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:

Art Walk brightens up downtown BG

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The sunny day couldn’t have been better for Cindy Tesznar. The spring weather meant she was comfortable as she sat outside the Ben Franklin store in downtown Bowling Green selling her glasswork, and the sunshine made her bottle trees glow. As a veteran Art Walk participant, she knows the weather isn’t always so favorable, so on Saturday she was enjoying the sun. “The bottles show better outside,” she said. Tesznar was one of dozens of artists who were showing, and many like her, selling their work, as part of the annual event. The work displayed in locations throughout the downtown was created by professional, avocational and student artists. Crim art teacher Noreen Overholt said she was glad that the organizers always included the schools in the event. She was overseeing the art activities and exhibit by her students inside the United Way office. Among the projects was an art cave that students could crawl through to see “cave drawings.” “This gives the kids a chance to participate in a real art show,” she said. “It gives them a chance to share art with their families.” Art Walk also gives the schools a chance to show the community what students are doing and “all the talent they have.” “It’s nice that Bowling Green sponsors so many arts events,” she said. “Look at all the people walking around. It’s good for the whole city.” Amy Craft-Ahrens who owns For Keeps, agreed. On Saturday she was in Ben Franklin helping with that shop’s 40th anniversary sale. She noted the number of people in the store. “On a beautiful sunny day like today, we get a lot of traffic …You see a lot of people walking downtown,” she said. “It’s not necessarily a day that lends itself to significantly larger sales but it brings people downtown and they see what we have offer and even if they’re not buying today, they’ll come back.” While Ben Franklin is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Main Street, Flatlands Coffee is a newcomer on the retail scene. Ben Vollmar, the owner, grew up in Bowling Green and remembers first getting interested in art through Art Walk and other events in town His shop was displaying, appropriately enough, 60 drawings of coffee cups by Bowling Green sixth graders. “Bowling Green is very down-to-earth, art-appreciating town,” Vollmar said. “I like the way it brings people together.” That mindset helps foster an atmosphere where businesses such as his can thrive. “We have designed the space for the creative thinkers,” he said. Other shops downtown, he said, have paved the way for his, and all benefit from the interest generated by art-themed events. Vollmar said his business has done well attracting university faculty and graduate students. “I’d like to see residents just try us out, get some people in for the first time and see what we’re about,” he said. “It’s been very encouraging to see so many people come in to support the Art Walk.” Local businesses that sell jewelry and clothing had a chance to show off their wares in a fashion show held at noon at Sam B’s. The proceeds from the event go to support downtown plantings. One of the new additions to Art Walk was the annual Bowling Green State University…

BGSU College of Business gets bump in Bloomberg rankings

From BGSU Bloomberg Businessweek released rankings of undergraduate business programs including the College of Business Administration at Bowling Green State University. After surveying nearly 30,000 students and recruiters from approximately 600 companies, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the top 114 business programs out of nearly 1,600 in the country. BGSU ranked number 71, up from 90 in the previous ranking, placing it among the top 5 percent of programs in the nation and the top 2 percent in the world. “The rankings show that the College of Business at BGSU continues Going Beyond Business As Usual,” said Ray Braun, Dean of the College of Business. “We are pleased that our unique program, delivered by outstanding faculty and staff, is being recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the best in the world.”

