Family Favorites 2012















Breathe easy, parents — June is the month you're allowed to play favorites. In fact, we encourage it!

Every year, our readers (an opinionated bunch!) tell us their picks for the spots that make Findlay such a great place to raise a family — their top places to eat, play, learn, and be cared for — in our Family Favorites awards. Their votes create an annual guide to the best of the best for the families of Northwest Ohio.
Use the 2013 results as your family resource — and feel free to let your favorites be known!














Place for winter fun
Findlay Reservoir Sledding
Runner up: Snow Trails Ski Resort

Rainy-day activity
Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712
Runner up: Ice Skating at the Cube

Sunny-day activity
Riverbend Recreation Area
16618 Township Rd. 208 419-425-7275
Runner up: Emory Adams Park

Place to sneak in a history lesson
Hancock Historical Museum
422 W. Sandusky St. 419-423-4433
Runner up: Litzenberg Woods

Dance class
Becky's School of Dance   
14550 US 224
Runner up: Studio 1 Dance

Martial arts program
Findlay Martial Arts Academy
1740 Lima Ave. 419-427-3988
Runner up: Academy of Martial Arts

Art class
Awakening Minds Art
515 S. Main St. 419-302-3892
Runner up: Findlay Art League

Music class
Music Together of Findlay
208 Broadway  419-421-0543
Runner up: Val King Piano
Teacher Extraordinair 

Free activity
Mazza Museum Funday Sunday
1000 N. Main St. 419-422-8313
Runner up: Easter Sand Sculpture

Family-friendly fair or festival
St. Michael the Archangel Parish Festival
617 W. Main Cross St. & 750 Bright Rd.
Runner up: Hancock County Fair

Live theater for kids
The Arts Partnership
618 S. Main St.
Runner up: Fort Findlay

Place to hop on a horse
Project Hope Equine Therapy
16195 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green
Runner up: Sanderson Stables

Place to volunteer
Habitat for Humanity
2042 Tiffan Ave. 419-429-1400                               
Runner up: Blanchard Valley Center

Park or Playground
Riverside Park                                                                                          
231 Mcmanness Ave. 419-424-7176
Runner up: Riverbend Park

Story hour location
Mazza Museum
1000 N. Main St. 419-422-8313
Runner up: Findlay-Hancock County Public Library

Swim lessons                                                                     
300 E. Lincoln St. 419-422-4424
Runner up: Gold Medal Gymnastics

Place to Swim
Riverside Park
231 McManness Ave. 419-424-7176
Runner up: YMCA

Indoor water park
Maumee Bay State Park
Runner up: Great Wolf Water Park

Vacation that won’t empty your wallet
Cedar Point
1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky 419-627-2350                                                                                                         
Runner up: The Toledo Zoo

Family-friendly gym
300 E. Lincoln St. 419-422-4424
Runner up: The Gym by Jamie

Gymnastics center
Gold Medal Gymnastics Fitness                                                              
1850 Manor Hill Rd. 419-425-4653
Runner up: Findlay Elite Gymnastics and Cheer

Place to play rec sports
300 E. Lincoln St. 419-422-4424
Runner up: Allen Thompson
Sports Complex

Bowling alley
Ali's Bowling Alley
132 E. Crawford St. 419-424-5750
Runner up: Seneca Lanes

Family restaurant
Tony’s Restaurant
10280 US 224
Runner up: Cheddar’s Casual Café

Healthy fast food
15075 US 224
Runner up: Main Street Deli

Pizza joint (non-chain)
Joey Fratello’s
116 E. Sandusky St.
Runner up: Flag City Pizza

Burger place (non-chain)
Keith’s Dugout         
3112 N. Main St. 419-423-7911
Runner up: Wilson’s Sandwich Shop

Ice cream shop
Mr. Twister                                                                     
631 Trenton Ave. 419-427-2663
Runner up: Dietsch Brothers

Place where kids eat free
1410 W. Main Cross St.
Runner up: City BBQ

Kid-friendly grocery store
Great Scott Community Market
2021 Broad Ave 419-422-7853       
Runner up: Kroger

Natural food store
Apple a Day                                                                                                
600 S. Blanchard St. 419-423-3973
Runner up: Health Yourself

Fun-ominal Face Painting and Entertainment
Facebook page: Funominal Face Painting
Runner up: Magic & Memories Magician

Birthday party venue
Stevi B’s Pizza Buffet
7535 Patriot Dr. 419-427-9999
Runner up: Kiya Papaya Boutique

Place for goody
bag loot
Rolling Thunder Skating and
Family Fun Center
2225 Keith Parkway 419-422-7227
Runner up: Pirate’s Cove

Place to buy cake
Buggy Whip Bakery
111 E. Crawford St. 567-301-2203
Runner up: Phat Cakes

Kid’s clothier
Kiya Papaya Boutique
213 E. Crawford St. 419-957-1743                  
Runner up: Trends Too!

