South-side Public Square #35-#47

Square shot.jpg

#35 East Washington Street: South Public Square, Phoenix Block-1845 and 1870

Old Phoenix National Bank, H. G. Blake, founder, (1845–1981)

1.  An orphan, Harrison Grey Blake -- better known as H. G. Blake around the Medina community founded the Old Phoenix Bank in the Medina Village in 1845. Blake initially bought a general store and added an iron cage, or safe, to the back room, thus creating a bank. The three story building had other businesses on the first floor, while the second floor was used for office space, and the third floor housed a social club and a 500-seat theater.

Blake and Chappell Western Cash Store, H. G. Blake and R. Chappell, Props. (1845-1847)

1.  Proprietors dissolved their partnership and H. G. Blake took over the business in 1847.

H. G. Blake Dry Goods and General Store in Phoenix Block, (1847–1854)

Colborn and Blake Phoenix General Store, T. Colborn and H. G. Blake, Props. (1854-1860)

1.  H. G. Blake has associated with him in business Mr.Colborn under the name of Colborn and Blake, where they will sell goods at prices to suit the hard times and will buy butter, eggs, hides and wood.

Blake, Booth, Tyler and Company, Dry Goods, Groceries and Hardware, H. G. Blake, C. B. Booth, G. W. Tyler, G. R. Munson, Props. (1860–1870)

The Phoenix Dry Goods and Grocery Store, Carlos J. Warner and Reuben Shepard, Props. (1871–1877)

1.  About 1871, Reuben Shepard engaged in the business in Medina, in partnership with C. J. Warner, the firm Warner and Shepard continuing about six years; he then withdrew, and, upon the completion of the Barnard Block, he occupied the corner room, where he has done business since

2.  In 1877, Warner and Shepard split. Warner stays in the Phoenix block and Shepard goes to the Empire Block.

The Phoenix Dry Goods and Grocery Store, Carlos J. Warner, Prop. (1877–1894)

1.  Mr. Warner’s two sons Willis L. and Carl E. Warner are employed as clerks.

2.  "C. J. Warner has purchased the McClure block on the west, side of the square, now occupied by Yoder Bros., as a shoe store. C.  J. Warner and  Son will move their dry goods store into this building, and it is rumored that a new dry goods store is to be started in the room vacated by them in the Phoenix block."

3.  In 1881, a new exterior stairway on the west side of the Phoenix block was required by an Ohio State Safety Officer.

South Court Street View.jpg

A Rope-walker traversed from the Gazette Building roof on South Court to a window in the Phoenix Block in 1882.

Hemmeter and Boult Dry Goods Store, William E. Hemmeter and George A. L. Boult, Props. (1894–1898)

Merchants (2) CDC.jpg

1.  Phoenix Dry Goods Store in 1894.  The Members of the clerking staff shown here are, R/L  The late Dr. Harrie Hard, the late Mary Canavan, sister of Ella Canavan, W. E. Hemmeter, proprietor who operates his store on West Liberty Street, with son Lawrence, and Mary Welton and Hattie Elder, dressmaker for the store.

The New Phoenix Dry Goods Store, George A. I. Boult, Prop. (1898–1900)

This store was occupied as a Dry Goods and Grocery Store for 55 consecutive years.

Wright Book Store and Print Shop, M. T. Wright, Prop. (1900–1919)

 1.  A. I. Root Vegetable and Seed business sold to E. C. Green and Son. Seeds sold at Wright’s bookstore in 1904. E. C. Green sold trees for Granger Nursery in 1880. 

Park Drug Shoppe, George Simmerman, Harry H. Bachtell, Props. (1919–1935)

1.  In 1919, a new drug store (the 3rd) in Phoenix Block, was McDowell Drug Store for 75 years. George S. Simmerman had been with W. J. Wall Drug Store and Harry Bachtell had been with J. Tuttle Drug Store.

2.  Simmerman and Bachtell put on the road a machine advertising their Rexall remedies which will make regular trips over the county, a new departure in 1927.


3.  Of course you know the identity of the one drug store in Medina which has two names. One of its names comes to it because of a certain line of remedies and sundries they carry and for which they have the exclusive sale in Medina. These remedies and sundries are put on the market by a large manufacturing concern representing more than 12,000 stores in the United States and foreign countries. Messrs. G. S. Simmerman and Harry Bachtell are the friendly proprietors who have a financial interest in the parent house of Rexall. Rexall is a Latin word meaning "King of All." In every town of any size one finds The Rexall Drug an outstanding store in the community, and the shelves are always stocked with the best possible merchandise

4.  Our Rexall store here is to be complimented upon its prescription department where a pharmacist is always, at any time of the day, in charge. The careful compounding of a prescription is quite as important as the choice of a doctor when you or one of your loved ones is ill.  The best efforts of your physician will come to naught if what he prescribes is not followed out to the last item. A place where we do not gamble and| where we may rest assured of accuracy is Simmerman & Bachtell Rexall store at Medina where the words "service" and "efficiency* means something.

5.  Simmerman and Bachtell represent Hess and Clark of Ashland who are so well known to our Medina county farmers for their stock tonics. Twice a year Messrs. Simmerman and Bachtell call on the local farm trade with the Hess and Clark detail man. Both men seem to strive, from every angle, to give their best of their knowledge to the community. The partnership of Simmerman andBachtell had its inception in 1920.

