At Dégagé Express, Head Chef Joseph Jacobsen uses techniques learned beside Jacques Pépin and Bobby Flay to transform locally sourced meats and produce—most cultivated within 30 miles of the restaurant—into elegant sandwiches and desserts. These ingredients fill the menu, composing seasonal dishes such as the Missy's Fix sandwich, made with housemade corned beef, apple slaw, thousand-island dressing, and local sauerkraut. Sous Chef Skyler Stanton, meanwhile, cooks soups such as the Train Wreck Chili. A testament to the culinary staff's creativity, croutons flavored with bacon fat and cheese top the restaurant's caesar salad, and housemade hot chocolate and locally baked pies from Schmucker's lend a sweet note, like a banker who underwrites loans with chocolate coins.
Dégagé Express calls the historic Commercial Building home. It is rumored that none other than Abraham Lincoln stayed at the building when it doubled as an inn way back in the early 19th century. Today, Dégagé uses the winsome building to host another cornerstone of the American experience: live jazz music.
Janelle Poitinger realized her life's purpose when a close family member was battling cancer. Janelle saw how much massage helped that person cope with her tremendous struggle, and wondered how rewarding it would be to help others ease physical pain and emotional stress through massage therapy. Janelle earned her massage-therapist license from the Ohio State medical board in 1997, and she’s since dedicated herself to helping clients relax from the tension and aches of everyday life.
Janelle customizes her massages to the needs of each individual. As she works, she pays close attention to clients’ feedback and how their bodies respond to the treatment before adjusting her techniques accordingly. After her massages, clients leave the office feeling more relaxed, energetic, and focused. In order to stay at the top of her game, Janelle regularly attends continuing-education classes and keeps her hands strong by challenging bodybuilders to thumb wars. Outside the office, clients might spot her riding her scooter around town or trying out new hobbies, such as golf.
At Bountiful Arts, artistic minds of all ages and abilities gather beneath rustic wooden beams to perfect their gifts through practice and guidance from passionate instructors. Drawing and painting classes cater to both kids and adults and are limited to small groups to ensure each student is given individualized attention and equal space on the class holiday card. Specialty classes delve into artistic technique with advanced lessons on color theory and perspective, with private tutelage available to help fine-tune composition skills or overall mastery of oils, acrylics, watercolors, and pastels.
The instructors at Sylvan Learning Center understand the limitations of a one-size-fits-all classroom; they tailor tutoring and enrichment curricula to each student to meet specific goals. By interviewing pupils and gathering input from teachers and parents, the center's army of energetic study buddies can position students for success in subjects such as reading, math, writing, or study skills. Along with overseeing test-prep for ACTs and SATs, instructors help kids keep school breaks productive with academic camps that focus on specific skills such as math problem-solving and pitching tiny tents out of protractors and loose-leaf paper.