J. Gumbo’s to celebrate 5th anniversary


Richard Upton said success is not clear when opening a business.

But the owner of J. Gumbo’s Delaware, 9 N. Sandusky St., in downtown will be celebrating its five-year anniversary this weekend.

The Delaware location is a locally-owned franchise that opened in 2012. J. Gumbo’s operates in 10 states. It specializes in Cajun and Creole dishes.

“It’s been a struggle,” Upton said. “… [But] Delaware has been a phenomenal community.”

The celebrations will kick off on Friday, which will feature a photo booth at the eatery for people to take pictures of themselves. On Saturday, Upton will have an ice cream eating contest in the parking lot behind and adjacent to his business at 2 p.m. with a balloon artist on site before the event.

Relentless Glory Ministries will have a service and free food for low-income residents from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

“It’s become far more than a restaurant, it’s become a community outpost,” Upton said.

Over the years, he’s hired people with developmental disabilities and looks to hire two to three more by the end of the year.

In addition to the anniversary, the business will celebrate being chosen as one of 102 entrepreneurs for the 2017 American Small Business Championship hosted by SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors.

Upton received a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card, an all-expense-paid trip to training and networking event this week, SCORE mentoring and publicity throughout the year.

J. Gumbo’s Delaware is also eligible to win one of three additional $25,000 grand prizes by being named Grand Champion. A judging panel of small business experts will select three Grand Champions from the group of Small Business Champions this summer.

By Brandon Klein

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• Healthy Kids Day & Arbor Day, Delaware Community Center YMCA, Delaware, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 am. Saturday. The YMCA’s open house for 2017 will provide activities and information for families and children. The event is free and open to the public. Activities include a bike rodeo, bounce house, touch-a-truck and swim assessments. The Delaware Shade Tree Commission will plant a new tree outside the center to celebrate Arbor Day. For information go to www.ymcacolumbus.org/delaware.

• Clean Your Block Party, Main Street Delaware Inc., 20 E. Winter St., Delaware, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers are needed to help prepare the downtown for the upcoming market season. Main Street, the Delaware General Health District and the city are teaming up for the event. All supplies will be provided and anyone interested should email Jennifer Way-Young at [email protected].

• Art Hop, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday. Art, dance, music and literature lovers are invited to “Art Hop” over to Delaware on April 30 for a special day of exhibits and performances sponsored by the Arts and Humanities at Ohio Wesleyan University. For a list of events go to www.owu.edu/calendars/day/2017-04-30/.

Email your event to [email protected].


Friday & Saturday

Gifted (PG-13): [2 p.m.], 5 p.m., 8 p.m.,

The Circle (PG-13): [2:15 p.m.], 5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

The Fate of the Furious (PG-13): [2:30 p.m.], 5:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

Note: Times in [brackets] are Saturday ONLY.


Gifted (PG-13): 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.

The Circle (PG-13): 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

The Fate of the Furious (PG-13): 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Gazette reporter Brandon Klein can be reached by email or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

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