Business

Easement granted for Brathaus expansion

By DAVID DUPONT BG INDEPENDENT NEWS The Bowling Green Board of Public Utilities approved an easement that will allow Brathaus on East Court Street to expand. Utilities Director Brian O’Connell said that Doug Doren, who owns the bar, wants to extend the bar, but that would place a building over a manhole. The city would redirect the sewer, which now heads north toward Oak Street, to connect with the line down South Main Street. While digging, O’Connell said, the city will bury the utilities lines. That will allow it to take down a large laminant utility pole across the street from Brathaus on East Court. O’Connell said that the estimate for doing the work was more than Doren had anticipated, so the expansion may be delayed until spring. O’Connell said he would discuss the project with the owner. O’Connell suggested that the city share the expense of the project by assuming the cost of burying the electric lines, which is not essential for the bar expansion to proceed. That work would benefit the city, he said. Doren controls most of the neighboring properties, but the Gavarone family, which owns Mr. Spots, would have to agree. In voting for the easement, board member Bill Culbertson said: “It’s a good idea. It cleans things up.” The board also approved an easement for a water line to cross the parking lot in front of the Dairy Queen. That line now dead ends where Grant Street bumps into the railroad tracks. That causes concerns for water pressure in the case of a fire. That line will now connect with the line that runs up East Wooster Street. That would also enable further improvements if the six-inch line that now runs down Enterprise Street is upgraded to an eight-inch line. Answering a query from Mayor Dick Edwards, Daryl Stockburger, assistant utilities director, explained that one of the wind turbines is not operating because the city is waiting for parts for a gearbox. Wind turbine parts, he said, come from around the world, and the turbines, now 15 years old, are requiring more maintenance. Some suppliers are no longer even in business. Also repair crews must be dispatched from New York or Minnesota.  


Water & sewer district wants to know how it’s doing

From NORTHWESTERN WATER & SEWER DISTRICT The Northwestern Water & Sewer District recently launched a digital survey to its customers, contractors, vendors, and other organizations it deals with to gauge satisfaction levels and the quality of the work the District does. According to Jerry Greiner, President of Northwestern Water Sewer District, “We need feedback so we can see how we are doing, and just as importantly, find out what we could do better.” Greiner continues “Primarily we are focusing on our customers, but we also want feedback from organizations we do business with such as our contractors, other government agencies, and even media organizations.” The survey strives to create a baseline or current snapshot of satisfaction and quality, and then will proceed with a comprehensive analysis of the data and information. According to Gavin Smith, Director of GIS and IT at the District “We are going to intently study the results and communicate the results in a way that illustrates our current position across many measured factors, but then we will use this as a starting point to help us keep our strengths impactful while identifying and correcting weaknesses.” Additionally, the District plans follow up surveys, and maybe even focus groups, on a consistent long term schedule to create a constant feedback loop. Freelance marketer and public relations guru Tom Konecny, who helps the District with these types of tasks adds “Evaluation and continuous improvement is critical. For example, a laborer in a factory, a teller at a bank, or even a nurse at a hospital are continually evaluated so that current performance is measured and future performance is enhanced- certainly organizations should do this as well!” The District asks that its customers and all the other organizations associated with them take a brief five minutes to complete this survey. The survey is readily available on the District website. www.nwwwsd.org. The survey is also available on the NWWSD Facebook Page and Twitter feed.


