Community Spotlight

The VP Realty Team at team lunch at Los Venados Mexican Restaurant in Mantua, Ohio.

About Community Spotlight

Welcome to the Community Spotlight! Every Thursday, we at VP Realty take time to thank a team member, community member, or local business for all they do to make our community a better place. At VP Realty, we believe it’s important to show people we appreciate them, because it recognizes their hard work, effort, and (hopefully) makes them feel good! If you have something kind to say, share it- Gratitude is a higher frequency. “Showing gratitude will raise your frequency, and it’s important to operate in a place high or above.” – Lauren Patrick

 Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their work in the community?

You can nominate them to be our next community spotlight here

Community Spotlight: Rebekah Stout 

Rebekah Stout is an invaluable asset to the Vincent Patrick Realty team. As our Office Manager, she goes above and beyond to deliver exceptional customer service, ensuring the office operates seamlessly while resolving any challenges that come our way. With three years of dedicated service at VP Realty, Rebekah’s expertise and commitment shine through in everything she does.

Rebekah and her son, Ali, call Garrettsville home, but her roots trace back to the nearby town of Windham, Ohio, where she grew up. Since then, she has developed a deep passion for Windham, frequently brainstorming innovative ways to support and uplift the community.

As a key member of our team, Rebekah has spearheaded numerous community events, meticulously preparing and planning every detail. Even when she is not leading the charge, her unwavering involvement ensures our vision becomes a reality. In February 2024, she worked with a fellow team member to plan, prepare, and execute our Valentine’s Movie Night, a client appreciation event VP Realty put on and opened to the public. 

Rebekah is also a Mortgage Loan Officer with Equity Capital Mortgage. You can find more about how she can help you with your mortgage needs at sellvp.com/money 

Interested in learning more about Rebekah? Find more info at sellvp.com/about

Community Spotlight: Delaney Kacenski 

Delaney Kacenski is the Property Manager of South Wood Apartments and an Administrative Assistant with Vincent Patrick Realty – and a valued member of the Garrettsville and Windham community. 

Her favorite part of working with VP Realty is having the opportunity to meet new people. 

“I love working and connecting with people. Every day is different.” – Delaney Kacenski

She spends a lot of her time managing South Wood Apartments, but when she has time she does whatever she can to help the agents and clients at VP Realty. 

Originally from Geauga County, she has lived in Garrettsville for 12 years. Delaney and her husband, Daniel, have 3 children, Easton (7), Mason (5), and Sophia (3).

Delaney also loves to help out the community with her involvement in the Windham Youth Baseball and Softball Association, where she is a secretary. Additionally, she helps coach the 8U boy’s baseball team and keep the scorebook. She enjoys being ingrained in the Windham community and helping the kids have the opportunity to play sports. 

Delaney Kacenski is an aspiring Real Estate Agent, and she estimates to have her license by the midway point of 2024. We are so proud to have her as a member of the Vincent Patrick Realty team.  If you would like to keep up on Delaney, you can check out her info on sellvp.com/about.

Community Spotlight: Sharon Mikulski

Thank you to Sharon Mikulski, owner of Vivid Vibes Boutique in Garrettsville. Vivid Vibes is a great spot for Women’s fashion. They celebrate strong, hardworking women in all sizes with fashion ranging from sizes X-Small to 5X. Sharon dedicates a lot of her time to learning the latest fashion trends, new marketing strategies, and shopping sales so they can offer lower prices for their inventory. Vivid Vibes is committed to great customer service and helping you find the perfect outfit. 

Sharon was born and raised in Garrettsville and graduated from James A Garfield in 2008. She was inspired to open up Vivid Vibes by her father, Tom Mikulski, who she watched run his own business growing up and gave her the confidence to do it herself. She also contributes a portion of her success to her husband: 

My husband, Jason Carmichael, who is the owner of JC Electric gave me the opportunity to succeed with my dreams by helping me turn offices into a boutique inside his building and supporting a women-owned business.” – Sharon Mikulski 

Opening a clothing store has always been Sharon’s dream. She ran a cleaning business for 8 years to save up for the opportunity to make her dream a reality and still takes on cleaning jobs a few times a week to help with costs at the boutique. 

Vivid Vibes is also involved in the Garrettsville Community. For the past few months, they have been working on a Prom fundraiser, where they took over 300 Prom dress donations from the community so they could provide them to students without breaking the bank. They spent time steaming, sewing, and making sure the dresses were perfect so students felt beautiful on their Prom night. They plan to continue this fundraiser in the future. They also sponsored the local Garrettsville Softball team. 

“We carry sizes from X-Small – 5X for all women to feel welcome shopping at Vivid Vibes Boutique. Most of our merchandise we were able to keep under $30 and most T – Shirts are under $20. We feel as though the word boutique can intimate some by thinking this is an expensive store but I took a different avenue to keep it affordable for all. I hope to see everyone stop in to support this small, local boutique! Stay tuned for our local events we will be hosting!” – Sharon Mikulski 

Vincent-Patrick Realty is so proud to be a part of the same town as Vivid Vibes Boutique as another female-owned business. 

Have a passion for fashion? You can learn more about Vivid Vibes and shop online here. Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook!

