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New York Times best-selling author Patricia Falvey‘s third book just came out in the United States. The Girls of Ennismore depicts the intertwining lives of a family of Anglo-Irish gentry and their servants. It’s an Irish version of Downton Abbey, except that Patricia’s servants are more unruly than those in the popular TV show. Patricia also is the author of The Yellow House and The Linen Queen, other works of historical fiction. For more information about her books, visit Patricia’s website.

Joyce Pelz, the owner of the local franchise of NaturaLawn of America, says that while many of us in Northeast Ohio enjoyed the higher than normal temperatures of this past winter, the warm weather wreaked havoc on our grass. The ground, she says, is super saturated, but Joyce has the expertise and tools to help your lawn. To reach Joyce, call her office at  330.920.9182 or visit her website.

Peter Martin of Tower Industries talked about a few of the company’s many products, including solid-surface, worry-free showers that are durable and can be customized. He also talked about Dekton, a  new product that looks like stone and is specifically for outdoor use. It’s heat-resistant and UV stable. You can learn more online or visit the company showroom in Massillon.  Also, while you’re on the website, click on the link to the Dean & Deluca page. Tower Industries is the only manufacturer of the gourmet food purveyor’s new chef-prepared fast food display, which is both striking and beautiful.

This week My Beautiful Home with Andy January and Marie Covington was out and about at The Epoxy Shoppe‘s Grand Opening,  2884 S. Arlington Rd., Suite B.  Tom Wolski has opened an epoxy floor finish products store.  The store includes detailed classes to show home owners how to achieve a professional look and stunning floor finished with a professional grade epoxy.  It is the first store of its kind to offer for sale epoxy finishes for do-it-yourselfers.   For more information, 234.678.9171 or website

Also alking to us at the Grand Opening were,

Lee Lewis is the owner of Akrosteam, a carpet, rug, hard surface, and furniture cleaning company.  For more information call, 330-899-9772 or visit the website

Traci Mock, is the owner of Mock Ponds, a water feature designer, installer, maintenance, and pond products supply company. For more information, call 330-628-9100 or visit the website

Ted Mumma, Air Comfort a complete heating and cooling company.  For more information, call 330-434-8107 or visit the website

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This week My Beautiful Home was at the Cuyahoga Falls Community Expo.  These are the exhibitors and volunteers that we talked to:

Marie Cutlip, CPA, president of Better Financial Solutions, that helps businesses and individuals with their taxing questions.  330-494-5335  or the website

David Fox, admissions director National Church Residences Bath Road, a skilled and assisted living center.  330-929-6272 or the website

Aaron Barnhart, head of retail banking, Westfield Bank, 330-923-0454 or the website

Sue Gruber, Wellness & Wealth Advisor, 330-714-7181 or the website

Keith Viers, vice president and branch manager, Ohio Savings, 330-923-9786 or the website

Kathleen Champlin, executive director, Danbury Senior Living, Cuyahoga Falls 330-940-3000, and Marge Sullivan , sales manager and marketing director at the new Tallmadge location, 330-247-1875 or the website

Greg McNeil founder of Cover2 Resources,  a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight the opioid epidemic through education and advocacy.  877-901-3277 0r the website

 

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Jono Kontur, a student of entrepreneurship at Kent State University, started his company, Fresh Priority Food, after spending a semester in Florence last year. He’s importing gluten-free pizza crust mixes, Italian oregano and sauce from Ciro and Sons pizza shop in Florence. Jono already has the products in four stores in Northeast Ohio including Krieger’s in Cuyahoga Falls, where he’s giving out samples today until 2 p.m. And he’s in discussions with many other stores. Check out his website for more information.

Julie Johnson, CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, and Eric Chojnacki, marketing chairman, talked about Aspire, the largest fundraiser for their organization. It’s an inspiring event that supports all the good work of the Boys and Girls Clubs. It also promises to be a fun evening of jazz, great food, and short talks by inspirational guest speakers, and it all takes place at St. George Fellowship Hall and Family Center in Fairlawn. But order your tickets now. They need your name and meal preference by 9 a.m. Monday. Visit the website for more information and to register for the event.