Closing time for Jed’s but downtown still open for business

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Jed’s, home of chicken Fireballs, has flamed out in downtown. Still the owner of the Millikin Hotel building on downtown Bowling Green’s Four Corner is confident he’ll find a new tenant for the former Jed’s space. The sports bar and grill closed for business on Monday. A call to the owners has not been returned. Bob Maurer, who owns the building, said all he knows about why the business closed is “just economics.” The Jed’s restaurant in Perrysburg remains open. “Any time you lose a tenant you want to know what happened, what you could have done to avoid it,” Maurer said. “It’s a good spot. Somebody’s always looking,” he said. “Some people’s problems are another person’s opportunity.” He expects that given there’s been a restaurant in that spot for well over 10 years that another eatery is the most likely option. Maurer expects to have it filled in “four to six months.” Overall Maurer said downtown Bowling Green “is doing extremely well.” He said that compared to Fremont or Napoleon, or even Findlay, Bowling Green’s downtown is thriving. He praised Mayor Dick Edwards and Sue Clark, the executive director of the Community Development Foundation, for their efforts. The Jed’s space in the second vacancy to open up on the Four Corners in the past two months. The Mosaic Consignment shop, which sits kitty-corner from the former Jed’s, closed in May. But that space is already undergoing renovation as another business prepares to occupy it.    


Applebee’s restaurant looks at location in BG

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar is interested in making Bowling Green its new neighbor. The casual dining restaurant has requested a variance from the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals to allow more parking spots than now permitted at a site at 1175 S. Main St., near Home Depot on the south edge of the city. “The city has definitely been in communication” with representatives of Applebee’s, said Bowling Green Mayor Dick Edwards. The city’s planning director, Heather Sayler, has been working with an Applebee’s representative to find a location for the restaurant, he said. “They definitely have been showing interest,” the mayor said Friday evening. “They were looking at different sites,” specifically along East Wooster Street near Interstate 75, Edwards said. But the restaurant chain seemed more interested in the South Main Street location, closer to U.S. 6 traffic. Edwards said he knows few details right now, with most of the discussions taking place between intermediaries. “It certainly piques my interest,” the mayor said, explaining that Applebee’s is a standby for some travelers. “As we travel around, we often stop there.” The arrival of an Applebee’s in Bowling Green could end the drought of chain restaurants building in the city. And it could quiet the claims that city officials won’t allow chains to locate in Bowling Green since chains might draw business from locally-owned establishments – a charge that the mayor denies. “There’s been no effort by the city to keep out chain restaurants,” Edwards said. “In fact, it’s been quite the opposite.” “Quite the contrary,” he said, explaining that Bowling Green is stuck in a “peculiar web” between Findlay, Perrysburg and Toledo. “And that’s what they look at,” often overlooking Bowling Green. Edwards also mentioned that the city values its locally-owned restaurants. “We cherish those establishments,” he said. Applebee’s variance request will be heard by the Zoning Board of Appeals on July 13, at 7 p.m., in the city council chambers at 304 N. Church St. The request seeks a variance to allow 11 parking spaces that will encroach 5 feet into the required 5-foot setback to the north and east.


Opinion: ‘Her Choice’ does not offer all choices

Opinion piece as submitted by J. Murphy One day I noticed a bright, cheery yellow building with big windows encasing the front with what appeared to be a lotus flower under the words “Her Choice” on them. Wondering what this organization does I decided to speak to a staff member. I found out that Her Choice is a Christian, Pro-Life clinic which offers limited services. While this is itself is not an issue, I do take issue with the fact that the center provides false statistics, inaccurate medical information, and hides behind a façade of a neutral, safe place that educates women on all their choices. While they claim to provide guidance and support for women in need, according to the staff member I spoke with, they also talk to women about certain medical aspects of pregnancy, emergency contraception, and all their options with the exception of abortion. Upon further research I discovered the information they provide in these capacities is medically inaccurate, irrelevant, and/or falsified. The location of Her Choice across from campus and the name “Her Choice” is as strategic as its veiled attempts at “offering choice” and “empowering women.” They may not explicitly say “You cannot have an abortion” however, the messages they imply and sometimes explicitly express are biased, inaccurate, false, and are positioned to encourage women to carry the pregnancy to term under false pretenses. From the moment these women step in the door they feel supported, and guided, but they are being guided under a ruse of an “unbiased organization.” This is not to say this organization does not help some women in their time of need. Her Choice offers two “medical” services: they offer free pregnancy tests, and a free ultrasound at the center. They do not refer for abortions. According to the individual I interviewed they will recommend an ultrasound for three reasons. The first is to “…check for an ectopic pregnancy.” Considering only 1-2% of pregnancies are ectopic, I feel this is a tactic used to scare women into getting the ultrasound by telling them there is a risk of ectopic pregnancy without revealing that there is only a 1-2% chance the pregnancy will be ectopic (Kirk, Bottomley, Bourne). The second reason to perform an ultrasound is to measure the baby and determine how far along the woman is. The third to check for a heartbeat and to “determine if a…