River House Arts takes up residence in historic Secor building

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News River House Arts, an art gallery that has enlivened the area art scene for six years, has now taken up residence on the left bank … of the Maumee River in the Glass City. Paula Baldoni who owns the business with her husband, William Jordan, said that move from the house on the river in Perrysburg to the sprawling new space in the Secor Building at 425 Jefferson Ave. has taken more time than anticipated. But even as Jordan works on the floors in the 9th floor office space, the gallery is ready to open its newest show, “Immigrants, Outcasts, and Other Heroes,” oil paintings and drawings by Cuban artist Augusto Bordelois. The show of more than two dozen works opens with a reception Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. The show continues through June 4. For details visit:!immigrants-outcasts-and-other-heroes/cbtc The exhibit is well in keeping with what River House Art has been about all along. Its exhibits have featured forgotten American masters such as Clay Walker featured in the gallery’s first show in November, 2009; international artists such as Mexican painter Veronica Leiton, creator of surreal abstract cityscapes; important contemporary Americans such as Swinomish and Tulalip photographer Matika Wilbur, who is using fine art photography to produce powerful and positive images of contemporary indigenous people; and local artists both young, jeweler Amy Beeler, and more established, photographer and digital artist Lou Krueger. Bordelois, Baldoni said, has been living in Cleveland since 1999, but he regularly returns to Cuba. His paintings are bold, with robust, heavyset figures. They lounge in the tropical heat, or at least it looks like that. One painting is actually a homesick Cuban on the beach of Lake Erie, Baldoni said. “Each painting has an incredible story.” And they are full of mythological images. While they are full of color and wit, they also have an emotional heft to them. The show will be displayed in the ground floor gallery with windows looking out at the Huntington Center. Paintings will also be on display at the Registry Bistro which is the gallery’s neighbor in the 110-year-old former hotel. This space is just part of what Baldoni and Jordan are leasing. They also have storage and an office on the ninth floor. They will also curate other spaces in the building including the sixth floor lobby outside the Toledo Opera offices. “We wanted to be in downtown,” Baldoni said. River House operates an art leasing program for corporate clients. They can find art, especially regional art, to decorate their walls. They sell both regional art and estate art from the 19th and 20th centuries. The Secor space offers more space for the art. “We wanted to be closer to our clients,” Baldoni said. This also brings them closer to many of the artists they work with, she added. She said she has enjoyed working with the Arts Commission of Toledo. Even before the opening of the first exhibit in the space, the signs are positive. People have been asking about the gallery and when it would open. The traffic in the downtown location has also generated interest. “It’s fantastic being across from the Huntington Center,” she said.        

Mills Jewelry closing shop after 69 years

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Saturday afternoon was like many others at Mills Jewelry on 192 S. Main St., Bowling Green. Someone stopped in to pick up earrings from her grandmother that had the posts reattached. Another woman picked up a necklace that had been repaired and was looking at rings. Another customer needed a battery for an older watch. And David Mills and his sister Diane Mills Haslinger were there to help them just as members of the Mills family have been for the past 69 years. On May 7, though, Mills and Haslinger will close up shop. A chapter of Bowling Green retail history will close. While the siblings agree they’re ready to take a break from the day-to-day grind of running the shop every day except Sundays and holidays. Haslinger said she’s looking forward to traveling and visiting grandchildren. Still she admits some mixed feelings. She raised her children here, she said. “It’s bittersweet.” As of Monday, the store will offer customers a last chance at the merchandise at sale prices for up to 50 percent off. The Mills family got into the jewelry business before World War II. Glee Mills learned watch repair working at Norm Crosby Jewelry in downtown Bowling Green in a storefront now occupied by the Busy Thimble. Glee Mills went off to serve in the Navy during the war and when he returned to Bowling Green he got back into watch repairs, working out of his home. When Norm Crosby decided to sell the business to move to California, Glee Mills and his mother, Clara, bought the jewelry store. In 1952 the jewelry store moved to 188 S. Main Street and became Mills Jewelry. It operated there until the 1970s when it moved a few doors south into the current location in the mini-mall built by Doug Valentine. Both David Mills and Haslinger went to work for the business in the 1970s. She had worked for Huntington Bank, and he’d come home after serving a two-year stint in the Army. Their father continued to come into the store every day even if it was just to sit and watched TV. He died in 1995. Their mother, Lois, also worked in the store until retiring 2½ years ago. Their Uncle Clare also worked for Mills Jewelry for a time. Those were the days when Bowling Green’s Main Street boasted three jewelry stores Klever’s, Dill’s and Mills. Now Waddington will be the sole jewelry store in the downtown. Vanderhoffs, which took over the Klever’s business, has a shop on Haskins Road. Mills said when his mother quit working he figured it was time to close the store. That left just him and his sister to run the store. The decision was made last December, he said “It’s tiring,” Haslinger said. The business climate has changed over the years, the siblings said. Now they have big box stores to compete with. The new Kroger Marketplace will have a jewelry counter, Mills noted. And more and more people are shopping on line. It’s harder and harder to operate a small business, Mills said, between the competition and taxes. Watch repair used to be a major part of the business. At one point, she said, the store employed three watch and clock repairmen. They repaired 50…

