Every day is a day we should all give thanks for mothers….but one day a year has been designated as a national day to honor them. Here are some facts about Mother’s Day that you may not know. There are many places in Oberlin to shop for that perfect gift to celebrate mom.
The history of American Mother's Day starts with peacemaker Ann Jarvis. Following the Civil War, Ann Jarvis made a concerted effort to foster friendship and community between mothers on both sides of the war. In 1868 she established the first glimmer of today's holiday: "Mother's Friendship Day." Ann’s daughter, Anna, conceived of Mother's Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children. In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson officially established the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

Anna sent 500 white carnations to her local church for the mothers in attendance, and the tradition was born. The pink carnation specifically represents a mother's love, but white, which symbolizes pure or unconditional love and good luck, is another good choice. As a bonus, carnations are one of the longer lasting cut flowers that you can buy, which means your gift will last.

  • Mother's Day is the third highest selling holiday for flowers and plants, the most popular gift option, with about 69% of Americans opting for a floral present. 
  • More calls are made on Mother's Day than any other day of the year. Approximately 122 million calls are made on the second Sunday of May. So, CALL YOUR MOTHER!
  • In 2018, over $23 Billion was spent on Mother's Day. On average, shoppers spend $180 on gifts for their mothers. A nationwide total of $4.6 billion was spent on jewelry and $4.4 billion on dinners or brunches. 
  • The most popular gift for Mother's Day is the greeting card. Beauty salons and spas also get a Mother's Day boost. Moms aren't the only ones getting Mother's Day love. The average American buys 2.8 Mother’s Day cards. Many people opt to buy Mother's Day cards for grandmothers, sisters, and their mother-in-law.  
  • 36% of Americans plan to buy their mom jewelry.


EAT, DRINK AND WIN CONTEST. Here are the stats: 574 Entries, 72 Destinations visited, 91 participants, $47.53 average receipt value for a grand total of $27,284.18! We (Lorain County Main Street organizations and chamber of commerce) gave out just over $2000 in gift cards thanks to those who donated cards! Counting the $2,000 in gift cards, we made a $29,284 impact on local restaurants, something we should all be proud of!

2021 COMEDY NIGHT. Stay tuned for more information and SAVE THE DATE for the 2021 Comedy Night fundraiser which is being held at the New Russia Township Lodge on Friday night, September 10th – music, raffles, food & comedy!

2021 LEADERCAST EVENT. This is your chance to learn about becoming a leader worth following because the future will be created by fearless, innovative leaders who have the courage to SHIFT. Change is constant. Nothing ever goes quite as we planned. If we didn’t believe this before the disruptions of 2020, we all know it now. Leaders everywhere are realizing they must make major shifts in order to move forward to achieve their purpose personally and professionally. 

Save Thursday, October 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a day you will not forget! This year’s theme is SHIFT and it couldn’t be more relevant! It will be a jam-packed day with networking, presentations from nationally recognized speakers and a panel of local business people who have ‘shifted’ because of COVID, learned important lessons, and been successful. SAVE THE DATE – REGISTRATION OPENS SOON.

At our Good Morning Oberlin meeting on April 8, we got to know four new Oberlin businesses.
  • Marikate Workman from Golden Hour Acupuncture located at 21 W. College St.
  • Chris Wurster Jordan from Suite One Studios located at 65 E. College St., Suite 1
  • Laura Slocum from KidSpeak located at 23 Eric Nord Way, Suite 1
  • Lisa Whitfield from For Ewe: An inclusive Fiber Community currently looking for a business address.
We also heard from Dave Montante from Mack and Sons Service & Supply. Dave presented many interesting facts about Mack and Sons which is located at 17675 Pitts Rd, Wellington, OH 44090.