Falcon helped roll out Oval Office carpet

By MATT MARKEY BGSU Office of Marketing & Communications The next time the news cameras are rolling from inside The White House and relaying video from the Oval Office, skip the ornate window dressings, the massive desk and the stoic portraits on the walls, and just focus on the floor. The elegant carpet that President Barack Obama is standing on in his official workplace as he greets foreign dignitaries or huddles with his closest advisors – that carpet has a Falcon imprint on it. There’s no visible logo, no orange and brown threads, but 1978 BGSU graduate Michael Ruggeri leads the company that produced the distinctive piece of floor covering, as well as many others. Ruggeri’s Michigan-based Scott Group Custom Carpets has carved out a unique niche as the leading producer of high-end, one-of-a-kind, ultra-premium carpets. The firm has created a variety of rugs for The White House, including the prestigious Oval Office rug for two different administrations. “In our industry, the Oval Office is the pinnacle,” Ruggeri said about Scott Group being selected to work with The White House interior designers for both the Obama and Clinton presidencies. Each president decorates the Oval Office to suit his tastes, and President Obama selected an oval-shaped rug made of 25 percent recycled wool. This rug features the Presidential Seal in the center, and around its border carries five historical quotations of significance from Martin Luther King, Jr. and Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy. As you would expect, discretion is critical when preparing décor for the home of the president, so when a specific order for The White House arrives at the Scott manufacturing facility in Grand Rapids, Ruggeri said it carries a code name to keep the eventual destination under wraps as long as possible. But once the Oval Office carpet is completed, there comes a time for all of the company employees to take a photo-op standing alongside the soon-to-be-famous rug. “Everything we do is custom from start to finish, but from a prestige standpoint, The White House work we do is a source of pride. It is hugely prestigious,” Ruggeri said. Scott Group has also produced luxury floor coverings for other rooms in The White House, but the historic building on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. is hardly the only A-list client for Ruggeri’s company. The company also designs and produces custom…


New $70 million Rossford project ties into casino

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent Media ROSSFORD – A new $70 million project will provide hotel rooms, conference space, restaurants and shops across from the Hollywood Casino Toledo. Project RED, for Rossford Entertainment District, was announced this morning inside the casino by officials of NAI Harmon Group. Dallas Paul, the broker for the project, said it will include a 150-room hotel with connecting conference center. A major focus of the 100,000 square feet of retail space will be fine dining and fast casual restaurants with cuisine that complements what is offered across Miami Street in the casino. There will also be some boutique shopping available. ED Harmon, the company president, said the Toledo-based firm has the global connections to find the right tenants for the development. The project will take about two and half years to complete, Paul said. The land is currently an open field owned by Hunger Manufacturing. The first step will be a $1.3 million connector road that will be constructed by the Ohio Department of Transportation. That road has a completion date of spring, 2017. The project will also have a people mover transit system, which will be called the RED Skyway, to take people between Project RED and the casino. Paul said when completed the project will employ about 1,000 people in service jobs. Rossford Mayor Neil MacKinnon said the development furthers Rossford’s evolution into “a new live, work, play community.” The development that’s so closely linked to the casino, which is in Toledo, only strengthens Rossford’s ties to its neighbor to the north, especially the attractions in Toledo’s downtown, MacKinnon said. Beth Genson, the director of the Rossford Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Project RED fills a gap in Rossford’s offerings. Four new hotels have gone up in the Crossroads area to the south of the Rossford downtown, and she’s been trying to attract convention business. But while the beds are available, meeting spaces are not. Genson said those planning conventions want conference spaces to be just a few steps from the hotel rooms, restaurants, shopping and entertainment. She said she can’t wait to return to those potential clients and tell them about the new development. The timing is good because conferences are usually planned several years ahead of time. The completion date of the project will also coincide with the scheduled 2020 completion of the reconstruction of I-75.


