It’s FEBRUARY and I’m hoping many of you are making plans for your businesses in 2021, including some ‘normal’ things that may be happening in the fall. That’s what we at OBP are busy doing and you will hear more about our plans next month when we present the OBP 2020 Annual Review and plans for 2021 at the March 11 Good Morning Oberlin meeting.

In addition to being the longest, short month in the year, February does have a couple of celebratory days – Presidents’ Day and Valentine’s Day. In addition to the USA, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia. 

Here are some interesting things about Valentine’s Day – to add to your trivia knowledge. 

  • WOW! Valentine's Day is in the top three of the largest consumer holidays in the U.S. and over 18 billion is spent on the celebration in the United States. 3.8 billion of the total cost is spent by American couples on a night out on the day itself. Why not book a romantic ‘take-out’ dinner from a local restaurant!

  • According to an array of sources, teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards followed by children, mothers, wives, and pets who are placed within the top fiveCheck out Ben Franklin’s, Ratsy’s, the Carlyle Shop, Ginko Gallery for Valentine’s cards. The Carlyle shop also has flowers and Ratsy’s has ‘love socks’ and coffee mugs, etc.

  • Box of Chocolates The tradition of giving a box of candy was started in the 19th century by Richard Cadbury, a scion of a British chocolate manufacturing family. With a new technique recently established at the company to create more varieties of chocolate, Cadbury pounced on the opportunity to sell the chocolates as part of the beloved holidayYou can find chocolates at Ben Franklin’s and the Carlyle Shop where you can purchase Suzin-L chocolates made in Elyria, and chocolate-covered strawberries (need to preorder the strawberries).

  • ‘Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve’ This term may have origins in picking a valentine. Smithsonian reports that during the Middle Ages, men would draw the names of women who they would be coupled with for the upcoming year while attending a Roman festival honoring Juno. After choosing, the men wore the names on their sleeves to show their bond during the festivities. Look to Ratsy’s for vintage valentines, oven mitts and love socks! Ginko Gallery has hand-blown glass art and flowers, pillows, and Valentine face masks and accessories to help keep your loved ones safe!

  • ‘Sweethearts’ Candies’, the iconic chalky heart-shaped candies passed out lovingly every Valentine’s Day started out as lozenges. Pharmacist and inventor Oliver Chase created a machine that would quickly create the lozenges and switched to using the machine to create candy—later known as NECCO Wafers. Chase’s brother came up with the idea to print messages on the candy in 1866, and the candies got their heart shape in 1901. Gibson’s Bakery has Sweetheart candies, cinnamon jelly hearts, jellybeans, and you can order chocolate covered fruits as well.

  • How ‘X’ Came to Mean ‘Kiss’ According to the Washington Post. The use of “X” was used to sign off on documents. After marking with an X, the writer would often kiss the mark as a sign of their oath. As the gesture grew among kings and commoners to certify books, letters and paperwork, these records were described as having been “sealed with a kiss.”
New OBP Members
Thank you to these members who have invested in OBP and their organizations 
by joining OBP since our January 2021 newsletter
B. Riley Wealth Management
Aladdin's Eatery
Ratsy's Store
Bingo Chinese Restaurant
The Hotel at Oberlin and 1833 Restaurant
Lupita's Mexican Restaurant
Clark Brothers
Main Street Antiques
Business Advisory Services
Bill Long Foundation
First United Methodist Church
Oberlin College & Conservatory
Oberlin by Design
Bert Latran Jr.
Hercules Fire Protection & Plumbing, LLC
Oberlin Community Calendar  Are you up to date with community events happening around Oberlin? Or do you have an event that you wish community members were more aware of? The Oberlin Community Calendar is a resource that is available to all town and college residents and is on the OBP website at You can upload events yourself as well as see a full list of events posted by other community members. There is also a free email subscription for a weekly newsletter that summarizes upcoming programs. Just enter your email address in the box on the right side of the homepage. To view the calendar, visit: The Environmental Dashboard Team hopes that you use this free resource to become an active and informed Oberlin resident! To contact the calendar team, email:
OBP Board Member Profile:
Tanya Rosen-Jones, OBP Board of Trustees
Contact Information: 440-935-6342;;
Tell me a little bit about your business. I have been a professional photographer for 21 years and I opened my studio on Tappan Square in 2009. I absolutely love my job. I really enjoy working one-on-one with a client - helping them to show their individuality. I specialize in headshots, higher-ed, senior portraits as well as families and children. But I am excited to branch out into helping businesses create imagery to show off what makes them unique.

