The new joint is the latest venture for the Winners, who already own Winner’s One Stop and Zoom Zoom Drive Thru in the village.
“Mechanicsburg is a very supportive community and we are very proud to be a part of the village,” Winner said. “(We) have forged longlasting relationships with staff members and individuals within the community.”
Winner hopes the patrons will like the atmosphere and the food.
“The decor is a blend of rustic and industrial styles with accent pieces that pay homage to the history of the building, which was formerly the Village Inn Tavern,” he said.
The family hand-picks most of the menu.
“Sourcing the meat internally allows (us) to inspect the meat on multiple occasions, which leads to a fresh, never frozen, high quality product. The customers can tell the difference. Fresh food simply tastes better,” Winner said. “MIXX165 also offers a full bar and focuses on Ohio craft beer selections. We believe in supporting our fellow Ohioans.”
Reach Justin Miller at 652-1331 (ext. 1775) or on Twitter @UDC_Miller.
“Basically, we wanted to put something together that was of value to multiple layers of our community,” said committee member and property owner Jamon Sellman in a welcome statement. “What we call ourselves is Moving Downtown Forward. And if you look at the committee members, we have a real mixed bag, which we believe is a very positive thing. We have property owners, we have building officials, we have zoning officials, we have the CEP represented, so we have multiple sectors … We’re trying to bring more living, more playing downtown so that we have walking traffic that is wanting to spend their money downtown and therefore we all thrive.”
Sellman said the committee’s goals include attracting new residents to downtown Urbana, assisting public and private development projects, providing information and resources to assist all types of downtown stakeholders and partnering with the city of Urbana.
Other committee members include city Zoning Officer Adam Moore, city Community Development Manager Doug Crabill, county Building Regulations Director Dana Booghier, architect Sarah Mackert and multiple property owners.
“In terms of strategy, you want to start early, and you want to go into things without any surprises so that you can avoid as much stress as possible,” said Mackert.
“I will say that developers are high risk, high reward for a reason, but if you have vision and passion I think you can really accomplish a lot.”
Developer Jason Duff presented examples of business owners who invested in the city of Bellefontaine and explained how similar investors may lead to a vibrant downtown Urbana. He also suggested putting up street signs that would direct pedestrians to less prominent businesses within the downtown area.
Communities partnering together
“In my mind, if we could make it uniform through the villages and the city of Urbana and partner with what Bellefontaine has already done … I attended the St. Paris Village Council meeting on Monday and they are putting signs up exactly like Bellefontaine,” said Bailey.
“They went up today, so they’ll have them for the (Champaign County Preservation Alliance) Home and Garden Tour … why not do that in Champaign County and Logan County so that we all have that same pattern so when a visitor comes in they know automatically these are way-finding signs and this is how I’m going to find businesses, restaurants and whatever I’m looking for. It may sound like a minor thing but it’s not, not when you don’t know where you’re going.”
“Sometimes, even if things have been done the same way for 20 years in this town, I hope that there’s some innovators in this room who will say ‘you know what, we’re going to take our town back,’” Duff said.
“‘No longer will we play by these rules. We’re going to take our town back because it’s the right thing to do.’” The meeting closed with a panel taking questions from attendees.
The next meeting of the Moving Downtown Forward committee is scheduled for July 19.
Christopher Selmek can be reached at 937-508-2304
At previous meetings council discussed taking this action. Prior to approving this resolution, council unanimously approved a resolution to dissolve the village Community Improvement Corporation.
The resolution to join the CEP states the economic partnership will work with the village to develop and implement economic development, marketing, and outreach plans, represent the village as the economic development agency, serve as the enterprise zone manager and keep the village informed of the CEP's activities.
The resolution also states the CEP will receive an annual payment of $2,000 from the village starting in January 2019. The payment for 2018 will be prorated to a 6 month fee of $1,000.
BOTKINS – Koenig Equipment Inc., a John Deere dealer based in Botkins, is acquiring the assets and operations of the Cahall Brothers Inc. Amelia location. With this addition, Koenig Equipment will operate 15 dealership facilities, including one in Urbana, serving customers in southwestern Ohio and southeastern Indiana.
“Koenig shareholders and family are honored that Cahall would choose us to serve the customers, geography and employees they have developed over the last 65 years,” said Koenig CEO Aaron Koenig. “In addition, we appreciate the confidence John Deere has shown in Koenig by choosing our dealership to represent their product in the Cincinnati market. Most importantly, we could not have reached this point without our fantastic customers and employees, both past and present.”
To learn more about Koenig Equipment and the products and services provided, please visit the company website at http://www.koenigequipment.com/ and follow the company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Koenig Equipment
Founded in 1904 by John C. Koenig, now in its fourth generation as an employee-owned business, Koenig Equipment is a farm and turf equipment dealer proudly serving local agricultural communities, residential property owners, landscapers and contractors. With 15 locations across southwestern Ohio and southeastern Indiana, Koenig specializes in high-quality brands including John Deere, Honda and Stihl.
“Clark State is appreciative of the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s further review and analysis of our proposed program,” said Blondin. “The additional time strengthened our application to ODHE. I am grateful for the hard work and leadership of Aimee Belanger-Haas and Clark State faculty to bring this to fruition. Clark State continues to hear from our regional industry partners about their interest in this program and how they hope this program is available to train their workers.”
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