Local convenience store to be featured on TV

Zoe Greszler • Updated Jan 29, 2018 at 11:17 PM

COLLINS — A local convenience store is being honored on TV next month.

The C-Stop, at 2761 U.S. 20, Collins, was recently recognized by Ohio Lottery’s Retailer of the Week, giving the store the opportunity to send an employee to attend a taping of the lottery T.V. show Cash Explosion.

Store manager Gina Arthur said she was blown away when owner Hitesh Shah decided to send her instead of attending himself.

“It’s something I never pictured myself doing before,” Arthur said of watching the live taping of the show. “Mr. H, he's always thinking about us girls before himself. For him to send me instead of going himself was very, very nice and I really appreciated it. I really appreciate all he does for us.”

The kindness was far from out of character for Hitesh, who Arthur said has made a difference in the community and has a “heart as big as this world.”

Arthur said Ohio Lottery paid for her to stay overnight in Columbus last Monday night to be apart of the show taping the following day. 

“It was a blast,” she said. “They are a lot of fun. ... We taped a rehearsal and then they introduced me to the contestants. They did rehearsal, letting people learn how (play), touch the screen, pick their numbers, etc. Then we went back to have snacks and chat and then the live show is taped right after that.

Arthur said watching the live show was “really neat” and that the fun doesn’t stop for commercial breaks.

“They played games still and it was really, really entertaining. I would highly recommend it to anyone that gets the chance to go,” she said.

Arthur said she is more “excited” that the store received this honor, just three years after Hitesh became owner. 

They are selected based off of participation on what lottery asks to do on promotion, sales, displays. Not neccesarily on how many we sell and win. We let the lottery come in and come through and completely re-do our store this past year.

“It was a big surprise. Since he’s only owned the store about three years, it's pretty impressive,” she said. “It’s nice too because it’s just myself, the owner and two other employees, Miranda McGinn and Patty Bobish.

The episode featuring the C Stop and Arthur as Retailer of the Week will air Feb. 10.

In other business happenings...


New apartment owner

Several apartments throughout Norwalk now have a new owner.

Six Lions Development Corporation recently purchased 15 units between two complexes located at 73 through 75 Townsend Ave. and 50 through 52 Old State Road. The county’s land transfer data shows Six Lions, with owner Jeff Savage, purchased the properties for $604,000 from Walnut Grove Inc.

Savage told the Reflector all but one unit is already occupied.

He added this is far from the first complex he’s purchased, having invested in the community’s real estate since 1980, including the Main Street building housing Daniel’s Hobby store.

Savage said the Townsend and Old State properties “met all of my criteria” and said he hopes to make the rentals that are already “quite nice” even better.

“Norwalk needs rentals that are well maintained,” Savage said. “We’ve always been able (to make sure) whenever they are turned over, we put them in better conditions. These are investments. They’re not cash cows.

“I’m tickled to add to the real estate in Norwalk,” he added. “It’s something to keep me going.”

Savage said for him, in some ways it’s about making the community a little better.

“There are a lot of units in town that people are faithfully looking to move out of,” he said. “It’s really nice to have nice rentals. They’re not top end; they’re affordable. I’d say we make them higher middle-range.


Robinson joins Norwalk firm

Payne Nickles & Company, CPAs,  announced the addition of Karen Robinson to the firm’s Norwalk office.

Karen has joined the firm as part of the administrative staff. She is a native of Greenwich and a graduate of South Central High School. Karen resides in Willard with her husband Rick. They have two sons.

With offices in Norwalk and Sandusky and a staff of over thirty employees, Payne Nickles & Company is a locally owned firm of business advisors and CPAs providing forward-looking, client-oriented professional accounting and advisory services. 

In other health-related business...


Firelands names VP

SANDUSKY — Firelands Regional Medical Center announced the promotion of Jim Spicer to vice president of operations.

In his new position, Spicer has overall responsibility and accountability for the strategic direction and operation of the health system’s supply chain, purchasing department, store room, print shop, mail room, inpatient pharmacy, outpatient pharmacy, cancer center pharmacy, Firelands Center for Coordinated Care, Firelands Physician Group, laboratory, blood bank and pathology services.

Spicer received a doctor of pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University, holds a masters degree in business administration with a concentration in healthcare administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a member of the Humane Society of Erie County board, Immaculate Conception School Board and Parish Endowment Board, the American College of Healthcare Executives and maintains involvement on numerous state and national organizations related to pharmacy, supply chain and physician practice operations.

Spicer has been an employee at Firelands Regional Medical Center for 13 years and has served as assistant vice president of operations, area director of pharmacy services and supply chain, director of pharmacy services and clinical pharmacy coordinator. He resides in Catawba Island with his wife, Laura and their two children.


Area speech pathologist published

SANDUSKY — Firelands Regional Medical Center congratulated Katherine (Katie) Brink, speech language pathologist at Firelands, on the puication of her research article entitled “Open-Cup Drinking Development: A Review of the Literature.”

The article was published in the journal Dysphagia.

The article addresses the lack of published research studies that systematically analyze the factors involved with the progression of open-cup drinking in typically developing infants and toddlers. It does so by collating works from disparate and related fields to provide a brief review of the pertinent literature.

“This achievement is a wonderful reflection of Katie’s commitment to evidence-based feeding methodology,” said Lisa Horchler, director of speech-language pathology and pediatric outpatient clinics at Firelands.

Brink brings over six years of experience in speech language pathology, having joined Firelands in 2011.


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