Tell me a little bit about you, your interests, passions, things we should know about you. 
I love this town we live in - Oberlin is such a special place. I am working on a Community Mural Project that will hopefully happen this summer. I enjoy giving back and along with the Board of OBP, I also serve as the Chair of the Recreation Commission and I am the Treasurer of Giving Women of Oberlin. On a personal level I love spending time with my family, going for walks with friends, watching my kids in their activities, riding on our lovely bike path, reading great books and watching interesting tv shows.

Why did/do you volunteer to be a board of trustees’ member? I wanted to be a voice for downtown business owners.

What have you learned through your board involvement? There are a lot of exciting groups working in the Oberlin area and OBP has really done a fantastic job of connecting people and ideas. I learned a ton about CoWork Oberlin - which is a fabulous place and an even greater resource. I am excited to see how that space can grow in the coming years.

Would you encourage others to become involved as a board member, committee member, or program or event volunteer? If so, why?  Yes, of course! OBP does so many wonderful things, but it is always good to have fresh perspectives on what is important to the community and how we can grow opportunity for our citizens.

What is one piece of advice or input you would like to share with our readers?  Please support our local businesses as much as you can. Shop in the stores, eat in the restaurants, refer people to our service providers. If you can’t spend money, you can also help these businesses with posts on social media, likes and shares. Encourage your friends to come to Oberlin and experience all we have to offer - art, music, nature, great restaurants, cool shops, and a unique vibe.
OBP Member Profile:
Kim Crow, Evie Lou Oberlin
Contact Information: 440-775-0122 and
Tell us a little bit about your business.  Evie Lou Oberlin is a spin-off of our flagship Evie Lou in Cleveland, OH. Evie Lou Oberlin opened in August 2020, taking over physical space of the much-loved Bead Paradise. While honoring the spirit of creativity that has long surged within these walls, ELO offers a curated mix of artful apparel, artisan accessories and chic home/dorm decor, with a dash of self-care thrown in.

Tell us a little bit about you – your interests, passions, things we should know about you.  As most small-business owners understand, I mostly work around the clock. But when I’m not working at the stores or the websites, I am a voracious reader of biographies and history, but also of current fiction and the classics. While I work on the websites, I like to have the TV on in the background – something with soothing British accents most of all! For that reason, my husband and I have done deep dives into long-airing BBC dramas and mysteries. 

Why did you decide to open your business in Oberlin? I find Oberlin to be at the intersection of Creative and Intellectual; there’s such a deep sense of community here and we loved the idea of being around youthful, idealistic enthusiasm.

Why did you join the Oberlin Business Partnership?  To learn more about the community and my fellow small-business owners, for mutual support and understanding of the region. 

Would you encourage others to join?  If so, why?  Who would avoid this wealth of insights into the local community and region? OBP has been invaluable in helping us to navigate opening our business here. 

What is some advice you would like to share with our readers – especially during the COVID-19 challenges? For customers, just a reassurance that their safety and that of our staff underlies everything we do. Clothing is steamed between customer try-ons, and all surfaces are disinfected multiple times a day. Our staff never removes their face masks between customers, and we also require that all customers remain masked while shopping. For those wary of being in the store with ‘strangers,’ we offer private shopping times before and after regular store hours, seven days a week. 

