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Member of the Month Spotlight
THE SILVER ELEPHANT
If you've ever taken an afternoon to shop in downtown Bellefontaine, chances are you've passed by - and hopefully stopped in to - The Silver Elephant. With a mix of old and new, there's truly something for everyone. Located at 139 South Main Street next to the Opera Building, The Silver Elephant's unique black exterior and theater marquee are easily recognizable to passersby.
Owner Joni Dailey founded The Silver Elephant in June of 2013. Having graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor's degree in Interior Design, Joni's education and experience made her decision to open The Silver Elephant an easy one. Reflecting on her "second chance" in life, Joni shared, "We have opportunities to look at what we have and how we can enhance it, recreate it, or change it all together. That goes for furniture, homes, and our lives."
Their simple motto of "Rethink, Re-Purpose, and Revive" sums up her store's mission: "There is so much headed for the landfill that really just needs a little update and we began doing that. We wanted to create thought-provoking products so that people would hopefully look at their 'trash' differently and therefore help to reduce waste in an environment that is already struggling." Customers can find vintage and antique furniture that has been updated with new upholstery and refinished in vibrant colors amidst home decor accents and finishing touches. In addition, The Silver Elephant offers interior design services and carries specialized lines of window treatments and rugs.
Joni has been putting her extensive knowledge to use on a recent project with the Durnell family at their resort in Russells Point. Though currently in the renovation phase, the Durnells hope to have the first beach house available to rent soon. When asked whether she preferred big projects over small ones, Joni shared that she simply loves to transform things. "Whether it is a piece of furniture or a room in a home or office, the psychology behind the need is sometimes difficult to define. I need to, through communication with the client, understand the full function of what the piece or space needs to be."
Joni and her family love Logan County. Joni's husband David also has a business in the community and they have raised their daughter here. The Silver Elephant opened just as downtown Bellefontaine was undergoing a revival of small business in the community, which Joni and her team felt immediately. "It became clear that Logan and surrounding counties were hungry for small business," she shared. "It was becoming very apparent that Bellefontaine was destined for greatness and I wanted to be a part of that greatness. I had products that I believed in and I wanted to share them with this wonderful community!"
In their seven years as Chamber members, the team at the Silver Elephant has remained very involved. "Joni and her staff are regulars at our events and workshops and we're so glad to be able to provide them with information they find valuable," shared Chamber Director Lydia Hess. "Knowing that if there is anything we need help with, we can contact the Chamber and they will either help or guide us is priceless," Joni explained.
More information on The Silver Elephant is available at their website, thesilverelephant.net. Customers can also keep up with inventory and new products on The Silver Elephant's Facebook page.
Please join us in congratulating The Silver Elephant on being named the June 2021 Business of the Month.
2020 Stars In Business Award Winners
Matt Wiley - Max Evans Tourism Award Winner
This award is presented annually by the Chamber and Visitors Bureau Council to a person who exhibits hospitality to visitors and tourists in our community and for tirelessly working to promote Logan County attractions.
This year's winner is Matt Wiley, the executive director at Marmon Valley Farm. Matt grew up at Marmon Valley Farm as the son of the owners, Bill and Phyllis. He fondly became known as "Wrangler Matt" and his parents handed the reins over for the business and ministry in 1984.
Logan County Farmers Market - Nonprofit of the Year
The Non-Profit of the Year award is given to an agency that shows dedication to improving lives and strengthening our community.
The Logan County Farmers Market began in 1996 with 5 vendors who cared about how food was grown, where it came from, and sharing these values with the local community. It has been the work of the dedicated Vendors, Customers, Board Members, and various volunteers over time that brought this organization to a day where they are able to welcome 20+ vendors and over 750 families each week, add value to the local economic systems, and provide for families in Logan County.
Jacob Schroeder - Young Professional of the Year
The Young Professional of the Year Award is given to an applicant who has devoted time to improving the quality of life of others through civic and community service and is actively developing leadership skills and demonstrating growth towards future goals.
Jacob Schroeder is the CEO and founder of Ascend Consulting, the Co-Founder of Hydda Living and the Co-Founder of Ideation: Think Forward. Jacob launched Ascend in 2017 with a passion to help small business owners truly understand and scale their businesses. As a Logan County native, Jacob is so grateful for the amazing community that Logan County has become and hopes that other young professionals are inspired to make Logan County their home.
P. Allan Properties - Emerging Business Award Winner
The Emerging Business of the Year Award is presented to a business who exemplifies a unique business idea, marketing approach or management style that have contributed to its growth and success.
P. Allan Properties was started in 2016, when Patrick and Jenna James returned home to Logan County after 11 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. Over the past 3 years, they, along with their Director of Operations and part-owner, Tyler Thompson, have grown from owning and operating a single duplex rental to 52 residential & commercial rental units.
City Sweets & Creamery - Small Business of the Year
The Small Business of the Year Award is presented to an independently owned Logan County business that is financially strong and profitable and has shown a history of growth.
City Sweets and Creamery began in February 2015 after the success of owner Angie Hall's original business, the Donut Shop & Bakery on the Lake. From fresh donuts – still made from scratch daily – to cookies, cupcakes, brownies, pastries, and ice cream, City Sweets and Creamery fulfills any sweet craving, and has become a staple of downtown Bellefontaine.
Steve Buchenroth - Entrepreneur of the Year Award
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is given to an individual who has made a significant investment and impact on Economic Development in Logan County. The award winner exhibits an innovative spirit and willingness to take risks to provide products, services and employment opportunities for our community.
Steve Buchenroth is a 1980 graduate of Indian Lake High School and a 1986 graduate of The Ohio State University, and today is the owner of Midwest Corporate Air and World Class Plastics, Inc. Midwest Corporate Air trains over 200 pilots each year from nearly every state in the nation. To date, they have trained over 1,000 multi-engine pilots and several hundred Certified Flight Instructors. World Class Plastics employs over 90 people to produce injection-molded products for customers in the automotive, medical, industrial, and aerospace markets.
Dairy Queen of Bellefontaine - Integrity in Business Award Winner
The Integrity in Business Award is presented to a business that is recognized for providing quality service with honesty and probity to the Logan County Community.
Graduates of Bellefontaine High School, Chris Leasure and Dal McDonald are lifelong Logan County residents and supporters of our community. Dairy Queen regularly employs over 30 individuals, many of whom are high school students from across the county. Chris and Dal are always happy to support their young employees' fundraisers - anything ranging from yearbooks to senior prom.
Doug Zimmerman - Richard J. Rupp Leadership Award Winner
The Richard J. Rupp Leadership Award is given to an individual who has made a significant impact in Logan County with his/her outstanding leadership skills. In addition, they are recognized for their commitment, vision and dedication to our community.
Since beginning in the Real Estate industry almost 40 years ago, Doug Zimmerman has worked tirelessly for the betterment of his community. While growing his own real estate company and participating in numerous professional leadership positions at the local, regional and state levels, Doug has used his resources and experiential knowledge to generously support and promote local schools and education, health care, community events, veteran's services, law enforcement, and church organizations. Preferring to stay out of the spotlight and pass the credit on to others, Doug works quietly behind the scenes, promoting our community. Doug never misses the opportunity to support an idea he feels will help Logan County continue to grow. Over the years, Doug has mentored many local young Real Estate Agents and business owners, hoping they too will continue to support the community they call home.