JAWS (Just Add Water System) products are used to clean the United States' nuclear submarines. Bruce Yacko, creator of the system, notes that if JAWS is the chosen cleaner for the close quarters of a submerged submarine, JAWS can safely -- and effectively -- clean your home and outdoor appliances, as well. The line includes cleaners for windows, wood floors, showers and kitchens. This is a good time of year to use the kitchen cleaner to degrease your backyard grill to get it ready for the Fourth of July. JAWS is available at Discount Drug Marts and online. Bruce is doing an online promotion this week for our listeners who use the promo code Andy. You receive all four products including two cartridges of each cleaner, four spray bottles and free shipping. Not only that, you'll have the peace of mind to know that you're using products that are safe for your children, your pets and, of course, yourself.
It's also important to choose safe and effective products for your personal care. Shane Rorrer of the Aveda Experience Center at Summit Mall in Fairlawn, has been in the beauty business for 10 years. He decided to join Aveda three years ago because he preferred using chemical-free products when working with clients. Shane not only gives great facials, he gives his clients the knowledge to make themselves look and feel better every day. Call him at 330.835.3509 for a free 20-minute facial. The Aveda Experience Center is located off the food court in the middle of the mall, 3265 W. Market St. in Akron.For information about Aveda products, visit the website.
Kim Gruenenfelder is the author of five romantic comedy books, the latest of which is Love the Wine You're With. The brand-new novel, published just last week, is about three women friends who decide to open a wine bar and, likely, also jettison the men in their lives. Kim's books are available on Amazon, at The Learned Owl in Hudson and at other independent bookstores, and at Barnes & Noble. To find out more, visit Kim on Facebook or on her website.
Dashiel Rowland is the 19-year-old son of Lisa DeBenedictis, who is one of our regular guests. Like Kim, she's an author and screenwriter. Lisa also is justifiably proud of her son, who began his performing career at 3 years old when the family was living in Los Angeles. As a kid, Dashiel played with the likes of B.B. King and Eric Clapton, and he impressed legendary music producer Quincy Jones. Listen to some of his music by searching Dashiel on SoundCloud.
Carol and Tim Dorow are the owners of TC Surface Designs, which does decorative concrete resurfacing and epoxy coatings directly over existing surfaces. Carol is the artist of the pair, and she started an offshoot of their business, called Art by Design. She brought in samples of her work, including an epoxy-coated vase that would be a classic and beautiful addition to any decor, and tiles and wall art that she also did with the brilliant epoxy colors. TC Surface Designs, located at 5246 Cleveland Rd. in Wooster, is open by appointment only because Carol and Tim are often out of the office working with clients throughout the region. Call Tim at 440.458.2261 or Carol at 440.309.5259, or visit the TC Surface Designs website or Carol's brand-new website.
Dane Leisure, founder and artistic director of the Rubber City Shakespeare Company, talked about his company's current production -- "King Lear" with a female lead. It's fabulous, according to one of our other guests, Lisa DeBenedictis, who introduced us to Dane. "Queen Lear," as we're calling the play, is set in 1980s Akron at the time of the breakup of the rubber companies. Dane says his company, which performs in the former First Presbyterian Church at 647 E. Market, strives to make every production relevant and accessible to modern audiences. And the venue is a beautiful setting with terrific acoustics, Lisa says. For tickets or more information, call 234.252.0272 or visit the website. Soon, the name of the company will be changed to Rubber City Theater to better reflect the range of plays that it produces.
In addition to being a huge fan of Dane's Rubber City theater company and of our other guest's store, which we'll talk about next, Lisa is a former screenwriter and the author of "Short Skirts and Shorter Stories: Musings on Life, Love and Lust." The book is available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble online.
Meralie Pocock, owner of Mr. Fun's Costume and Magic Emporium, has been extremely busy this month with costume emergencies. Who knew that there were such things? Mr. Fun's has 18,000 square feet of merchandise and space used for custom costume creation and repair. It's located in a former roller rink at 4130 State Rd. in Cuyahoga Falls. The store is bursting at the seams, Meralie says, so she and her friendly staff are holding an indoor sidewalk sale to clear up space. It will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 23-24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 330.923.3339 or visit the website.
Finally, the NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) is having its Remodeled Home Show at scattered sites this weekend throughout Northeast Ohio. For the event program, visit the website.
Mary Beth Breckenridge was the co-host on My Beautiful Home today. Mary Beth is the former home writer for the Akron Beacon Journal, whose column graced the Saturday ABJ Home section for many years. A proponent of print media advised the listeners to buy their paper to learn the accurate facts of a story. The big news is Mary Beth is starting a new career, she is becoming a real estate agent. She will be with Howard Hanna, 2603 W. Market St., 330-836-9300. Check this website for the next time Mary Beth will be on My Beautiful Home to discuss homes in Akron.
South Akron Awning is currently reinstalling the awnings that were taken down last fall. Jack Carroll said that this is one of the service that his company does. Jack said that there are many new colors and designs. Not all stripes either, South Akron Awning has a European selection that include interesting textures. Jack also suggested that more customers are using awning curtains in the winter. Because outdoor living has become popular, one needs outdoor furniture. The problem is where to store it. You can keep it on the porch or patio where your summer awning are used. When South Akron Awning takes down the awnings in the fall they can be replace with exterior curtains to protect your outdoor furniture until next summer. For more information, give Jack a call at 330.848.7611 or visit the website.
Jacqueline Kowalski, agricultural and natural resource educator from the OSU Extension said that there are a wide range of service available from the Extension. One of the favorite is the "Ask the Expert" a gardening question. Every Tuesday from 9 a.m to Noon, you can call 330.929.4768 (listen for the Master Gardener Prompt) and ask a gardening expert a question and get a real time answer. Also coming up on June 24 is the 2017 Tour of Gardens, Gardens of Distinction, tickets are $20 for more information or to buy a ticket visit the website.
Marge Klein, owner of the Peanut Shoppe at 203 S. Main Street said they have been in business roasting peanuts since the 1930's. In addition to peanuts, the Peanut Shoppe has many other nuts, candies, and for the summer soft serve yogurt. Check out Facebook or call 330-376-7020
Retired judge, Jane Bond is on the board of Partners for Theater, an organization that provides support to area theatrical companies. Partners in Theater is presenting Summit Stage Fest at Highland Square, on June 3. Summit Stage Fest will feature free unique theater presentations lasting one hour from over 20 theater groups from 11 am to 4 pm on four outdoor stages and 2 indoor stages. For more information visit the website
Tim Eberhardt, owner of the House of Eberhardt, said that this weekend, Memorial Day, makes people aware of the need for pre-planning their own funeral arrangements. Because it isn't a subject that is often talked about, getting your wishes down in writing and paid for in advance of one's passing eliminates the chance for confusion. House of Eberhardt welcomes no obligations discussions of funeral options. For more information call 330-644-5005 or visit the website
Hannah Gerbec, owner of Aunt Hannah's Antiques is also the chairman of the Barberton Merchant's Association. Aunt Hannah's Antiques has a large inventory of great items. Currently Aunt Hannah has many collectible cast iron peices. For more information visit Facebook. The Barberton Downtown Merchants Association sponsors the downtown Barberton monthly 4th Friday evening event with food, fun and entertainment.