Steve Berry, Summit County Sheriff, says that the No. 1 thing to do to ensure your personal safety is to be aware of your surroundings at all times. For instance, women should not leave their purse on the passenger seat of their car when they're pumping gas. The sheriff's office has video clips of thieves crouching down by the passenger door and snatching purses right in the middle of a busy gas station. Also, be sure to lock the doors of your home even when you're working in the yard. Many burglars are desperate enough to go in the back door, for instance, when the homeowners are raking leaves in the front. For more information, visit Summit County Sheriff
Tom Lix, CEO and founder of Cleveland Whiskey, says that the latest blend from the local distillery is being shipped to stores beginning this week. It's Christmas Bourbon, a pleasing blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and other subtle flavors that's smooth and eminently drinkable. To find a location near you or for more information: Cleveland Whiskey.
Hallie Bowie, owner of New Leaf Home Design, does many projects big and small. She's in the middle of building two new homes, both of which are Energy Star rated, which means that they will be comfortable for the homeowners while saving them money. Call Hallie for a consultation about your home or check out her Facebook page. For more information: 330.329.6901 or New Leaf Design
Bob Daugherty, branch manager in Akron of Wolff Bros. Supply, the wholesale distributors of plumbing, electrical, cabinetry and solar energy supplies, says that the lighting industry is undergoing a technological transformation unlike anything since Edison invented the lightbulb. With all the changes, it's important to become a savvy consumer. Learn to read the labels on the lighting that you buy for your home. The wrong color intensity can make your wallpaper, cabinets and carpet look washed out. The experts at Wolff Bros. can help you find what's right for you. Visit the Akron showroom at 1200 Kelly Ave. There also are locations in Medina and Sandusky. For more information, call, 330.773.0200 or visit Wolff Bros. Supply,
Doreen Lazurus loves cats, so that's why she's a big supporter of Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary. Doreen volunteers for the nonprofit organization, which depends totally on donations. Many of the 70 cats in residence live in a homelike cage-free setting. Happy Tails is holding a fundraiser, "A Geauga County Sunday Social," from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13, in the clubhouse at Pineview Lake, 10036 Wilson Mills Rd. in Munson Township. Reservations a must by Oct. 7. All proceeds go to support cats in need. For more information or tickets: 440.759.0076 or Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary.
Julie Miller, along with her mother June Maier, are co-founders of Claire's Garden Florist and Market, which is sponsoring the Claire Elise Miller Family Olympics on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Columbia Woods Park, 4070 Columbia Woods Dr., in Norton. June says that the Family Olympics are in conjunction with the Norton Cider Festival. The games start at noon after the parade and continue until all the events are completed. Pre-registration is suggested; call 330.835.6922. All proceeds go to the Claire Elise Miller Fund, which supports young families with children needing long-term care at Akron Children's Hospital. Claire's Garden Florist and Market, 3281 Barber Rd., Norton, is run entirely by volunteers. All profits go to the Claire Elise Miller Fund.
Eileen Moats is the owner of Stagecoach Antiques, which her father, Leo Walters, started on his mother's dining table 70 years ago. Stagecoach, 449 W. Market St., Akron, has many unusual items both in the store and on display on the sidewalk in front. Twenty years ago, the store provided props for the film "Shawshank Redemption," and more recently served as the setting for music videos by the Black Keys ("Your Touch") and Kate Tucker ("Bullet Train"). For more information: 330.762.5422 or Stagecoach Antiques.
Julie Lewis is the architectural designer for Legacy Builders and Remodelers and the design director for the company's new showroom, Legacy Design Studio. The showroom, 5751 Darrow Rd., Hudson, is having its grand opening today until 4 p.m. You'll see 2,500 square feet of exciting designs. Legacy Builder builds, remodels and repairs homes and also offers design services. As Julie puts it: "If we were building your nest, we would do the sticks and the feathers." For more information: 330.459.3361 or Legacy Builder & Remodelers.
A free screening of "The Princess Bride" will take place tonight, Sept. 14, at 8:30 in the historic Glendale Cemetery near downtown Akron. The rain date will be Sunday, Sept. 15. For weather updates, call 330.310.0033 or visit whno.org.
Visit January Paint & Wallpaper, 394 W. Exchange St., Akron, for the Fall Wallpaper Preview this Thursday, Sept. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and see the latest in wallcovering designs. For more information: 330.762.9261.
Chris Stranahan, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited on Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls, says that the baldheaded teradactyl-like red birds seen in the area are not prehistoric hatchlings but cardinals that have lost their feathers because they are molting. Don't worry: They're perfectly healthy birds, and the feathers on their heads will grow back. Also, hummingbirds are still in the area for a few more weeks. They need to get fattened up for the trip to South America, so keep your hummingbird feeders filled. To give them maximum energy, provide a mixture of 1 part white sugar to 3 parts water. Wild Birds Unlimited is located at 597 Howe Ave. For more information: 330.922.4990 or Wild Birds Unlimited
Janet Clover and Kelly Brown are the owners of Just That Twist, a home accessories and gift shop located right off Copley Circle across from Copley Feed. Janet and Kelly transform their store four times a year, according to the season. They've just finished their fall and harvest setup with all kinds of decorative items for the home. The store is in a historic 1883 farmhouse with 10 decorated rooms on two floors. There is a lot to see, including exceptional gifts for all occasions. Janet and Kelly also offer redesign services and custom floral arranging. Just That Twist is located at 1463 S. Cleveland-Massillon Rd. Call 330.666.8000 or visit Just that Twist.
Ron and Sue Bishop opened The Whimsical Pig Bed and Breakfast at Wolf Creek on May 1 after spending 18 years renovating their 1876 farmhouse. It's located on what was called the Old Brenner Farm in the Norton-Copley area. The bed and breakfast -- yes, breakfast includes bacon or pork sausage -- has four guestrooms named after breeds of pigs (the Gloucestershire Old Spot is the signature suite -- check it out on the Whimsical Pig website). Book your visiting friends into an outstanding slice of local history. The address is 2682 Cleveland-Massillon Rd. For more information: 330.576.6104 or The Whimsical Pig.