For fellow business owners, I do recommend offering private shopping time to customers who request it. It helps ease customers’ minds, along with making them feel appreciated – as all customers should be during these challenging times!
Thursday, February 11, 2021
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CoWork Oberlin’s Resident Business Advisor, Megan Apple, is available to offer support and advice. She can be reached at

I (Janet Haar) attended a Profit Joyfully Network for Women session and would highly recommend it for any woman who wants to hear what other women are doing – how they are coping – what they need help and encouragement with – and perhaps share some successes and some areas where you would appreciate help. I left the session energized and with some excellent advice for a problem I presented. You can register here
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A twice monthly coach-facilitated group for female entrepreneurs to provide support, networking opportunities, business coaching and advising. You can join at any time.
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Profit Joyfully Six Week Intensive Workshop
Beginning Thursday, February 18th, 2021 -- 6–7pm
The Profit Joyfully six-week intensive group gives you the space you need alongside like-minded female entrepreneurs.  We want you to have your business, your life, your way. A successful business requires three things: an audience, an offer and a way to connect the two.  That’s it. During our 6 weeks together, you will become unbelievably clear, and have roadmap for rolling out the life and business you are envisioning. Your deep understanding of what you are meant to do is the foundation to create a brand that resonates with your audience. Register here.
February 17,24
and March 3,10, 17, 24
Time:  6–7:30 p.m.

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Want to see if you are a good fit? Just give Megan Apple a call at 216-704-6568 or email

The health, safety and well-being of Oberlin employees, residents and businesses is our highest priority. Although City buildings are still closed to the public, Oberlin services are still operational. Please visit for how to contact City offices, and information on services, state of Ohio orders/advisories, assistance options, etc. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up to date information!

  • Office Closure: City Offices will be closed on Monday, February 15th in observance of Presidents’ Day. Emergency services and regular refuse/recycling pick-up are always available. 
  • PPE Masks Available: The Oberlin Fire Department has masks available for distribution to Oberlin businesses and non-profit organizations. Please contact the Oberlin Fire Department at 440-774-3211 to request masks for your organization.
  • Oberlin Connector Transit Service: The City of Oberlin has expanded the Oberlin Connector transit service in 2021 to include a greater service area and more hours. The Oberlin Connector will now run from 6:00am-6:00pm and from 9:30pm-12:30am, Monday through Friday. The service area has also expanded to include Oberlin and portions of New Russia Township, Amherst Township, Amherst, Lorain, Sheffield Township, Elyria and Carlisle Township. The City is providing this expanded public transportation service to offer community members greater means of mobility and independence, to support its environmental sustainability efforts and to advance workforce transportation opportunities for residents. For more information, visit
  • Efficiency Smart Advice: The City of Oberlin partners with Efficiency Smart to help its residents and businesses reduce their energy use and save money. Efficiency Smart offers small businesses FREE Remote Consultations to find ways to help lower electric costs. For more information on incentives or for help on your next project, contact your local account manager, Bob Golden, at or 614-468-4904. For information about other services available for Oberlin Municipal Light and Power customers, visit
  • Snow/Ice Removal: As the weather gets colder, please remember that it is the responsibility of the property owner to remove snow/ice from the sidewalks abutting the property. Snow and ice shall be removed from the sidewalks in a timely manner, typically within 12 hours of accumulation. If there are any issues related to snow/ice removal, please contact Oberlin Code Administrator Chris Yates at 440-775-7251 or
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  • Emergency Notification System: It’s more important than ever to stay informed. Members of the local workforce are encouraged to register for the Wireless Emergency Notification System (WENS). This system is used by the City of Oberlin and Lorain County to alert the community about emergency situations, such as boil alerts, power outages, street closures, weather alerts, etc. Alerts can be received via email, text message and/or voicemail. Register HERE. For more information, contact the Oberlin Fire Department at 440-774-3211 or