and $8 for senior citizens (62 and older). Tickets are $2 more if purchased at the door. To reserve tickets or determine at-the-door availability, call (740) 363-1257.

About Perkins Observatory

Founded in 1923, Perkins Observatory is an active research facility used by Ohio Wesleyan students and faculty. “The Place for Space” also conducts hundreds of public programs and welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year. Learn more at

About Ohio Wesleyan University

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers nearly 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at

Fire Safety Tips From Habitec Security

Fire Safety Tips From Habitec Security

Stay Safe this Fourth of July!

Did you know that on July 4th, far more fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fire?*


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Reach out to Kelly McFarland and tell him Toby sent you!
  • If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts.
  • Keep a 3-foot “safe zone” around grills and campfires.
  • Build campfires at least 15 feet from tent walls, shrubs or other materials that burn.

But in case of fire, you want to have your monitored by the Habitec Security team. We have had Habitec in our home for several years now and they have been a great source of security. When we spent 2-1/2 weeks in California with Ms.O. we weren’t worried about those coming and going

So while, Habitect Security’s Delaware branch is closed on Independence Day, give Branch Manager Kelly McFarland+ a call on

Sources and Attribution:

*NFPA’s Fireworks report, by John R. Hall, Jr., June 2013 and NFPA’s Fireworks Fact Sheet, Fire Analysis and Research Division, June 2015
** FEMA: Focus on Fire Safety
+ Toby and Kelly are both members of the BNI DelCo Profit Builders chapter and no financial incentives have been provided or are expected for this post.
Header image is provided by Habitec Security via email marketing

What Makes Toby Different?

What Makes Toby Different?

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The future for C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co. is so bright Olivia has to wear shades! [toby boyce]

This morning, I gave the ten-minute presentation at DelCo Profit Builders BNI chapter and thought I’d share the key details with others that might be wondering how to give me a referral.

We highlighted the three key pieces that make BNI strong – know, like, and trust – and how we fill each segment. Since I’m so quiet and shy — where is that sarcasm font? — we ran into time issues but this was my initial outline and I’m glad to share it with other followers on this page today.

If you like what you read, don’t hesitate to reach out to me via email or phone and we’ll chat more.



The most important person in our community is you.


From being called “Google” when it comes to what is happening the area to having a network of nearly 4,000 people from 11 years in real estate.


It may be the largest purchase that most Americans will make in their lifetime. But, that doesn’t mean it isn’t just another asset.



You work. You don’t have time to worry about your real estate transaction. That’s my job. We become your personal real estate department. You hire an accountant, a financial planner, why not the right REALTOR®?


We are excited to open our property management / investment portfolio up to new investors. It is a true opportunity for “mail box” money for the new or savvy investor. “Most property managers think their jobs end with finding my tenants,” a client said. “But you treat our properties with the same care as you would your own and the same attention to detail.”


  1. Friends and colleagues that are not happy with their current REALTOR® and looking for something different.
  2. Small Business Owners that have real estate needs but lack the time or energy to search out new locations.
  3. Those looking to diversify their investment portfolio.
  4. Friends and colleagues that have always talked about that “dream” home. It is never too early to start talking about what that home looks like.

Sound like someone you want to have working on your residential, commercial or investment real estate deals? Contact Toby today at (740) 990-9748 or

Chalk, Christmas Returns to Delaware in July

Chalk, Christmas Returns to Delaware in July

Sidewalk chalk art and Santa Claus?

Join Main Street Delaware on July 7 for a unique First Friday that will feature the 6th annual “Chalk It Up!” sidewalk chalk art contest and several ho-ho-holiday-themed happenings, including a late-night screening of the movie “Home Alone.”

First Friday’s “Chalk It Up” celebration and movie screening are sponsored RE/MAX Allegiance Stephanie Cashman. The screening also is sponsored by Performance Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Delaware.

“Main Street Delaware will be making an exciting announcement July 7,” says Susie Bibler, executive director. “With input from residents, merchants, city representatives, and others, we’ll debut a new ‘Home for the Holidays’ weekend in December that will make Delaware an even more irresistible place to be during the most wonderful time of year.”

The sidewalk chalk art contest will take place from 6-8 p.m., with two 2017 twists: The first is a holiday-themed category for the art competitors and the other is a competition to celebrate the many Delaware businesses that make downtown such a popular gathering spot. Artists are invited to dedicate their work to their favorite Main Street business. The business recognized with the most art also will earn a prize.

Those wishing to participate in the “Chalk It Up!” competition are invited to secure their concrete canvas for $10 per square now through July 7 by visiting to print a registration form. Forms also are available at downtown businesses.

