Don’t tell me Ohio is business friendly

Just after writing about Bill Rain leaving the state for greener pastures, Nicole Gianuglou called me. You don’t know Nicole, but she’s a criminal according to the Ohio State board of pharmacy. Her crime: using the word “Apothecary” as part of her business name; “Preen Apothecary.”
Now, 95% of the population have no idea what the word means, and the other 5% have been reading too much of “Elle,” “Cosmo” and the like- because it’s the new hip term for beauty care- with that old school feel.
It’s so hip and cool that “Bigelow Chemists” (also a name that is only good for real pharmacies in the State of Ohio) has a whole section of their site called “apothecary.” What, you’ve never heard of C.O. Bigelow either- but they are the “oldest apothecary in America” and owned by Les Wexner and Limited Brands.
This is another case of bureaucrats getting paid too much to protect their jobs instead of the public- in this case it’s “Jess Wimberly” who is a “compliance agent” for the state pharmacy board.
Nicole is facing up to a $250 fine and 30 days in jail- a forth degree misdemeanor, the same type of charge that the City tried to pile on me for the mask case.
I know we’ll all feel safer with Nicole in jail, and not confusing us like CO Bigelow does with their .75 ml Marvis Jasmin Mint Toothpaste that they sell for $8.95 a tube.

Nicole’s store is:
Preen Apothecary – she doesn’t have a site yet.
you can e-mail her at nicole at Preenapothecary dot com
Preen has moved- here is their current info:

2508 Far Hills Ave.
Oakwood OH 45419
937 293.1818

new phone number too.

The Brain drain.

About 5 years ago Dr. David Ponitz recommended that I read “The Rise of the Creative Class” by Richard Florida- he said as he was reading it, it reminded him of me (the guy is a prince).
Next thing you know, the MVRPC holds a morning meeting bringing Mr. Florida in to speak. The room is full. Every powerbroker in town is there. All of a sudden, everyone is talking about luring the”œcreative class“ and “Tool Town” becomes “Tech town.”
The problem is, even if the “Creative Class” did come to Dayton, they would have a hard time getting the “entrenched class” thinking in creative ways- and allowing things to happen outside the”rules,” many of which are seemingly unwritten.
When I ran for office- one of the things that drove me nuts is the old Morris Furniture building on E. Fifth Street in the Oregon District. You know the one- just to the left of Newcome’s tavern, 3 grand stories, beautiful bay windows- and vacant for the last 30 years. It’s vacant because zoning requires X number of parking spaces within X distance. However, since the building is in a Historic District- and nothing can be torn down, there is no way to add parking- so the building has been zoned into obsolescence.
The Gem of E. Fifth Street So the best building in the Oregon District sits and rots. All because some pencil pushing bureaucrat can’t see that the rules are working against the ideals of the Historic Preservation rules that are there to save the building. My friend Lakeisha Sabol has sold this building several times- only to have each fall through when the permits can’t be had.
So- this brings me to the net result. The “creative class” that everyone wants so bad- gets frustrated- and moves to greener pastures.
I’m sad to say that one of my best friends and clients is on his way to new opportunities in Tampa Florida today. If you are looking for the catalyst of the downtown housing renaissance, his name was at the top of the list.
His very first project as a developer was to help put together the deal for the Job center which has been hailed nationally as a model of how to deliver social services. His housing projects included: The St. Clair Lofts, The Ice Avenue Lofts and he was a founding part of the Cannery project. He also took 401 S. Main from eyesore to eye candy.
He would have made a great head for the
Wright Dunbar development organization- but was passed over to give a patronage job to former City Commissioner, Bootsie Neal, who’s claim to fame was driving her city vehicle down to city hall then calling the cops to say she thought there was a bomb in it.
He would have made a great head of economic development as well. But that job remains filled by Norm Essman- who couldn’t sell gas for a dollar a gallon.
So, Dayton loses one of it’s creative class, just one more example of losing the innovators this town was once famous for.
Bill Rain, whose e-mail was always [email protected], I’ll miss you.