6.  Harry H. Bachtell and George Simmerman have dissolved their firm Park Drug Shoppe and Harry H. Bachtell has purchased the interest of senior partner, George Simmerman

Bachtell Rexall Drug Store, Harry H. Bachtell, Prop. (1936–1968)


1.  Harry H. Bachtell will expand the back of his store into Ziegler’s Display Store in 1940.

2.  Bachtell closed the soda lunch room and put in a poultry and animal Department in 1943.

Bachtell Drug Store.jpg

3.  Harry H. Bachtell died 1967, Store closed in 1968.

#35 Store front remodeled to be Old Phoenix National Bank (1968–1980)
First National Bank of Ohio,(1981–1995)

1.  In 1981, the Old Phoenix Bank merged with First National Bank of Ohio.

First Merit Bank Corporation (1995-2016)

1.  Name Change Only. First Merit Bank has 169 branches and 224 ATM machines serving mainly Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.

2.  First Merit continues to maintain a branch on Medina Square at the site of the first Old Phoenix Bank.

Huntington Bank, (2016–Present)

1.  First Merit Bank Corporation was acquired by Huntington Bank in a merger to be settled in late 2016.

This Phoenix Block has served as a home for banking operations for 170 years.


#36 East Washington Street: South Public Square, Phoenix Block–1845 and 1870

Old Phoenix National Bank, H. G. Blake, Cashier, (1845–1981)

1.  An orphan, Harrison Grey Blake -- better known as H. G. Blake around the Medina community -- founded the old Phoenix Bank in Medina, Ohio in 1845. Blake initially bought a general store and added an iron cage, or safe, to the back room, thus creating a bank. The three story building had other businesses on the first floor, while the second floor was used for office space, and the third floor housed a social club and a 500-seat theater.

2.  The 1st installment of currency for the Phoenix National Bank is in circulation May 2, 1873.

3.  Blake added a platform just outside the pavement on the north side of his block to make it easier to hitch horses in 1874.

McDowell Brothers Drug Store, R. M. and O. H., Props. (1851–1854)

Lyman and Armstrong Drug Store, Dr. C. N. Lyman and A. M. Armstrong, Props. (1854-1857)

1.  In 1854, Dr. C. N. Lyman opened an office here and also went into the drug and book business, formerly owned by U. K. Curtiss under the name of Lyman Armstrong.

Lyman-Armstrong Adv.jpg

Milestone Saddle, Harness and Trunks, Peter M. Milestone, Prop. (1857–1860)

MILESTONE 1856.jpg

Griesinger Shoe Store, (1859–1861)

1.  Founded in 1859 the store was located in a building where Old Phoenix Bank is now.

2.  Griesinger started with a shoemaker’s bench, a side of sole leather and a kip skin. 

A. M. Armstrong and Company, Drugs, Medicines, Paints, Oils and  Books, Dr. Andrew M. and Andrew M. Jr., Props. (1857–1866)

A. M. Armstrong Book Store.jpg

McDowell Brothers Drug Store, Chester O., R. M. and O. H. McDowell, Props. (1866–1870)

1.  The new firm of McDowell and McDowell offers everything to be found in a drug store.

Phoenix Block–1870

1.  The second fire on the Medina Square in 1870 destroyed the bank, but not the safe within it. After this calamity, Blake rallied the citizens of Medina to begin rebuilding the structures damaged or destroyed by the fire. He put forth his bank as the first business to lead this movement, hence the name the Old Phoenix Bank, deriving from the mythical phoenix known for rising from the ashes. From this pivotal moment in Medina history the bank continued to grow and open other branches.

2.  The largest stone yet dug from Weymouth Quarry to be used for the foundation for the safe at the Old Phoenix Bank was 6 x 11 feet and 14” thick, thought to weigh 5 tons was too heavy for the Cook Road bridge and had to be cut in two slabs.

 3.  An old building stood where Sturgis livery is in 1885 and H. G. Blake moved his goods there after the fire, then in the summer of 1870 built the Phoenix Block with 250,000 bricks furnished by William Foot at $2.75 per 1000. A Berea flag walk was added in front of the Phoenix Block in 1871.

 4.  1870-1871-Construction of Phoenix Block was brick and iron with plate glass windows by McMullen and Company of Akron. Bowman Brothers will make 635,785 bricks. Ornamental title page on the face of the Phoenix Block was dressed in gilt.  Arched elaboration with an inscription at the top “1870”. The west wall of Phoenix Block put up by McMullen Brothers was about the finest specimen of brick work in 1870. Iron front, cornices and columns built by House of Silas Merchant in Cleveland. E. E. Clapp of Cuyahoga County is superintendent of the building, for a cost of $500.

Phoenix Block 1870.jpg

McDowell Dry Goods Store, Brothers, Chester O., R. M. and O. H. McDowell, Props. (1871–1904)

1.  Edward C. Ziegler moved his family to Medina in 1904, to take over the dry goods store in the Phoenix Block.

Ziegler Dry Goods Store, Edward C. Ziegler, Prop. (1904–1912)

Ziegler Dry Goods Store, Edward C. Ziegler and Son, Harold Y. Ziegler, Props. (1912–1926)

1.  E. C. Ziegler retired in 1927.

2.  There was extensive repairs and remodeling to the Phoenix Hall. 1st power passenger elevator from basement to 3rd floor with electric push buttons has extend Zeigler dry goods store to 3rd floor now occupying all of what had been the Phoenix Hall, making it the largest store room in Medina and well-lit with many windows in 1915.

Gensemer’s Millinery and Yards Goods Store, M. M. Gensemer, Prop., (1926–1951)

1.  Gensemer Store hours are 8:15-5:30, Sat 9-9 in 1927.

2.  O. .E. Meyers sold the building at 110 West Washington Street to M. M. Gensemer and he built a concrete office to the rear, installed a new store front and remodeled the 1400 square foot sales room in 1951, but Gensemer did not move his store, because he died during the renovation of the store.