If you’re in the market for new floor coverings, Matt Moten, who owns the local franchise of Floor Coverings International, invites you to give him a call. You won’t have to go to a showroom to check out the inventory. Instead, a company representative will come to your home to talk to you about your tastes and what you want in a floor covering, and then one of Matt’s design associates will bring a mobile showroom right to your home. You’ll be able to choose from an array of samples in the actual space where the new floor covering will be installed. Call Matt at 330.842.4514 or visit his website for more information.

Greg McNeil is the founder of Cover2 Resources, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight the opioid epidemic through education and advocacy. Greg, whose son Sam died from a heroin overdose, does a series of Cover2 podcasts with interviews on the people and programs (including Quick Response teams and the Drug Free Clubs of America) that are helping young people avoid drug addiction or overcome it. Greg’s organization is instrumental in bringing noted journalist Sam Quinones to town on April 12. Mr. Quinones, who wrote Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, will speak at three local venues: At 7 a.m. at Firestone Auditorium, he will be part of a panel about “Leaders in the Community Making a Difference”; at 11:30 a.m., he will speak at the Akron Roundtable luncheon at Quaker Station; and at 7 p.m. he will speak at the Akron-Summit County Library. The morning and evening presentations are free; the luncheon costs $20. Seating is limited at all three. For more information, visit the Cover2 website.

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Deborah O’Brien, a sales representative for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, brought two lovely rose wines to the show today. One is brand-new to the Akron market. Now available at West Point Market, this is a South African wine by Rustenberg made from Petit Verdot grapes and costs approximately $13. The other, which is available at Papa Joe’s in the Merriman Valley, is a sparkling rose from Cote Mas in France. It’s a blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir and costs approximately $16. Both wines are dry and delicious, and prove that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to discover great new tastes. Deb does a lot of wine tastings. You can find out about them by getting on the email lists of your favorite stores and restaurants including West Point Market and the Mustard Seed in Akron, and Viva Bene and Solaire Wine Bar in Hudson.

Don Corbett, the founder of ServiceMaster by Corbett, told a fun story about meeting a winemaker who was from Italy. The winemaker noted how attitudes toward wine have changed in the United States. The Italian said he used to be called a wino but is now considered a connoisseur. On a business note, Don said that ServiceMaster has been summoned by numerous homeowners to remove wine stains out of carpets. In addition to routine carpet and furniture cleaning, ServiceMaster cleans up after floods and fires. With the coming of spring, flooding becomes a concern. Don recommends that homeowners add a rider to their insurance policies that protects them if a sewer backs up into their basement. Standard insurance policies don’t generally cover such an occurrence. To stop other water problems before they get out of hand, know where your main water shut-off valve is located, Don says. You can get a free yellow tag for the valve by calling ServiceMaster at 330.864.7300. Ask for Carol. If you tell her you heard about ServiceMaster on “My Beautiful Home,” you’ll get 15 percent off your next carpet or furniture cleaning.

Helen Dauka, Communications and Volunteer Project Manager for Keep Akron Beautiful, and Leah Heiser, the organization’s Flowerscape Director, talked about some of the terrific programs that improve the quality of life for Akron residents by beautifying the city. Thirty-two Flowerscape sites throughout Akron brighten residents’ days during late spring and all summer long. Also, the 64 sites in the Adopt-a-Site program improves area neighborhoods, because Keep Akron Beautiful helps neighbors and other volunteers clean up and beautify what otherwise would be unkempt and littered lots. Also, Helen and Leah are looking forward to the next Dreamscape raffle, a fundraiser that’s held every year. The raffle winner receives a front- or back-yard makeover. More about Dreamscape when tickets go on sale later this year. For more information, visit the Keep Akron Beautiful website.

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