The Wolcott House Museum Complex guided tours whisk 21st century whippersnappers back to the 1800s to discover Maumee Valley pioneer life. The complex consists of seven historical buildings anchored around the Wolcott House, home of local businessman James Wolcott. Outside the Gilbert-Flanigan house, lessons about early farm life and architecture slip endlessly off the sloping roof of this “Ohio saltbox” style home. The Monclova Country Church, built at the turn of the century, was once filled with the sermons of Milton Wright, the father of Orville and Wilbur of flying fame. The Clover Leaf Depot served the Toledo and Grand Rapids Railroad and includes a telegraph room that connected residents to the rest of the world before Alexander Graham Bell invented the steam-powered Internet. Get schooled inside a pre–Civil War schoolhouse that is still complete with a period teacher’s desk, chalkboard, and some metal-ruler snap bracelets.
The friendly staffers at Holland Laundry suds threads of clothes and linens, fluff them dry, and fold them with precise, practiced hands. Sullied garments spiff up with a fresh-smelling lather ($0.95/pound), and other washables such as comforters, rugs, and reputations ($1.25/pound) return to owners crisply folded and refreshed. The convenient drop-off service, plus free bleach and softener available for all drop-offs, frees customers' schedules and takes a chore off their hands, leaving them with more time to relax and ponder the twist ending of Mary Poppins.
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.