Category: Members

Grand Lake Host to Help with COVID-19 Impact: Get Donations & 20% Off New Shop Sign-Ups

Grand Lake Host is offering assistance to any Members impacted by COVID-19 in our local community and economy.

We can implement a ‘Donations’ product for any and all Members, even if they do not have a Web Shop currently, for the community to band together and chip in to help our local businesses mitigate the impact that COVID-19 (the sudden and novel “coronavirus” pandemic).  This will be temporary and limited only to Donations, but we will leave it up for however long state-mandated business closures are in place. Grand Lake Host does not take a cut of any transactions on our Member sites.  A Donation product has a ‘Name Your Price’ input text field, where anyone can enter any amount and add that to Cart, completing Checkout.  Certain payment gateways can get funds from completed donations into your checking account instantaneously or within a few short days.  Reach out to us at support@grandlake.host if interested.

If your products have Shipping rates / fees, we can also temporarily disable them until you would like us to re-enable them again. Likewise, reach out to us at support@grandlake.host if interested.

With state-mandated business closures in certain sectors, such as school and restaurants/bars so far, now is PRECISELY the time to consider getting a website with a web-shop. For ANY new Members we will be offering a 20% discount for a full Standard Secure Shop tier Membership. Use code CVHELP at checkout and sign up here.  The discount is good for your first month, and the offered code will expire on April 30th— we will re-assess then whether to extend it based on the local situation.

It is part of our core mission to help our local community of entrepreneurs and businesses with our services and through any other means we can. We hope our Members and potential new Members will find this useful during these extraordinary and historic times.

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Grand Lake Host March 16, 2020 0 Comments

Grand Lake Host Welcomes Mercer Metal to Our Website Business Platform!

We are pleased to announce local Wilshire based business Mercer Metal has joined Grand Lake Host’s website business platform today with a Standard Secure Shop account! We are building their new site now.

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Grand Lake Host March 12, 2020 0 Comments

Grand Lake Host Welcomes Lofts on Main to Our Website Business Platform!

We are pleased to announce local Celina Main Street based business Lofts on Main has joined Grand Lake Host’s website business platform today with a Standard Secure account! We are building their new site now at www.loftsonmaincelina.com.

Lofts on Main, owned and operated by Lisa Buschur and her husband, is renovating several properties along Main Street, at both street level and second floor, for both commercial and apartment living.

Lofts on Main

While we’re building Lofts on Main’s new site at www.loftsonmaincelina.com, you can follow them on Facebook here: Lofts on Main (FB).

Grand Lake Host is very happy and appreciative that Lofts on Main is taking on renovations for some of our great downtown buildings. We have personally toured the properties and are enamored with their quality. Like so many of our Members, Lofts on Main is also doing a great service for our community through their investment, hard work, and creative, community-focused vision. We’re proud to add them to our Platform.

Are you also a Grand Lake area business? Join us today!

Lofts on Main

Lofts on Main

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Grand Lake Host February 24, 2020 0 Comments

Grand Lake Host Welcomes Dreadfully Good Games to Our Website Business Platform!

We are pleased to announce local Main Street area Celina-based business Dreadfully Good Games (at 202 South Sugar Street at the corner with West Fayette Street) has joined Grand Lake Host’s website business platform today with a Standard Secure account! We are building their new site now at www.dreadfullygoodgames.com.

Dreadfully Good Games, owned by Dave Elking, specializes in tabletop games of all kinds: roleplaying games, board games, and collectible card games.  The store has been in business in Celina for over 6 years now and has expanded in size. It hosts gaming sessions with player groups and weekly regular events, such as Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition one-shots for regulars and newcomers alike. They have an extensive collection of Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40k and offer Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon cards, miniatures, tons of unique board games, and so much more.

Dreadfully Good Games

While we’re building Dreadfully Good Games’s new site at www.dreadfullygoodgames.com, you can follow them on Facebook here: Dreadfully Good Games (FB) and join their Facebook Group here: Dreadfully Good Games FB Group.

With Grand Lake Host Owner / CEO Xander Davis’s background in the games industry, continued operation as an independent games designer with his parallel businesses, and his hobby as an active tabletop gamer with his family, welcoming Dreadfully Good Games into the Grand Lake Host ever-growing collective of Members and having the opportunity to design, host, and manage their website as part of this community is especially dear to his heart.

This business joins our many other wonderful platform Members. Check them out and join us today!

Dreadfully Good Games

Dreadfully Good Games

Dreadfully Good Games

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Grand Lake Host February 20, 2020 0 Comments

Introducing the New olive + ASH Site

We have launched the new olive + ASH site built and hosted by Grand Lake Host at www.shopoliveandash.com. olive + ASH is a Member of our Platform through the Standard Secure Shop plan. The Web Shop has the Square payment gateway directly integrated for processing orders with credit cards securely, connected to the same account used for their physical point-of-sale terminals in their store.  The Web Shop can also accept PayPal and Afterpay.  Inventory is synced automatically with Lightspeed, which populates dynamically throughout the website.  The site design uses our Iniya Theme, from our ever-growing professional-grade Themes collection.  All of this, including ongoing updates and maintenance, is included with their plan.

olive + ASH is an on-trend clothing, accessories, and home & dry goods boutique on Celina, Ohio’s Main Street, available in-store and online, founded in early 2018 by co-owners Stacey Brunswick and Todd Bader.

