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Dunks & Donuts: Life is sweet for former pro basketball player/Westerville bakery owner




Shaun Stonerook believes if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The 42-year-old owner of the iconic Westerville bakehouse Schneider’s Bakery, says he hasn’t changed a thing—except deciding to accept credit cards—since quietly taking over ownership in April 2017. Schneider’s has been a Westerville staple since 1954, and Stonerook knew better than to change the fan favorites.

“All the donuts, cakes, muffins and rolls have been made from the same recipes for 60 years. We haven’t messed with any of the core things,” he said. “People like them. I don’t need to come in and change things that are selling and people enjoy. Adding new donuts is one thing, but taking away products that people have grown to love over the course of their lives wouldn’t be a good business decision. The processes, the way things are done, the business, you can change, but there’s no reason to mess with something that’s already great.”

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The Westerville native says he never dreamt of owning a bakery. In fact, he said people laughed at him when he bought Schneider’s Bakery— maybe because he had just come off of a break after a 12-year professional basketball career in Europe. Bakery ownership and basketball couldn’t be more different, but Stonerook’s desire to move home from Italy with his wife Manuela to raise their children Alexi and Kai led him away from the court and on toward the cakes.

Stonerook earned recognition for helping Westerville North win the state basketball championship in 1994. He then went on to a successful college basketball career, playing for both Ohio State and Ohio University, where he was an All-Mid-American Conference player for two years in a row. He then moved to Belgium to play basketball professionally in 2000. After a year there, he moved to Italy, where he played for another 11 years before retiring from basketball in 2012 and moving home.

“I was there [in Italy] for a long time, but the plan was always to come back here,” he said. “People may wonder why Westerville or why Columbus, but this is home, where family and friends are. Westerville is a great place to raise kids and call home.”


When Stonerook is not at the bakery or with his family, he runs the Shaun Stonerook Foundation, which benefits children in foster care. Stonerook was adopted at nine months old, and wanted to give back.

“It sounds cliche, but [foster children] ask the question—what’s wrong with them? Why aren’t they getting adopted?” he said. The foundation organizes special events, like a Christmas dinner with gifts, to ensure the children are recognized during the holidays. The foundation also partners with adoption agency Choice Network to provide “anything to help kids in foster care,” from new playground equipment to computer labs.

Although running the bakery means long, and sometimes very early, hours, Stonerook says carrying on the Schneider’s legacy is worthwhile. “People say they have been coming here since they were a little kid, which is very cool,” he said.

Running the bakery requires an all-new education, and Stonerook is up for the task of learning. “I had no baking experience when I got here and I took the first few years to learn the business side of it. Within just the last six months, I’ve started to learn more about baking and frying and all that goes along with it,” he said. “There is 50-plus years of baking tradition here, so I’m not going to learn it all in a year.”

Thankfully for Stonerook, former Schneider’s owner Jeff Hamler is willing to teach him the tricks of the trade, along with several of the bakers who have worked at Schneider’s for over 15 years. Hamler helps out at the bakery during busy holidays, and still is invested in the bakery’s success.

“A lot of people would sell their business and walk away,” said Stonerook, “but he comes in whenever I need help.” Stonerook says that Hamler ran the business in a very “old-school” way, laughing as he shares how he’s learning from Hamler. “Everything was in his head, so I’m trying very hard to get those things out of there, just in case he decides not to come in anymore.”

Schneider’s Bakery is located at 6 South State St. in Westerville. Visit online at

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Rémy Cointreau presents: The Sidecar





We teamed up with Rémy Cointreau and local bartender, Ben Griest, from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo to bring you an icon of cognac cocktails. Ben's previous videos featured the art of margarita-mixology, and now we are moving on to another tasty cocktail. This timeless, opulent drink is well-balanced and fresh.

With National Cognac Day coming up, we figured it would be great to share, Rémy Martin 1738 presents The Sidecar.

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National Brisket Day is Today!

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With meat shortages starting to take their toll and National Brisket Day here at last - we've gathered a roundup of some spots you can go to to get your brisket fix.

Legacy Smoke House

With their main location in Hilliard and a food truck moving throughout the city, Legacy Smoke House is a solid choice for brisket on National Brisket Day, just be sure to get there while supplies last. Enjoy!

Pecan Pennys

Just off Main Street, Pecan Pennys is ready to fulfill your brisket needs. If your looking to feed a family though be sure to get your orders in advance as they're requesting 24 hours notice on dinner bundles.