Cookie Jar has hit the sweet spot with Bowling Green shop

By AMY STEIGERWALD It is 11:30 on a Sunday morning in Bowling Green and much of the town is pounding down Tylenol and dragging themselves to Bob Evans in order to cure last night’s hangover. But Maureen Lanigan is cracking eggs while chugging Red Bull, in order to prepare for the coming day’s demands of sugar and smiles. The head baker of The Cookie Jar stops for no one and is known around town for her famous cookies and hospitality. Armed with a mixing bowl the size of a laundry basket, the baker whips up five to 10 batches of dough per day, which often leaves her covered in flour from head to toe. In a kitchen with two stoves, four large sinks, four freezers and an endless supply of cookie ingredients, Lanigan bakes up new recipes from 10 a.m. to noon every day except Monday, known her “business day of rest.” The small business owner and baker is known for her sweet sense of humor and giving heart, which leave customers wanting more. Those who know Lanigan are aware that she throws her whole self into her business, which includes her personality. Many employees attest that her sense of humor is something that brightens up both the employees’ and customers’ day. Additionally, Lanigan incorporates elements of herself into her cookies. “My secret ingredient in every recipe I make is love,” she said. The average person may find that a tad corny, but she disagreed. “I use the best ingredients available and mix the dough with care and a whole lot of love.” Regardless of how far she has to travel, Lanigan will go the distance to find the best possible ingredients for her cookies. Perhaps the best adjective that describes Lanigan, (or as she’s known around the Jar as “Mo”) is “understanding.” Mo is known to be consistently understanding and patient with all her employees. “Mo understands that everybody makes mistakes, especially when they are training and learning new things. She is so good at being able to see where we all are coming from, while also helping us learn from our mistakes and showing us the best way to approach things” said Cookie Jar employee Bekah Pastor. Others agree, and say that this is why they’ve worked for Lanigan for so long. “I have stayed working for Mo for two years because she is extremely easy to talk to and she tries her best to help solve any problems that you may have at or outside of work,” said Cookie Jar employee Spencer Calcamuggio. “She is different from other bosses because she is dedicated to both her store and her employees.” Throughout the past nine and a half years, Lanigan has discovered so many important aspects of herself because of her experience in owning her own business. “Owning my own business has shaped me as a person in many ways. It’s taught me patience, confidence, how to be compassionate yet assertive, extremely responsible, reliable and how to have a phenomenal work ethic. I’ve never worked harder and longer in my entire life,” Lanigan said. Since The Cookie Jar opened in September of 2006, Lanigan has held fundraisers to help local businesses, donated thousands of cookies to students and BGSU events, catered weddings, sent cookies to soldiers in Afghanistan,…

Local Family Owned Funeral Homes Merge

Story provided by Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory Kraig and Kay Hanneman announced Thursday they have acquired the Wright-Habegger Funeral Homes in Grand Rapids and Liberty Center. The Wright-Habegger Funeral Homes will undergo a name change to Wright-Hanneman-Habegger Funeral Homes & Crematory, while Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory in Bowling Green and Loomis-Hanneman Funeral Home in Weston will remain the same. Kraig and Kay Hanneman along with Brian and Kathy Habegger are very proud and excited to have all four family owned and operated funeral homes working together to provide families in our communities with professional and compassionate service. “With our knowledgeable funeral directors who also include Drew DeVore and Daniel Billings along with our staff who are deeply involved within the community, it is our goal to offer families peace of mind and personal choices.” Kraig Hanneman – said the strong reputations of each business will serve as the foundation on which to continue to serve families with dignity and respect. “With our continued commitment I feel this endeavor will benefit our communities greatly. Additionally we own and operate our own crematory. Therefore, if your family chooses cremation, your loved one would never leave our care.” Habegger stated. Kraig and Kay Hanneman noted that by uniting the talents of all the funeral service professionals of these establishments it will allow us to continue the caring service that our families deserve. Kraig and Kay Hanneman went on to say that “It will also allow us to have better schedules, affording us the opportunity to be even more attentive to the families we serve. Brian is a perfect example. As basically a one-man operation he now can draw from the personnel resources of Deck-Hanneman. “We will share our staff.” “Our people make the difference,” Hanneman and Habegger added. “We are members of the communities we serve and are privileged to be here.” The Hanneman Family have worked in years past side by side with former owner Paul Croll and his family at the Grand Rapids Location and also helped in the training of former owner Ray Wright who served his apprenticeship with Hanneman Funeral Homes. Deck-Hanneman Funeral Homes, established in 1912 , and Wright-Habegger Funeral Home, formerly the Croll Funeral Home have been providing personal, friendly and professional care to the families of Wood, Henry and Lucas Counties for decades. Hanneman and Habegger said their respective businesses have based their longevity on a commitment to excellence by always placing the needs of families they serve first. The Hanneman Family are proud to say they have been committed to excellence in the funeral business for 104 years.