Artists are asked to bring their own chalk and then simply to begin working on their preferred sidewalk square (located on Sandusky Street between Spring Street and Central Avenue or on William or Winter streets between Franklin and Union streets).

Main Street Delaware volunteers will collect registration forms and number squares for voting on the night of the event. Artists are able to begin working at any time July 7, but must be finished by 8 p.m. to allow time for photography.

Photographs will be added to an album on the Main Street Delaware Facebook page, where the public will be able to vote for their favorites. “People’s Choice” will be awarded in youth and adult categories, and one winner will be chosen for the best “Christmas in July” creation.

Little artists not participating in the contest but inspired by their fellow pavement Picassos will be able to make sidewalk chalk creations at no cost using chalk provided by area businesses.

After the contest, families are invited to stay downtown to learn more about December’s “Home for the Holidays” and to watch a late-night screening of the Christmas comedy “Home Alone” at the historic Strand Theatre, 20 E. Winter St., Delaware. The PG-rated film stars Macaulay Culkin. Tickets are $5 per person, with children 6 and under admitted free, and each ticket includes a box of Strand popcorn.

In addition to these opportunities, tickets also are available for Main Street Delaware’s 2017 Design Awards. The evening, sponsored by Triad Architects Ltd., honors many of the businesses and individuals who have improved the downtown with renovation and restoration projects over the past year.

The Design Awards ceremony will be held from 6-8 p.m. June 29 at the Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Tickets for the celebration are $30 per person, which includes heavy appetizers, beer, and wine. Event tickets, including special Main Street Delaware membership opportunities, are available online.

Proceeds from all Main Street Delaware events are used by the nonprofit organization to support downtown initiatives, including “Home for the Holidays,” First Fridays, and the annual Farmers’ Market.

Moo Moo Car Wash, Hartline, Oden top Delaware County Transfers

Moo Moo Car Wash, Hartline, Oden top Delaware County Transfers

Moo Moo Car Wash has added a new location in southern Delaware County as this week’s top commercial real estate transaction in the county according to the Delaware County Auditor.

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Moo Moo Car Wash has purchased the former Klean-A-Car location at 460 Lazelle Road in Columbus Ohio. [photo from Delaware County Auditors Web site]
The former “Klean A Kar” was purchased by Moo Moo Polaris LLC for $600,000 this past week. The property is located at 460 Lazelle Road, just west of Sancus Boulevard, in Columbus, Ohio, and according to its Web site will be the 10th location for the Pickerington-based company. It is its first foray into Delaware County – with its Dublin, Ohio, location located about a mile south of the county line on Sawmill Parkway.

Another top commercial transfer was the purchase of 42 North Sandusky Street in Delaware, Ohio, by NB42 LTD for $462,500. The 6,240 square foot location is home to five units – including current tenants Hilborn Insurance, Tito Paul’s State Farm Agency office among others – in the three story building on Winter and the connected two-story building fronting on Winter Street.

 More Buckeyes Call Delaware Home

Residential Sales This Week

Brian Hartline and Greg Oden turned stellar Ohio State athletic careers into large contracts. And this week they highlighted the Delaware County real estate transfers as well.

Hartline sold his Orange Township and Powell, Ohio, home for $1.55 million this week. The home has 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms – 4 full, 6,148 square feet and sits on .714 acres. He purchased the house for $1.495 million in November 2014.

Oden purchased a home in Dublin, Ohio and Concord Township home for $800,000. The home was built in 1999 and has four bedroom, five bathrooms – four full, 4,390 square feet, and 0.691 acres.

Local Minister Publishes “Evangelism From the Heart”

Local Minister Publishes “Evangelism From the Heart”

“Evangelism From The Heart” is a new book from Delaware County resident Ruth O. Deel.

“Evangelism From the Heart” is just that: how God feels about those living outside of His Kingdom. Whether people are young or old, rich or poor, from this country or that country, God wants to save them all. “Evangelism From The Heart” instructs readers how to shepherd the lost back to God. He wants all to come to repentance and receive the gift of His salvation.

Deel is a licensed and ordained minister, president and CEO of From the Heart of God Training Center in Sunbury, and graduate of International Apostolic University of Grace and Truth who holds a doctorate of Theology. Deel spent two years in prophetic training at Christian International in Versailles, Indiana under the leadership of Leon Walters. She also spent four years in prophetic training at Heirs Covenant Church of Cincinnati where John W. Stevenson is an Apostle and Senior Pastor. She just completed two years of training in biblical counseling under the leadership of Dr. Sandy Burkett at Breakthrough Ministries in Westerville, OH. She is currently under the leadership of Pastor Kimberly Strain at Outreach Christian Center Delaware.

