Letters to Santa

Santa’s mailbox is now out in front of Antiques on the Square! Drop your letters off from now until December 20th. Be sure to include your return address so that Santa can write back.

Home for the Holidays Hot Cocoa Stroll

Saturday, December 12, 2020
11 AM – 5 PM

Join us for free hot cocoa outside of Beans Coffee Shop with reusable cup (while supplies last). Shops on the square will be handing out sweet treats. Get a photo with the giant snowflakes on the square. Letters to Santa can be dropped off at 3 locations – Antiques on Square, Beans Coffee Shop, or The Nest.

Antiques on the Square

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Antiques shop

101 Main Street in Chardon(440) 286-1912martingcm@aol.com

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How long have you been in business?

35 years!

How has your business or organization been impacted by COVID-19? What additional challenges are you facing?

It was extremely stressful to close our doors on March 15th. We were to celebrate 35 years on the square on March 23rd with a store sale, a big party/celebration and open house with prizes. Needless to say it was very disappointing and a huge hit to our business. With the Maple Festival cancelled due to the virus, it dampened our kickoff to Spring and expectations of an uptick to an accelerated business. When it came time to reopen my biggest struggle was the responsibility to protect my 20+ dealers. We range in age from late 40’s to 91 years and definitely in the bull’s eye of the virus. We are an extremely close group of people and The “the Mother Hen” was very concerned for their health and welfare. It came to a point it made me physically sick for several weeks.

What have you done to adapt?

We have ADAPTED! To get ready to reopen, we had all the wall to wall carpets cleaned, steamed, and sanitized. One of my dealers made a Plexiglas structure to cover our 14 ft. counter, our booth that was only 4 ft. apart was replaced by an 8 ft. table (actually 2 4 ft. card tables) . It took a week+ to wash and sanitize all the “high touch” areas on the all 3 floors. I also wrote 2 pages of expected guidelines for opening and maintaining the store throughout the day and distributed to all dealers.Hand sanitizers were hard to find in the beginning but I was able to find and put in locations in the store for customers and dealers. As of May 22nd we have settled into the new routine of sanitizing several times a day. It was very costly to reopen… especially when I decided not to collect rent during the time we were closed, although my mortgage was due each month.

What is something you would like people to know about your business or organization?

Obviously we are committed to Chardon and surrounding community with being on the square for 35 years. Chardon has been extremely good to us, and the community doesn’t have a better cheerleader than 101 Main Street!

How can the local Chardon community help?

You have! Business has been good since we reopened… just keep it up!

Salty

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Salt Cave and Spa

102 E. Park St. #2 in Chardon(440) 286-7258‬contact@visitsalty.com

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How long have you been in business?

1 year 4 months

How has your business or organization been impacted by COVID-19? What additional challenges are you facing?

Salty closed its doors on March 16th and reopened May 12 with restricted hours. There has been a significant reduction in customers since reopening.

What have you done to adapt?

We are open with reduced hours and days so that our staff has the appropriate time allowed to properly sanitize/clean the facility after each service. We are currently following all requirements from the CDC as well as Ohio regarding COVID-19 procedures. We have limited the amount of services to ensure proper social distancing.

What is something you would like people to know about your business or organization?

Salty is all about personal health and wellness and we want to help our customers relax and de-stress.

How can the local Chardon community help?

The continued support of the Chardon community is our biggest asset. The continued word of mouth referrals and occasional drop ins make all the difference.

Means Design Group

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Means Design Group is a website design and development firm, specializing in helping small businesses and non-profit organizations. I can help with every aspect of your website – from domain name registration and hosting to design, content management, ongoing maintenance, and even training.

211 South Street in Chardon(440) 941-1851‬dan@meansdesigngroup.com

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How long have you been in business?

Means Design Group was formed in 2016, but I’ve been designing and developing websites professionally for over 20 years.

How has your business or organization been impacted by COVID-19? What additional challenges are you facing?

Businesses everywhere are feeling the financial pinch of the pandemic, and many want to cut advertising as a way to save money. My challenge has been showing small business owners and non-profit organizations that spending their advertising dollars wisely, rather than eliminating them completely, can be the difference between the success and failure of their business at times like these.

