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Ottawa County’s brain gain: The Clinton House

 

Oak Harbor residents Jon and Carolyn Rodenhauser have reopened 106 West Perry Street, Port Clinton, as the Clinton House once again. The Clinton House, which used to be the old location of The Beacon, had a soft opening this past weekend and is planning to open full time in two weeks with a full kitchen and liquor license.

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Port Clinton brain gain: the Kleinhans family

Donald, Latoya and Jamie Kleinhans outside of their new business endeavor, PJ’s Grille & Bar.

Jamie Kleinhans, who went through the Port Clinton school system, moved out on his own at the age of 16 and earned his GED in 1996. Now, with the help of his wife, Latoya, a 1995 Port Clinton graduate, and his brother, Donald, who graduated from Oak Harbor in 1998, he is running Papa Jimmie’s and as of May 5, PJ’s Grille and Bar.

Jamie spent some time in the Dayton area after school as head chef of an organization that gave meals to intercity families. There were 23 locations in the operation. Six years ago, Jamie came back to Port Clinton to take care of his grandmother. Soon after, he started the Port Clinton Papa Jimmie’s.

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Port Clinton’s brain gain: Roseann Hickman

Port Clinton High School Class of 1982 graduate Roseann Hickman moved away one year after graduating only to come back to Port Clinton, the place that she claims as home. After graduation, Roseann wanted to relocate to a bigger community. In 2003, she decided to move back to Port Clinton.

“I moved back to be near my family,” said Roseann. “I missed the lake and I also missed the small town sense of community; it feels safe here. My roots were here, there’s nothing like coming home.”

Roseann is the owner of Perfect Color Hair and Tan on 90 N. Madison Street. “The former owner called and wanted to know if I wanted to purchase the business in 2009. I didn’t want to see an empty store front in Port Clinton. I saw an opportunity to enrich the downtown and I took it,” said Roseann.

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