“It is absolutely startling how we stereotype people because of their economic status, where they live, how they are dressed, the type of car they drive, and how much education they have,” Deel write. “I saw the one we often assume to be those God needs to save most. But contrary to popular opinion, being poor does not make one have a greater need for salvation, likewise, neither those in the suburbs nor penthouses that we feel need to be saved from the money or snobbish ways. Everybody from rich to poor, black to white, elementary education to graduate studies, all need Jesus!”

Published by Christian Faith Publishing, the book can purchase “Evangelism From The Heart” at traditional brick & mortar bookstores, or online at, Apple iTunes store, Kobo or Barnes and Noble.

Make Card, Mug for Dad at Pat Catan’s

Make Card, Mug for Dad at Pat Catan’s

Pat Catan’s Craft and Floral is offering a free make-and-take at its Delaware, Ohio, store on Sunday from 1-3 p.m.

The event will allow children to make a card or design a mug for Dad – as supplies last of course – to be prepared for Father’s Day the following Sunday.

Pat Catan’s is located at 159 South Sandusky Street – just south of Ohio Wesleyan University – in historic Delaware, Ohio.

IT SOLD: Dublin Road Home Fetches $3,000,000

IT SOLD: Dublin Road Home Fetches $3,000,000

5555 Dublin Road in rural Delaware, Ohio, sold for $3,000,000 on May 30, according to the Delaware County Auditor’s Office.

The property featured more than 22-1/4 acres along the Scioto River just south of Bellepoint and US 42. The Auditor’s site lists the home with five bedrooms, six full bathrooms, and four partial bathrooms in its 10,141 square feet and is situated on two parcels.


USDA Celebrates National Home Ownership Month

USDA Celebrates National Home Ownership Month

Received this press release from Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development on National Home Ownership Month. I am a huge fan of the USDA Rural Development loan program which offers 100% financing for buyers in areas determined as “rural.” For example, a rule of thumb, is that anything north of 36 in Delaware County is eligible but always ask when looking at homes. Only two counties – Franklin and Summit – have no areas that are eligible for the rural development program.

USDA Celebrates National Homeownership Month

Events across the Nation to Spotlight Efforts to Help Rural Americans Buy Homes

Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development Roger Glendenning today kicked off National Homeownership Month to celebrate the vital contribution homeowners have made to communities across rural America.

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Left to right, Lisa Mensah, Under Secretary Rural Development (RD), Franklin Codel, Head of Wells Fargo Home Lending and Tony Hernandez, Administrator U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service at the Champion of Rural Housing, Homeownership Month 2016 at the USDA, in Washington, DC on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. USDA photo by Steve Thompson.

“Owning a home provides rural residents a secure environment where they can raise families, and it helps invigorate local rural economies that are vital to the long-term security and well-being of our nation,” Glendenning said. “Homeownership fortifies communities, creates jobs and strengthens the local businesses that support our towns.”

USDA provides mortgage loan guarantees through partnerships with private-sector lenders to help low- to moderate-income rural homebuyers. In 2016 alone, USDA worked with nearly 1,500 lenders to help 116,000 rural individuals and families buy homes.

USDA has helped more than 4.1 million rural residents buy homes since the National Housing Act was passed 68 years ago.

Department of Agriculture employees will celebrate National Homeownership Month throughout June with events across the nation that demonstrate the Department’s longstanding commitment to provide affordable housing opportunities for rural Americans. To learn more about USDA’s observance of National Homeownership Month, please visit our Facebook page, follow @USDARD on Twitter, contact a USDA Rural Development State Office near you, or call (800) 670-6553.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and healthcare; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit


Tony Hernandez, Administrator U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service makes remarks at the Champion of Rural Housing, Homeownership Month 2016 at the USDA, in Washington, DC on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. USDA photo by Steve Thompson.

Fundamentals Hosting Author Tonight

Fundamentals Hosting Author Tonight

Author of “A Howl in the Night” and “Shadow Dancer” will be signing books at Fundamentals Children’s Books, Toys and Games in historic downtown Delaware, Ohio.

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Courtney Rene will sign copies of her novels at Fundamentals on June 2. (Source bio)

The event will run from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. with Courtney Rene signing copies of her books.

Rene lives in Ohio with her husband and two children. She is a graduate and member of the Institute of Children’s Literature. Her writings include magazine articles, short fiction stories, several anthologies, and her novel published through Rogue Phoenix Press.

Fundamental’s will, as usual during First Friday, offer crafts and activities for the whole family.

Stop by Fundamentals at 25 West Winter Street in historic Delaware.

