Delaware’s Evo Wok Is Amazing

Evo Wok Hot and Sour Soup
The Hot-and-Sour soup is very crisp and clean! (toby boyce)

I tried to come up with a great headline for this post, but it just kept coming back to keeping it simple and clean. Because, well that’s what Evo Wok in Delaware, Ohio, is all about.

Evo Wok, located at 120 West William Street, in historic downtown Delaware is all about keeping it simple and delicious. The family has now been to the Wok on two occasions and found it to be a great experience.

The concept is not new – think Chipolte or Bibibop Asian Grill – but it proves that when you do something the right way it works.

How to Order Your Dinner

Evo Wok Grilled Chicken
The grilled chicken was of premium quality without the fatty pieces you get so often in this restaurant genre. (toby boyce)
  • Choose your base from rice, fried rice, lo mein, brown rice and quinoa, and salad greens.
  • Choose your protein from grilled chicken, fried chicken, steak, shrimp, or fried tofu.
  • Choose your warm veggies options including onions, peppers, mushrooms, grilled green beans, and zucchini.
  • Choose your cold veggies including options like edamame, corn, cheese, and more.
  • Choose your sauce including General Tso’s, garlic, sesame, and more.
  • Enjoy an amazing meal.

The Results

I went in with very high expectations … and they surpassed every single one.

The owner showcases her pride in the work. When we visited it felt like she said “I make that” for everything from the Crab Rangoon to the wonton soup. And that handmade care comes through in the food. Everything tastes very fresh.

Wonton Evo Wok
The wonton soup at Evo Wok in Delaware features homemade wontons! (toby boyce)

I did half fried rice and half lo main base for mine and it was so good that even Ms. O. has now started ordering it that way. While, Ms. O. only addition is carrots, I went a little further having had steak, grilled shrimp, peppers, onions, mushrooms, bean sprouts, and several other veggies. I really liked the General Tso sauce and also tried the siracha sauce is good but not for the faint of heart. Gretchen did no base with grilled chicken and a collection of veggies and the garlic sauce.

Don’t sleep on the appetizers! I am not a big fan of egg rolls, they usually just taste like oil to me, but these were crisp, fresh, and didn’t feel like I was eating a bottle of oil. The Crab Rangoon is made with real crab and you can actually taste it in the blend. We’ve done the hot-and-sour and wonton soups and both were amazing. She makes the wontons for the soup and the broth is crisp and fresh – they actually put the ingredients together when you order so the wontons don’t get overcooked and mushy. The hot-and-sour will become a staple in my diet. It doesn’t have as many “leftovers” as other places in the area, however, that lets her amazing base just blows your mind.

We took ours home both times to eat and the food was still very warm and fresh. There is a small seating area that has a half-dozen two-top tables and one four-top. So dining is an option just could be limited.

Evo Wok is open Tuesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Ladies Night at Heritage Clinic!

doctor adjusting a patient

Heritage Clinic of Chiropractic will be hosting a “Ladies Night” on Friday, October 14, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

The event — check out the Facebook page — will include lots of laughs, amazing products and services, food, drinks, door prizes, goodie bags and so much more according to the doctors.

Drs. Steven Hedges and Gabriela Guadalupe and the clinic’s staff will be joined by instructors and trainers from local gyms during the event.

Heritage Clinic of Chiropractic is located at 29 Grandview Avenue Suite B in Delaware, Ohio. The office is located behind Delaware Family Eyecare, in front of Carlisle Elementary School.

Three Commercial Properties Transfer in Delaware County

SOLD Commercial Real Estate

Three Delaware County, Ohio, properties were transferred last week according to the Delaware County Auditor’s office.

The first property was a .556 acre lot on London Road – in Delaware, Ohio – directly south of the DelCo drive-thru. The lot was purchased by Bhaskara Raju Rudraraju and Sunil Vegesna who also purchased the .115 acre lot adjacent along Liberty Road recently. They paid $80,000 for the London Road property and $20,000 for the Liberty Road parcel.