Parking meters expiring…BG eyes kiosks instead

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Before long, motorists will not have to pump coins into meters in parking lots in downtown Bowling Green. But that doesn’t mean the end of those pesky yellow tickets. Instead of feeding the meter, motorists will have to pay the kiosk. Municipal Administrator Lori Tretter reported to City Council Monday evening that as lighting and utility improvements were being discussed for Lot 2, located east of the first block of South Main Street, the issue of replacing the parking meters with kiosks was suggested. The idea had “numerous advantages,” according to Tretter. The lot would be more attractive aesthetically, easier to maintain, and fit the city’s long-term plan, she said. When discussing plans to resurface all the parking lots downtown, another question arose. “Does it make sense to pave this lot then punch holes in it,” Tretter said. And since the parking meters in Lot 2 are removed for the annual Black Swamp Arts Festival every September, it would make further sense to replace them with kiosks, she added. Initially, three kiosks will be spread throughout Lot 2. If it is determined that isn’t enough, the city will add more. The kiosks would accept coins, cash or credit cards. Motorists would have to enter their license plate numbers into the kiosk when paying. The time limits will remain the same, with two hours in the parking spaces closer to South Main Street, and 10 hours for those closer to South Prospect Street. Lot 2 will just be the first lot to lose meters, according to Tretter. “We plan to implement this in all city lots in coming years,” she said. Information about the kiosk parking plan will be made available in the gallery at Four Corners, 130 S. Main St. Officials will be available in the gallery to discuss the new system on June 28, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. In other business Monday evening, council: Learned the next Coffee with a Cop will be held June 29, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Biggby Coffee on East Wooster Street. Heard the city will “Pause for the Pledge” on June 14, at 10 a.m. in the area between the Wood County District Public Library and the Wood County Committee on Aging. A program on elder abuse awareness will then be presented in the senior center. Learned Buckeye Boys State…


BG auto dealership receives top award from Ford & Lincoln

From BOWLING GREEN LINCOLN AUTO SALES Bowling Green Lincoln Auto Sales is among an elite group of Ford and Lincoln dealerships to be recognized with the 2015 President’s Award by the Ford and Lincoln Motor Companies. The prestigious award honors dealerships that have excelled in automotive retailing in 2015, by providing exceptional customer service and satisfaction. “Earning this award is a reflection of our entire staff’s commitment to delivering the best customer experience possible,” says John Heffernan, Bowling Green Lincoln’s General Manager. “I couldn’t be more proud to receive this recognition, especially since it comes from the people we value most – our customers. They’re the reason we were able to achieve this award. And hats off to our talented and hard-working employees who embody the virtues of teamwork and integrity in everything they do. We are extremely fortunate to have such a great group of people who really make our family dealership shine.” The President’s Award was established in 1998. Dealers become eligible through survey responses from customers related to their sales and service satisfaction. Bowling Green Lincoln Auto Sales is one of only 2 Lincoln-specific dealerships in the Great Lakes Region to earn this exemplary honor. BG Lincoln has achieved the President’s Award in past years and this is one of the key attainments the dealership strives to achieve year in and year out. Sales Manager Mark Campbell adds: “Our main goal on the sales side, in daily cooperation with Mike Brian who runs our excellent service department, Jesse Lane and his team in our top quality body shop, and Lisa Kline who helps our customers get the best financing possible, is to make people happy. This award helps us know we are doing just that and it feels great.” “The President’s Award is one of Ford Motor Company’s most prestigious awards and recognizes Dealers achieving the highest levels of customer satisfaction, every day in every department. This award salutes our top-performing Ford and Lincoln dealerships that embrace the importance of client satisfaction. Congratulations to the Bowling Green Lincoln team for this outstanding accomplishment,” said Dana O’Connor, Lincoln Regional Manager.


