The Suburbanite
  • Bold Face DeVille projects popping up all over Northeast Ohio

  • Stark County’s DeVille Development just paid $1.4 million for 4.14 acres of land adjacent to Lorain’s Lighthouse Village shopping center.

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  • The economy remains a concern to many — OK, most — but that doesn’t stop savvy businesses from wheeling and dealing.
    Stark County’s DeVille Development just paid $1.4 million for 4.14 acres of land adjacent to Lorain’s Lighthouse Village shopping center.
    On the trio of parcels, Roger DeVille explained, his company has plans for buildings to house a mix of businesses, stores and restaurants, including representatives of popular bakery and coffee chains, a bank and health-food and pet stores.
    “We will probably start construction in the next couple months,” DeVille said.
    In the meantime, DeVille plans to break ground soon for a new Dunkin’ Donuts near Massillon’s Lillian Gish Boulevard and Lincoln Way. He has a year’s end completion deadline on that project. And as if that weren’t enough, DeVille is constructing a building in Stow that will house a Panera Bakery and a Levin Mattress Store.
    “It will be at the site of a former Bob’s Big Boy which is being taken down now,” he said.
    The partners in Time to Time, the latest antique shop to open here, could not have more divergent tastes.
    Leni Giavasis says she has been hooked on collecting since her parents took her to her first auction when she was just 10. Her eye for the eclectic includes everything from Victorian to Steam Punk.
    Mike Lofland, on the other hand, is keen on fine vintage furniture and collectibles. He also is an AirTran supervisor.
    “Mike’s my neighbor,” said Giavasis of their Canton Township homes. “And what he’s done with his house is just unbelievable.”
    Giavasis, an eBay power seller, decided to leave her cardiac facilitator position at Aultman Hospital to pursue her passion full time.
    The more she and Lofland talked, the more they realized it was time for Time to Time. Both are inveterate decorators.
    “What happens is we re-arrange our houses, antique one month, the next month contemporary. It’s a continual thing. I think eBay is what got me to this point,” Giavasis said, then added, “I’m an entrepreneur of junk that I turn into cash.”
    Time to Time at 4105 Cleveland Ave. SE, Suite A, welcomes customers to its grand opening Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The partners also accept choice consignments.
    Tim Reinhart, owner of  Santangelo Catering, now is the exclusive caterer for the popular Georgian Social Center at 1123 44th St. NE. He still does all the food preparation at his 11th Street  SW kitchen for his other business, Santangelo’s Party Center on Ninth Street SW in Massillon.
    The new agreement with the Social Center, Reinhart said, pleases him for a number of reasons, not the least of which is a daughter who attends St. Thomas Aquinas High School.
    Page 2 of 2 - Wedding receptions remain his forte, said Reinhart. “But I can do everything from hot dogs to chateaubriand.”
    Interestingly, when Reinhart bought the business from Nora Santangelo 14 years ago, he had no idea what a turn his life would take.
    “Jean Chamberlain was the manager when it bought it,” he said. “She’s now my wife.”
    Next year’s Ohio State Fair visitors will be able to take a geological walk through time in the Ohio Department of Natural Resources area of the Columbus fairgrounds.
    And, thanks to the 14,100 bricks manufactured and donated by the Belden Brick Co., the 286-foot-long stroll was created using local products. All 88 counties will be depicted in the world’s largest geological bedrock map. Boulders from quarries across the state were moved to the site to add authentic Buckeye atmosphere.
    No matter how significant the donation — former Ohio First Lady Hope Taft lauded Belden — the company’s annual production numbers still make it the sixth largest manufacturer in the country’s brick industry.
    It also is proud to be the largest family owned and managed brick company in the United States.
    AS WE AGE ...
    Look for construction to begin soon on a 20-bed addition and community center at The Pines Lakeside Therapy Center near Meyers Lake at 3015 17th  St. NW. Renovations of the existing building also are in the plans.
    The addition is scheduled for completion in late summer or early autumn 2013.
    Also, the Crandall Medical Center, located at the Copeland Oaks Retirement Community east of Alliance, recently dedicated its new $500,000 Memory Lane, a secured 24-bed facility designed for the care of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

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