MILAN In a year of economic ups and downs, the Village of Milan was able to hold its own. What is the magic that Milan possesses? How does a village of 1,400 support such a vibrant retail and professional business environment? Those questions may not be easy to answer, but during a year that was so difficult for most businesses, Milan saw a rebirth of commerce on the Square. The iconic Invention Restaurant entices both locals and tourists alike. New hours, an expanded menu and the chance to have your picture taken with Tom himself have placed this eatery on the map.
The Village Station re-opened at the intersection of Main and Church Streets providing residents with a local source for gasoline. Owner Todd Sebolt has plans to add a convenience store feature during 2010. The Square features abundant retail stores and professional services such as Ginger's Thrifts and Gifts and Lakeside Financial Advisors, LLC. 2009 came to a close with only one empty store-front, quite an achievement for any downtown to boast.
But Milan business reaches past the Square and into the realm of industry and the green movement. The internationally recognized Veggie U, Chef's Garden and Culinary Vegetable Institute call Milan home. Veggie U has joined forces with top chefs, educators, a nutritionist and a local physician to create a program that combats the rising epidemic of childhood obesity. The Chef's Garden is an ardent proponent of sustainable agriculture, growing specialty vegetables for the finest restaurants while avoiding chemical pesticides and fertilizers where available. Freudenberg-NOK, the leading producer of advanced sealing and vibration control products, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Edison Solar & Wind Ltd. specializes in commercial and residential electricity generating systems custom designed for the individual consumer's location and energy needs.
The Village of Milan is also home to two museums; the Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum was busy lobbying for a statue of the famous inventor to be placed in Statuary Hall, Washington D.C. 2009 was a busy year for the Milan Museum the seven building campus continued with many grant-sponsored renovations and enjoyed the introduction of several successful new events. Both museums saw an increase in attendance in 2009.