'I wanted to help make Monroeville healthy'

Zoe Greszler • Jun 6, 2019 at 3:00 PM

MONROEVILLE — With health food and life-coaching shops becoming popular, Monroeville soon will have its own — Eagle Strong Nutrition.

Eagle Strong will open at 7 S. Main St. in July, said owner Tenesha Hartley, of Bellevue. The building is currently undergoing a full interior remodel. The shop and nutrition club will offer protein health shakes and energy teas, as well as life/health coaching as its main attractions. Hartley said she plans to offer fitness classes such as pound workouts and kickboxing in the future.

She said the shop is different from other health store options because of everything packed into each shake replacement meal.

“The protein shakes are used to either replace meals to help you lose weight or to use as a protein snack to help you bulk up,” Hartley said, adding the shakes can come in nearly 70 flavors.

“All of the shakes are under 300 calories, but it’s equal to drinking a 2,000-calorie meal in minerals and vitamins. You’re getting everything you need, a day’s worth of vitamins and minerals in the shakes and 14 grams from protein, or 24 grams in the extra protein shakes. We can add fiber or probiotics.”

The teas also have health benefits, Hartley said. The herbal teas are “thermogenic,” boosting metabolism and giving energy.

“You get a shot of aloe, which is good for skin and digestion, added to an energy tea, which has 85 milligrams of caffeine,” she said. “This is also thermogenic, which means it boosts your metabolism and burns 70 calories just by drinking it. ... We also have protein snacks and there are energy tablets that you can add to the teas.”

Hartley said she was moved to start the business after she saw life-changing results from a similar shop offered in Bellevue, the Humble Hustle Nutrition shop at 108 E. Main St. 

I started (the diet) over a year ago, and within three month, I lost 30 pounds by replacing two meals a day with two shakes and teas,” she said. “The shakes are healthy for everyone — even my kids drink them. Elders can drink them. You can actually use them instead of Boost shakes. They’re good for everyone because they have all the vitamins and minerals.”

Gluten-free and vegan options also will be available for those with special dietary needs. 

In addition to the meals and snacks, customers can also order dietary and workout supplements through the shop.

Monroeville was an obvious choice to open the business, Hartley said.

“I wanted to go on my own to help others see results like I did,” she said. “There’s nothing (like this) in Monroeville and I wanted to help make Monroeville healthy.”

Already Hartley has proved she’s willing to be a part of the community, a value held strongly by many village residents. When deciding on the face of her business, she went to Monroeville High School for help.

Hartley asked the school is a student could design Eagle Strong’s logo. Rudy Replegle came up with just the perfect visual, she said.

“It’s great,” she said. “That will be our sign and the logo on the T-shirts.”

She said the process of opening Eagle Strong is “very exciting” and she’s already received plenty of positive feedback about the upcoming opening.  

Village Administrator Tom Gray agreed the business would be a positive addition to Monroeville. 

“It shows an interest (in the village) and potential for future growth,” Gray said. “It is a step in that direction. Everything is a segue to a refreshed downtown.”


Hartley is new staff writer for Reflector

Stacey Hartley has joined the Norwalk Reflector as a staff writer.

Hartley, 25, studied political science and religion at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, where she lives with her significant other of six years, Matt, and their two cats, Winston and Birdy.

Hartley has worked as a freelance newswriter, radio disc jockey/on-air personality, sales associate, lifeguard, pre-school teaching assistant and a waitress. She also has volunteered as a youth sports coach at the Tiffin Community YMCA.

At Heidelberg, Hartley performed in the play “Dead Man’s Cellphone” by Sarah Ruhl, worked as a news anchor and producer for the university’s student-run WHEI-TV10 network, and was a member of the Delta Sigma Chi sorority.

Hartley enjoys dancing, snacking, reading, napping and yoga. She is also a self-proclaimed super fan of sloths, exclaiming “they’re so slow and so ugly and I just love them.”

The 2012 Bellevue Senior High School graduate grew up in a large family with nine sisters and six brothers. She lived in Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas before moving back to Ohio in 2008.

Hartley is in the process of moving to Norwalk. She said she hopes to be a productive addition to this community.


D&D Smith Winery honored

COLUMBUS — D & D Smith Winery has been working hard to make great wines.

During the past 11 years in business, D&D has made 23 award-winning wines. In 2018 Due Vino Miscela won a double gold.

Danielle and Denny Smith were invited to the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on May 22 to celebrate the achievement for the 2019 Summer Kick Off Celebration including Ohio’s state legislators, restaurants and local establishments that may want to have this wine in their facilities or at their events.

“We were honored to be invited and we’re thrilled to attend,” Danielle Smith said. “Food and wine, meeting up with winery award winners we’ve known for years and meeting new winery winners kicked off the summer of wine fun for 2019.”

Check out www.ddsmithwinery.com for upcoming events.


