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.”

Hot Chicken Takeover Taking Over OWU

DeLoss Speaking on Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Joe DeLoss, founder, owner, and head fryer of Columbus-based Hot Chicken Takeover, will discuss his company’s efforts to provide supportive jobs for people working to overcome past incarceration, homelessness, and other barriers to successful employment, during a moderated chat Thursday, February 21, at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.

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Joe DeLoss,owner of Columbus-based Hot Chicken Takeover, will speak on Feb. 21 at Ohio Wesleyan. [submitted]

DeLoss will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Benes Room B of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center. His presentation will be a fireside-style chat moderated by 2006 Ohio Wesleyan alumnus Dan Sharpe, vice president for community research and grants management for The Columbus Foundation.

This free, public event represents OWU’s 2019 Heisler Business Ethics Lecture organized by The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship.

In explaining the company’s business model, Hot Chicken Takeover states: “HTC employees are wildly ambitious and have set their sights on what’s next. Once hired, we support their financial stability, personal growth, and professional development with an array of benefits.”

Examples of company benefits include:

  • 2:1 Matched Milestone program – supporting the efforts of employees to afford housing, education, transportation, and more.
  • Cash advances – providing access to emergency cash assistance and no-interest loans to manage crises.
  • Counseling – retaining licensed counselors to provide recovery support and short-term counseling.
  • Professional development – certifying employees in food safety through the Food Protection Program of Columbus Public Health.
  • Competitive wages and tips – paying most employees salaries of $11+ per hour.

The Benes Rooms are located in Hamilton-Williams Campus Center and is located at 40 Rowland Avenue in Delaware, Ohio.

Napier Named 2018 Caretaker of the Year!

Caretaker at Radnor-based Chris Beaver Stable

Sheila Napier, caretaker at the Radnor-based Chris Beaver Stable, has been named the coveted 2018 Caretaker of the Year Award, sponsored by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in conjunction with the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA).

Shelia Napier, with the 2011 Little Brown Jug winner Big Bad John, has been named the Ohio Caretaker of the Year. Napier works at Radnor’s Chris Beaver Stables. (photo via Shelia Napier)

USHWA will honor Napier and other champions at its annual Dan Patch Awards banquet, Sunday, February 24, in Orlando, Fla. Napier will receive $500, a trophy, and an all-expense paid trip. The banquet honors the best and brightest performers, both human and equine. 

All North America caretakers are eligible for the award, with nomination letters detailing the skills and special qualities of the nominee. A seven-member USHWA panel, comprised of former caretakers, selects winners.

Beaver, who nominated Napier for the award says, “Sheila takes unrivaled pride in the condition of her horses.  I can rest at ease when she has a horse racing.  I know it will get on the road on time and will be wearing the right equipment, even if I can’t make it.  She truly loves horses and takes incredible pride in their accomplishments. My life would be a lot easier if more grooms brought the passion into their work that Sheila has.”

Napier, 37, has worked for Beaver for three years and usually cares for about eight horses. She was featured in a September article “Harness: A Caretakers Job is Never Done” in DRF. In 2018, her horses included the $500,000-winning three-year-old filly trotter, Custom Cantab.

“Oh, that filly,” says Napier, whose travels always include her 11-year-old daughter Jess. “Custom Cantab is one of those special little fillies that wants to finish in the top three her whole life.  She’s quite sassy, amazing and full of heart. I absolutely love that filly; she is very special.”

Napier also had four horses on the Ohio Sires Stakes championship card at Scioto Downs, including three in the Two-Year-Old Filly Trot.

“I’ve always read about the award; and this is really great,” says Napier, a native of Cincinnati. (Her first job working with horses came while in high school in 1995 at the Delaware Equine Lab. “I’ve been doing this for a long time and something I looked forward to as far as possibly getting, but maybe in Ohio and not this big.”

Napier to Appear on Post Time With Mike & Mike

Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the harness racing line-up for Thursday at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Sheila Napier, the 2018 USHWA Caretaker of the Year; California Harness Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Robin Burns; USTA Handicapper, Bob Pandolfo; and Peter Kleinhans. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website  or on the archive at

Delaware Resident Named “20 in Their 20s”

Olivia Perez - Cvent - Named Professional Convention Management Assocition Award.
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 THINGS: last minute gifts

In one week the “jolly” old-man will have slid down the chimney and we’ll be sharing meals with family and friends … and of course that means gifts. Wait you didn’t forget the gifts did you? We got you covered …

This week’s “five things” will feature “last minute gifts in Delaware, Ohio” for less than $25 a month. You love them but you are grabbing a last minute gift for a reason.

