Janet Harrington is the owner of J.R. Shoup locksmith company, which has been in business for 108 years. Janet offered tips for making your home burglar-resistant. Her tips include securing all the perimeter doors with high-grade lock sets and making sure that your home looks lived in even when you're away. To reach J.R. Shoup, call the store at 330.434.4026 or visit the website.
Rev. Ron Shultz, pastor at Family of Faith United Methodist Church and South Arlington United Methodist Church, talked about the Middlebury Better Block event that is taking place next weekend, July 30 and 31, at East Exchange and East Market streets. There will be vendor food, activities for children, live entertainment and free bike rides around the Middlebury block. It's all part of the Neighborhood Network of University Park's vision for revitalizing the community. For more information, go to Akron Better Block on Facebook or visit the project's website.
Dawn Jones is the owner of the tiny home that was featured at the Home & Flower Show last winter presented by the Home Builders Association of Portage and Summit Counties. After multiple phases of downsizing, Dawn is thoroughly enjoying her 250-square-foot house that she shares with Oliver the cat, Templeton the rat and Wendell the mini-Dachshund. For more information about Dawn's charming home, you can look up archived articles that appeared in the Louisville Herald and the Alliance Review. She welcomes visitors to her home, which is on a country lot outside of Louisville.
Barberton business owner Hannah Gerbec is also the chairman of the Barberton Merchants Association. Her store, Aunt Hannah's Antiques, is at 530 W. Tuscarawas not far from the store owned by one of her board members, Jason Miller, who has Stuff Genie Emporium, 556 W. Tusc.They were on the show to promote Barberton's monthly Fourth Friday event. The next one, taking place July 22 from 5 to 9 p.m., will have an ice cream social theme. There will be live music, art, food vendors and a pop-up mart with handmade goods. Shops and restaurants will be open. Visit Facebook for more information about the event or about Hannah and Jason's shops. Jason also has a website.
Tom Wolski, owner of the local Red Rhino business, taked about the array of protective floor coatings that the company makes, sells and installs. One of Red Rhino's newest products is a line of metallics in multiple colors. They can be used for residential or commercial applications. For more information, call Tom at 330.615.7762 or visit the website.
Pam Callahan, a director with Tupperware, has been with the company for 19 years and has never lost her appreciation of the quality and usefulness of the products. Her favorite is Vent 'n Serve, a container made of durable plastic that can safely go from freezer to microwave. Just open the vent to let the pressure out. Pam travels all over the region representing Tupperware at parties, farmers' markets and fundraising events. For more information, call her at 440.823.0470 or visit her website.
John Kosmides,customer experience manager at Perfect Power Wash, says that when you call Perfect Power Wash, you'll get a quote instantly because the company uses professional satellite technology to get an accurate look at your home and determine the work that needs to be done. And the technician who comes out to do the work will be certified to do the job right. For more information or to make an appointment, call 888.860.WASH or visit the website.
Leianne Neff Heppner, President and CEO of the Summit County Historical Society, says that the organization has a lot of great events coming up, including next weekend's Free Family Fun Day on July 16 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Perkins Stone Mansion, 550 Copley Rd. in Akron. In addition to woolen crafts, there will be games for children, musical entertainment and free tours of the Perkins Stone Mansion and John Brown House. And sheep! Other events include this month's Ray Bliss exhibit on the fourth floor of the Ohio Building on Main Street in downtown Akron. This fall, the annual Quilt Show takes place Oct. 22-23 at the John S. Knight Center. For more information, visit the historical society's website.
John Humphrey is the brewer extraordinaire at Hoppin' Frog Brewery, 1680 East Waterloo Rd. in Akron. He brought three flavorful seasonal beers with him, and each had unique charactertistics. Definitely not run of the mill. These and other craft beer creations are available at the Hoppin' Frog Tasting Room, which has a varied menu that appeals to beer drinkers and nondrinkers alike, and many specials throughout the week. For more information, call 330.352.4578 (Brewery) or 234.525.3764 (Tasting Room) or visit the website.
Don Drumm, Akron's renowned metal sculptor and owner, with his wife Lisa, of Don Drumm Studios & Gallery, says they've been at their present location at 437 Crouse St. near the University of Akron for 45 years. Don's many commissions include a sculpture celebrating the 2015 Gay Olympics. The work, done in cut steel, was recently installed outside the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. For more information about Don Drumm Studios and Gallery, which carry the work of more than 500 North American artisans, call 330.253.6268 or visit the website.
Don brought his friend, Joe Tucker, with him to the show this morning. Joe is the executive director of South Street Ministries, which is a community nonprofit that combines religious and business values while working with neighbors including youngsters, unemployed adults and people who have been recently incarcerated. Don is a regular at the Front Porch Cafe, which is the organization's business venture located at 798 Grant St. The cafe is open for breakfast and lunch. For more information about all their projects, call the South Street Ministries office at 330.761.1992 or visit the website.
Scott Verlinger is the owner/operator of Saluté Kombucha, a tea that's full of probiotics that are good for your digestion. Locally made, the bottled drinks can be found in refrigerated cases at Heinen's, the Mustard Seed, Acme, Krieger's and other stores where healthy products are sold. For more information, visit Scott's website.
Gina Fortunato, Erica Whitmer, Rob McGregor and Robin Boer talked about the 4th Annual Dragon Boat Festival, which takes place next Saturday, July 9, at Turkeyfoot Beach in Portage Lakes State Park. Come for a swim, an array of vendor foods and, of course, the Dragon Boat races with 37 teams in competition starting at 9 a.m. Be sure to get there in time for the opening ceremonies at 8:30, and then stay through three rounds of racing, the Championship races and, finally, the awards and closing ceremonies at 3:45 p.m. Gina and Erica are founding members of the Dragon Dream Team, Ohio's first all-breast cancer survivor team. This is the 10th season that they've participated in Dragon Boat races. For more information, visit the Dragon Dream Team's website.
Ray Hull is the general manager of the soon-to-open Wingstop on Arlington Road in Akron. In addition to that location, which opens on or around July 21, Wingstop has another Akron location on West Market. Ray says that Wingstop prides itself on freshness: the wings are never frozen, the potato salad and cole slaw are made daily in-house, and even the rolls are made there. Wingstop also offers 12 different sauces and rubs. To order, you can call 330.836.9464 (West Market Store), stop by or order online.
Nan McClenaghan, president and CEO of the local Goodwill Industries, talked about the Junior League Designer Show House, which opens Sept. 18. It's on her mind because Goodwill is once again decorating a Show House bedroom with furniture and accessories from Goodwill's resale shops. She says that shopping at Goodwill can help you decorate with flair, even on a budget. Goodwill's website, in fact, has a link to blogs by Katie Plato, Amy Sirpilla and Abby Drennan. All three share home decor projects and tips for decorating with thrift-store finds.
Jason Gang of Westside Vapor says that 90 percent of the problems with tobacco use can be eliminated when people switch from regular cigarettes to e-cigs.That's because electronic cigarettes have only four ingredients, compared to thousands in regular cigarettes. He believes so strongly in his product that he will give out free electronic cigarettes so that smokers will try them out for themselves. For more information, visit his website.