2015 Family Favorites!

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The votes have been tallied and the winners are in. We asked readers to cast their vote for the best of the best in all things local. From children’s entertainment to culinary favorites— see who reigns supreme.


Education

Preschool

First Presbyterian Church Nursery School
2330 S. Main St.
419-423-2112 | www.findlayfpc.org
Runner Up: Owens Community College Early Learning Center

Tutoring center

Jennifer Obenour, Van Buren Local Schools
Van Buren Middle School
217 S. Main St., Van Buren
419-299-3384 | www.vbschools.net
Runner Up: Martie Andrews, Findlay High School

Teacher and their school

Jennifer Obenour, Van Buren Middle School
217 S. Main St., Van Buren
419-299-3384 | www.vbschools.net
Runner Up: Martie Andrews, Findlay High School

Elementary school

Van Buren
217 S. Main St., Van Buren
419-299-3384 | www.vbschools.net
Runner Up: Lincoln Elementary School

Middle school

Van Buren
217 S. Main St., Van Buren
419-299-3384 | www.vbschools.net
Runner Up: Donnell Middle School

Charter school

Findlay Digital Academy
1219 W. Main Cross, Suite 101
419-425-3598 | www.findlaydigitalacademy.com
Runner Up: Ohio Virtual Academy

After-school program

Findlay Family YMCA
231 E. Lincoln St.
419-422-4424 | www.findlayymca.org
Runner Up: Findlay After & Before School Sessions (FABSS)

Special needs services

Center for Autism & Dyslexia
7430 Timberstone Dr.
567-525-4487 | www.centerforautismanddyslexia.com
Runner Up: Special Kids Therapy

Daycare

YMCA Child Development Center
231 E. Lincoln St.
419-422-3174 | www.findlayymca.org
Runner Up: Owens Community College Early Learning Center

Babysitting / Nanny service

Natalie Jenkins
Runner Up: Lindsay Hackworth

Parenting classes

College First Church of God
1100 N. Main St.
419-422-7365 | www.collegefirst.org
Runner Up: Help Me Grow

Music class

Stephanie Patterson, Music by Stephanie
1724 Queenswood Dr., Unit 17
419-889-9508 | www.musicbystephanie.wordpress.com
Runner Up: Music Together of Findlay

Acting and theater classes

The Arts Partnership
618 S. Main St.
419-422-3412 | www.artspartnership.com
Runner Up: Fort Findlay Playhouse

Dance class

Findlay Family YMCA
300 E. Lincoln St.
419-422-4424 | www.findlayymca.org
Runner Up: Hip Hop at Becky’s School of Dance

Kids art class

The Arts Partnership
618 S. Main St.
419-422-3412 | www.artspartnership.com
Runner Up: Awakening Minds Art

Gymnastics class

Findlay Family YMCA
231 E. Lincoln St.
419-422-4424 | www.findlayymca.org
Runner Up: Capitol City Gymnastics


Health

Pediatric practice

Blanchard Valley Pediatrics
1818 Chapel Hill Dr., Suite D
419-424-1922 | www.bvpediatrics.com
Runner Up: Findlay Family Practice

Emergency care

Blanchard Valley Hospital
1900 S. Main St.
419-423-4500 | www.bvhealthsystem.org
Runner Up: Physicians Plus Urgent Care

Place to give birth

Blanchard Valley Hospital
1900 S. Main St.
419-423-4500 | www.bvhealthsystem.org
Runner Up: St. Luke’s Hospital

Birthing classes

Findlay Women’s Care
1917 S. Main St.
419-420-0904 | www.findlayobgyn.com
Runner Up: Blanchard Valley Hospital

OB / GYN

Dr. Kimberlee Perkins, Women and Children’s Center, Blanchard Valley Medical Practices
301 Wallace St.
419-424-0180 | www.blanchardvalleymedicalpractices.org/womenandchildrens
Runner Up: Dr. Robert Schutz