Showtime for ideas for a better world at BGSU’s The Hatch

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Surrounded by music, lights, a wise-cracking master of ceremony, video projections of tweets, 11 university students got down to the serious business of pitching ways to make people’s lives better. During Hatch 2016 Thursday night, those students presented eight projects to a five-member panel of Bowling Green State University alumni, who were ready to invest thousands of dollars to help these budding entrepreneurs launch their businesses. Just about all those projects ended up walking away with an initial offer of money in exchange for a stake in the company, and a step closer to solving problems large and small, for people from preschoolers to elders, and everyone who uses water. For Kiersten Castner and Collin Newton, their Trace Case would help people prone to losing their credit cards keep track of them. For Alyssa Batch, her Comfort Covers would employ key words and symbols to foster conversations between people suffering from dementia and their families, friends and caregivers. For Jarrod Cain, his StuPro Match would help college students find the professor who best matches their learning styles. For Baqer Aljabr and Ryan Murphy, their Park Shark would lower costs for airports, universities and others managing massive parking lots with a robot that gives tickets and provides video surveillance. For Meredith Moore and Khory Katz, their Easy-Loft Beds would help college students expand the living space in their dorm rooms. For Sophia Schmitz, her Play-to-Play interactive board game will help music students as young as preschoolers learn their note names and other basics. For Austin Farrington, his Trac Band would allow elders more freedom of movement in care centers while helping staff monitor their safety. For Giuseppe Giammanco, his Microgreens would provide an alternative to plastic microbeads used in a large range of cosmetic products. Those microbeads have now been banned by the federal government because they pollute waterways. Giammanco created a green alternative that has all the capabilities of the existing product. Giammanco got the $10,000 investment in exchange for a 10- percent share of the business. This will go for legal expenses and producing prototype product. Beyond that, he said, the company will generate revenue by licensing its product to industry giants such as Procter & Gamble. As far as he could tell, no one else has come up with a replacement for the plastic microbeads. But the panel of investors didn’t just smile and hand over the money. They had questions. Michelle Drerup, the director of Behavioral Sleep Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center, wondered why Pinterest followers couldn’t just make their own Comfort Covers. Batch said that she would maintain proprietary rights to product. The investors felt her idea needed more refinement, so they put in $7,500 for a 5-percent share to allow her to work with the business incubation firm Balance Inc. in Cleveland. The incubation option was a new twist in this year’s event. Batch did win the Hatch’s Eggy, the event’s people’s choice award. Brian Sokol, founder of The Idea Institute and now CEO of Enduring Wellness, called The Park Shark “kind of a narc thing” and worried for the six-wheeled robot’s safety. Aljabr and Murphy explained that the robot was programmed to avoid people and did have a video camera to record anything that happened….

BG mayor honors those who make community better

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green recognized a roomful of people who have made life better for others – whether it be families with autism, people seeking fair housing, or a woman who put her all into a small business for four decades. The council chamber was overflowing Monday evening with people who were being honored for contributing to their community. Mayor Dick Edwards recognized Barbara Rothrock for her constant dedication to small business in Bowling Green. Rothrock is retiring as owner of the “much loved and respected” Calico Sage and Thyme store. Rothrock was praised for leading by example, with 40 years of “grit, grin and outright perseverance.” When called up to the podium, Rothrock continued her push for local businesses. “Small business is important,” she said. “Support the businesses you love.” Edwards also recognized April as Autism Awareness Month and honored local families who are “living with the realities of autism and who are helping ever so many others deal with autism.” The mayor called to the podium Mary Murray, a “trailblazer” in the area of autism at Bowling Green State University, and the John Titus family. With his arm around young Ian Titus, who would one day like to be mayor himself, Edwards read a proclamation for autism awareness. Edwards also recognized Fair Housing Month in Bowling Green, calling up members of the Human Relations Commission. “Apart from its symbolic value, it is an important reminder about the basic provisions of the Fair Housing Act of 1968,” he said. Also at Monday’s meeting, city council: Learned from Utilities Director Brian O’Connell that plans to sell Bowling Green water to Waterville have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. It is hoped the project can be completed by the end of the year. Heard the city’s Bicycle Safety Commission is meeting tonight at 6 with the city engineer to talk about the Complete Streets program. Learned from Parks and Recreation Director Kristin Otley that the summer program brochure is now online. Otley also reported the first community focus group on the city’s parks and recreation department will be Wednesday at 7 p.m., in the community center.

