2014 in review

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 45 trips to carry that many people.

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Introducing: One Ten Craft Meatery

I’m thrilled to have the privilege of announcing that One Ten Craft Meatery (a combination butcher shop and eatery) will be added to the downtown market this coming winter. The meatery will be located at 110 N. Buffalo Street, directly east of the courthouse. The combined efforts of Jason Brown and Jenn Keefer will create a craft meatery with a transparent and simple attitude. This approach will be fully reflected in the atmosphere as well as the fare and products presented. They are excited to further the movement of establishing downtown Warsaw as a destination for those seeking out Midwestern culture both locally and from afar.

The meatery will consist of a laid back and welcoming open kitchen/dining room layout. The foundation of the fare will have a straightforward, Midwestern, “meat and potatoes,” sort of style. They have made it a priority to source their product locally as much as possible. To them, as a local business, it just makes sense that they make their investments locally whenever possible.

“We have taken the time to go to local farms, to better understand the processes and ethics behind the products we will serve our customers.”

The lunch menu will consist of deli sandwiches with house made meats, sauces, and breads along with locally sourced cheeses. The dinner menu will focus on steak, but will also have many other options. Gluten free items will be clearly distinguished on the menu. In addition to the dine-in features, customers will also be able to purchase products from local farms at an in house butcher case. Large events and catering are also future goals.

One Ten Craft Meatery will be a featured food vendor for CASA’s 13th Annual Holiday Festival  on November 14th. If you plan on attending stop by and sample some of their food!

To research further or follow the progress:

Facebook: One Ten Craft Meatery

Twitter: @onetencraftmeat

Instagram: @onetencraftmeatery

Website: coming soon…

New Human Services Offered in Downtown Warsaw

I’m excited to announce that two exceptional entrepreneurs have recently relocated their human service businesses in downtown Warsaw. These new businesses will bring much needed services with superb resources to the downtown market. These offices can be found on the second floor of the Town Center Mall (119 E. Center Street) just east of Mad Anthony’s Restaurant.

Mental Health Therapists, Mark and Jennifer Mitchell of Warsaw, Indiana have opened a professional office for their faith-based private practice, Mitchell Counseling & Consulting, LLC. They both received their Master’s degrees in counseling through Grace College’s Graduate School of Counseling. Mark has 14 years of experience providing individual and couples counseling and specializes in family and relational conflict, boundaries, couples and pre-marital, and marriage therapy. Jennifer has 10 years of experience and specializes in assisting people struggling with anxiety, depression, family and relationship issues, grief/loss, stress management, trauma and attachment issues, phase of life transitions, and marital conflict. If you are interested in contacting Mitchell Counseling & Consulting, LLC for more information or to set up an appointment you can reach the office at (219) 263-8105.

The Balanced Body provides manual structural correction, nutritional testing, personal health program design, corrective exercise, sports performance enhancement, and presentations on related health and performance topics. Aaron Wilson, The Balanced Body founder and a Warsaw native, received his honors degree in Exercise Science from Liberty University. He has adapted a multi-faceted, whole-person approach to health and performance. He has over 20 years experience assisting people restore their health and build fitness naturally. If you are interested in contacting The Balanced Body for more information or to set up an appointment you can reach the office at (619) 277-6881 or check out www.balbod.com.

New Urgent Care Option for Warsaw


Construction has begun on the southwest corner of SR 15 and 300 N across from Aspen Dental. Physicians Urgent Care is building a 4,250 square foot building that will house their 6th clinic in Indiana and provide an 800 square foot suite currently earmarked for physical therapy services (see survey graphic below). This project is part of the Escalade Park Subdivision and should further the development in that area. Physicians Urgent Care believes that they will be able to accommodate over 100 patient visits per day with parking capabilities for 25 vehicles at one time.

Plan Graphic

This clinic represents the best of what they have learned in their 25 years of providing urgent care and occupational health services. It is designed to provide care as efficiently and effectively as possible. Customers will be able to access illness diagnosis and treatment, injury care, minor surgical procedures, immunizations, occupational health, drug and alcohol testing, physical exams, lab testing, x-rays, and select medications. They are one of the largest urgent care operators in the country with more than 20 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Nebraska. Please see the below fact sheet for more information on the Physicians Urgent Care brand.

