It’s almost official: Oakwood Commons brochure names WalMart

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Fran Mentch, the bloodied and bruised volunteer who tried to prevent big-box retail development of the former Oakwood Golf Course, gets to say “I told you so.” For more than a year, there has been a persistent rumor that one of the first tenants in the new development would be WalMart – meaning that it […]

Coffee for the Common Woman | Part 2

Cuppa! Goodness.
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One of the earliest credible descriptions of the experience of drinking coffee comes from german physcian and botanist, Leonhard Rauwolf in the 1500’s.  He described coffee as “almost as black as ink and very good in illness…” Leonhard was a people watcher. Just like myself, sitting here in Luna Bakery – I too am keen […]

A cup of coffee and commerce

Home for the holidays: Two days before Thanksgiving, Luna Bakery has begun construction on a gingerbread house
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Working from a home office, I conduct most of my business meetings elsewhere. Meetings that involve people from the Heights community tend to get scheduled at a coffee shop. And how lucky I feel to have so many choices. My personal preference is to conduct meetings over a table – in plentiful supply at Stone […]

How 9/11 brought me to a more local life

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On September 10, 2001 I ate dinner in suburban Chicago with a member of my sales team  whose territory I was visiting. We ended up debating religion and politics, which was as much a mistake then as it would be now. I woke up early the next morning, used the hotel workout facility, showered and […]

Locavesting means putting our money where we live

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Like many Americans, I have my retirement savings in 401 (k), 403 (b) and other investment accounts, and every once in awhile, I meet with my financial planner to assess performance and make adjustments. “Diversify,” “invest for the long-term” is the mantra. As I look at my portfolio, there’s very little that seems tangible to […]

A little this and that from around the Heights

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Some thoughts about recent goings on around town: Improved parking Cumberland’s improved parking lot has been completed in time for the summer swim season. The $200,000+ project was funded from an Ohio EPA grant to improve quality of rainwater runoff into adjacent Dugway Brook. The project included greenspace medians in the lot, to filter dirt […]

The real meaning of the closing of Seitz-Agin Hardware

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Retail shops come and go. To me, Seitz-Agin is more than a store; it’s part of the fabric of my life and writing this post feels like the presentation of a eulogy. I’m pretty sure that sentiment will make Joel Borwick, the store’s owner for the last 38 years, uncomfortable – though that’s not what’s […]