Thank you to these members who have joined OBP since our March/April 2021 newsletter. We hope you will join them in investing in your business, and your community. 
KidSpeak LLC   
Catrinas Mexican Restaurant
Gary's Body Shop Sustainable
Community Associates 
The UPS Store
For Ewe: An Inclusive Fiber Community
The Salvation Army
First Church in Oberlin     
Natural Stone Institute
Oberlin Farmers Market
New Business & Member Profile
Laura Slocum, M.A., CCC-SLP
KidsSpeak, LLC
Appointments available beginning May 1
Contact Information: 440-340-1233; contact@kidspeakllc.com
Tell me a little bit about your business. KidSpeak, LLC is a clinician-owned practice specializing in the prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of communication disorders. We offer professional speech and language therapy services for kids of all ages, but specialize in developmental disorders and early intervention. Most people think of speech-language pathologists as the professionals who are trained to help children correctly pronounce words with “r,” “l,” and “s.” While this is certainly a part of what we do, speech-language pathologists do so much more! We engage in professional practice in the areas of communication and swallowing across the lifespan, including: speech production, voice, fluency, language (in all of its many forms), cognition, resonance, hearing, and feeding. KidSpeak, LLC is proud to serve the local community, specializing in speech production (articulation/phonology), language (receptive/expressive), fluency (stuttering), and literacy (reading). Our office has a medical grade air filtration system and we observe COVID-19 guidelines. Telehealth services are also available.

Tell me a little bit about you – what are your interests, passions, etc? I am a proud graduate of Oberlin High School (1993) and Oberlin College (1998). Following a twenty-year absence, I moved back to Oberlin in 2016 to be close to family and quickly joined in the good works of many community organizations. I am passionate about accessibility for all people and am working on getting my ADA coordinator certificate. Education is my ‘guiding principle’ and I am passionate about making a positive difference in our community. My hope is that with the addition of KidSpeak, LLC and other pediatric practices, our community will expand its offerings and resources for young children and their families. I have two children ages 8 and 6 and have been homeschooling them this year. That experience actually motivated me to take the leap and start my business – it reminded me that I love teaching and this is what my work as a speech-language pathologist is all about. My family and I love to escape to nature and frequently visit our local parks and beaches.

Why did you decide to open your business in Oberlin? In short, I want to serve my hometown. It is a conscious decision I have made to spend my time and talent here, giving back to the community that has given me so much. There is also a need in this community which I am capable of helping to fill. I consider this my privilege.
Why did you join the Oberlin Business Partnership? I have been practicing Speech and Language Pathology for over twenty years; however, I am brand new to business ownership. It is a steep learning curve, and I am finding it tremendously helpful and comforting to have a vast network of personal and professional supports available to me as I develop KidSpeak, LLC. I am grateful to Oberlin Business Partnership for its support.
Would you encourage others to join OBP? If so, why? Absolutely! Truly, one has nothing to lose. The ability to create a business profile and to connect with other Oberlin Business Partnership members is outstanding.
What is one piece of advice or input you would like to share with our readers? I find it helpful to focus on what I can do rather than on what I cannot. Similarly, I try to focus on the things I can change as opposed to the things over which I have no control. Practice patience.
New Business Profile
Marikate Workman
Golden Hour Acupuncture, 21 W. College St.
Contact Information: 440-935-6287 and marikate.workman@gmail.com
Tell me a little bit about your business. Golden Hour Acupuncture is a community acupuncture clinic where we specialize in a group setting to keep costs low for our clients with the main goal of accessibility for all. I had chronic health issues, and no one knew what to do about them. Acupuncture helped so I researched the field and decided I wanted to learn more so I could help others. I moved to San Diego, CA to attend school and get my license.  Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and offers relief from chronic pain, asthmas attacks, women’s issues including fertility, labor and post partem issues. Clients do not need a prescription. First-time clients need to have been seen by a physician for their issue within 6 months of their treatment. I named my business Golden Hour because in California the best time of day is the hour right before sunset – the golden hour. Golden is also a term frequently found in Chinese medicine.
We take all COVID precautions in the clinic – we are a safe place.

Tell me a little bit about you – what are your interests, passions? I grew up in Wellington and I live there now. My mom was a teacher in Wellington for 40 years. I started surfing in Lake Erie in high school and have surfed the Great Lakes for years. I surfed in California and I still surf with friends. I am also a seamstress – I love sewing. I have a sewing machine in my clinic that I do work on when I am not seeing acupuncture clients.