The second transfer was 21 West Central Avenue in Delaware, Ohio, which sold for $247,500 this past week. The building currently houses Delaware Counseling Services. It was purchased by Two Doubles LLC.

The third parcel was a commercial structure at 1749 Cole Road in Ashley, Ohio. It was purchased by Daniel and Tracy Yarnell for $76,650 according to the auditor’s office.

In general, the total number of transfers remained consistent for residential, new builds, and commercials being run through the Delaware County Auditor’s office on a weekly basis. Including valid and not-valid sales it is running about 100 transfers per week according to the emails.

All information in this post is provided by Delaware County Auditor reports. Toby Boyce, Ohio Commercial LLC, and Coldwell Banker are making no claims to have represented the buyer or seller in this transaction.

Hendershot Tapped to Lead Main Street Delaware

Main Street Delaware announced today that Courtney Hendershot will join the organization on July 5 as its new executive director.

Hendershot

Hendershot currently is the economic development project manager for the City of Delaware. In the role, she assists existing businesses in expansion and retention efforts. Hendershot also helped the downtown district to secure more than $350,000 in pandemic-related grants aiding 49 businesses.

“The Main Street Delaware Board of Directors is excited to welcome Courtney as our new executive director,” said Jeff Kirby, board president. “We are confident her commitment and skills will help us to continue to move the downtown forward even as we preserve and celebrate the past.”

Beyond Hendershot’s experience in economic development, she has past experience with Main Street communities. She came to know and understand what Main Street organizations mean for a city and downtown after college when she worked for Downtown PKB, a Main Street community in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Her experience there included event planning and promotion, securing sponsorship, and fundraising, as well as marketing and social media management.

Hendershot graduated from Ohio Northern University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Marketing and Social Media.

She said she is committed to continuing to make Downtown Delaware a vibrant place for everyone while looking to further support downtown business and continue growth.

“Being a part of the community during such a hard time and trying to find my footing during the pandemic, has really allowed me to see all the potential of our downtown.

Courtney Hendershot

“I am excited to start a new venture within the City of Delaware,” Hendershot said. “Being a part of the community during such a hard time and trying to find my footing during the pandemic, has really allowed me to see all the potential of our downtown. I am fortunate to be able to continue working with such a wonderful Board of Directors, Caroline, volunteers, and downtown businesses.”

As it solidifies its leadership team, the Main Street Board of Directors also is promoting current program coordinator Caroline Pusateri to program director effective immediately. Pusateri joined Main Street Delaware in 2018 as an office assistant and become program coordinator in 2019.

“Caroline’s work is evident in every successful event that Main Street holds, and we are pleased to recognize her focus and creativity with this well-deserved promotion,” Kirby said. “Downtown Delaware is in good hands with Courtney and Caroline collaborating to make the area as successful as it can be.”

Source: Main Street Delaware Press Release

Delaware Based Heritage Cooperative Acquires Witmer’s Feed & Grain

Heritage Cooperative Delaware Ohio

Heritage Cooperative Inc. announced they have exercised the option to purchase the feed, grain, agronomy, and retail assets of Witmer’s Feed and Grain Inc of Columbiana, Ohio.

This includes Millstone Farm and Garden and the Witmer Feed, Edge™, and Show It™ Feed brands that are licensed and currently selling throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, and Maryland. Witmer’s Feed and Grain was established in 1978.

Witmer’s Feed & Grain was acquired by Delaware Ohio-based Heritage Cooperative.

“This proposed acquisition aligns with our goal of continued diversification of the business, while specifically enhancing feed production and operations throughout Ohio and in surrounding states,” said Jeff Osentoski, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Cooperative.

“The Witmer Feed and Grain management team runs a terrific business and the company’s employees operate it superbly. I am confident that the addition of the feed, grain, agronomy, and retail operations will benefit Heritage and Witmer customers immediately,” continued Osentoski.