Their goal is to help individuals love their life AND their style by offering an array of products for themselves and their home. Stop in and visit them or shop online 24/7 today!

Stacey approached Grand Lake Host after paying around five thousand dollars, PLUS hosting fees, to an expensive marketing agency in the area. All they did was install WordPress and a Theme and then failed to get her products integrated with her site and get a Web Shop operational. Their web-designers and developers weren’t even in this state. Instead they apparently resided in Texas, around 1,300 miles away, and Stacey had no direct contact with them. They had been ‘working on it’ for months with virtually no progress made.

When Stacey heard that our offer is only $39/mo for a Standard Secure Shop that could achieve all of this quickly, she was stunned.

We completely started over with her site from the ground up and got her Member web-account spun-up within 24-hours. It took a bit to get all of her inventory into Lightspeed, mainly just to photograph and upload images for all of her hundreds of products, but once that was achieved, we were able to install her Theme of choice and replace all demo content with her own in a matter of only a few weeks.

Her site is now live and fully operational.

The entire time, Stacey was in direct contact with us and our developers working directly on her site, 24/7.

Stacey is now in direct control of her site’s Web Shop. She can use the Lightspeed backend to edit, remove, or add anew any product. Our Web Shop auto-syncs with her Lightspeed account every day at a time of her choosing, and she can always push a manual sync herself anytime she wishes.

Completed transactions on her site will immediately show up in her Square account and any changes to inventory will be synced with Lightspeed.

Further, we have her Instagram account directly integrated with her site, so the latest images dynamically appear in this section on her homepage. This integration of her main site and social media will help cross-promote both and, with it, it’s even easier for Stacey to continuously add fresh content to her site without any coding required at all.  She can even do this directly from her iPhone, anytime and anywhere.

We at Grand Lake Host are very proud to have achieved all of this for Stacey at an affordable rate when our competitors could not (at outrageous fees).  And, comparatively, we did it in record time.  We look forward to continuing to work together with Stacey to grow and evolve her site even further over time, all included with her plan.

We can do all of this for you too, whether you have an existing site you want to migrate or want us to create a whole new one for you from scratch. Join us as a Member today!

Stacey Brunswick

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Grand Lake Host February 7, 2020 0 Comments

Grand Lake Host Welcomes Brew Nation, The Potter House, Lake Rat Brewing, & Gnarly Beard Co. to Our Website Business Platform!

We are pleased to announce four local Main Street Celina-based businesses, Brew Nation, the Potter House, Lake Rat Brewing, and Gnarly Beard Co. have joined Grand Lake Host’s website business platform today with Standard Secure Shop accounts!

While we’re building their new sites, you can follow them on Facebook here: Brew Nation & the Potter House, Lake Rat Brewing, and Gnarly Beard Co.

These businesses join our many other wonderful platform Members. Check them out and join us today!

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Grand Lake Host January 22, 2020 0 Comments

Grand Lake Host Welcomes Classy Auto Spa to Our Website Business Platform!

We are pleased to announce local Coldwater-based business Classy Auto Spa has joined Grand Lake Host’s website business platform today with a Standard account! We already have her account up and running!

While we’re building her new site, you can follow her Facebook page here!

Classy Auto Spa joins the many recent new customers we have begun hosting and others with us for nearly 20 years in the local area and even worldwide!

You can check out all of our hosting tier options here.

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Grand Lake Host November 26, 2019 0 Comments

Grand Lake Host Welcomes Olive & Ash to Our Website Business Platform!

We are pleased to announce local Celina-based Main Street business Olive & Ash has joined Grand Lake Host’s website business platform today with a Standard Secure Shop account! We already have her account up and running and are beginning to design her new site for FREE as included in our current limited-time Relaunch Special!

While we’re building her new site, you can follow her Facebook page here!

Olive & Ash joins the many recent new customers we have begun hosting and others with us for nearly 20 years in the local area and even worldwide!

You can check out all of our hosting tier options here.

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Grand Lake Host September 10, 2019 0 Comments

Grand Lake Host Welcomes Sano Nutrition & Wellness to Our Website Business Platform!

We are pleased to announce local Celina-based Main Street business Sano Nutrition & Wellness has joined Grand Lake Host’s website business platform with a Standard account! We already have her account up and running and are beginning to design her new site for FREE as included in our current limited-time Relaunch Special!

While we’re building her new site, you can follow her Facebook page here!

Sano joins the many recent new customers we have begun hosting and others with us for nearly 20 years in the local area and even worldwide!

You can check out all of our hosting tier options here.

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Grand Lake Host August 30, 2019 0 Comments

Grand Lake Host Welcomes Bingo Farms to Our Website Business Platform

We are pleased to announce local Mendon-based business Bingo Farms has joined Grand Lake Host’s website business platform today with both a Standard account for a blog and a Standard Secure Shop account for the new Bingo Farms website, so they can sell their products and services directly on their site! We already have their accounts up and running and are beginning to design their new sites for FREE as included in our current limited-time Relaunch Special!

While we’re building their new sites, you can follow their Facebook page here!

Bingo Farms joins the many recent new customers we have begun hosting and others with us for nearly 20 years in the local area and even worldwide!

You can check out all of our hosting tier options here.

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Grand Lake Host August 14, 2019 0 Comments