3.  Gensemer Yard Goods Store was sold to Rittman Department Store and proprietors Clyde Ambrose and Homer Moore will sell the stock in 1951.

 Rickard Insurance Agency, Stanley B. Richard, Prop. (1951–1963)

1.  Daughter and son-in-law, Harry Wilson were Agents.

2.  Richard moved Agency to 116 West Washington Street in 1963.

#36 store front remodeled into Old Phoenix National Bank. (1963)

1.  Phoenix Block remodeled with polished granite front, central door and large electrified sign in 1952.

2.  New marble front and canopy added to Old Phoenix Bank and Bachtell Drug Store fronts and Electric lines were laid under the walks to melt snow in 1963.

Old Phoenix National Bank, (1964–1981)

First National Bank of Ohio, (1981–1995)

1.  In 1981, the Old Phoenix Bank merged with First National Bank of Ohio.

First Merit Bank Corporation, (1995-2016)

1.  First Merit Bank now has 169 branches and 224 ATM machines serving mainly Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.

Huntington Bank, (2016-Present)

1.  First Merit Bank Corporation was acquired by Huntington Bank in a merger settled in August 2016.

This Phoenix Block has served as a home for banking operations for 170 years.


#37-38 East Washington Street: South Public Square, Phoenix Block–1845 and 1870, 2nd and 3rd Floors

Medina Insurance Agency, H. G. Blake, Prop. (1852-1872)

BLAKE 1852.jpg

1.  1876 - "Medina has suffered an irreparable loss in the death of an old and influential citizen. Honorable.  H.G. Blake. He was taken sick April 8, with congestion of the lungs which ran into pneumonia and continued to grow worse from day to day till April 16 when he died. The funeral was held on Wednesday. All places of business were closed during the time and the public buildings and business fronts were draped in mourning and on the balcony was displayed the motto, “People's Friend."

Drs. A. C. Smith and Lyman, Physicians, (1854-1857)

Whitmore and Hunt Daguerrian Rooms, J. Whitmore and P. Hunt, Props. (1854-1857)

1.  His pictures are guaranteed not to fade.

Sons of Temperance, Temperance Hall, (1860-1870)

Odd Fellows Hall, I.O.O.F., 3rd Floor, (1860-1878)

1.  Morning Star Lodge No. 26 meets every Monday evening at their Hall on the 3rd Floor.

2.  Officers elected Monday evening, December 31, 1877 were Joseph Andrew, N. H. Bostwick, W. W. Munger, G. W. Hobart, R. W. Clark; Trustees were A. Sanders, T. S. Shaw and W. W. Munger.

Canfield and Pardee, Attorneys, Henry Canfield and Don Pardee, (1860-1863)

Dr. L. S. McCulloch, Dentist, (1860–1870)

1.  Artificial teeth inserted in the most approved style and all dental operations in the best and most durable manner.  Especial attention paid to the preservation of natural teeth.

Charles Castle, Attorney, (1860-1870)

H. W. Floyd, Attorney, (1860-1870)

H. J. Walker, Attorney, (1860-1870)

C. T. Hills and Barney Prentiss, Attorneys, (1860–1863)

Blake and Woodward, Attorneys and Solicitors, H. G. Blake and S. B. Woodward, (1860–1865)

N. H. Bostwick, Attorney, (1860–1867)

C. T. Hills and H. B. Tiffany, Attorneys, (1863–1867)

R. O. McDowell Insurance Agency, O. V. Neumeyer, Solicitor, (1866–1946)

1.  R. O. McDowell 80-yr-old Insurance Company sold to Stanley B. Rickard in 1946. Agency was in the Phoenix block for 50 years.

C. T. Hills, Attorney, (1867-1870)

Gary and Morris Cigar Factory, (1871–1872)

McDowell Brothers Circulating Library, (1872-1878)

1.  Library is over their drug store.  Any book 10 cents per week in 1872.

2.  Willie Dean sells ice cream in Phoenix Block above the McDowell Drug Store every Saturday evening in 1872.

Shuler Boots and Shoes, Henry Shuler, Prop. (1872-1875)

Leonard Furniture Store, J. F. Leonard, Prop. (1872-1875)

Phoenix Hall, (1878)

1.  Cook and Kroger fresco artists and scenic painters from Cleveland painting 8-10 sets of scenery for Phoenix Hall in 1874. The drop curtain for the Phoenix Hall stage painted in Cleveland with a scene of “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by Archibald Willard for $100 in 1871.

2.  The walls painted and kalsomined with a handsome border and two splendid chandeliers with 12 lights each in the Hall in 1878.

S. B. Woodward and A. D. Licey, Attorneys, (1876-1880)

F. H. Durstine, Physician, 1877-1880)

Roller Skating rink at Phoenix Hall, (1881-1885)

1.  The O. H. McDowell Store purchased a good supply of roller skates in 1881 and opened a rink and rented skates for one dime.

