Erie Shore Wave Runners is the latest business to join the downtown Vermilion community. Erie Shore Wave Runners is Lake Erie's new premier jet ski rental service. The fleet consists of brand new 2019 Yamaha VX-C WaveRunners.
Erie Shore Wave Runners is located at 655 West River Road in Vermilion, Ohio.
All bookings are done on a minimum of 1 hour time slots priced at $120 for the first hour and $55 per additional half hour after that. There is no additional charge for fuel or any passengers that are below 18 years of age. All passengers above 18 years of age are an additional $10 per hour. All rentals from 9 am to 11 am will be done by appointment only but offered at a discounted price of $95 per hour.
Guided Tours through the Vermilion Lagoons, Vermilion River, and nearby coastline are also be offered at $200 per ski, with the average tour lasting 2 hours.
Be sure to visit the Official Ohio Boating Safety Online Course before your visit to either obtain your Ohio Boating license or to simply refresh your knowledge of standard operating procedures for riding a jet ski.
Jim's Pizza Box is now open in Vermilion, Ohio at 4503 Liberty Avenue. The restaurant opened following major renovations to the building previously housing Sloopy's. The renovations included a wrap around 18 seat bar, a main feature of the new Jim's Pizza Box.
Burger creations are a big component of the menu, along with famous pastas. Locally owned and operated, the family business credits much of their delicious recipes to their matriarch, Momma Josephine. Her Italian-American recipes are still served in Jim’s Pizza Box kitchens today; most notably her pizza and pasta sauces, homemade soups, and comfort food specials.
Jim's Pizza Box in Vermilion is the third Jim's Pizza Box restaurant. Other locations include 10 North Main Street in Milan, and 819 Main Street in Huron. Jim’s Pizza Box has been serving the greater Milan and Huron areas for forty years.
Owners are Jim West Jr., Adam Zadell and Mike Watson. Ben Washburn will handle operations.
Why buy local? By choosing local and independent businesses, you not only enjoy a more personal experience, you help:
The casual encounters you enjoy at neighborhood–scale businesses and the public spaces around them build relationships and community cohesiveness. They’re the ultimate social networking sites!
STRENGTHEN YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY
Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to your local economy than one spent at a chain (almost 50 times more than buying from an online mega-retailer) — a benefit we all can bank on.
SHAPE OUR CHARACTER
Independent businesses help give your community its distinct personality.
YOU CAN BUY IT WHERE YOU TRY IT
Local stores enable you to try on and try out items before you buy — and get real expertise — saving your time and money.
CREATE A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT
Independent, community-serving businesses are people-sized. They typically consume less land, carry more locally-made products, locate closer to residents and create less traffic and air pollution.
More efficient land use and more central locations mean local businesses put less demand on our roads, sewers, and safety services. They also generate more tax revenue per sales dollar. The bottom line: a greater percentage of local independent businesses keeps your taxes lower.
GET REAL VALUE FOR YOURSELF
Reader surveys by the Consumers Union repeatedly show independent businesses beating their chain competitors in overall customer satisfaction (and they often save you money).
A wide variety of independent businesses, each serving their customers’ tastes, creates greater overall choice for all of us.
INCREASE WEALTH OF RESIDENTS
The multiplier effect created by spending locally generates lasting impact on the prosperity of local organizations and residents.
CREATE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Not only do independent businesses employ more people directly per dollar of revenue, they also are the customers of local printers, accountants, wholesalers, farms, attorneys, etc., expanding opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY
Small businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events, and teams compared to big businesses.
ENHANCE LOCAL DEMOCRACY
Local ownership of business means residents with roots in the community are involved in key development decisions that shape our lives and local environment.
ENHANCE HEALTH OF RESIDENTS
Research shows a strong correlation between the percentage of small locally-owned firms and various indicators of personal and community health and vitality.
Celebrate the small businesses that make cities unique by shopping Main Street communities during National Small Business Week. Main Street Vermilion has partnered with local Main Street organizations to bring you a week of shopping filled with savings, sales, new discoveries and a chance to win a prize basket valued at over $500.
Here’s how it works:
START by picking up your SHOPPING PASSPORT at Main Street Vermilion now through Small Business Week. It features participating communities and businesses ready to welcome you.
SHOP in two or more participating communities during National Small Business Week, Sunday, May 5th through Saturday, May 11.
SPEND at least $10 with a participating business and they’ll stamp your passport. At the end of the week, all you need is three stamps to show you shopped in at least two communities. Now you’re eligible to win a prize basket valued at more than $500 in merchandise and certificates.
ENTER the drawing by turning in your stamped passport to Main Street Vermilion by Monday, May 13th at 4 pm. The drawing will be held and winner announced on Friday, May 17th during a Facebook Live video.
It’s that easy; a great way to discover small businesses in your town and surrounding communities and support small businesses.
Stop in at Main Street Vermilion to pick up your passport any day of the week from Noon to 4 pm and get out there and shop during National Small Business Week. Need more information? Call (440) 963-0772.
Participating Main Street Communities & Businesses:
Main Street Amherst
Main Street Lorain Growth Corporation
Oberlin Business Partnership
Main Street Vermilion
Main Street Wellington
This event is sponsored by the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Small Business Development Center.
Studies show that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned business, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.
#2: Be friendly to our environment
Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
#3: Support community groups
Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
#4: Keep our community unique
Where we shop, where we eat and have fun – all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism businesses also benefit.
