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Define Institute of Beauty Cosmetology School opens in Springdale

Jackie Slaght : December 7, 2017 3:40 pm : In The headlines

Founder/President of Define Institute of Beauty and Coelrain resident, Candace Matsuda, launched the Define Institute of Beauty cosmetology school in Springdale, Ohio, this month. The school is located at 11489 Princeton Pike, and its first class is scheduled for January 15th. It will offer a well-rounded curriculum focused on Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Nail Tech programming. Matsuda purchased and rehabbed the space, which formerly served as the location of Regency Beauty Institute before it closed along with 79 campuses nationwide in 2016.

“In celebration of our launch, Define Institute of Beauty will be offering cosmetology and esthetics programs at half the cost of other beauty schools in the area. The nail tech program will also be offered at a special rate.”

Define Institute of Beauty’s instructors will include Donna Schneider, Erica Boggs and McKayla Grimes, who together offer a combined total of nearly 50 years of teaching experience in respective Cosmetology and/or Esthetics fields. It is still hiring.

“We are happy to welcome Define Institute of Beauty to the City of Springdale,” said Springdale Mayor Doyle Webster. “Their convenient location near I-275 and the many nearby restaurants and stores make this an ideal place for students to train for careers in cosmetology.”

A passionate and motivated individual, Candace Matsuda has dedicated her life and career to beauty. Breaking into the industry at the age of 21, Candace began working as a freelance make-up artist for Clinique. She has since travelled the globe, training with world-renowned celebrity make-up artists, both perfecting her art and building a diverse portfolio. With clients ranging from bridal groups, models, nationally recognized magazines, celebrities, Olympic athletes, television shows and motion pictures, Candace’s portfolio reflects her extensive experience.

Eager to gain skills in beauty, Candace went onto become a certified MAC make-up artist and graduate of The Makeup Artist Workshop, in addition to becoming a Licensed Esthetician. Alongside her make-up career and travelling the world, Candace has also established and successfully runs her own bridal business, Style Squad and Day Spa, Define Skin Care and Esthetics.

Matsuda escaped a difficult and poverty-stricken upbringing by delving through magazines like Vogue, Marie Claire and Elle – a passion that eventually led to a lifelong love for the beauty industry. She accredits overcoming challenges to achieve success as part of her motivation to help her students do the same.

Define Skin Care and Esthetics was founded in 2013 and has since developed a full skincare and makeup line. In 2017 Define expanded again and created Define Institute of Beauty to deliver quality education and products to aspiring estheticians, nail technicians and cosmetologists. Define is currently working on developing a line of hair care products

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Duane Keller Promoted to Schueler Group Vice President

Jackie Slaght : December 6, 2017 9:05 am : In The headlines

December 6, 2017 – LEBANON, OH – Mike Schueler, President/CEO, Schueler Group, has announce the promotion of Duane Keller to Vice President of Administration. Duane will be involved with the properties in the company portfolio, the Farms (land syndications). He will continue to be responsible for Special Studies and Financial Analysis.

Keller joined the company in 2007 and has served as Controller during that time. He brought experience in financial analysis and internal auditing from his previous employment at Chemed Corporation in Cincinnati.

He is a graduate of Miami University and holds both a BS and MBA in finance. Between undergraduate and graduate work at Miami. He and his wife, Anne, reside in North Avondale and have two adult children, Elizabeth and David.


Schueler Group offers a complete line of real estate expertise to industrial, commercial and retail customers. The “single point of contact” saves valuable time and money for clients. Site selection, land planning, facility design, project financing, construction and property management are all provided under one roof at Schueler Group.

Schueler Group represents thousands of acres of land that includes 21 office parks, and one of the widest portfolios in the region. For additional information about Schueler Group, please visit, or call 513-932-6010.

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FOOD NEWS: Local Italian restaurant has new ownership after 10 years

Jackie Slaght : November 30, 2017 7:58 am : In The headlines
 This article was featured on and written by MARK FISHER, Staff Writer
An independent Kettering restaurant that was founded in January 2008 has new owners who intend to keep the name and build on the restaurant’s success.