Midwife

Susan Smith, Findlay Women’s Care
1917 S. Main St.
419-420-0904 | www.findlayobgyn.com
Runner Up: Kathy Fries, Findlay Women’s Care

Doula

Sarah Stover, Intuitions Doula Services
419-235-0124 | Lima
imadoulasarah@gmail.com
www.limadoulasarah.com
Runner Up: Brittany Credit’s Live. Breathe. Birth Doula Services, Tiffin

Family doctor

Dr. Frank Cosiano, MD, Findlay Family Practice
1725 Western Ave.
419-423-4110
Runner Up: Dr. Iyabo Iboaya, MD, Terra Nova Medical Clinic

ENT doctor

Dr. Andrew Reid, MD, Findlay Ear, Nose & Throat Associates
1110 N. Main Cross St.
419-424-1393 | www.findlayent.com
Runner Up: Dr. Erik Nielson, MD, Findlay Ear, Nose & Throat Associates

Optometrist

Dr. Frederick Rosebrook
132 W. Lima St.
419-423-3601
Runner Up: Dr. Kurt Ebersole

Chiropractor

Lynsi Clinger, Clinger Chiropractic Center
239 S. Main St.
419-429-1111 | www.clingerchiropractic.com
Runner Up: Dr. Chris Lofquist, Flag City Sport & Spine

Allergist

Dr. Amber Patterson, Blanchard Valley Medical Associates
200 W. Pearl St.
419-427-1887 | www.bvma.com
Runner Up: Dr. Ghassan Safadi

Dentist

Blanchard Valley Pediatric Dentistry
1816 Chapel Dr.
567-525-4193 | www.bvpedsdent.com
Runner Up: Dr. Krystal DeClerck, DeClerck Family Dental

Orthodontist

Dr. Christopher Roberts, Findlay Orthodontics
1619 W. Main Cross St.
419-423-1452 | www.findlayortho.com
Runner Up: Dr. Kyle Amspaugh, Blanchard Valley Pediatric Dentistry

Ophthalmologist

Dr. Stephen Orr, MD, Spectrum Eye Care
15840 Medical Dr. S.
419-422-6190 | www.spectrumeyecareinc.com
Runner Up: Dr. Harry Bash

Veterinarian

Dr. Alexandra Tyzzer, VCA Findlay Animal Hospital
2141 Bright Rd.
419-423-7232 | www.vcahospitals.com/findlay-animal-hospital
Runner Up: Dr. Tony Fuller, Blanchard Valley Vet Clinic


Food

Cupcakes/bakery/sweet shop

The Sweet Retreat
1600 S. Blanchard St.
419-423-2253 | www.thesweetretreatfindlay.com
Runner Up: Cakes for Heaven’s Sake

Family-friendly restaurant

The Greek Garden
321 S. Main St.
419-422-0808 | www.thegreekgarden.com
Runner Up: La Charrita

Kid-friendly coffee shop

We Serve Coffee
114 E. Sandusky St.
567-525-4680 | www.weservecoffee.org
Runner Up: Fort Findlay Coffee & Doughnut Shop

Ice cream shop

Dietsch Brothers
400 W. Main Cross St.
419-422-4474
1217 Tiffin Ave.
419-423-3221 | www.dietschs.com
Runner Up: Archie’s Drive-In

Frozen yogurt shop

SweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt
2550 Tiffin Ave.
567-525-3064 | www.sweetfrogyogurt.com
Runner Up: Iggy’s Self Serve Frozen Yogurt

Healthy fast food

Chipotle Mexican Grill
15067 US-224
419-424-0905 | www.chipotle.com
Runner Up: Panera Bread

Local pizza place

Joey Fratello’s Pizzeria
116 E. Sandusky St.
419-427-5639 | www.joeyfratellos.com
Runner Up: AJ’s Heavenly Pizza