Why did you decide to open your business in Oberlin? Oberlin seemed to be a good fit for my services. It is a college town with younger people who tend to be more interested in alternative treatments for things such as stress or chronic pain. Kendal at Oberlin could also be a good source for clients with nerve and energy issues. I am going to join the Oberlin Farmers Market on Saturdays and provide information and treatments – maybe from my vintage RV which is set up to provide privacy.

What is one piece of advice or input you would like to share with our readers – especially during the COVID-19 challenges? It is important that we take care of each other because we are interconnected. Taking care of ourselves – relieving our stress – having some alone time – being a part of a healing community is a key to being able to take care of other.
New Business Profile
Chris Jordan
Suite One Studios, 65 E. College St.
Contact Information: 330-697-0287 and cljphoto@yahoo.com | suiteonestudios.com
Tell me a little bit about your business. I always wanted a photography studio space – to offer studio space to others and provide help to them. My retirement dream was to have a photography studio in Oberlin, so this studio is now that dream. I do have a personal photography business, CLJ Studios Photography, as well. 

Tell me a little bit about you – what are your interests, passions, things we should know about you? I grew up in Oberlin, went to Oberlin High School. I have always wanted to come back to Oberlin. In high school late in the 60's I discovered Stofan Studios on East College in Oberlin, Ohio. I developed (pun intended) a love of photography that led me to work for the local Oberlin News Tribune. I learned to develop my own film and print my own photos. But it was studio lighting that fascinated me. Unable to afford the equipment or the space for an actual photography studio, I honed my skills with makeshift facilities for years. By profession I am a financial advisor and compliance officer. I am retiring from the corporate world as of June. I moved back to Oberlin two years ago and have been driving to work in Akron (a long daily commute) and will not miss that at all. However, I will continue to drive to Akron to play competitive table tennis

I now have the studio I always wanted. How wonderful that it is located where Stofan Studios once was! It is my hope that developing photographers and seasoned photographers alike can use the Suite One Studios to make great portraits and have fun photoshoots. It only took 50 years, but I am hoping for many more years of great work and FUN whether I am behind the camera or assisting others. 

Why did you decide to open your business in Oberlin? I’ve always loved Oberlin. When I moved back, I was going to set up a studio in my house. I had the equipment, but I didn’t have enough space. My son encouraged me to go after my dream of opening a studio and I found a space that is perfect for what I want to do. Naomi Sabel of Sustainable Community Associates was great to work with and I ended up with a space where I could make my dream come true. The Stofan Studio, a longtime ago photography studio that I loved was about at the same location where I will be opening mine.

It's a dream come true to be able to finally have a photography studio space where I can play with studio lighting, get just the image I want, accommodate other photographers, and experiment with studio lighting set-ups. I'm happy to rent the space as well and assist other great talents.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
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We invite you to settle in with your morning beverage and share your stories with us and learn what other people are doing and how you can engage in new opportunities.

We hope you will join us for this opportunity to learn, grow and share!
by Megan Apple
Opportunity to Share and Receive!
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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 www.cityofoberlin.com/coronavirus 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, May 31st in observance of Memorial Day. Emergency services and regular refuse/recycling pick-up are always available.
  • News & Updates: The City sends bi-monthly newsletters to residents with information on City programs, services and events. These items, along with past editions of News & Updates mailers are now available online HERE.
  • LED Incentives for Small Businesses: There’s still time to receive an increased incentive from Efficiency Smart for purchasing qualifying LED products from a designated local supplier or contractor. The increased incentive is available for projects completed by May 31, and preapproval is required. Standard incentives still apply for all other qualifying purchases. For more information on incentives or for help on your next project, contact your local account manager, Bob Golden, at rgolden@efficiencysmart.org or 614-468-4904. For information about other services available for Oberlin Municipal Light and Power customers, visit www.efficiencysmart.org/oberlin-ohio.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Program: The COVID-19 Vaccination Program is underway in Lorain County, with vaccines now available for everyone age 16 and older. Lorain County Public Health has online appointment registration for local vaccine clinics. For more information and to schedule an appointment, visit: www.LorainCountyHealth.com/SignUp. Other vaccine providers may be found at https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/. For those who prefer to make an appointment over the phone, Dial 211 and ask for an appointment.
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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 fireinfo@cityofoberlin.com.