“As a member of the Heritage Cooperative team, I am personally excited to continue to serve Witmer’s Feed and Grain customers and to provide additional opportunities for employees,” stated Mike Witmer, President of Witmer’s Feed and Grain, Inc. He continued, “Our vision and values align well with Heritage and together we will provide superior customer service and efficiencies with this strategic alignment.”

The acquisition is expected to close on June 30, 2022.

Source: Heritage Cooperative Press Release

Delaware Based Business Enters Into Negotiations to Purchase Kohl’s Corporation

Franchise Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRG) today announced that it has entered into a three-week exclusive negotiation period to acquire Kohl’s Corporation for $60 per share in cash.

If Franchise Group and Kohl’s Corporation enter into a definitive agreement, Franchise Group intends to contribute approximately $1 billion of capital to the transaction, all of which is expected to be funded through a corresponding increase in the size of its secured debt facilities.

A majority of the financing for the transaction is anticipated to be provided on the basis of the real estate assets of Kohl’s Corporation. Other than the increased secured debt facilities of Franchise Group, none of the financing for the transaction is expected to be recourse to Franchise Group.

Franchise Group remains committed to its conservative financial policies, including target leverage levels, and maximizing free cash flow generation. If a transaction is completed, it is anticipated that the free cash flow, Adjusted EBITDA, and Non-GAAP EPS of the Franchise Group would significantly increase. The significant increase in free cash flow generation is expected to further Franchise Group’s objective of increasing dividends and other capital return to shareholders, while also enabling Franchise Group to accelerate continued organic and inorganic investments.

There can be no assurance any transaction will result from the ongoing discussions with Kohl’s Corporation. Franchise Group does not intend to make any additional comments regarding these discussions unless and until it is appropriate to do so, or a formal agreement has been reached or transaction discussions are terminated.

About Franchise Group, Inc.

Franchise Group is an owner and operator of franchised and franchisable businesses that continually looks to grow its portfolio of brands while utilizing its operating and capital allocation philosophy to generate strong cash flow for its shareholders. Franchise Group’s business lines include Pet Supplies Plus, American Freight, The Vitamin Shoppe, Badcock Home Furniture & more, Buddy’s Home Furnishings, and Sylvan Learning. On a combined basis, Franchise Group currently operates over 3,000 locations predominantly located in the U.S. that are either Company-run or operated pursuant to franchising and dealer agreements.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, projections, predictions, expectations, or beliefs about future events or results and are not statements of historical fact. Such statements include all statements in this press release regarding the potential acquisition of Kohl’s Corporation, the timing thereof, whether such transaction proceeds and, if so, the effect thereof on Franchise Group, any expected financial performance of Kohl’s Corporation or Franchise Group or the benefits that Franchise Group presently expects to derive from the transaction, including that the transaction, if completed, would significantly increase free cash flow, Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP EPS of Franchise Group or allow it to increase dividends, shareholder returns or organic or inorganic investments.

Such forward-looking statements are based on various assumptions as of the time they are made and are inherently subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are often accompanied by words that convey projected future events or outcomes such as “expect,” “believe,” “estimate,” “plan,” “project,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “will,” “may,” “view,” “opportunity,” “potential,” or words of similar meaning or other statements concerning opinions or judgment of the Company or its management about future events. Although the Company believes that its expectations with respect to forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions within the bounds of its existing knowledge of its business and operations, there can be no assurance that actual results, performance, or achievements of the Company will not differ materially from any projected future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

Actual future results, performance or achievements may differ materially from historical results or those anticipated depending on a variety of factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. We refer you to the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 25, 2021, and comparable sections of the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings, which have been filed with the SEC and are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

All of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are expressly qualified by the cautionary statements contained or referred to herein. Readers are cautioned not to rely on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update, revise or clarify these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Source: Franchise Group Press Release, Yahoo! Finance