Palermo’s Restaurant at 2667 S. Dixie Drive was sold by its founder, Mefail “Meef” Demnika, to brothers Maher and Marwan Yadak, effective last Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Maher Yadak, who will manage the restaurant, told this news outlet that he intends to keep the “Palermo’s” name and its menu of Italian favorites, including pizza and pasta dishes such spaghetti bolognese, veal parmigiana and lasagna.

“This place has an excellent history, and it has been established for 10 years,” Yadak said. “It’s a family restaurant serving homemade food. You can’t beat that.”

Plans call for adding a few new menu items, updating and improving the restaurant’s dining room and kitchens, and launching delivery, Yadak said. After the first of the year, the restaurant will considier opening on Sundays, the new restaurant co-owner said.

Yadak has 17 years of experience owning, managing and working in restaurants in Texas, and his brother Marwan is the franchise owner of a Subway sandwich restaurant in east Kettering.

Demnika had announced earlier this year that the restaurant was for sale, and that he wanted to explore other business opportunities. He has owned or operated Italian restaurants in the Dayton area for more than 15 years, starting with La Pergola on East Dorothy Lane in Kettering, which now houses an Arepas Colombian Comfort Food restaurant; and Toscani’s (later Arthur’s) on Bigger Road in Kettering, which now houses Seajax Tavern.

In 2006, while he was operating La Pergola, Demnika’s pizza was crowned by the Dayton Daily News’ LeadBelly Boys the best in the Dayton area. He went on to open Palermo’s in Januaury 2008.

Palermo’s is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday.

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EXCLUSIVE: Massive bakery facility coming to Hamilton County’s west side

Jackie Slaght : November 15, 2017 9:39 am : In The headlines

Article was originally featured in the Cincinnati Business Courier.










Skally’s Old World Bakery plans to build a 58,000-square-foot freezer warehouse and 345,000-square-foot production facility in Harrison Township.

By Tom Demeropolis
–  Senior Staff Reporter, Cincinnati Business Courier

Nov 14, 2017, 2:58pm EST
Updated Nov 14, 2017, 4:22pm

A massive bakery facility is going to be built on the west side of Hamilton County.

Skally’s Old World Bakery Inc. has purchased nearly 95 acres of land in Harrison Township to build a 345,000-square-foot bakery building with a 58,000-square-foot freezer warehouse. Drew Skally, co-founder of Skally’s, said the company has been looking for a property to expand for four years. The Harrison Township property will give Skally’s the ability to meet new baking rules and regulations, as well as expand into the future.

“We can get by now, but with all the changes, it might become outdated in the future,” Drew Skally said.

In the first phase alone, Skally’s is looking to invest about $40 million. The North College Hill-based company produces 25,000 bagels an hour in more than 20 varieties and is sold not only under its own brand but as the private label for big brands. Skally’s also makes pita bread in its current facility and distributes its products in 40 states.

The company is landlocked at its location at 1933 W. Galbraith Road. It’s looking to triple production up to 75,000 bagels per hour and expand into different product lines. The most popular of Skally’s bagels is the plain bagel. But the Skallys say they can compete with others by offering more variety and the best ingredients.

Skally’s first started in 1977 when a New York family moved to Cincinnati after the Skally patriarch, Ephraim Skally, got a job with Federated Department Stores, back in its pre-Macy’s days.

Drew Skally originally intended on going through medical school but ended up helping his brother Ephraim Skally Jr., and sisters Jennifer Skally and Cheryl Deleon start the bakery. He had every intention of going back to school to earn a master’s or doctorate in physiology but ended up tied to the family business.

Skally’s plans to start construction on the freezer portion of the project first, looking to begin in spring 2018. The development will be located off Southwest Parkway.

This map shows the nearly 95-acre site Skally’s Old World Bakery will be purchasing for its expansion.


Once the freezer is completed, construction would start on the production building, which is expected to be a one- to three-year period. Longer term, Skally’s is looking at an additional 800,000 square feet of production, warehouse and freezer space off of Kilby Road. A future test restaurant also is being considered on the first phase site.