Fact Sheet

New 70,000 SF Kosciusko Community YMCA



The Kosciusko Community YMCA has been diligently raising funds for a new facility to be constructed on 37.23 acres of ground located at 1305 Mariners Drive in Warsaw, Indiana. Site preparation work has already commenced and they are hoping to start construction by late December 2013 (pending fundraising). The building should be ready for occupancy by November of 2014.

Although they have done an excellent job utilizing their 33,396 square foot facility on Smith Street it is quite evident that they have outgrown this building due to increased membership. The new building will be approximately 70,000 square feet and will be capable of serving 12,000 members. They have selected a contractor and architect with extensive experience specifically related to YMCA projects. This team is emphasizing the creation of flexible space that will be able to be utilized by multiple programs and can adapt to the local needs throughout the years.

The new facility will be fully accessible and will include an 8,500 square foot health and wellness center, two group exercise studios, teaching kitchen, six-lane lap pool (capable of housing swim meets), warm water/therapy pool, multipurpose rooms, youth/teen center, double gymnasium, adult, family/special needs and youth locker rooms, one mile greenway for biking, running and walking, and some outdoor fields for day camps (see below floor plan).

Mariner’s Drive will be the primary entrance; however there is also a plan for a secondary drive accessing the property from 200 north. According to the City of Warsaw System Plan Map for the Ride-Walk Warsaw-Winona Lake Project a future greenway is planned to go underneath US 30 very near the YMCA property. It is very likely that this greenway could tie into the YMCA greenway to provide access to pedestrian traffic coming from south of US 30.

The YMCA has partnered with Parkview Health to focus on health and wellness at the new location and has received many substantial grants from local foundations. To date the fundraising campaign has been very successful and has secured 12.6 million of the 13.1 million needed to commence construction. If you are interested in investing in the future health and wellness of Kosciusko County please visit their website to donate.


Bowen Center Corporate Headquarter Expansion

The Otis R. Bowen Center for Human Services, Inc. has been based out of Warsaw, Indiana for 52 years (and counting). The organization offers exceptional mental health services to area residents and is continuing to invest in the community by constructing a new executive office building in Warsaw.

Construction is underway at the current Bowen Center Jefferson Annex property just east of the new Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home on East Jefferson Street. The project plan includes adding 15,345 square feet to the existing 8,958 square foot building for a total of 24,303 square feet. The new facility will accommodate their current admin functions (executive, accounting, training, etc) and will allow for continued growth well into the future. All the administrative offices are currently located at 850 North Harrison Street and will be relocated to the new facility.  The Harrison Street building will then be utilized entirely for clinical purposes. The land east of Robmar Drive will be utilized entirely for parking at this time. With this added lot they will be able to accommodate approximately 200 parking spots at this location.. The project is estimated to be completed in June of 2014.

Bowen Aerial - nice

Freedom Oil New Convenience Store and Office Headquarters in Leesburg

If you’ve driven north on SR 15 through Leesburg, Indiana in the past couple of days you may have noticed some major changes on the east side of the road. The Freedom Oil Gas Station has been completely demolished and the old Farmers State Bank is being “dug up” and prepared for a move.

The previous Freedom Oil station was dated and offered few additional products and services other than gasoline. Freedom Oil purchased the old Farmer’s State Bank in December of 2012 and vacated the alley between the two lots with plans of expansion.
The old Farmers State Bank building will be moved to the north side of the lot and will run parallel with Prairie Street. Freedom Oil will utilize this location as their main office and will manage their six convenience stores and gasoline wholesale business from this location. The new convenience store will be located on the southern end of the lot with the canopy and pumps being placed where the bank sits currently. The new 2,800 square foot store will be branded CITGO and house a Noble Roman’s Pizza. The station will offer gasoline, diesel and several additional amenities (propane fuel, ice, money orders, selected groceries, etc) that the previous store did not provide. They plan on having the project completed by October of 2013.