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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.

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.

‘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.
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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.


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

Walk A Mile Returns to Delaware

Walk A Mile Returns to Delaware

The community is invited to “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”® at downtown Delaware’s May 5 First Friday event to raise awareness and funds to support domestic violence awareness and prevention.

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On Friday, May 5, men will “walk a mile” her shoes for the annual First Friday event sponsored by Terra Nova Community Church.

The ninth-annual walk is organized by the Delaware County Coalition of Victim Services and Main Street Delaware, with sponsorship from Terra Nova Community Church (425 S. Sandusky St., Delaware) and from Performance Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Delaware (2815 Stratford Road, Delaware).

The walk is free and open to everyone, but participants are encouraged to wear high heels for the mile-long march. Registration begins at 6 p.m., with the walk starting at 7 p.m. at the intersection of South Sandusky and William streets.

The event is intended to open up discussion about sexual violence and to highlight agencies in place to help victims.

“The Walk a Mile event is a playful opportunity to raise awareness about sexualized violence toward women,” organizers said. “It opens up discussion and identifies those agencies in place to help victims. It’s the community taking a stand together to stop the violence, and literally, ‘walk a mile in her shoes.'”

To support the crowd of walkers and other guests, additional free First Friday parking will be available at both the Delaware Police Department, 70 N. Union St., and at Delaware County’s Hayes Administration Building, 140 N. Sandusky St.

In addition to the walk, Main Street Delaware’s May 5 First Friday will feature a disc jockey and music provided by GCJ Technology, free Kona Ice samples, and more. Many stores and restaurants will be open late for the event.

Courtesy of Main Street Delaware


Save Those Treasured Memories Free in Delaware

Save Those Treasured Memories Free in Delaware

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Pat Catan’s Store in Delaware, Ohio, offers a make-and-take this weekend. (source: Pat Catan’s email)
Pat Catan’s Craft and Floral store will have a free make-and-take this weekend in Delaware, Ohio.

Adults will have the chance to make a travel tray or a keepsake cannister to chronicle your summer travels. The kids can make journey journal or a coloring travel tin to make those summer memories ever lasting.

For more information visit Pat Catan’s web site.

Richwood Cafe Comes to Delaware Ohio

Richwood Cafe Comes to Delaware Ohio

REVISED corrected open date, we apologize for the error.

Richwood Cafe, located inside Richwood Bank, will make its Delaware, Ohio debut on Friday, April 28, with a great mission in mind.

On Friday all drinks will be free to celebrate the grand opening, but beginning on Saturday it will begin adding to the Delaware non-profit community.

When you stop by the Cafe, visit a customer service professional with the bank first, tell them what you are getting, pick a charity, pay and then go visit the barista. The Richwood Bank is donating 100% of proceeds to local charities.

While charities vary by location, in Delaware the charities will include:

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Richwood Cafe is located inside the Richwood Bank location in western Delaware, Ohio. [photo]
  • Stratford Ecological Center
  • PIN (People In Need)
  • Delaware County 4H
  • Delaware Hayes Schools
  • Humane Society of Delaware County
  • Delaware Arts Castle
  • Habitat for Humanity for Delaware & Union County

In talking with folks in Richwood, Ohio the concept has been well received throughout the community.

Richwood Bank is located at 1512 West William Street in Delaware, Ohio.

Giving Back Within Delaware

One of the coolest features living in this community is the community support that both the business and family units provide. A great example is the Delaware Community Market where 20% of your bill is donated to the charity you designate with membership. And since Delaware Community Market is a charity itself the that allows for members to write off even more of the bill as a charitable donation.

Numerous local organizations and events are sponsored to continue building on our great local community organizations.

Delaware Easter Egg Hunt Saturday

Delaware Easter Egg Hunt Saturday

The annual City of Delaware Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday — April 15, 2017 — at 11 a.m. at Veterans Park in Delaware, Ohio

Eggs will be spread out among 5 ages groups – ranging from 1-9 years of age. Bring your basket.

Bring a kite for Family Kite Flying time right after the hunt.

For more information call 740-203-3051.

Veterans Park is located at 1121 South Houk Road in Delaware, Ohio.

Delaware Ohio Property Transfers This Week

Delaware Ohio Property Transfers This Week

Delaware Ohio Property Transfers

January 2-8, 2017

It was a busy first-week of 2017 in Delaware, Ohio with 14 properties changing hands according to the Delaware County Auditor.

The highlight was the property at 8425 Concord Road being sold for $2.395 million to the Begrateful LLC. Equally as unique was a commercial lot on Lake Street – across the alley from Stop 42 – measuring 0.10 acre selling for $1,000.

Total transactions in Delaware, Ohio including price, address, buyer, and zoning.

  1. $1,000, 0 Lake Street, Todd Miller and Timothy Steinbrunner, 400 – Commercial Vacant Land
  2. $129,000, 8580 Concord Road, Dublin Manor LLC, 500 – Residential Vacant Land
  3. $130,000, 840 Village Drive, Vanessa Noltin, 550 – Condominium Residential Unit
  4. $130,000, 1486 Guilford Road, Dublin Manor LLC, 500
  5. $135,000, 1141 Haverhill Court, Sanath and Kavita Kumar, 500
  6. $141,900, 38 Lakes at Cheshire Drive, Frances M Mossgrove, 550 – Condominium Residential Unit.
  7. $190,000, 1901 Mary Dell Lane, Roger L Luckeydoo and Paulette Sue Goodman Luckeydoo
  8. $199,684, 725 Northhampton Court, Robert H. and Lynn M. Bloomquist, 510
  9. $199,900, 441 Grand Circuit Boulevard, Jacob Eye, 510 – single family dwelling owner occupied.
  10. $200,000, 401 Cobblestone Drive, Gary L and Tasha Shaw, 510
  11. $268,782, 652 Ferguson Avenue, Michael and Joanna L Weng, 500
  12. $305,000, 3599 Curve Road, Nicholas A and Koreen D Fenner, 511
  13. $315,000, 871 Oakley Drive, Michael A. and Kaedra R. Jones, 510
  14. $2,395,000, 8425 Concord Road, Begrateful LLC, 511 Single Family Dwelling 0-9.99 acres.

2017 Delaware Ohio Sale Statistics
  • Sales This Week: 14
  • Sales Volume This Week: $4,740,266
  • Year-To-Date Sales: 14
  • Year-To-Date Sales Volume: $4,740,266
  • Average Year to Date Sales Price: $338,590.43
Two Teachers on the Edge Signing Books

Two Teachers on the Edge Signing Books

Authors Signing at Destination Discount Books Saturday

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“What do I Want to be When I Grow Up” authors to be at Destination Discount Book on Saturday.

What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up? authors Amy Loring and Lori Smith will be at Destination Discount Books on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. for a book signing.

The books are a fun-filled exploration of professions based upon a letter of the alphabet. The book is an opportunity to get a peek at careers that children – from infant to preteen – would have never known exisited. Creating an opporutnity to spark the interest of using talents that may have otherwise gone unused.

Meanwhile, Loring and Smith write as Two Teachers on the Edge focusing on changing how society, politicians, and the general public view “good” schools.

“We want to refocus our energies away from high stakes testing and back towards creating life-long learners and productive citizens. We want our children to become impassioned adults equipped with knowledge and ready to tackle this tough and exhausting world we are leaving in their care,” they write on their “Our Mission” page.

Destination Discount Books is located at 1185 US Highway 23 North in Delaware, Ohio for more information check them out online or by calling 740-362-7711 or via e-mail at