The business community is a shadow of what it was during the hay days of Forest. At one time there were eight local doctors and most store fronts were filled with various types of businesses. There were even those who brought their wares from other places for sale. There were upwards of eight different grocery/meat stores.
After the first bank began operating there wasn't a time that Forest didn't have a bank. The Baptist, Methodist, and Episcopalian churches had early starts in Forest and to this day have good memberships. There is no longer a local newspaper printed as Forest relies on the Kenton, Findlay, and Upper Sandusky papers for local news. The quarry still operates though ownership has changed several times over the years. Trains no longer stop in Forest as in most other American cities. There is no movie theater. The Food Locker is now a photography studio, and the hotels are gone. There are no drug stores or barber shops, but ladies can use the facilities of two in-town beauticians.
There is a contractor located within the limits of the village and there is still one place you can obtain groceries and fuel, and two places where you can get a vehicle maintenanced, but here are no schools or school buildings left standing in Forest. The location of the old high school turned elementary school is now a soccer field.