Athens Greek Restaurant Celebrating 40 years in business, Athens Greek Restaurant is a staple in the Mansfield community. After immigrating to the United States from Greece, Tim and Angie Ghessouras opened Athens Greek Restaurant in 1977 at its current location in downtown Mansfield. They spent the next 17 years perfecting recipes and building a loyal…

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Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Mid-Ohio Trent Dawson has always been a plumber, but he hasn’t always been a business owner. In 2008, the economy was tanking and the company he was working for passed their hard times onto him. Trent was faced with a difficult decision: go broke working for someone else, or start his…

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Snyder Funeral Homes Serving families for over 95 years, the Snyder Family has made a lasting impact in our community. In 1922, Ora O. Snyder and his wife, Marion, began operating a funeral home in Johnsville, OH. Expanding to Lexington in 1926, the Snyder family has spent the past 91 years growing. Four generations strong,…

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Ed Pickens’ Events and Catering More Than a Meal, It’s an Experience Looking back at over 25 years in business, Ed reminiscences, “It’s been very hard at times, we’ve had successes and we’ve had failures, but we’ve helped thousands create joyous memories. That is what makes all this worth it.” Looking back at over 25…

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The Village Network When just four months old, “Billy” was removed from the care of his drug-addicted birth mother and placed in foster care. Four years later, his foster mother had a breakdown and became suicidal. “Billy” was removed from the home and spent the next two years bouncing between different homes, until the age…

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Re/Max First Realty A Risk Worth Taking When Nate Purdy started his first full time job after graduating from BGSU in 1988, he never anticipated it leading to a successful real estate career. He sold building components to local contractor supply yards in 5 states and then was recruited by one of his own customers…

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Mansfield Area YMCA More Than a Gym and Swim The early origins of the YMCA date back to 1844 in London, England. The movement spread to the U.S. and eventually made its way to Mansfield. Founded in 1867, the Mansfield YMCA organizers sought to channel the energies of young men into character-building activities addressing mind,…

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Mary Anne’s Meat Market As Fresh As You Can Get As a seven-year-old child, Mary Anne Kettering’s favorite game to play with her siblings was grocery store. Whenever the four siblings would play, she would always choose to be the butcher. She loved to wear the apron and arrange the small plastic toy meats. According…

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Kastran Karpets Hometown Home Flooring “Who would have thought the upstart business that began with some carpet samples in a family room would grow into a thriving business 40 years later. Back then we were just praying we made enough to buy some furniture for the living room.” In 1976, Jim Kastran was working full…

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Pediatric Consultants The Doctor Is In In the late 90’s, Dr.’s Brad & Colleen Olson established a pediatric practice in Ashland to provide families with devoted medical care. The practice was purchased by Don Belsterling, CEO and Dr. Steve Friesen, M.D. in 2007. The Christ-centered group then added a second location in Mansfield. By 2012,…

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