Place where kids eat free

Bob Evans
1101 W. Trenton Ave.
419-422-7211 2400 Tiffin Ave.
419-424-1800 | www.bobevans.com
Runner Up: Texas Roadhouse


Shopping

Kid’s clothing

Once Upon a Child
1825 Tiffin Ave.
419-422-0400 | www.onceuponachildfindlay.com
Runner Up: Justice

Kid’s shoe shop

Once Upon a Child
1825 Tiffin Ave.
419-422-0400 | www.onceuponachildfindlay.com
Runner Up: Stride Rite

Maternity clothing store

Once Upon a Child
1825 Tiffin Ave.
419-422-0400 | www.onceuponachildfindlay.com
Runner Up: Kohl’s

Baby boutique shop

TRENDS! on Main
501 S. Main St.
419-420-1582 | www.trendsonmain.com
Runner Up: Homestead Collection

Mom-owned business

Charming Finds Boutique
1100 Tiffin Ave.
567-301-2396 | www.charmingfindsboutique.com
Runner Up: Katie Malick Photography

Place for furnishing the nursery

The Granary Gift & Furniture Barn
7977 CR 236
419-422-0200 | www.ggbarn.com
Runner Up: Charming Finds Boutique


Spaces & Places

Place to volunteer

Open Arms
401 W. Sandusky St.
419-422-4766 | www.openarmsfindlay.com
Runner Up: Chopin Hall food pantries

Place for winter fun

Riverbend Recreation Area – Reservoirs Area
16618 TR 208, Findlay
419-425-7275 | www.hancockparks.com
Runner Up: The Cube

Rainy day activity

Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
206 Broadway St.
419-422-1712 | www.findlaylibrary.org
Runner Up: Children’s Museum of Findlay

Place to read

Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
206 Broadway St.
419-422-1712 | www.findlaylibrary.org
Runner Up: George House Coffee & Tea Co.

Place to worship

College First Church of God
1100 N. Main St.
419-422-7365 | www.collegefirst.org
Runner Up: CedarCreek Church

Museum

Children’s Museum of Findlay
1800 Tiffin Ave., #201
567-250-9616 | www.cmfindlay.com
Runner Up: Mazza Museum

Fair or festival

Hancock County Fair
1017 E. Sandusky St.
419-429-7344 | www.handcockfairgrounds.com
Runner Up: Flag City Balloon Fest

Place for a picnic

Riverside Park
231 McManness Ave.
419-425-7275 | www.hancockparks.com
Runner Up: Litzenberg Memorial Woods

Day trip spot

Grand Rapids, Ohio
PO Box 309 | 17460 Sycamore Rd., Grand Rapids
419-832-5305 | www.grandrapidsohio.com
Runner Up: Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

Animal encounters

Toledo Zoo & Aquarium
2 Hippo Way, Toledo
419-385-4040 | www.toledozoo.org
Runner Up: Oakwoods Nature Preserve

Tween activity

Ice Skating at The Cube
3430 N. Main St.
419-424-7176 | www.findlayohio.com
Runner Up: Pirate’s Cove

Bowling alley

AMF Sportsman Lanes
616 Trenton Ave.
419-422-9757 | www.amf.com
Runner Up: Seneca Lanes

Local toy store

Mother Hubbard’s Learning Cupboard
219 Broadway St.
419-425-3276
Facebook under “Mother Hubbard’s Learning Cupboard”
Runner Up: DorAnne’s Gifts & Gourmet

Garden and nature center

Oakwoods Nature Preserve
1400 Oakwoods Ln.
419-425-7275 | www.hancockparks.com
Runner Up: Riverbend Recreation Area

Date night

Carmike 12 Movie Theater
906 Interstate Dr.
419-423-7388 | www.carmike.com
Runner Up: Stix Restaurant


Play

Place to go ice skating

The Cube
3430 N. Main St.
419-423-8533 | www.findlayohio.com
Runner Up: Bowling Green State University Ice Arena, Bowling Green