#5: Local businesses create more jobs
Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally, and in our community provide the most jobs to residents.
#6: Get better service
Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.
#7: Invest in your community
Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.
#8: Put your taxes to good use
Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community. In addition, nationally owned businesses often demand tax incentives.
#9: Encourage future investment
A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.
#10: Competition leads to more choices
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
The restaurant delivery service, DoorDash, is now available in Vermilion, Ohio. Similar to GrubHub and UberEats, customers can browse local restaurant menus online, choose their meals for delivery, and track their order.
DoorDash calls their drivers "dashers." Customers are able to follow their orders through the app or website, the way passengers can watch Uber routes on their phones.
Fees vary by restaurant and location but typically range from 99 cents to $5. Driver tipping is optional. The company says drivers receive 100 percent of their tips.
Founded in 2013, DoorDash is a San Francisco-based technology company that connects customers with their favorite local and national restaurants in more than 600 cities across the United States and Canada.
To begin using DoorDash food delivery service in Vermilion, visit www.doordash.com or download the app through the App Store or Google Play.
To the Moon and Back celebrated a Grand Opening on April 6th in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. To the Moon and Back features Farohs Candy and specializes in home decor, gifts and a few other surprises such as jewelry and designer purses.
Brands offered by To the Moon and Back include Alex And Ani, Vera Bradley purses, Faroh's Easter Candy, Finchberry soaps, Pandora bracelets and beads, Ganz stuffed animals, and more.
To the Moon and Back is located at 5679 Liberty in Vermilion, Ohio. Call (440) 963-7111 for more information.
Downtown Vermilion's newest restaurant, The Pavilion Grill, will open at the site of the old Simple Pleasures on Liberty Avenue in May. Joe Jesko and Jeremy Crawford will continue to operate their highly popular food truck at Pence Lake Erie Lanes on Liberty Avenue.
The food truck owners are expanding their operations into a brick and mortar restaurant in the historical part of downtown Vermilion.
Because the operators are investing time into getting the restaurant ready for summer, the Pavilion Food Truck will have a modified menu and hours. But customers will still be able to get sandwiches and entrees for lunch and dinner at the restaurant this summer.
The food truck will be open Thursdays and Fridays from 5 pm to 10 pm every week at Pence Lake Erie Lanes. Watch for grand opening details of the downtown Vermilion restaurant.
Vintage Crossings has announced plans to relocate to Vermilion, Ohio. Formerly Vintage Lighting of Amherst, Vintage Crossings has purchased the old Sand Bar building across from the entrance to Whispering Shores at 2813 Liberty Avenue. The building has been vacant for over 10 years. Significant improvements are planned.
Vintage Lighting & Supply, currently located at 201 Park Avenue in Amherst, Ohio, offers parts and supplies for lamp assembly and repair, as well as finished products. Owners Tim and Jean Olney want to expand the business and require more space. Tim is a Vermilion native who graduated from Vermilion High School.
The storefront will be renamed Vintage Crossings when relocated to Vermilion, while online sales will continue under the name Vintage Wire & Supply Co at www.vintagewireandsupply.com.
The Vermilion building will offer 6,000 square feet, with three acres to allow for additional storage space. In addition, the added space will allow room for workshops and classes.
Jim's Pizza Box is opening its third restaurant in Vermilion, Ohio at 4503 Liberty Avenue, the former Sloopy's location. Current locations include 10 North Main Street in Milan, and 819 Main Street in Huron.
Jim’s Pizza Box has been serving the greater Milan and Huron areas for forty years. Locally owned and operated, the family business credits much of their delicious recipes to their matriarch, Momma Josephine. Her Italian-American recipes are still served in Jim’s Pizza Box kitchens today; most notably her pizza and pasta sauces, homemade soups, and comfort food specials.
Extensive renovations of the Vermilion property are underway. A u-shaped bar will be the focus of the restaurant. The aesthetics of the restaurant will reflect the feel of the community.
Owners are Jim West Jr., Adam Zadell and Mike Watson. Ben Washburn will handle operations.
The new restaurant is expected to have a soft opening by Easter, and be fully operational by early May.
Brewed Awakening Vermilion, a new gourmet coffee and bagel cafe in downtown Vermilion, opens its doors in Vermilion, Ohio.
Brewed Awakening is a gourmet coffee shop plus. Located across from Exchange Park and next to the Encore Shop, owner Sherry Miller-Francis and her husband Chris offer Vermilionites specialty coffees, teas and other unique hot and cold drinks. In addition, the shop offers genuine New York bagels, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, salads and sides.
Miller-Francis is a Vermilion resident and Vermilion High School graduate.
The Vermilion Chamber celebrated the opening of Bliss skin spa with a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, November 19, 2018.
Bliss skin spa offers facials, waxing, microblading, lactic acid peel treatments, lashes, body wraps and scrubs at 5489 Liberty Avenue in Vermilion, Ohio. Owner Dana Lazusky provides custom treatments and teaches clients healthy practices in skin care. A professional makeup artist is also available for bridal parties and special events.
Pictured: Owner Dana Lazusky cutting the ribbon, Mike Lazusky, Jacque Beneke, Carlee and Wes Thayer, Jennifer Van Curen, Mayor Fothofer, Jessica Hayslett, Jennifer Kulchar and Cliff German.