New business park planned in Crossroads area

A new business park, promising hundreds of new jobs, is being planned in the Crossroads area of Wood County. NAI Harmon Group today announced its plans to purchase an 87-acre piece of land from the carpenters union for development of a Class “A” business park, the Harmon Business Park, located within Crossroads property. The announcement was made at a Wood County Economic Development meeting this morning. “It’s a great opportunity for Rossford and the Crossroads,” said Wade Gottschalk, executive director of the Wood County Economic Development Commission. “It’s going to provide some much needed development up in that area.” NAI Harmon Group is looking to attract at least 10 end users, totaling hundreds of new jobs for the area in the coming years. The first tenant to the park is slated to break ground in the third quarter of this year. The entire investment is projected to cost more than $75 million upon completion. The Harmon Business Park sits alongside Interstate 75, Ohio 795, and the Ohio Turnpike to attract warehouse/distribution and light manufacturing users. Also, the park will be within an existing TARTA route that will make it easier for employees to access their new jobs. “I am committed to developing this project to the fullest and believe we must create jobs and opportunities to build a strong central metro area,” said Ed Harmon, president of the NAI Harmon Group. The announcement was good news for Rossford officials. “I believe this is the anchor the City of Rossford and Wood County needs to redevelop the Crossroads,” said Neil MacKinnon, mayor of Rossford. NAI Harmon Group plans to partner with the City of Rossford and Wood County to accomplish this project. Harmon is working alongside the City of Rossford to address road, water and sewer infrastructure needs and zoning changes that will allow the area to expand now and in the future. “This new business park and facilities will be designed to meet the demands that we are seeing in the market today,” Harmon said. “I have been meeting with seven possible users for the Harmon Business park and I look forward to developing the property,” Stephanie Kuhlman, senior development agent for NAI Harmon Group. NAI Harmon Group offers commercial real estate services including marketing, warehousing, logistics, construction, property management and more. NAI Harmon group was founded in March of 2016, upon the former Industrial Developers Limited affiliating with the…


Lack of skilled labor slows some local manufacturers

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Graduating high school students have long looked at college as the route to financial security and prestige. But more and more, it’s a ticket to great debt and frustrating job searches. For years, parents have propelled their offspring toward professions needing college degrees. “That’s where you make money,” said Sue Clark, executive director of the Bowling Green Economic Development Foundation. “But that just isn’t true anymore.” “Parents want kids to be something other than in manufacturing,” Clark said. But those parental dreams are based on outdated beliefs that industry is hard, dirty work with little reward. Today’s manufacturers are “very high tech, very clean, and very well-paid,” she said. During her annual report on economic development in Bowling Green, Clark talked about healthy growth in the city. Manufacturing jobs had reached 4,000 – the highest ever in the city. “Our companies keep reinvesting in themselves,” she said. “We now have more employees in the manufacturing sector than the university does.” But that growth, along with the low 3.7 percent local unemployment rate, poses a problem of its own. “While I paint a rosy picture, we’re not without our concerns,” Clark said. “Finding good employees is at the top of our list.” The top complaint from industries in Bowling Green is the lack of skilled trade workers, she said. In fact, some manufacturers have reported that they have been turning down work and foregoing expansions because they cannot find the needed workforce. “While we are a university town, we still value plumbers, electricians, die makers and machinists,” Clark said. Some training programs, like union apprentice programs, Penta Career Center and Owens Community College, are responding to the need. But while they are “filling the pipeline,” it’s not solving the problem right now, she said. One of the Bowling Green industries feeling the pinch of not enough skilled trades people is Rosenboom Machine & Tool Inc., which makes custom hydraulic cylinders. “I’ve had difficulty finding the skilled positions I need,” said Dee Meyer, head of Rosenboom human resources. The biggest need is for computer numerical control machinists. The lack of CNC machinists poses two problems. “It keeps us behind in serving our customers,” Meyer said. “And it takes more overtime to get the job done.” While Meyer said a lot of training programs are responding to the demand, that doesn’t satisfy the immediate issue….


