June 24, 2016


Business Beat: Vacant stores get a close look


Staff Intern

Business hopefuls were able to scope out vacant storefronts in and around Public Square last week.

Called “Open for Business Retail Recruitment,” the event was in response to a survey by the Economic Restructuring Committee of Main Street Medina. On the survey, shoppers noted the lack of retail establishments in the city’s historic district.

On Thursday, 12 properties were available for viewing.

Retailer hopefuls Sheri and Rob White said they want to open an old-fashioned ice cream store.

“I just had to do something on our own,” she said.

White said she instantly started to imagine what her store would look like at each storefront she visited.

Red and white pinstripes, wrought iron and a player piano were all a part of her vision in each space, she said. She recollected being a kid and going to an ice cream shop in Strongsville that had a player piano, which made her want one that much more.

Of course, not every space fit her vision. While in the basement of one building, she shook her head, indicating the space wasn’t right.

Edmund S. Wright (left) of E.S. Wright Consulting Inc. and David Fletcher of KeyBank attend “Open for Business Retail Recruitment” on Thursday. Sponsored by Main Street Medina, the event allowed business hopefuls to investigate vacant storefronts in and around Public Square. (Shirley Ware | Photo Editor)

The gem property on the square is the former Grand Market Grille, said Matt Wiederhold, executive director of Main Street Medina.

The lights weren’t working Thursday, but visitors entering the dark restaurant and following a flashlight beam could see tables, booths, a bar and a staging area.

Real estate broker Jerome Herman said the asking price for the restaurant is $600,000 and it comes with all the furnishings and cooking equipment.

Ed Wright, a member of Main Street Medina and owner of Miss Molly’s Tea Room, said the square is a good location for a business and explained 85 percent of Miss Molly’s customers come from outside Medina.

The historic feel and the Victorian structures are a real draw, he said.

“The square is just a real jewel,” he said.

“I think the small-town feel … is something people yearn for,” Western Reserve Bank representative Ana Reusch said

Reusch added she hoped the event was successful.

“If you’re from Medina, this is your town,” she said.

She reminisced about the days she spent with her family on the square. They used to go from store to store, buying items to support their hometown, she said.

“The square had such charm and history,” she said. “It’s fun, we had a blast.”

Ten groups of people participated in the event and two or three have expressed interest, Wiederhold said Tuesday. He said Main Street Medina plans to host another tour in the spring.

Pat’s Computer Rescue

Pat’s Computer Rescue opened last week at 3725 Medina Road, Medina Township, in the Signature Square Plaza. Anyone with computer problems can drop off their computer and get a diagnosis for free.

“Some computers just aren’t worth fixing,” Pat Carroll, president of PCR said in a statement. “We won’t charge them (customers) just to say that their computer is broken. Instead we’ll help them find a new one.”

Pat’s Computer Rescue specializes in computer maintenance and repairs, virus and spyware removal and protection, wireless and Internet setups, and data backup and recovery.

The store is offering 30 percent off service through Saturday.

Corn hole tournament

The Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a corn hole tournament Saturday.

The tournament will have 16 sets of boards, each of which was sponsored by a business for $300. When the tournament is over, the businesses can then take the boards for their own use.

“Our chamber president’s husband thought it would be a good idea because it’s an up-and-coming sport,” said Lori Reihs, the chamber’s event coordinator.

To participate in the tournament, people can sign up at 9 a.m. Saturday or they can pre-register by calling 330-225-8411. The cost is $25 per person or $50 per team. The tournament begins at 10 a.m.

All proceeds will go to the chamber.

Food from Buehler’s, Madd Chef and Heimatland will be available.

Guinta may be reached at 330-721-4046 or cguinta@ohio.net.