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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Phoenix Technologies gets 1 out of every 20 plastic bottles recycled in US

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bob Deardurff loves the scene in “The Graduate” when a character shares the secret of success with Dustin Hoffman. Just one word – plastics. That one word has proved to be Deardurff’s success at Phoenix Technologies in Bowling Green, which was named Wood County Corporate Citizen of the Year on Wednesday evening. In fact, the company has had so much success that one out of every 20 plastic bottles recycled in the U.S. comes to the Bowling Green company, Deardurff said. Phoenix Technology takes plastics full circle by using items from the recycling center on North College Avenue, washing the items at its plant on East Poe Road, then converting the plastic into pellets at its plant on Fairview Avenue. “We have an opportunity in Wood County and Bowling Green, so we can close the loop,” all within a half mile, Deardurff said. The recycled plastic is then returned to items for packaging food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, shampoo, soap and detergents. When introducing the Corporate Citizen of the Year, Wood County Commissioner Doris Herringshaw noted the company’s beginnings in 1985 in Toledo. “The business flourished,” she said, and by 1991 was manufacturing bottles for Palmolive dishwashing detergent. In 1992, the company opened in Bowling Green, and by 1993, the company had one manufacturing line and eight employees. Before long, they added two more lines. Then in 1999, they patented the technology to be able to serve larger markets. “All the while they were focusing on be environmentally friendly and green,” Herringshaw said. The company now employees 96 people at its two facilities in Bowling Green. “They are the key to making this company successful,” Deardurff said of the employees. Much has changed since 1973 when the technology was first developed to use plastic for making bottles instead of glass. “Much of that technology was done here in Northwest Ohio,” Deardurff said. The company continues to advance the value of recycling through technology, he said. Also at the annual meeting of the Wood County Economic Development Commission on Wednesday evening, speaker Jerry Anderson offered a tribute to former county commissioner Alvie Perkins who died in January. “We all knew he was a giant of a public servant,” Anderson said….

Young entrepreneurs poised for revamped Hatch at BGSU

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Fledgling entrepreneurs at Bowling Green State University hatch all kinds of ideas, and every year at The Hatch they get to test how those ideas will fly with a panel of possible investors. The fourth Hatch event, modeled on ABC’s “The Shark Tank,” will be presented April 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the ballroom in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union on campus. The event culminates E-Week, a week-long series devoted to entrepreneurship. This year eight ideas, ranging from a solution to a dorm room space problem to a solution for a type of water pollution, will be among the ideas pitched by individuals and teams to a panel of BGSU graduates with money to invest. Kirk Kern, director of the Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, said that the major changes for the event are adding graduate students and students working in teams to the mix. “What we’re trying to do is get a better quality of ideas,” he said. Kern said the vision is to expand even further to include faculty, staff and alumni. Already, he said, graduates will approach staff at the Dallas-Hamilton Center for help developing their business ideas. “That’s a logical extension,” he said. The event is also moving back to the ballroom after one year at the Stroh Center. Last year, Kern said, with 3,500 people attending, the event seemed too overwhelming. The focus is on the business ideas. The eight pitches were culled from 130 applications. Those students selected are then paired up with business mentors who help them refine their ideas. For Khory Katz, a sophomore studying finance in the College of Business Administration, that meant a trip over spring break to Cleveland. Katz is working with fellow finance major Meredith Moore on a no-hassle loft bed. The idea is to make it easier to adjust the height of a dorm loft bed to give students more space flexibility in their rooms. As it stands now, Katz said, the bed gets set at the beginning of the semester and that’s where it stays. In Cleveland, he visited Balance, Inc., a company that supports product innovation, to review his proposal. They provided useful insight into how to develop it and expressed interest in…

Bowling Green Beer Works Draws Steady Following

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News This is the closest that Bowling Green gets to a speakeasy. The establishment sits tucked away in a cluster of old garages at 322 North Grove St. On weekends – Friday, 4:30 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, 1 to 10 p.m., customers slip in through a back door. A newcomer can be forgiven for suspecting a secret word may be required to gain entry. Inside a couple dozen people hang out, all with pint canning jars of beer in front of them. Some of the beer is golden, some the color of caramel, others dark as chocolate. Not a “lite” beer in sight. Welcome to Bowling Green Beer Works. Here the beer is consumed within a few feet of where it is brewed. In the cooler in the corner rests the beer they’ll be sipping next week. Consumption takes its rightful place as the last step in the brewing process. The micro brewery’s owner Justin Marx presides over the scene. He makes suggestions, describes his product, accepts comments, most of them compliments. These Friday and Saturday tastings culminate his week of work making the up to 10 varieties that he offers on any given night. “I love my clientele,” Marx said. “We like to have a neighborhood feel. I can’t believe the tremendous amount of support we’ve gotten.” He first applied for his permit back in September, 2014, and finally secured all his federal, state and local paperwork, so he could open the tasting room, in September, 2015. His love of beer making dates back further than that. Back, Marx, 42, said, to before he was legally of age to consume his product. That was in the State of Oregon, then the epicenter of the craft brewing movement. In the late 1980s, Marx said, the business model was pairing the beer with burgers. But when the market contracted in the late 1990s, the brewers shed the beef and put all the emphasis on their beer. Craft breweries have sprung up across the nation. Ohio now has close to 150, Marx said. A 2012 change in Ohio regulations that cut the price for a tasting license from $4,000 to $1,000 also helped. He doesn’t view these other operators as rivals….