Chamber members celebrate business

COLUMBIANA – Gathered Thursday underneath what is possibly the biggest bottle cap hanging on a wall in the city were a group of locals celebrating area business.

The large red Coca Cola throwback cap is one of the many old-style elements in the Columbiana Diner owned and operated by Larry Deidrick and Vicki Smith.

Deidrick is president of the local Tourism Bureau and opened the full-service 1950s themed restaurant this summer.

“We do our best to offer local food,” he said, noting the restaurant does not have a freezer or microwave.

The restaurant gets its free range eggs from a farm on Springfield Road and also purchases fresh red skin potatoes. Corn bread, biscuits and sausage gravy are all made fresh as well, he said.

While the restaurant offers breakfast all day, it is not the only meal offered. It is the only one in the area that offers Vienna beef hot dogs, and those were made available Thursday during the Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fall Business Showcase.

The Columbiana Community Foundation was also showcased during the event.

Deann Davis, one of the foundation’s trustees, said the incorporated foundation currently has about $2.4 million in assets and grants are awarded from investment income on that principle.

The foundation was formed in 1986 by six residents and is operated on a volunteer basis. It is donation-funded and supports various projects in Columbiana and Fairfield Township.

Grants are awarded to 501c(3) tax-exempt organizations and Davis said funding was most recently given to Crown Theater Productions, with prior funding to Heartland Christian School, the city’s Restoration and Beautification Committee, the Adapt Coalition of Columbiana County and Firestone Park, to name a few.

The foundation can also give to endowments funds and award scholarships to high school seniors. Donations are tax-deductible and anyone can become a member.

“We would love to have you help us continue to fund these worthy projects in the area,” Davis said.

More information is available at or at the foundation office at 11 South Main Street.

Cec Jones, owner of Mystic Engravings, was also recognized Thursday, and engraved the Chamber’s first ever President’s award.

Chamber Executive Director April Brinker said the award was designed to recognize a business that has contributed to the betterment of Columbiana.

Chamber Director Terry McCoy announced Mark Brothers of Century Group will receive the award at the next Chamber event due to being unavailable that evening.

Jones said she primarily works with awards such as plaques, although she will engrave pretty much anything she can get her hands on. Her newest engraving project was a small flashlight, and she has even engraved pens.

She uses a laser for the engraving – which she mostly does on wood – and charges for her time, not per word.

“I do just about anything I can,” she said.

Several of her items were on display at the diner, including engraved wood coasters and coaster holders.

“They are a great business to have in our community, and we are blessed to have them,” McCoy said.

The Chamber also recognized local attorney Richard Hura, who specializes in family and criminal law.

Originally from Canfield, Hura said he got to know the city through his mother who was employed as Superintendent of the Columbiana School District.

He and his wife Lexie and their children live in the city. Their son is a student at Joshua Dixon Elementary, and their daughter attends Heartland Christian School.

Hura said his slogan as an attorney is “Trusted, committed counsel” because he is a man of his word and passionately pursues his clients’ interests.