S. B. Woodward, Joseph Andrew and A. D. Lichey, Attorneys, (1880-1886)

Joseph Andrew, Attorney, (1886-1894)

1.   Joseph Andrew, lawyer, Medina; was born in Rochester, N. Y., October 4, 1840.  His parents moved to Ohio when he was but 1 year old, and settled on a farm in Sharon Township, Medina Co., where young Andrew grew up, he assisting on the farm and attending school.  In Sept., 1861, he enlisted in the 42d (Garfield's Regiment) O. V. I., he being a private in Company K, and served for two years.  He participated in the battles of Middle Creek, Cumberland Gap, Tazewell, Big Springs, Chickasaw Bluffs, Arkansas Post, Vicksburg campaign and the other battles of the regiment up to Champion Hills, where he was wounded, from the effects of which he lost his arm.  In the fall of 1863, he returned home and attended school at the Baldwin University at Berea.  In the fall following, he was elected Treasurer of Medina Co., and was re-elected in the fall of 1866, serving all four years.  In 1865, he began reading law with Messrs. Blake and Woodward, of Medina, and was admitted to the bar in the fall of 1867.  In 1869, he was elected Clerk of the court, which position he held for six years, after which he associated in partnership with Mr. S. B. Woodward,

2.  Andrews was a Medina County Prosecuting Attorney.

Joseph and V. R. Andrew, Attorneys, (1894-1899)

Joseph Andrew and Frank W. Woods, Attorneys, (1899-1920)

Miss Opfer Millinery Store, (1900-1914)

Frank W. Sanford, Electrical Engineering and fixture work, (1914-1916)

Dr. W. A. Stanley, Physician, (1915-1916)

J. F. O’Donnell, Attorney, (1915-1916)

Ohio Gas and Electric, C.M. Egland, Manager, (1916-1919)

1.  A room in McDowell Block vacated by Post Office has been fitted up for the Ohio Gas and Electric Company with C.M. England, manager and Miss Gladys Hyde and Mrs. Margaret Forks employees in 1916.

Bishop Millinery Shop, Gertrude Bishop, Prop. (1919-1920)

Floyd E. Stine, James B. Palmquist and Frank W. Wood, Attorneys, (1920–1925)

Bertha Neumeyer, Public Stenography Office, (1920-1925)

1.  Neumeyer is located in McDowell’s Insurance office on 2nd floor over the Phoenix Bank.

Blue Room Beauty Shop, Clyde Gooden and Fred Schindelholz, Props. (1920-1924)

1.  Fred Schindelholtz and Clyde Gooden have established a new beauty shop called the “Blue Room” in the 2nd floor of Ziegler Display Store (in the Phoenix Block).

 2.  Fred took a special course in Cleveland and does permanents, marcel waving, water waving, bobbing, facials, and manicures. They will be assisted by women and have installed elaborate and expensive fixtures.

Blue Room Beauty Shop, Flora Fortson, Prop. (1924-1940)

1.  Miss Flora Fortson, the charming proprietress of the Blue Room Beauty Salon, at Ziegler*s Display store, Medina, recommends no one particular permanent waving machine to produce the natural looking waves which so many of her patrons enjoy because she believes that the success of beautiful permanent waves depend entirely upon the knowledge and skill of the operator and the excellence of the solutions used in the operation. The Zotos permanent, which is a machine-less wave, is, Miss Fortson believes, the best, as well as the newest permanent waving method. The Zotos is a permanent waving method is featured in her Blue Room Beauty Salon.

2.  Miss Fortson has just returned from her annual trip to New York City where she was awarded a gold certificate at the hairdresser's convention for the excellence of her work there on the platform for two days before an audience of many thousand people, students and authorities on beauty culture from all parts of the world, Miss Fortson is lecturing and demonstrating this week on hair styling and coiffures at the convention held at Buffalo. We in Medina are indeed proud to have such an artiste attend to our beauty needs.

Frank W. Woods, Attorney, (1925–1927)

Blake Hendrickson Insurance Agency, sold to C. D. Rickard (1926)

Willard P. Ainsworth, Attorney, (1927-1943)

1.  Ainsworth leased rooms in Phoenix Block vacated by Frank W. Woods law office.

Edward H. Deibel and Ralph E. Snedden, Attorneys, (1934–1938)

Blue Room Beauty Salon, Sarah McKee, Prop. (1940–1942)

Blue Room Beauty Salon, Catherine Betz, Prop. (1942-1948)

Medina County Historical Society in room temporarily. (1942–1942)

Rickard Insurance Agency, Stanley B. Richard, Agent, (1946–1949)

Adjustapost, Lester Atkins, Manager, (1947–1948)

Lest Akins Realty, Lester Atkins, Prop. (1945–1948)

Mack Gilbert, Attorney, (1948-1952)

C .L.  Neuzil, Accountant, (1948-1952)

Irvin S. Strong, Attorney, (1948-1952)

William G. Batchelder Jr. Attorney, (1948-1952)

Blue Room Beauty Shop, Annabelle Cox, Prop. (1948-1956)

American Red Cross, (1948–1952)

K of P Hall, 3rd Floor, (1948–1952)

Medina Credit Bureau, Joe Witenhafer, Owner- Prop. (1949–1954)

YMCA, Young Men’s Christian Association, 3rd Floor, (1952-1958)

1.  Y. M. C. A. was formed in Medina in 1907.

Society for Handicapped Children, (1955-1956)

Roy Kruggel Realty, (1956-1957)

Wilson Realty, John J. Wilson, Broker, (1956–1959)

1.  A. L. Caylor, Harry Wilson and Roy Kruggel, Salesman.

Gibbs Insurance Agency, James Gibbs, Prop. (1958–1962)

Hunter Insurance Agency, Howard Hunter, Prop. (1963–1967)

hunter 63.jpg

1.  Hunter moved to 702 N Court Street in 1967.

Kay’s Yarn Shoppe, (1966-1969)

Dannley and Griesinger, Dennis Dannley and Charles Griesinger, Attorneys, (1963–1971)

