Medina Machine Shop

Description

Medina residents know 113 West Smith Road as the fine dining restaurant, Thyme 2. What is not commonly known about the building, is its extensive history in Medina. The building was build in a few short days in 1925, and became a machine shop. John Gill and Romey Dreher were the original owners of the building but circa 1946, they passed the machine shop on to Henry Arnold "Bovie" Overholt. The business was best known for its swab rigs.

Bovie Overholt build up the business, and it continued expanding and changing. He began calling it the "Medina Machine Shop." The business focused on improving the swabbing rigs, and by 1970, it became so successful it had to move to a larger location. Bovie and his son, Mark, moved the business three miles south on Rt. 3, where they continued the evolution of the swabbing rig. Bovie and Mark Overholt both hold patents related to gas well production equiptment. Today, the business is massive. It is known as Tiger General LLC, and is still run by Mark Overholt.

When the business moved, it left open a building right off of the historic Medina Square. After extensive remodeling, including adding a staircase and an entire floor, Cana Martini bar opened in the building. After Cana closed down, Thyme 2 moved into the building. It became a hit dual-concept restaurant, that is owned and operated by Medina resident, John Kolar.

Audio Show

Thyme 2 Employee Speaking about the History of the Building

Jennifer Zwick, hostess at Thyme 2, gives information on becoming interested in the history of the current Thyme 2 building.

Mark Overholt

Mark Overholt, son of the founder of the Medina Machine shop, describes how his father, Henry Arnold "Bovie" Overholt obtained the his nickname.

Photos Show

Thyme 2 Building

If you entered Thyme 2 from the front where the covered patio is located, you would never guess that the building was once used for a machine shop. But when looked at from the back, it is apparent that the building was once used for something besides a restaurant. The garage door can give patrons a pretty good idea of what the building was originally built for.
Image courtesy of Erin Winchester

Advertisement 1

The first advertisement for the Medina Machine Shop was featured in a 1946 phone book. The advertisements were simple and stated the function of the Machine Shop.
Image courtesy of the Medina Historical Society

The First Swabber Rig

John Gill and Romey Dreher build the building in 1925. Their shop became most well-known for its swabing rigs. Pictured right in front of the new shop, is a 1925 model of a swabbing rig. The very first ones cost a couple thousand dollars.
Image courtesy of Mark Overholt

Advertisement 2

Advertisements for the shop were featured in numerous phone books and business directories throughout the forties and fifties. This particular one is from the fifties, when colored paper was starting to be used in phone books. This style of phone book could be considered the very first "yellow pages." To this day, the yellow pages in telephone books still contain names, numbers, and addresses of businesses in the area.
Image courtesy of the Medina Historical Society

1932 Swabber Rig

The evolution of swabber rigs continued, and the business became more and more successful. When Bovie Overholt took over the shop and it became the Medina Machine Shop, swabber rigs were his main focus. Between Bovie and his son, Mark, they have obtained several patents on swabber rig parts.
Image courtesy of Mark Overholt

National Title Winner Built in "Bovie" Overholt's Machine Shop

Holding the trophy in the photo above is the proud constructor of the car, Mark Overholt. During the late 1940's, early 50's, Hot Rod cars became extremely popular. Every kid wanted his own hot rod, and because his dad owned this Machine Shop, Mark Overholt was able to build his very own. His father was known as Henry Arnold "Bovie" Overholt. Bovie worked his way up in the company and sometime in the 1940's, took over the business. He continued improving the swabbing rigs, and the business grew so much and became so successful, that it ended up moving three miles south on RT 3.
Image courtesy of Mark Overholt

National Title Winner

While the Medina Machine Shop was open, Mr. Mark Overholt built a hot rod car there that was a two-time National Title winner. Small town Medina, Ohio would be the last place anybody would guess that a national title hot rod would ever be built. Winning this title, really did put the Medina Machine Shop on the map. It was now a place worth people's time, and gave credibility to the small family-owned business.
Images in the picture courtesy of Mark Overholt

Transformation of the Machine Shop Building

Prior to becoming Cana Martini Bar, the building had to undergo major changes. The original shop was only one story, but before becoming Cana Martini Bar, a flight of stairs and an entire floor were added. A second level was mainly added because of the parking lot location. On this new floor, there is a magnificent bar that was used while the building was Cana, and is still used today by Thyme2.
Image courtesy of the Medina County Recorder's Office

Plans for the Front of Cana Martini Bar

After an entire new floor was added to the machine shop in 2007,a small porch was added to the front. Today, the front of the new section of the building appears the same as this, with the addition of an awning covering a larger patio than the original one planned for Cana. Special permission for the new awning on the building was given in 2012; it was difficult to obtain permits for this due to the historic location of the building.
Image courtesy of the Medina County Recorder's Office

Fine Dining Section of Thyme 2

A fine dining section is located on the first floor of Thyme 2. Thyme 2 has been voted by the Medina Gazette in 2012 to be the best fine dining restaurant in all of Medina County. It is open Monday-Saturday from 5:00 pm until 11:00 pm. Many globally inspired dishes are featured on the fine-dining menu, and it is highly renowned.
Image courtesy of Erin Winchester

The Pub

The downstairs of Thyme 2 is a high-quality pub area. The pub is located in the part of the building where the Machine Shop once was. When the building became Thyme 2 an entire kitchen had to be added. The pub has a small bar, as well as a dining section that can seat around 60 people. The pub is open from 11:00 am until 11:00 pm Monday through Saturday.
Image courtesy of Erin Winchester

Modern Day Swabbing Rigs

Today, Tiger General has several of these massive swabbing rigs all over the world. They carry over three miles of cable used for drilling, and cost around 410,000 dollars each. Tiger General is now a well-known national company, and it started right here in Medina, Ohio.
Image courtesy of Mark Overholt

Cite this Page

Erin W., “Medina Machine Shop,” Medina Historical, accessed September 2, 2014, http:/​/​discovermedina.​org/​items/​show/​116.​
View a random Story

Share this Page