What have you done to adapt?

I work with clients to show them that building a website does not need to be a huge financial burden, and that the benefits of having a strong online presence are worth the investment.

What is something you would like people to know about your business or organization?

No job is too big or too small. I’ve worked with large corporations and small businesses with one employee. I enjoy working personally with clients to deliver exactly what they need at a price they can afford.

How can the local Chardon community help?

Continue supporting our local Chardon businesses. You’re putting money back into the community and helping your friends, family and neighbors.

Hutter Performance Center Ltd.

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Hutter Racing Engines builds engines for many professional racing series including IHRA Pro-stock, SCCA Speed World Challenge GT and NASCAR Modifieds. So whether you are looking for bolt-on power, a complete performance engine, or building a new hot rod or race car from the ground up, our facilities can meet your needs with experience, and quality craftsmanship.

12550 GAR Highway in Chardon(440) 285-8467trevor@hutterperformance.com

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How long have you been in business?

17 years

How has your business or organization been impacted by COVID-19? What additional challenges are you facing?

The shutdown caused scheduling delays.

What have you done to adapt?

We’ve been working longer hours to make up for the delays.

What is something you would like people to know about your business or organization?

We are a family-owned business providing American made power.

Ubuntu Wellness

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Focusing on comprehensive holistic health and wellness services to our clients in the Northeast Ohio area, we also offer stress management, mindful living and physical activity. Ubuntu Wellness gives people the tools and support necessary to transform their lives and create lasting positive changes. Our approach highlights the movement in the helping professions to a more holistic, client centered and trauma focused approach. This is one of the main focuses of our therapeutic interventions at Ubuntu. We see you as the whole person; mind, body and spirit.

We offer individual, couples and family psychotherapy services, corporate wellness programs, trauma informed yoga and movement classes, massage therapy, reiki and Raindrop services.

The Clinical Team at Ubuntu Wellness currently staffs six licensed therapists to guide you towards emotional balance. Starting from the vantage point of the whole person—our therapists a utilize a multidimensional approach to counseling that addresses people’s mental, physical, and emotional needs that are all rooted in evidence based practices. Our authentic, interactive and compassionate approach provides our clients with an environment that is conducive to healing emotional wounds.

203 Main Street in Chardon(440) 214-9062jennifer@ubuntuwellnessohio.com

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How long have you been in business?

4 years

How has your business or organization been impacted by COVID-19? What additional challenges are you facing?

We offer such an array of services at Ubuntu that we had to ensure we were still supporting our clients and the community while following state guidelines and recommendations for best practices during the pandemic. We shut down all in-office services from late March and returned to the office (clinical services only) at the beginning of May. Our clinical counseling services transitioned to telehealth only during that time and we had to cancel previously scheduled workshops, classes and other bodywork services (massage, Reiki, Raindrop).

What have you done to adapt?

We increased our social media presence with options for virtual classes (Kids Yoga and Mindfulness, Weekly Meditations) and resources to help support not only our clients, but the community at large. Our clinical team sent out weekly emails to the clients and families they serve with additional support, resources and updates to our services and programming to ensure full transparency during the process. We offered a free 6-week online support group for those struggling with the many changes the pandemic has caused; loss or reduction of work hours, working from home, parenting and schooling challenges and overall anxiety about the uncertainty that resulted from the pandemic.

Our clinical team moved to telehealth services using a HIPAA compliant platform to ensure continuity of care. As we slowly transitioned back to the office, the team has been staggering in-office days to reduce contact while still offering the telehealth options. Our massage services have also restarted and we are hopeful to get our Reiki and Raindrop services back running when it feels safe to do so.

From a facilities perspective, we moved furniture to comply with social distancing, removed other amenities (coffee, candy) and increased our already robust cleaning schedule. Clients must wash their hands prior to checking in for their appointment. We also offer masks, gloves and other sanitization products to ensure that not only are they feeling safe, but our staff are as well.

What is something you would like people to know about your business or organization?