Griesinger and Jeandrevin, Charles Griesinger and John Jeandrevin, Attorneys, (1971-1980)

Theodore J. Lesiak, Attorney, (1999–2007)

Jennifer Hensel, Attorney, (1999–2009)

Oberholtzer, Filous and Lesiak, Attorneys, (1999–2016)

Michelle Slimak, Attorney, (2000–2006)

Phillip Henry, Attorney, (2000–2006)

Kimberly J. Timer, Attorney, (2004–2006)

Alicia M.  Hathcock, Attorney, (2007–2007)

Leadership Medina Offices, Colleen Rice, Prop. (2007–2016)

First Merit Private Client Services, (2007–2016)


#39-41 East Washington Street: Whitmore Block-c.-1848, Phoenix Block-1870

Phoenix Block.jpg

Tolman and Curtis Drug, Grocery and General Merchandise, Dr. L. D. Tolman and George R. Curtis, Props. (1848-1851)

1.  Proprietors dissolved their partnership in 1851 and Curtis remained the business owner at the present location.

Curtis Drugs, Grocery and Book Store, George R. Curtis, Prop., (1851–1855)

1.  Curtis sold his business to Lyman and Armstrong in 1855.

Milestone Saddle and Harness Maker, Peter Milestone, Prop., (1856–1859)

Whitmore Jewelry and Watch Store, Joseph Whitmore, Prop., (1857–1916)

United States Post Office, Mrs. Hendrickson, Postmaster, (1870–1886)

1.  1875-Our Post Office is still flourishing under direction of our worthy post marm, Mrs., Hendrickson, who has her son, Blake, as a deputy is consumptive, but capable, emaciated but efficient.

2.  C. C. Williams Clothing Store rented front part of Post Office and moved in 1871.

Whiteside Paper and Stationary Store, A. R. Whiteside, Prop. (1872-1880)

1.  Whiteside rented the front part of the Post Office and has a general news agency with daily papers and magazines for sale.

2.  In 1916, Village needs a new Post Office and has outgrown the Phoenix Block location. McDowells own it and offer to add addition if they will stay. Post Office left 1916.

3.  W. E. Griesinger wants the Post Office in his lot on South Court north of the Methodist Church and will grade it for a building. Post Office goes to the Hobart block in 1916.

United States Post Office, Egbert Green, Postmaster, (1886-1916)

1.  The first mail carrier service was established in 1901, when five rural routes were created.

2.  Two city routes were started in 1907, since the population of Medina had then increased to 2,500 people.

3.  The 1st telegraph office was installed in Old Phoenix block on west side next to William Asire Furniture Store.

Tuttle’s Rexall Drug Store, J. W. Tuttle, Prop. (1916–1920)

1.  Tuttle moved from the H. J. Walker Block on South Court Street in 1916.

J. W. Tuttle and Harry H. Bachtell

J. W. Tuttle and Harry H. Bachtell

Old Phoenix National Bank (1921–1981)

1.  Phoenix building was extensively modernized. Herbert Briggs is the architect, and Clemmer and Johnson of Akron are general contractors in 1919.

2.  Old Phoenix is being remodeled and enlarged to the east and west and a new plate glass front install in Phoenix Block in 1919.

3.  In 1920, Old Phoenix Bank now has a ladies' rest room and their patrons are invited to use it.

4.  In 1920, local men can now use Phoenix Block rooms for their business and community meetings.

Huge airway beacon revolving 2 times per minute with 8 million candle powers can be seen 10 miles mounted on top of the Old Phoenix Bank in 1928.

First National Bank of Ohio (1981–1995)

1.  In 1981, the Old Phoenix Bank merged with First National Bank of Ohio.

First Merit Bank Corporation (1995–2016)

1.  Name changed only.

Huntington Bank (2016-Present)

1.  First Merit Bank Corporation was acquired by Huntington Bank in merger to be settled in late 2016.


#43 East Washington Street, South Side Public Square, Chidester House Hotel-1857, Leach Block-1878

Kimball Livery Stables, George Kimball, Prop. (1854-1870)

Mansion House Hotel, W. R. and W. B. Chidester, Props. (1854-1860)

Chidester House Hotel, W. R. and W. B. Chidester, Props. (1860–1867)

John Berry Barbershop in Chidester House Hotel, (1860-1867)

1.  1867 Burglary; The Chidester House at Medina was entered on Thursday night of last week through a window and sliver ware to the amount of some $75.00 was taken from the pantry.  Suspicious resting upon R. F. Gibson, a pretended book agent and Edwin Dean, who was hunting for a lost Aunt in Medina County so, they were watched.

2.  They paid their bill in the morning before the theft and said they were going west; but were seen by several individuals in the evening about 9 or 10 o’clock in town.  But they could be no where be found in the morning by the Sheriff,

Park Hotel, Spaulding and Reese, Prop. (1867–1870)

1.  In 1867, Spaulding and Reese of Cleveland have made arrangements to open the Chidester House Hotel on a new plan.  It will be called the Park House Hotel, and will be opened May 21, 1867 in time for court.  Four loads of nice furniture arrived yesterday for the Park House Hotel.

U. S. Post Office was in the old Chidester House or Park Hotel, (1857–1870)

Vacant Lots, (1870–1878) All frame buildings destroyed in the 1870 Village fire.

1.  In 1871 H. G. Blake bought the Chidester lots from A. Houck that extend from the Phoenix Block to the Canfield lot.

2.  A new stone sidewalk is needed just east of the post office.  That old brickbat foot-trap has been the cause of so much profanity that will take all the tears of all the angles to blot the record out!