BGSU grad Steve Hanson has stories to tell about the art & business of making “The Prophet”

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News When Steve Hanson returns to Bowling Green State University, he will have stories to tell about telling stories. His story as a multimedia entrepreneur starts with his time at BGSU. “Bowling Green taught me how to think, how to tell a story,” the 1975 graduate said in a recent telephone interview. As a photojournalism major that education included late night calls from Professor Jim Gordon. Hanson, then photo editor of the Key, lived with Joe Darwal, then photo editor of The BG News. When Gordon called it wasn’t just to say hello, it was usually to deliver blunt critiques of their most recent work. “It is that kind of mentoring that takes us to a different level,” he said. Hanson will participate in Bravo! BGSU Saturday in the Wolfe Center for the Arts Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. For tickets, call 419-372-6780. He’ll show excerpts from the film “The Prophet,” which he produced, from 7:30 to 8 in the Donnell Theatre. (See related story: Then on Sunday he’ll kick off the university’s E-Week activities with a screening of “The Prophet” at 8 p.m., also in the Donnell. On Monday, he’ll discuss the making of the film at a Lunch and Learn session from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The David J. Joseph Company Business Hub on the second floor of the College of Business. The first stirrings of the film began back in his undergraduate days. That’s when he read Lebanese writer Kahlil Gibran’s inspirational book “The Prophet.” It was a time of great turmoil,” Hanson said, and as a photojournalist he was in the middle of it. He remembers digging a hole to look like a bomb crater to illustrate a story. He was also a pioneer. Working with Gene Poor, he had a “self-proclaimed” minor in visual communications. This was before the days of the Department of Visual Communications Technology. This served him well as he moved from photojournalism into multi-media production. The change is not so radical. It’s all about storytelling, he said. That may be a story about how to be a better employee or why you should insulate your house with Owens-Corning’s signature pink insulation. “Those are all stories,” he said. Some of those industrial productions cost in the seven figures to make, he said. None was on the scale, however, of an internationally distributed feature-length film. Some 30 years after graduating from BGSU, and having first read “The Prophet,” one of the top selling books of all time, Hanson learned that no one had ever secured the film rights. “I really felt this book was a story that needed to be told in a way that hadn’t been done,” he said. So the long journey to bring “The Prophet” to the big screen began. The rights were held by Gibran’s sister, and it took six years to secure them. Despite the size and complexity of the undertaking, Hanson relied on the same methods he used for all his Hanson Inc. projects. “We had a nice kind of chunk of experience working for great clients and crafting their message,” he said. “The premise of sourcing the right people at the right time is the pretty much the same no matter what you’re doing. I’ve always surrounded myself…

Kroger named Wood Lane CES employer of month

Community Employment Services (CES) of Wood Lane recently named The Kroger Company (Bowling Green) as their Employer of the Month.  Kroger partnered with CES in becoming a community placement employer in January 1989.  At that time Kroger hired a young woman, receiving CES services, to be a part of the Kroger team as a Courtesy Clerk.  Kroger is one of the largest retailers in the United States and works diligently every day to deliver their values of Honesty, Integrity, Respect, Diversity, Safety and Inclusion. Kroger on North Main Street is currently under an expansive remodel and will be the largest Kroger Marketplace in the Northwest Ohio area when the remodel is completed. For twenty-seven years the employees and supervisors at Kroger have played a supportive role with this individual, and as a result, they have a very competent Kroger team member. The Kroger team approach, where everyone helps each other to accomplish the mission and shared philosophy allows her and her coworkers to truly be part of the Kroger team.  We appreciate The Kroger Company for their dedication in becoming a community placement employer with CES. Since 1985, Community Employment Services has assisted Wood County businesses meet their staffing and diversity needs by offering a pool of qualified and competent workers with developmental disabilities.  Community Employment Services is a division of Wood Lane (Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities).  For more information, call (419) 352-5059.

