Middlefield Business Celebrations!

Geauga Vision held a Customer Appreciation Cook-out in Middlefield on Sept. 22.
(l-r) Jeff Taylor, Theresa Miller, John Bruening, owner; Mayor Ben Garlich, and Carl Hornung, Middlefield Council.


Customer Appreciation Cook-Out At Geauga Vision Well Received

The sudden cool temperatures didn’t hamper Geauga Vision’s customer appreciation cook-out held at their new Middlefield location on Sept. 22. Behind the grill was lab technician turned burger aficionado, Jeff Taylor. He was assisted by Theresa Miller. Both are a part of the Geauga Vision family. Mayor Ben Garlich, members of council, friends, community, and customers all enjoyed the ala cart cook-out consisting of sirloin burgers (bathed in BBQ sauce), hot dogs, chips and cookies. Geauga Vision owner, John Bruening, enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, talking with guests throughout the day. It was a wonderful time and a true testimony to the tight-knit community.


(above) The rendering of the new 23,000 sq. ft. addition in progress at Briar Hill, Middlefield. (below) The demolition and breaking ground for the new addition at Briar Hill. (MV Photo/Ohman)

New Addition at Briar Hill

In late May, Ohman Family Communities began demolition and preparation for a 23,000 sq. ft., 24 private-room post-acute rehab wing to be added to the existing
Briar Hill Health Care facility in Middlefield.

The new wing will have a separate entrance with a focus to modernize the  rehab space for an ever-increasing rehab population.

Currently, physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapy rehabilitation is provided.  In 2017, BHHCR added a dialysis den for inpatient dialysis. The therapy gym will triple the size of the current gym and will provide outpatient therapy for the community.

The addition will also feature a new dining room, coffee shop, library, living room and spa.

All patient rooms will be private with attached private showers. The project for the addition will take approximately 18 months.

In addition to the rehab wing, BHHCR will renovate its existing facility creating private resident rooms, expanding the kitchen, creating an enclosed courtyard accessible from several points of the building. They will also update interior décor on the first and second floor. The total project will take approximately 24 months.

BHHCR is currently an 85-bed skilled  nursing/rehab facility, with 45 assisted living units and will offer 96 skilled-nursing-facility beds following the project completion.

Briar Hill is one of three rehab facilities owned and managed by Ohman Family  Communities who have been a part of Geauga County serving primarily the senior population for more than 54 years. This project is one of many that they will undertake to serve the growing senior population.

One of their core values is Striving for Excellence.  They believe this includes not only the internal day-to-day management, but also the physical building as well.

Ohman Family Communities is in the early stages of building an independent living community near the Briar Hill campus as well. Visit  BriarHillHealthCare.



Heritage Meats held a Grand Opening June 16 and celebrated with a ribbon cutting. The day was a huge success. Attendees enjoyed free hamburgers, Amish-made ice cream and the opportunity to purchase from several other local vendors. “I would like to thank the Middlefield community for their overwhelming support,” said co-owner Paul Byler. “Including Mayor Ben Garlich and Village administrators for all they have done to make our start-up a huge success. As an outsider, I am very impressed with the job Middlefield Village does promoting and welcoming a new, small businesses like ours. I believe we have made a very good decision locating or shop in Middlefield. We are very grateful to all, from the Mayor all the way to each and every customer that has walked through our doors. Even the Fire and Police Departments have been great! Especially Fire.” (l-r) Bill Blue, Middlefield Council; Mayor Ben Garlich; Cody Byler; Paul Byler, co-owner; Jacki Byler; Adam Byler; Emily Byler; Austin Byler and Carl Hornung, Middlefield Council.



On June 12, Clear Skies Ahead celebrated there new location by cutting a ribbon with Mayor Ben Garlich from Middlefield Village doing the honors.


Clear Skies Ahead Open House, Hiring Event

Clear Skies Ahead has moved to 14950 South State Avenue in Middlefield. To celebrate, they held an open house and hiring event on June 12 with Mayor Garlich from Middlefield Village doing the honor of cutting the ribbon.

Clear Skies Ahead has a simple philosophy: provide the assistance needed to ensure that every person leads the life they want to live, while treating them with the respect and dignity they deserve. They assist clients with developmental disabilities with maintaining a full life in their home and community though self-determination and removing barriers.      