O. N. Leach Clothier, O. N. Leach, Prop., (1878–1921)

1.  In 1872, Mr. Leach came to Medina, and opened business in the Empire Block, and later moved to the Dental Block, but, not having sufficient space to accommodate his trade, in the fall of 1878, built his present brick store, thus securing an elegant room, 24½x80 feet, in which he has placed a mammoth stock.

2.  Prominent among the many advantages he offers the trade, is his one-price cash system, which unites satisfaction and cheapness for the buyer. 

3.  Mr. Leach has also an admirably managed custom department that cannot fail to be appreciated by all who love a snug fit.

1.  In 1878, O. N. Leach is building a business block on the vacant lot east of Phoenix Block.

2.  This was the site of the Chidester House before the 1870 fire. The only gap left after the fire.

Leach and Gunkelman Clothcraft Store, O. N. Leach and Robert F.Gunkelman, Props. (1921-1923)

Gunkelman and Indoe Clothing, Robert F. Gunkelman and Albert E. Indoe, Props. (1923–1943)

Gunkelman Men and Boys Clothes, Robert F. Gunkelman, Prop., (1943–1972)

The store was occupied by Leach, Gunkelman and Indoe as a clothing store for 94 years.

The store was occupied by Leach, Gunkelman and Indoe as a clothing store for 94 years.

United States Army and Navy Recruiters Service, (1972-1976)

Vacant, (1977-1979)

Round Records, (1980–1981)

Vacant, (1982–2000)

Washington Properties, Michael Rose, President, (2001–2003)

Vacant, (2004–2006)

United States Army and Navy Recruiters Service, (2009-2016)


#43.5 East Washington Street: South Side Public Square, Chidester House Hotel-1857, Leach Block-c.1878, 2nd Floor Professional Offices

Dr. L. S. Smith, Dentist, (1872-1880)

Cohen Barbershop, Edward Cohen, Prop. (1877-1880)

1.  Mr. Ed Cohen wishes to inform the public at large that he is located one door east of the Post Office, and is prepared to do anything in his line.  Shaving, hair cutting and shampooing; also razors honed.  Dealer in cigars and tobacco.  Everything warranted.

Dr. J. L. Bean, Homoeopathist, (1880-1893)

Dr. Abner P. Nichols, Dentist, (1894-1895)

Dr. W. E. Kneale, Physician and Surgeon, (1905-?)

Acme Engraving Company, Arcade, (1911-?)

C. L. Ballinger, Osteopath in (1926-?)

Milton Rabine, Orthodontists, (1948-1963)

Dr. Samuel R Caplowe, Chiropodist, (1948-?)

Nathan .I Galin, Sanford F. Aron, Robert Rath Dentist’s, (1948–1963)

Vacant, (1963-1971)

Victor’s Records and Boutique, (1974-?)

Carstan’s Casuals, (1981–1982)

Headquarters to Re-elect Mayor Lamb, (1985-1985)

Color Consultant, (1985-1988)

De’s Country Effects, (1988–1992)

Glass Originals Gallery, (1993–1994),

Square Card Shoppe, (1995–1995)

Creations of the Past, (1996–1999)

Linda’s Clothes Closet, (1997–1988)

Jouster’s Pub, Arcade, (1998–2000)

Demarco Mortgage Associates, (2002–2003)

Vintage Frame Studio, Arcade, (2003–2004),

Mid-Americans ITS LLC, (2003-2006)

Comfort Keepers, (2003–2007)

Gatewood Design Works, (2006–2007)

Wind and Sea Ltd, (2000–2007)

Square Violins, (2005–2013)

Cleveland Violins, (2005-2011)

T. R. Trans Acquisition Inc., (2009–2014)

Manners Management Company, 2010–2013)

Proficio Mortgage Ventures, (2012-2013)


#44 East Washington Street: South Side Public Square, Arcade-1974, Marketplace-1996

Alene’s Beauty Salon, (1974-1976)

Wilma’s Card Shop, (1974-1977)

Wine Hobby USA, (1974-1976)

Woodshed of Medina, (1974-1977)

Mary-Mary of Medina, (1974–1979)

Bix’s Restaurant, Jim and Jeff Bixby, Prop. (1974–1991)

A favorite watering hole in the 70's and 80's.  Jim had a drink called the Mack Vault2 that was a chocolate concoction that tasted great on a hot day.

All American Driver Education, (1974–1976)

Felicitations, (1976-1978)

Beauty Parlor, (1976–1982)

Dean Steigerwald, Attorney, 2nd Floor, (1978–1981)

Arcade Frames and Prints, (1978–1981)

Gem Craft, Edward Rodamaker, Owner, (1982–2014)

Record Bin, (1982-1985)

Country Squire Tobacconist, (1982-1986)

Silver Tree, (1982-1985)

Granny’s Attic, (1988–1990)

Gary Moreland, Attorney, (1985-1988)

Ohio Bar Title Insurance Co. (1985-1988)

Uptown Racquets, (1986-1988)

K. L.  Mcartor, Attorney, (1982-1988)

CMC Gallery , (1991–1991)

Creative Marketing Consultants, (1990–1991)

Expressions Cards, (1990–1992)

Creations of the Past, (1990-1995)

Coffees Pub, (1992–1992)

H. O. Trerice Company. (1992–1992)

Crafters Boutique, (1992-1994)

Claims Management, (1993–1993)

Mike’s On the Square 2 Restaurant, (1993–2000)

Panther 2 Transportation, (1994–2004)

Cherry Blossoms Photograph, (1996–1996)

My Dolls, (1996–1996)

Downtown Tobacco, (1996-2001)

Town Square Travel, (1998-2014)

Sparrow Art Gallery and Studio, Aurelia Ford Martin, Artist/Owner (2014-2016)

Bella Sorrella’s Salon, (2010-2016)


#45 East Washington Street: South Side Public Square, Chidester House Hotel-1857, Munson Block–1878

1.  The Chidester House Hotel was a 2-story brick building where the Leach and Munson Blocks are now and was operated by William Chidester.

