May 2014 - Hartville Kitchen

HRM Enterprises Wins Business Of The Year


CANTON, OH (May 12, 2014) – The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced HRM Enterprises as the 2014 Business of the Year award recipient. HRM Enterprises received this distiction at the Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton on May 6, 2014.

The Business of the Year award is open to any Stark County business and is based solely on the significant achievements of growth, expansion and innovation during the course of the past year. All of entitites which comprise HRM Enterprises – Hartville MarketPlace and Flea Market, Hartville Kitchen, Hartville Hardware, Hartville Collectibles, Hartville Kitchen Salad Dressing, Top Advantage Surfaces and Hartville Tool – performed extremely well in 2013, realizing their five-year goals in just two years.

Gervasi Vineyards was awarded Business of the Year in 2013.

In addition to Business of Year, this year’s Business Excellence Award winners included 91 Restaurant Group, Ameridial, HRM Enterprises, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty, The Schauer Group, and Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway.

The second annual Emerge Award for Entrepreneurs was awarded to Todd Hawkins, president and CEO of Tesla NanoCoatings. This award honors outstanding entrepreneurs who have been in business for five years or less.

Winners of Business of the Year, Business Excellence Awards, and the Emerge Award for Entrepreneurs were honored on May 6 at a ceremony and gala dinner at The University Center at Kent State University at Stark.

The Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton were made possible by the following sponsors: Day Ketterer, Attorneys at Law; Farmers National Bank; Hall, Kistler & Company LLP; The Repository; and Stark State College.

About HRM Enterprises

From its 1939 beginning as a livestock auction started by Howard’s father, Sol Miller, to the present-day group of companies that include the Hartville MarketPlace and Flea Market, Hartville Kitchen, Hartville Hardware, Hartville Collectibles, Hartville Kitchen Salad Dressing, Top Advantage Surfaces and Hartville Tool, HRM Enterprises has always been a family-owned and oriented business. 

The business had a very humble beginning, as Sol Miller purchased a two-acre plot on the corner of Market and Edison streets for $400. Sol then utilized the help of many in the community – as well as lumber cut from his father’s farm – to construct a 40-foot-by-80-foot sale barn for less than $1,000. The first sale was held on October 30, 1939, and the total of all livestock sold that day came to $535.

A lunch stand was opened on the second floor of the barn, operated by Sol’s wife, Soloma. The auction grew and prospered, with additions in 1942 and 1947. The mid-40s also marked the beginning of the sale of produce and eggs. Around this time also marked the beginning of the flea market, as Sol started renting spaces to others to sell their merchandise.

In 1952, a grocery store and service station were added. In 1958, upon Sol’s death, his son, Howard Miller, began operating the business for his mother, Soloma. Along with Moses Yoder, Howard began leasing the business from his mother the following year. The grocery was changed to a dry goods and variety store in 1962,which was open until 1966 when he opened the Country Kitchen restaurant in its place. Later in 1966, as Hartville evolved from a rural farm community to a fast-growing suburban area, the livestock auction was closed. In 1976, the egg and produce auction was closed. The next year saw the beginning of another new venture, as the company began to sell its salad dressing to stores across the area.

The new Hartville Kitchen was opened at its present location in 1995, which seats about 400 people in the dining room and 500 in the banquet room.

Howard Miller passed away on May 27, 2001. The name of the parent company was changed from Hartville Auction to HRM Enterprises in his memory. Howard’s son-in-law, Marion Coblentz, began running the flea market in 1980 and saw Howard’s vision to fruition with the opening of the MarketPlace on September 5, 2002. Marion still runs the MarketPlace today. Howard Miller Jr. has been the head of HRM since his father’s passing. A brother, several sisters and their spouses and 13 third-generation family members have helped continue to make the businesses successful.