Village Administrator shares updates on new businesses

SAINT PAIRS -Village Administrator Spencer Mitchell has been active in promoting businesses around the Village. Mitchell has been sharing updates on existing and upcoming businesses at Village Council meetings and on social media. 

“There are businesses here that are important to the people of St Paris” says Mitchell,  citing a number of existing small businesses that have managed to navigate the COVID-19 situation and continue to serve the community. “Kyle Bowman of St. Paris Hardware, Jeff Wooten of Wooten Automotive and Dale Thornton of Thornton’s Carpet; those are just some of the business owners that I’ve spoken to throughout this stressful year.” 

Mitchell credits each owner’s business intelligence and commitment to the Saint Paris community to “grow stronger” in 2020.  “Shopping local, supporting local businesses and promoting good will in the community is what we in Saint Paris believe in.”

Mitchell wanted to highlight accomplishments of business owners and businesses that recently opened, are planning to open,  or are renovating in the Village of Saint Paris.

Longbow Health Plans 

120 South Springfield Street

Opened June of 2020

Longbow Health Plans is an agency composed of insurance professionals who offer “high quality insurance products and retirement planning services to meet your goals and budget.”

Clay Ruffner, the founder of Longbow, graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and later Case Western Reserve University with an MBA. Clay is a licensed, independent agent committed to not only finding you fantastic coverage, but also providing ongoing support.  “We aren’t finding you coverage and then leaving you in the dust. Put us as a contact on your phone, because we never want to be far away, and always want to be your trusted expert.” 

Longbow Health Plans holds office hours 9-5 Monday through Friday, and can be reached by calling (937)788-7713.

Pony Wagon Bargains

146 South Springfield Street

Opened October of 2020

Pony Wagon Bargains is a retail store located at 146 South Springfield St. Owners Jason & Jessica Anderson held the store’s Grand Opening on October 31, 2020. Claiming to have “something for everyone,” the Pony Wagon Bargains offers discount prices on many top name brand items including electronics, household, health and beauty, children's toys, baby items and more. 

Pony Wagon Bargains is open 10am-4pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 4pm-8pm on Wednesdays; and 9am-2pm on Saturdays. 

Family County Cuts

211 West Main Street

Opened January 2021

Janie Douglas opened the doors to Family County Cuts on January 11, 2020. Located at 211 West Main St., the salon offers a variety of services such as haircuts for men and women, coloring, make up, facial waxing, manicure & pedicure, and facials.  

Douglas brought on two more workers; one full time and one part time, and is excited to see the growth of her business. Hinting at possibly including massage therapy, Douglas hopes to see the once one-person-operation become a full fledged salon.

Walk-in hours are 9-5 Monday through Friday and by appointment only weekdays after 5 and on Saturdays.  Appointments can be made by calling (937)869-8300.

Former IGA Grocery 

Opening in March 2021

Mitchell met with the owners of the new business and toured the progress of renovations in late December, 2020.  

Spencer Mitchell stated the owners do not wish to speak publicly, but promised to relay any permissible information to the public. “He’s excited to join this community and the community is excited about having a grocery store once again. Details on branding, staffing and things of that sort have not been communicated to us yet.” 

115 Main Street renovation

Debbie McGuire Lyons is the building owner at 115 Main St. Braden's Cafe & Sweets was the last tenant and has since closed. 

Lyons is in the midst of a full renovation of the entire building, but has not indicated what the long term plans will be. Lyons declined public comment but did say “the structural repairs are underway” as she has “big plans for the building's future.” 

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