We are open (in office and virtually) and our team is available to support you and your family. You can schedule an appointment with us directly via our website at ubuntuwellnessohio.com. We also offer a free 15-min phone consultation for potential new clients to see if we are a good fit for them.

How can the local Chardon community help?

Continue to love and support local businesses. We are so grateful to be a part of such a welcoming community!

ACS Discovery Shop

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The American Cancer Society’s Discovery Shop helps support the fight against cancer through the sale of high quality, gently used, donated merchandise. For over 40 years, the Society has owned and operated these specialty resale stores, featuring items such as clothing, accessories, jewelry, furniture, artwork, antiques, collectibles, and other household items.

MapleLeaf Plaza (540 Water Street, Suite 226) in Chardon(440) 285-4377heather.means@cancer.org

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How long have you been in business?

32 years

How has your business or organization been impacted by COVID-19? What additional challenges are you facing?

We re-opened on May 22nd after being closed during the Ohio mandated shut down. The fundraising mission of the ACS has certainly been impacted as many of the events are in-person (Relay for Life, Making Strides, etc.). Like others, we have seen reduced foot traffic in the store and a reduction in our volunteer workforce.

What have you done to adapt?

Currently we are still open with reduced hours to allow for extra time in the afternoon for sanitizing. We limit the number of people in the store and have a mandatory mask policy. The policy is in place to protect not only our customers, but also our volunteers that operate the store. Volunteers come in before the store opens to process merchandise.

What is something you would like people to know about your business or organization?

We appreciate the continued support of our customers and the donations from the community. Both parts are necessary for our continued success/survival. We hope that people will continue to shop and support the mission of the American Cancer Society.

How can the local Chardon community help?

Keep cleaning out those closets and come shopping when you’re done!

DiFranco Insurance & Financial Inc.

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Insurance & Financials

102 East Park Street, Suite 1, in Chardon(440) 285-9000laurel@difinc.net

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How long have you been in business?

27 years

How has your business or organization been impacted by COVID-19? What additional challenges are you facing?

Staffing logistics. Trying to maintain brick and mortar office while being safe.

What have you done to adapt?

Rotate staff to remote working to reduce contact.

What is something you would like people to know about your business or organization?

We are a family run and owned business that takes pride in personal service.

How can the local Chardon community help?

Give us a call! We would love to meet you!

Ten10 Design

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Ten10 is a marketing agency focused on keeping your business connected and engaged through innovative promotional products, custom apparel , print collateral and graphic design services. We are also currently a supplier of PPE items such as cotton masks, disposable masks, hand sanitizer, sanitizer wipes, gloves, thermometers, and more.

Ten10 strives to be a creative partner for each of our clients and become an extension of your marketing team. As your partner we will recommend quality products and find cost-saving solutions.

119 Main Street in Chardon(440) 286-4367casey@ten10design.com

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How long have you been in business?

Since 2009

How has your business or organization been impacted by COVID-19? What additional challenges are you facing?

A large majority of promotional products companies nationwide report that sales are trending downward. As a business that thrives on events and public gatherings, such as heath fairs, conferences, sporting events, trade shows and school athletics, Ten10 is also experiencing a decrease in sales.

What have you done to adapt?

Ten10 has taken action to protect the future of the business and our employees. Actions include pivoting to distribute PPE products such as masks, sanitizer and gloves, adjusting marketing efforts, and applying for loans through federal programs.

We have also partnered with businesses and organizations on the local and national level help to express their support for a cause. Locally, Ten10 partnered with Chardon Tomorrow to strengthen a sense of community and promote local Chardon businesses with a custom designed t-shirt.

Nationally, Ten10 partnered with Verizon Wireless to produce a t-shirt to promote a display of solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement. A portion of sales will be donated to the National Urban League.

What is something you would like people to know about your business or organization?

We are open for business! This has been a great time for us to reconnect with customers, both established and new, to find out how we can support them. We have adapted to conduct business over a Zoom call or phone call rather than in person. We are here to help with any marketing or PPE needs your business or organization may have.

How can the local Chardon community help?

Show your support for local businesses in any way you can – shop online, schedule a Zoom, purchase a gift card, and practice patience. We are adapting and learning how to move forward and thrive in these challenging times.