2.  The east side of the Chidester House Hotel was the United States Post Office with Charley Bostwick, Postmaster and Mark Ferrio, Assistant Postmaster

3.  In the west side of the Hotel was milliner and dressmaker parlors of Mrs. O. H.  Blackford and Mrs. David Briggs.

4.  After it was abandoned as a hotel, Mrs. Houck, an aged and thrifty German woman, ran it as a saloon for several years.

Hobart Tin, Hardware and Stoves Store, William H. Hobart, Prop., (1878-1899)

W. H. Hobart's 1895.jpg

1.  William H. Hobart was born in Medina in 1848 and moved his tin shop here in 1878 to 1898 when he sold it to Munson when he was elected Medina County Auditor.

Munson Hardware Store, Albert Munson, Prop., (1899–1911)

1.  Munson store opened in 1885 in the Union Block by Judge Albert Munson who bought it from S. H. Bradley.

2.  Albert Munson repair and change barn at rear of store occupied by Ben Schlabach Livery to be 2 floors, 60’ x 35’ hardware storehouse and workshop in 1900.

3.  The alley behind A. Munson’s storewas concreted in 1911.

4.  Walter J. Fenton worked for the Munson’s for the entire 53-year existence of the store.

Employees Fenton, Kernan and Mrs. Sargent

Employees Fenton, Kernan and Mrs. Sargent

5.  Charles Kern came to work at Munson from Oatman Hardware in 1908.

Munson Hardware Store, Lyman Munson, Prop. (1911-1913)

1.  Albert passed away in 1911 and Lyman was proprietor until his death in 1913.

Munson and Son Hardware Store, Cora Munson Blakeslee, Props. (1913–1939)

1.  Albert Munson’s new advertisement of hardware, stoves, etc., announces the firm name of the business as A. Munson and Son. Lyman a young man of energy, industry, and honesty starts on his business career under favorable auspices.

2.  Cora Munson Blakeslee a proprietor since 1913 on the death of brother Lyman will retire in 1939.

The store was occupied by Hobart and Munson as a hardware store for 61 years.

Medina Furniture Company Store, Max Rogovy, Prop., (1940–1948)

1.  Medina Furniture Company in the Munson Block modernized the front and center door with plate glass display windows in 1940 and they double space by expanding into vacant 2nd floor.

2.  They asks owner Cora Blakeslee to tear down old tin shop at rear for a new furniture warehouse.

3.  Rogovy to raze large warehouse built in 1870 behind store, known as #45 Munson Court and replace it with a modern L-shaped fireproof concrete block warehouse.

4.  In 1945, Max Rogovy bought the Munson Block where he has Medina Furniture Store.

Medina Furniture Store, Jesse Greenberger, Prop. (1948–1968)

1.  Medina Furniture Store building sold to Attorney James B. Palmquist in 1964.

Hallmark Furniture, (1966–1969)

Vacant, (1969-1971)

Village Antique and Card Shoppe, (1972–1973)

Interior Design Studios, Mark Roberts, Prop.  (1974–1981)

1.  Interior Design Studios moved their business next door to #47 South Public Square in 1981.

Leslie Lee Jewelers, (1992-1997)

Town Square Travel, Cindy Cutlip, Prop. (1998-2009)

Town Square Travel in Munson Bldg..jpg

The Tangerine Parlor, Janna Benson, Prop. (2009–2010)

OneLuckyDog Bakery, Stacey, Prop. (2011–2017)

1.  At our store we carry great natural solutions for stress, joint issues, and supplements for skin and coat issues.  I am certainly not a Veterinarian but I have researched dog health issues and I know from 20 years of experience what solutions work and those that are simply a waste of time and money.


#45.5 East Washington Street: South Side Public Square, Munson Block–1878, 2nd Floor Professional Offices

Dr. S. J. Smith, Surgeon Dentist and Physician, (1865-1870)

W. B. Croft, Physician and Surgeon, (1886-1895)

Dr. G. D. Billings, Dentist, (1894-1909)

1.  Consultations always free and all operations are first-class.

Dr. H. P. H. Robinson, Physician and Surgeon, (1909-1914)

1.  Dr. Robinson moved to office rooms over Munson Hardware vacated by Dr. G. C. Billings in 1909.

2.  Dr. Robinson moved his medical offices to his residence at #72 East Public Square in 1914.

Omar O. Van Deusen and F. M. Plank, Real Estate and Insurance, (1915-1918)

George M. Buchanan, Columbia Life Insurance Agency, (1920- 1930)

Unknown Proprietors, (1931-1943)

C. W. Reinhardt, Accountant, (1943-1951)

Otis Cronk, Accountant, (1948-1951)

A. N. Whitter, Manufacturers Agent, (1951–1952)

Cronk and Reinhardt, Otis Cronk and C. W. Reinhardt, Accountants, (1952–1957)

2nd Floor used for storage and sales rooms (1957-1971)

Henry Smith Agency, (1971-1974)

La Fontaine Management Services, (1971-1973)

Harry E. Van Horsten, Attorney, (1971–1993)

Minnesota Title Agency of Medina Inc., (1971–1974)

