As you know, VLFCU supports the financial needs of many local businesses. This month we are proud to feature Firelands Plumbing as our Business of the Month!
Many friends dream of starting a business together, but Debbie Neill and Jackie Sennish made that dream a reality. After taking a quilting class together back in 2004, these close friends of 30 years were drawn in by a new common hobby. Many discussions and prayers later, they decided to reach out to Brett Gerber in our Business Lending department, and on February 4, 2014, Debbie and Jackie opened the doors of M&E’s Quilt Shoppe under their “old lady” names of Mabel & Ethel.
The Glass Guys has been in operation since July of 2011, but co-owners Ryan Beach and Steve Olanek have been friends since they were kids growing up in Huron. These partners were introduced to the business by Ryan’s grandpa and father who once owned Sandusky Glass.
Just a couple of miles from our Huron branch, you will find the hard-working crew from Franklin Sanitation. This family-owned business was started back in 1952 by Glenn Franklin, who decided to leave his position with Norwalk Truck Lines to open a sewer and septic business.
The name Phil Parker is a familiar one for most locals. A Sandusky native, Phil’s been a barber for 22 years. He recently opened a shop that caters to men and women of all hair types, the purchase and remodeling of which was financed by VacationLand Federal Credit Union.
“I’m grateful to be a member of VLFCU because credit unions can do what banks can’t,” said Phil. “They give loans where needed instead of focusing in one area.”
Ever dream of starting something life-changing with your best friend? The co-founders of OHgo have done just that.
Kendra Faulkner and Christine Boesch have been friends for 13 years since meeting in college. Both had fulfilling careers – Kendra as a children's director at Faith Memorial and Christine as a teacher. Kendra saw that some families were unable to attend free events she was hosting because they did not have transportation. This realization sparked something in both women and soon after, magic happened.
VLFCU is proud to have Schild’s IGA as a business member. Originally established in 1946 as Schild's Food Town in Monroeville, this second-generation, family-owned grocery store has been a part of the Norwalk community since 1955. Many locals have fond memories of George Schild, who welcomed everyone into his store and knew just about everyone’s name!
Today, owners Dave and Marion Schild, continue that tradition of making everyone feel welcome. Dave started working in the store at the age of 12, earning $.95/hour. He grew up in the business, and after working construction in California for a few years, he knew where he belonged. He returned to Norwalk, fell in love with Marion, and both worked at the store through the 1980s until 1994 when they took over the business.
Earlier this summer, Steve Schuster and his business partner, Jeremiah Robuck, collaborated to open Penn Station East Coast Subs and Toft’s Ice Cream on Route 250. Steve’s family has owned Perkins Restaurant & Bakery in Sandusky for 53 years, so opening a new restaurant is only natural for him. When he realized that the property on Route 250 was more than was needed for Penn Station, he looked to expand his existing business relationship with Toft’s Dairy.
As a local, Steve believes the best business practice is to contract locally. When he was ready to start renovations, he contacted VacationLand Federal Credit Union to discuss financing and then worked with local contractors on all phases of the project. The results have been fantastic, satisfying both tourists and locals. As the tourist season begins to slow down, Steve and Jeremiah are rolling out a Sandusky Special to show their appreciation of all the locals who support them throughout the year!
From September 2019 to May 2020, you can purchase the 5” sub of the month, small fries, drink, and ice cream for just $9.99. With fresh-cut fries, delicious subs, and 51 flavors of ice cream, this offer is a mouth-watering deal!
Stop by to get this deal soon and support a local business!
Penn Station East Coast Subs: Mon-Sat, 11am-10pm & Sundays, 11am-9pm / Call: 419-502-0000
Toft’s Dairy on Route 250: 12pm – 9pm daily, hours subject to change / Call: 419-502-0212
www.penn-station.com and find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
www.toftdairy.com and follow “Toftson250” on Facebook and Instagram.
If you’re from the Norwalk area, you’re likely are familiar with owners of Dave’s Food Mart and Dave’s Park Avery.
Dave Fisher opened the original Dave’s Food Mart in 1978 which is now located at the top of the hill on Benedict Avenue in Norwalk. In 2001, Dave and his family opened a second location at the corner of SR 250 and Mason Road in Avery.
Dave passed away in 2012, but both of his stores continue to operate under the management of his wife Philomena (Phil), son Joe, and daughters Julie and Jeanne. Other family members work at both stores including Joe’s two kids, Jack and Makenna.
Last year, the owners of All Styles Landscaping, Craig Thomas and Joshua Wobser, expanded their business by merging with Gibson’s Gardens, owned by Toby Gibson.
Today, all three are co-owners of All Styles Landscaping & Garden Center located at 10413 SR 250 in Milan and they have 24 full-time employees.
No matter your landscaping needs, the staff at All Styles has you covered! They serve both commercial and residential clients and provide the following services:
Want to do it yourself? Stop out at the garden center to purchase plants, mulch, sod and more!
Through July 21, 2019, they’re having a plant sale where you can get 50% off Annuals, 20% off trees and shrubs, and $5.00 1-gallon perennials.
The All Styles staff is on hand to help get your car loaded and answer any questions. The garden center hours are 9:00am – 6:00pm, Monday-Friday; 9:00am-7:00pm Saturday; and 11:00am-5:00pm Sunday.
Visit All Styles Landscaping & Garden Center online today!