Place to go roller skating

Rolling Thunder Skating and Family Fun Center
2225 Keith Parkway
419-422-7227 | www.rollingthunder-findlay.com
Runner Up: Edgewood Skate Arena

Place to buy sports equipment

Dave’s Running Shop
1817 Tiffin Ave.
567-525-4767 | www.davesrunning.com
Runner Up: Dunham’s Sports

Park or playground

Fort Findlay Playground at Emory Adams Park
1827 S. Blanchard St.
419-424-7176 | www.findlayohio.com
Runner Up: Riverside Park

Indoor playspace

Findlay Village Mall
1800 Tiffin Ave.
419-423-8732 | www.shopfindlayvillagemall.com
Runner Up: Children’s Museum of Findlay

Water Park

Great Wolf Lodge
4600 Milan Rd., Sandusky
800-641-9653 | www.greatwolf.com/sandusky
Runner Up: Castaway Bay, Sandusky

Family-friendly gym

Findlay Family YMCA
300 E. Lincoln St.
419-422-4424 | www.findlayymca.org
Runner Up: Planet Fitness

Biking trail

Slippery Elm Trail
4600 Milan Rd., Sandusky
www.ohiobikeways.net/slippery.htm
Runner Up: Blanchard River Greenway

Martial arts program

The Academy of Martial Arts Studies
102 Crystal Ave.
419-422-9262 | www.martialartsstudies.com
Runner Up: Findlay Martial Arts Academy

Swim lessons

Findlay Family YMCA
300 E. Lincoln St.
419-422-4424 | www.findlayymca.org
Runner Up: University of Findlay

Baby swim lessons

Findlay Family YMCA
300 E. Lincoln St.
419-422-4424 | www.findlayymca.org
Runner Up: Fostoria YMCA

Sports camp

Findlay High School Camps
1100 Broad Ave.
419-427-5488 | www.findlaycityschools.org/camp
Runner Up: University of Findlay Sports Camps

Summer day camp

Findlay City Schools’ Camp World at Donnell Middle School
301 Baldwin Ave.
419-427-5495 | www.campworld.findlaycityschools.org
Runner Up: Findlay Family YMCA Child Development Center

Horseback lessons

Triple T Ranch
6717 Township Road 215, Marion
419-424-1417 | www.thetttranch.com
Runner Up: KM Performance Horses


Online

Local parent Facebook group

Findlay MOPS
Find under “Findlay MOPs”
Runner Up: Fostoria Tiffin And Findlay Mom To Mom Sales

Local Pinterest account

Charity Denman
www.pinterest.com/christy6
Runner Up: Kathy Patterson, Flip Flop Girl

Local Instagram account

Our Cozy Den
@ourcozyden
Runner Up: @Perfectlyposhjr

Local mom blogger

Christy Denman
www.Ourcozyden.com
Runner Up: Emilee Roberts, Pea of Sweetness


Party

Place to buy a birthday cake

Cakes for Heaven’s Sake
1201 N. Main St.
567-525-5779 | www.cakesforheavenssake.com
Runner Up: Deena’s Cakes and Cookies, Fostoria

Family-friendly entertainer

Art Me! a Traveling Paint & Party Studio
227 E. Main St., Suite #105, Ottawa
419-306-4723 | www.artmeohio.wix.com/artme
Runner Up: Monkey Around

Place to buy birthday decorations

Decorations Plus
2219 N. Main St.
419-422-2831 | www.decorationsplusonline.com
Runner Up: Dollar Tree

Family photographer

Sarah Bruner Photography
419-306-6449 | www.sarahbrunerphotography.com
Runner Up: Stephanie’s Creations Photography, New Riegel

Place for a birthday bash

The Cube
3430 N. Main St.
419-424-7176 | www.findlayohio.com
Runner Up: Findlay Family YMCA