Do you know someone that would make a great Community Spotlight? Nominate them!

Sabrina Christian-Bennett

Community Spotlight: Sabrina Christian-Bennett

Sabrina Christian-Bennett is a highly valued member of the Portage County community. She is heavily involved in the community, from owning her business, Bennett Land Title, to serving on numerous boards to better our community. 

Sabrina started Bennett Land Title in 2008, and it’s a true passion for her.

 “I love doing it, I love dealing with people, and you know every file is different. There’s no file that’s ever the same.” – Sabrina Christian-Bennett

Sabrina is a 36-year resident of Portage County. She is married to Richard “Sparky” Bennett – a 36-year retired veteran of the Ravenna police department. She has four children, one grandchild, and one grand dog, Daisy Mae. She resides in Rootstown – her hometown.   

Sabrina is President of Portage County Habitat for Humanity and serves on numerous boards. She’s also a member of ACAR (Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors) and vice chair of the County Development Board. She also works with many non-profits, such as the Children Advocacy Center. Additionally, Sabrina is also very involved in the Second Chance program. 

Sabrina is an elected official. She is one of the three county commissioners, which she’s been doing for 9 years, and she just got re-elected for another 4 years.  

“I love the county, I love the community, I just want to see Portage County grow in a good way. We’ve got plenty of jobs to bring. The main issue I am focusing on right now is affordable housing.” – Sabrina Christian-Bennett

You can learn more about Bennett Land Title here. If you are interested in learning more about Sabrina as commissioner, you can find that info here

Do you know someone that would make a great Community Spotlight? Nominate them!

 

AJ Pitsinger of The Pitsinger Team at VP Realty holding up a sold sign

Community Spotlight: AJ Pitsinger

 AJ Pitsinger is a valued member of the VP Realty Team. He has been a huge asset to us in planning events and participating in community activities. In September of 2023, AJ was a huge help to VP Realty with our Outdoor Movie Night: The Sandlot so we could host it at the Bill Phelps Village Park baseball field.

Aj and his wife, Shelby, live and work in Garrettsville with their son, Dalton. They work together as a two-person husband and wife real estate team: The Pitsinger Team with VP Realty. A lot of their time is spent participating in community events, and taking time together as a family. 

Look out for The Pitsinger Team’s upcoming event: the second annual Easter Eggstravaganza. They will be hosting the event at the Garrettsville Library Park and will have an easter egg hunt, the easter bunny for pictures, and a petting zoo courtesy of Backyard Critter 4-H club. They will also be taking donations to go towards the fair. To learn more, follow the event on Facebook or visit sellvp.com/egghuntAJ is a successful agent with Vincent Patrick Realty. Interested in working with AJ? You can learn more about him and The Pitsinger Team at sellvp.com/about.

 

Officer Emily Ahrens standing next to a police cruiser

Community Spotlight: Officer Emily Ahrens

Officer Emily Ahrens is an officer with the Garrettsville Police Department. She started her career after graduating from the Youngstown State University Police Academy in 2016, where she went on to work for the Brimfield Police Department until 2021 when she resigned to have more time with her family. She now only works for Garrettsville PD!

Officer Emily has helped form the Garrettsville SRO (School Resource Officer) program into what it is today. She works alongside school staff and counselors to better the program each day, taking on each new challenge head-on. Her duties center around greeting the children before school, keeping the building secure, and teaching safety topics – and she also reads to the kids as well.

She enjoys taking part in local community events and tries her best to make it to as many as she can. You can usually find her at the parades, attending school sporting events and plays, and anything else the kids participate in.

“I center most of my time around the kids to build rapport with them and be the best mentor I can be.” – Officer Emily Ahrens

Officer Emily Ahrens is a valued member of the Garrettsville Police Department and an amazing mentor to the students at JAG schools. You can learn more about the SRO Program and Garrettsville PD here.

 

Officer Mike Bussinger of the Windham Exempted School District

Community Spotlight: Officer Mike Bussinger

Officer Mike Bussinger is a valued member of the Windham Community. He is responsible for patrolling and handling service calls for the Windham Exempted School District, but he said his favorite part of his job is getting to greet all the preschoolers and help them open up their milk containers in the morning.

Officer Mike is a 2007 Kent State Trumbull Police Academy Graduate. He lives on a farm in Champion, Ohio with his wife, Grace, and his three children, Addison, Avery, and Elias. They spend their time heavily involved in 4-H and Scouts.

He goes above and beyond to be involved. It is important for him to be a role model for the kids he works with, so he does his best to be a great example. He’s participated in many community events, including the Stuff a Cruiser event – which collects toy donations for Christmas, and he participated in letting people donate a toy for the cause in lieu of a traffic citation.  He takes part in the None Under 21 Program, which is designed to keep 11th and 12th-grade students from drinking and driving during Prom season.

Officer Mike is known for being a kind and caring community member, and the students he works with agree.  We appreciate his willingness to help and his desire to be a role model to the younger generation.

” If I can make a difference in one kid’s life, I can go to bed satisfied. ” – Officer Mike Bussinger

Want to learn more about Officer Mike and the Windham Police Force? Find them on Facebook!

