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The Man Behind the Curtain of a Family Business
Names like Buddy Larosa, John Schnatter of Papa Johns, Tom Monaghan of Domino’s, and other men resonate as leaders and innovators in the pizza business. But what of Mios, “Your Neighborhood Pizzeria”? Mio’s has a wonderful tale to tell, but few have heard it. It is high time people heard about the man behind the curtain.
Mio’s Pizzeria was founded in Hyde Park in 1975 by my father, Ray Spurlock. He was raised in Cincinnati to a hard working, blue-collar family and had meager means. Ray’s truly tireless work ethic allowed him to work from open to close every day, propelling his small pizzeria forward by the sweat of his brow. The quality of his work was apparent as Mio’s grew from one small location in Hyde Park, to eight locations all around Cincinnati. After hearing his customers endlessly say, “I just love Mio’s,” Ray knew that Cincinnati had a love affair with Mio’s pizza. The saying “I Just Love Mio’s” has been on our pizza boxes ever since and the concept of love will forever be a huge part of the ethos of our company.
Ray’s innate culinary skill produced the wonder of Mio’s proprietary pizza dough, pizza sauce, and our special blends of pizza, basil, and spinach cheeses. His other proprietary recipes include our House Creamy Garlic and Italian dressings, our homemade tuna, French Onion soup, and our fresh hoagie buns and bread sticks. Ray pioneered the incredibly unique taste that is still Mio’s today.
Throughout the years, Ray introduced many unique features into the Cincinnati pizza market. Mio’s was the first local pizzeria to add home delivery, add children’s coloring contests and children’s own “Make-and-Bake” nights each week, and the first to add deep dish pizza and stuffed pizza; all such innovations are still in existence and doing well today. Mio’s has been honored and awarded both locally and nationally for our quality and inventiveness. Ray retired in 2001 but after a 14 year absence, he’s back as the owner of Mio’s in Mariemont and he is working closely with current Mio’s CEO, Allen Harless, to make improvements in the company.
Ray took over Mio’s in Mariemont on October 1st from the owner of 14 years, Jim Shaner. To add a sad turn to the tale, Jim passed away on October 13th of a heart attack. He is remembered fondly by all of his family, friends, staff, and following of loyal customers.
Mio’s is in my family’s blood. My father, Ray, met my mother, Jennifer McDuffie, at Mio’s in 1980. A wonderful match, my parents have raised a great family and built a wonderful business. If you come into the store, you’ll see my father laughing and joking with customers as he hosts in the dining room on Friday nights and you’ll see my mother working in the dining room during most lunches, smiling and treating every customer as dearly as she treats our own family (as that is the only way she knows how to treat people).
Since taking over the Mariemont location, my dad, ever the creative culinary genius, and some of the staff, have planned a number of exciting new original crust pizzas, a completely new line of delicious and decadent deep dish pizza, updated salads, new appetizers, and an expanded line of craft beers. The store has new ovens, heating, doors, a renovated and redecorated dining room (in progress), and an expanding kitchen in order to better serve the community with dine-in, carryout, and delivery. My father, mother, and I are committed to truly being your family-owned and operated neighborhood pizzeria.
We are so excited to be a part of the Mariemont community again. If you have enjoyed this article and/or you are a Mio’s lover, please come in and introduce yourself. We are always here and we would be thrilled to make your acquaintance.
Mac’s Pizza Pub continues to flourish and was just voted to have the best pizza in Cincinnati by Cincy Magazine. Mac’s Pub is family friendly and has selections to satisfy even the needs of customers that are vegan, vegetarian, or require gluten free items. Moreover, it has a great selection of local craft beer and all the accoutrements of a fine sports bar that include17 HD TV’s connected to the NFL Ticket, Big 10 and SEC networks for your sports viewing. It has a private party room that can easily accommodate groups of up to 50 persons. Phone 513-271-6227. web site macspizzapub.com, address 6309 Wooster Pike, 45227
July 31st, 2014 marked the 100th Anniversary for St. Theresa-A Diversicare Transistional Care Community. St. Theresa is a five star rated senior living community that offers all levels of care to the aging population throughout greater Cincinnati. St. Theresa Nursing Home was established by Mary Shanahan in July of 1914 at its original location in Silverton, Ohio. By 1991, the occupants outgrew the Silverton site and, therefore, relocated to its current location in the old Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in Mariemont, Ohio.
St. Theresa held a centennial celebration on August 1st, 2014 to commemorate this historic event with a resident cook out and reading of a proclamation by Mayor Daniel J. Policastro of the Village of Mariemont. Father Tom Axe, the resident priest, blessed the building and its residents for hopes of remaining a strong staple in the community as it has for so many years. The celebration continued with the honoring of both a resident and staff member who have been with St. Theresa at both locations. Doris Jewell has been a resident at St. Theresa since 1991 and Margo Moore has been a devoted STNA for 27 years having started working for the building in 1987.
I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND (1978) & Q&A AT the MARIEMONT THEATRE
Thursday, August 21st, 7:30 pm
The Beatles were about to arrive in the U.S., and fans were completely obsessed. This comedy tells the story of a group of teens set our to meet the Fab Four in person.
Q&A with Dusty Rhodes & Scott (Belmo) Belmer
Q&A discussion after the film with Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes, who was responsible for first bringing the Beatles to Cincinnati while he was a disc jockey for WSAI. Also Scott (Belmo) Belmer, an internationally recognized Beatles historian and author of the new book, “THE BEATLES INVADE CINCINNATI”, the complete history of the Beatles’ two Cincinnati concerts in 1964 & 1966.
Rated PG. Tickets: $9.75 (general admission); $7.00 (for those 60+); $7.50 (students). Mariemont Theatre is located at 6906 Wooster Pike in Mariemont.
Seats are limited. Advance tickets for all three events available at the box office, or can be purchased online here: https://www.movietickets.com/purchase/perf_id/749309479/movieid/50664/language/0
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Dr. Madden’s passion extends far beyond U.S. borders and into South Africa, where he joins a dedicated team bringing care to many who have never seen a dentist. It’s a true mission with gratifying results. “Our goal is to train and hire South Africans, this way we provide dental care and jobs to the truly needy and impoverished.” Locally, Dr. Madden had taken a position as Director of Dentistry at the Good Samaritan Free health Center where he coordinates services with over sixty local volunteer providers. He also acts as an advisor in the planning and design of dental care services within the Citylink Center “I may someday retire from dentistry,” he muses. “But mission and volunteer work could keep me practicing forever.”