Ray-Ray's Hog Pit

With locations in Franklinton, Westerville, Clintonville and Powell Ray Ray's Hog Pit is open for business with brisket stocked at all locations. #NationalBrisketDay is the best day!

Hoggy’s Restaurant and Catering

Located on Bethel Road, Hoggy’s will be stocking brisket for both dine-in or carryout. Feel free to stop in or stop by!

The Pit

With a new location opened up on Parsons Ave. The Pit BBQ will be offering brisket for the National day. Celebrate with some tasty brisket!

City Barbeque

City Barbeque will be offering brisket for the National day! So get excited and get ready for some yummy BBQ brisket!

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{UPDATED} Indoor Dining: what’s NOT opening?




Los Gauchos

PINS Mechanical Co.

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Hey Pinheads. We're so excited to hear that our world is beginning to reopen! Many of you have reached out asking about our opening plans so we wanted to provide a brief update on Pins Mechanical Co. While we fully trust and support the decisions of our local leaders, it’s our responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our team members and guests, while not sacrificing the experience that makes Pins, Pins! With that in mind, none of our locations will be opening in May. There are many unknowns with COVID-19 and we hope that taking this extra time will help our guests and teammates feel better about the measures we’ve put in place to keep all of us safe. For example, on top of our already stringent cleaning procedures, we’re installing UV technology at all locations (ensuring you always have clean balls to play with). We’re looking forward to welcoming back our kick-ass team to train and adjust to this new normal. Once our people feel comfortable + confident, we’ll know it’s time to get rollin’ again! Thank you for your incredible support, online sales, photo shares + kind words over the last two months. Even when you couldn’t show up, you showed up and we’ll never forget it! We’re hopeful that everyone will be safe and smart as we begin to reopen the doors to the small businesses that make our communities so special. See you soon, Pinheads!

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Old North Arcade

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Dear friends, . As you are most likely aware, Governor DeWine has permitted the reopening of bars and restaurants for dine-in seating effective 5/21. We are very grateful that our leadership is now offering businesses the choice to do what they think is right. We offer no judgment for the bars and restaurants that are/have chosen to open. However, for our particular business, and for our staff, we still think it's too early. We are going to remain closed this week and next but do hope to open soon. Your understanding and patience is greatly appreciated and we cannot wait to see you all. It is important to us that we apply an extra layer of safety and precaution on top of the govermental recommendations. Tentatively, we are looking at the end of May to reopen in a very limited capacity but we're following local and national developments very closesly so will be quick to bail if things turn south. Your continued support has been quite humbling. Thank you. Stay healthy, support local, and be more than kind to one another. . Cautiously optimistic, . ONA Staff

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Watershed Kitchen + Bar

101 Beer kitchen

They are delaying opening dine-in service until May 26th.

Matt the Miller's Tavern

Stay tuned on social for patio and dine-in updates!

J. Gumbo's

J. Gumbo's will continue to stay open for online ordering for pick up and delivery - stay tuned for dine-in updates.

Mouton on High

The Whitney House

The Whitney House will be opening Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 11 am.

The Guild House

Stay tuned for opening dates!

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Stay safe everyone 💕

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Smoked On High

Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace

The Woodbury

The Woodbury will be opening its doors for dine-in service on June 1 2020.


Roosters are not opening dine-in until May 26th 2020.

The Eagle

The Eagle is temporarily closed - stay tuned on social for updates!

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In light of the government mandated closure of dine-in business for an indeterminable period of time, we’ve made the incredibly hard decision to temporarily close The Eagle Columbus. . Given the truly unprecedented and quickly evolving nature of this health crisis, we’ve been forced to make the best decisions we can, with the information we have. As the true scale of this crisis has been revealed, it’s become impossible to deny the impact this mandate will have on our business and team members. This decision was made as all of our decisions have been: with the health, happiness, well being and best interests of our guests and team members in mind. . The state of Thunderdome Restaurant Group is strong and we look forward to seeing and serving you all on the other side of this. Truth, courage, and be well.

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Lavash Cafe

Tiger + Lily

Tiger + Lily is sticking to carry out for the time being. Follow them on social for updates for dine-in!

Yats Grandview

Red Lobster

Red Lobster is continuing to stick to curbside pickup, delivery, or touchless pick-up.

Harvest Pizza

Bareburger Columbus

Bareburger is opening for dine-in on May 26th, 2020.


City Barbeque

Local Cantina - Creekside, Grandview, Dublin, Westerville, Hilliard Locations

Creekside Local Cantina is delaying opening indoor dining until May 26, 2020.

OH Pizza and Brew

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