The coach should be benched.

I’d heard a bit of this story before I saw it on ESPN this morning while I was at the YMCA. Jason McElwain, the autistic team manager for the Greece Athena Varsity Basketball team got to play in his first game at the end of the regular season- with 4 minutes left. The team was up by 20.
He missed his first two shots, then proceeded to hit 6 of 10 treys, would have been 7- but his foot was on the line. 4 minutes, 20 points, and the teams leading scorer.
The coach, Jim Johnson, said he was crying on the bench- for joy.
He should be crying because he deserves to lose his job.
I don’t care if J-Mac is 5’6” – or autistic, you don’t walk onto a basketball court and put up 20 points in 4 minutes if you don’t have skill. He obviously had enough skill to have been on the team instead of being the manager, and enough skill to be playing in the playoffs, instead of sitting on the bench with towels.
Underestimating people should be the eighth deadly sin.
Was it because Jason was 5’6” that he didn’t make the team? I guess Spud Webb should have been a water boy too.
Was it because he was autistic? I thought we had laws in this country against discrimination.
Either way, I’m rooting for Jason to be off the bench and on the court. I hope the Greece Athena AD takes another look at how his coach missed on giving this kid a fair shot, because it seems obvious- it would have been nothing but net.

What do you think?

More on Derek Farmer in the DDN

Today almost the entire editorial spread was dedicated to the Derek Farmer speech.

Both sides aired their opinions. They were both strong. None were wrong- they were opinions.

This is what living in a democracy is all about- the freedom to disagree. So we have to thank Ms. Wortham for bringing Mr. Farmer in to speak- and we have to thank Lt. Beane for protesting- it started a discussion. We also have the Mayor to thank for making it a race issue- because that’s something we need to still talk about in Dayton.

These are the kind of strong emotions that get people to act- to write letters to the editor, to talk about the issue over coffee, lunch, or while getting their hair cut. This is what Mike Peters does in his little 3×4″ box on the editorial page this is all good- this is what a good newspaper should do- give us information to form opinions- and a forum to discuss them.

It’s also what this blog should do.

It’s what I was trying to do when I donned the mask at the Dayton City Commission meeting – so long ago…

Please note- while the two sides disagree, no one is rioting in the streets, burning buildings or acting like idiots- like the Muslim extremists who didn’t like the Danish cartoons of Mohammad.

Now the question is- has this changed anything?

What do you think?

A list of possible locals for Dayton City Manager

Joe Tuss- former economic development head for Dayton- now left hand man at the County.

Steve Budd- He’s build CityWide Development up from nothing- time to test him.

Paul Woodie- Former Dayton planning chief: He thinks he’s running the city now- so it’s a minor detail.

David Holmes- used to run Reynolds and Reynolds. Had a strong opinion that Tony Capizzi would be better than Mike Turner. He’s run a big corporation- why not let him show us that CEO touch that was worth millions a year.

David Gasper- He build up a company that made ATM software- sold it off, and has written some very intelligent position pieces in the press.

Bill Rain- Local developer with big cahones. A great salesman. Has a vision.

Phil Parker- He straightened out the Chamber of Commerce- and is well liked. Time to try a little harder job.

David Bohardt- He ran for Mayor claiming he has all the answers.

Valerie Lemmie- she has experience- but, I think it’s always a bad choice to get back together after a break up.

Maureen Pero should be on this list- but I think she’s right up there with Thomas Noe – getting paid crazy money for doing nothing worthwhile.

David Ponitz- The only man in town that can walk on water. However, he has done enough for this community to last about 100 lifetimes- he deserves a quiet retirement.

Dr. Nelson who used to be with Montgomery County Health Commission suggested Dean Lovelace in a letter to the editor on Friday. I’ve made my feelings about Dean well known, and if he had a spine surgically implanted before taking the job, he could probably do the job. But, in general, Dean isn’t capable of making a tough decision- or getting people to move to his side of things.
I’m looking for suggestions? Any others that should be on this list?