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December 22, 2014   A Newsletter with events, resources & information for the benefit of our members.  

Bryan Center A&B


Thursday, Jan. 15 

Noon-1:00 pm


Learn about the ACA


Barry Peel, Economic Development Specialist

with the U.S. Small Business Administration will be on hand to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act. 


Mark your Calendars

2015 Annual Meeting

is February 19!

Personnel Changes
DEEP APPRECIATION to Board President Lisa Goldberg and Treasurer Roger Reynolds leaving the Chamber Board after six years of service.
WELCOME to new Board members Bruce Grimes and Krystal Luketic
CONGRATULATIONS & THANKS to Marketing & Events Coordinator Holly Simpson, leaving the Chamber after four years and nine Street Fairs for a wonderful new job in Dayton.
Chamber Board
Lisa Goldberg, President
Susan Miller, Vice President
Roger Reynolds, Treasurer
Sheila Pallotta, Secretary
Anita Brown
Jeannamarie Cox Peifer
Randy Gifford
Sherryl Kostic
Molly Lunde
Craig Mesure
Ann Simonson
Ex-Officio Members
Mario Basora, YS Schools
Dave Boyer, WPAFB/CR
Nick Gaskins, YSAC
Elise Click, Past President
Chamber Staff
Karen Wintrow, Exec Dir  
Holly Simpson, Events
Susan Gartner, Calendar 
Nancy Mellon, Weekend Staff
Alex Scott, Weekend Staff
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2014 in Review 

2014 saw a great deal of construction in Yellow Springs. The Village itself undertook several major infrastructure projects including the completion of the streetscape on the east side of Xenia Ave; sidewalks around Mills Lawn; water, sewer and electric extensions along E. Limestone; a new water line on Cemetery St; continuation of the road paving program including the long awaited Fair Acres project and upgraded baseball diamonds at Gaunt Park.


The first large downtown project in years, Mills Park Hotel, at the corner of E. Limestone and Xenia Ave, broke ground in late spring  with plans for a  summer 2015 opening. To highlight Yellow Springs' arts culture, owner Jim Hammond worked with YS Arts Council to install a special Art Fence with large panels from local artists replacing the typical construction fence.


Antioch College continued their own construction boom with the completion of an $8 million renovation of the Wellness Center in September, the installation of a 1 MW solar array on the golf course and expansion of the geothermal plant. They also welcomed Melanie & Edward Ricart with the Children's Montessori Cooperative to the former WYSO space.


The Wellness community expanded in 2014 with the addition of many new practitioners including Optometrist Todd McManus on Southgate, Dr. Donald Gronbeck opening YS Primary Care as the first new tenant in the 888 Dayton St Building and Rose Mary Shaw opening the Mindfully Well Center for Ayurveda, yoga, massage and counseling. Finally, Victoria Rush Haren opened her holistic health practice in the 2nd floor of the King Building.


When Monica Hasek was named the  Director of the Antioch College Wellness Center, an unfortunate  result was the closure of Yoga Springs Studios as teachers and classes relocated to other local studios and the Wellness Center. Happily, the space was quickly taken by a beautiful and expanded showroom for Design Sleep.


Other changes in the downtown retail  landscape included a return of Epic Books to the space behind Emporium Wines; Dirty Fabulous Boutique on Dayton St featuring an eclectic collection of vintage clothing and accessories; a new venture from Sam & Miriam Eckenrode, Elements Bath, Body & Gifts in the space next to Sam & Eddie's Open Books and The Smoking Octopus in the Oten Gallery building.


Atomic Fox expanded into the much larger Center Stage space when Blokhedz left their Dayton St. location to concentrate on their production business at 888 Dayton St.  An unfortunate development was the closing of Sweet Sanaa Shoe Boutique on Dayton St in late December.


New restaurants also came our way in 2014. Lucky Dragon Chinese Restaurant opened on Dayton St and Aleta's Café in the Oten Gallery building serving  healthful salads, soups, sandwiches and Naan pizza. A ballot  issue passed to allow alcohol sales in the former KFC space and villagers are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Dona Margarota's Mexican Grill. 


EnviroFlight continued to grow and make national news with articles in Inc Magazine and a feature on CNN. Construction of a new and much larger greenhouse to serve as a hatchery was completed this year with  more expansion to come in 2015. Also at Millworks, S&G Artisan Distillery expanded their offerings by adding several types of rum and specialty liquors. Finally, Yellow Springs Brewery added new brewing equipment, rolled out several new beers and began bottling specialty beers for individual sale at the brewery. 

All in all it was another positive year for business in Yellow Springs with 2015 looking to be even more exciting.

 Fun at the Chamber Holiday Party

A great crowd enjoyed the party at YS Brewery.
Thanks to the generosity of our lead sponsors the Anderson-Williamson Agency & Erie Insurance.
Thanks to the generosity of attendees for a large donation to the local Food Pantry.

Member News 

Welcome New Members

Natural Healthy Essential - whole foods & essential oils education


Thanks for Renewing

Antioch School, Arthur Morgan House, Barbara Boettcher Attorney, Cemex Inc, Chiropractic Center, Cole Acton Harmon Dunn, Corner Cone, DeLaVergne WoodWorks Gallery, EdenWorld Wellness Center, ElectroShield, Inc., Fred Bartenstein & Associates, Greene County CIC, Greene County Eye Care, Grinnell Mill Bed & Breakfast, Jackson Lytle & Lewis Celebration Life Center, Jailhouse Suites, Lisa Goldberg Ceramics, Listen to the Wind Media, Little Art Theatre, Mark French Antique Quilts, Miami Township, Millworks Development, Nut Haus, Pamela Funderburg LMT, Pangaea Trading Co, Jerry Sutton, Tecumseh Land Trust, Ted Donnell Architect, Twisted Tines, Veterinary Alternatives, WYSO Public Radio, Yellow Springs Chiropractic, Yellow Springs Heritage, Yellow Springs Home, Inc., YS Kids Playhouse, YSI Xylem, Zenbek Inc.


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