BGSU College of Business hosts event on digital entrepreneurship

By BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship continues to bring innovative and current entrepreneurial leaders to Bowling Green State University. This year’s event on April 8 will feature keynote presenter Dr. John Kelly, who oversees Watson, the IBM supercomputer that answers questions using artificial intelligence to accept and process natural language requests. The Sebo Series will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union on campus with Kelly’s talk scheduled for 12:15 p.m. For details visit: Watson wowed the public during its “Jeopardy!” debut when it defeated two of the game show’s top champions. Watson learns about subjects and automatically updates as new information is published, which made its “Jeopardy!” appearance a day-by-day process in which the supercomputer became increasingly better each day as it learned more about the game and subjects. Kelly is the senior vice president at IBM and his top priority is to stimulate innovation in key areas of information technology and to bring those innovations to the marketplace quickly, to apply these innovations to help IBM clients succeed, and to identify and nurture new and future areas for investment and growth. Other featured presenters include William Amurgis, intranet and internal communications specialist; Mark Hosbein, managing director at Accenture; Lisa Mitnick, managing director at Accenture Digital; and Dr. Gene Poor, Hamilton Professor of Entrepreneurship at BGSU. The event will be at the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Reception and networking begins at 8:30 a.m., with the welcome at 9 a.m.Kelly will be the afternoon keynote speaker.  

BGSU Students ‘Hatch’ entrepreneurial ideas

By BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS In the spirit of “Shark Tank,” 11 student entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas to alumni investors during The Hatch on April 7 at Bowling Green State University. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. In 2015, The Hatch attracted more than 3,500 attendees and was streamed to watch parties across the United States. “Hatchlings” are paired with alumni mentors throughout the spring semester to develop their business ideas. Participating students and their ideas include: Alyssa Batch, a senior majoring in graphic design, is creating personal comforters for dementia patients to create a conversation between nurses, aids, residents and visitors. Austin Farrington, a senior majoring in marketing, is developing a system that utilizes Bluetooth beacons to set up a “GeoFence” that will help pinpoint the location of individuals who are wearing a Bluetooth bracelet or ID badge in a facility. Collin Newton and Kiersten Castner, both sophomores majoring in marketing and business analytics, are developing a “smart wallet” phone case that will keep track of the customer’s cards. Jarrod Cain, a senior majoring in finance, business analytics and intelligence, and management information systems, is creating a scheduling application that matches students to professors based on course structure. Khory Katz and Meredith Moore, both sophomores majoring in finance and sales and services marketing, are developing an idea of “no-hassle lofted beds,” an easy to use lofting system to transform a small, cramped dorm room into a more functional space. Ryan Murphy, a sophomore, and Baqer Aljabr a senior, are both majoring in engineering technology and mechanical design and are working on an idea of an autonomous robot “rover” that will provide parking security and attendant services in large, ticket-enforced parking lots. Sophia Schmitz, a senior majoring in violin performance, is creating a music reading, theory and aural skills curriculum that is disguised as an active board game. Giuseppe Giammanco, a graduate student studying chemistry, is proposing a bio-friendly alternative to microparticles, called “Nature Beads.” This alternative could replace environmentally unfriendly, banned microparticles in fillers, exfoliates and cosmetic products.