Kid’s shoe shop
Stride Rite
Visit website for locations
Runner up: Scoot’s     

Kid’s consignment
Once Upon a Child
1825 Tiffin Ave. 419-422-0400
Runner up: Your Kids Closet

Place to buy maternity clothes
Old Navy
Visit website for locations
Runner up: Goodwill

Place to furnish your little one’s “nest”
Once Upon a Child
1825 Tiffin Ave. 419-422-0400
Runner up: Babies 'R Us

Locally-owned specialty toys/gifts
Kiya Papaya Boutique
213 E. Crawford St. 419-957-1743     
Runner up: Trends on Main    

Support group for moms
Runner up: Newcomer’s Club

Mom-friendly play date
Findlay Village Mall
1800 Tiffin Ave. 419-423-8732
Runner up: Newcomer’s Club

Place for single parents to meet
Runner up: Playground

Parent blog
Moms in Heels, Lisa Harst
Runner up:

Date-night restaurant
Rossilli’s Restaurant
217 S. Main St. 419-423-5050
Runner up: Logan’s Irish Pub

 Place for Mom to be pampered
Journey Salon and Day Spa
127 W. Hardin St. 419-427-2420
Runner up: Designer Group

Romantic Getaway
Belamere Suites Hotel                  
12200 Williams Rd., Perrysburg
Runner up: Triple T Western
Bed and Breakfast

Best Neighborhood
Runner up: Golden Gayle Drive

Program (activity for preschoolers)
Hancock Park District
1424 E. Main Cross St. 419-425-7275
Runner up: Oakwood’s Discovery Center

Summer day camp
Camp Discovery
Visit website for details,
Runner up: Findlay E Free

Tutor/ learning center
Kumon of Findlay
2020 Tiffin Ave. #2
Runner up: Sylvan Learning Center, Ottawa

Cheryl Bays, 6th and
7th grade math
Van Buren Middle School
217 S. Main St., Van buren 419-299-3384
Runner up: Arlene George, Montessori Children’s Village

Family-friendly car dealership
Reineke Ford Lincoln, Inc.
12000 County Rd. 99
Runner up: LaRiche Toyota

Kid-friendly emergency room
Blanchard Valley Hospital
1900 S. Main St. 419-423-4500
Runner up: Walk-In Urgent Care

Place to take Dad for Father’s Day
Bistro On Main
407 S. Main St. 419-425-4900
Runner up: Bass Pro Shop

Place to take Mom for Mother’s Day
Cedar Valley Cafe
1132 Tiffin Ave. 419-425-8866
Runner up: Rossilli’s Restaurant

Kid-friendly salon
Rustic Razor
227 W. Crawford St. 419-423-7177
Runner up: Generations Salon and Spa

Picnic spot
Riverside Park
231 Mcmanness Ave. 419-424-7176
Runner up: Litzenberg Woods

Parent-friendly work place
Blanchard Valley Health System
1900 S. Main St. 419-423-4500
Runner up: Nissin Brake Ohio, Inc.

Bank/financial institution
First Federal Bank
Visit website for locations
Runner up: Fifth Third Bank

Family Lawyer
Michael J. Malone
Oxley, Malone, Hollister, Warren & Spaeth
301 E. Main Cross St. 419-422-8713
Runner up: Gregory Rakestraw, Rakestraw & Rakestraw LLC.

Dr. Bruce Heater
310 W. Hardin St. 419-423-1499
Runner up: Dr. William Kibbey     

Place to give birth
Blanchard Valley Hospital
1900 S. Main St. 419-423-4500
Runner up: Mercy Tiffin Hospital

Dr. Kimberlee Perkins
301 W. Wallace St. 419-424-0180
Runner up: Dr. Carmen Faye Doty-Armstrong

Dr. Liane Wilt
334 S. Main St. 419-422-2015
Runner up: Dr. Kurt Ebersole, Spectrum Eye Care

Kathy Fries, C.N.M, Cascade Women’s Health
1641 Lake Cascades Ct. 419-425-1510
Runner up: Debra Moore, C.N.M., Blanchard Valley Women’s Care

Pediatric practice
Dr. Andrew Ritz, Blanchard Valley Pediatrics
1818 Chapel Dr. 419-424-1922
Runner up: Dr. Romena Moorjani

Dr. Ami Orr, Blanchard Valley Pediatrics
1818 Chapel Dr. 419-424-1922
Runner up: Dr. Cheryl Huffman

Dr. Chris Lofquist, Trenton Chiropractic and Rehab
643 Trenton Ave. 419-427-6300
Runner up: Dr. Chris Berry

Dr. Ghassan Safadi
1818 Chapel Dr. 419-427-2900
Runner up: Dr. Gary Petro

VCA Animal Medical Center
15028 E. US Route 224
Runner up: Blanchard Valley
Veterinary Clinic 

Place to nurse a baby
Runner up: Findlay Village Mall

Kids photographer
Amy Cook                                                                                                         
Runner up: Goodrich Photography

Special needs services
Blanchard Valley Center
1700 E. Sandusky St. 419-425-6387
Runner up: Special Kids Therapy

Place to worship
St. Wendelin Catholic Parish
323 N. Wood St., Fostoria 419-435-6692
Runner up: Findlay Evangelical Free Church

Montessori Children’s Village
220 Cherry St. 419-722-8797
Runner up: Something Special Learning Center

Montessori Children’s Village
220 Cherry St. 419-722-8797
Runner up: Around the Clock Child Care

Family-friendly restroom
Findlay Village Mall
1800 Tiffin Ave. 419-423-8732
Runner up: Owen’s Community College