Mary Hinkelman in driver’s seat at Downtown BG

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Mary Hinkelman arrived in her new job as executive director of Downtown BG at the right time. Starting in early spring, she was ready to dig in to help with the planting that’s part of downtown beautification efforts. Keeping downtown BG looking bright and welcoming is the prime mission of the organization. The Special Improvement District is funded by assessments paid by downtown landowners. The goal is to encourage visitors and shoppers to discover and return to the area. Hinkelman feels there’s plenty of reason for them to do just that. “You can really shop local,” she said. “I love BG. There’s always something happening here in downtown. … There’s clothing, jewelry, restaurants – good restaurants – and Ben Franklin is a staple.” Shop owners “know you when you walk in,” she said. “The center of the town gives you the personality,” Hinkelman said. It makes a city more than “just a name.” “This little town makes a big impression on people and a lot of that has to do with the downtown,” Hinkelman said. And, she said, the property owners are keeping their buildings up. All the more reason “to show our appreciation and frequent them.” She gave credit to her predecessor Barbara Ruland.  “She did a wonderful job.” Hinkelman, who moved to Bowling Green in 1999, was already familiar with Downtown BG, especially through her involvement in the Classics on Main car show. Hinkelman is both an exhibitor – she has a 1979 Pinto Cruising Wagon – and as a member of the organizing committee. The show is one of the downtown’s signature events, along with the weekly farmers market. Hinkelman said this year those two will be run and promoted by the Sentinel-Tribune “in the interim.” “Then we’ll evaluate it and see how we want to go forward.” Hinkelman came to the Downtown BG position from Alpha Management, which manages five McDonald’s restaurants. “This is an opportunity to move myself forward,” she said. “This seemed to have a lot of opportunities for me to do something for the downtown.” In the interviewing process, she said, the board indicated they wanted someone who could do fundraising for the downtown plantings and holiday lighting. Hinkelman has experience on that front. She’s been involved in raising money for the Ronald McDonald House and as president of the Tuesday Night Crawlers Car Club. Fundraising “is…


Summit brings women in philanthropy into focus

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Learning how to manage money and learning the value of sharing that wealth with others go helping hand in helping hand. For the past 15 years, Auburn University’s Women’s Philanthropy Board has entwined those lessons in programs geared toward elementary school students through adults. Bringing those values together is essential, said Sidney James Nakhjavan, the executive director for the Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at Auburn. She was the keynote speaker at the Women in Philanthropy Summit Saturday at Bowling Green State University. The summit was convened by the presidents of BGSU, Otterbein University and the University of Findlay. “When you talk in terms of money management, you talk in terms of one thing,” Nakhjavan told those in attendance. “When you talk in terms of philanthropy and building a legacy, you certainly are talking about one thing. When you blend it then you get this powerful force that really effects change within people. …  It becomes this burning passion.” While teaching money management may seem fairly dispassionate, said Nakhjavan every semester she gets “criers.” One male student became apoplectic in a session talking about money management. He was angry because he didn’t realize how much debt he was taking on. He didn’t know what an IRA or a 401K was. He’s not alone. One young woman told Nakhjavan that when she saw 401K on the syllabus, she thought she was going to have to run a race. Another thought United Way was an airline. “They end up being grateful to learn this stuff and empowered to build their legacy,” the speaker said. Since 2001, the efforts, started as Women’s Board for Philanthropy, have been working to increase that learning curve. Seminars for women, started with 100 attendees, have grown to attract 1,000 attendees. The formation of the board was prescient. In 2001 Dean June Henton, of the College of Human Sciences, with colleagues and a donor, attended a conference with the intention of finding how to cultivate a culture of philanthropy among women on the Auburn campus. “What prompted that,” Nakhjavan said, “was the then emerging societal trend that women would be the predominant wealth holders in this country, and therefore the world. With that power of the purse, women would have more influence.” This came to pass in 2010, she said. “The face of philanthropy has changed.” Nakhjavan…


