Main Street Delaware Earns Accreditation

 In 2018, Main Street Delaware organized 5,617 volunteer hours with a monetary value of $138,683 to help preserve, protect, and promote the historic downtown.

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Together, these people helped to create monthly First Friday celebrations, twice-weekly farmers’ markets from May through October, a three-day Home for the Holidays weekend, and more. They worked through design, organization, and promotion committees and in collaboration with city and county economic development offices to help support new businesses with mentoring advice, to organize community cleanups, and to bring the community together in a vibrant and welcoming downtown.

In recognition of its success, Main Street Delaware this month earned its 2019 accreditation as a National Main Street Community. The accreditation followed a half-day evaluation by Columbus-based Heritage Ohio, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify local programs that meet 10 performance standards such as developing a mission, fostering strong public-private partnerships, tracking a city’s economic progress, and preserving historic buildings. The National Main Street Center is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

In addition to earning renewal of its national accreditation, Main Street Delaware was honored in October with a statewide Heritage Ohio award for2017’s Best Main Street Committee Project or Event. Main Street Delaware was recognized for its inaugural three-day Home for the Holidays weekend, which incorporated the downtown tree lighting, Christmas parade, Dash for Dasher scavenger hunt, and business open house into one unforgettable weekend.

“Main Street Delaware is honored to be recognized for making a positive difference in the life of downtown Delaware and the local community,” said Susie Bibler, executive director. “On behalf of our Board of Directors, I would like to thank everyone who supports us by making financial gifts, volunteering their time, and attending our events. We are grateful, too, for strong partnerships with the city and county, and we look forward to an even bigger and brighter future.”

Delaware Resident Named “20 in Their 20s”

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Olivia Pelzer has been named “20 In Their 20s” by PCMA.

Olivia Pelzer has been named to the “20 in their 20s” list by Professional Convention Management Association recently.

Pelzer has worked at Cvent as a senior strategic account analyst for the past two months according to her LinkedIn profile. Previously she spent more than five years with Cardinal Health in various progressive roles in the trade show management area.

“This passionate group inspires me every year as they represent the future of the business events industry,” said Meredith Rollins, executive director of the PCMA Education Foundation. “I have no doubt this class of bright, skilled professionals will achieve success and PCMA is proud to assist them at every stage of their career.”

According to a press release, honorees were selected from a pool of applicants that are full-time employees in the business-events industry;  no older than 29 on Jan. 9, 2019; examples of industry leadership; video statement; and professional references.

Five Guys Coming!

Ontario Location Planned

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Five Guys Burgers & Fries will open its first North-Central Ohio location in Ontario, Ohio.

Five Guys is finally landing in Ontario, Ohio in a new strip-mall the Mansfield News-Journal reports.

Joining Five Guys will be Sleep Number, Sport Clips and Panda Express with two units vacant when the permit was submitted in July.

The 11,232 square-feet facility will be located on Lexington-Springmill Road.

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Five Guys Burgers and Fries was established in 1986 in Washington, DC and began franchising in 2002 and now has more than 1500 locations – with another 1500 in development – across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe and Middle East according to its website.

Olivina Featured on Fox28 Thursday

Spotlight on white balsamics in Delaware

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Cameron Fontanta, left, will be at Olivina Taproom in Delaware, Ohio, on Thursday for a segment on Fox28 Columbus. (Photo credit: Fox 28)

Olivina Taproom will be featured in a mini-series on Fox28 Columbus’s “Good Day Columbus” and the “Good Day Marketplace” on Thursday, August 2.

Tune in at 10 a.m. for their second segment that will feature a drink demonstration with Cameron Fontana and a spotlight on the delicious white balsamics.
The other shows include and in-studio cooking demonstration with Chef Michael on August 7 and vinaigrettes and salads will be showcased on August 15.

If your missed Olivina’s first appearance, you are in lucks as you can watch it at the Fox28 Columbus web site.

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Discount Grocer Making Way to Powell

Aldi Opening Third Delaware County Location

Aldi grocery stores have announced plans to open its third location in Delaware County, Ohio, when it opens on Sawmill Road in Powell, Ohio.

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Powell Ohio landing Aldi at former Drug Mart location on Sawmill Road.

The location is in the former Discount Drug Mart at 9963 Sawmill Parkway and will bookend the shopping center with Advanced Auto Parts with a variety of businesses located between – with a single vacancy.

Aldi’s other two Delaware County locations are along Sunbury Road (Routes 36 and 37) east of Delaware, Ohio, and on US – 23 in Lewis Center, Ohio.