The freezer expansion is expected to create 10 jobs. Skally’s estimates each new production line will create 40 jobs, so at completion the first phase could create more than 200 new jobs.

Skally’s is starting with the freezer expansion because it doesn’t have enough space at its current facility, especially when it comes to freezer space.

“If a truck driver is late, his product is in the way of the next two trucks coming,” Drew Skally said.

The freezer warehouse will be built by Tippman Construction, part of Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Tippman Group, which specializes in temperature controlled processing and distribution facilities.

Eventually, this site could be home to 1.2 million square feet of development including office, production, warehouse and freezer.

Skally’s is purchasing the land from Schueler Group-organized investors for about $6 million. Jeff Eichhorn, executive vice president with Schueler Group, represented the sellers in the deal.

Harrison Township is the third location Skally’s looked at for this massive expansion. Originally, the company looked to open a new facility in Liberty Township, but that project was opposed by residents. Then, Skally’s selected a site in West Harrison, Ind. for its new facility, but that project also fell through.

So when Drew Skally went driving looking for property for the expansion, he came across the Harrison Township site. There, he saw a big orange sign with Eichhorn’s name and number on it. Drew Skally called Eichhorn from the site and he met the Skally’s there the next day.

“A big orange sign still works every now and then,” Eichhorn said.

The Harrison Township site is 1 minute off Interstate 74 and 17 minutes from Skally’s existing facility in North College Hill. Ephraim Skally Jr., CEO of Skally’s, said all the previous sites the company had looked at were farther out.

“This is the perfect site for us and it worked out really well,” Ephraim Skally Jr. said. “We have enough land in a good location to go into the future now matter what our needs are.”

Eichhorn said the expansion project would not be possible without Hamilton County approving a zoning change for the project, Harrison Township paying for road improvements and the city of Harrison expanding sanitary sewer to the site.

Bunnell Hill Construction, part of Schueler Group, is coordinating site work and will be building the future bakery. CT Consultants is the site engineer.

As for the existing plant on West Galbraith Road, Ephraim Skally Jr. said they plan to keep it indefinitely. As production ramps up in Harrison Township, they could convert it to an organic or gluten-free facility, use it for other products, or continue to use it as a commissary for its restaurants.

On Monday, my colleague Andy Brownfield broke the news that Skally’s Old World Bakery would be opening its second restaurant in the Streets of West Chester.

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Steel supplier coming to Dayton-area warehouse facility

Jackie Slaght : October 25, 2017 11:20 am : In The headlines

Schueler Group’s construction company Bunnell Hill Construction was featured in an article in the Dayton Business Journal on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

A Lebanon-based construction company has begun renovations and additions for an existing warehouse facility in Warren County that will house a Canadian-owned steel supplier later this year.


By Cecilia Salomone
–  Staff Reporter, Dayton Business Journal

Oct 24, 2017, 4:05pm

A Lebanon-based construction company has begun renovations and additions for an existing warehouse facility in Warren County that will house a Canadian-owned steel supplier later this year.

The Franklin facility is 69,000 square feet, and Bunnell Hill Construction President Kevin Scott said the additions being made for Allied Crawford Steel will total about 31,000 square feet. Scott said Bunnell Hill, a division of the Schueler Group, will be adding an outside steel crane system and bay area, as well as renovating the interior office completely.

Scott said the facility renovations are expected to be completed by Dec. 1, and that Allied Crawford Steel staff have been working on site along with the construction company. The facility is located at 213 Industrial Drive in Franklin.

The company received an $85,000 grant from JobsOhio for the project. The company plans to invest $3.6 million in its operation and create 50 jobs.

The newly installed crane system has three cranes that are each capable of lifting over 10 tons. The new cranes will allow for the movement and storage of steel beams at the facility.

Allied Crawford Steel is new to the Dayton region, Scott said. The steel supply company is the U.S. division of Ontario-based Crawford Metal Corporation. Allied Crawford Steel also operates facilities in South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia.

The steel supplier will be looking to hire employees for its new facility. Representatives from Allied Crawford Steel could not be reached for comment.




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