Library offers variety of adult activities

A tour of downtown Bowling Green highlighting the city’s historic past, coloring for adults, job coach sessions, and book discussions are among the programs being offered for adults at Wood County District Public Library in BG. Saturday, May 21 Join WCDPL’s Local History librarian Marnie Pratt and Kelli Kling of the Wood County Museum at 10 am and discover downtown BG’s historic past with a “Business in Boomtown Walking Tour.” The tour leaves promptly at 10, rain or shine, from the Carter House parking lot. Light refreshments will be served in the Carter House at the tour’s conclusion. Registration required. Call 419-352-5050. Monday, May 23 Coloring It’s Not Just for Kids. Come, join friends and neighbors who have rediscovered coloring—a relaxing and creative pastime for adults. Coloring sheets ad colored pencils provided, but feel free to bring your own supplies. “Coloring: It’s Not Just for Kids” takes place in the library’s newly renovated 2nd Floor Meeting Room starting at 7 pm. Tuesday, May 24 Just the Facts, the library’s popular nonfiction book group led by Anne Render discusses Going Clear by Lawrence Wright at 10:30 am in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. Thursday, May 26 Meet with retired HR expert Frank Day from 9:30 am – 12 pm for a half-hour, personalized “Job Coach Session.” From polishing resume to reviewing job skills to filling out online forms: Mr. Day will you help brush-up where needed to stand out in today’s job market. To book a 30 minute session, call 419-352-5050. 2nd Floor. 10 am. Coffee Talk book group meets at 10 am in the library’s new 2nd floor meeting room. The group, led by Kristin Wetzel, will discuss Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash. 2nd Floor Meeting Room. Sunday, May 29 & Monday May 30 WCDPL will be closed in observance of Memorial Day Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30. Wednesday, June 1 Deb Born leads the Read for Inspiration book group in a discussion of To Win Her Favor by Tamara Alexander. The group meets at 10:30 am on the 2nd Floor. Friday, June 3 Discover the top 5 free apps for Library Apps for Tablets at 10:30 am in the 2nd Floor TechLab and get your summer reading off to a great start. Performers wishing to participate in the library’s BG’s Got Talent extravaganza should sign-up by 6 pm today. For details call the Adult Services…


Mosaic Consignment Studio in downtown BG to close

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News A 60-mile commute and two full time jobs have convinced the owners of a downtown shop to consign the enterprise to their rear view mirrors. Mosaic Consignment Studio will close later this month. Details of the closing are pending. Bill Miller, who owns the shop with his wife, Colleen Miller, said the business was doing fine but “honestly not enough to warrant staying in business.” The couple lives in Trenton, Michigan, and each has a full-time job.  “It got to be a lot to handle,” Miller said. They opened the shop five years ago on the northwest corner of the Four Corners in downtown Bowling Green because of Colleen’s love of fashion. Bill Miller went to graduate school at Bowling Green State University, and they like the city. They were visiting when they saw the space was open. They were surprised there wasn’t already a consignment shop here. Trenton, they said, has three. So they decided to give the business a shot. They’ve enjoyed the business and the shop’s staff and customers. Miller said his involvement is usually outside of business hours. “My wife and the people who work here always glow about the people who come in and the things that come in and out of the shop.” He said in the five years they’ve had some “great people who worked for us.” Still the time had come to close. “It’s a monkey off our backs,” he said. “It’s bittersweet.” Customers bring clothing in to the shop. The items are consigned on a 60-day contract. At the end of that period the consigners can come in to get their share of the sales revenue and pick up what hasn’t sold. Or they can just leave the items in the shop. Clothing left more than 60 days is then sold at a discount. Eventually if it doesn’t sell, it is donated to charity. That’s where anything not sold or retrieved will go when Mosaic closes. The Millers opted not to sell the business and its name. They may want to open the shop up again, Bill Miller said, though probably closer to home. For details on Mosaic’s last days visit: https://www.mosaicconsignmentstudio.com/