Community Spotlight: Kelly Zander 

Kelly Zander is VP Realty’s Team Lead and an outstanding Garrettsville Community Member. From our Holiday Light Trail to our Outdoor Movie Night, she is always thoroughly involved in making the magic happen. 

Kelly also puts a lot of effort into providing for the community independently. In 2023, Kelly decided to start the Book Corner on Buckeye Block. The Book Corner – a spot where you can give or take a book as desired –  is a great free resource for community members who do not have the resources to get books themselves. 

During the Farmer’s Market, she put on a weekly themed event for anyone to participate in, which was a fantastic opportunity for community members to come together and spend time with one another while learning about something new. She also puts time into helping other businesses and residents put on events by providing her expertise and guidance when she can. 

Kelly is an amazing realtor who makes immense effort to ensure her clients are taken care of. You can learn more about Kelly Zander at sellvp.com/kelly. If you’d like to work with Kelly, you can reach her at ‭(330) 671-5518 or check out her Facebook Page here‬. 

 

Community Spotlight: Garrettsville Nutrition

Jillian Andrikanich sitting with a Mega Tea at Garrettsville Nutrition
Thank you to Garrettsville Nutrition owners, Jillian Andrikanich and Adam Andrikanich, for always participating in community events and bringing the fun of specialty drinks to Garrettsville! Jill and Adam love the small-town atmosphere of Garrettsville. Raising their boys in a safe place is a big part of the reason they moved back to the area! Garrettsville Nutrition was taken over by Jill and Adam about 1.5 years ago.  They decided to start their own business as a way to stay involved with the community.
Adam handles the creative social media content, and Jill handles day-to-day operations.
Jill’s favorite drinks are the Carnival candy mega-tea and the Butterscotch Cookie shake.
Upcoming Garrettsville Nutrition Specials for February 2024  is the Red Velvet Shake – which will be $1 off! Tea specials are weekly.
We are so thankful to be a part of the same community as Garrettsville Nutrition! Keep updated with them on their Instagram and Facebook accounts, and make sure to stop in for a delicious Mega-Tea or Shake!

Community Spotlight: Lauren Patrick

Lauren Patrick, VP Realty’s Broker

Thank you to our broker, Lauren Patrick, for the endless effort she puts into the community. Lauren loves Garrettsville and spends a lot of her time participating and putting on free community events for members to enjoy. Lauren and her team put on the annual Halloween Decorating contest and Holiday Light Trail every year, and we were blown-away with the outstanding participation we had in the 2023 Holiday Light Trail, which brought in over 950 votes this year!

Lauren splits her time between Garrettsville and Gulfport, Florida while she operates her many different businesses. Her short-term rental business, Enjoy Your Journey Stays, has become incredibly successful with the hours of work she puts into making it perfect.

We at VP Realty are very thankful to have a broker who is committed to making the community an even better place.

Interested in working with Lauren? You can learn more about Lauren and her many different ventures here. Learn more about Enjoy Your Journey Stays! Keep updated on the VP Realty team at sellvp.com/info.

 

Community Spotlight: Shelby Pitsinger

Shelby Pitsinger of the Pitsinger Team at VP Realty

Thank you to Shelby Pitsinger of The Pitsinger Team at VP Realty! Shelby does so much for VP Realty beyond selling houses. She is always willing to help us put on events for the Garrettsville Community.

In September 2023, VP Realty hosted a Free Outdoor Movie Night where local community members came out to watch The Sandlot. Shelby and her husband, AJ, were incredibly involved in getting this event prepared for the community. With their help, we were able to host it from the Garrettsville Village Park Ball Field – the perfect setting for a baseball movie! Before that, in April 2023, Shelby hosted an event: the Easter Egg-Stravaganza, which was exceptionally successful!

Shelby has been incredibly successful with her real estate sales in the past year. We are so proud of how far she has come and we are excited to watch her grow with us! Interested in having Shelby as your real estate agent? Follow The Pitsinger Team on Facebook! You can learn more about Shelby and the rest of the VP Team Here.

Community Spotlight: The Main Street Barbershop of Garrettsville

Chris Blewitt, owner of The Main Street Barbershop of Garrettsville, doing what he does best! Call to book your appointment today!

We want to say thank you to The Main Street Barbershop owner, Chris Blewitt, for being so involved in the Garrettsville community (and for treating the VP Team to delicious Christmas Cookies). The Barbershop is located at 8106 Main Street in the beautiful Historical District of Garrettsville and is open seven days a week.

The Main Street Barbershop is veteran-owned and operated. They opened one month after the lockdown (Covid) and built their clientele base from the ground up. This is Chris Blewitt’s 1st venture as a business owner. We appreciate Main Street Barbershop’s support of our community events and for providing valuable feedback on our marketing!

The Main Street Barbershop of Garrettsville has made its way across the globe! Friends of Chris have shared pictures wearing The Main Street Barbershop of Garrettsville apparel around the world. Some hot locations include Alaska, England, India, and so much more!! Follow The Main Street Barbershop of Garrettsville on Facebook!

Check back next week to see who is in the community spotlight!

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