Clear Skies Ahead in Middlefield provides residential services to clients who are referred through the Geauga County Department of Developmental Disabilities. There is a clubhouse on site to watch movies, play games, and socialize during office hours. Services provided include homemaker, personal care, transportation, respite, community inclusion and supported living.

The hiring event offered open interviews and opportunities for full and part time employment primarily for afternoon and midnight shifts with morning hours on weekends. Those unable to attend the hiring event and have a high school diploma or GED, a valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record, and a safe and reliable vehicle with current auto insurance may call 440-632-3157 to obtain an application for employment.

  To learn more about Clear Skies Ahead, administrator Cathy Brooks can be reached at 330-397-6984 or  cathy@clearskiesllc.com.



(l-r) Colleen Lockhart, Middlefield Chamber of Commerce; Bill Blue, Middlefield Council; Carl Hornung, Middlefield Council; Mayor Ben Garlich, Dedria Kot, Bill Kot and Randy Kaser, Middlefield Chamber of Commerce.


On April 7, Big Bill’s Burgers in Middlefield celebrated with a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting!Since January, Dedria Kot, family members and their team have been preparing great food featuring the biggest ‘best’ burgers in town. The new eatery is located just north of the light on Route 608, across from the fire station. After working hard to smooth out the kinks, update the facilities and develop premier customer service habits, they have created an atmosphere that’s comfortable and inviting. The Kots are Windham, Ohio natives and currently operate Dee’s Hometown Diner located there.

When Dedria began preparing some of her grandmother’s, Lucille Moore, home-made recipes (which turned out to be a big hit) some Middlefield friends told them they would love to have the same menu and the same great food in their home town. The Kots began looking for their next adventure and founded Big Bill’s Burgers. After a very long journey and a lot of help from many local contractors, they are now open for business.

Big Bill’s menu is complete. Starting with breakfast, which is served all day, enjoy omelets, pancakes or biscuits and gravy, and later, if a burger isn’t what you crave, try baskets, wraps or salads. For dinner other dishes include fish dinners or liver and onions.

The Kots enjoy serving people, great tasting food at an affordable price and the joy of just hearing how good everything is. “It makes it all worthwhile,” says Dee. “Even though we don’t have much spare time with the operations of two restaurants.” The Kots enjoy going out eat at different places, as well, just to see what’s new.

Coming soon, they will offer buckets of their famous specially-seasoned chicken, and delivery will also be a future option.

So, plan to attend and enjoy on April 7 at 14895 N. State Road, Middlefield (44062). Hours are currently, Monday – Thursday


Geauga Vision Opens New Location

On Feb. 21, Geauga Vision, Middlefield location, cut a ribbon celebrating the Grand Opening of their new facility located directly across the street from their previous location. (l-r) Bill Blue, Middlefield Council; Nick Giardina, Middlefield Village fiscal officer; John Bruening, owner Geauga Vision; Courtney Munn, operations manager Geauga Vision; Leslie Gambosi-McCoy, Village of Middlefield administrator; Mayor Ben Garlich; Carl Hornung, Middlefield Council; Rick Seyer, past member Middlefield Council; Scott Kline, Middlefield Council; Dick Schill, Middlefield EDC; Dave McDowell, Middlefield EDC.



On Dec. 5, NMS, Certified Public Accountants, cut the ribbon at their new location in Middlefield. (15446 W, High St., Unit C, Middlefield, OH 44062)




On  Nov. 4 , Crystal Shipman celebrated the opening of her new business in  Harrington Square. (l-r) Jane Shipman, grandmother; Dave McDowell, Middlefield Economic Development; Carl Hornung, Middlefield Councilman; Chad Shipman, brother; Nick Hall, Middlefield Chamber of Commerce president; Middlefield Mayor Ben Garlich; Crystal Shipman, owner; Dee Shipman, mother; Ali Shipman, sister-in-law with her children Kellan Shipman and Krosbie Shipman. Crystal offers an assortment of cupcakes and all types of cakes for those special occasions. For more information  visit  www.crystalsconfections.com or call 330-647-1969.