Y3 Studio in Milan

MILAN — Yoga for the Mind, Body & Soul, in Milan, hosted an open house Sunday to celebrate the addition of a wellness studio.

Owner Kimberly Ott-Chaban said her vision is to calm the mind, strengthen the body and nourish the soul. "It's all about living healthier and happier," she said.

The studio offers yoga, Pilates, Qi Gong, meditation, physical therapy, message therapy, Reiki and Chakra balancing. Classes are available for all ages and levels. "Y3" studio is located at 1 N. Main St. in Milan above the Wine Post.


NL business purchased

NEW LONDON — Ohio Ag Equipment will soon acquire Huron County’s AGCO Corp. dealer, North Central Ag. The acquisition is tentatively set for June 22.

AGCO is a Duluth, Ga.-based agricultural equipment manufacturer.

Ohio Ag Equipment officials said this will “strengthen” company’s ability to service the agricultural industry by providing customers with an exceptional line of equipment and product support.

After the anticipated successful closing later this month, all equipment sales, parts sales and services will continue to be conducted out of the New London location at 100 Industrial Drive.

“I have enjoyed working with the ownership group at North Central Ag, LLC. I am very impressed with the knowledge and passion of the team and am excited to welcome them to the Ohio Ag Equipment family,” said Mike Mampieri, Ohio Ag Equipment general manager.

“Over the past decade I have enjoyed the experience of building the foundation of North Central Ag with its employees and customers,” owner Rich Polen said. “As my family transitions into the next season, I’m confident that Ohio Ag Equipment will continue to build a business that serves the community for the long haul.”


Firelands Fabrication manager certified

NEW LONDON — Firelands Fabrication project manager Joe Heyman passed the principles and practice of engineering examination, making him a certified professional engineer in civil engineering.

“We are happy for Joe,” said business president Ben Humrichouser.

“It is quite an accomplishment and a nice validation of his abilities. All of us here appreciate what Joe contributes to Firelands Fabrication. This is another credential that reinforces our position as the premier structural steel fabricator in Ohio.”

The test can only be taken after receiving a college degree in engineering, passing the fundamentals of engineering test and then completing four years work experience. The eight-hour exam has a mere 57-percent pass rate.

Heyman graduated from the University of Toledo in 2012 with a bachelor of science in civil engineering and a business administration minor.

He’s been with the JHI Group for seven years. He started with the construction crew in 2012 and then became a project manager and estimator. In 2014, he transferred to Firelands Fabrication at 201 N Main St. to continue working as a project manager and estimator.

In his tenure, he has managed over 120 projects. Several of the largest projects include five new buildings at Crocker Park, a new school in Cleveland Heights, and the frame of the Quicken Loans sign on the roof of Quicken Loans Arena. Additional projects include work on Thistledown Racino, Oberlin College, and a new multi-story administration building for Lake County.


Schrader joins Norwalk realty 

Nicholas Schrader recently joined the Century 21 Wilcox & Associates firm as a sales associate at the Norwalk location, 201 Milan Avenue, Suite B.

Schrader specializes in sales, customer service and property sales in the area. Already, he has been in the sales industry for ten years. Schrader received multiple awards as the top salesperson in his previous endeavors.

Annette Wilcox, owner of Century 21 Wilcox & Associates said she was excited for the addition to the company after he successfully completed extensive training and licensing through Davis College.

“We are beyond thrilled to have Nick join us. It is an exciting time to be with Century 21 Wilcox & Associates as we continue to increase our market presence,” she said.

“We believe that training supports growth and professional excellence. Performance based training is necessary to assure that Century 21 Wilcox & Associates maintain their competitive edge and relentless service to their clients.”

Schrader can be reached at 567-805-1736 or by email at [email protected]


Turnpike adds charging stations

Local elected officials joined leaders from the Ohio Turnpike and DriveOhio during a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open electric vehicle charging stations at two locations along the Ohio Turnpike in time for the start of the summer travel season.

The Electrify America charging stations feature 50 kilowatt (kW), 150kW and 350kW DC Fast Chargers. Chargers at 350kW can charge capable vehicles at speeds of up to 20 miles of range per minute.

The new charging stations are the first along the Ohio Turnpike and are located at the Wyandot and Blue Heron service plazas in Genoa. They’re available for immediate use. Another set of charging stations will open soon at the Indian Meadow and Tiffin River service plazas in West Unity.

“Our modern service plazas are the perfect place for these new charging stations,” said executive director Ferzan Ahmed.

“Customers can charge their electric vehicles up quickly and while doing so they can grab a bite to eat or a cup of coffee and get back on the road. More ultra-fast public charging stations will make EV travel on the Ohio Turnpike more convenient whether it’s from Indiana to Pennsylvania or from New York City to Los Angeles.”

Drivers can locate chargers at: www.electrifyamerica.com/locate-charger.


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