Hidden Spaces Taking Place Tonight Downtown Delaware

Hidden Spaces Taking Place Tonight Downtown Delaware

Join Main Street Delaware on June 2 for a revealing look at some of the city’s architectural gems and “Hidden Spaces.”
Sponsored by Ohio Living Sarah Moore and Performance Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Delaware, the self-guided First Friday “Hidden Spaces” tour will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and feature an opportunity to visit nearly a dozen unfinished and other spaces not always open to the public.
Some spaces scheduled to tour include Willis Intermediate School; the third-floor (former ballroom) above Sandusky Street Antiques; the second floors of Toujours, Barley Hopsters, and Breakaway Cycling; the basement of Coffeeology; second floor and basement of The Greater Gouda; the office space of Clay Media Group; and Ohio Wesleyan University’s Slocum Hall and Richard M. Ross Art Museum, which is displaying an exhibit of art quilts.
Tickets for “Hidden Spaces” are $10 per person, with children 12 and under admitted free. Tickets are available online or in person at The Greater Gouda, 12 N. Sandusky St., Delaware. Tickets – and maps for all ticket holders – will be available after 5 p.m. on First Friday at the Main Street Delaware office, 20 E. Winter St., Delaware.
All tour sites will be designated by balloons and hosted by Main Street Delaware volunteers able to share some of each location’s rich history. Proceeds from the evening will support Main Street Delaware’s efforts to preserve and promote the city’s historic downtown.
Learn More About Sewage Systems with Health, Soil and Water Districts

Learn More About Sewage Systems with Health, Soil and Water Districts

Almost one million homes in Ohio are beyond the reach of public sewage treatment.

If you live in one of those homes, are considering buying such a home, or will be building in an area without access to public sewage treatment, you may benefit  by attending the Soils & Your Home Sewage Treatment System workshop, sponsored by the Delaware General Health District and the Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District.

This free workshop will be held June 8, 2017, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Brown Township Hall, 3832 Main Street in Kilbourne.

Staff from both agencies will cover soil properties, soil limitations, and mitigation; local soil surveys; different home sewage treatment systems in Delaware County; how to maintain a healthy home treatment system; and corrective actions and warning signs of a failing system.

The workshop is free but reservations are requested. Call 740-368-1921 or email by June 6.

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Go Wireless Completing Move to Westfield

Go Wireless Completing Move to Westfield

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Go Wireless has announced it will move locations.

Go Wireless, an authorized Verizon representative, is moving to a new Delaware, Ohio location.

The store is moving to 813 North Houk Road in the Westfield Shopping Center which is anchored by the “new” Kroger store on the city’s west side. The store was formerly located in the Troy Road Plaza – located at Troy Road and Central Avenue – across from Grady Memorial Hospital.

The new location is the former Radio Shack location next to Hungry Howies Pizza.

For more information you can call the store at 740-362-6421 or check the company’s web site at


Secret Identity Makes Debut

Secret Identity Makes Debut

Comic Store Opens in Downtown

Secret Identity Comic Books mades its debut tonight in historic downtown Delaware, Ohio, during Main Street’s First Friday.

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Secret Identity held its grand opening on Friday.
The work of Laura and Kelly McFarland the store opened officially at 1 pm on Friday. The store will celebrate free comic book day on Saturday.

“Comics and comic culture have always been a part of their lives and they are thrilled to be able to provide this service to their community,” according to their web site.

Secret Identity is located at 34 North Franklin Street and is open 11 am to 9 pm on Saturday.

More Information

Makapen Arts and Craft Show Coming to Powell June 4

Makapen Arts and Craft Show Coming to Powell June 4

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Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Center in Powell, Ohio will host the Makapen Show on June 4, 2017. [courtesy of web site]

Makapen Shows will launch a new show on Sunday, June 4, 2017, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Bridewater Conference Center in Powell, Ohio.

Cost is $3 and children under-12 are admitted free.

The event which is expected to have more than 100 vendors will be a “new, exciting, juried Art and Craft Show featuring talented artists and crafters presenting a wide variety of high quality handcrafted items,” according to its Facebook Event Page.

The event is the brain-child of Kay Penzone with nearly 40 years experience promoting craft and art events. Including the Christmas Corner Art and Craft Show in Hilliard, Ohio. For information on becoming a vendor, contact Kay via email.

Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Center is located at 10581 Sawmill Parkway in Powell, Ohio. With over 14,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, Bridgewater is a premier destination space. Experience its richly decorated banquet and conference rooms, each space appointed in imported granite and marble, lavished in fine oriental rugs and soaring ceilings lit by custom designed crystal chandeliers. It is the ideal venue for rehearsal dinners, ceremonies and wedding receptions, Holiday parties, corporate events, business meetings and conferences, expos and trade shows, fundraisers and themed events, and proms and reunions.

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Olivia Grace, at just over two-months old shows off a locally-made tag blanket that she received as a gift. Items like this could be among the many items that will be for sale at the Makapen Show at Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Center on June 4, 2017. Photo by Toby Boyce.