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Paulding revitalizing downtown with two new businesses coming to town

The long term plan is to bring downtown Paulding, Ohio back to its former state as center of attraction for the county. To help do that, two new businesses are coming to the downtown area, one of which will occupy the 132 year old Masonic Temple building.

Posted: Jan 14, 2021 9:00 PM
Updated: Jan 15, 2021 9:34 AM

PAULDING, Ohio (WFFT) - For sale signs are common in smalltown businesses, but in downtown Paulding, they're trying to reverse that trend.

One of the oldest buildings in town, the Masonic Temple, will get new life as a Union Bank branch.

Union Bank CEO Brian Young says it's the people that ultimately attracted them to Paulding.

"It starts and it ends with people. I'm excited for Paulding county, I'm excited what's going on, I'm excited we can be a part of it," Young said. "I'm excited that ashley says I want to raise my family here, I want to be a part of this place."

The Ashley that Young is referring to is Ashley Maibach. She and her husband Mitch will be the new owners of what will be the Grounded Coffee Shop in the building next to the old temple building.

The Maibach's say they always wanted to own a coffee shop and after living in Fort Wayne for over half a decade, they wanted to help their home community grow to its fullest potential.

"We realized that the community that we surround yourself with is how we continue to press through the hard times of life. So, with all of that and the experience that we've had, we feel like having a coffee shop in the town that we live is super important so that we can grow a community here," Mitch Maibach said.

Dave Burtch with Paulding Community Improvement Corporation says the projects offer jobs and shops young people are asking for, making the downtown more of the center of attention for the town.

"It'll never be what it was before, but it can be the same purpose," Burtch said. "We're not going to have a shoe store or a clothing store probably, but we can have other types of shops and stores, and retail and entertainment, and restaurants and things like that to come down for."

Burtch say the more people who come downtown, the closer they are to bringing it back to life.

No grand opening date was disclosed for either of the two new businesses, but the Maibachs say they have a goal of opening the coffee shop by summer 2021.

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