Calico, Sage & Thyme turns over new leaf as founder retires, new owner steps in

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News   Customers of the retail institution Calico, Sage & Thyme will have plenty to celebrate in April. They’ll be able to wish proprietor Barbara Rothrock a happy retirement after 41 years operating the store. And they’ll enjoy a sale marking her retirement. Customers will also be able to welcome a new owner for the shop, Lisa Palmer, who is buying the business. The business, on the corner of South Main and Clay streets in downtown Bowling Green, had been slated to close when Rothrock’s previous efforts to find a buyer fell through. Palmer will take over as of April 29. She said she plans both to maintain the venerable business’ character, and add her own touches, including selling more arts and crafts on consignment. “I want to leave as much the same as possible,” Palmer said. “She has such a great following for the cards, children’s books, jewelry, teas and spices. All of that I plan to keep.” Palmer has been considering opening a shop for a couple years, and when she found that Calico, Sage & Thyme was still for sale, she decided to make an offer. She has worked in her husband’s business, Jim Palmer Excavating. Her only experience in retail goes back to working at Kmart when she was in high school. That’s no deterrent to success. All she has to do is look to Rothrock. She had little retail experience when she opened the shop in 1975. It grew from her love of herbs and necessity. She was a secondary school teacher when she moved to Bowling Green with her family. The State of Ohio would not recognize her Wisconsin teaching credentials. Faced with returning to school, she headed in a new direction. Back in Kansas where she earned her master’s degree in American diplomatic history, she’d maintained an herb garden. “I’ve always liked to cook.” In Northwest Ohio, she got involved in the fledgling Maumee Valley Herb Society, and grew herbs at her home on Buttonwood Avenue. She even started selling some. She also made herb blends, tea and potpourris. She sold those during sidewalk sales in downtown, and she and some friends held a Christmas bazaar for two weeks in a former church building on Church Street. All this proved valuable market research. “It gave us an idea of what would sell,” she said, “because that was the core of the business.” She had the help of a number of friends, her neighbor and Wilma Paulvir, who worked at the shop for 25 years, and Sue Clark, Sue Crawford and Sue Pugh. It was Clark’s husband, Bob, who suggested the “calico,” be part of the name. During the height of celebrations of the nation’s Bicentennial, there was demand for the traditional cloth, Rothrock said. She sold clothing made from calico as well as calico by the yard. Calico, Sage & Thyme, was just close enough to evoke the name of the Simon and Garfunkel hit song. While she had much help, Rothrock said, she always operated as a sole proprietorship. The skills she needed as a teacher served her well as a business owner: good organization, planning, and record keeping. “I don’t do lesson planning anymore, but I sure block out what we’re going to do for the…

Common Good benefit celebrates diversity within community

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The Common Good of the UCF is what those it serves make of it. The house at 113 Crim St. is the vortex of activities aimed at bettering the lives of people, and the community they live in. That can involve picking up the exterior spaces with neighborhood cleanups, or it can mean the clearing of interior spaces through meditation. That can mean growing sustenance for the body at two community gardens and a food pantry, or providing sustenance for the mind through discussions about spirituality and current event. And at dinner dialogues those two missions meet. The Common Good of the UCF embraces this broad mission because that’s what people have told them their needs are. The organization’s own needs are simple, but real. On Thursday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. the Common Good will present “Expressions of Arthenticity,” at the Clazel, 127 N. Main St., Bowling Green. Tickets are $25 and $15 with a student identification. One beverage and a dessert bar come with admission. The show includes a fashion show, live jazz and an auction. Tickets are available at Common Good and Grounds for Thought, 174 S. Main St., or by calling 513-314-4489. Caroline Dawson, the financial developer for Common Good, said that the fashion show, which will start at 7:30p.m., will feature clothing from local boutiques and hair and makeup by local salons. The models will be of all ages, body types and ethnicities. That reflects the philosophy of the Common Good, she said. “We offer diversity here and embrace diversity.” Those who participate range in age from kids in after-school art classes to someone in their 90s attending a dinner dialogue. They have, Dawson said, “different perspectives and different learning abilities.” “Our space is a space in which people embrace who they are, and learn about other people doing the same things,” said Megan Sutherland. “We’re all art work in our own way. We have all these different expressions, experiences and backgrounds and are able to come together as a community. That’s what makes communities rich. This fundraiser is reflecting that and celebrating that.” While the Common Good has had annual fundraisers in the past, Dawson said, this is the first time it has taken this form. “If this goes well,” Sutherland said, “we’d like to make it an annual event.” The fundraiser draws on the talents of the community it serves. The desserts will be provided by Gingers Goodies and The Cookie Jar in Bowling Green and the Speedtrap diner in Woodville. The art, which can be bought through a silent auction, is being donated by artists from the university, Bowling Green community and Toledo. Scholar and percussionist Rob Wallace is coordinating the live jazz. He’ll be joined by Nick Kiekenapp, guitar, Andrew Binder, bass, Christina Wehr, saxophone, and vocalists Estar Cohen and Emily Hunt. The Common Good started as the United Christian Fellowship in 1946. When that building at the corner of Thurstin and Ridge was torn down, the organization moved to the Crim Street house and started using the Common Good name to highlight its interfaith mission. The offerings have changed depending on what people need. “It depends who’s in the community,” Sutherland said. “So if someone comes through the community and they want to utilize…