Urban Research and Planning Inc., (1973–1974)

Gordon Beach, Attorney, (1973-1974)

Bruce D. Parish, Attorney, (1974–1975)

1.  He moved from 53 Public Square in 1974.

City Title Company of Medina, (1974–1979)

Robert Schultz Jr., Attorney, (1974–1985)

National Land Title Company, (1976–1979)

U.S. Army Recruiting Station, (1976-1988)

Louisville Title Company, Inc., Thomas Wolfe, Manager, (1976–1989)

Thomas E. Wolfe Insurance Agency, (1976–1989)

All American Inc., Field Services and Havco Corporation, (1976–1978)

Medina County Democratic Headquarters, (1976–1981)

Dean R. Steigerwald, (1979-1981)

Ohio Bar Title Insurance Company, (1979–1981)

Arlene B. Huber, Attorney, (1979–1981)

Kenneth L. Mc Artor, Attorney, (1979–1981)

Medina Court Reporters, (1979–1981)

United Way of Medina, (1981-1982)) 

Eric D, Ritz, Attorney, (1982–1985)

Reginald S. Kramer, Attorney, (1982–1985)

Diana B. Menn, CS, (1982–1985)

Christopher J. Collier, Attorney, (1985–1988)

A. F. S. Design Consultants, (1982–1988)

Brad Gessner, Attorney, (1985-1988)

John J. Lohn, Attorney, (1985-1988)

Phoenix Title Agency, (1985–1988) 

Rus Vladimir Company, LPA, (1986–1988)

Russo Dorcas, Attorney, (1986–1988)

Edmond Bowers, Attorney, (1987–1989)

Real Estate Title Service Corporation, (1989–1991)

P. F. Maynard, (1990–1991)

James A. Bixby, (1992–1992)

Eugene W. Bixby, (1992–2000)

William Thorne, Attorney, (1992–1993)

Heiss and Associates, (1993–1993)

OH Reality Advisors, (2002-2003)

Physicians Insurance Specialists, (2003-2003) 

Securities America, Inc., (2003–2003)

TLC Home Care Agency, (2002–2003)

Investors Royal Alliance, (2004–2005)

Andrew M. Korduba, Attorney, (2005–2008)

Vestige Ltd., (2005-2011)

Terrence Leland Custom Furnishings, (2006–2008)

Christopher Freeman, Attorney, (2009–2011)

David V. Gedrock, Attorney, (2009–2016)

Wiles, Byle, Burkholder, and Bumgardner Company, (2012–2013)  

Blue Velvet, (2013–2014)

Isaac Wiles Burkholder and TTR, LLC, (2014-2015)    

Bonezzi, Switzer, Polito and Hupp Co., LPA, Brian Kerns, Prop. (2016-Present)

Brian Kerr, Attorney, (2016-Present)

David V. Gedrock, Attorney, (2016-Present)


South-side Public Square 10.jpg

#47 East Washington Street: South Side Public Square, Reinhardt Block-1880

1.  1878 - "With the letting of the contract to build the Town Hall and Engine House, by the village council other buildings will also be put up on the only spot left vacant by the great fire of 1870.

2.  O. N. Leach will build a two story brick store adjoining the Phoenix block. Between that and the town hall there are two lots, one of which has been bought by A. D. Faust, who will build a two story, brick building.

3.  The other Lot will probably be sold to parties who will build on it, and thus the entire space will be closed up with a row of brick business houses."

Reinhardt Bakery and Candy Shop, George. W. Reinhardt, Prop. (1880–1930)

1.  A. D. Faust sold his new building adjoining Town Hall to G. W. Reinhardt the baker in 1880.

2.  A new stone walk installed in front of the Reinhardt block in 1880 and a new glass store front added on the Reinhardt’s store in 1893.

3.  The Odd Fellows had an oyster supper at Reinhardt’s bakery Monday night after going through their regular business and initiating a candidate in 1886.

4.  A generation ago most business blocks had balconies, but now the last in Medina Village on the Reinhardt Block is gone in 1926.

G. W. Reinhardt adv, 1880.jpg

Reinhardt Grocery Store, George W. Reinhardt, Prop. (1930–1936)

I.  In 1936 Reinhardt’s bakery closed. Business founded by George W. Reinhardt in 1873 in the Empire Block and now more than 60 years ago.

The Store was occupied as a grocery, bakery and confectionary store for 56 years.

Abrams’s Men’s Clothing Store, Albert Abrams Prop. (1937–1969)

1.  Abrams moved into the bakery store from his previous store location at #11 West Public Square and remodel the store with a new glass front in 1937.

2.  Beginning Thursday December 1, 1968 and for the balance of the week the Abrarns Clothing and Shoe store is observing the formal opening of its newly enlarged, refurnished and redecorated quarters.

3.  By removing the shoe department of the store to a large room between the clothing and hat department and the alteration department has materially added to the floor space of the establishment.

4.   The addition of blond maple show cases and fixture together with chrome and red leather chairs and settees has greatly increased the eye appeal of the interior of the store.

Sherwin-Williams Paint Store, (1969–1971)

Robert’s Village Jewelers, (1971–1973)

Totero’s Jewelers, (1974–1980)

Interior Design Studios and JK Gifts, Mark Roberts, Prop. (1981–2007)

1.  Roberts moved the Studios to 205 South Court Street in 2007.

Contemporary Photography, (2008–2008)

Medina Oriental Rugs, (2009–2011)

Posh Peacock, (2011–2014)

Something’s Popping, Lorene Hocevar, Prop. (2014–Present)