My Beautiful Home Show

November 26, 2016

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It's a first, Marie Covington, filling in for Kathy DeLong, interviewed Andy January.  Being the average guy, Andy missed the 60th anniversary of January Paint and Wallpaper. Marie helped Andy get over the embarrassment of forgetting.  They talked about the beginnings of January Paints in September 1956.

Marie was curious how a local business can survive in today's competitive environment. Andy explained, that January's is a member of ALLPRO, a purchasing organization that pools the buying power of its members.  Next year the ALLPRO organization is on track to purchase a billion dollars in paint, wallpaper, flooring, brushes, rollers, and anything you can buy through a paint store.  That pooled purchasing power translates into savings to the member's stores. This allows ALLPRO members, including Januarys to sell quality products at very competitive pricing.  For more information call 330.762.9261.

The show ended with a call from Clyde McDaniels a local video producer who has been on My Beautiful Home several times.  Clyde is in the final stages of production for the premier showing at the Main Library of his video featuring the Peanut Shop, Highland Square Shoe Repair, Stagecoach Antiques, the Book Seller and JANUARY PAINT AND WALLPAPER.  Listen to My Beautiful Home and watch this website for the exact time and date.  Clyde is available at 330.785.8576.


November 19, 2016

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Clyde Witt is the author of A Clouded Life, his second novel. He also is the author of Lost in the Tallgrass, 2014 winner of the Write Place Contest. Clyde's wife, artist Susan Jones, created the cover art for both books, which make up Clyde's Kansas Trilogy. The third book in the series of historical novels is in progress.

In A Clouded Life, set in 1929, the main character, Russell Starke, is living the life of a barnstormer flying a post-war biplane. His chance meeting with Amelia Earhart -- who asks only to be called Rose -- launches young Rusty into the cloudy skies of romance.

The book is exclusively available on Amazon. Just search for Clyde's name. You can download a free copy of the e-book version through Monday, or order a hard copy to be delivered to your home. Clyde and Susan live in Sagamore Hills, Ohio. Visit their website for more information about Clyde's books.


November 12, 2016

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Bruce Yacko is the creative mind behind JAWS, the Just Add Water System of smart cleaning products. Bruce says that his company, which keeps growing, continues to expand globally and throughout this country. The product is now available in such places as Hawaii, Norway and Korea. And, Bruce says, the company's team of nine scientists are working on additions to the line, including a cleaner specifically for granite surfaces. JAWS is different from other cleaners because all the products are plant-based without the volitile chemicals that can be harmful to people or to surfaces in your home. The products are packaged as elegantly designed, refillable bottles in which consumers insert a cartridge and water. The different cartridges are filled with specific cleaners that work on newer and traditional surfaces. The glass cleaner, for example, is safe for all the glass in your home including computer screens and big-screen TVs. JAWS is available online and at Discount Drug Mart in Ohio.

Liz Lenke, chair of the Akron Children's Hospital Holiday Tree Festival, says that the festival, which is now in its 35th year, has raised $5.3 million over the decades. All of the proceeds benefit the hospital's young patients. Liz and an army of dedicated volunteers will start setting up for the festival this Monday. In just a matter of days, the John S. Knight Center will be transformed into a holiday wonderland of decorated trees, wreaths and gifts. The event opens on Saturday, Nov. 19, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 27. Admission is free. The pre-event gala on Friday, Nov. 18, is almost sold out. If you want to purchase gala tickets, please call Brittany at 330.543.0325 by this Monday, Nov. 14. For hours and other information about the Holiday Tree Festival, visit the website

Hannah Gerbec, owner of Aunt Hannah's Antiques, and Jason Miller, owner of Stuff Genie Emporium, are on the board of the Barberton Merchants Association. Hannah, in fact, is the chair. Both talked about Barberton's big holiday event coming up on Saturday, Nov. 26. The association moved its monthly 4th Friday event to a Saturday to join forces with the local Jaycees, which typically puts on a Christmas walk. This year, the combined event will be bigger and better than ever with lots of lights, holiday window displays, music, food, a visit from Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides and magical train rides. The event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. in Barberton's pedestrian-friendly downtown area. It's free, and there will be plenty of parking and opportunities for holiday shopping and fun things to do. Stuff Genie will be offering discounts all day; Aunt Hannah's Antiques will hold an ugly Christmas sweater contest. For more information, visit the website


October 29, 2016

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Linda Lorkowski is the owner of Linda's Kitchen, an award-winning bakery in Tallmadge, Ohio. Her store makes 30,000 cookies in December alone, and they're appealing to the eye and even better to the taste. She brought an array of treats to the show and shared them with everyone in the studio. For our listeners, Linda gave away two places in her Holiday Bake It/Take It class on Nov. 15. Attendees at the 6 to 9 p.m. session will bake iced cutouts, snowballs, chocolate crinkles, pecan tassies, snickerdoodles and double chocolate, thumbprint and wedding cookies. Each person will leave with recipes and 10 dozen cookies packed to stay fresh throughout the holiday season.

Other evening classes at Linda's Kitchen, 141 Northwest Ave. near the Tallmadge circle, are scheduled for Nov. 10 and Dec. 1 and 6. Store hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 8 to 5, and Saturday, 8 to 4. Call 330.630.8117 or visit the website for information about extended holiday hours and other classes. The store is planning a special holiday event featuring Linda's friend, Lisa DeBenedictis, who will be reading from her book, Short Skirts and Shorter Stories (Musings on Life, Love and Lust). Lisa, who also was on the show today, says copies of her book are available at Linda's Kitchen.

Kendal Taylor of the Akron Woman's City Club and Leianne Neff Heppner, president and CEO of the Summit County Historical Society, talked about the upcoming Historical Homes Holiday Tour that the two organizations are putting on this season. It takes place Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $35 and include lunch and tours of the historical Akron Woman's City Club, the Perkins Stone Mansion and the John Brown House, all of which will be decked out for the holidays. Admission also includes trolley transportation from one tour site to the next. Tickets are available by presale only from Nov. 1 through the end of the month. Buy them in person at the Akron Woman's City Club, 732 W. Exchange St., or online at the Summit County Historical Society website.

Michael Savene and Bob Jenkins talked about next weekend's Akron Comicon, which has grown so much in its five years of existence that it will now be held at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. Tickets for the family-friendly event are $15 per person and free for 13 and under. There will be 192 different comics-related exhibitors including collectors, creators and even actors who have portrayed favorite characters. The event takes place Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 6, from 10 to 5. A lot of attendees will show up in costume, so be prepared to run into Wonder Woman or Superman. For more information, visit the Akron Comicon website.


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