Five Things: Last Minute Gifts in Delaware Ohio

Coffee, Choffey’s Coffee & Confections

This is the place that I’d usually talk about the West Liberty, Ohio, made Marie’s Chocolates that are amazingly smooth and the best you’ll find in Delaware, Ohio. But we’ll save that one for Valentine’s Day, and focus today on the large collection of coffee that is available in the shop. Yes, Delaware has a wide-selection of coffee shops but they all also focus on other items to keep them from being in direct competition all the time. Humbly, only two of the locations put the coffee at the forefront – Choffey’s and Coffeeology – while the others offer coffee or have a blend that can be found at several local establishments.

I have a routine that starts with most mornings slipping through Choffey’s and picking up a cup of coffee and then visiting again and some days we even go for a third stop. The coffee can be purchased whole bean or if you don’t have the means to turn that into God’s heavenly nectar then they’ll grind it for you. Grab your favorite flavor and brew it up on Christmas morning or grab a couple 1/2-pound bags for those stockings. Cost is about $16 per pound (I paid ~$19 for two 1/2-pound bags and a large coffee).

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Ohio Metal Work, Edwin Loy Home

Edwin Loy Home Delaware is one of those little shops that seems to have a piece of everything. And in this case a particular piece caught my eye last weekend. The store itself is a wide collection of items from Stone & Sparrow apparel to chalk-paint items and everything in between. And while I am a 100% coffee lover, this is one of those stores downtown that I find interesting but usually only go in when I’m looking for something for #CGB’s CEO.

The Ohio-shaped metal work would be a great last-minute gift for any Buckeye and at $15 fits the bill for not breaking the bank as well. Not overly large and it is one of those timely gifts that you could keep to be ahead of the game for Uncle Joe’s birthday in January that you know you always forget about until the last minute.

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Cape, Secret Identity Comics

The idea for this post may have arisen when a cousin gave Ms.O a gift during a recent family gathering and we looked at each other with that sinking feeling … we’d forgotten to get their kids something. Have no fear the super heroes at Secret Identity Comics in Delaware came rushing to the rescue and saved the day. While they have a wide selection of graphic novels, comic books and fandom items that can be the perfect budget-conscious gift from one to ninety-nine.

In this case, Kelly steered me straight towards the capes … and it was perfect. What kid – or adult – doesn’t want to don a cape and mask and spend the day as Superman, Captain America or Green Lantern among many others. And the price was perfect at $8 each and it is one-size fits all and will make any adult or kid very happy.

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Kid’s Books, Fundamentals Children’s Books, Toys & Games

Fundamentals Children’s Books, Toys & Games is one of the great success stories in downtown Delaware and is one of the long standing retail establishments. While some places grow stale with age, Fundamentals has continually evolved to be the store for local youth and teachers alike. Ms.O enjoyed our recent visit so much that we spent an extra half-hour as she looked through books in the “sitting area” and picked out what she would spend her gift card on after the Holidays.

Fundamentals was the “go to” store last year for the cousins as they had a wide selection of Brad Meltzer’s “I Am” books and were willing to order in those that they didn’t. They have a large selection of items for sale that go from infants to first-readers all the way up to teen and a wide collection of games – not electronic but you know the real games with boards and stuff. The best part is that if you don’t give the games away you can play them at home!

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Christmas Decor, Coffeeology

We’ve already talked about the coffee at Coffeeology and in this case I’m going to focus on their unique items throughout the store with a wide assortment of quick gifts. But if you are there and don’t grab a cup of Euro Chef – I’m sure that is a butchered spelling – then you have done a disservice to yourself that can only be rectified by making a return trip and buying it for the whole office.

While they barista makes your cup of Joe, head around the store and check out all the fun little quirky gifts that include a wide selection of Christmas offerings – that are now even on sale! From plates to collectibles and everything in between offers an amazing collection of items for your friends that love snow and the Holiday season.

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Have another fun place that has gifts for around $25 for this last minute gift-buyer? Leave a comment!

What is “Five Things”?

Five Things” is a feature of C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co. president and broker Toby Boyce that highlights the “best” in an area and it can vary – and it will – from last-minute gifts to the best place for hamburgers and since #CGB covers from Circleville to Shilo and Danville to Raymond it could be virtually anywhere in “greater” central Ohio.